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What's on in Brisbane this weekend
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What’s on in Brisbane this weekend

Friends, the end of the year is fast approaching and it’s becoming harder to find time to get stuff done. However, you should always find time to max out your weekend – which is what this round-up is for. From troppo pool parties to fancy brunch clubs and Bill freakin’ Murray, we’ve found the best things happening in Brisbane on the November 15–18 weekend. more

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Free festive fun – SunPAC Summerfest celebrates the silly season in multicultural style
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Free festive fun – SunPAC Summerfest celebrates the silly season in multicultural style

One of the best things about Christmas in Australia is that our cultural diversity means we really don’t have any rules. All families celebrate in their own different way – whether it’s with oodles of seafood, a hit of beach cricket or just keeping things low-key. The common theme at play is that we love to come together and celebrate, solidifying a community spirit that makes our lifestyle so great. The SunPAC Summerfest is a perfect combination of festive family-friendly fun, bringing together a multicultural program of performances, food and entertainment on Saturday December 1. more

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The morning meal making a difference to Australia’s domestic violence epidemic
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The morning meal making a difference to Australia’s domestic violence epidemic

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that our country has a deeply entrenched problem with domestic violence. From your morning Facebook scroll to the nightly news headlines, it’s a hard truth that is hard to escape – and these are just the incidents that get reported. The White Ribbon Foundation is working tirelessly to raise both awareness and funds to fight this harrowing issue, and one of its standout events is just around the corner. Returning to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Tuesday November 20, the Queensland Government’s annual White Ribbon Day Breakfast will educate, inspire and feed both bodies and souls. more

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Yasss kweens! King Street celebrates equality with three weeks of festive fun
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Yasss kweens! King Street celebrates equality with three weeks of festive fun

Last year marked a pretty momentous occasion in Australian history – our (frankly useless) government asked us if same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, and because we’re not a pack of animals we voted yes to love. This rainbow-coloured victory is something to be celebrated, which is why the legends at King Street have decided to throw a three-week-long party in conjunction with Brisbane Festival. Love is King will take over the street from September 8–29 bringing fun, feasting and loads of amorous activities with it. more

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Brisbane Billykart Championships bring a rush of adrenaline to the young (and young at heart)
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Brisbane Billykart Championships bring a rush of adrenaline to the young (and young at heart)

When it comes to old-school fun, the art of the billycart is hard to beat. The time-honoured tradition of building your own vehicle from scratch and challenging your mates to a rollicking roll down the nearest slope of any kind is such a wholesome activity. You may think that this hobby is a forgotten pastime, but this isn’t the case – the Brisbane Billycart Championships are returning to the Carindale Recreation Reserve on Sunday September 9 to bring a dose of adrenaline to the Green Heart Fair. more

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Triple threat – a huge festival is coming to launch The Valley's newest laneway
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Triple threat – a huge festival is coming to launch The Valley’s newest laneway

Anyone who frequents Fortitude Valley (or just generally has their finger on the pulse of cool stuff) would know that the laneways are where it’s at. The beloved Bakery and Winn Lanes have long been go-to locations to scout the best of Brisbane – from food to fashion, these hotspots are loaded with local gems worth your attention. The Valley is about to welcome a brand-new laneway into its fold, and the powers that be have decided to celebrate by throwing one hell of a party. The Hidden Lanes Festival is taking over town for one day only on Saturday October 13, uniting the three locations to showcase our city’s secret charms. more

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Five in five – our top picks from every day of Valley Fiesta
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Five in five – our top picks from every day of Valley Fiesta

Folks, the time is almost upon us – the hotly anticipated Valley Fiesta is back in town and sticking around for an extra few days of goodness. For the first time in its inception, the Fiesta will be spreading its program of live music, art, theatre, immersive experiences and parties across five jam-packed days. There’s so much to see and do that we thought we’d give you a helping hand sorting through it all – from tropical rooftops to laneway shindigs, we’ve picked our must-dos at Valley Fiesta for every night of the week. more

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What’s on this Ekka eve and public holiday
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What’s on this Ekka eve and public holiday

There are so many things to love about the Ekka – the food, the animals and the rides are right up there, but it’s the public holiday that we’re most grateful for. If you’re not up for braving the crowds at the showgrounds on Wednesday August 10, we’ve whipped up a little list of things that are happening around town on the public holiday and the night before – you get a sleep-in, after all … more


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Valley Fiesta pumps up the party factor with an all-new five-day format
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Valley Fiesta pumps up the party factor with an all-new five-day format

Look, it’s absolutely no secret that Fortitude Valley is one of Queensland’s premier party hubs – the place was literally built for fun. Since 1997, there has been one particular event dedicated to shining a light on the Valley’s reputation as a hub of arts, culture, food and entertainment – the weekend-long celebrations of Valley Fiesta. Well folks, we can confirm that Brisbane’s biggest street party just got a heck of a lot bigger – clear August 29 to September 2 in your diary because the Fiesta is coming in hot with five days of revelry. more

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The Ekka returns with strawberry sundaes, dagwood dogs and all of the agriculture
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The Ekka returns with strawberry sundaes, dagwood dogs and all of the agriculture

The great state of Queensland quite simply has loads of things to be proud of. XXXX Beer, Savage Garden, the Story Bridge and Yatala Pies have all earned us some serious bragging rights, but there is one thing that makes our hearts swell with pride for the rich culture we have cultivated – the Royal Queensland Show (or the Ekka, as its more affectionately known as). This year the show celebrates an impressive 141 years (seriously, the only thing that’s stopped it since its inception have been the Spanish influenza and World War II), returning to its home turf of the Brisbane Showgrounds to celebrate the best of Queensland. more

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It's cool to be kind – embrace the world of sustainable fashion at Revive
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It’s cool to be kind – embrace the world of sustainable fashion at Revive

