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.
Food and Drink
There’s something about the rain that just makes us want to eat everything, so it’s a good thing there’s plenty of eating to do in Brisbane this weekend. Kick things off in style – there are still a few spots left at the Champagne Dinner at Stokehouse Q so get on that ASAP, or alternatively head to Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess because Feed Me Thursday is back, baby (that’s five courses for $30, folks)! On Friday night you can celebrate Mountain Goat beer turning 20 with a tap takeover and party at Archive Beer Boutique. Be sure to save room for Saturday when Brisbane’s first Burger Fest takes over The Triffid – a line-up of the town’s best buns will be on show for your eatin’ pleasure. We should also mention that the hotly anticipated Williams-Sonoma pop-up shop started at Pottery Barn on Tuesday, so get in sooner rather than later if you want your pick of the peppermint bark.
Arts and Culture
Let’s do the culture dance, Brisbane – October is kicking things up a notch with a very spooky offering. First up, let it be known that the creepy-cool immersive zombie experience Containment has finally hit the Brisbane Powerhouse, so check that out before it disappears at the end of October. Continuing on with the Halloween theme, you can catch a special spooky edition of Roaring Twenties Cinema at Metro Arts on Friday night, test your knowledge at The Brightside’s tricky Simpsons Treehouse of Horror trivia, or scare your own pants off by having a crack at the Halloween interactive maze at Beenleigh Historical Village on Friday and Saturday. For something a little less ghoulish, head to QPAC for the stunning Festival of Russian Ballet on Thursday and Friday, or perhaps turn up the heat with the Australian Burlesque Festival’s Tropical Tease at the Judith Wright Centre on Friday and Saturday. If you’re lucky you could nab one of the last few tickets left to The Dollop Live at Brisbane Powerhouse on Friday but be quick because they ain’t gonna last long.
Don’t cry over the fact that you missed out on tickets to the sold out RnB Fridays show – smile because we have so many rad alternatives for you! Barrel headfirst into the weekend on Friday with this tasty selection – chill out with Lakyn at The Milk Factory, check Dex at Black Bear Lodge, or get sweaty with These New South Whales at The Foundry. Saturday sees some heavy hitters stepping up to entertain with the legendary Custard playing Woolly Mammoth, The Peep Tempel at The Foundry, Joyride doing a show at The Brightside and premier ABBA tribute band Bjorn Again rocking The Tivoli. Finish your weekend off right by catching The Dillinger Escape Plan’s last-ever Brisbane show at Max Watt’s before the venue closes its doors for good (sad times), or go for something a little more peppy with ska icons Less Than Jake playing The Tivoli.
Festivals and Community
There are some big things happening on the festival and community circuit this weekend, so strap yourselves in for good times ahead. Westfield Chermside is holding a massive carpark party for Oktoberfest from Thursday to Saturday, where rumour has it there will even be some sausage dog racing! Church is playing host to a sustainable wearables pop-up shop and exhibition for one night only on Saturday, West End’s riverfront will be awash will rubber ducks and live entertainment for the annual Summertime Riverfest charity race, plus Riverlife’s annual Gala on the Green is set to stun on Saturday. On Sunday West End will come alive for the first-ever West End Street Art Festival, so head down to see live painting from some of the country’s best artists plus a huge range of arty activities going down. By the way, we’re heading into the last weeks to post votes for the marriage equality survey – say yes to love and show your support at the Brisbane marriage equality rally in the CBD on Saturday.