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12 Things to Do in Brisbane This August

By Desta Cullen
3rd Aug 2014

It's nearly time to come out of the winter-induced hibernation, folks. Once you emerge from your snuggy, you'll be looking for things to do in Brisbane like nobody's business. 

This is a good month for it, too — music and fashion festivals, oodles of food and wine, heaps of artsy fun, and SHOW BAGS — so we've round up the best things to do in Brisbane for the month of August. 

These are the best Brisbane events, foodie goings-on, festivals, and not-to-miss experiences for August.

James Street Food & Wine Trail | 3rd August
New Farm's best foodie adventure is back for another year and there's heaps to see and eat. All the faves are there — Bucci, Gerards, Harveys, Chow House and plenty more — doing what they do best, so head down now for the last day! Check out our itinerary for all the things to do and see at this year's festival.

Penfolds Re-Corking Clinic | 5th & 6th August 
Bought a bottle of Penfolds 20 years ago and wondering if it's reached maturity? Well, before you crack it open yourself and risk wasting such a precious commodity (read: wine), visit the in-the-know folk at Penfolds Re-Corking Clinic, currently touring the country. The Penfolds winemaking team will cast their discerning eye over your coveted bottle of plonk, assess the quality, top-up and re-capsule (if necessary), while educating you about how to get as much out of cellaring as possible. Bookings are essential, so call 1300 651 650 to secure your time with the wine experts.  

Ekka | 8th-17th August
Yep. Brisbane's biggest — and most nostalgic — throwback to our good ol' country roots (cockie races at the Jube' anyone?), the Ekka is back in all its dagwood dog-chomping, strawberry ice-cream-laden, Gravitron-riding glory!

All the usual carnie fun is there: petting zoos, sideshow alleys, showbags and rides galore. But, if you prefer a less frenzied pace, then there are plenty of refined 'foodie' haunts for you to chill your heels at — and knock back some delish Queensland vino while you're there, of course. 

Our little birds tell us Regional Harvest — a collab' between three of Queensland's best food-bowl regions — will be the place to be at the Ekka this year. The Regional Harvest Café (run by Caroline Jones of Skipping Girl Café in Graceville) will be pumping out amazing food in the Sunny Queen Eggs Farm Agriculture Pavilion from 9am-5pm every day of the show.  

Ekka High Tea at Emporium Hotel | 8th August
Our friends at Emporiurm Hotel are getting in on the Ekka action this year with an elegant high tea in honour of women living in Queensland's rural and regional areas. Country hospitality at its best!

Redlands Bluegrass Music Festival | 8th-10th August
Now in its 20th year, the Redlands Bluegrass Festival will be bootscootin' into Redlands Bay for two days of bluegrass and country music fun. International and domestic acts like Bob Jones (US), Round Mountain Girls (NSW), Owl Valley Bluegrass, and locals Redlands Bluegrass Boys (both QLD), will have you wishing you could play banjo and run away to the country.

Brisbane Fringe Festival |14th-31st August
Edinburgh, eat your heart out. Brisbane's Fringe Festival just keeps getting bigger and better. Three years young and killing it, BFF is a showcase of all the wonderful — and slightly odd-ball — creativity bubbling under the surface of the city. Book to see music, comedy theatre, poetry, circus, cabaret and heaps more at some of Brisbane's coolest venues.

Torbreck Long Lunch from the Cellar | 15th August
Long boozy lunches may be the mainstay of suited business men everywhere but that doesn't mean you can't get in on the action too. Riverside steak restaurant Cha Cha Char will be hosting the team from Torbreck (Barossa Valley) for another installment in their Long Lunch from the Cellar series, which sees them uncork 6 different wines (magnums, no less) alongside a typically amazing chef-designed degustation menu. Make sure you clear the afternoon (12pm-3pm), and put your stretchy pants on. Booking is essential so email Darren at Grape Therapy to secure your spot. 

Mizu Sake Tasting Night |20th August
There's an art to drinking sake, so West End Japanese faves Mizu, want to share the secret with you.  Sample three kinds of sake with three different types of nibbles as the sake masters from Shirataki Brewery talk you through the land of the rising sun's most famous beverage. Early bird tickets are only $13! 

Valley Fiesta | 23rd-24th August
The street party comes to The Valley for another annual shin-dig and, this year, the line up is epic. See The Preatures, Dan Sultan and Remi, Allday and more rock it out in the newly refurbed Brunswick Street Mall. Chinatown Mall is also getting in on the action with the Chinatown Chowdown (where we'll be, stuffing our faces), and there will also be a Valley Swap Shoppe to pick up some new threads.   

Things to do in Brisbane qugust

Mercedes-Benz Brisbane Fashion Festival | 24th-29th August
Brisbane, start smizing, our annual homage to the rag trade is back for 2014, and as usual, it will be the place to see all the fash-un, darling! Get your credit card ready for an onslaught of ready-to-wear and high-end fashion from Brisbane's well-established and emerging designers.

Livespark | Until 31st August
Powerhouse, you've done it again. Free live tunes by amazing local talent in one of Brisbane's best riverside locales? Yes, please! 

Bulimba Festival | 31st August
Looking for things to do in Brisbane to ring in spring? Seeing out the month in true Brisbane fashion, Bulimba Festival kicks it up on the southside for the last day before spring officially hits. Cruise the market stalls, grab some yummy nosh and chill out to the live music on stages spread throughout Oxford Street. We love us a good block party!

What things to do in Brisbane do you have in your calendar? Let us know in the comments below!  

Image Credit: Black Rainbows, Tom Magliery, Pinterest,, Daniel Maddock

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