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

Dragon may have warned us against going out in the pouring rain, but we choose to respectfully disagree with this warning. A little precipitation shouldn’t stop you from living your best weekend life! From Brisbane’s first-ever burger festival to tropical teases and rubber duck racing, we’ve scouted the best of what’s happening in Brisbane on the October 19–22 weekend. more

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Valley Fiesta comes of age by throwing a street party with all the trimmings
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Valley Fiesta comes of age by throwing a street party with all the trimmings

Turning 21 is a pretty big deal – it’s the kind of occasion where you throw a massive rager, invite all of your friends and try to extend the good times for as long as possible, right? It’s definitely a milestone worthy of a two-day party featuring killer bands, loads of live entertainment and drool-worthy food, which is exactly what iconic street festival Valley Fiesta is doing to celebrate its upcoming birthday. Taking over the Brunswick Street and Chinatown malls as well as a host of adjoining venues on the October 27–28 weekend, this is one party you’ll want to invite yourself to. more

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Nail the race day trifecta at this sophisticated Melbourne Cup party destination
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Nail the race day trifecta at this sophisticated Melbourne Cup party destination

The Melbourne Cup is one of those uniquely Australian mid-week excuses to pretty much dress up and get down – sure, some people genuinely care about the racing aspect but a lot of us are in it for the party. Well, dear readers, there exists a place that will cater to every crowd come Tuesday November 7. Whether you’re a serious punter, a social butterfly, a fashion die-hard or just there for the food (no shame), Melbourne Cup at Treasury Brisbane is the place where you’ll feel like you’re winning all day long. more

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Snack, sip and catch starlit flicks at American Express Openair Cinemas
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Snack, sip and catch starlit flicks at American Express Openair Cinemas

Going to the movies as an adult seems to be a rare treat for most of us – it’s so nice to be able to kick back for a couple of hours and truly switch off from the world. While we have no complaints about the traditional formula of popcorn, frozen Coke and blasting air-conditioning, sometimes it’s nice to shake it up and take advantage of our dreamy Brisbane climate. American Express Openair Cinemas is taking up residence in the lush South Bank Parklands from October 6 to November 19, bringing a fresh and seasonal spin to your movie-going experience – trust us when we say this is one instance where the question “Do you want to take this outside?” should be met with the affirmative. more

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Dinner and a show – Uber is giving lucky riders the chance to win an exclusive Riverfire experience
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Dinner and a show – Uber is giving lucky riders the chance to win an exclusive Riverfire experience

There’s something about pyrotechnics that gets people really damn excited. Heck, we’re not about to pretend that we’re above stopping and staring in awe when a whole bunch of colourful fireballs light up the sky. Returning as the show-stopping closing event to Brisbane Festival, Sunsuper Riverfire is one such occasion where we all come together to marvel at the wonders of gunpowder let off to a synchronised soundtrack. As a special treat for the long weekend, Uber is giving twenty lucky riders the chance to win the ultimate Sunsuper Riverfire experience this Saturday September 30 – transport, food and killer views all included. more

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The round-up: Saddle up for race-day revelry this Melbourne Cup

The race that stops the nation is fast approaching, which means it’s time to ensure that your Melbourne Cup party plans are sorted. This year dozens of Brisbane’s finest spots are frocking up for the 2017 festivities, so before you get caught up finalising your bets and arranging your stellar outfit, make sure you’ve booked a place to celebrate before you’re all dressed up with no place to go. more

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Raise your stein to celebrate ten years of Oktoberfest Brisbane, the country’s biggest German party
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Raise your stein to celebrate ten years of Oktoberfest Brisbane, the country’s biggest German party

Germany is known for a lot of things – its highly expressive language, its iconic selection of food and rich cultural history combine to make it a bucket-list destination for pretty much anyone who hasn’t been already. Undoubtedly one of the biggest celebrations of all things Germanic is the world-famous Oktoberfest, but unfortunately not all of us have the cash to drop on a European getaway. Luckily, we have the next best thing right in our own backyard – Oktoberfest Brisbane! Held over two weekends at the Brisbane Showgrounds in October, this massive party is celebrating its tenth year of bringing us a big ol’ slice of Germany’s culture. more

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Everything is all white – tickets to Brisbane’s most prestigious dinner party are about to drop!
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Everything is all white – tickets to Brisbane’s most prestigious dinner party are about to drop!

