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

There's a stack of exciting happenings coming to Brisbane over the next few days – you can check out nature-inspired art exhibitions, attend groovy gigs and traverse through moonlit mirror mazes. Here's our pick of some of the best things to do this weekend ... more

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Queen Street Mall
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The iconic Queen Street Mall is turning 40 – and you’re invited to the party!

Pop your party hats on and hightail it to The City – Queen Street Mall is having a big birthday bash and everyone is invited! The iconic shopping strip is turning 40 and to celebrate the momentous occasion is hosting a celebration to remember on Friday August 26. The mall will transform into a vibrant day-long street party bursting at the seams with live entertainment, night markets, style workshops, pop-up bars and much more. The best part? You don't even have to buy a present! more

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Plant markets, live tunes and picnic delights – put spring in your step at Roma Street Parkland
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Plant markets, live tunes and picnic delights – put spring in your step at Roma Street Parkland

It's time to wake up and smell the roses – spring is soon to be sprung! We're looking forward to the weather warming up, the city coming alive with colour and a whole bunch of fun activities coming to Brisbane's lushest spot, Roma Street Parkland. We're talking live gigs, food trucks, guided tours, plant markets and blooms aplenty – all you need to pack is your picnic basket! more

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Award-winning author Holden Sheppard is coming to Brisbane Powerhouse
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Award-winning author Holden Sheppard is coming to Brisbane Powerhouse

When Holden Sheppard was told feelings weren’t something boys were meant to talk about, he began to write his down instead. Two decades later, this Geraldton born-and-bred wordsmith is a multi-award winning author. This August, Holden will wow us and share his entrancing way with words and share a few captivating tales as part of Brisbane Powerhouse's Writers+Ideas series. more

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Cape Byron Whisky
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Cape Byron Distillery has a brand-new whisky – here’s your invite to the exclusive launch event

Lovers of whisky and hinterland sips, listen up! The gin masters at Cape Byron Distillery decided that a delicious range of dry gin, Davidson plum-infused 'Byron Slow Gin' and macadamia liqueur was simply not enough to quench the thirst of parched punters and have been toiling away in the background on a very tasty new tipple. After calling in one of the industry big guns, Jim McEwan, the distillery is ready to launch its first single malt whisky release to the Australian public. As you can expect, bottles of this liquid gold will be incredibly hard to come by. Luckily for you, we've got the inside scoop on how to score one for yourself.   more

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Cork, Culinary & Colour returns for an afternoon of painting, sipping and snacking under the sun
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Cork, Culinary & Colour returns for an afternoon of painting, sipping and snacking under the sun

Friends, good food and a fun activity – these are the winning ingredients of an afternoon well spent. Oh, and of course, we can’t forget wine. One happening that’s guaranteed to have all of the aforementioned is Treasury Brisbane's Cork, Culinary & Colour event, which will see the Treasury Hotel Courtyard transformed into a garden-party-style studio on Sunday July 31. Before you grab the Warhol to your Basquiat, let us paint you a pretty picture of what this art-filled afternoon looks like. more

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Horizon Festival
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Celebrate cultural connections and homegrown artists at Horizon Festival on the Sunshine Coast

Over ten days in August, the Sunshine Coast is playing host to a contemporary multi-arts festival. More than just your average collection of visual art, music, theatre, dance, words, film and creative workshops, Horizon Festival is rooted in celebrating the natural beauty of the Sunshine Coast with a program that thoughtfully honours and highlights the Traditional Custodians of the land in which it operates – the Kabi Kabi and Jinibara Peoples. If you relish in celebrating art in all of its forms, have a thirst for the knowledge shared by our First Nations Peoples and are craving a northern escape, then head up to the Sunshine Coast from August 26 until September 4 and immerse yourself in ten days of spectacular creativity and culture-rich performances. more

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The Rangebow Festival
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See diversity, creativity and sustainability shine at the Sunshine Coast’s brand new The Rangebow Festival

