What’s on in Brisbane this weekend
Here are The Weekend Edition, we love a weekend. This should be obvious from the name of our publication, but sometimes this fact bears repeating, you know? Thus, you should take it from us when we say that we know what to do when the clock strikes 5:00 pm on a Friday. From craft beer festivals to postmodern jukeboxes and boozy brunches, we’ve done the legwork to find what’s happening in Brisbane on the September 21–24 weekend.
Food and Drink
Hot damn, Brisbane has really turned it out for us foodies this week. We hope you’re hungry! Please be aware that Embassy Bar is currently celebrating its annual Cheeseburger Week, so you best swing by for some tasty buns before it all wraps up on Saturday. Thursday night is one for the parched – if you were lucky enough to get tickets to the highly distinguished The Beeries awards, kudos to you! If not, you can ease your sorrows by heading along to the relaunch of Sunset Spritz at Customs House for some Aperol with a side of amazing views. More beverage goodness comes in the form of the Beer InCider Experience, taking over Brisbane Showgrounds on Friday and Saturday to bring us the best tipples from around the country along with live music and amazing food trucks – check it all out here. Blackbird Bar & Grill has been given the honour of hosting Brisbane’s first Boozy Brunch experience on Sunday, you can pick up some fire cocktail tips during On the Couch With the Bartender at Legends Speakeasy Bar on Saturday, and sip on the good stuff when Bubble & Flute’s Last Sunday Champagne Session takes over Baedeker for the afternoon.
Arts and Culture
Feeling fancy? Let’s do the arts and culture dance! First and foremost, Brisbane Festival continues over the weekend with more stacked options – we can very highly recommend Betty Grumble at La Boite Theatre as a must-see, along with I Just Came to Say Goodbye at Theatre Republic, Driftwood at the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent and Terror at QPAC to name a few. As of Wednesday, Brisbane is looking a little more bella with the Lavazza Italian Film Festival taking up residency at Palace Barracks and Palace Centro to bring us old faves and new gems. There are a couple of visual arts knockouts that you should pencil in this weekend – the stunning From Little Things exhibit is on for one night only at Church on Friday, Art at Heart is hosting an open gallery weekend for your viewing pleasure and it’s also your last chance to scope the mind-blowing The Weight of Light exhibition in the Spring Hill Reservoir.
Listen up, Brisbane – it’s gigs galore this weekend so gird your loins. Thursday sees the second installment of Live at the Lodge going down at Black Bear Lodge with a killer line-up of talent, so start your weekend off the right way. Friday night is absolutely stacked with sonic goodness – catch our mate and yours Diesel doing his thing at The Triffid, The Orwells getting groovy at The Foundry, local darlings The Creases playing a set at The Zoo, actual weapon Dan Sultan inciting some feelings at Max Watt’s, plus rockers You Me At Six and Hellions taking over Eatons Hill Hotel. Saturday sees top billing go to the London Grammar and James Vincent McMorrow show at The Riverstage, but if you’re not feeling that (who are you?) we have some more options – Cloud Control are stopping in to The Triffid, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox will be smashing out hits at The Tivoli, and The Wrong End of the Valley Festival kicks off at the New Globe Theatre (and carries over to Sunday, FYI). For those who like their Sundays with a side of feelings, take note that Lefty’s is playing host to a Ryan Adams tribute afternoon on Sunday – brooding over a whisky apple is encouraged.
Festivals and Community
As usual the festivals and community circuit in Brisbane is a total mixed bag, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. The very aptly timed Brisbane Pride Fair Day is happening at New Farm Park on Saturday, following a pride march through The Valley, so be sure to show our LGBTQI+ folks some support! For a taste of South America, the Brazilian Day Festival at Brooklyn Standard and Eagle Lane on Saturday will more than do the job. Pop culture pals can head along to Brisbane Oz Comic-Con at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday and Sunday, get your big hair on for Glam-o-tage at Sabotage Social on Saturday, pick up some amazing finds at the Brisbane Arts Theatre’s costume and vintage sale on Sunday, or knock the froth off a cold one with your pup in tow when Barks and Brews returns to The Brightside on Sunday.
PSA: Donate blood today!
We may be coming into spring but this past winter did some major damage – the gnarly flu season has meant that blood banks are running dangerously low. Do a good thing and get to your closest donation centre if you can! You can check out if you’re eligible to donate blood and find your nearest donation centre through the Red Cross.