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10 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend In Brisbane

By Shannon Coward - 25 May 2017


Winter might almost be officially here but that doesn’t mean that Brisbane is slowing down any time soon; there's oodles of things to do in Brisbane this weekend. Our sub-tropical climate means that now is the perfect time to get to ticking off those local exploration goals without drowning in your own sweat.

This weekend we’ve got everything from a nerd-themed burlesque extravaganza to Brisbane’s very own film festival and the opening weekend of QAGOMA’s latest exhibition. See, we told you, Brisbane can’t stop and it won’t stop. Just grab your favourite people and accept your fate. You can totally thank us later.

Here are all the awesome things to do this weekend in Brisbane.

Friday 26th May

Triffid Vibes Festival

What do you get when you combine Australia’s top reggae and roots music festival with the swanky interior of Brisbane’s premiere live music venue? Why, Triffid Vibes, of course! Presented by Island Vibe and the Triffid, this Friday will see the transformation of the Triffid into a swinging house of music. International legend Oka will be headlining the mini music festival while other acts include the likes of Gappy Ranks, Johnny Clarke and HighLife (who recently won Best for World Music at the QLD Music Awards).

When: Friday 26th May, 8:00pm–12:00am
Where: The Triffid
For more information, and to get tickets, click


An interesting interpretation of expressive objects, The Remainder Exhibition at Metro Arts is debunking the complexities of materialism and technology. The interpretative art highlights a host of societal changes through industrial pieces of out-mode communication. This exhibition gets you to think outside the box—it’s deep, but seriously interesting stuff. For details, head here.

When: Until the 27th May
Where: Metro Arts Gallery, Level 2
For more information, and to get tickets, click here.

Curves & Claws: Nerdlesque Special

It’s not every day that a nerd-themed burlesque show hits Brisbane, which is why the second anniversary celebration of the Curves & Claws: Varity & Burlesque show is not to be missed. Featuring a selection of Aussie talent, this unique event will feature everything from burlesque to drag to tap dance to acrobatics. Oh and did we mention each act is completely nerd themed. Did anyone say Pokémon-inspired acrobatics? Sign us the heck up!

When: Friday  26th May, 7:00pm–10:30pm
Where: New Globe Theatre
For more information, click

Saturday 27th May

Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe Opening Weekend

Boasting to be the largest Marvel exhibition ever presented at an art gallery, QAGOMA's Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe is set to be a true stunner. The exhibition will trace the progression of all of our favourite Marvel heroes from the pages of comic books to the shining silver screen. This weekend marks the opening of the exhibition and celebrations will be popping up aplenty throughout the weekend. Saturday visitors are able to join exhibition curator, Amanda Slack-Smith, for a tour through the exhibition as she personally highlights the immersive cinematic universe. Whoever said comic books were just for kids had obviously never heard QAGOMA was on the scene. See you there!

When: Saturday 27th–Sunday 28th May
For more information, click


Showcasing the best unique independent and cult classic films, the American Essentials Film Festival is a who’s who from the USA indie film festival scene. From thrillers to comedies, romantic fantasy to documentaries, this is one film festival you must get to if you’re into movies. Running until the 28th May, check out the full line up, here.

When: Until 28th May
Where: Palace Centro and Palace Barracks Cinemas
For more information and tickets, click here.

West End Film Festival 2017

Move over Cannes, Brisbane’s very own West End is bringing all the film festival vibes to our fair city this weekend. The West End Film Festival, colloquially known as WEFF, is a showcase of Australia’s best local talent in short films. The Saturday event will include celebrations galore to kick off the WEFF ’17 festivities, while Sunday will see enough short films, documentaries and animations to make your film-loving heart skip a beat. Just don’t forget the popcorn!

When: Saturday 27th–Sunday 28th May
Where: Boundary St Markets, Corner of Russell and Boundary Street
For more information, and to get tickets, click here.

Wanderlust 108 Brisbane 2017

Sure, everybody loves a good fun run, but what about the world’s only mindful triathlon? Enter: Wanderlust 108, hitting Brisbane for its 2017 iteration this Saturday. Combining a 5K with over an hour of DJ-powered yoga and a group meditation group, Wanderlust is taking this whole healthy living thing to a whole new level. Even if exercise isn’t really your thing, you could always kick back in the Kombucha Garden, shop your way through the Mindful Marketplace (chock full of our favourite local vendors) or spend the day working through Wanderlust’s extensive activities program. It’s time to put all that dosh spent on cute yoga clothes to good use, friends.

When: Saturday 27th May, 7:00am–4:00pm
Where: Roma Street Parklands
For more information, click here.

Sunday 28th May

DIY Repair Café

You know all those broken bits and bobs lying around the house that you can’t quite bear to part with? Why not take them to Brisbane’s very own DIY Repair Café to give them a new lease on life. The DIY Repair Café is dedicated to ending the cycle of consumerism and waste by helping others access the tools and knowledge needed to repair broken possessions. Basic materials like nails and glue will be provided, with donations appreciated for making sure these things are in steady supply. Items fixed in the past include bikes, phone chargers, furniture and shoes. Free afternoon tea AND a chance to salvage our precious shoes? Yes please!

When: Sunday 28th May, 2:00pm–5:00pm
Where: 10 Laura St, Highgate Hill
For more information, click here.


To all our winter-lusters out there; here’s an excuse to don that budget-breaking winter coat! Customs House has teamed up with Absolut Vodka to bring you gorgeous pop-up igloo bars set to have you feeling ALL the wintery vibes! Set up alongside the Brisbane River, these heated igloos give off peak Scandi vibes; faux fur seats, delicious hearty share dishes and, all while sipping on specially created Absolut cocktails all night. Change up your drink destination this May, this is one Brisbane event not to miss! For more information, click here.

When: All winter
Where: Customs House
For more information, click here.

Brisbane’s Biggest Clothing Garage Sale

The myth, the legend, Brisbane’s Biggest Clothing Garage Sale is back this weekend. Located at Bizell's Garage on Latrobe Terrace, this epic garage sale will feature vintage and preloved goods from all your favourite designer brands like Hugo Boss, Christian Dior, Asics and Tommy Bahama. Sellers will include the likes of Lil J’s Vintage Accoutre, Minty Vintage, Planet Hostile, URBANBLACK and Ingo. Linus March will also be slaying tunes as the event’s resident DJ. And that’s not even the best part! The event will also accept swaps or exchanges of pre-loved clothed for credit, so you can off-load your winter clean out and score some new buys without spending a cent. Now that sounds like a win-win to us.

When: Sunday 28th May, 10:00am–4:00pn
Where: Bizell's Garage
For more information, click here.

Need more weekend wandering inspo? Check out our events page.

Image credit: Hayley Williamson

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