What’s on in Brisbane this weekend
Can we get a hefty Amen for short weeks? Although a Wednesday public holiday definitely isn’t ideal, it’s nice to come back to work knowing there are only about 16 working hours left between you and freedom. From trailer trash pageants to beery good marriage equality parties, we’ve rounded up what’s good to do on the August 17–20 weekend in Brisbane.
Food and Drink
The first Brisbane Japanese Festival and the next instalment of Gelato Messina appreciation classes may have both sold out but we have plenty of other suggestions to keep your stomach full this weekend. About a Boy and a Girl is hosting a rad block party on Friday night filled with share plates and good vibes to celebrate its new menu, so grab tickets before they disappear. Saturday is shaping up to be a doozy – learn from the best in the business at Madame Rouge for Look, Learn, Wine & Dine, watch (and taste) brewers duke it out at Fritzenberger’s Gypsy Beer Battle, party for a purpose at The End’s Rainbow Beer marriage equality event, and take a little trip out to Sandstone Point Hotel to gorge yourself silly at the Strawberry Festival. Finish off your week with a touch of fancy – Grazing on the Green is bringing delicious bites to Brookwater and there are still a few spots left at the hotly anticipated Allium x The Wolfe degustation at Allium.
Arts and Culture
There’s a whole lot of goodness happening in Brisbane’s arts sphere this week, so let’s dive right in. shake & stir’s awesome Dracula has returned to QPAC for a strictly limited season, so jump on it while you can. Film fans are in for a treat come Thursday – the Brisbane International Film Festival officially opens at the Palace Barracks with a jam-packed program of cinematic gold, plus the adorable Top Dog Film Festival is happening at Event Cinemas Indooroopilly for one night only. For something out of the box, be sure to scope the Restrung festival program – this string-centric offering is happening at the Brisbane Powerhouse from Thursday to Saturday. There are also a couple of last-chance events happening over the weekend – you can catch the Salvaged art exhibition at the Judith Wright Centre before it packs up, plus scope the last of the Bris Funny Fest shows before it finishes up for another year.
Open your ears for some of the best tunes happening around Brisbane this weekend! Start it off the right way on Friday with Skies Collide playing a set at The Zoo, Olympia slaying the next instalment of Marvel Up Late at GOMA, Frank Booker killin’ it at The Foundry and the incredible Roy Orbison Orchestrated at QPAC. Saturday is an absolutely mammoth offering with the annual Sonic Masala Fest taking over Club Greenslopes with a great line-up of talent, a moving Chris Cornell tribute night going down at the New Globe Theatre, With Confidence taking to The Brightside stage, Los Scallywaggs doing their thing at Bloodhound Bar, and faves Major Leagues treating us to a show at Black Bear Lodge. If you were bummed out about missing the Jungle Giants show at The Triffid on Friday, fear not – there are still some tickets left to the band’s second show on Sunday, so don’t delay!
Welcome to the pick-and-mix section of this weekend’s round-up and prepare to be dazzled! This is your last weekend to head to The Ekka at the Brisbane Showgrounds before it closes up shop for another year, so if you haven’t had your sundae fix yet you should remedy that immediately. The pop-up fashion festival Revive returns to the South Bank Cultural Forecourt on Friday to bring us amazing thrift finds and more sustainable ways to look rad. On Saturday you can get your vogue on at the 12th annual Brisbane Madonna Party at The Wickham, celebrate at the India Day Fair at Roma Street Parkland and revel in tacky wonder at the Trailer Trash Pageant at Mimsy’s Trailer Trash Tattoo. Oh, and don’t forget – RSPCA Cupcake Day is on Monday, so register to bake some treats for an excellent cause.