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14 Awesome Things To Do In Brisbane This Weekend

By Cailin Sheppard - 25 Aug 2016

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We love a good, jam-packed weekend, but when there are this many things to do in Brisbane, we get a little—okay a lot—excited! Jailhouse movie nights, pizza box art shows, food trucks, live music and free burgers are just a few of the fabulous weekend-fillers that our fine city has to offer. 

Prepare yourselves, Brisbane, it's going to be a big one! Here's what's on in Brisbane this weekend:

Friday 26th

Mr Burger Food Truck Launch

Mr Burger—Melbourne's fave burger food truck, no less—is coming to Brisbane and there is going to be free burgers! Yes, you read that correctly; FREE BURGERS. Mr Burger Food Truck will be hanging out at Green Beacon Brewing in Teneriffe on Friday night, ready to serve up the goods. Word on the street is that Green Beacon will be showcasing a new brew too. Free burgers and a fresh new beer? Deal!

When: August 26th, 6pm-8pm
Where: Green Beacon Brewing Co.
For more info, click here.

Corbett & Claude Turns 1!

Blow out the candles and crack open the sparklers, Brisbane fave, Corbett & Claude is turning 1 year old, and they want to celebrate with you, good people of Brisbane! This week only, buy any pizza on the menu at Corbett & Claude at Indooroopilly, and get a free beer or wine, all because you stopped by for a feed. When you order, just show them this insta pic, and ta da, free drink! Don't bring a gift, just yourselves and wish them a very happy HB!

When: All week!
Where: Corbett & Claude, Station Road, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre

Queensland Poetry Festival

Poetry fans have their very own annual party coming into Brisbane this weekend. The Queensland Poetry Festival is dedicated to promoting the cultural and beneficial art of poetry in Queensland. Featuring unique and entertaining events such as their tribute to the late, greats David Bowie and Prince, it embraces all forms of poetic expression. Poetry buffs, rejoice!

When: 25th-28th August
Where: Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
For more info, click here.

Prison Movie Nights 

Boggo Road Gaol will open its doors to the public this Friday for a night in prison—without the chains and hard beds. This retired prison will be transformed into a cinema over four Friday nights, playing classic films to make you feel right at home... Starting off with the classic Chicago then moving on to hand-selected gems like Walk The Line and Shawshank Redemption, we think there's a theme going here!

When: August 26th, 7:30pm
Where: Boggo Road Gaol
Tickets: Get yours here.

Jamaica Comes to The Shafston Hotel 

East Brisbane’s The Shafston Hotel are getting their Jamaica on this August. Head down this Friday to enjoy loads of Jamaican themed goodies, including food, music and theming. They’ll also be serving delicious Appleton Estate cocktails—Jamaican Mule or Planter’s Punch, anyone?

When: 6pm—10pm, Friday 26 August
Where: 3 Lytton Road, East Brisbane
For more information, click here.

Eats & Beats 

Is there anything better than a pop-up food truck and music festival to celebrate the end of the week? Er, that would be no! Slack off work a little early and get down to Beenleigh Town Square for an evening at Eats & Beats; 25 food trucks and a host of local musicians to keep the mood buzzing all night long. Sounds like one helluva party!

When: 26th August, 5pm-9pm
Where: Beenleigh Town Square 
Entry: Free! For all the deets, hit up their events page, here.

Saturday 27th

2016 Artist Pizza Box Series

Let’s be real here, pizza is an art form in itself. To celebrate the wonder that is pizza, Crowbar are putting on a seriously cool (and delicious) pizza box art show. In collaboration with Alfredo’s Pizzeria and Red Stripe, they’ve brought together 50 of their favourite local artists, sent them away with pizza boxes and told them to get creative. The pieces will be on display in Crowbar along with Alfredo’s pizza to quash those cravings and Red Stripe lager to wash it down–all in the name of pizza.

When: 27th August, 6pm-10pm
Where: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley
For more info, click here.

Sunday 28th

Provenance Fare

The Stores West End are celebrating their 1st birthday this weekend in true The Stores style! Bringing together the local South East Queensland families that provide them with all of their produce, the day will be full of cooking demonstrations, face painting, live music, a BBQ and tastings for their meats, cheeses, olives, chocolate and wine (just a few of our favourite things).

When: 28th August, 8am
Where: The Stores West End
For more info, click here.

Sunday Socials 

Upgrade your Sunday brunch to a Sunday Social at Riverbar this weekend (or every weekend) with an afternoon of friends, family and delightful alcoholic beverages from the pop up bar. Swing into Monday the right way!

When: Every Sunday from 2pm
Where: Riverbar and Kitchen
For more info, click here.

QUT CreateX Festival

QUT recently completed the construction of their $88 million expansion and are ready to throw it a housewarming party! Discover the university's latest work in technology, design and arts with everything from workshops in dancing, to a virtual reality cinema and a live performance from John Wilsteed, successful musician and lecturer at QUT. The finale will be a concert filled to the brim with the past and present QUT gems. 

When: 28th August,10am-7pm
Where: QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Kelvin Grove
For more info, click here.

Party Caribbean Style at Fiction Bar

Whisk yourself away to Jamaica for the night at Fiction Bar in Cleveland where you can sample delicious Appleton Estate cocktails and tasty island-inspired eats. There’ll be Jamaican Mules as well as some tasty Planters Punch—plus a whole bunch of Jamaican tunes and theming. If you’re in the mood for some live music, head down to Fiction Bar between 1pm and 6pm on Sunday 28 August to catch vocal trio, Geed Up.

When: Throughout August
Where: Shop 9-10/152 Shore Street West, Cleveland
For more information click here

Don’t Miss Out

Gnocchi Workshop 

If you're not Italian (or you don't have a nonna who has taught you all of her cooking skills) then Il Locale's gnocchi workshop is probably the next best thing! Learn all the tricks of the trade to make those perfectly pillowy potato balls, along with picking the perfect sauce to go with your favourite style. 

When: 3rd September
Where: Il Locale Italian, Rosalie
For more info, click here.

Landscape Art Prize Public Exhibition

Tattersall's Club Landscape Art Prize is a annual premium competition which selects the best pieces from some of Australia's most talented artists, and now you get to see what all the fuss is about! Once the artwork has been judged and the winner announced, the paintings entered into the competition will be displayed in Brisbane's Riverside Centre for the public to enjoy. If fine art is your thing then this is where you should be!

When: September 12th-23rd
Where: Riverside Centre, Brisbane City
For more info, click here.

Brisbane Festival

With only a week until Brisbane Festival kicks off for 2016, we can't help get excited butterflies in our bellies! With music, dancing, food and drinks, not to mention a chock-a-block program of cabarets, gigs, art exhibitions, dance performances and fireworks, this is Brisbane's biggest event of the year, and you'd be mad to miss any of it!

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


Want to squeeze every last drop from the weekend? Make sure you tick off every dish on our list of the best meals of 2016 in Brisbane so far!

Image credit: Corbett & Claude by Ariana Gillrie

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