What’s on in Brisbane this weekend
Let’s not beat around the bush here – it is Splendour weekend. If you are among the lucky punters heading off to have the nicest time ever, congratulations. While the rest of us plebs may not be witnessing the world’s hottest ginger doing his thing down in Byron, we actually have heaps to look forward to, thank you very much. From oodles of noodles to retro parties and even old mate Neil DeGrasse Tyson, we’ve rounded up the best things to see and do in Brisbane on the July 20–23 weekend.
Food and Drink
Hope you came hungry, Brisbane, because there’s a lot of foodie fun happening this weekend. Start early on Thursday at WATT’s Dinner With a Difference, where you can support the homeless and eat mouth-watering truffle-themed dishes. The Brisbane Food and Wine Expo is coming to the Brisbane Showgrounds from Friday to Sunday to bring us all some amazing eats and demonstrations, plus the hotly anticipated Night Noodle Markets started at South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt on Wednesday – sample delights from 23 unique stalls and be sure to save room for dessert. There are still a few tickets left for the Secret Foodies Christmas in July feast on Saturday, so get on it before they all disappear. Carb lovers should also note that Il Locale is hosting a gnocchi-making workshop on Saturday to fulfil all of your pillowy pasta dreams. For those who like things plant-based, the Brisbane Vegan Markets are holding a twilight edition on Sunday complete with a fully licensed bar.
Dry those salty Splendour FOMO tears, friends – Brisbane is brimming with some killer gigs this weekend. The Queensland Music Festival is still going strong, bringing a host of amazing talent to stages across town – Lior is bringing his dreamy pipes to the Old Museum on Saturday, organ maestro David Gray will appear at Kelvin Grove State College on Sunday and the Jazz Music Institute is staying up late on Friday night. Vincent & Jules and Music Is My Muse are teaming up for a second birthday bash at The Zoo on Saturday night featuring a stack of rad local bands, and Friday you can catch shoegazers Deafcult at The Brightside plus a Georgia Fields and Phia double headliner at the Milk Factory. One of Brisbane’s biggest club nights is turning ten this weekend – get your dance on when Watch Your Step takes over Black Bear Lodge on Friday and Saturday night for a retro party like no other. If you can’t get over the fact that you’re not in Byron, Soho in the Grass at The Fox on Sunday can heal your wounds with cocktail pitchers and DJs playing tunes from the festival acts – no mud in sight.
Arts and Culture
Brisbane’s cultural calendar is jam-packed as always, so we’ve taken the liberty of picking some of our favourite happenings this weekend. The Brisbane Powerhouse has got your back – from Wednesday you can catch Judith Lucy and Denise Scott’s hilarious double-header show as well as the ever-surprising Short+Sweet Festival serving up bite-sized theatre. Westfield Chermside is the gift that keeps on giving! In addition to the new eateries, the centre is also unveiling a new experiential installation from artist and jewellery designer Paula Walden and creative productions company Stage ONE this Saturday. The Carousel is a sight to behold – each horse head is adorned with luxurious headpieces that make for an incredible riding experience. Embrace your love of all things Swede when the Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival starts at Palace Barracks Cinemas on Thursday or get intense when Blackrock makes its debut at La Boite Theatre on Saturday night. For something to tickle your funny bone, check out the Can I Get An Amen?! comedy extravaganza at the New Farm Bowls Club on Friday night, and be sure to head to the South Bank Piazza on Sunday to soak up the wisdom of the one and only Neil DeGrasse Tyson. The visual art scene is coming in hot with some awesome shows to scope – Bruce Earles & Kristian Williams’s Urban Energy is at REDSEA Gallery, the beautiful Ambatye Urrpetye (My Family) opens at Mitchell Fine Art, Svenja Kratz’s Non-Linear Histories opens at Spiro Grace Art Rooms on Saturday and Jugglers Art Space hosts the Mint Condition comic book art exhibition opening on Friday night.
Parties, Festivals and Community
We’ve got a few extra things to tickle your pickle this weekend, so here they are. You can take a country vacay and head to Warwick for the annual Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival (which is as adorable as it sounds) or go hunting for gold at the Frock Up Brisbane vintage fashion fair at the Mt Gravatt Showgrounds on Sunday. The Brightside is hosting its annual mid-year prom on Saturday night, so bust out the cufflinks and obnoxiously puffy dresses. Last but not least, if you have a ranga mate be sure to point them in the direction on Finn McCool’s on Friday night for the Brisbane’s Hottest Ginger competition.