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13 Epic Things To Do In Brisbane This Weekend

By Shannon Coward - 08 Jun 2017

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This weekend in Brisbane is looking absolutely glorious, guys! We’ve got the deets on everything from a lantern parade to a mussel festival set to a video-gamed themed free musical fiesta. See what we mean? Brisbane can’t stop and it won’t stop and we’re loving it.

Ready to embrace those Friyay feelings? Here are 13 epic things to do in Brisbane this weekend.

Thursday 8th June

QUT Essentially Dance Showcase

Showcasing the finest young dancers in the Brisbane community, the 2017 QUT Essentially Dance Showcase is Brisbane’s creative community at its finest. With performances every day until Saturday 10th June, you’re sure to find something to love at this showcase of emerging talent. Choreographers include Natalie Weir, of 7 Deadly Sins fame, Shaaron Boughen, Matthew Lawrence and Dr Jennifer Roche, among many others. Thursday night plans are definitely sorted.

When: Tuesday 6th June to Saturday 10th June
Where: QUT Gardens Theatre
For more information, click here.

Friday 9th June

LUMINOUS Lantern Parade 2017

Get your cameras ready, guys, because the annual LUMINOUS Lantern Parade is about to make your ‘gram look swish. The LUMINOUS Lantern Parade is a celebration of all things multicultural and is a big warm welcome for new Queenslanders, including refugees, international students, asylum seekers and migrants. Boasting to be attended by over 15,000 guests this year, the parade will meander throughout South Bank and will feature the most colourful collection of lanterns you ever did see.

When: Friday 9th June, 6:00pm–8:00pm
Where: South Bank Cultural Forecourt
For more information, click here.

Bill Frisell At QPAC

Legendary jazz guitarist and Grammy award-winner, Bill Frisell will be laying out some sick tunes this Friday night at QPAC. Performing a number of favourites from his Grammy Award nominated album, When You Wish Upon A Star, with the line-up including everything from the music from Hitchcock’s Psycho to Nino Rota’s music for The Godfather. This is one concert you won’t want to miss.

When: Friday 9th June, 7:30pm–8:50pm
Where: QPAC
For more information, and to get tickets, click here.

Led Zeppelin Tribute

It might be thirty six years since the end of the legendary Led Zeppelin, but that doesn’t mean that Brisbane isn’t about to be treated to the best dang tribute concert we’ve ever seen. Led by Zep Boys powerhouse vocalist Vince Contarino, accompanied by the angelic performance of the 35-piece Black Dog Orchestra, this is Led Zeppelin as you’ve never heard them before. If you thought rock’n’roll couldn’t get any better, think again. We’ll see you there!

When: Friday 9th June, 8:00pm–10:30pm
Where: QPAC
For more information, and to get tickets, click here.

Saturday 10th June

Madman Anime Festival

The 2017 Madman Anime Festival taking place this weekend! All of your convention staples will be buzzing this year, including special guests, festival-only events and exhibits, straight-from-Japan screenings and, of course, cosplay galore. A range of unique anime related vendors are also set to have your wallet pleading for mercy (sorry, not sorry). And it’s all supported by our anime lord and saviour, Madman. Go on, let nerdy-you have this one. We promise you won’t regret it.

When: Saturday 10th June and Sunday 11th June
Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
For more information, and to get tickets, click here.

Little Brothers Mussel Festival

The team over at Mussel Brothers are celebrating the start of winter in style with the Little Brothers Mussel festival this Saturday. Featuring a free drink at the door, accompanied by a serving of fresh oysters, and all-you-can-eat mussels throughout the evening, this festival is pretty much a seafood lover’s heaven. Why not go ahead and finish the night off with a tasting platter of local cheeses from White Gold Creamery for the full, decadent experience. Umm, yes please!

When: Saturday 10th June, 3:00pm–10:00pm
Where: Wandering Cooks
For more information, click here.

