What’s on in Brisbane this weekend
How good is a cool change? We’re not just talking about the easy listening banger by Aussie icons Little River Band – last weekend’s Hades-esque weather has managed to relax a little and we can now go outside without our skin feeling like it’s going to fall off our skeletons like something from an old-timey cartoon. Celebrate by getting amongst some of our city’s best events – from classic cocktails to late-night arty parties, we’ve tracked down what’s happening in Brisbane on the January 18–21 weekend.
Food and Drink
We hope you’re hungry, Brisbane – the food and drink offering is something to behold this weekend. First of all, take note that the ever-fabulous Jan Power’s Powerhouse and Manly markets resume trading as of this Saturday after a well-deserved Christmas break, so you can get your fresh produce fix once again. For those who love to party, Brisbane Brewing Co. is holding one heck of a bash for its third birthday on Saturday – this little gathering is sure to satisfy both your inner child and your tastebuds alike. Does your cocktail game need some work? Be sure to book in with the pros at Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess for a Modern Classics cocktail masterclass on Saturday before it sells out. If you’re keen for a bit of roadtrip action, you can head north to check out the continuing Flavours of Summer Festival at Spicers Hidden Vale or go south to gorge on goodies at the Gold Coast Food and Wine Expo.
Arts and Culture
Brisbane’s culture scene is second to none and this weekend’s offering proves it. South Bank continues to be the epicentre of all things arty with another fantastic Summer Up Late session hitting GOMA on Friday night, as well as The Rocky Horror Show opening up at QPAC from Thursday. For something a bit spicy, be sure to take your crew along to Circus Rio – the fiery production starts at Pine Rivers Park from Friday and is only running for a very limited time. In a similar vein, you can get your salsa on when the year’s first Super Latin Social hits Mirra Events on Saturday night – dance until you drop! If you’re fond of a good tale, head along to Yarn Storytelling’s live podcast at Avid Kitchen & Garden on Sunday to hear some rad people spilling their guts for your entertainment.
Brisbane is alive with the sound of good tunes, so get amongst some killer gigs this weekend. Give yourself a head start on Thursday with electro-wizards Cut Copy taking over The Met and local lads The Creases playing a second show at The Foundry (the Friday show sold out). Alternatively, you could always catch Papa Roach tearing up The Tivoli as a last resort (I’m so sorry). Friday is an absolute cracker with Neon Jungle at The Zoo or Brendan the Bard at The Milk Factory. Saturday sees In Between Days – A Tribute to The Cure going down at the New Globe Theatre, bringing together artists from bands like Screamfeeder and Hits to sing sad bangers made famous by Robert Smith and co. More legendary stuff is happening in the form of James Reyne’s All Crawl show at The Triffid, as well as Wesley Fuller bringing his signature style to Bloodhound Bar. Finish your week off in style when Progfest hits The Triffid, bringing together rad bands such as Leprous, Voyager, Alithia, Osaka Punch and more.
Festivals and Community
For those chasing fun that doesn’t really fit into a category, we’ve got the goods for you. Pop-culture mavericks take note – Black Bear Lodge is hosting a Seinfeld trivia night on Thursday and Southside Tea Room is hosting Rick & Morty trivia on Friday, so there’s never been a better excuse to brush up on your knowledge and re-binge both shows. Bibliophiles will be pleased to note that the Lifeline Bookfest is back again, taking over the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Saturday with all of the pre-loved goodness you could possibly desire. Finally, this weekend is your last chance to take advantage of Slideapalooza out at Sirromet before it packs up on Sunday – you won’t forgive yourself if you miss it.
Want more? Head to our comprehensive Event Guide for all of the fun around town where you can search by category, date, location and more!