Art & Design

15 Things to Do In Brisbane This October

By Desta Cullen - 01 Oct 2014

My, oh my! How the months fly by when there are so many amazing things to do in Brisbane.

It's like the figurative ink has just dried on the virtual page, and we're at it again, rounding up all the fun and interesting things to do in Brisbane so your to-do list is brimming with goodies to keep you occupied!

This October we've got food, film, music and art festivals, gallery launches, degustations, colour festivals, and food truck fun, so what are you waiting for?

You know the drill: read on and get busy, gettin' busy.

Lavazza Italian Film Festival | 1st–22nd October

Hey mambo, mambo Italiano! The Lavazza Italian Film Festival is on again and we can barely contain our cine-nerd squeals of delight. Classy, refined but still passionate, the Italians have been making world-class cinema for years, and we are champing at the bit to see what this year's crop of film makers has in store for us. 

Shakespeare Festival | 2–6th October

Love the Bard? Well then, maketh your way-eth to USQ Toowoomba for the annual Shakespeare Festival — now in its 11th year — to appreciate him in all his word-nerdy glory! This five-day Shakespeare shin-dig features an outdoor performance of the hilarious romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing, as well as interpretations of the author's classics through art, music and food. Visit the Artsworx website for more info and to buy tickets.

Queensland Instameet World Record Attempt | 4th October

Brisbane-ites, it's time to put those well-oiled Instagram skills to use for something other than a selfie, or a picture of your breakfast. Sure, your eggs benny is probably the most unique one out there, but we think this Instameet event will probably help you produce some even more amazing pics to add to your gallery. Plus, you'll be helping the crew over at @queensland achieve their biggest Instameet in the world, with more than 70 locations throughout Australia. Click here for more info and here for all the locations.

Listen Out | 5th October

Summer music festival season is the best, and Listen Out is back in Brisbane — at the Brisbane Showgrounds — for its second year to give us a taste of what's to come. Billed as intelligent dance music (IDM), the line up includes local acts like the uber-hip Chet Faker and child-prodigy Flume, plus the very mysterious, international producer ZHU, and hip hop star Schoolboy Q heaps more. Tickets are still available so visit the website, and dust off your dancing shoes.

Live On The Low | 5th October

What's better than a good old Sunday sesh? A Sunday session that will help lighten the mood of Monday's impending doom, that's what! Live On The Low is all about live music, relaxed Sunday drinks, and having a ball with good friends. Not content with just pimping your Sunday, Canvas make the week more fun too, with a bunch of other events during the week. Click here to check out all the other goings on at Canvas. 

The Coffee Club Telethon Ball | 11th October

The biennial Coffee Club Telethon Ball is breaking with tradition and holding  their event in two consecutive years, but it's for a good cause, the Children's Hospital Foundation, who are celebrating the opening of the new Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in South Brisbane, later this year. This year's nautically themed ball aims to raise thousands of dollars, which helps fund vital research into childhood cancer, so grab your friends and book a table now via the TCC Telethon Ball website.

Beef & Beer Degustation | 8th October

The Charming Squire is Brisbane's newest — and well on its way to becoming the favourite — 'brewbar', and we consider ourselves completely charmed. Continuing their reputation as a haven of great craft beer and gourmet food with a focus on seasonal eating and a paddock-to-plate philosophy, The Charming Squire will host the founder of the Malt Shovel Brewery — and creator of the Hahn beer range, Chuck Hahn — for a beef-heavy, beer-fuelled degustation evening. With presentations from award-winning beef producer Signature Beef, and beer matching by Chuck himself, we reckon this is going to one delicious and filling night. Seats are limited so reserve your spot by calling (07) 3077 7254 or make a booking here.

