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12 Fabulous Things To Do In Brisbane This Weekend

By Alex Topakas - 06 Jul 2017


The struggle to get out of the flannelettes and fluffy socks when Brissie temperatures drop below 21 degrees is about the same as waking up at 6am to go for a run. It's real AF.

So if the cold weather’s getting you down (and quite frankly, for most of us, it is) then it's time to whip out the beanies and thermals, crawl out from under that electric blanket, because we’ve found you 12 fabulous things to do this weekend in Brisbane that you don’t want to miss out on. 

Get to it, Brisbane!

Thursday 6th July

World Press Photo Exhibition 2017

If you thought that Acai bowl you 'grammed this morning had ‘aesthetic’, wait ’til you see what the Powerhouse has in the works. The highly anticipated World Press Photo Exhibition has popped up at the Brisbane Powerhouse, showcasing the most compelling, controversial and intimate moments captured by the press in the last year. These thought provoking images really do provide insight into subjects you may not have ever touched on before, so if you’re looking for some inspiration, the time is now. 

When: Ends 23 July
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
For more information, click here.

Game Of Thrones Trivia Night

The Starks were definitely not wrong in Game of Thrones when they said winter was coming. But alas, despite the weather and if you are a true Game of Thrones fan, challenge your friends in this triumphant battle of brains. The Flying Cock will morph into a medieval playground on the night, with food from the Coop Bistro, gallons of ale and dornish wine. What’s more is that you don’t need to be a Lannister to afford this event. Entry is free (yes, free), and you wont need to save up your Copper Pennies for these deals - $25 buys you a kilo of wings and a XXXX jug. And did I mention that a costume is required?! Correct, a best dressed contest will be held on the night. From Sansa’s wedding dressing to Jon Snow’s fur, adorn yourself with the finest of gowns and you might even land yourself the Queen of Dragons. Let the battle of the thrones begin!

When: July 6th, 6:30pm
Where: The Flying Cock
For more information, click here.

Friday 7th July

5 Bands 5 Bucks At The Zoo

Did someone say five bands for… five bucks?! They say the best things in life are free, but for just $5, these five bands definitely claim otherwise. If anyone knows how much of a hoot the last few shindigs were, they'll definitely be at the Zoo on the 7th of July. Put on your red shoes and dance the blues away with sweet, sweet sounds from Heavy Roller, Ironside, Pin That Puppy, Plateau Band & Black Rainbow, presented by Mountain Goat. The bands feature pop-punk grooves that will guarantee a night to remember - or not!

When: July 7th, 8pm
Where: The Zoo
For more information, click here.

Joh For PM At Brisbane Powerhouse

Because what’s a better sight than seeing ex-Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen coming out of a giant banana? Nothing. Joh for PM is set to launch this July at the Brisbane Powerhouse to take Queenslanders on a musical ride through the life of Petersen, the Queensland icon notorious for setting politics alight. The satirical comedy that comprises—might I add—a beautiful song voice by star Petersen, encourages audiences to sing along to original tunes such as Pumpkin Scone Diplomacy, Feeding the Chooks and of course, Joh for PM. This toe-tapping comedic cautionary tale will leave you in stitches, and for those that lived through the Joh era, in tears (of laughter—of course!). 

When: 7 July–16 July
Where: The Brisbane Powerhouse
For more information and tickets, click here.

Saturday 8th July

Winter Festival At Riverbar & Kitchen

Hot buttered rum, mulled wine, and a selection of Cloudy Bay and Young Henry’s best range of ales are here for the weekend… and if that isn’t enough to entice you, then listen up! Any seafood lover will know just how decadent the shucked oysters are at Riverbar and Kitchen’s Winter Festival, and that’s not all on offer. Live music, entertainment and again, free entry, are all incentives to get you out and about on Saturday night. Did we mention the view?! Overlook some of the best city views as you dine and, er, drink the night away from 5pm to midnight. You know where you’ll find us!

When: July 8th, from 5pm
Where: Riverbar and Kitchen
For all the deets, click here.

Winter Design Market At QAGOMA

That’s right - your favourite winter market is BACK with some of Brisbane’s most renowned stallholders. Watch as GOMA transforms into a bargain hunter’s playground with a fine selection of handmade ceramics, jewellery, homewares, textiles and clothing all on offer. QAGOMA aren’t spilling the beans on all that’s available, but pavement whispers say that cabbage shaped ceramic bowls, ManPlants (who are, how do you say, two dudes with a thing for plants) and rare flora stalls will be on the cards. The event will take place from 9am to 4pm on Saturday, but be quick - these items won’t last long! 

When: July 8th, 9am–4pm
Where: GOMA
For more information, click here

Paranoid | A Tribute To Black Sabbath

Sabbath, bloody, Sabbath… while the band won’t be returning, a tribute to them is. Sonny’s House of Blues will turn house of heavy metal this Saturday night, and fans have promised its going to be loud. For all Sabbath fans, the set list includes the best of their albums; Children of the Grave, Rat Salad, Hand of Doom, Into the Void, Solitude and Symptom of the Universe. Doors open at 7pm for this gig and you may want to get in quick - when do you ever hear of a Sabbath tribute? 

PSA: If you happen to own one of the notorious vintage Ozzy X Kendall tees, this is probably not the best place to flaunt it. 

When: July 8th, from 7pm
Where: Sonny's House of Blues
For more information, click here.

Sunday 9th July

Twilight In The Red Box At QLD Music Festival

Did someone say… classical music? You heard it here first. Get ready to witness a series of twilight concerts (and sweet, sweet classical sounds might I add) featuring music from renowned Australian and international composers in an eclectic program created by Patrick Murphy and performed by the UQ School of Music. Join us at the State Library of Queensland on the 9th of July, but if you can’t make this one, these aspiring musicians will be playing shows until the 23rd. Who knows, you might be an eye witness to the next Beethoven!

When: 9th-23rd July
Where: State Library of Queensland
For more information, click here.

Don’t Miss Out…

Brisbane Noodle Night Markets

Wrap your head around this - noodle lovers, listen up! It’s looking like an oriental dream over at the Cultural Forecourt in South Bank, with all the colours, sounds and smells that any Asian cuisine lover knows. What’s more is a selection of bars and nightly music will be on offer, along with a vibrant outdoor festival that is a noodle market not to miss. 

When: 19th–30th July
Where: Cultural Forecourt, Southbank
For more information, click here.

Brisbane Digital Summit 2017

For all you go-getters out there and aspiring digital marketing entrepreneurs, here’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss. Learn, connect and be inspired by experienced Marketers who, through seminars, share their strategic insights on their latest campaigns, trends and technologies. You’ll know a few of these… guest speakers include those from Amazon, Facebook, Netflix, Showpo, Asahi Premium Beverages and more. After all, they don’t call it the digital age for nothing!

When: 21st July, 8:30am
Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
For more information and to get your tickets, click here.

Business Chicks Workshop With Amy Cuddy

She’s a Harvard researcher, social psychologist and female enthusiast, and if that doesn’t stop you in your tracks we don’t know what will! Amy Cuddy is a world renowned expert on mastering body language and building presence and for the first time ever, she’ll be touring Australia leading workshops to inspire wider audiences. You’ll find her guest speaking at the prime venue of the Hilton in Brisbane, and a few nibblies on offer… can we tempt you any further?

When: 14th July, 9am–11am
Where: Hilton Hotel, Brisbane
For more information, click here.

Take it outdoors this weekend in Brisbane; tie up those laces and embark on one of the prettiest walks in town.

Image credit: Hayley Williamson

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