Here in Brisbane we may not get a white Christmas, but every year we do get one white-hot party. How could you possibly resist the allure of an all-white dress code combined with a mystery location and a moveable feast? Combining mystery with elegance, this annual epicurean adventure is one that sets the city's social scene abuzz. Le Dîner en Blanc returns for its sixth edition on Saturday November 4, taking over a top-secret location and filling it with food, merriment and white for the night. more


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Snap up some sensational seasonal bargains at DFO Brisbane's Big Brand Sale
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Snap up some sensational seasonal bargains at DFO Brisbane’s Big Brand Sale

Folks, we are at that awkward mid-season point of the year where we’re clinging to spring but the rise in temperature is undeniable. This recent spell of balmy weather has got us looking toward our summer wardrobes and feeling a little less than impressed with what we've got. Are you feeling a tad uninspired by your selection of last year’s denim cut-offs and that same bikini you’ve been rocking for a couple of summers now? Fear not, fam! DFO Brisbane's Big Brand Sale is here to save your wardrobe and your pennies – running from Friday September 29 to Monday October 2, you can indulge in some serious bargains with a side of delicious eats and fun activities. more

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From cheese alleys to wine ice-cream – find your new favourites at the Good Food and Wine Show
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From cheese alleys to wine ice-cream – find your new favourites at the Good Food and Wine Show

We’ve all had instances where we’ve tasted something for the very first time and had our minds blown. You know, from the moment it hits your lips and you instantly think, “Holy smokes, this is a game changer and please give me 100 more.” The thrill of finding flavours that really resonate with you is pretty much unparalleled, which is what makes the Good Food and Wine Show the equivalent of Christmas for adults. Running from October 27–29 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, this culinary paradise brings together a travelling road show of some of the best producers around the country for your eatin’ and drinkin’ pleasure. more

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Brews, beats, strongman battles and eats – strap yourself in for the Beer InCider Experience
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Brews, beats, strongman battles and eats – strap yourself in for the Beer InCider Experience

Us Australians as a people have gained something of an international reputation in regards to our drinking habits – particularly that we’re really damn good at it. Here’s the thing though – the booze that is being produced in Australia is some of the best in the world, so it’s no wonder we enjoy a tipple or two. Our craft beer and cider culture is actually killing it, largely due to a passionate subculture that has added a serious dose of sophistication to our national profile. One event that champions this movement is the Beer InCider Experience, headed to its new and much larger home at the Brisbane Showgrounds from September 22–23 to bring us more fun, flavour and frivolity than ever before. more

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A trinity of good taste – Cheese, Wine & Hops takes over Treasury Brisbane
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A trinity of good taste – Cheese, Wine & Hops takes over Treasury Brisbane

Three is a magic number – many of us associate it with luck and good fortune, attributing it to the most positive of unions. There is an event coming that proves all of the best things come in threes – following on from its sold-out cheese and wine trail earlier this year, Treasury Brisbane is once again turning its Hotel Courtyard into a foodie paradise for one magical night. On Friday September 15, Cheese, Wine & Hops will bring the three titular items together for three hours of free-roam feasting, all for a very nice price indeed. more

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Help your furry friends by feasting this RSPCA Cupcake Day
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Help your furry friends by feasting this RSPCA Cupcake Day

Let’s be real, our lives would be terrible without animals – the joy a pet can bring cannot be quantified. The only thing that could possibly compare to the feeling of patting a happy puppy is eating some scrumptious cupcakes, which is why the RSPCA’s Cupcake Day is such an important event. It’s time to get your bake on, invite some friends around and raise funds to help rescue and rehabilitate the thousands of animals that the RSPCA shelters yearly. more

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Harvest Newrybar joins forces with Gauge for a native culinary collaboration
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Harvest Newrybar joins forces with Gauge for a native culinary collaboration

Despite the geographical separation, well-regarded establishments Harvest in Newrybar and Gauge in South Brisbane have a lot in common. Both kitchens are renowned for creativity and innovation, uniquely balanced by a knowledgeable connection with locally sourced sustainable produce. In one of the most exciting (and delicious) collaborations we’ve seen, the two venues will be joining forces for one night only on Wednesday August 23, as part of the next instalment of Harvest’s popular Wild Harvest chefs series. more

