Things to do in Brisbane this weekend
Want to hear a funny joke? Brisbane weather at the moment. Although we can take small comfort in the fact that we won’t be getting as utterly punished as last weekend, it’s still a certified scorcher on the cards. This is no excuse to become a recluse! From aquatic obstacle courses to mouth-watering meat feasts, we’ve tracked down some top activities to keep you occupied on the February 16–19 weekend.
Food and Drink
Whether you like to get hands-on or if you’re more about keeping it fresh, there’s some foodie magic happening in Brisbane this weekend. The moment all carnivores have been waiting for has finally arrived – the BBQ and Beer Roadshow hits Doomben Racecourse on Saturday to smoke up all of the meat and pour all of the craft brews for hungry punters. Go mobile on Sunday when Downey Park Food Trucks returns with its first event of the year – so many tasty eats in one spot! For something a bit different, why not make the trip to the organic market on Macleay Island on Saturday? Pick up some unbelievably fresh produce and soak up those island vibes. Speaking of delicious produce, don’t forget to enter our competition to win a Jan Powers Farmers Market shopping spree – you can see what’s on offer at the Powerhouse and Manly markets this weekend.
For fans of peak nostalgia and heavy tunes, Brisbane is the place to be this weekend. On Thursday you can catch grimy hip-hopper Lady Leshurr dominating at Woolly Mammoth, or head to The Triffid for the bone-crushing sounds of hardcore punk pioneers Neurosis. The Brightside will be swooning to the sounds of Fractures and things will get weird at The Foundry when Anklepants takes to the stage, both on Friday night. Saturday night has something for everyone – lose your mind over B*Witched (and some awesome guests) at Eatons Hill Hotel, Twelve Foot Ninja bring heavy energy to The Zoo, The Pigs will fill Black Bear Lodge with the sounds of hillbilly pop and post-rock pals We Lost the Sea will appear at The Foundry.
If you’re feeling artsy, we’ve got your culture fix sorted. There are a couple of last-chance events happening – if you’ve been hanging out to see Ladies in Black at QPAC or Cargo Club at Metro Arts, this weekend is the time to do it before they finish up. Funny bones will be tickled when Mark Swivel’s riotously inappropriate Dad. Joke. comes to the Judith Wright Centre on Thursday and Friday, and you can do your part to help out a local legend by swinging by the Junky Comics fundraiser at Betty’s Espresso Cafe & Bar on Sunday. If you’re feeling noice, different and unusual, head to the Woolly Mammoth on Saturday for Kath & Kim’s Aussie Shindig – there’s a prize for best dressed, so don’t hold back.
Brisbane, we are getting totally spoiled for festivals this weekend. From foreign film to eco-friendly gatherings, it’s all happening. The Brisbane Street Arts Festival continues to paint the town, with its own mini festival-within-a-festival Yonder happening at The Tivoli on Saturday. Continuing on that fest-in-a-fest trail, BrisAsia has gifted us with ‘Pho’nomenal, a delicious celebration of Vietnamese culture happening at Metro Arts all weekend long. You can get in touch with the power of contemporary dance at SUPERCELL starting on Saturday at the Judith Wright Centre, or immerse yourself in nature for the Earth Frequency Festival out at Ivory’s Rock.
BONUS: Cool off
Bad news for those of us who don’t like living in actual hell – the blistering heatwaves that have been plaguing us are set to continue. Our tip? Head to your nearest swimming hole, chow down on a frosty treat or suss out our handy list of heatwave-busters. As an extra treat, you can channel your inner Wipeout contestant by having a crack at ObstaSplash at Ipswich Racecourse on Saturday and Sunday.