What’s on in Brisbane this weekend
The days are getting shorter and before you know it we’ll be up to our ears in chocolate eggs and public holidays. Not that we’re complaining, of course – any excuse for a few days off and some delicious confections is just fine by us! Next weekend may be a long one, but don’t let it take all of the glory – from all-you-can-eat gelato to pizza parties and fantastical creatures, here is the best of what’s on in Brisbane on the March 22–25 weekend.
Food and Drink
Brisbane, head into this weekend on an empty stomach – there’s a lot to fit in. Start things off on Thursday with the unbeatable combination of beats and street food when SYS’s dumplings and hip-hop event heads to Heya Bar for the night, then follow it up on Friday with some rock’n’roll vibes at the Jack Daniels Takeover at Sabotage Social. Get your pink drink on at the Rosé and Cheese Fest at Welcome to Bowen Hills over Saturday and Sunday, stuff yourself with chicken for a cash prize at the great Deathproof wing-off at Deathproof on Sunday, or take in some nautical vibes at Waves + Haze – Seafood and Beer Fest at Bacchus Brewing Co. on Saturday. Legendary Kenmore outfit Neighbourhood Pizza turns one on Saturday, so head along to celebrate with free slices and killer tunes. Oh, and did we mention that La Macelleria Gelato West End is holding its first all-you-can-eat gelato event on Sunday? Just $10 gets you unlimited scoops all day – prepare the Lacteze, pals.
Arts and Culture
Brisbane’s cultural pool is deep as ever this weekend – dive in! The sartorially inclined will be thrilled to note that marie claire Up Late returns to James Street this Thursday night for all of your fashion-forward needs, so head over for a night of retail heaven. Art lovers rejoice – the hotly anticipated Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection exhibit opens at GOMA from this Saturday. Get your geek on at World Science Festival Brisbane, taking over South Bank’s cultural precinct from Wednesday to Sunday with a flurry of fun to be had (and knowledge to be gained). Cinema buffs can delight in the Transitions Film Festival Friday to Sunday, plus a screening of cult fave The Room on Friday night (both at New Farm Cinemas). Crowbar’s Church is playing host to a killer one-night-only Fan Art exhibition on Saturday, while Vieille Branche is holding its next Maker’s Market on Saturday. A couple of last chance reminders – La Boite HWY finishes up on Saturday, and this weekend the Brisbane Comedy Festival wraps up. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
There are loads of live tunes to listen to this weekend in Brisbane, so get your dancing shoes ready. Thursday night is crawling with prime gigs to get your weekend off to the right start – catch punk royalty NOFX at the Riverstage, rock legends Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at The Tivoli, Cable Ties playing a set at The Foundry and Deer Tick doing a thing at The Triffid. Friday night is similarly large with GRAIN’s second birthday show at The Foundry, Suicidal Tendencies showing us how its done at Eatons Hill Hotel, Boatkeeper launching a killer new single at The Milk Factory, The Long Johns getting bluesy at Junk Bar, plus Lefty’s getting a groove on for The Good Foot Live Funk and Soul Revue. Save some energy for Saturday – the YEAH NAH Festival takes over Heya Bar with the likes of Ayla, Major Leagues and The Jensens, you can catch The Amy Winehouse Experience at The Triffid, Willow Beats drop a set at Black Bear Lodge, and Vaudeville Smash will tear The Zoo a new one. If you have any energy left on Sunday, Eatons Hill Hotel is hosting By the Bay Country Music Festival and Billy Ray Cyrus is headlining – do with that information what you will.
Festivals and Community
If you’re not sure what vibe to chase this weekend, be rest assured that Brisbane’s festivals and community events sector will have something for you. Thursday night sees Studio Thrifty 4 staying up past its bedtime for a late-night thrifting event, so you can nab some killer pre-weekend bargains. The ridiculously popular Bongo’s Bingo event is back at The Tivoli on Saturday night, bringing with it a hybrid of Boyzone and Westlife called ‘Boyzlife’ – this is not a drill. Beloved Gabba institution Can You Keep a Secret? is celebrating three years at its current digs on Saturday with a funk-themed party including live tunes, a food-truck guest and a themed dress code. Facial hair aficionados should head to Sabotage Social on Saturday for its annual Beardstock beauty pageant, while lovers of all things Latin will do well to swing by Communal Bar and Eat House on Saturday for the Hello Australia Latin Party. If you’re kickin’ it at home, it’s worth noting that this Saturday is Earth Hour, so consider switching off for 60 minutes from 8:30 pm – our planet will thank you for it!
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