Sure, we may not have a blockbuster festival in June like Vivid Sydney or Dark Mofo in Hobart. But you do wonder if these events are happening now to get people travelling south whilst it’s freezing? Hands down, Brisbane has the best winter weather, so get out and about and enjoy what’s on offer locally this month! Here are 9 of the best events to check out in Brisbane this month, no interstate travel required.
#1 Cindy Sherman Up Late
A bunch of exhibitions have recently opened at QAGOMA, including a retrospective of work by American art superstar Cindy Sherman. As with all of their blockbuster shows, you have the chance to see the exhibition after you knock off work on Friday, have a couple drinks and take in some great live music from the likes of Eleanor Friedberger (of Fiery Furnaces fame) and Brisbane’s Major Leagues.
#2 ‘In Character’ Cinema Program
Another element that QAGOMA always nails is the film program at their Australian Cinémathèque. In response to Cindy Sherman’s photographic character studies, the In Character program presents 66 titles that feature unforgettable female protagonists – from Grey Gardens to Kill Bill and even episodes of Absolutely Fabulous.
#3 Queensland Cabaret Festival
The program for this annual celebration of cabaret seems to get bigger and more diverse with every year. There are 12 late night shows to choose from, ranging from a one woman show by former bratpacker Molly Ringwald, an all-star musical tribute to David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust, or a two-hander featuring The Simpsons’ Harry Shearer.
#4 United Nations International Day of Yoga
If you ever wanted to give yoga or meditation a go but something always seems to hold you back, this could be the day for you. Join in on yoga demonstrations with hundreds of your closest pals, or just go to enjoy the food stalls and live music. #namaste
#5 The Shank Brothers Rib-athon
Serious about your meat? Then you better reserve a place at this Sunday BBQ. Placing second out of 48 Australian teams at Meatstock 2016, The Shank Brothers know what they are talking about and will share their secrets to making the juiciest pork and beef ribs.
#6 Modern Stitchery for Beginners
If smoking chunks of meat isn’t entirely your thing, perhaps you could broaden your skill base at this hand embroidery course?! Judging by the irreverent, expletive-filled designs produced at previous courses, don’t expect to come away with something your great-grandma used to make. Oh, and it’s BYO wine.
#7 Farewell to Joc from The Zoo
The Zoo has been a mainstay in the Brisbane live music scene for over 23 years under the helm of its co-founder Joc Curran. To mark the changeover in ownership, they have promised a massive celebration on 25 June which is completely sold out. For those who missed out, head there the night before to see some of Joc’s favourite Brisbane bands from the past five years - Jeremy Neale, Babaganouj, WAAX and Baskervillain.
#8 The Room
Considered by many as the worst film ever made, why are have there been so many sold-out screenings of The Room in the last decade? Because it is so much fun to watch! Find out for yourself at the next screening of the cult film and don’t forget to bring plastic spoons to throw at the screen... it’ll make sense eventually.
#9 Eat Local Week
If you are willing to venture a little further out of Brisbane, there is plenty of foodie joy to be had in the last week of June. The program of events sounds wonderfully diverse – from dairy farm visits to degustation dinners, cheese making courses to Alpaca picnics.
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