What’s on in Brisbane this weekend
When Wednesday rolled around and the cloud cover came out to play, we can all agree that the people of Brisbane probably did a collective Toyota-style jump-and-first-pump combo to celebrate the end of the dang heatwave. We made it, fam. To celebrate being able to leave the house without schvitzing up a storm, we’ve tracked down the best things to do in Brisbane this February 22–25 weekend – from sausage parties to magic carpets, it’s all here.
Food and Drink
We hope you have your stretchy pants, Brisbane – the food and drink offering this weekend is second to none. Slide into your weekend with impeccable style with A Night With Plantation Rum at The Walrus Club on Thursday night, where you can sample delicious spirits matched with delicate canapes. Thursday also happens to be National Margarita Day – celebrate in tequila style at Pepe’s Newmarket or The Coop’s Bueno Bueno night, both of which will be offering up delicious beverages and eats for the occasion. Friday night is looking boozy and bright – you can learn to mix like a pro at Il Verde’s summer cocktail making workshop, and you can sip on Dan Single’s perfectly pale pink new rose when Pour les Amour lands at Gerard’s Bistro. Make a day of it on Saturday – the mammoth Eatons Hill Beer Fest on the Grass is going down at Eatons Hill Hotel (including more than 130 beers and ciders), and the Wurstfest Sausage Party (including a sausage dog fashion parade) is happening at the Bavarian Bier Cafe.
Arts and Culture
The arts and culture scene is absolutely ripe this weekend, folks! First of all, we hope you have your Depends ready because the Brisbane Comedy Festival is officially in town as of Friday. It all kicks off with the sold-out gala at City Hall but there is plenty of goodness going down until it ends on March 25 – you can check the full program here. Secondly, Disney’s Aladdin: The Musical has finally landed at QPAC from Saturday and is bringing its magic for a solid season. Queensland Theatre’s stunning season continues with the opening of The 39 Steps at QPAC on Saturday, the adorable family-friendly Shrek the Musical starts at Brisbane Arts Theatre from Saturday, and you can catch the next action-packed instalment of Rumble at Heya Bar on Sunday. Over at the Brisbane Powerhouse, you can see both The Irresistible and Permission to Speak on Friday and Saturday, while East West Street will be happening at the Queensland Conservatorium for one night only on Saturday.
After the delightful chaos of the Mountain Goat Valley Crawl last weekend, Brisbane’s live music scene has returned to somewhat normal (and still excellent as always). Get a head start on Thursday with VOIID at The Foundry and The Harpoons at Black Bear Lodge, then head full-steam into Friday with your choice of Sigrid at The Triffid, your mate Diesel at the Hamilton Hotel, Chronixx at The Zoo or the Hobbledehoy Records showcase at Crowbar. Saturday is packed with gigs – you can catch Lucius at The Brightside, The Rubens at The Tivoli and Grenadiers at Black Bear Lodge. For something a little bigger, take note that Queen and Adam Lambert will be performing at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, plus the Queensland Symphony Orchestra will be playing the songs of John Williams at QPAC. Finish your weekend off the right way – the massive A Day on the Green festival is back at Sirromet (including The Living End and Spiderbait), The Staves play The Triffid and Unwritten Law will tear up The Zoo.
Festivals and Community
There are some fantastic festivals and community events happening this weekend that are well worth your attention. First of all, consider this a public service announcement: the RSPCA is offering $29 adoptions this weekend as part of its Clear the Shelters program, so if you’ve been looking to rescue a furry mate this is the time to do it. You can also catch the MindBodySpirit Festival at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Friday to Sunday if you’re in need of some healing, or the Sofitel Girls’ Day Out at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday if you’re in need of a darn good time. For some stunning cultural celebrations, be sure to check out the Rio Rhythmics Carnaval Parade and Party in the Queen Street Mall on Saturday. If you’re itching for some retail therapy, why not shop local with the Brisbane Indie Sale Trail on Saturday? This one-day event sees a range of our fave stores (paper boat press, Nook, Green Tangerine, Scrumptious Reads and One Girl Studio) offering staggered discounts starting at 10-percent, which increase the more stores you visit. Speaking of retail therapy, you can dodge the rain at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre and shop up a storm to increase your chances of winning a spot at its exclusive G&Tea Party (as if you needed an excuse).
Want more? Head to our comprehensive Event Guide for all of the fun around town where you can search by category, date, location and more!