Lawdy me! Brisbane’s social calendar is positively bursting at the seams this weekend. On the agenda we’ve got some arty evening culture, homegrown music talent, and some extra special dinners as well as a weekend-long Greek festival in the park, and some appearances by everyone’s favourite food trucks.
Throw in a few new pairs of jeans and you’ve got yourself the makings of a real pearler. Get amongst it! Here are our picks of where to go and what to do this weekend in Brisbane:
Thursday 21 May
New Winter Menu Launch | Affinity Restaurant
Already blowing locals away with their sell-out breakfasts and Euro-inspired menu, newbie Paddington restaurant Affinity is rolling out a brand new winter menu this week. Gorge on wintery goodies like venison and chocolate pie, smoked beef cheeks, and classic French-style crepes. BYO stretchy pants!
All You Can Eat Mussels Night | The Fox Hotel
The Fox Hotel’s infamous ‘all you can eat mussels’ night is back by overwhelming demand! Tuck into a bottomless steaming pot of your favourite crustaceans, accompanied by a side of crusty bread and fries for only $25 with any drink order. Want in? Do yourself a favour and book a table here.
Meet the Maker | Lutece
A four-course dinner featuring the wines of Dominique Portet in the Yarra Valley, and the creations of chef Romain Bapst, Lutece’s ‘Meet the Maker’ wine dinner is a meeting of likeminds to create the ultimate celebration of regional French cuisine. Settle in at Lutece and treat yourself to an orgasmic repast of food and wine harmony.
Friday 22 May
Lynch by Night | GOMA
The latest Up Late series at GOMA features David Lynch’s exhibition, ‘Between Two Worlds’, a psychedelic trip into the artist and filmmaker’s creative lobe. Besides the exhibition (which runs until June 8) there’s a tonne of stuff happening to make this evening special including live beats by Sky Needle, and McKisko & Caitlin Franzmann, a screening of Lynch’s 1999 film The Straight Story, as well as a guided tour by Lynch-enthusiast Tim Walsh. The evening goes from 5.30pm-9.30pm. Book your tickets through GOMA’s website to make sure you don’t miss out.
Denim Workshop | Calexico
This month is all about the jeans, so in honour of everyone’s favourite denim pants Calexico has invited special guest Will Allan from Citizens of Humanity to come and throw chat about all things denim and jean related. Come by from 10am for styling tips from the master, and as a bonus incentive Calexico are donating $2 for every pair of jeans sold this month to add to their $1000 pledge to Jeans for Genes. If there was ever a time to upgrade your leg swagger, this would be it.
Saturday, 23 May
The Cherry Dolls | Heya Bar
Raise roofs this Saturday at Heya Bar when Melbourne rock ‘n roll group, The Cherry Dolls, will be playing as part of their East Coast tour. Check out the video of their latest single from their Wasted Pearls EP, ‘The Last Time’, which was just featured on Rolling Stone, hip kids they are.
Stormtroopers Weekend | Dreamworld
In what is probably the largest congregation of Stormtroopers since the Battle of Maridun, Dreamworld is playing host to over 120 Star Wars characters this weekend. A must-attend for any Star Wars fan, there promises to be bountiful Star Wars LEGO, gargantuan balloon installations, a Jedi Academy Duel, and all the makings of George Lucas’ wet dream.
Paniyiri | Musgrave Park
Rally the troops to celebrate the greatest civilization the world has ever known because it’s time for Paniyiri! Kicking off at noon on Saturday and raging until Sunday evening, get ready for a whole weekend of honey puffs, halloumi, olive eating competitions, and broken plates. Rouse the wolfpack down to Musgrave Park in West End and under the gaze of Stefan’s needle you can raise hell like it’s 600 BC.
Sunday, 24 May
Downey Park Food Trucks | Downey Park
The rollicking Downey Park Food Truck events have garnered so much support in the past few months that they’re cranking everything up a notch. Starting earlier at 2pm and going until 5.30, and with a host of new trucks bringing the grand total to a whopping 15, Downey Park’s Food Truck parties are becoming the ultimate social event on everyone’s calendar. Mosey on down with your empty bellies and a picnic rug and let the wee ones loose.
Wednesday, 27 May
Schultz Family Pig Dinner | Urbane
From their farm in the Darling Downs, the Schultz family has been rearing pigs under the traditional and conventional methods for 120 years. The animals are free to roam and forage, and are fed on grain feed mixed and milled by the owner, Vaughn Shultz, ensuring a unique and enriched quality of meat. To showcase the Schultz family pigs, Urbane is hosting a five-course degustation dinner on Wednesday, 27 May. Tickets are $85 per person and strictly limited so get booking.
Don’t Miss Out…
Red Hill Farmer’s Market | Fulcher Road
The lucky folk of Red Hill are getting their very own farmer’s market! Next Sunday, May 31st, Fulcher Road will become a bustling hub of butchers, farmers, cheese makers, jam cookers, and fishmongers bringing the stoke for their products. This glorious new addition to the Brisbane market scene comes courtesy of the same organisers behind the overwhelmingly successful Carseldine Markets, so you know you’re in safe hands. Free entry and parking.