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13 Awesome Things To Do In Brisbane This Weekend

By Cailin Sheppard - 15 Sep 2016

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On the hunt for things to do in Brisbane this weekend? You've come to the right place. We’ve got GOMA Up Late, a beer and food festival, rooftop draaanks, and more.

Get busy, Brisbane!

Thursday September 15th

Southern Italy Wine Dinner at Il Locale

No one does it quite like the Southern Italians and Il Locale is going to show you why. Their Southern Italy Wine Dinner will have you living the life with the wine and food that has made this little corner of the world so famous. Enjoy a four-course dinner matched perfectly to seven Italian wines from Sicily, Puglia and Campania. Molto bene!

When: September 15th, 7pm

Where: Il Locale Restaurant, Rosalie

Tickets: Contact Il Locale on 07 3368 2122

Unbuttoned: A Festival of Gender, Art and You

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival, Unbuttoned is a four day event filling the heritage-listed warehouse on Edward St with art, film and the sweet sounds of ‘femioke’. Book tickets to a talk on gender or to Betty Grumble’s award-winning sex clown cabaret (yes, you read that right). Keen to hold on to that cash? No worries! You can wander through the six-story building for free, exploring all the saucy, fun, thought-provoking, kooky delights you can find.

When: September 15th-18th, 10am

Where: Metro Arts, Brisbane CBD

For more info and to buy tickets, click here

Friday September 16th

GOMA’s Cindy Sherman Up Late

If you’re looking for an awesome way to spend your Friday night that doesn’t involve the usual pyjamas, Netflix and a glass of wine, then get your friends together at GOMA an after-hours special event. DJ collective Cheated Hearts will provide the tunes while you enjoy the Cindy Sherman exhibition, get glammed up at the pop-up styling booth and listen to a Storytellers’ talk before heading to the main stage and grooving to the coolest headline female musicians around. Sampa The Great is up this weekend and with a bar serving up food and drinks all night, you can even still enjoy that wine (minus the pyjamas and Netflix).

When: Every Friday until September 30th, 5:30pm-10pm

Where: Gallery of Modern Art, South Bank

Tickets: Get yours here.  

Laruche Turns 7!

It’s Laruche’s birthday and this cocktail lounge of coolness is ready to party all weekend. To celebrate, these guys are getting funky and becoming Planet Laruche, a retro futuristic disco playground for all. Dress in your sleekest spacesuit and get ready for lift off…

When: September 16th-18th

Where: Laruche, Fortitude Valley

For more info, click here

Oktoberfest at Bavarian Bier Café Eagle Street Pier

Oktoberfest is coming fast and we would be lying if we said we didn’t have our lederhosens and dirndls ready to go. This year, Bavarian Bier Café Eagle Street Pier are teaming up Munich Brauhaus in Sydney and Melbourne to bring us Australia’s biggest Oktoberfest party. Kicking off with the traditional Oktoberfest keg-tapping on September 16, the festivities will run for 6 weeks and feature seriously large eating contests, family fun days and five different kinds of limited edition Bavarian bier. You can also go in the draw to win a trip to Bavaria if you try all five of the biers—like you needed an excuse.

When: September 16th, 6pm (Running until October 30th)

Where: Bavarian Bier Café, Eagle Street Pier

For more info, click here

Ink Remix

Traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy is getting a modern revamp as young artists get in touch with the simplicity and beauty of ink art at the Museum of Brisbane. The work of 14 artists from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong were collated to produce the Ink Remix exhibition. From animation and video to paint and biro pens, the pieces all represent the simple art form, transformed into a unique reflection of modern day art. If you love art and Asian culture, this is not one to be missed.

When: September 16th, 2016 – February 19th, 2017

Where: Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane City

For more info, click here

Beer InCider Experience 2016

Beer InCider Experience is the beer and cider event of the year and it’s on this weekend. Yes! Beer paddles at the ready, this festival is a quadruple threat with the best local beer, cider, food and music to go around for a whole two days. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a good brew and a good time with your friends. Sit out on the grass and let the good times roll!

When: September 16th, 4:30pm-10pm; September 17th, 11am-10pm

Where: Albion Park Raceway

Tickets: Get yours here. 

Shop the Front Line with Samantha Harris – Westfield Carindale

Queensland-born babe Samantha Harris is going from model to stylist in this special VIP event at Westfield Carindale. She has curated a look book of her favourite spring summer outfits and is ready to share them with a special few. Discuss the latest fashions with the lady herself over coffee and cake. She’ll be your best gal pal in no time!

When: September 16th, 10am-2pm

Where: Centre Court, Westfield Carindale

For more info, click here.  

Saturday September 17th

Bedouin Market Bazaar

Your Saturday morning plans should most definitely involve a trip to the Bedouin Market Bazaar. Hosted by the ever spacious and ever cute Bedouin Brew coffee shop/warehouse, the market will have all local businesses showing off their wares. With everything from candles, henna and jewellery, it’s going to be a treat best enjoyed with a nice cup of coffee.

When: September 17th, 7am-2pm

Where: Bedouin Brew, Rocklea

For more info, click here.

Big Adopt Out

In their biggest event yet, the Big Adopt Out is bringing together over 30 rescue and welfare groups to help find new families for homeless animals across Queensland. With food trucks, pet advice and more than 250 cats and dogs available to adopt, you can find your new best friend and have an awesome time doing it. You can just go and take in all the puppy love, but be warned that you may walk out with a cat and a dog under each arm anyway—how could you resist?

When: September 17th, 9am-3pm

Where: The Marquee, Brisbane Showgrounds

For more info, click here

Sunday September 18th

Limes Hotel Rooftop Sunday Funday Season Opening

Summer is the best time for Sunday sessions and Sunday Funday at Limes Hotel Rooftop is one of the best. With killer sunset views over some classy beers and delish cocktails, there is no better way to send off your weekend. Limes save their Sunday Funday fun until the weather is prime and now is the time, people! This year’s Sunday Funday season starts this weekend. Hellooooo Summer!

When: Every Sunday

Where: Limes Hotel Rooftop, Fortitude Valley

For more info, click here

Don’t Miss Out

Brisbane Festival 2016

As much as we wish it could be on all year round, Brisbane Festival has just one week to go – noooooooo! With still so much on, it seems there is simply not enough time to get every show, activity and drink in, but we think we can make it. If you haven’t been to anything yet, firstly, what could you have been doing instead?! And secondly, it’s time to get cracking!

When: September 3rd- 24th

Where: South Bank

For more info on all things Brisbane Festival, click here

Breast Cancer Network Australia Caulfield Cup Raceday 

Spring has finally sprung, and that means one thing: it’s racing season! Set October 15 in your calendars (you know why) for Caulfield Cup Day. Buckle up for a fun-filled day kicking off the season at Eagle Farm with live entertainment, the Review Fashions on The Field, pamper lounges, pop-up bars, food trucks and a whole lot more fun.

When: Saturday October 15th

Tickets: Get yours here

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