What’s on in Brisbane this weekend
It is the last weekend of autumn, guys. Winter is backing into our fair city like a disgruntled waitress in an old-timey movie who uses her hips and bum to open doors because her hands are full of trays balancing milkshakes and soda pop. Anyways, if you want to max out your final fall days you’ve come to the right place – from indie spirits to fun camp for grown-ups, we’ve scouted what’s on in Brisbane on the May 25–28 weekend.
Food and Drink
Hope you’ve recovered from last weekend’s food coma, Brisbane – we have another round coming your way. The weather is back on track so it’s a prime weekend to check out the Absolut Winter pop-up bar at Customs House, back again from Thursday to Saturday to keep the good times rolling. Thirsty peeps will be pleased to note that the Food Truck Hub on Chester has teamed up with Newstead Brewing Co. to add a bar full of craft beer, wine and cider – hallelujah! Those further south will be stoked to note that Eats and Beats has rolled around once again, setting up shop at Beenleigh Town Square on Friday night. It’s hops against drops when the second Beer vs Wine Dinner goes down at Cloudland on Friday, plus lovers of liquor can still nab tickets to the Indie Spirits Tasting at Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall on Sunday afternoon.
Arts and Culture
Arty farties, this weekend is yuuuuuge – might we start by saying that Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe is opening at GOMA on Saturday? This is the Australia’s largest ever Marvel-related expo and it’s really freakin’ cool, so get into the hype. Movie lovers are in for a treat – the West End Film Festival is running on Saturday and Sunday, and it’s your last chance to see the best of the States before the American Essentials Film Festival finishes up at Palace Centro on Sunday. Speaking of last chances, don’t miss Behind Closed Doors before it departs QPAC on Saturday. Groove along to the Fab Four’s hits when Lady Beatle premieres at La Boite Theatre on Friday night, the gripping drama Swallow lands at Metro Arts on Thursday and Roald Dahl’s The Witches gets a turn at SunPac on Friday and Saturday. For more goodness, scope the stunning OperaQ’s Pearlfishers at QPAC from Thursday or get in touch with your inner bombshell with the Audrey Hepburn & Marilyn Monroe movie day at Metro Arts on Saturday.
You may have missed out on tickets to the Big Pineapple Music Festival, Polish Club, The Smith Street Band and/or Bliss n Eso (if you nabbed some, good job!), but there are plenty of choice gigs happening this weekend around Brisbane. Start your weekend early with the amazing Sampha playing a show at Max Watt’s on Thursday. Friday continues the good vibes with Alex Lahey at The Brightside and San Cisco at The Tivoli. On Saturday you can discover your new favourite band via Cookies & Cream at The Zoo, catch Airling at Black Bear Lodge, swoon over Lisa Hannigan at the Old Museum and get loose when Bleeding Knees Club tear up The Foundry. If you’re a fan of theme nights, strap yourself in – the I Heart Queensland party at Bistroteque on Saturday will be playing nothing but the best (and worst) homegrown bangers and Black Bear Lodge is hosting a rad Heathers 80s night on Saturday.
Festivals, Parties and Community
Gather your crew and get amongst the best big events that Brisbane has to offer up this weekend! The Elephant is hosting a rad Garden Block Party with Stone & Wood on Saturday, you can get all jacked up on Queensland pride when the inaugural Maroon Festival kicks off at South Bank on Sunday, explore another culture at the Africa Day Festival at Africa House on Sunday and embrace all things green at the Logan Eco Action Festival at Griffith Logan on Sunday. Psst … there are still a few tickets left to the amazing Death Valley Fun Camp that starts on Saturday, but get in quick!