What’s on in Brisbane this weekend
Folks, the scent of dagwood dogs is filling the air and the neon lights of carnival rides are illuminating the skyline at Bowen Hills – it’s Ekka time, baby! Even if you’re not in the mood to scoff a strawberry sundae (who even are you?) there is plenty of goodness happening elsewhere – from parmy parties to funny fests, we’ve scouted the best things happening around Brisbane on the August 9–12 weekend.
Food and Drink
What, butter sandwiches aren’t good enough for you? Fair enough – here are the best food events this weekend in Brisbane (that aren’t the Ekka). Kick things off on Friday night with a cheeky knock-off beer at Gerard’s Bar – the gang is hosting a tap takeover from East 9th Brewing complete with live mural painting from DOES. On Saturday you can indulge in some competitive wine tasting at Baedeker, or tap into some tasty brews when Newstead Brewing Co. hosts its Barrel Fest. Sunday is totally stacked – head along to Little Big House for its first ever Parmy Party (as if you need convincing), take in the atmosphere and wine at the Burning of the Vines at Sirromet, or sample top tipples at the Coonawarra Wine Tasting Show at Lightspace.
Arts and Culture
Here’s your dose of weekend culture, Brisbane – drink it in. You may have noticed that the city is erupting into fits of laughter lately, and that’s because the Bris Funny Fest kicked off this week – you can see what events are happening near you here. A couple of exciting openings are also happening – Love Letters to F**kbois starts at Metro Arts on Thursday, Pygmalion kicks off at QUT Gardens Theatre from Saturday, and this is the first weekend that Mother is showing at QPAC. The stunning Which Way Home is running from Wednesday to Saturday at Brisbane Powerhouse, and you can catch Trent Dalton and Matthew Condon in conversation at the Museum of Brisbane on Thursday talking about the past, present and future of our city. Oh, and if you haven’t caught Lysa and the Freeborn Dames at La Boite Theatre yet, Saturday is your last chance – don’t sleep on it!
Got time to take in a tune or two, Brisbane? Here are this weekend’s best live gigs. Pump up on Thursday with LANKS at Black Bear Lodge, Eves Karydas at The Foundry and Bumspa at Bloodhound Bar, then rage on Friday night with the likes of mega-star Katy Perry at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, The Bamboos at The Triffid, Clea at Black Bear Lodge, Voiid at The Foundry, plus catch five bands for five bucks at The Zoo. Saturday night is a huge one – those cheeky scamps 5 Seconds of Summer are playing at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Halfway are doing The Triffid, Lior and Paul Grabowsky team up to make magic at Brisbane Powerhouse, Hollow Coves hit up The Foundry, Caligula’s Horse get heavy at Woolly Mammoth, plus Dan Parsons plays a solo set at Black Bear Lodge. If you like your music loud, take note that home of the heavy Crowbar is celebrating its sixth birthday this week with a bumper line-up of bands from Tuesday through to Sunday – check it all out here.
Festivals and Community
Well, the big news of the week in the festival circuit is that the Ekka kicks off at the Brisbane Showgrounds on Friday – all of the usual favourite things will be there as well as a whole heap of new activities and attractions this year. If you’re in The City on Saturday, you will notice that King George Square is coming alive for the Korean Cultural Festival – there will be amazing eats, music, performances and more to take in on the day. For some wholesome fun, head to the Coorparoo Bowls Club on Sunday for its Coopers Cup community bowls challenge – think beers, a spit-roast lunch, free pie-eating competition and a bit of healthy competition.
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!