What’s on in Brisbane this weekend
There’s no skirting around the fact – it’s pretty dang brisk in Brisbane at the moment. No matter where you sit on the winter scale (loving it sick versus actually sick), there is plenty of action happening around the traps to keep you occupied on your days off. From onion ring appreciation to massive bonfires, we’ve found the best events happening in Brisbane on the June 21–24 weekend.
Food and Drink
As usual, we hope you’ve come into this weekend hungry – here’s the best of Brisbane’s foodie scene. Friday night brings together two of our favourite things for the Gin and Cheese appreciation session at Pig’n’Whistle Brunswick Street, plus the Jubilee Hotel is paying homage to the humble onion ring with an event held in its honour. Riverland is going white and blue for its Greek Festival Weekend, serving up delicious Hellenic fare all Saturday and Sunday long (with a side of plate smashing). You will be spoilt for choice on Sunday – the inaugural Flavours of Portside festival is coming to Portside Wharf to showcase the best of the precinct, Milton Markets celebrates the winter harvest with its special Seasonal Flavours event, it’s wine time when the Torbreck Takeover hits the Osbourne Hotel, plus sweet tooths can salivate when celebrity punk-rock pastry chef Anna Polyviou takes over Nest for lunch.
Arts and Culture
The culture club is thriving this weekend, Brisbane! Thursday night provides a chance to catch up with Megan McKean, the artist responsible for the eye-popping BRISTOPIA exhibition at the Museum of Brisbane. If you like your theatre bite-sized, swing by the Brisbane Powerhouse from Wednesday for the Short+Sweet Festival – it’s rapid-fire entertainment, people! Patricia Piccinini Up Late continues at GOMA with the unbeatable double-header of Zola Jesus and Miss Blanks up on Friday night, while you can catch more powerful female vibes when Opera Queensland’s The Merry Widow hits QPAC on Friday. Film buffs can get their fix of local talent when the West End Film Festival rolls back into the Boundary Street Markets on Saturday and Sunday. By the way, a couple of reminders for Saturday – it’s your last chance to catch Suzie Miller’s brilliant The Mathematics of Longing before it finishes up its season at La Boite Theatre, plus the heart-stopping The Longest Minute ends its run at QPAC.
Brisbane, the time has come once more to get your gig on. Get a head start on your weekend with some Thursday night magic in the form of Raave Tapes at The Foundry, then gear up for a massive Friday including punk legends Strung Out at The Brightside, Boatkeeper at Black Bear Lodge, and the stacked Factory Clubnight at The Foundry. Saturday night is similarly packed – catch British India tearing up The Triffid stage, Theory of a Deadman getting rowdy at Woolly Mammoth, Oscar Key Sung at The Foundry and Shag Rock at Black Bear Lodge. Cap things off on Sunday with badass MC Jesswar at Black Bear Lodge, Liam Wright’s smooth tones at The Milk Factory, or party down when The Steele Syndicate hit the Woolly Mammoth Mane Stage. Oh, and if you’re into jazz this is going to be one hell of a weekend for you – Doo-Bop Jazz Bar is celebrating its first birthday on Friday with twelve hours of non-stop music.
Festivals and Community
Brisbane is a veritable winter wonderland this weekend, overflowing with community vibes to take in. First of all, city patrons are sure to have noticed the giant flippin’ ice skating arena that has popped up in King George Square – that’s right, Skating At Festival is back and ready for action. Pass us the chai, thanks. Lovers of local goodness and shopping alike will be thrilled that the Finders Keepers Market is returning to Brisbane Showgrounds, packing out the area with oodles of treasure from Friday to Sunday. If you’re looking for a family day out, the Tattersall’s Tiara Race Day is happening at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday – expect kids zones, killer fashion, loads of on-track action and delicious food-truck fare. Celebrate the shortest day of the year at Northey Street City Farm when it holds its annual Winter Solstice Festival on Saturday, complete with its annual giant bonfire.
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