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10 Awesome Things To Do In Brisbane This Weekend

By Ellie McLachlan - 27 Oct 2016

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Breathe a sigh of relief that the working week is finally over! With the weekend upon us, we realise everyone needs a game plan for all of the fun to be had in the coming days. Prepare yourselves, we’ve got some good ones this week: foodie festivals, a sweet treat street fair, and a tonne of live music! Check out our round up of things to do in Brisbane this weekend.

Friday October 28th

Brisbane Good Food And Wine Festival

Calling all foodies! The best of Australian food and drinks are here to tantalise your taste buds this weekend. Whether you are hunting for some amazing samples, or a few helpful tips from professional chefs, the Good Food and Wine Show is the place to be!

When: October 28th – 30th
Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane
Tickets: Get yours here.

Valley Fiesta 2016

Get set to experience the vibrant culture of Fortitude Valley at the 20th Valley Fiesta celebration! Hear sounds from great Aussie talents like The Vines and Hey Geronimo, enjoy a beverage at one of the many pop-up bars, watch busking auditions, check out a laneway event, see the multicultural celebrations in Chinatown, or buy something unique and handmade from the markets. The Live & Local gig will see up to eight local bands and DJ’s in the running to perform at the Brunswick Street Mall ‘Pod’. So with so much going on, the Valley seems like a pretty cool place to be this weekend.

When: October 28th – October 30th
Where: Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
For more info, click here


Throw on your Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) party pants and make your way to the Shafston Hotel this Friday night for Mexican good times. There’ll be Espolón Tequila margaritas available, as well as live art inspired by Espolon’s artistic bottle labels. Arriba!

Where: The Shafston Hotel, 3 Lytton Road, East Brisbane
When: 7pm to 9pm
For more info, click here.

Saturday October 29th

The Sugar Market

It’s time to gather your squad, people. Brisbane’s first dessert festival is coming to douse our sugar cravings. You better whip out those stretchy pants form the back of the cupboard and prepare to fill up on macarons, brownies, cupcakes, meringues, ice cream sandwiches, and Russian fudge. Holy sweet! Treat yo’ self...

When: October 29th, 11am – 5pm
Where: Alden Street, Fortitude Valley
For more info, click here.

Outland Denim Pop-Up

Ethically sourced designer demin brand, Outland Denim is popping up for the first time in Paddington! Not only does this cult Aussie label cut a great pair of jeans using only ethically made materials (we're obsessed with their classic black skinnies!), $50 from every pair sold goes to charities to help stop huamn trafficking. A very worthy cause, plus a new addition to the wardrobe? Money well spent we'd say.

When: October 26th - Decemebr 30th, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-3pm
Where: 35 Latrbobe Terrace, Paddington
For more info, click here.

Homespun Bazaar

If you’re willing to travel a little outside of Brisbane this weekend, we have found a cracking music festival featuring local artists. For only $2 you can listen to original live music, and shop in market stalls selling unique handmade trinkets and delicious homegrown goods. So for a new and refreshing scene this weekend, pack up the car and make the day trip to Homespun Bazaar.

When: October 29th, 10am – 10pm
Where: Billabong Park, Kooralbyn
For more info, click here.

Sunday October 30th

Japanese Film Festival

If you haven’t made time to view the latest releases in Japanese cinema yet, this is your last chance to catch one of these great films at the final day of the Japanese Film Festival! Be sure to book your spot to see heart-warming family films, action-filled thrillers, and stunning anime this weekend. So for something a little different than your usual Netflix binge, gather the gang and watch the best of Japanese cinema right here in Brisbane.

When: October 26th – October 30th
Where: Event Cinemas, Brisbane City Myer Centre
Tickets: Get yours here.

Don’t Miss Out

Melbourne Cup 2016

Time to dust off your fascinators and press those suits in preparation for the most-loved race in Australia; welcome back Melbourne Cup, we've missed you! Whether you’re trackside, or taking a much-needed break from work to watch the race, there’s nothing like the Melbourne Cup. Still undecided on where to go to watch the race? Check our round up of the best Melbourne Cup parties here

When: November 1st
Where: Flemington Racecourse or the closest TV
For more info, click here.

Recreate Twilight Market And Paper Fashion Show 2016

Feel like celebrating National Recycling Week in style? Brisbane City Council presents the Recreate Twilight Market and Paper Fashion Show. Enjoy the masterful creations of local fashion designers who use paper to make runway pieces. You’ll be amazed by the Doughnut Time dress; who knew you could wear food packaging and look good doing it? The market will also feature all your food truck favourites, live entertainment, and free paper-craft workshops.

When: November 4th, 5pm – 9pm
Where: King George Square
For more info, click here.

Australain Brandenburg Orchestra: Avi Avital

The world-renowned mandolin artist, Avi Avital, is coming to Brisbane for one must-see show. His musical talent will blow you away and wow those of us who really don’t know much about the mandolin (let-a-lone what that instrument even looks like). So if you feel like being serenaded by one of the best in the business, be sure to book ASAP!

When: November 8th
Where: QPAC
Tickets: Get yours here.

Jewish International Film Festival

Celebrate the opening night of the Jewish International Film Festival at the premiere screening of the much-anticipated drama, Denial, featuring a stellar performance from Academy-award winner Rachel Weisz. If you miss opening night there’s no need to worry, because you can view more amazing Jewish films this November as part of the festival!

When: November 10th – November 20th
Where: New Farm Cinemas
Tickets: Get yours here.

Wonderland Powerhouse 2016

Prepare to experience the best comedy, carnival, music, magic, theatre, and burlesque! Head down to the Powerhouse to catch a show as part of the Wonderland festival. Whether you want to see The Chaser’s pay out Aussie icon Karl Stefanovic, or watch a theatrical parody of Game of Thrones, there is something to entertain anyone and everyone.

When: November 24th – December 11th
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
Tickets: Get yours here.


Throw on your Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) party pants and make your way to The Caxton Hotel between now and 10 November for Mexican fun times! There’ll be Espolón Tequila margaritas available, as well as fun Mexican theming. Arriba!

Where: The Caxton Hotel, 38 Caxton Street, Brisbane
When: From now until 10 November
For more info, click here.

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Image credit: Brisbane City Council

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