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Revive returns to celebrate the merging of sustainability and style
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Revive returns to celebrate the merging of sustainability and style

Op-shopping sure has come a long way – once purely the domain of quirky arts degree types (and your nan, bless her), the thrill of thrifting has well and truly hit the mainstream. It’s a good thing too, because our world is in an increasingly intense state of peril when it comes to fast fashion – bargains may be tempting but the cost to the earth really isn’t worth the $20 saving you make on a pair of sweatshop jeans. Brisbane City Council is helping to combat this with Revive, its second annual pop-up celebrating sustainable style solutions. Taking over South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt on Friday August 18, the fashion fest is a great place to not only nab some killer finds but to learn awesome tips to take your current wardrobe way, way further. more

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It's show time! The Ekka celebrates 140 years of Queensland culture (and strawberry sundaes)
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It’s show time! The Ekka celebrates 140 years of Queensland culture (and strawberry sundaes)

Some things are just so quintessentially Queensland that it almost physically hurts. If someone is to mention the Big Pineapple, The Veronicas, XXXX Gold or Stefan’s Skyneedle, we undoubtedly feel a twang of pride deep within – that’s a seriously impressive legacy in anyone’s eyes for sure. Jokes aside, there is one thing that stands above all as being the cornerstone of our state’s rich culture – the Royal Queensland Show, or The Ekka as it's more affectionately known. This year sees the show celebrating its 140th edition, returning to its home at the Brisbane Showgrounds from August 11–20 to celebrate the best that our fair state has to offer across food, fashion and all things fun. more

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Feast and frolic for four days when the James Street Food & Wine Trail returns
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Feast and frolic for four days when the James Street Food & Wine Trail returns

The only thing more exciting than an adventure is an adventure involving food. What’s not to love about grabbing a map, assembling a crew and setting off to distant lands in search of treasure? When you sub out gold and loot for delicious eats, and distant lands for one of Brisbane’s favourite foodie precincts, you get the James Street Food & Wine Trail. This beloved culinary escapade returns from July 27–30 for its sixth incarnation, providing a four-day tasting plate of the best brews and chews from the iconic strip. more

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Grape expectations – Winter Wine at Sanctuary Cove is set to be the toast of the season
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Grape expectations – Winter Wine at Sanctuary Cove is set to be the toast of the season

As much as we are willing to advocate wine at any time of the year, we must admit that it really comes into its own as the temperature drops. Whether it’s white, red or sparkling, everyone’s favourite fermented grape beverage becomes that much easier to appreciate with the added comfort of a crackling fire and a cosy jacket. No offence to summer, but sippin’ on a glass of shiraz when it’s 30 degrees outside just doesn’t have the same effect. This is where Winter Wine comes in – taking over Sanctuary Cove on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July, the festival celebrates all things to do with the wide world of wine. more

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QAGOMA’s Future Collective Revel is the arty party of your dreams
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QAGOMA’s Future Collective Revel is the arty party of your dreams

Any Brisbane local who is trying to impress someone from interstate or overseas will almost always bring up two things – the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art. This writer is definitely guilty of humble-bragging to mates across the border about our world class, kickass cultural jewels (I am not sorry and I will never apologise). One of the key factors to QAGOMA’s success – apart from the amazing staff – is the Future Collective, a group of benevolent young guns that throw their financial support behind the galleries. Once a year they throw a party to end all parties in the name of raising dosh for art – prepare yourself for Future Collective Revel. more

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Regional Flavours returns as your personal passport to the best eats in the state
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Regional Flavours returns as your personal passport to the best eats in the state

Many of us Queenslanders have a certain pride about our fair state and for good reason – the weather is unbeatable, we are responsible for some serious hit makers (hello, Savage Garden) and our food scene is booming like never before. We’re incredibly lucky to live in a place that not only utilises the land’s abundant fresh produce but also celebrates it, with boundless eateries and businesses being stoked to support local industry. Taking over the picturesque South Bank Parklands on the July 15–16 weekend, Regional Flavours presented by the Courier-Mail is your personal free pass to the very best in Queensland food and wine, providing a chance to sample wares from the state’s finest producers. more