It’s no secret that vintage and second-hand shopping has had something of a boom lately. When you break it down, it’s not hard to see why it’s taken off – it’s way better for the environment, it’s friendly on the wallet and you can nab some totally unique pieces that nobody else has! Whether you’re a thrifting veteran or new to the pre-loved fashion game, the Revive Pop-Up Second-Hand Fashion Festival has got your back. Taking over South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt on Friday August 17, this event is here to give you the inside scoop on making your fashion game more sustainable. more

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Get keen to go green – Parks Alive is back with a bunch of eco-friendly fun
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Get keen to go green – Parks Alive is back with a bunch of eco-friendly fun

When you live in a city as naturally beautiful as Brisbane, it can become commonplace to take it for granted. As one of our city’s brightest gems, the Roma Street Parkland is one such place that you’ve probably enjoyed without putting much thought into how much work goes into keeping it so darn lush. Well, folks, if you’ve ever picnicked, relaxed, napped or strolled through the grounds, this is your chance to get a peek behind the curtain and uncover some of the park’s coolest secrets. Running for two jam-packed days on August 4–5, Parks Alive returns for its fifth year to turn Roma Street Parkland into a hive of activity celebrating all things green. more

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Live tunes, on-track action and air-guitar competitions combine for this rockin’ race day
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Live tunes, on-track action and air-guitar competitions combine for this rockin’ race day

Certain pairings are just meant to be – peas and carrots, Ben and Jerry, horse racing and … rock’n’roll? Hear us out here – while it may not seem like the most orthodox combination, the union of Tattersall’s Racing Club and Triple M has come about to treat us punters to a race day that is set to shake things up. Taking over Doomben Racecourse on Saturday July 21, the Triple M Rocks Tattersall’s Race Day comes with all of the ingredients of a rad race day event combined with some seriously rockin’ additions. more

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Be enlightened, entertained and inspired at the Brisbane Writers Festival
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Be enlightened, entertained and inspired at the Brisbane Writers Festival

From humble beginnings in 1962, the Warana Writers Convention, as it was then known, featured just six sessions over one day. Nowadays, the Brisbane Writers Festival has flourished to become a seminal literary event that brings together over 200 internationally renowned writers, thinkers and opinion makers to entertain, enlighten and inspire. This year, the line-up is stronger than ever with science guru Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, human rights barrister, activist and author Geoffrey Robertson Q.C. and New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth all gracing the program. more

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Feed your curiosity and cruise the Antarctic with Dr Karl
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Feed your curiosity and cruise the Antarctic with Dr Karl

Karl Kruszelnicki, or more popularly known as ‘Dr Karl’ is many things – author (of no less than 43 books with more on the way), renowned science commentator, all-round excellent human and now he can add tour guide to his long list of creds. Yes, friends, Dr Karl is embarking on an adventure into the Antarctic and you can tag along. more

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Food, fashion and fun combine for the inaugural Flavours of Portside
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Food, fashion and fun combine for the inaugural Flavours of Portside

When it comes to a great day out, there are a few key ingredients that we like to include. Delicious food is a given, fantastic drinks kick it up a notch, a spot of shopping certainly doesn’t go astray, and something to keep the kids occupied is just the cherry on top. If this sounds like your idea of a nice time, we have something that ticks all of the boxes. On Sunday June 24, Portside Wharf will come alive in a flurry of food, fashion and family-friendly fun for its inaugural Flavours of Portside event, celebrating all aspects of the precinct in signature riverside style. more

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Fun, food, fashion and family vibes – the winter race day shaking up its offering
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Fun, food, fashion and family vibes – the winter race day shaking up its offering

When it comes to the races, you might have some preconceived ideas about what to expect – you’ve got your horses, your high heels and your hors d'oeuvres, but what’s new there? It’s definitely not the sort of event you usually turn to for a family day out … or is it? Tattersall’s is turning the traditional race day formula on its head for its Tiara Race Day, galloping into the Doomben Racecourse on Saturday June 23 to bring food, fashion, fierce competition and family-friendly vibes all wrapped up in one huge day. more

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The Weekend Edition x W Insider: Brisbane's June Cool Hunter Guide
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The Weekend Edition x W Insider: Brisbane’s June Cool Hunter Guide

Friday June 1 marked a very special day for Brisbane City – the opening of its first five-star hotel in 20 years, W Brisbane. There are many elements that make W Brisbane particularly worthy of the five-star accolade, one of which is the W Insider, Montana Tozzi, a gal about town whose job is to ensure guests have access to whatever they want, whenever they want it. Each month Montana treats guests with her hit-list of what to do and see in Brisbane via the Cool Hunter Guide, and seeing as that's our specialty, we've partnered with her to curate it each month. Here you have it folks – the best of Brisbane this June. more

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A glam pineapple caravan heralds the arrival of W Brisbane
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A glam pineapple caravan heralds the arrival of W Brisbane

We’re less than a day away from the official opening of Brisbane’s newest five-star hotel W Brisbane and to celebrate, the hotel is kicking off one massive party. Want to know the best thing about this party? It’s mobile! This glamorous shindig will be brightening up Queen Street Mall at midday today before hitting the road and shimmying its way south. more

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West Village goes even greener for its next WV Laneway activation
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West Village goes even greener for its next WV Laneway activation

Folks, the wait is over – West Village’s Laneway WV initiative has revealed its next activation! The West End lifestyle precinct has been treating us to regular doses of arts, culture and gourmand goodness since the launch of its rad new program, so we were thrilled when we found out that June would be dedicated to all things green. The fun kicks off with a series of relaxed weekend workshops that will teach you everything you need to know about kokedama, the cool mossy ornaments that make any space instantly lusher. more