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14 Awesome Things To Do In Brisbane This Weekend

By Erin Curtain - 21 Jun 2018


Brisbane, we're sure you are aware that the second State of Origin game will take place this Sunday. While this is—of course—a landmark event, there is a whole lot more on this weekend than just the blues vs maroons... 

Strap yourself in for film festivals, markets, food festivals and more. Brisbane is even getting a wintery wonderland (with real snow and everything!), so check out this list of the best events on this weeked in Brisbane.

All Weekend

Short + Sweet Festival 2018

The Short & Sweet Festival heats have begun! For the tenth year in a row, Brisbane Powerhouse will be hosting what is basically Gladiator for Brisbane’s theatre scene. For two weeks, ten-minute plays will take centre stage as local playwrights duke it out for your vote. Prepare yourself for some absolutely fire ten-minute plays, and don’t worry about the duds, they will be over in ten!

When: 20-30 June
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
For more information, click here.

The Finders Keepers Market

Back for their biannual appearance is the Finders Keepers Market, setting up shop once again in the Brisbane showgrounds. Now spanning three whole days, you are bound to find some hidden treasure at this massive market which features over 200 independent artists and design stalls, all perfect for a leisurely weekend browse. 

When: 22-24 June
Where: The Marquee, Brisbane Showgrounds
For more information, click here.

West End Film Festival

Keen for some local on-screen talent? The West End Film Festival (WEFF) is on this weekend and will be showcasing work by Brisbane artists in its short film competition. The focus of WEFF is to support grassroots filmmakers and connect them to a local audience, so if you are all for supporting your community and love a good short film take a look at what’s on this weekend.

When: 22-24 June
Where: Boundary Street Markets
For more information, click here.

Greek Festival Weekend

A celebration of all things Greek will be taking place on the river this weekend and we are more than ready for all the souvlaki and Zorba we can handle. Riverland will be hosting the two-day event, serving up traditional Greek food with Mediterranean cocktails. There will be Greek entertainment too, with a traditional band, Zorba dancing, and the original ‘rage room’ aesthetic, plate smashing.

When: 23-24 June
Where: Riverland Brisbane
For more information, click here.

Thursday 21 June

Studio Ghibli Festival

Yet another Studio Ghibli festival is hitting Brisbane this Thursday, which is fantastic news because these masterpieces deserve to be seen on the big screen. The Elizabeth Picture Theatre will be showing all the classics over the next couple of months on Thursdays and Sundays, including Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, and Princess Monoke.

When: 21 June-12 August
Where: Elizabeth Picture Theatre
For more information, click here.

Friday 22 June

Skating At Brisbane

Winter is here and Brisbane is meeting it with a decent dose of extra! King George Square is once again being transformed into a winter wonderland for the next few weeks, and us snow deprived Brisbanites are living for it! Enjoy ice skating, ice sliding, and the ridiculous beauty of an outdoor ice rink so close to the equator. There will also be food trucks and stalls serving up winter faves, so stop by, grab a hot choc, and make believe you are somewhere frosty!

When: 22 June-15 July
Where: King George Square
For more information, click here.

Brisbane’s Biggest Music Trivia Night

Are you a total music fiend? Put your knowledge toward a good cause at Brisbane’s Biggest Music Trivia Night this Friday. Taking place at The Princess Theatre, the evening will be raising funds to make music more accessible throughout Brisbane. Plus, there are some awesome prizes to win and ultimate bragging rights for the victorious team.

When: 7pm, Friday 22 June
Where: The Princess Theatre, Wooloongabba
For more information, click here.

Gin & Cheese Appreciation Night

Move over wine, gin & cheese is the best-tasting couple in town and Pig ‘N’ Whistle is celebrating this blessed union with an appreciation night this Friday. Tickets will include a drink on arrival, three gin tastings, cheeseboards to share, and a how-to demonstration of how to make a good old G&T.

When: 6:30pm-8:30pm, Friday 22 June
Where: Pig ‘N’ Whistle, Brunswick Street
For more information, click here.

Saturday 23 June

A World of Pure Imagination

Cloudland is planning something scrumdiddlyumptious this Saturday night and you are invited! The details are pretty hush-hush as of yet, but we know that something Willy Wonka themed is happening and that golden tickets are in short supply, so snatch one up quick!

When: 7pm-11pm, Saturday 23 June
Where: Cloudland
For more information, click here.

Tattersall’s Club Tiara Race Day

It is time for horses and tiaras. No, this isn’t your niece’s sixth birthday, it is the Tattersall’s Racing Club’s premier race day, taking place this Saturday as part of the Winter Racing Carnival. Not only will there be live entertainment and racing, but the best dressed will win paid flights to Singapore, so dust off your diamonds for a chance at a holiday.

When: 10:30am-8pm, Saturday 23 June
Where: Doomben Racecourse
For more information, click here.

Sunday 24 June

Best Yoga Lifestyle Festival

Calling all Yogis, there is a massive yoga day taking place at UQ this weekend to celebrate the life-affirming and spiritually healing powers of yoga. Join masses of other yoga fiends in an epic-sized class, or just wander through the stalls that demonstrate plant-based cooking, mindfulness and breathing, meditation, dance, and spiritual wisdom to set your week up with good vibes.

When: 9:30am-3:30pm, Sunday 24 June
Where: University of Queensland Lawns
For more information, click here.

State of Origin Long Lunch

Wish State of Origin could last all day? Lucky for you Pig ‘N’ Whistle is starting the celebrations early (because let’s be real, QLD is going to win) with a long lunch. Stop by for a four-course menu featuring both QLD and NSW produce for the perfect pre-game hype up.

When: 2pm-5pm, Sunday 24 June
Where: Pig ‘N’ Whistle, Brunswick Street
For more information, click here.

Big Screen on the Green

To enjoy the game itself in all of its splendour, Eagle farm Racecourse will be showing it on their big screen this Sunday evening. Expect pre-game entertainment, a sports bar style menu featuring wings, fries, burgers, and every other greasy, saucy, and manly food available, and last but not least the biggest screen in the southern hemisphere to watch the Maroons win on.

When: 6pm-late, Sunday 24 June
Where: Eagle Farm Racecourse
For more information, click here.

Flavours of Portside

For a more chilled and less football focused Sunday, stop by Portside Wharf for their Flavours of Portside food festival. Wander in amongst the pop-up food stalls, browse through the eclectic fashions within the market hub, and relax in the cocktail garden while you listen to live entertainment and sip warming cocktails.

When: 10am-4pm, Sunday 24 June
Where: Portside Wharf
For more information, click here.

For even more things to do in Brisbane hit this link.

Image credit: Finders Keepers 

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