What’s on in Brisbane this weekend
Friends, the weekend is finally here – you can unshackle yourself from your desk, take a break from the screen life and soak up all that our city has to offer. From pop-up ice-skating rinks to burger parties and the infamous Sunnybank $2 Food Trail, we’ve tracked down the best things happening in Brisbane on the June 20–23 weekend.
Food and Drink
We hope you’ve got your stretchy pants out of storage, Brisbane – Saturday is the day that all things food are happening around town. Break open your piggybank for the Sunnybank $2 Food Trail, offering up bite-sized morsels of amazing Asian cuisine from all around the suburb. Speaking of delicious Asian eats, Little Valley is celebrating its first birthday with a laneway shindig (featuring plenty of drinks and dim sum). If you’re in the mood to get a bit crazy, might we suggest the annual Garlic Bread Festival at Welcome to Bowen Hills (including garlic cocktails, if you’re brave) or the Hellmouth Diner Burger Party at Netherworld which will see the staff get mega-creative to stack up one-off vegan buns. For those more hop-focused, Ballistic Beer is celebrating the winter solstice with a Pitch Black Beer Festival championing all brews dark. Need something to help you digest it all? The Brisbane BrewIN at Wandering Cooks will sort you out with all things tea.
Arts and Culture
Keen for some culture? Brisbane is the place to get it this weekend. First of all, there are still a handful of tickets left to see the inimitable Nick Offerman’s All Rise tour at QPAC on Friday – because as if you don’t want to see Ron Swanson incarnate. For those into the best makers our country has, the Finders Keepers Market is back at the Brisbane Showgrounds from Friday to Sunday to showcase amazing handmade wares. For a great mix of theatre and music, head along to QUT Gardens Theatre’s production of Green Day’s American Idiot, running from Friday to Sunday in an explosion of punk-rock mayhem. This weekend is also your last chance to see the epic Italian opera Tosca before it finishes up its strictly limited run at QPAC on Saturday – don’t miss out!
As always, Brisbane’s live music sector is popping off this weekend and there are some seriously choice gigs to catch. Thursday’s offering is a truly mixed bag – you can catch the amazing Megan Hilty doing a one-off show at QPAC, Sly Withers taking over Black Bear Lodge, or even Ed Kuepper’s legendary The Aints! at The Zoo. Find time for Friday’s killer line-up including Little May at The Flamin’ Galah, SA rockers West Thebarton at The Triffid, Grim Rhythm getting down at Crowbar, the stunning duo of Tracy McNeil and Dan Parsons at The Junk Bar, FeelsClub doing a thing at Heya Bar’s The Yamaha, Glasshouse at The Zoo, plus (wait for it) An Orchestral Rendition of Dr. Dre: 2001 at The Valley Drive In. Moving on to Saturday, Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier team up for EPIC at QPAC (with another performance on Friday night), No Label Necessary at The Zoo, plus the huge Spring Loaded Festival at Sandstone Point Hotel featuring headliners Spiderbait and Something For Kate.
Festivals and Community
There are some amazing festivals and community events happening all over Brisbane this weekend – get out and celebrate! First of all, King George Square is going frosty from Friday night for the annual Skating At Festival (complete with a winter food market and pop-up ice-skating rink). Moving on to Saturday, the stunning Tattersall’s Tiara Race Day is taking over Eagle Farm Racecourse to shimmer and shine, Northey Street City Farm plays host to the annual Winter Solstice Festival, plus you can pick up some memorabilia from the beloved Sabotage Social (RIP) at a garage sale at The Montague Hotel – we have word that the Lemmy stained-glass window is still available. If your winter wardrobe needs some love, take note that Aje is hosting a huge warehouse sale at the Brisbane Showgrounds from Thursday to Sunday.
REMINDER: EAT/drink Awards voting closes this weekend!
In case you missed it, voting for the EAT/drink Awards closes this Sunday night – and we can confirm that the race is very dang close this year, mates! Haven’t had your say yet? Cast your votes here.
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