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10 Awesome Things To Do In Brisbane This Weekend

By Shannon Coward - 04 May 2017

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The last of the glorious April long weekends may have come and gone (RIP) but that doesn’t mean that there's a shortage of things to do in Brisbane. This coming weekend is chocked to the brim with things to do and festivals to celebrate. We’re talking Cinco de Mayo, Star Wars themed trivia in honour of a very special day and a never before seen in Queensland concert from one of the world’s most famous contemporary composers. See what we mean? Brisbane can’t stop and it won’t stop.

All you have to do is gather the squad and scroll down for a complete weekend plan to beat those post-holiday blues.

Thursday 4th May

May The Fourth Be With You Trivia

It only happens once a year, guys, and we are not letting this day to celebrate all things Star Wars go uncelebrated. Luckily, the Brightside had the same bright idea (see what we did there) and is blessing Brisbane with a Star Wars themed trivia night, courtesy of the legends at Man vs Bear Trivia. The trivia event itself is totally free and some super-duper space-themed prizes are up for grabs for the Star Wars aficionados amongst us. Round up the squad (or your older siblings) and don’t go to the dark side once the power of winning goes to your head.

Where: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley
When: Thursday 4th May, 7:00pm–9:00pm
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Marie Claire Up Late

Cyclone Debbie might have been a Debbie-downer on the original plans for marie claire Up Late but that doesn’t mean they’re not bouncing back with a bang this Thursday evening. Join the fashion elite for a night of exclusive discounts, live entertainment, cheeky designer appearances and personalised shopping experiences throughout the swanky James Street precinct. The restaurants and bars on James Street will also be joining in the fun with event-themed cocktails and after-parties you won’t soon forget. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for the coveted goodie bags marie claire will be giving away on the night.

Where: James Street, Fortitude Valley
When: Thursday 4th May, 6:00pm–8:00pm
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Friday 5th May

Millennials Strike Back Launch

Griffith Review 56 is launching in style this Friday night with a panel exploring identity, culture and change in the twenty-first century. The review, which focuses on millennials and the unique challenges they face in a rapidly changing society, was co-edited by Julianne Schultz and Jerath Head, who will also be leading the panel. Celebrations will kick off at 6pm at the Avid Reader Bookshop. The review features contributions from such local legends as Bri Lee, founding editor of Hot Chicks With Big Brains, and Andrew McMillan, a Brisbane based freelance journalist and author. If you’ve ever felt like intellectualism was lacking in your life, get thee to Avid Reader this Friday night.

Where: Avid Reader Bookshop and Café, West End
When: Friday 5th May, 6:00pm–8:00pm
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Cinco De Mayo at Guzman y Gomez

Brace yourselves, friends: $5 burritos are coming to all GYG stores for one day only. Be still our beating hearts. In honour of all things Mexican, and to celebrate a little festival known as Cinco de Mayo, Guzman y Gomez will be dishing out $5 burritos among a flurry of cultural activities. We’re talking Mexican art, Mexican music and oh did we mention ALL BURRITOS ARE $5! Run, don’t walk, guys. It’s time to dine like a guacamole-loving king.

Where: All Guzman y Gomez stores in Queensland
When: Friday 5th May
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Cinco de Mayo Friday Fiesta at Blackbird

GYG isn’t the only one aiming for Cinco de Mayo gold this Friday, Blackbird Bar & Restaurant is set to pull off a stunner with their Friday Fiesta in honour of our favourite Mexican festival. We’re talking all you can eat tacos, Mexican inspired burgers with melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork, enough margaritas to keep your Aunt Susan grinning with joy and a tequila-based cocktail menu curated specifically for the event. We’re not drooling, you’re drooling. Don’t miss this one, friends.

Where: Blackbird Bar & Restaurant, Eagle Street Pier
When: Friday 5th May, 4:30pm–Midnight
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Saturday 6th May

WAVEY 03 at The TBC Club

New wave rap fans: this one’s for you. The TBC Club, located in the Fortitude Valley, are putting on their very own mini music festival with WAVEY 03. Headlining acts include Lil Uzi Vert, Migos, 2 Chainz, Kodak Black and Big Sean, amongst a killer selection of support acts like Scotty Doesn’t Know and Versace Tour Guide. The beats will drop at 10pm on Saturday the 6th of May and tickets start at the low, low price of $10. WAVEY 03 is perfect for those craving some stellar Saturday night entertainment but feeling the burn of too many $5 burritos in your pocket. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.

Where: The TBC Club, 388 Brunswick St
When: Saturday 6th May, 10:00pm–5:00am
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Hans Zimmer Revealed in Brisbane

Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer is set to dazzle Brisbane this Saturday with his very first performance on Queensland soil. Known for composing movie scores for such iconic films as Gladiator, The Lion King and Pirates of the Caribbean, Zimmer and his band will be performing these works alongside reimaginings of the tunes from The Dark Knight trilogy and Inception. Yep, the infamous Inception theme is about to get stuck in your head for another year. It’ll be so worth it.

Where: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall
When: Saturday 6th May, 7:30pm
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Celine Condorelli and Material Politics Double Opening

The Institute of Modern Art, located in the Fortitude Valley, has not one but two grand openings to woo the crowd with this Saturday. The first is a debut solo exhibition by Celine Condorelli, Corps a Corps, which will transform the gallery into a space where everything from climate to furniture are integral features. The second, a group exhibition called Material Politics, will feature artists who use everyday materials to explore the impact of issues such as ecology, inequality, surveillance and sovereignty. After you’ve had your fill of art, head over to the courtyard where burger gods Ben’s Burgers will be dishing out the goods all night. Did anyone say discussing the meaning of our state of being over mouth-watering burgers? Sign us the heck up!

Where: Institute of Modern Art, Fortitude Valley
When: Saturday 6th May, 5:00pm–9:00pm
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Gemma Patford Workshop

Melbourne maker and lover of rope, Gemma Patford Legge is heading up north to celebrate the release of her new book, Roped In, with a craft workshop that you won’t soon forget. Gemma will personally guide guests through the process of sewing and styling a rope basket of their very own with materials like scrap fabric and embroidery. Ticket prices include a copy of Roped In, plus a personalised rope basket and a nice goodie kit to get your started on your very own rope adventure. Do you want to know the best part? The workshops are completely beginner friendly, so even craft newbies can have a crack. We certainly like the sound of that.

Where: Work-Shop Brisbane, 84 Brunswick Street
When: Saturday 6th May, 10:30am–1:30pm
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Don’t Miss Out

Pub Choir at The Bearded Lady

The myth, the legend, the a capella event of the season, Pub Choir is returning to the Bearded Lady for an eagerly awaited round two. Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm warm up, which provides ample time to fuel up on some Dutch courage before the sing-off begins. Grab your faves, chug a few beers and try to memorise a song you’ll never sing again out of sheer embarrassment. Live it, love it, never speak about it again (until round three happens, of course).

Where: The Bearded Lady, West End
When: May 9th, 7:00pm–10:00pm
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