Backyard Beekeeping Class

It’s no secret that bees are pretty amazing little creatures that totally deserve our love and care. That’s why Richard Neilson and Danika Nesbitt from Northey Street City Farm are dedicated to helping you become the urban beekeeper you were born to be. This one day only event will see you walked through a mix of beekeeping theory and hands-on experience as you learn all about the lifecycle of honey bees, how to set them up and how to look after them. You’ll also get to sample some freshly harvested, organic honey as part of the workshop. 

When:  Saturday 10th June, 9:00am–4:00pm
Where: Northey Street City Farm
For more information, and to get tickets, click here.

Women’s Wellness Day

What could be better than spending Sunday afternoon learning all about yoga, meditation, nutrition and health? Enter: Women’s Wellness Day, organised by the folks at Rotary Club Of Brisbane River City. Get ready to learn about all things relaxation and fun, with a complementary morning tea included in the ticket price. Plus, all the proceeds go towards helping female refugees in need within the local community through the work of the Immigrant Womens Support Service. See you there!

When: Sunday 11th June, 2:30pm–5:00pm
Where: 20-22 Qualtrough St, Woolloongabba
For more information, and to get tickets, click here.         

Soundbytes Brisbane Popup

Announcing the first Soundbytes to ever play in Brisbane—the first two having been in Tokyo and Melbourne—this totally free musical fiesta will feature the likes of Tuberz and Slato! Showcasing the chiptune style of music, a synthetic 8-bit style typically found in vintage computers and video games, this unique event will take place at Brisbane’s first bar-come-arcade Netherworld (as if you needed another excuse to check it out). Well, what are you waiting for?

When: Sunday 11th June, 4:00pm–11:00pm
Where: Netherworld
For more information, click here.

Don’t Miss Out

Pub Choir At The Bearded Lady

The Bearded Lady has done it again with round three of their iconic Pub Choir. You know the shtick by now; a group of strangers down a little bit too much Dutch courage and try to learn a song in 90 minutes in front of an adoring crowd. It’s hilarious, it’s messy and it’s totally worth the hour of complete embarrassment. You know what to do, Brisbane.

When: Tuesday 13th June, 7:00pm–9:00pm
Where: The Bearded Lady
For more information, click here.

Sunday 11th June

Chasseur De Skins Film Screening

Literally translated as the Skinhead Hunters, Chasseur de Skins is a film about the groups who mobilised against the nationalist movement sweeping the 21st century. All proceeds from the screening of Chasseur de Skins will go towards the fund to free Jock Palfreeman, who is currently serving 20 years in a Bulgarian prison for defending two young Roma boys against a Neo-Nazi attack. Cheap as chips movie tickets AND supporting a good cause? Heck yeah!

When: Sunday 11th June, 7:00pm–9:00pm
Where: 74B Wickham St, Fortitude Valley
For more information, click here.

Jamaican Vibes At Fiction Bar

For the month of June, Appleton Estate is taking over at Fiction Bar and the Jamaican vibes are coming in hot. The cocktail of the month is the Jamaican Stormy; their own take on a classic Dark and Stormy cocktail (which we love) and on Saturday 10 June, there’ll be a Roving Fiesta Tropicale featuring a live Latin Calypso band playing at the venue from 5pm so you can get your dance on.

When: Saturday 10th June, 5:00pm–8:00pm
Where: Fiction Bar 

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Appleton Estate Pop-Up At Eatons Hill Hotel

Jamaican cocktails are taking over the bar this month at Eatons Hill Hotel, with Appleton Estate signature serves on offer and a couple of pop-up events that we think you’ll love. Expect their own take on the Dark and Stormy (aptly dubbed the Jamaican Stormy) and Planters Punch—which is totally as fruity as it sounds. The pop-up bar will be happening on Friday 9 and Friday 23 June, and the latter will have a photo booth as well. Who doesn’t love a good laugh in a photo booth?

When: Fridays 9th & 23rd June
Where: Eatons Hill Hotel 

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Editor's Note: Appleton Estate's event is proudly sponsored by Campari and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

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