It's the weekend of festivals this weekend in Brisbane! Brewsvegas, Brisbane's first ice cream festival, and Big Gay Day are all big ticket events for the weekend. We've also got the down low on Femioke (feminist karaoke, obviously), a Buffy The Vampire Slayer art show, and QPAC concerts to soothe your soul. It's the freakin' weekend, baby!
Thursday 9 March
Kurt Vile Solo Tour
Kurt Vile is a celebrated lyricist-come-multi-instrumentalist and we are thrilled that he will be taking the stage at QPAC on his debut solo tour. Bringing along with him Mick Turner and his own highly celebrated solo work, this is a unique chance to see two celebrated musicians on the big stage.
Friday 10 March
Buffy The Vampire Slayer 20th Anniversary Art Show
Time flies, and if you’ve been constantly re-watching Buffy The Vampire Slayer re-runs through to adulthood it’s possible you didn’t realise that we are approaching the 20th anniversary since Buffy made her vampire-slashing, demon-slaying, TV debut. In order to commemorate this significant moment in pop culture history, Junky Comics is throwing a Sunnydale themed art show with 19 artists paying homage to Ms Summers and her badass-ery (yes, it’s a word). Head along on opening night for the first peak of some demon-defying art.
Kate Miller-Heidke Concert
Kate Miller-Heidke has a voice of an angel, there’s no denying it. Returning to her roots, Kate will be taking the stage along side Camerata of St John’s—Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra—performing her celebrated catalogue of tunes, including old favourites, new material, and some brilliant covers. Take a tissue because her lyrics really tug at the heart strings.
Daft Punk Night
If you like arguing with music snobs, debating music industry conspiracy theories, or just hanging out whilst listening to some good tunes, then we recommend you head over to The Brightside this Friday night to celebrate the discography of one of the most prolific and down-right mysterious musical acts of pop music. There will be fried chicken, beers and cocktails, plus the Brisbane arvo sunshine we live for each weekend. Costumes are encouraged (although that's just my suggestion).
Aquila and the Bridge Road Brewers are teaming up to create the ultimate beer and food degustation—seriously, is there a better way to spend your Friday night than over indulging in good food and even better beer? We didn’t think so.
Black Hops, Balls And Beers
We’re all fans of the Friday long lunch and at Barcadia this week you can start with a game of golf at Bulimba Chip & Putt at 11am (beers included, because obviously) and finish up at Barcadia with Black Hops on tap, plus all of the delicious eats we know and love from Barcadia. If you’re unsure if you can swing a golf and beer afternoon by the boss, just remind him that business relationships are made on the golf course. Think of it as networking.
Saturday 11 March
Brisbane Ice Cream Festival
We’ve heard whispers and rumours about our city’s first ever day-long festival dedicated to the creamy goodness that oft’ sends us into food comas—the Brisbane Ice Cream Festival is coming! Held in the old Peters Ice Cream Factory in West End, this will be one glorious day of ice cream, gelato, sorbet, and all the iced confections you could hope for. If you love ice cream brands more than designer brands, then these names should send you into ecstasy: Gelato Messina, Queen Of Pops, Mister Fitz, Coco Whip, Nitrogenie… drool! Not to mention, Alfred & Constance will have a pop-up bar with all sorts of boozy bevs to keep the good times flowing. It’s going to be huge, so make sure you register so you and your ice cream aficionado pals don’t miss out.
Where: Boundary Street, West End
When: From 11:00am, Saturday 11th March
Details: For info and tickets, click here.
Femioke: Feminist Karaoke
International Women’s Day returns, and with it Metro Arts is treating all their lady lovin’ pals to an evening of karaoke, drinks, and of course, celebration. Whether you want to boogie to Aretha Franklin, scream Alanis Morisette, croon Amy Winehouse, or slay the stage with a Beyonce’ tune, this evening will be your chance.
South American Street Party
All the sights, sounds, and flavours of South America brought to you right here in Brisbane—what could be better? With rich flavoured foods from Brazil, Colombia and more, as well as a solid selection of craft beers inspired by our Latin American friends and topped off with live music, this will be an evening to tantalise the senses and have you booking a (hella expensive) flight to South America in no time.
Hair Of The Dogs
You owe it to yourself and your furfriend to enjoy a laid-back afternoon at Atticus Finch, with dog-themed beer for yourself (like Brewdog, Parrot Dog and Moon Dog), BeerDog Bitter beef flavoured beer for your furry counterpart, and pork treats for both of you. Top it off with a killer dog-themed soundtrack and some Saturday arvo sunshine and you’ve got yourself the ultimate afternoon! The staff at Atticus love puppers and doggos and will make sure you feel pampered.
Sunday 12 March
Big Gay Day
Now in it's 17th year, Big Gay Day is returning to The Wickham (and surrounding roadway) for an evening of decadence, celebration, and music. If you're a Ru Paul's Drag Race fan then you'll FREAK when you find out who is headlining the night: season four winner Sharon Needles! Joining her will be Yolanda Be Cool, Nat Conway, Ellen Reed, DJ Citizen Jane, Estee Louder, and Brisbane's favourite drag show, Mega Drag. Big Gay Day brings the Madi Gras party to our own backyard!
The Triple Tipple Tour
Hop aboard the Triple Tipple Bus Tour and visit three of Brisbane’s best food and craft beer spots: Harajuku Gyoza, Bacchus Brewing Co. & Fritzenberger. They’ll be providing all the eats and all the drinks (we’re talking Japanese beer and gyoza, tasting paddles, and burgers and beers—delicious). And with the beer flowing so freely, the good times will surely follow.
Where: Various locations.
When: From 12:00pm, Sunday 12th March
Details: For info and tickets, click here.
The Out Of Towners
We love the breweries in our corner of the world, and Lefty’s wants to celebrate Brisbane’s outskirt breweries with their very own event. Bringing together out of towners Black Hops, Brouhaha, and 4 Hearts to the table and out of town bands to the stage, let’s see what they’ve got.
For even more awesome things to do in this gorgeous city of ours, click right here.
Image credit: Rachael Baskerville