What’s on in Brisbane this weekend
The carnies have come and gone, the ferris wheel has been taken down and the scent of dagwood dogs is a distant memory – Ekka season is over and we’re coming down from that sugar high. To ease the pain, we’ve put together some choice ways to spend your days off – from Armakeggon to dog shows, here are the best things happening in Brisbane on the August 22–25 weekend.
Food and Drink
Feeling hungry this weekend, Brisbane? We have just the thing.Kick off your feasting on Thursday with A Taste of Byron at Pig’n’Whistle West End (think Brookie’s Gin and Stone & Wood paired with delectable bites) or indulge in the season’s finest with an Italian Truffle Dinner at Casa Cibo. Saturday is set to stun – Armakeggon takes over Archive Beer Boutique with a wash of craft drops, get your hands dirty at the BBQ Lunch Bash at Beerhaus, learn the art of pairing at a Cheese and Chocolate Masterclass at The Cheeseboard, or celebrate the flavours of South America with the Brasilian Day Festival at Communal Bar and Eat House. If you’re in the mood to travel, take note that the Kingaroy Bacon Fest is running from Friday to Sunday – so if salty swine is your vibe, this massive festival is well worth a roadtrip to attend.
Arts and Culture
There are some stunning arty happenings going down in Brisbane this weekend, so indulge yourself in some culture. Take in body positive and feminist art at the annual Praise You exhibition at Lightspace on Thursday night – money raised from the night will go to the Butterfly Foundation. Celebrate the power of words at the Queensland Poetry Festival as it takes over the Judith Wright Centre from Thursday to Sunday, where you can catch some of the brightest minds in the business doing their inspiring thing. Speaking of inspiring, iconic dance company Bangarra is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a stunning three-act program at QPAC from Friday. Theatre buffs can catch the likes of Spencer at QUT Gardens Theatre on Friday and Saturday, or laugh along to PUFFS The Play at Brisbane Powerhouse from Friday. The Brisbane Indie Music Market is taking over The Triffid on Sunday for all of your rarities and record needs.
Ready to feel the rhythm of the night? Here are the best live music gigs to catch in Brisbane this weekend. The legendary Fleetwood Mac are playing additional shows at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Thursday and Saturday, so be sure to snag the last tickets if you can. On Thursday night you can catch BABY at Black Bear Lodge, The Ultimate Queen Celebration at The Tivoli, Brooke Austen at The Milk Factory, Static X and Wednesday 13 doing a double header at Eatons Hill Hotel, plus a trio of Brisbane music’s finest (including Patience Hodgson from The Grates) hosting the Not On Your Rider live music game show at The Triffid. Friday brings the fun in the form of Clare Bowditch taking to the Winter Up Late stage at GOMA, The Damned bringing punk back to The Triffid, legends Mondo Rock at The Tivoli, Michael Dunstan doing the thing at Black Bear Lodge, HTRK tearing up The Foundry and Didirri melting hearts at The Zoo. See some action on Saturday with SPOD at The Foundry, Holy Rollercoasters at Club Limbo, John Maus at The Zoo and Tom Walker at The Tivoli. For those who like both driving and boot scooting, the Gympie Music Muster is happening this weekend if you feel like getting out of town and getting your yee-haw on.
Festivals and Community
There are some great community events coming through Brisbane this weekend – get out and enjoy the sunshine. The IndOz Festival is taking over King George Square on Friday and Saturday to celebrate all things Indonesian culture, from the food to the dance – there will even be travel agents on hand if the lure of a tropical getaway is too hard to resist. In a similar vein, the Technicolour Multicultural Festival returns to Newmarket on Saturday to spread joy and inclusivity through the streets. You can watch adorable canines do tricks and trials at the All Dogs Sports Spectacular at Dogs Queensland Sports Grounds on Sunday, or celebrate all things green at the Pocket Community Garden’s adorable birthday party.
Want more? Head to our comprehensive Event Guide for all of the fun around town where you can search by category, date, location and more!