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11 Incredible Things To Do This Weekend In Brisbane

By Shannon Coward - 21 Sep 2017


Thank the lord, it’s nearly Friday which means that the weekend is just around the corner. We bet you’re more than ready to hit the town so we’ve taken the liberty of rounding up the 11 best things to do this weekend in Brisbane.

Think charity events championing a good cause, a concert using a cemetery as a venue and a Brazilian street fair set to rock your tastebuds. Its official, this weekend is going to be a biggy. Ready to get started? All you have to do is grab the squad and scroll down for 11 incredible things to do this weekend in Brisbane.

Thursday 21st September

Hand Heart Pocket Gala 2017

The Queensland Brain Institute is holding their annual Hand Heart Pocket Gala again this year as a way to raise awareness and funds for those living with dementia. A panel headed by the one-and-only Lexy Hamilton-Smith will see Ita Buttrose (!) joined by a number of dementia and Alzheimer’s experts to discuss the current research and care for those suffering from the conditions. If an evening of intellectual stimulation wasn’t enough, the panel will be followed by an opera performance from three of Australia’s finest talents. Time to get classy AF, friends.

When: Thursday September 21
Where: Customs House Brisbane
For more information, and to get tickets, click

Friday 22nd September

The Lost Boys Screening

If you haven’t seen The Lost Boys, you’re not doing life right. A hit 80’s teen vampire thriller (it’s definitely nothing like Twilight), starring Kiefer Sutherland in his pre-24 days, The Lost Boys follows a cast of quirky vampires discovering the meaning of life and friendship. Okay, it’s a whole lot more complicated than that (and with much better hair) but the fact remains that it’s a killer movie well worth the post-popcorn hangover. Oh and did we mention that Event Cinemas Myer Centre is having a screening this Friday? Now you’ve got no excuse.

When: Friday September 22, 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Where: Event Cinemas Myer Centre, CBD
For more information, click

Tombstone Folk

Tombstone Folk is a night of live folk music under the stars in a place you’d never quite expect: the quiet, historic surrounds of South Brisbane Cemetery. The event includes two 45-minute sets performed by uniquely Australian singer-songwriter Luan Baldwin, known for his modern day sea shanties, singer Helena Bond and recordist Shawn Riley. Afterwards, the team over at The Friends of South Brisbane Cemetery will be offering special late-night cemetery tours, so you can get up close and personal with the more notable residents. Guys, it’s the perfect excuse to start Halloween celebrations earlier. That’s something we can all get on board with.

When: Friday September 22, 7:15pm–9:15pm             
Where: South Brisbane Cemetery, Annerley Road, Dutton Park
For more information, click

Saturday 23rd September

Official Brisbane Pride Fair Day

Brisbane Pride Festival has been painting our little ol’ city rainbow for the entire month of September but the official Brisbane Pride Fair Day is the crowning jewel when it comes to this celebration of our diverse community. This Saturday, New Farm Park will be transformed into a playground with enough food trucks, community stalls and DJ performances to have your festival-loving heart skip a beat. And that’s all before we get to the appearance of Queensland’s most daring drag and the annual pet parade. Sign us the heck up!

When: September 23, 10:30am
Where: New Farm Park
For more information, and to get tickets, click

Alone, Together

Presented in collaboration with People’s Pride Brisbane, Alone, Together is the brand new event from Brisbane-based creatives CLUTCH Collective. Alone, Together will see artist Courtney Coombs facilitate the writing-based work of some of Brisbane’s finest up-and-comers. Anastasia Booth, Kinly Grey and Kate Woodcraft will all be exhibiting their work, which covers everything from the portrayal of femininity in cultural production to work informed by psychoanalysis. In other words, prepare to have your worldview expanded. You’re welcome.

When: September 23–24          
Where: The CLUTCH Collective Van
For more information, click

Brazilian Day Street Festival

What day is it on Saturday? Why the Brazilian Independence Day (duh), which means Brisbane gets to play host to one killer celebration of all the things we love about Brazil. Taking place at Brooklyn Standard, Brisbane’s very own speakeasy-style bar, the Brazilian Day Street Festival will feature a plethora of Brazilian food options, an outside bar, folk shows and a jam-packed entertainment program. You know what to do, Brisbane.

When: September 23, 2:00pm–9:00pm
Where: Brooklyn Standard
For more information, click

Sunday 24th September

Miss Kay’s Mitchelton Is Turning One

It’s true, they just grow up so fast. Miss Kay’s Mitchelton is turning one and you bet they’ll be pulling out all the stops in celebration. Think live music, exclusive menu items – like the Birthday Cake Shake, a birthday cake and frosting shake, topped with 100’s & 1000’s and a piece of birthday cake – and the Ultimate Big Kay’s Challenge, in which five poor souls will compete against each other in the famed Miss Kay’s burger challenge. We’re talking five beef patties and five slices of cheese on one burger, with two servings of dirty fries on the side, all to be devoured within 15 minutes. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it. Go on, take one for the team.

When: September 24, 10:30am–8:30pm
Where: Miss Kay’s Mitchelton
For more information, click

Don’t Miss Out

Ipswich Cemetery Ghost Tour

Who doesn’t love a ghost story?! Ipswich Cemetery Ghost Tour’s are running 2-hour historic ghost tours through cemeteries…at night. Not scary at all. The tours include terrifyingly real ghost stories, haunted graves, and haunted sites across Ipswich. Yikes. Maybe don’t do this one alone, then?! The tours run on the last Saturday of every month.

Where: Ipswich Cemetery
When: Last Saturday of every month.
Tickets: Get yours here

Skate Westfield Garden City

Parents of Brisbane, this one’s for you. An indoor skate ramp will be setting up shop in Westfield Garden City on the 25th September with a team of experienced skate instructors on hand to introduce your little people to the world of skateboarding. Both beginner and intermediate sessions are available, with a free skate slotted in-between. The team over at Ironlak Garden City will also be putting on a Street Art Session each day, so you can kill two birds with one stone when it comes to keeping the kids entertained. Do you want to know the best part? It’s all completely free. Sign us the heck up!

When: September 25 to October 1
Where: Westfield Garden City
For more information, click

P. Johnson Brisbane Trunk Show

Renowned custom suit wizards P. Johnson are bringing their collection to Brisbane for a trunk show and we couldn’t be more pumped. Famous for creating suits and separates that tick all the boxes, being lightweight, supple and luxurious, P. Johnson garments take between six to eight weeks to be made. That’s longer than it would take to binge watch the entirety of Game of Thrones, so you know that item of clothing is going to be the most amazing thing you’re ever going to wear. The trunk show will give you the chance to be fitted for one of these beauties for yourself.  We’re ready, P. Johnson

When: October 3-5
Where: The Johnson
For more information, click

Hansel & Gretel Opera

Shake & Stir, this time in collaboration with Opera Queensland, have done it again with their new modern take on Hansel & Gretel. Combining the best parts of narrative with beautiful, original music, Hansel & Gretel is guaranteed to transport you to a world of sweets and magic as the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale is reimagined for the next generation. Queensland’s most prominent opera talents, Irena Lysiuk, Jessica Low and Tim Carroll, will also be making an appearance in order to bless your ears with their musical talents. Trust us; you really don’t want to miss this one.

When: September 27-30
Where: OperaQ Studio
For more information, and to get tickets, click

Need more inspiration for your weekend wandering? Check out these seven gorgeous spots you won’t believe are near Brisbane.

Image credit: Hayley Williamson

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