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13 Amazing Things To Do This Weekend In Brisbane

By Erin Curtain - 03 Aug 2017


If you plan to spend this weekend in Brisbane catching up on Survivor and Bachie eps, stop right there. That is weekday stuff, your weekend is going to be way more dynamic then, let me tell you!

It is August (I know, mind-blowing stuff), and with a brand new month comes brand new and exciting events in Brisbane, so clear your schedule and check out our top picks for this weekend.

All Weekend

Short+Sweet Festival

Short+Sweet Festival ends this weekend so make sure you catch it before it ceases to be. Support our local artists in their creative endeavours by watching a series of short plays and voting for your favourite at the end. It’s a great way to spend an evening, and whether you are waiting for it to end or holding onto every second, each show is only ten minutes long, so the ideal night out for those with commitment issues.

When: 26 July – 5 August
Where: Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse
For more information, click here.

Festival Of Lights

This weekend Westfield Chermside’s brand new dining precinct will transform into a festival, showcasing interactive displays, live music, and gorgeous lighting. Each night kicks off with fireworks and a live light show. There will be glow in the dark face paint, LED robot/stilt walkers, movement mimicking light displays and more amazing and interactive projections for you to observe and play with.

When: 3 – 5 August, 5:30pm – 9pm
Where: Westfield Chermside
For more information, click here.

SEXPO 2017

Yep, SEXPO is back this weekend to satiate all of you health, sexuality, and lifestyle needs. With hundreds of exhibitors, international performers, demonstrations, competitions and their Carnal Carnival this is the world’s longest running adult exhibition for a reason. Spend this weekend learning about all of the things I am probably not allowed to mention in this article and open yourself up to the experience that is SEXPO.

When: 4 – 6 August
Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre"
For more information, click here.

American Honey At Orion Hotel

This month at the Orion Hotel, is all about American Honey. There’ll be ice-cold AH cocktails available at the bar, and a hot cocktail available on the weekends (we’ve got our eye on the Hot Lips Hoolihan). This one involves American Honey (obvs), and clear apple juice heated with cinnamon quills and a lemon twist. There’ll be live sets every weekend as well, so you know it’ll be a good time. Drink responsibly!

When: Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in August, 6pm – 10pm, and Sundays 3pm – 7pm.
Where: Orion Hotel 

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Thursday 3rd August

Obsession: National Theatre Live

Jude Law is ultimate bae and does not disappoint in his fiery play: Obsession. Filmed live from London and projected for you on the big screen this play tells the story of a drifter who begins an affair with a woman and, as a pair, they plot to murder her husband. Told you it was steamy! The last screening is this Thursday, book now so you don’t miss out.

When: 3 August, 10am
Where: Dendy Portside
For more information, click here.

International IPA Day

That’s right, the day I am sure all of you were waiting for and aware of is finally here. Ok, so I didn’t know before this morning that IPA Day actually existed, but I am now beyond ecstatic that it does! This Thursday The Transcontinental Hotel will stock their Craft Bar full of choice IPA brews on tap, celebrating the big, bold, and beautiful flavours of IPA’s. Cheers to that!

When: 3 August
Where: The Transcontinental Hotel
For more information, click here.

Friday 4th August

Abbey Road Live

Ah The Beatles. Though we can no longer see the iconic band together and live we can get the next best thing! This Friday night The Honey Sliders will be performing the entirety of the Beatles’ classic album Abbey Road live at The Triffid. This album live would really be something to experience featuring plenty of their classic hits recorded at a pivotal time in the band’s career. I’ll be up the back singing the lyrics of Octopus’s Garden at the top of my lungs.

When: 4 August, 7:30pm
Where: The Triffid
For more information, click here.

Saturday 5th August

QSO’s Alondra & Duo Lechner Tiempo Concert

This concert will be a fantastic watch and even better listen. Brother and Sister pianists Sergio Tiempo and Karin Lechner will take stage in a solo stand-off at QPAC’s concert hall. The accompanying orchestra conducted by Alondra de la Parra brings this theatrical Tango Rhapsody alive as the prodigy siblings masterfully demonstrate their skills on the keys to make for a truly electrifying evening.

When: 5 August, 7:30pm
Where: Concert Hall, QPAC
For more information, click here.

Miss Burlesque QLD Gala

This Saturday all bombshells who apply will battle it out for the title of Miss Burlesque Queensland. This is it, after donning their sashes and frosting their crowns they are ready to compete to go into the running to win the ultimate title of Miss Burlesque Australia and presumably rule us all. This is not a night to miss as history will be made and, thankfully for us, in the most entertaining way possible!

When: 5 August, 6:30pm
Where: Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
For more information, click here.

Parks Alive

Roma Street Parkland is hosting a family friendly event this weekend. Gather a group and enjoy everything Roma Street Parkland has to offer, as well as the workshops, kid’s activities, talks, and walks that will be held throughout the day. There will be live music, food trucks, and entry is absolutely free!

When: 5 – 6 August, 9am – 4:30pm
Where: Roma Street Parkland
For more information, click here.

Brisbane Lions vs Western Bulldogs

Sports! Not something I am entirely well versed with but an entertaining way to spend an afternoon for sure. I mean, what’s better than watching fit men in skimpy outfits running around to effectively show off their craft? This Saturday the Lions will be up against the Bulldogs for round 20 of the AFL regular season, which all sounds rather exciting, so I would book in quick and bring your binoculars!

When: 5 August, 4:35pm
Where: The Gabba
For more information, click here.

Sunday 6th August

Winter Whiskey Masterclass

The Gresham is hosting a Winter Whiskey Masterclass to warm your body and soul this Sunday. Be transported to Scotland as you sip on five luxurious whiskeys throughout the night, learning their history and fascinating facts behind the famous golden spirit. Each whiskey will be served in Waterford crystal glasses, which one lucky attendee will win a full set of. The best part - a selection of fine cheeses will be accompanying the master tasting, need we say more?

When: 6 August, 2pm – 4pm
Where: The Gresham
For more information, click here.

Don’t Miss Out!

My Dad Wrote A Porno

If you haven’t listened to this hilarious podcast already then what have you been doing? The series in which Jamie Morton reads his Dad’s porno aloud is coming to Brisbane to be read out live. Don’t miss out on this hilarious event and make sure you book tickets early!

When: 21 August, 6:30pm
Where: The Trivoli
For more information, click here.

For ALL the things to do in Brisbane—I mean, there's a lot to get through—click here.

Editor's Note: American Honey'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.

Image credit: Ariana Gillrie

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