What’s on in Brisbane this weekend
In the words of that McCain ad that everybody knows, the rains are ‘ere! Our fair city is moister than an oyster at the moment after the heavens have decided to finally open up and give us some temporary relief. A little bit of wet weather is no reason to lose your mojo – from whisky business and craft clubs to ‘90s nostalgia and weird science, we’ve tracked down the best things to do in Brisbane on the March 23–26 weekend.
Food and Drink
Now that autumn is here you can quit stressing about your beach bod and do more of what life is really about – eating. It’s well worth the drive to the country for the Felton Food Festival on Sunday, happening out in Toowoomba to serve up the freshest eats this side of the Granite Belt. The Milton Markets are embracing the cool change by launching a seasonal flavours event on Sunday, where you can sample themed gourmet foods and stock up on Easter choccies. Cloudland’s Brunch Club is holding a special Pimms edition on Sunday, and on Saturday you can take a walk on the dark side at The Gresham’s Australian Whisky Extravaganza.
Festivals are the perfect way to max out your weekend – after all, more is more! The World Science Festival is rolling into the South Bank Cultural Precinct from Wednesday to Sunday to bring us a smorgasbord of educational fun, and the first-ever Music and Movement Mindfulness Festival lands at Urban Climb on Saturday to explore the link between mental health, music and exercise. If you fancy a day at the flicks, the Transitions Film Festival at New Farm Cinemas and French Film Festival at both Palace Barracks and Palace Centro Cinemas are each running all weekend long. There’s still plenty of gas left in the Brisbane Comedy Festival tank, with acts such as Tom Ballard and Wil Anderson taking to the Brisbane Powerhouse stage over the weekend.
Arts & Culture
Pinky fingers out, Brisbane, because it’s about to get cultured up in here! The gorgeous Sit. Pose. Snap. opens at the Museum of Brisbane on Friday to bring us vintage vibes, Metro Arts plays host to By Way of Navigation from this week, you can catch Mike Skelton’s stunning photo series EXPOSED at Maud Gallery all weekend, and be sure to swing by the QUT Art Museum to scope the Earth and Fire exhibition. As an added arts boost, Frank-n-Furter fans can indulge in an interactive experience when the Rocky Horror Picture Show screening with a live floorshow takes over the Schonell Theatre on Friday, and appreciators of facial hair can enjoy the spectacle of Beardstock at Sabotage Social on Saturday.
From local pop-ups to adorable pooches, the community event sector is strong in Brisbane. Intocraft Live is happening at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre all weekend to help savvy stitchers get inspired, and Pets at the Gabba celebrates its grand opening as Brisbane’s first-ever dedicated pet market. For those who like to shake it like a Polaroid picture, the Booty Dance and Yoga Workshop in Musgrave Park is the place to be on Sunday. If you could do with a little retail therapy, head to the Beginning Boutique pop-up sale in the Brunswick Street Mall or nab some killer threads when Phoebe Paradise takes over Junky Comics over Saturday and Sunday.
If the weekend is music to your ears, why not fill your ear-holes with the best live tunes going around? Boutique festival Mojo Burning is bringing the best independent acts to the Hamilton Hotel on Saturday for a night of mayhem, and you can get all nostalgic when the Mega ’90s Tour hits Eatons Hill Hotel on Friday night. Get your boogie and barbecue on when Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s Ska-BQ takes over The Triffid on Saturday, or listen to legend Ed Keupper strip back his classics for Restrung at The Tivoli on Saturday. Killing Heidi’s frontwoman Ella Hooper will be playing a kickass solo set at Sonny’s House of Blues on Sunday, Dream on Dreamer bring their crunching tunes to The Brightside on Friday and you can catch Signature Series and The Francis Wolves at Black Bear Lodge on Sunday for a cheeky double-header.