Food
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

Community
Let your baller fantasies run wild when Sanctuary Cove Festival brings its luxury toys to town
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Let your baller fantasies run wild when Sanctuary Cove Festival brings its luxury toys to town

There are two things here at The Weekend Edition that we can always get behind – living a little, and dreaming a lot. We may not have the funds to drop on a brand-new Ferrari or a swish yacht, but it doesn’t hurt to entertain the possibility, right? Whether you’ve got cash to splash or are simply an admirer of all things fast and shiny, we have some news that is sure to excite you. On Sunday October 1, the Gold Coast’s premier destination for all things luxe will come alive for the Sanctuary Cove Festival, an extravaganza showcasing some of the most covetable names in the automobile and boating industries. more

Dance
Roll up, roll up – Brisbane Festival’s jam-packed residency begins this weekend
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Roll up, roll up – Brisbane Festival’s jam-packed residency begins this weekend

Hot damn, this town really loves spring. Far from gently awakening from a winter slumber and delicately dipping a toe into the pool to see if it’s warm enough, Brisbane prefers the cannonball method when it comes to new season celebrations. One such event that personifies this ethos is the annual Brisbane Festival, a crazy and colourful carnival running from September 9–30 that brings together all manner of artistic matter. From sex clowns to hoedowns, you’ll find it at Brisbane Festival. more

Literature
A word from the wise – our top picks at Brisbane Writers Festival
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A word from the wise – our top picks at Brisbane Writers Festival

It’s the time of year that us lovers of the written word have been waiting for – the Brisbane Writers Festival is finally upon us this weekend! From September 6–10, our city comes alive with some of the brightest minds across a huge range of demographics waxing lyrical on pretty much every topic you can imagine. We’ve sifted through the huge array of debates, discussions, workshops and activations on offer this year and picked out a few you simply can’t miss. more

Sport
Journey from concrete jungle to crashing waves for the Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge
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Journey from concrete jungle to crashing waves for the Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge

Cycling is the bomb – whether you’re into a bit of recreational two-wheel action or a full-blown lycra lover, the benefits of the sport really speak for themselves. Not only does it do wonders for your general fitness and wellbeing (hello, cardio) but it’s also pretty darn environmentally responsible. One of the wheelie gang’s biggest events is drawing closer – on Sunday October 15, the Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge will see thousands of riders pedalling from concrete to coast in the name of charity and endurance, coming together for one of the cycling community’s most rewarding experiences. more

Film
Stay spooky – GOMA goes gothic and gory with the masters of Italian horror
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Stay spooky – GOMA goes gothic and gory with the masters of Italian horror

If you’re the sort of person who gets squeamish at the sight of blood or jumps when someone slams a door, it’s probably best you exit right about now. If, on the other hand, you are a fiend for the macabre and consider on-screen disembowelment the height of entertainment, we have some news that will excite you greatly. Co-presented with Brisbane Festival, Gothic, Giallo, Gore: Masters of Italian Horror brings the works of three major figures of the iconic Italian genre to GOMA from September 8 to October 1. Bring a friend because things are about to get very, very spooky … more

Inspiration
The latest Writers+Ideas announcement proves that great minds think differently
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The latest Writers+Ideas announcement proves that great minds think differently

There’s nothing that matches the excitement levels of a lightbulb moment – you know, when the pieces come together and you feel like you’re exactly where you need to be. Sharing these feelings can often have a snowball effect, causing a chain of inspiration spurned from what was once a single thought. Throughout this year, the Brisbane Powerhouse has been playing host to minds filled with brilliant thoughts for its ongoing Writers+Ideas festival. The latest crop of talent announced is truly inspirational, featuring some of the brightest minds in the business. more

Community
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers continues to blossom with its freshest offering to date
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Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers continues to blossom with its freshest offering to date

Spring brings with it a whole bunch of stuff that just makes us feel truly delightful. As we shake off our winter layers and emerge like beautiful butterflies into the sun (albeit with a much longer lifespan and far less insect-like qualities), the world around us starts to turn technicolour as the natural world wakes up with us. What could be a better reason to celebrate? The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has bloomed into its 68th year, running from September 15–24 in a stunning display of both horticulture and, well, culture. more


Food
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

Music
Large and in charge – BIGSOUND brings tunes and tastemakers to The Valley
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Large and in charge – BIGSOUND brings tunes and tastemakers to The Valley