At a time when the news can leave us recoiling at current events, it's so important to find moments of light to serve as an anchor for our happiness. Events like festivals tend to bring out the best in people as they gather to celebrate, sing, dance and enjoy life as part of a collective. The Sunshine Coast's newest festival is focused on doing that and more, championing inclusivity, sustainability, diversity and reconciliation. The inaugural The Rangebow Festival is gearing up to take the Sunny Coast Hinterland by storm with four days of music, workshops, art and conversations. In order to make the most of your time up north, we've put together a guide not only for the The Rangebow Festival but the very best places to stay, play and eat during a long weekend nestled in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. more


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Sunshine Coast Breweries
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(Beer) paddle your way across the Sunshine Coast’s breweries for the ultimate froth-filled long weekend

In Australia, we don't shy away from the fact that we love a good beer. Over the last few years – much to the delight of fans of froth – we have been treated to an ever-expanding craft-beer scene. The Sunshine Coast is no stranger to this rapidly growing industry, with a tidy 21 craft breweries calling the region home. Not only does this keep locals very well hydrated, but it crowns the Sunshine Coast as the Craft Beer Capital of Australia. Now, 21 breweries are no mean feat, and in the spirit of inclusivity, it's essential to (responsibly) sample a tipple from each.  more

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The Curated Plate Sunshine Coast
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Embark on a food-filled Sunny Coast getaway with The Curated (side) Plate

In our humble opinion, it is not love that makes the world go round, but food. Like a drug, it pulls us from plate to plate, across the countryside, down dark alleys and into new environments as we hunt for the next flavour high. If, like us, food is your love language, then we can almost guarantee that you'll reach a new level of taste nirvana at the Sunshine Coast's latest festival, The Curated (side) Plate. Hosted over ten days from July 29 until August 7, The Curated (side) Plate promises a 2022-sized serving of local produce, fresh seafood and curated taste experiences against the backdrop of the Sunshine Coast's sprawling coastlines and rolling hinterland hills. Tuck that napkin into your collar, folks, things are about to get tasty ... more

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BLEACH* Festival
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From First Nations feasts to late-night secrets and sonic Sunday soirees – our top picks for BLEACH* Festival in 2022

After almost two years of waiting, BLEACH* Festival is preparing to light up the Gold Coast with carefully curated creativity and performances over 11 days in August. From August 11-21, Gold Coast locals are encouraged to celebrate and support an ever-talented collective of artists, singers, performers and musicians as they take over beachside esplanades, botanic gardens and hinterland hideaways. With more than 233 artists, 94 performances and 36 events lined up on the program, there is bound to be something to satisfy every creative appetite. If you're a little stuck on what to attend, fear not! We have combed through the program and plucked out a few highlights worthy of pencilling into your calendar for BLEACH* in 2022.  more

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Brookies Gin
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REVEL in Byron Bay’s unique food and culture at this delicious new festival

Byron Bay and the surrounding Northern Rivers region are home to some impeccable food and unique cultural experiences. Whether you're keen to indulge in beachside gourmet delights, sip on native botanical gin in the hinterland or succumb your senses to the culturally diverse art on display, there is no shortage of experiences to surprise and delight even the most seasoned traveller on a trip down to Byron. After a rough few years that saw a pandemic and destructive floods, this vibrant region is ready to wow once more, celebrating the melting pot of talent, taste and diversity with the inaugural REVEL Byron Bay Food and Culture Festival. more

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BLEACH* Festival
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Culture-soaked creativity and expert storytellers bring BLEACH* Festival’s 2022 program to life

Unless you're new to the coast or have been living under a rock, you're probably well familiar with BLEACH* Festival. For those who aren't, well, allow us – BLEACH* is the Gold Coast's premier arts and cultural festival that proudly and passionately champions the incredible artists and performers that make up the tapestry of the shining city. BLEACH* has been no stranger to COVID-related cancellations and, much to the dismay of everyone on the Gold Coast, last year's festival took a hit. Luckily for us, BLEACH* is back, better than ever and is here to celebrate its 11-year milestone by transforming beachside esplanades, botanic gardens and hinterland hideaways into backdrops for spine-tingling and thought-provoking experiences from August 11-21. We recommend clearing your calendar because the 11-day program has just been released and is packed with a bounty of events and… more

