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10 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend In Brisbane

By Shannon Coward - 19 Jan 2017

Things to do Brisbane

It’s a brand new year guys, which means that Brisbane is positively bursting with things to do this weekend. We’re talking a Gelato Messina pop-up, a Ministry of Sound reunion tour and even cat yoga to wrap up the week (because why not?!). Don’t let the crazy heat get you down, gather your squad and get to exploring. We promise you won’t regret it.  

Thursday 19th January

Gelato Messina Pop Up

Ice cream gods, Gelato Messina are ready to bless our tastebuds with a pop up at the GoMA Turns 10 Summer Festival. All you have to do is head over to the GoMA Café Bistro between today and Sunday to chow down on some gloriously delicious gelato. Four flavours are on offer: Robert Brownie Junior – featuring milk chocolate gelato with chocolate brownie and chocolate fudge – Red Velvet, a cream cheese gelato with red velvet cake, Salted Caramel and White Chocolate, and Salted Coconut Mango Sorbet (yum!). Run, don’t walk, friends. The pop-up will give us a taste of what's to come when they open their first Brisbane store this year. 

When: Until Sunday 22nd January, 11:00am

Where: GOMA Café Bistro, GOMA

For more info, click here.

GoMA Turns 10 Summer Festival

Our beloved GOMA is turning ten, which means that there’s a big ol’ party happening over the weekend. Featuring everything from live music from Brisbane stars to artistic performances, and an adults-only workshop event aptly named Arts & Craft After Dark. The summer festival really does have something for everyone. Don’t miss the performance of artist Nick Cave’s HEARD, a spectacular group of brightly-coloured horse costumes brought to life by dancers, on Sunday. GoMA, we love you.

When: Until Sunday 22nd January

Where: GoMA

To see the full program, click here.

Senses By Cork & Chroma

Ever wanted to discover how your subconscious thinks you look? Well, this sensory self-portrait painting session by Cork & Chroma was made for you. Throughout the night, your sense of sight, taste, touch, smell and intuition will be tickled, all in the hopes of influencing your art and allowing you to get in touch with your subconscious through the medium of art. Brisbane-based musician Hailey Calvert will also be there to lay out some sick tunes. Sounds pretty awesome, right? Of course it does. 

When: Thursday 19th January, 6:30pm – 10:00pm

Where:  Cork & Chroma Brisbane, 44 Montague Rd, South Brisbane

For more information, click here.

Cinderella Performed By The Ballet Theatre Of Queensland

In honour of their 80th anniversary, the Ballet Theatre of Queensland’s production of Cinderella is not to be missed. Featuring the brightest young dancers from around Queensland, Cinderella will include exquisite costumes, stunning sets, and epic choreography. It’s perfect for if you want to take seeing the Disney version to a whole new level. Who knows, there might even be singing mice involved. 8 year old us is so happy right now. 

When: Thursday 19th January – Saturday 21st January

Where: QPAC Concert Hall

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Friday 20th January

Karma Police: A Tribute To Radiohead At The Triffid

Ah, Radiohead – the rock band that defined a generation. We’re talking 80’s rock culture at its finest, guys. So it makes sense that The Triffid is throwing one heck of a tribute, featuring just a few of Australia’s finest musicians, including Tyrone Noonan, Inigo, Speedstar* and Danny Ross in collaboration with Ryan & Will of The Cat Empire. There will be killer music, there will be big hair, and there will be fun. What more could you ask for?

When: Friday 20th January, 7:30pm – 11:50pm

Where: The Triffid, 7-9 Stratton Street, Newstead

For more information, click here.

The Gaze – A Primary Arcade Exhibition

Artist collective Primary Arcade has done it again with their new exhibition, The Gaze, which explores the portrayal of the female image in visual art. With over 60 female portraits available for viewing, the exhibition’s themes cover everything from 21st century women’s identities with a feminist stance to celebrating the aesthetics of femininity. Featured artists include gems like Sandi Darling Creative, Bima Perera Illustrations and ZENA.

When: Friday 20th January, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: Jugglers Art Space, 103 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley

For more information, click here.

Saturday 21st January

Ministry Of Sound The Reunion Tour: The Annual 2001-2004

At long last, it’s time to whip out your fluoros and get ready to step back in time as Ministry of Sound brings you all the dance music hits of the early 2000’s. Headlining the show will be none other than John Course and Mark Dynamix, the Ministry of Sound originals. We’re talking being transported back to a time where the club was king as your heart thrums with the beat of two of Australia’s most beloved DJ’s. Ah, we can feel the nostalgia already (read: taste the Double Blacks). 

When: Saturday 21st January, 9:00pm – 3:00am

Where: The MET Brisbane, 256 Wickham Street, Brisbane

For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

Sunday 22nd January

Cat Yoga At The Lucky Cat Café

It’s back, it’s cat-tastic and it’s totally beginner friendly. The Lucky Cat Café will play host to a yoga sesh you’ll never forget, as furry felines wander around the room and quite possibly commandeer your mat for their own adorable purposes. The session is very informal, so feel free to give in to your desire to snuggle with your very own cat harem. Pssh, who are we kidding, we’re going purely for the cat action, fitness never really was our thing. 

When: Sunday 22nd January, 9:00am – 10:00am

Where: Lucky Cat Café, 16 St Kilda Place, Annerley

For more information, click here.

Don’t Miss Out

Lifeline Bookfest Brisbane

What sort of self-respecting book-lover doesn’t love a good deal when it comes to book-buying, especially when said good deal also goes towards helping a very important charity do their life-saving thing. Enter Lifeline Bookfest Brisbane, a twelve day extravaganza of all things second-hand. With over four kilometres of books, DVDs, board games, comics and records, you’re sure to pick up a steal for your yearly reading or watching list. Plus, prices start at $1, and hardback novels go for as little as $5. Be still our beating heart.

When: Until 26th January

Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

For more information, click here.

Check Out Live By Night At Your Local Cinema

Because we don’t want you to be unprepared for next weekend (we’re thoughtful like that), this is your official reminder to book tickets for ‘Live by Night’, opening in cinemas on Australia Day. It’s a gritty gangster tale, with a healthy dose of romance thrown in for the ladies, because balance. ‘Live by Night’ is set in the roaring 20’s, when prohibition hasn’t stopped the flow of booze in an underground network of gangster-run speakeasies. The visuals are top notch, so you’ll probably feel like you’re right there with Ben Affleck (the director, screenwriter and star, FYI) as he breaks all of the rules.    

For more info, click here

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