What’s on in Brisbane this weekend
Friends, we are barrelling towards the end of the year at a seriously cracking pace. Now more than ever it is important that we make the most of our precious weekends before our calendars fill up with festive commitments! From gin festivals to Middle Earth dinner dances, we’ve found the best things happening in Brisbane on the October 18–21 weekend.
Food and Drink
Don’t let a little rain spoil your appetite – there are too many amazing food events happening in Brisbane this weekend to stay cooped up indoors. Start things off on Thursday night with sky-high sips at Sazerac’s Spring Soiree, and then follow it up on Friday night with the sophisticated Cheese, Wine and Bubbles event at Treasury Brisbane. Saturday is stacked with things to do – sip on botanical beverages at the Jacaranda Gin Festival on King Street, indulge in some raucous fun when the Bier-lympics roll into the Bavarian Beerhaus, slurp down fresh fare at the Oyster Festival at Sandstone Point Hotel, and enjoy some tipples in the sun for Range Brewing’s first Welcome to Summer party. Save room for Sunday – A Frenchy Affair brings Euro treats to Hamilton Reach, and the Mediterranean Diet Expo takes over The Greek Club. A couple of last-chance reminders – this Saturday is the last-ever Nugg Club at The Coop, and Seadeck sails the Brisbane River one last time on Sunday before heading south for the summer.
Arts and Culture
Brisbane’s culture club is thriving as usual, so get our and support the arts! Deathfest 2.0 is taking over Metro Arts for a few weeks to get us all thinking about mortality from a different (and fun) perspective, while the stunning Backbone Festival continues over the weekend with a range of thought-provoking activations and events. Opera Queensland’s powerful Don Giovanni opens at QPAC on Friday night, and you can catch the hilarious dudes from The Dollop doing a live podcast at ERPAC on Thursday. If you’re chasing a date night that’s a bit different, the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium has just launched its Friday Nights program – because there’s nothing more impressive than taking your lover across the universe. Lovers of all things retro and neon, take note – the killer Retro Arcade returns to Westfield Garden City from Thursday to fulfil all of your Instagram dreams. Some last-chance reminders are in order – Sugar Republic finishes up at Valley Metro on Sunday, it’s your final opportunity to catch Everyday Requiem at QPAC before it leaves on Saturday, and Brisbane International Film Festival has still got a stack of amazing events happening before it ends on Sunday.
Ready to get your gig on this weekend, Brisbane? It’s an absolutely stacked one as usual, kicking off on Thursday night with Cheap Trick at The Tivoli, Skid Row at Eatons Hill Hotel (what year is it?!), The Bronx tearing up The Triffid, plus Peter Bibby at Black Bear Lodge. Keep it going into Friday with Running Touch at Woolly Mammoth, Bob Evans at Black Bear Lodge, Darren Middleton at The Zoo, Gooch Palms at Crowbar, and I Know Leopard at The Milk Factory. That’s not all – Saturday sees Hellions take on Crowbar, B Wise hit up Black Bear Lodge, Tay Oskee at The Zoo, and the raucous Bullhorn at The Triffid.
Festivals and Community
This weekend is jam-packed with fabulous community events. If you’re chasing a festival vibe, head along to the Bulimba Uke Fest at the Bulimba Golf Club on Sunday or the LatinBazaar Mexican Festival at King George Square on Saturday. Style mavens, listen up – there is a killer Spring Summer Fashion Workshop happening at Westfield Carindale on Saturday, as well as Indooroopilly Shopping Centre’s stunning Primed to Party beauty weekend on Saturday and Sunday. For something a bit different, why not nab a ticket to An Evening in Middle Earth charity dinner dance at Gaythorne Bowls Club on Saturday? Saturday also sees Chambers Ridge hosting an awesome family-friendly free movie night – including free snacks. If you’re a lady looking to start your own business, Ladies Up is well worth your time – it’s taking over the WOTSO Workspace on Saturday and Sunday.
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!