There’s a certain event that happens every September in Brisbane that holds excitement levels akin to that kid in the Youtube video unwrapping a Nintendo on Christmas morning. We’re talking BIGSOUND, the four-day rager that sweeps Fortitude Valley’s best arts venues with a global gathering of musicians, industry, brands and media. Running from September 5–8, BIGSOUND comes into its 16th year ready to gift us with a festival experience jam-packed with sounds we know and love alongside artists we are ready to fall head over heels for. more

Literature
Brisbane Writers Festival marks 55 years of inspiration, education and entertainment through words
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Brisbane Writers Festival marks 55 years of inspiration, education and entertainment through words

A very wise man once said, “Don’t look back, you can never look back.” Well no offence to Don Henley, but sometimes casting an eye over what you’ve done can remind you of just how far you’ve come. It’s wild to think that back in 1962, a little old event called the Warana Writers Convention (comprising of just six sessions over one day, mind you) could have flourished so beautifully into what we now know as the Brisbane Writers Festival. Coming into its 55th year, the event is set to bring a wave of the best and brightest minds in the literary business to the State Library of Queensland and QAGOMA from September 6–10 to educate, entertain and inspire. more

Fashion
The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival returns with a bang to showcase homegrown style
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The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival returns with a bang to showcase homegrown style

The arrival of spring is such an exciting time in Brisbane, especially for fashion lovers. We shed our layers, emerge from our wintry cocoons and pore over magazines and websites to sate our new-season sartorial appetites. What (and who) will we be falling head over heels for and craving to add to our wardrobes? The seasonal change was missing one crucial element last year – our beloved Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival. After its hiatus, the festival returns to Brisbane from August 27–31 in finer form than ever to showcase the best and brightest in both local and national fashion. more

Exhibitions
What's your flavour? Tastes like Sunshine uncovers Brisbane's rich and exciting food stories
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What’s your flavour? Tastes like Sunshine uncovers Brisbane’s rich and exciting food stories

Here at The Weekend Edition office, one of the quickest and easiest ways to capture our attention is with food. We love everything to do with it and how totally engaging it is – from the feeling of juice running down your chin after biting into a ripe strawberry to the sound bacon makes on a hotplate, the food experience is so much more than just what you taste. It turns out we aren’t the only ones who love to nerd out over what we’re eating – the Museum of Brisbane has got a whole darn exhibition dedicated to the good stuff. Running from August 18 to November 12, Tastes like Sunshine is an all-in sensory exploration of Brisbane’s rich and ever-evolving food story that is sure to get you salivating. more

Community
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

Food
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

Fashion
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

Music
The Maroochy Music & Visual Arts Festival delivers back-to-back top tunes and endless good vibes
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The Maroochy Music & Visual Arts Festival delivers back-to-back top tunes and endless good vibes

As much as we love them, the humble music festival can be a bit of a daunting experience. From standing in the same spot in the blistering sun for hours on end to navigating heartbreaking set clashes and dank food, it’s all just part of the ‘experience’, right? Wrong, amigo. It doesn’t have to be this way! There’s a new player in the festival game and though it be young, it is pretty damn impressive. Mixing its line-up of big names with a more boutique approach, the Maroochy Music & Visual Arts Festival is returning to the Sunshine Coast’s New Maroochy CBD on Saturday August 26 to bring us the perfect balance of thrills and chills. more

Literature
Pump up the volume – the Queensland Poetry Festival brings distant voices to the forefront
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Pump up the volume – the Queensland Poetry Festival brings distant voices to the forefront

Your voice is one of the most powerful tools you have at your disposal. We’re not just talking about the literal sense of when some cords in your throat rub together and sound comes out – it’s about the larger scope of your identity and what makes you unique. We all have different ways of expressing our true voice but undoubtedly one of the most raw and powerful forms of this is poetry in its many and varied forms. Coming into its 21st year, the Queensland Poetry Festival will sweep the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts as well as a host of other exciting satellite venues with its most ambitious offering to date, celebrating the chorus of inspiring voices in our global community. more

Exhibitions
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

Comedy
Prepare for gut-busting, knee-slapping fringe comedy with the return of Bris Funny Fest
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Prepare for gut-busting, knee-slapping fringe comedy with the return of Bris Funny Fest

Comedy is a funny old thing, not just in the ‘ha-ha’ sense but also in the sense that what makes you cackle with sheer delight might make another person feel like they’ve just been forced to watch their parents make out. Sure, there’s no accounting for taste but the more you put on your plate, the greater the odds are that you’ll find something you’re into. Unless you’re like the mayor from Footloose and thus have some kind of aversion to joy in general, we have news that will no doubt put a smile on your dial – the Bris Funny Fest is back, fam! Taking over a huge host of venues from August 2–20, the fringe festival has returned bigger than ever before to spread good times with a twist. more