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These Are The Best Events To Hit Up This Weekend In Brisbane

By Erin Curtain - 16 Aug 2018


Is it just us, or is it suddenly the 4th quarter of the year and time to panic about where 2018 has gone? Seriously, there are only 18 more weeks until Christmas (terrifying much?), we may as well put our tree up already...

Now that we are all feeling supremely anxious about the time we have left in this year, let us distract ourselves with a weekend packed full of shiny new events, just waiting for you to attend them. Let your worries melt away as you enjoy fashion festivals, iconic parties, and excessive food eating competitions. Stress less with our top 10 things to do this weekend in Brisbane.

All Weekend


Opening this Thursday is Hakanaï, a performance hailing from Japan and illustrating the relationship between art and technology through movement. This dance piece is debuting in Brisbane at the Powerhouse and will have only four performances over three days, so get tickets quick if you want to be part of an epic visual experience.

When: 16-18 August
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
For more information, click here.

Side Show Alley at Eat Street

Loving the Ekka vibes but don’t want to fork out the ticket price? Eat Street Northshore has created the answer to your prayers. For the duration of the Ekka, they have opened a Side Show Alley so that you can get all the carnival fun without actually having to attend a carnival. Plus, Eat Street is known for the most grammable food in Brisbane, so grab a ridiculous dessert hybrid dripping with unicorn magic and check out the carny games.

When: 17-19 August
Where: Eat Street Northshore
For more information, click here.

Thursday 16 August

KFC Appreciation Party

If there is one thing that we can all agree on, it’s that KFC doesn’t get appreciated anywhere near enough as it should. It is one of those magical places where the food is both disgusting and delicious for exactly the same reasons, and that alone makes it worthy of a thank you party. Head to Brighty Thursdays to pay homage to the mighty fried chicken, and if you come early enough you’ll score some fee KFC.

When: 8pm-3am, Thursday 16 August
Where: Brighty Thursdays
For more information, click here.

Anjelah Johnson Live

Remember that viral stand-up video about the nail salon? Well turns out that chick has way more material than just accurately impersonating nail technicians. Anjelah Johnson will be performing her new stand-up routine live this Thursday night at the Tivoli, make sure you get tickets before they sell out.

When: 7pm, Thursday 16 August
Where: Tivoli
For more information, click here.

Friday 17 August

Second-hand Fashion Festival

Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned second-hand shopping spree? Not only do you get to revive your own wardrobe, you also get to recycle clothes to help the environment. This Friday in South Bank Parkland there will be an entire festival of pre-loved clothes to browse through, complete with live entertainment and food trucks for sustenance while you shop.

When: 12pm-8pm, Friday 17 August
Where: South Bank Parklands
For more information, click here.

Plaster Fun House

Taking place this Friday is an art project for all our south siders. It is basically a paint and sip, except instead of a boring old canvas you will be painting a unique plaster piece. Have a burger in one hand, a wine in the other, and somehow manage to create a masterpiece of three-dimensional art. You even get to choose your own statue, and glitter is complimentary – of course.

When: 6pm, Friday 17 August
Where: Southside Tea Room
For more information, click here.

Saturday 18 August

13th Annual Brisbane Madonna Party

Brush off your vogue moves and strap on the cone bra, Madonna’s 60th Birthday is here and we owe it to her to throw the best tribute party Brisbane has ever seen. Book tickets for a night of nothing but classic Madonna bangers, cocktails, and awards for best dressed and ultimate voguer.

When: 7pm-12:30am, Saturday 18 August
Where: The Wickham
For more information, click here.

Meet the Brewer

Pop into Pig ‘N’ Whistle Brunswick to meet the makers behind Feral Brewing. Feral Brews will be taking over all of their taps this Saturday and the minds behind the beer will be hanging around all night to have chat to any avid beer fans. There will be live entertainment and American BBQ served all night.

When: 4pm-7pm, Saturday 18 August
Where: Pig ‘N’ Whistle, Brunswick Street
For more information, click here.

Sunday 19 August

Big Lebowski 20th Anniversary Screening

If you have yet to see this cult classic of 1998, book tickets to New Farm Cinema’s 20thAnniversary screening of The Big Lebowski this Sunday. This movie is nothing but comedic gold, showcasing Jeff Bridges, Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, and Julianne Moore at their absolute prime. Dress as your fave character if you are a seasoned fan and pick up your White Russian at the door.

When: 5pm, Sunday 19thAugust
Where: New Farm Cinemas
For more information, click here.

Ekka’s Dagwood Dog Eating Competition

What is the perfect way to celebrate the Ekka, you ask? Definitely by eating an ungodly number of corndogs for nothing but bragging rights. While the competitors have all already been locked in, you can still come and witness this momentous food guzzling event at the Ekka on their final day this Sunday. Thanks, Brisbane, this is live entertainment at it’s best.

When: 12:30pm-2:30pm, Sunday 19 August
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds
For more information, click here.

Image credit: Brisbane Powerhouse

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