What's On

11 Awesome Things To Do In Brisbane This Weekend

By Cailin Sheppard
18th Aug 2016

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Treat yourself to an early mark this weekend because it is going to be H-uge! Time for your weekly helping of fabulous food, fun and fashion with a side of some seriously cool events. Here’s what’s on in Brisbane this weekend. 

Friday 19th August

Against The Grain Festival

The folks at Bakery Lane are pretty much champions at anything they do, so you know that when they plan to put on a music festival, it’s going to be good. They've teamed up with GRAIN to bring you their finest line-up of Australian musical and visual alternative artists all weekend. Against the Grain will feature music from the likes of Major Leagues and The Jensens while ARI CORFLUTE will handle the projections lighting across the Bakery Lane walls. Of course, Laruche will be there to quench your thirsts with Sailor Jerry and Young Henry’s. It's not to be missed!

When: 19th-21st August
Where: Bakery Lane, Fortitude Valley
For more info and tickets, click here.

Revive Fashion Festival

If you can’t go past a good op shop then a whole festival dedicated to pre-loved wares should be right up your alley. Revive Fashion Festival is all about pimping your style on a budget, while staying green and avoiding the level of waste sent to landfill on the regular. Who knew op-shopping was good for the environment too?

When: 19th August, 2pm-8pm
Where: South Bank Cultural Forecourt
For more info, click here.

Aje Sample Sale

As much as we wish we could keep this one a secret, it would be selfish to keep it to ourselves; the one and only Aje is holding a sample sale! Browse through previous collections and saught-after archived pieces with big fat discounts on the price tags. You may have to fight us off to buy those gems but, man would it be worth it. Elbows at the ready ladies!

When: 19th August, 12pm-8pm and 20th August, 9am-4pm
Where: Aje Boutique, 4/65 James Street, Fortitude Valley
For more info, click here.

Kick. Start. Smart.

Got an idea that you think is the bee’s knees? To celebrate the Kick. Start. Smart. conference, Collective Hub are giving you the chance to pitch your budding brand to them and win a feature in their magazine. If your killer idea is still being planned and perfected then the conference will help you along nicely. With special guest speakers discussing networking, pitching and creativity, you’ll be filled to the brim with inspiration for your start up.

When: 19th August, 9am-5pm
Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
For more info and to get your tickets, click here.

Saturday 20th August

Ball Park Music Acoustic Session

Arguably one of the best bands to come out of the Brisbane indie music scene, Ball Park Music are releasing their fourth album this week—cue your jumps for joy!—and because these young guns love their home town so much, Brisbane is in for a treat! They are playing not one, but two free shows in Brisbane over the weekend, and we couldn't be happier. The first will be a fully amplified show on Queen Street Mall's upper stage on Friday at 5pm, and the second is a stripped back acoustic chill fest at Sonic Sherpa in Stones' Corner. See you there, guys!

When: 19th August, 5pm ,and 20th August,12pm
Where: Queen Street Mall and Sonic Sherpa
For more info, click here.

Strawberry Festival 

Oh, how we love strawberries. So sweet, succulent and nutritious! You could say that Sandstone Point Hotel agrees with us, as they are holding a festival all about the fabulous, little fruit. No strawberry will be left behind, with strawberry shakes, jam, ice cream, cocktails and the almighty chocolate coated strawberry all to be devoured!

When: 20th August, 11am-8pm
Where: Sandstone Point Hotel
For more info, click here.

The VW Polo Los Loosa

The Doomben Polo Fields will turn into a garden party like no other on Saturday with a full day of eats, beats and of course, polo! Although you won’t be playing in the matches (wouldn’t want to ruin your flawless outfit anyway), you’ll sit trackside with all the craft beer, French champagne and Pimm’s cocktails you desire. With canapes rolling out all afternoon, you can settle in for the party.

When: 20th August, 12pm-5pm
Where: Doomben Racecourse Polo Fields
Tickets: Get yours here.

Sunday 21st August

Boudoir Bazaar Fashion Market 

If you think you've done too much shopping by the time you get to Sunday, then just hold your horses, because you have one last stop to make! The Boudoir Bazaar Fashion Market brings out the big guns with heaps of vintage, designer, preloved and one-off items from the Brisbane fashion scene. They boast pieces from the likes of Calvin Klein, Zimmerman and Sasha Drake, so make it your lucky day and get in quick. This op-shopping paradise is only on every two months, so of course you have to go!

When: 21st August, 12pm-4pm
Where: Cloudland
For more info, click here

Don’t Miss Out

Cocktail Wednesdays 

Does kicking back on your hump day evening with an Asian-inspired cocktail and some Peking duck pancakes sound alright? Oh yeah, baby! The Newstead favourite, Peng You China Kitchen and Bar is fixing your mid-week blues one glass at a time with their ever-popular, Cocktail Wednesday’s. This week’s cocktail is the French 75 and it’s a kicker!

When: Every Wednesday, 4pm-10pm
Where: Peng You Chinese Kitchen and Bar
For more info, click here.

The Wellness Festival

Due to sell-out success of its Melbourne debut, The Wellness Festival is heading north on tour—that means Brisbane! Inspiration and knowledge in health, business and personal growth is the aim of the game for the day; it's jam-packed full of classes from leading female entrepreneurs and health experts along with a midday sweat sesh; all to get you feeling your best emotionally and physically. With a coconut to sip upon arrival, you'll be on your way to your best self in no time! 

When: 3rd September
Where: Lightspace, Fortitude Valley

Tickets: Get yours here.

Brisbane Festival 2016

Let’s be real, Brisbane Festival is just one big, month-long party. Music, dancing, food and drinks, not to mention the huge program of cabarets, gigs, art exhibitions, dance performances AND fireworks. You could say that it’s a wee bit more than just a big party, we suppose. September, we are ready for you!

When: 3rd-24th September
Where: South Bank
For more info on all things Brisbane Festival, click here.

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Image credit: Ariana Gillrie

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