IMA Re-launch | 11th October

All-round cool cats and lovers of contemporary art, the Institute of Modern Art, are re-launching themselves to the world, with a fresh new design by Berlin's renowned Studio Miessen, a collaborative agency for spatial strategy and cultural analysis. Along with the new digs comes new IMA-exclusive exhibitions from Dublin-based artist Sarah Browne, Hand to Mouth, alongside a survey of New York–based artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles's, Maintenance Art Works. The re-launch will also feature a new branch of Motto, which is a worldwide network of stores dedicated to books, magazines, artists' publications, and editions. Watch this space for more exciting happenings from IMA.  

Undress Runways Brisbane | 11th October

Less an invitation to strip down, and more a call to create a sustainable fashion industry, Undress Brisbane promises all the glitz and glam of a typical fashion show, minus the guilty conscience.  With three runway shows featuring sustainable and vintage fashion, organic cocktails, live music and an official after-party, it's so fashun, darling! Tickets available here

Truck-In & Tuck-In | 17th October

Yep, that's right. It's another food truck party but we just can't get enough of 'em!

Truck-In & Tuck-In will pull up in Fortitude Valley's Bridge Street is going to be home to an all-age street party (part of Brisbane City Council's Friday Night Laneways initiative), with a serious foodie bent. A collection of Brisbane's fave food trucks — The Bun Mobile, Fiery Deli, Vira Lata, Pizzantica, The Chocolate Komberry, and heaps more — will have you nomnomnom-ing into the wee hours of the evening.    

The Good Food & Wine Show | 17th–19th October

Good food AND good wine all conveniently located in the same location? Hellz yeah, Brisbane! A collection of the best local producers and artisans will be at Good Food & Wine Show so you can sample their delicious, delicious wares, plus there are demos from celeb chefs, and there are even some food truck reps in the mix at the Grazing Garden. We'll be pulling up stumps in the heavenly sounding Cheese Alley, before rolling our way to the Riedel Wine Bar! This is one Brisbane event not to miss this month!

James Street RESORT | 23–25 October

Prime the tanning lotion and kaftans friends, because one of Brisbane's best shopping destinations is launching its inaugural artistic and cultural program, RESORT, popping up at James Street this October! Creative art installations, live music, amazing shopping offers, and cool drinks and balmy breezes, all done with typical New Farm panache. Keep an eye out for the official program coming soon but if you need us, we'll be chilling by the figurative pool, cocktail in hand!

Exhibition of the Art of Costume | Until 26thOctober

Westfield Carindale's love affair with exhibitions continues, and this time, ballet and its beautifully elaborate costumesare centre stage. Sprawled throughout the shopping centre. the installations will feature female, male and children's costumes from works such as The Nutcracker, The Little Mermaid, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Sleeping Beauty, with the piece-de-resistance being 21 dancing swans from Swan Lake, suspended within a double-story void in Westfield Carindale's fashion precinct. It's free, and open during shopping centre hours.   

G20 Cultural Celebrations | SpringFlare | 26th October

Ignore the naysayers, Brisbane. G20 is going to be awesome! If you live in our fair city, not only do you get an extra public holiday, but the city is going to bursting with things to do and see. We've got our hearts firmly set on the most colourful of these part-ays, SpringFlare at Riverstage. Australia's biggest colour festival, SpringFlare is quirky celebration of the human spirit where you can throw coloured powder on your friends, family — and yes, even strangers — in the name of fun. Kicking off from 11am, there will be a plethora of multicultural performances, festival-style food and live music through out the day. Entry is free, and coloured powder can be pre-purchased on the website from $10. Visit the SpringFlare website or Facebook page for more info.

Turning Tricks | 31st October

Have you ever wondered how seemingly intelligent people can still be scammed out of their money? Mentalist Sean Mergard and Comedy Magician Pete Booth will enlighten you this Halloween, at the Metro Arts Theatre. Telling the story of the biggest scams the world has ever known — from the beginning of the supernatural to today's television psychics, and everything in between, Turning Tricks is one intriguing show, so get booking!

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Image Credit: White Monkey

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