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10 Of The Best Events Popping Up In Brisbane This July

By Fergus Grealy - 01 Jul 2016

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So we’re already half way through 2016, how the heck did that happen? It feels like the year has flown by and I’m not entirely sure what I’ve achieved so far, so maybe it’s a good time to reflect on those New Year’s resolutions…

Didn’t quite stick to your savings plan? Well, Happy New Financial Year! Get your paperwork together, cross your fingers for a decent tax return, then head out to these events to spend it all!

Here are 10 of the best things to do in Brisbane this July:

#1 Brisbane French Festival

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, but local Independence Day celebrations are trumped (no pun intended) by a massive three day festival celebrating all things French. Leading up to Bastille Day, Le Festival showcases the best of French food, fashion and culture. There’s even a performance by a Daft Punk tribute band.

Where: South Bank

When: 8 - 10 July

Tickets: $5 per person. More information here.

#2 Queensland Film Festival

Filling the void left after the demise of the Brisbane International Film Festival, the Queensland Film Festival was launched last year. From humble beginnings, the festival has expanded to 10 days and will screen a huge selection of films that you are unlikely to see again on the big screen. I’m most excited to go to the opening night for the new Pedro Almodóvar film Julieta.

Where: New Farm Cinemas

When: 15 - 24 July

Tickets: Some free screenings and events, most individual screenings from $11 per person. More information here.

#3 Green Beacon x LONgTIME

Another event that continues to grow with every year is the Teneriffe Festival. This year’s program features piglet racing, sheep shearing, live music and - most importantly - amazing food and drink offerings. The pick of the bunch has to be the killer combination of food by LONgTIME with brews from Green Beacon Brewing Company on a lawn overlooking a music stage floating on the river.

Where: Teneriffe Festival

When: 2 July, 10:00am - 9:00pm

Free! More information here.

#4 Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever

If you ever wanted to break out some interpretative dance moves at the local park, your dreams are about to come true. Take your flowing red bat-winged dress out of mothballs and join other Kate Bush tragics to re-enact her classic Wuthering Heights film clip. As an after party, there’s also a tribute night happening later on at the New Globe Theatre.

Where: Bedford Park, Spring Hill

When: 16 July from 2:00pm

Gold coin donation. More information here.

#5 Ice Skating in the City

It took a while, but - judging from all of the whinging about the weather lately - winter has finally come to Brisbane. We all know it only lasts for a couple weeks, so get your skates on and make the most of it at the Winter Festival. For a short time, you can go ice skating outside Brisbane City Hall!

Where: King George Square

When: Daily until 10 July

Tickets: From $22 per person. More information here.

#6 World Press Photo 16

A mainstay on the Brisbane cultural calendar, the travelling World Press Photo exhibition never fails to amaze when it comes to town each year. The annual contest brings together the most compelling examples of photojournalism from around the world. Whether it be images of sports, nature, political events, or depictions of the atrocities of war, this exhibition will change the way you see the big issues around the globe.

Where: Brisbane Powerhouse

When: From 29 July

Free! More information here.

#7 Finders Keepers Market

Another travelling display that makes its way to Brisbane every year is the Finders Keepers Market. And it’s worth the annual pilgrimage because, judging by their curated selection of market stalls, the organisers clearly have great taste. You can count on a wide array of cute art and design items being sold, usually at reasonable prices.

Where: The Old Museum

When: 2 - 3 July

Tickets: $2 per person. More information here.

#8 Tragic Traffic Light Party

If you find yourself spending this Saturday night in bed constantly swiping left and right, snap out of it! Head to The Brightside, choose between a KEEN, MAYBE or NAH sticker at the door and try your luck at IRL Tinder. Tunes to get you in the mood will be provided by Emotion DJs.

Where: The Brightside

When: 2 July, from 11:00pm until you pick up

Free! More information here.

#9 RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle of the Seasons

Prepare for an evening of charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent! All T, no shade, this extravaganza - hosted by RuPaul’s trusty sidekick Michelle Visage and featuring drag superstars Adore Delano​, ​Alaska Thunderfuck,​ Detox​, ​Ivy Winters​, ​Jinkx Monsoon,​ ​Manila Luzon​, ​Sharon Needles and ​Violet Chachki - is sure to be a riot. If this all sounds like a foreign language to you, study up on your herstory beforehand.

Where: Eatons Hill Hotel

When: 3 July, Doors open at 7:00pm

Tickets: From $97.45 per person. More information here.

#10 Seinfeld vs Curb Trivia

If you a more of a Larry David geek, this is your chance to shine. Refresh your memory (read: binge) on your favourite seasons of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm and get your pals together for this trivia night. And if those pretzels make you thirsty (hur hur!), the bar will be open all night…

Where: Shady Palms

When: 13 July

Free! Register here

Image credit: visitbrisbane.com.au

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