What’s on in Brisbane this weekend
Rain on a weekend is pretty much only good for when you’re too hungover to leave the house, otherwise it has no place in our precious stretch of work-free time. Lucky for us, the forecast is looking mighty fine – no excuse to stay couch-bound, folks! From beery birthday bashes and shank-tastic takeovers to mighty gladiators and comedy superstars, we’ve squished the best things to do in Brisbane on the June 22–25 weekend into one handy list.
Food and Drink
Hungry and thirsty people of Brisbane, this is your moment – this weekend was what elastic waistbands were made for. First of all, Westfield Chermside’s absolutely king-sized new dining precinct opens on Thursday – head here to see all of the tasty names (hello, Betty’s Burgers). Thursday night also sees hundred acre bar host a delectable winter-themed long table dinner. Saturday is a big one – All Inn Brewing Co. celebrates its fourth birthday with a hoppy party, Stone & Wood is putting on a long lunch at the Brunswick Street Pig’n’Whistle, flavour pimps Mongrel are taking over King Arthur for their first sit-down dinner venture, Deathproof celebrates its new feature wall with a Young Henrys tap takeover, plus the Brumalia Winter Solstice Festival at Bacchus Brewing Co. kicks off and carries over to Sunday. Stay hungry for Sunday because the The Shank-Tastic, Pirate Blundering, Brewski Blowout is going down at Brewski, Sailor Jerry takes over Tomcat and a whole heap of street eats pull up for the Food Truck Picnic at Newmarket Bowls Club. Don’t forget that Scenic Rim Eat Local Week kicks off on Sunday as well, so we mapped out a list of must-dos for the occasion.
Arts and Culture
There’s a lot happening in Brisbane’s culture sphere this weekend to soak up. The stunning play Thérèse Raquin is on at QUT Gardens Theatre for Wednesday and Thursday only, and the Brisbane Arts Theatre opens its production of The Hundred and One Dalmatians from Saturday. Ironlak’s CBD store continues to turn out the goods with its art classes – it is hosting a Sip and Paint night on Thursday, plus free product learning sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Friday sees the killer Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum exhibit open at Queensland Museum – be sure to check out the after dark offering as well. Gallery Shop After Hours presents Homejob x Kaomoji on Friday night at the Institute of Modern Art, plus you can catch striking underwater photography exhibit The Dome at Percolator Gallery from Saturday. This weekend is also your last chance for a couple of things – The Forwards finishes up at Brisbane Powerhouse on Saturday and La Boite HWY will be done for another year come Saturday. Oh, and there are still some tickets available for international comedy madman Chris Rock’s Total Blackout tour at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Saturday.
If you missed out on tickets to Hanson’s comeback tour on Sunday, fear not – there’s plenty going on to distract you. To launch the aforementioned massive north side dining precinct, Westfield Chermside is throwing a Concert on the Green with Young Franco headlining. A little closer to town you can catch surf-poppers Bugs at The Foundry and the awesome Young at Heart throwback show at QPAC. Friday night is set to stun when music and art collide for Cinémathèque Live at GOMA, running one exclusive show a night until Sunday. You can also catch the smooth sounds of Cameron Avery at Black Bear Lodge or hit up The Tivoli for a double bill from Died Pretty and Radio Birdman. Saturday is jam-packed as per usual – the Superjesus are headlining the Hamilton Winter Warmer Festival at Hamilton Hotel, An Evening With Jimmy Webb is happening at Brisbane Powerhouse, Big Scary take to The Tivoli stage, indulge in A Night With The Jensens and Friends at The Foundry or head along to the all-in Andromeda Festival at The Triffid. Round it all out on Sunday with the Sunlit Sounds Festival at the Gap Farmers Market, or feel all of the feelings at Big in Japan – A Tribute to Tom Waits at Lefty’s.
Bonus Fun Times
Here are a couple of extra titbits we think are worth checking out this weekend in Brisbane – Pets at the Gabba is hosting an amazing Biggest Doggy Afternoon Tea on Saturday to raise vital funds for the Cancer Council, Sabotage Social is throwing back to teen angst years for its goth-themed op-shop prom night on Saturday and Brooklyn Standard is turning up the heat for its Festa Junina celebration on Saturday.