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Our top picks for your taste buds at this year's Scenic Rim Eat Local Week
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Our top picks for your taste buds at this year’s Scenic Rim Eat Local Week

Nestled in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and cushioned by World Heritage-listed national parks is a gastronomic wonderland, bursting with freshly grown produce and artful chefs highly skilled in the craft of making damn good food. The Scenic Rim is the sparkling gem in Queensland's crown of homegrown culinary goodness. With friendly farmers aplenty, a myriad of wineries, eclectic rural communities and good, old-fashioned country charm, you can't go wrong with a trip anywhere in this region. As if we didn't need another excuse to pop in the car for a winter road trip, the Scenic Rim is enticing Gold Coast and Brisbane locals to come and taste the best the region has on offer during the 11th Eat Local Week. From June 25 to July 3, snuggle up and prepare to breathe in the fresh country air as you taste, sip, nibble and delight in a bounty of events courtesy of some of… more

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The round-up: get quizzical at Brisbane's best trivia nights
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The round-up: get quizzical at Brisbane’s best trivia nights

If you’ve ever found yourself sitting on the couch watching The Chase and thought the questions weren’t that hard, you might want to consider joining a trivia team. The high-stakes world of pub trivia is one of the most entertaining ways to spend a weeknight, with just about every night of the week boasting a trivia night somewhere. Not only is trivia sociable, entertaining and good for the brain, it is also a relatively inexpensive way to spend an evening. Simply pick a location from our comprehensive list of Brisbane's best trivia spots and then all you'll need to do is come up with a cool team name! Might we suggest Quizteama Aguilera, Risky Quizness or Trivia Newton John? more

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Museum of Brisbane champions new cultural movement, Brissie-ism
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Museum of Brisbane champions new cultural movement, Brissie-ism

Enjoying a 'beer off the wood' at the Breakfast Creek Hotel, picnicking at the top of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, watching a game at The Gabba and taking a stroll along the Brown Snake. These are all classic Brisbane activities, but what makes up the unique identity of Brisbane? It's a whole lot more diverse than brews, footy and a larrikin attitude – but that accounts for some of our collective identity, that's for sure. Inner-city cultural hub Museum of Brisbane has kicked off a way to create conversation around what defines Brisbane, especially its arts and cultural scene. Enter Brissie-ism, a 21st-century movement that was started right here in our River City. more

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Sunshine Coast Weddings
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Say “I do” to the wedding of your dreams at the Maleny Wedding Festival

Have you spent your entire life daydreaming about the day you walk down the aisle? Perhaps you spend your spare time curating the perfect wedding playlist and perusing Pinterest on the hunt for bespoke and picturesque wedding inspo. If you've recently acquired a rather sparkly new ring, have been planning your big day for a while or just love all things weddings, we recommend blocking off Sunday July 31 in your calendar. The Maleny Wedding Festival is back to help inspire couples and take the stress out of wedding planning. With more than 150 vendors dotted along a trail of nine venues, this superb festival in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland will have you sipping on champers and saying cheers to a day you will remember forever.  more

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Laneways, laughs and local gems – spend a long weekend in Caloundra for the hilarious That's Not My Dog! festival
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Laneways, laughs and local gems – spend a long weekend in Caloundra for the hilarious That’s Not My Dog! festival

With June upon us and the middle of the year nigh, many of us will be craving a little escape. While an extended holiday may not be possible until Christmas, a long weekend here and there is definitely on the cards. That's Not My Dog! comedy festival is serving you with the perfect excuse to apply for some leave – or chuck a sneaky sickie – and head up north to enjoy three days of laughs, good food and plenty of sunshine in Caloundra. While we're sure you don't need any convincing, we've gone to the trouble of curating the perfect long weekend itinerary so that you can soak up the sun, sample the local brews and bites, take in the scenery and enjoy some classic Aussie comedy. more