What’s on in Brisbane this weekend
You know what makes this upcoming weekend that much sweeter? The fact that we have a cheeky mid-week break coming up next week! This coming Wednesday we will be paying our respects to the ANZACs with frothies and two-up, but until then there is plenty happening to keep us busy. From Shakespeare in the gardens to anti-gluten festivals and op-shop balls, we’ve tracked down the best of what’s happening in Brisbane on the April 19–22 weekend.
Food and Drink
Head into this weekend with an empty stomach, Brisbane – there’s plenty of eating to be done. Thursday night is a nice little appetiser – you can sip and sample your way through perfect pairings at the Beer and Bacon Degustation at Saccharomyces Beer Cafe, or take your furry mate along to the next instalment of BYO Dog Night at Welcome to Bowen Hills for a food-truck feast. Get fancy on Friday night when Cloudland launches its Big Band and Dinner Show series, or treat yourself to an African spread when Mu’ooz celebrates its tenth birthday with a giant banquet. Continue the revelry on Saturday with Street Food From Around the Globe at Willow and Spoon, the Street Food Fair at Viet Lotus, plus The Harvest at The Scratch. Finish your weekend on a sweet note when Spicers Clovelly goes all out for The Sweet Apron Dessert Degustation – the title has us sold, really. Coeliacs take note – the We Hate Gluten Festival is happening at Welcome to Bowen Hills on Saturday and Sunday for your all of the allergy-free feasting.
Arts and Culture
Time for your weekly dose of culture, Brisbane! The awesome and seriously nostalgic Go Out and Play exhibition has opened at Brisbane Powerhouse, so be sure to swing by to get your game on. The Mao’s Last Dancer exhibit at Museum of Brisbane finishes up next weekend and Friday night gives you a chance to get up close and personal with subject Li Cuxin while he chats to Trent Dalton about five things that have moved him. Two of the WAVE Festival shows with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra may have sold out, but there are still a handful of tickets to Luka Lesson’s session at Brisbane Powerhouse on Friday. Saturday is Record Store Day, so be sure to hit up your local and show some love – Jet Black Cat Music and Sonic Sherpa are hosting some awesome events for the occasion. Sunday sees the Brisbane Botanic Gardens overrun by The Bard for Shakespeare in the Gardens (yes, there will be swords) and you can catch some saucy human pretzel action when the International Pole Championship hits the Chandler Theatre on Saturday. For something completely amazing, let it be known that Netherworld’s Two Bit Movie Club is hosting a back-to-back screening of Crossroads and Spice World on Sunday – you know you want to.
It’s time to get your gig on, Brisbane! Thursday provides the perfect launching pad to the weekend with a whole stack of shows – Shed Seven are playing The Triffid, Smino and Monte Booker bust out a double header at Woolly Mammoth, Simi Lacroix is playing a homecoming show at The Foundry on Thursday and the next session of Live at the Lodge is going down at Black Bear Lodge. Friday means party time, so do it right with Good Riddance at Crowbar, Kerser (the sickest) at Eatons Hill Hotel, Jamie Hutchings getting intimate at the Junk Bar, The Creepshow bringing punk to The Zoo, plus young legend Didirri tearing up The Brightside. Get your fill of gigs on Saturday with the charming Jake Bugg playing a solo acoustic show at The Triffid, prog-rockers P.O.D at Eatons Hill Hotel, The Hard Aches tearing up The Zoo on Saturday, and Donny Benet showing The Foundry how it’s done. Finish it all of on Sunday with a serious throwback in the form of Simple Plan at Eatons Hill Hotel, or get your jazz on with Speakeasy at Black Bear Lodge.
Festivals and Community
There is plenty of action happening in the community sector this weekend. Lovers of the lush live will be pleased to note that the Bromeliad and Tropicals plant show is happening at the Genesis Christian College on Saturday – all of the beautiful and rare plants! You can boogie down for a great cause in your best thrifted garb at the Variety Op-Shop Ball at the Story Bridge Hotel on Saturday night. Speaking of op-shops, scratch that second-hand clothing itch when Brisbane’s Biggest Clothing Garage Sale returns to Bizzell’s Garage on Saturday. Finally, get down and dirty when Ellaspede’s Dust Hustle 6 tears up the Queensland Moto Park on Saturday.
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