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11 Super Cool Things To Do This Weekend In Brisbane

By Shannon Coward
22nd Jun 2017


Winter nights might traditionally mean rugging up at home with a mug of hot chocolate and Netflix (the real MVP) but our fair city certainly doesn’t know that. This weekend in Brisbane there's everything from giant food precinct openings to gallery launches plus legendary 00's band Hanson performing! All you have to do is gather the squad, don your best extra-stretchy pants, and figure how to tackle everything on offer in only 48 hours. Don’t worry, friends, we believe in you.

Here are 11 super cool things to do in Brisbane this weekend.

Thursday 22nd June

Westfield Chermside Food Precinct Grand Opening 

Northsiders, listen up! Shopping mecca Westfield Chermside's highly anticipated, multi-million dollar food precinct is FINALLY here! To celebrate tonight's grand opening of over 20 epic new eateries including Zeus Street Greek, Motto Motto, Coco Bliss, Betty's Burgers and more, they're putting on one huge party. The festivities will be kicking off with a live set by international DJ Young Franco, followed by a beautiful light show, fully decked out green spaces plus freebies for guests including free popcorn! The best bit? The party vibes will be kicking on all weekend long with in-store activations and events—even a pop-up Chandon bar. Cheers to the weekend!

When: Thursday 22nd June–Sunday 25th June
Where: Under The Urchin, Westfield Chermside
To find out more about the grand opening celebrations, check out Westfield's website here.

Friday 23rd June

Ramadan iftar at UQ

The holy month of Ramadan is upon us and that means feasting galore is taking place once the sun sets. The holiest month in the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is a way to help others and to strengthen ties with families and communities, amongst others. Get in on the action, and score a chance to learn more about Islam with the University of Queensland Union’s Ramadan iftar, taking place this Friday. A spread of local dishes from Central, Southern and South-East Asia, North Africa and the Middle East will be up for sampling, as well as meals prepared specifically during Ramadan—so make sure you wear your best comfy pants. Just don’t fill up on homemade hummus before the main course. Who are we kidding; we never could resist a good hummus!

When: Friday 23rd June, 4:30pm–8:00pm
Where: UQ Union, University of Queensland
For more information, click here.

Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum Opening Weekend

Friends, Romans, countrymen, the opening weekend of the Queensland Museum’s brand spankin’ new exhibition, Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum, is here and we couldn’t be more excited. This Brisbane-exclusive exhibition is an immersive experience where guests will be able to dive into the everyday lives of Ancient Roman gladiators through the use of interactive games and displays. The collection features more than 110 artefacts, presenting everything from swish gladiator helmets to original weapons preserved in the ashes of Pompeii. The opening weekend itself includes a number of unique opportunities to talk to the exhibition’s curators or go on a private tour. If you need us, we’ll be pretending to be badass ancient warriors (#noregrets).

When: Friday 23rd–25th June
Where: Queensland Museum
For more information, and to get tickets, click here.

Latin Dancing in Queen St Mall

We’re not going to lie; we’ve been known to, inelegantly, bust a move around the office. But if you’re anything like us and suffer from two left feet, you can always pop along to Latin Dancing in Queen Street Mall this Friday, presented by Rio Rhythmics. This totally free demonstration presents the perfect opportunity to watch the awesome dancers from Brisbane’s original Latin Dance Academy and even learn a step or two. Who knows, the opportunity to shake up your health regime and learn a swanky new skill might just be too tempting, in which case you can register your interest with Rio Rhythmics and score a double pass to their Latin Mix party and intro lesson. Sign us the heck up!

When: Friday 23rd June, 6:00pm–9:00pm
Where: Queen Street Mall
For more information, click here.

Saturday 24th June

Andromeda Festival 2017

Guys, Brisbane is about to experience all things electronica with the return of the Andromeda Festival this Saturday. Taking over two stages at the Triffid for one day only, the festival will feature a number of international, interstate and local legends doing their thing. The current line-up includes such names as Edit Select, Moopie, Xavier Rousset and Emma Stevenson. Move over three-day camping festival, we’re ready to get our dance on in the snazzy surrounds of the Triffid and the accompanying beer garden. You won’t want to miss this one, guys.

When: Saturday 24th June, 1:00pm–1:00am
Where: The Triffid
For more information, and to get tickets, click here.

