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

No matter what the weather throws at us, we will always find an excuse to get out and about to enjoy everything that our fine city has to offer ... and it turns out it has positively oodles for us. From bacon festivals to beer mixers and gold-coin food trails, we’ve rounded up the best things to do in Brisbane on the July 12–15 weekend. 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

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No passport required – take a trip around the globe with Brisbane’s best multicultural events
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No passport required – take a trip around the globe with Brisbane’s best multicultural events

Real talk – one of the best things about Brisbane is that it’s a cultural melting pot. From the delicious food to the lively events, there is always something happening that celebrates the unique mix of people that call this place home. Whether you want to taste something exciting, take part in a new ritual, catch tunes from another culture or see art from across the globe, it’s all happening in Brisbane this winter. We’ve taken a look through Brisbane City Council’s Live guide and picked five must-do events that prove you don’t need a passport to see the world. more

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Party like a demigod when Paniyiri Greek Festival returns
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Party like a demigod when Paniyiri Greek Festival returns

Brisbane, the time is almost here – the haloumi is sizzling, the honey puffs are getting dusted with sugar and the zorba lines are approaching at a rapid pace. That’s right, Paniyiri Greek Festival is back! Returning to Musgrave Park and the newly renovated Greek Club from May 19–20, Brisbane’s biggest celebration of Greek culture will fill your belly and warm your heart. more

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Take it back to Expo '88 with this public art trail full of festival throwbacks
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Take it back to Expo ’88 with this public art trail full of festival throwbacks

The year 1988 was a huge one for Brisbane for many reasons, but there is one event that positively impacted our city in ways that our people had never experienced before – we’re talking World Expo '88. The enormous festival was a catalyst for change across Brisbane’s entire cultural landscape, putting us on the world map as a place worth seeing. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of World Expo '88, Brisbane City Council has taken the existing World Expo '88 Public Art Trail and elevated it to a whole new level. more

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The Pop-Up Hotel is back … and you can win a night!
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The Pop-Up Hotel is back … and you can win a night!

You may have seen The Pop-Up Hotel before – a luxurious bell tent in the middle of Brisbane Festival, on the sandy shores of Kirra at Bleach* Festival, or smack-bang in the middle of Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. As its name implies, The Pop-Up Hotel can pop up anywhere at any time ... and this May it's bringing a whimsical night of luxury to Death Valley Fun Camp. more

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Good morning, sunshine – how to get into riding to work
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Good morning, sunshine – how to get into riding to work

For many people, the daily commute to work is at least a bit of a drag. Whether you’re perfecting your car karaoke during a peak-hour traffic jam or doing your best impression of a sardine on the train, these aren’t exactly ideal day-starting situations. Ever watched people breeze past on bikes on their way to the office and thought it looks pretty dreamy? You would be right – no gridlock, some fresh air, a few extra dollars in the pocket and a good workout sounds like a sweet deal to us. If you’ve thought about riding to work but didn’t know where (or how) to start, we’ve teamed up with Cycling Brisbane, an initiative of Brisbane City Council, to get you prepped for the two-wheeled way to travel. more

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Our top five highlights for week two of Festival 2018 Brisbane
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Our top five highlights for week two of Festival 2018 Brisbane

It's all happening – we are currently in the thick of the thrilling Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games! While the sporting action is taking place down south between April 4–15, Brisbane certainly isn't missing out – the city is buzzing with a stellar program of world-class events and live entertainment thanks to Festival 2018. For 12 huge days, the city is coming alive for an arts and culture extravaganza and best of all – it’s entirely free. Last week we rounded up some of our must-sees for the opening week, so we thought we'd help out again with some guidance. Here are our top picks for Week Two of Festival 2018 in Brisbane, from Monday April 9 to Sunday April 15. more

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Our top five highlights for week one of Festival 2018 Brisbane
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Our top five highlights for week one of Festival 2018 Brisbane

It's official – the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games have arrived! While most of the action is taking place down south between April 4–15, Brisbane will still be buzzing with a stellar program of world-class events and live entertainment thanks to Festival 2018. For 12 huge days, the city will come alive for an arts and culture extravaganza and best of all – it's entirely free. Here are our top picks for Week One of Festival 2018 in Brisbane, from Wednesday April 4 to Sunday April 8. more

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Who run the world? WOW at Festival 2018 celebrates females in all of their forms
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Who run the world? WOW at Festival 2018 celebrates females in all of their forms

Although there is still a long way to go in the fight for equality, it’s always nice to look around and take stock of the progress that has been made. Between same-sex marriage laws getting passed and the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements taking off, there is a global conversation happening around the subject of gender – particularly in regards to breaking down conventions and entering a brave new world where women speak up, stand out and have equal footing. Coming to the Brisbane Powerhouse on April 6–8, Women of the World at Festival 2018 (or WOW if you’re feeling cheeky) is a three-day celebration of everything it means to be a woman in this modern world. more

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Young hearts run free – how to celebrate during Brisbane Youth Week
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Young hearts run free – how to celebrate during Brisbane Youth Week

Folks, National Youth Week is almost upon us – it’s a time for the young (and the young at heart) to celebrate all of the amazing things that the next generation of Brisbane adults are getting up to. Youthfulness is all about innovation, invigoration and fun – who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Whether you’re heading along yourself, have your own offspring you need to entertain, or have a younger sibling you could be spending more time with, Brisbane Youth Week is a perfect opportunity to connect with your more playful side. more

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Festival 2018 – the free arts and culture festival hitting Brisbane for the Commonwealth Games
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Festival 2018 – the free arts and culture festival hitting Brisbane for the Commonwealth Games

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might be aware that a little old event called the Commonwealth Games is happening really soon. If you’re a Brisbane dweller, you might be feeling a sense of FOMO creeping up on account of our southern neighbours on the Gold Coast getting all of the hosting glory. Fear not, friends – Brisbane is getting in on the action with a huge roster of events running parallel to the Games! Festival 2018 is coming to Brisbane from April 4–15 to connect Brisbane to the exciting happenings of GC2018 – all without having to leave the city. more

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Second time around – here’s the rescheduled BrisAsia events you can catch this weekend
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Second time around – here’s the rescheduled BrisAsia events you can catch this weekend

When we mentioned that a Lunar New Year Rooftop Party was coming to town as part of the BrisAsia Festival, you guys got all kinds of excited. It was a huge bummer when the event was called off due to extreme weather last weekend, but we were offered almost instant relief with the announcement that the event was moved to this Saturday March 3. The Sunnybank cinema rooftop will be transformed into a bright and bold celebration of all things Asian – think delicious food and drink, live music, entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display all inspired by traditional Lunar New Year festivities. Another big BrisAsia Festival event that copped the wrath of some nasty weather was Kisaragi Sai and its accompanying kite procession as part of the Kite Wishes Project. This Saturday is our chance at a do-over, with the Roma Street Parkland playing host to the Japanese cultural festival. Two… more