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

Well, well, well … it looks like the hectic rains we endured during our last stretch of freedom have decided to bugger off for a bit. Total bliss! Don’t let a little sprinkle keep you housebound – there is so much to see and do in our beautiful city at the moment. From gin therapy to Persian banquets and weird science, we’ve found the best things happening in Brisbane on the March 21–24 weekend. more

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Eat to the beat – where to find food-truck feasts and free concerts in Brisbane
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Eat to the beat – where to find food-truck feasts and free concerts in Brisbane

When it comes to finding the way to our hearts, food and music are two things that will instantly boost our endorphins. Our city is full of free outdoor fun that combines live tunes and delicious eats – you just need to know where to look. We’ve picked out a few must-do events from Brisbane City Council’s jam-packed LIVE Guide that are coming up soon – so if you like delicious mobile food vendors and amazing live (and free) music, read on. more

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Paint the town green – where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Brisbane
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Paint the town green – where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Brisbane

Let’s be honest – when it comes to parting, the Irish have a reputation for doing it extremely correctly. When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, it’s a perfect opportunity for everyone to indulge in a particularly Irish brand of fun that includes music, drinks and outrageous dress-ups. What’s not to love? This year the beloved holiday falls on a weekend (Sunday March 17 to be precise), meaning that a whole bunch of events are happening to celebrate. We’ve rounded up the best spots to paint the town green this St. Patrick’s Day in Brisbane. more

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Who run the world? Where to celebrate International Women’s Day in Brisbane
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Who run the world? Where to celebrate International Women’s Day in Brisbane

Folks, here’s a little heads up – International Women’s Day has rolled around again! Taking place on Friday March 8, this global celebration shines a light on the amazing work that non-male folk all around the world are doing. From art and activism to STEM and parenting, it’s all about acknowledging the tireless work of women in all walks of life. This day is for everyone (no matter how they identify) to celebrate, support and recognise the achievements and everyday struggles that women face. We’ve rounded up some rad events that epitomise the spirit of the day – and all are welcome to attend. more

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From beer-coaster poetry to Adam Liaw – five unmissable events at BrisAsia this year
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From beer-coaster poetry to Adam Liaw – five unmissable events at BrisAsia this year

Folks, one of our city’s finest cultural events is almost upon us – BrisAsia Festival is back for another year! From Saturday February 9 to Sunday March 3, various venues across Brisbane will be playing host to roughly 100 amazing events that have been curated to showcase the depth and diversity of Asian arts and culture. The festival shines a light on both modern and traditional aspects of the continent and its people, as well as how we celebrate Brisbane’s own cultural diversity. From beer-coaster poetry to national treasures, we’ve teamed up with Brisbane City Council to round up five must-see events over the course of the festival. more

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Sizzle, spark and spice – where to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Brisbane
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Sizzle, spark and spice – where to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Brisbane

One of the best parts of living in Australia is the huge mix of cultures that we have going on here. Many other countries have brought their customs and celebrations to our shores, giving us even more reasons to learn about and appreciate our global community. One of the most significant events on the world calendar is Lunar New Year, a time when people from Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese backgrounds celebrate the lunar calendar ticking over into a new year. Come Tuesday February 5, we will officially welcome the Year of the Pig – here are the best places around Brisbane to celebrate! more

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Time to folk around – the Woodford Folk Festival returns to entertain and inspire
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Time to folk around – the Woodford Folk Festival returns to entertain and inspire

If you haven’t been to the Woodford Folk Festival, it’s almost impossible to describe it to someone else. Every year on the day after Boxing Day, tens of thousands of people flock to the paradise of Woodfordia to indulge in a constant stream of pure magic in the form of music, live art, performances, debates and more, coming together as a mini-community until it all culminates on New Year’s Day. The all-encompassing vibe may sound like a bit of a stretch, but believe us when we say this is one journey you need to take at least once in your life. more

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Celebrate West Village’s new sensory garden with free eco-themed workshops
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Celebrate West Village’s new sensory garden with free eco-themed workshops

Considering the state that the planet is in at the moment, teaching the next generation how to be cleaner, greener and more environmentally conscious is a pretty important thing to do. Heck, we can all stand to learn a little more about making our lives more eco-friendly! Lifestyle precinct West Village is doing its bit to make the education process more fun than preachy with the launch of its own dedicated children’s sensory garden. To celebrate the opening of the garden, West Village is hosting some rad free workshops to get locals and visitors alike acquainted with the space – featuring a different activity for every day of the week. more


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Christmas in Brisbane brings magic, wonder and free fun this festive season
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Christmas in Brisbane brings magic, wonder and free fun this festive season

The tinsel is out of storage, the ornaments are polished and the oven is prepped at a perfect pavlova-cooking temperature – we think it’s safe to say that the festive season has well and truly arrived! Christmas in Brisbane is truly a magical time where the River City comes alive to celebrate in a uniquely Australian way. From enchanted gardens to pop-up riverfront cinemas, we’ve found the best things happening during Christmas in Brisbane across The City, South Bank and Roma Street Parkland. 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