What’s on in Brisbane this weekend
Can you hear the rattling of bones and the rustling of leaves? It’s spooky season, baby! Lean into the chaos with a veritable smorgasbord of events across food, culture and community – we’ve found the best things happening in Brisbane on the October 24–27 weekend.
Food and Drink
There is a lot of food and bev action on in Brisbane this weekend – wear your stretchy pants. First of all, the Good Food and Wine Show takes over the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Friday to Sunday for three days of feasting, demos and shopping – spot celeb guests, visit the truffle van and walk down stinky cheese alley! Don your finest elastic-waisted bottoms for when all-you-can-eat gelato returns to La Macelleria Coorparoo on Sunday (tickets are a must), or stuff yourself silly with this all-you-can-eat and drink BBQ Competition at Slipstream Brewing on Saturday (also needing tickets in advance). Some boozy happenings of note – learn how to shake it at a Cocktail Class with baller mixologist Aidan Beiers at Barbara on Sunday, quaff the finest drops during A World of Whiskey at The Walrus Club on Thursday, or sip sparkling and snack on treats when The Secret Vineyard by Chandon hits Treasury Brisbane on Sunday. There are still a handful of spots left at the super-fancy Massimiliano Mascia Series at Bacchus that’s running until Saturday, so get in touch with the team if you want to snap one up.
Arts and Culture
The culture club is truly the place to be this weekend, Brisbane. Homegrown success story Monica Rohan’s stunning new exhibition Wobble has opened at Jan Murphy Gallery, La Boite Theatre’s newie Open Homes brings theatre experiences to a house near you (you old stickybeak!), the Japanese Film Festival takes over Event Cinemas Myer Centre from Wednesday to Sunday, Opera Queensland and Circa team up for Orpheus and Eurydice at QPAC from Thursday, and Radial Reels Tour hits Brisbane Powerhouse until Friday. For a huge hit of everything, RuckusFest at Old Museum on Saturday is it – it’s basically an incubator for creativity in the arts featuring workshops, classes and performances by local indie artists. This weekend is also your last chance to catch the amazing Muriel’s Wedding before it departs QPAC on Saturday – so don’t miss out.
Live-music lovers are in for a treat – there are plenty of gigs to check out this weekend in Brisbane. Kick it all off on Thursday with legendary punks Cockney Rejects at The Zoo, or keep it more local with Sex on Toast (best band name of the week!) at The Foundry. Moving forward into Friday, there are loads of amazing acts to check out – the stunning Olympia takes over Black Bear Lodge, Bad//Dreems will tear The Triffid a new one, Shag Rock get a groove on at The Foundry, Bachelor Girl will satiate all of your throwback fantasies, Kyle Lionheart shakes things up at Woolly Mammoth, Dad’s Fastest Swimmers are zooming into Old Museum, Cast take on The Zoo, plus the dynamic duo of Dave Graney and Clare Moore will make an appearance at Junk Bar. Searching for Saturday tunes? Look no further – the dreamy Asha Jeffries takes to The Foundry’s stage, Jurassic Jam brings a host of amazing artists to The Triffid to raise money for charity, plus the legendary Regurgitator celebrate 25 years as a band at The Tivoli (with another performance on Sunday if you fancy).
Festivals and Community
Feeling the festival vibe? Brisbane has got it going on when it comes to community-based entertainment this weekend – get around it. Friday night is a mixed bag – catch Comedy for a Cure at Cloudland to raise funds for Graft Verse Host Disease research, or head to The Foundry for a Kath & Kim party that will bring out Brisbane’s best hornbags and hunk’o’spunks. Saturday is huge – Hidden Lanes Festival takes over all of Fortitude Valley’s secret spaces with culture galore, FashionAble at Mercure Hotel shines a light on inclusive trends while raising money for Multicap, the SUEZ Cox Plate Raceday takes over Eagle Farm Racecourse with hot looks and flowing champagne, and the Designer Rummage Sale takes over the Princess Theatre to provide amazing bargains. For something a little more offshore, scoot to Stradbroke Island and revel in the splendour of Island Vibe Festival – live music, good vibes, arts and culture await you.
In case the intro didn’t give it away, this weekend marks the beginning of Halloween celebrations across ye olde Brisbane town. As October 31 falls on a weekday, most spots have spread their spooks between this weekend and next – check out what’s on here.
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