Stone & Wood Long Lunch

What do you get when you take tender barbequed meats and pair them with the perfect matching beer? Why the Pig ‘N’ Whistle’s Stone & Wood Long Lunch (say that five times fast), of course! In celebration of the 2017 Stone Beer, a seasonal winter brew that goes back to its roots by harnessing ancient brewing techniques, the Pig ‘N’ Whistle’s beloved beer garden will be transformed into a feast you’ll never soon forget. Tucker will be served from one until four, with the food prepared by the legends over at Radar Hill Smokers BBQ. Stone & Wood will also be on hand to soothe your thirst with their signature core range and the limited edition Stone Beer. Run, don’t walk. Your tastebuds will thank you later.

When: Saturday 24th June, 1:00pm–4:00pm
Where: Pig ‘N’ Whistle, Fortitude Valley
For more information, and to get tickets, click here.

Xiu Xiu Plays the Music of Twin Peaks

Internationally acclaimed musicians Xiu Xiu will be returning to Brisbane this Saturday for a one night only performance of the soundtrack from Twin Peaks. Xiu Xiu, which is comprised of Jaime Stewart, Angela Seo and Shayna Dunkelman, mixes post-punk, synth pop, classical and experimental styles of music to produce a sound that is entirely unique. This performance is not just another recreation of the haunting Twin Peaks soundtrack, but reimagines it in true Xiu Xiu style. With performances having sold out throughout Europe, Russia and the United States, you can bet that this one’s going to be killer. See you there!

When: Saturday 24th June, 5:00pm
Where: Cinema A, GOMA
For more information, and to get tickets, click here.

The 56th Annual Queens Ball

Brisbane is being painted rainbow this Saturday as the 56th Annual Queens Ball shimmies into town to celebrate all things pride. The theme for this year’s ball is glam meets punk, so you can go nuts with pearls AND fishnets (be still our beating heart).  The ball will include a mouth-watering two-course meal, four-hour beverage package, killer entertainment from a number of local legends and an award ceremony for achievements in the LGBTIQA+ community. With a tagline like Vogue to Teen Spirit, you know this ball’s going to be a blast. You know what to do, Brisbane.

When: Saturday 24th June, 6:00pm–11:30pm
Where: Brisbane City Hall, 64 Adelaide Street
For more information, and to get tickets, click here.

Sunday 25th June

Big In Japan: A Tribute to Tom Waits

While the myth, the man, the legend won’t be making his way to Brisbane any time soon, this tribute concert to Tom Waits might just be the next best thing. Taking place in the vintage-chic surrounds of Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Big in Japan will feature the voices of Tyrone Noonan, Karl S Williams, Rohin Jones, The Long Johns and The Shambolics. All your favourite Tom Waits hits will be included in the line-up, so you better prepare your ears for the most smooth-voiced concert you ever did hear. Uh, yes please!

When: Sunday 25th June, 6:00pm–11:59pm
Where: Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, 15 Caxton Street
For more information, and to get tickets, click here.

Hanson 25th Anniversary Tour

There’s probably nothing more millennial than Hanson and this Brisbane concert in celebration of their 25th Anniversary is set to make all the nostalgia come flooding back. We’re sure we’ll never forget the day we first heard ‘MMMBop’ on the radio so it’s a little hard to believe it was released in 1997. Ugh, we feel old too. Luckily, you and all the other senior citizens can get your groove on at The Tivoli this Sunday with the Brisbane leg of the Hanson Middle Of Everywhere 25th Anniversary Tour. Guests will be treated to a killer performance of all of Hanson’s top hits, alongside a few cheeky fan favourites from everyone’s favourite trio. Go on, let 12-year-old-you have this one.

When: Sunday 25th June, 7:00pm–11:30pm
Where: The Tivoli Brisbane
For more information, and to get tickets, click here.

Don’t Miss Out

Slumber Party Poetry Slam

If there’s one thing better than slam poetry on a chilly winter’s night, it’s slam poetry in your jim jams. The legends over at Ruckus Brisbane are totally on board with this idea and will be gracing the world with the Slumber Party Poetry Slam next Wednesday. Normal Ruckus rules still apply, with the open mic kicking off at 7:30pm for all your creative outlet needs. Oh and did we mention you get to rock your best pair of flannel pyjamas or adorable-but-overpriced onesie. It’s like a lazy day with all the benefits of going out. We think we’ve just discovered heaven.

When: Wednesday 28th June, 7:00pm–10:00pm
Where: New Globe Theatre
For more information, click here.

Nothing on this list catching your fancy? Why not try a hot tub cinema!

Image credit: Billboard

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