What’s on in Brisbane this weekend
Love is in the air, folks – it’s Valentine’s Day weekend! Whether you’re swoonin’ like cupid or cursing the Hallmark holiday at every chance you get, it’s here baby! No matter where you fall on the joy scale, there’s plenty happening around town to either distract you or help you lean into the love-fest. From bottomless Amalfi-style Aperol parties to musical bar crawls, we’ve found the best things happening in Brisbane on the February 14–17 weekend.
Food and Drink
It’s a great weekend to be a food and bevvie lover in Brisbane (as always). Kick off your weekend in style on Thursday when Customs House launches its latest pop-up, the breezy and beautiful Chandon S Sunset Cabanas – think small bites, snacks and sparkling sips galore. Friday night sees the hotly anticipated Brisbane Night Market make its debut at Rocklea in a flurry of street food and entertainment, while the action moves north on Saturday for the Sunshine Coast Asian Food Festival at Spicers Tamarind. Sunday is a time for stretchy pants – Salt Meats Cheese presents a mouth-watering Bottomless Amalfi Sunday session at The Deck WV (hello, free-flowing Aperol), you can combine your love of suds and strides when The Beer Run kicks off at Aether Brewing, Canvas and Electric Avenue JR are playing host to a Tiki-centric event that includes much Bacardi and a suckling pig, plus sweet tooths can try all of the wares at Crema and Cream during its gelati party.
Arts and Culture
There are some stellar cultural events happening in Brisbane this weekend – get out and support them! First of all, the hilarious Hard Chat master Tom Gleeson’s rad new show Joy is hitting QPAC on Thursday and Friday, so don’t miss out. Saturday is a special day for theatre because the amazing Single Asian Female is returning to La Boite for a second season – get in quick before it sells out. Fans of Farnsey best get along to see From Johnny to Jack, a musical tribute performed by Luke Kennedy on Friday and Saturday. The incomparable Shôn Dale-Jones is bringing two shows to Brisbane Powerhouse this weekend – The Duke is happening on Thursday and Friday, while you can catch Me and Robin Hood on Friday and Saturday. For those more sartorially inclined, there is a rad Finding Fashion seminar happening at Museum of Brisbane on Thursday and Friday as part of The Designers’ Guide: Easton Pearson Archive. You have also been warned – this weekend is your last chance to catch Jersey Boys before it leaves QPAC on Sunday.
It’s gigs on gigs this weekend in Brisbane – let’s get loud! Thursday night is a great time to start – you can catch Dopamine at The Foundry or take advantage of Kwame putting on a second show at Black Bear Lodge if you weren’t lucky enough to nab tickets to Friday night’s offering. Speaking of Friday, there is more sonic goodness coming your way in the form of These Guy at The Foundry, Hands Like Houses at The Tivoli, Phoebe Bridgers at The Zoo and a massive mini-festival headed by The Delta Riggs at The Triffid. Saturday is jam-packed with huge things – first of all, the massive (and free) Mountain Goat Valley Crawl sees some of Australia’s best bands take over ten venues in The Valley, Poptastic brings 5ive and S Club 3 (don’t ask us what happened to the other four) to Eatons Hill Hotel, Hotter Than Hell is set to scorch the Racehorse Hotel, plus you can see the incomparable Teenage Fanclub tearing up The Triffid.
Festivals and Community
Brisbane’s community sector is popping off this weekend – here are the best events around town to check out. BrisAsiaFestival is continuing with a whole range of amazing activities and events all over town, so be sure to check out the program. Speaking of cool Asian cultural events, the Technicolour Chinese New Year night market at Diverciti Centre on Saturday is always a calendar highlight, and the massive Lunar New Year rooftop party happening in Sunnybank on Saturday is going to be a feast for the senses. If you’ve been bitten by the travel bug lately, be sure to head to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday and Sunday for the World Travel Expo – deals and inspo abound!
BONUS: Valentine’s Day
Happy V-Day, you crazy lovebirds of Brisbane! We’ve rounded up some absolutely stunning spots to wine and dine your numero uno for this special occasion – no doubt some spots will be booked out by now, but there’s no harm in trying!
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