What’s on in Brisbane this weekend
Brisbane, we may still be recovering from the Ekka public holiday but that’s no reason to remain idle once Friday hits. Haven’t you ever heard of backing it up? Regardless of your vibe, we’ve got your back – from strawberry festivals to 90s parties, here’s the best of what is happening in Brisbane on the August 16–19 weekend.
Food and Drink
There are some tasty treats abounding in Brisbane this weekend, folks. First of all, it’s in your best interests to head north on Saturday to the Sandstone Point Hotel for the annual Strawberry Festival – this is pretty much the equivalent of that scene in Forrest Gump where Bubba is talking about all the things you can make with shrimp, except with strawbs. If you haven’t been to the Ekka yet, Saturday is the day because you can check out the dagwood dog eating competition. For something a little more refined, Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess is hosting one of its amazing cocktail masterclasses, with Saturday’s class dedicated to liquid desserts (yes please). Bean lovers can get a buzz on when Bean Brewing hosts its Our Town Coffee Tour on Saturday, where you can sample some of the best brews in town.
Arts and Culture
Culture club, assemble! It’s time to get a bit fancy. If you fancy a laugh you can catch comedy queen Anjelah Johnson at The Tivoli on Thursday night, get your giggle on when Arj Barker hits Eatons Hill Hotel on Saturday, or even take in one of the many shows happening for Bris Funny Fest. For those who love a bit of intelligent conversation, make tracks to The Tivoli on Sunday for Polarised: Cornel West and Douglas Murray. Brisbane Powerhouse is also hosting a world premiere in the form of Hakanai, a mind-bending visual show that will trip you out in the best way. Take in a touch of great cinema when the Korean Film Festival in Australia takes over the Elizabeth Picture Theatre on Thursday, or support your local thespians and head to the Brisbane Arts Theatre on Saturday for the debut of its new production Emma. A last-chance reminder coming your way – it’s your last weekend to see Jasper Jones at QPAC.
If gigs are what you crave, Brisbane has got them in spades this weekend. First of all, clear your Saturday for the Sonic Masala Fest at Club Greenslopes on Saturday – a huge roster of local legends will be playing for your pleasure. Get rowdy on Thursday night with punk rockers Pist Idiots at The Foundry, but save some energy for Friday night – catch a stacked line-up at BLOOM at The Milk Factory, Mark Lanegan at The Triffid, The Walters performing the best of the blues at Black Bear Lodge, Kaki King doing a thing at Brisbane Powerhouse, KB Theory launching a new single at The Flying Cock, and Esoterik tearing up the Woolly Mammoth mane stage. Finish it off on Saturday with metal mavericks Pagan at Crowbar, Che Fu at The Back Room, or boogie down at Black Bear Lodge when BLESS presents Mike Who.
Festivals, Parties and Community
It’s a huge weekend for the festival circuit in Brisbane, so get ready to party! First of all, it’s your last weekend to head to the Ekka and pat all the animals/eat all the food, so don’t miss out. If you love thrifting and sustainable fashion, the Revive Second-Hand Pop-Up Fashion Festival is a must-do – head to the South Bank Cultural Forecourt on Friday to soak up all the eco tips and do some pre-loved shopping. Get into the groove at the 13th annual Brisbane Madonna Party at The Wickham on Saturday night, indulge your throwback fantasies when the No Diggity 90s Party takes over Black Bear Lodge on Saturday, or head to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens for Japanese Cultural Day on Saturday.
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