We all know how the week goes. Sunday you wake up after having possibly one too many sav blancs the night before and say to yourself, “I’m not doing anything next weekend. I’m laying low and having a quiet one.” Monday comes and you bring your lunch to work AND go to the gym. You’re doing well! Tuesday and Wednesday fly by and you’re still hell-bent on having some much needed “me time” over the weekend. But then Thursday rolls around and your resolve starts to wane… The thought of hanging out with you and you alone begins to concern you. And with that, you decide you’re hightailing it out of the house and going to spend those glorious days sans work doing as many fun activities as you can. Well, my friends, you’re in luck, because we have your schedule for the weekend well and truly covered.
Here is the best of what’s on this weekend in Brisbane.
Thursday 23 July
The Official Splendour in the Grass Pre-Party | The Triffid
It feels like only yesterday we were watching Lily Allen sing in front of dancing giant baby bottles, taking part in the greatest rendition of Outkast’s “Hey Ya!” ever to grace this nation and hearing Aussie golden boy Karl Stefanovic preach that there’s nothing more he likes to do than get “absolutely Peking Duked at a music festival”. But, alas, a year has been and gone and somehow it’s Splendour time again! Whether to pump you up for one of the biggest weekends of the year or help you commiserate the fact you’re not going, the official Splendour in the Grass Pre-Party is going to be an outrageously good time. Catch The Dandy Warhols, Circa Waves and Brissie bands Last Dinosaurs and Dune Rats and nab yourself an opportunity to contribute to the conversation when your mates can’t stop talking next week about “HOW GOOOOOOD” the sets at Splendour were.
Where: The Triffid. 9 Stratton Street, Newstead
When: Thursday 23 July
Tickets: Get them here
Friday 24 July
Queensland Film Festival | New Farm Cinemas
Move over, Cannes. Jog on, Sundance. You guys have had your time to shine. It’s all about the Queensland Film Festival now. For the opening night of its inaugural year, QFF are putting on a cinematic spread. Radio National’s resident film critic, Jason Di Rosso, will be part of a panel discussion on criticism in the afternoon, then the opening gala kicks off with pre-screening drinks and canapés before a viewing of Oscar-nominated ‘Timbuktu’. You can catch films from the Netherlands, France, Germany, the UK, Belgium, the Soviet Union (how vintage), Argentina and Canada, and don’t miss out on the screening of ‘Eight’ made right here in sunny Brisbane.
Where: New Farm Cinemas. 701 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
When: Friday 24 July – Sunday 26 July
Tickets: Click here to book
Saturday 25 July
Interior Design Masterclass | Metro Arts
Are you one of those people who lives in a world of bewilderment for the three – no wait, eleven – months of the year that The Block is on TV (damn, that show just keeps on going!)? You sit there on your couch every night thinking, “How on earth did they come up with that? A TV in the bathroom – crazy! A courtyard INSIDE the living room – outrageous!” Well, all your questions and prayers are about to be answered with an interior design masterclass not to be missed. “House whisperer” (read: accomplished stylist) Megan Morton will take you through everything you need to know to get your house looking funky fresh in the six-hour Science of Styling course. Having worked her magic for Vanity Fair, Vogue Living and In Style, Megan knows her stuff. Plus, lunch is provided, so… what are you waiting for?
Where: Metro Arts. 109 Edward Street, Brisbane
When: Saturday 25 July. 10 am – 4 pm
Tickets: Places are limited. Click here to book your spot
Sunday 26 July
Downey Park Food Trucks | Newmarket Bowls Club
Roll up! Roll up! The food trucks are in town! Spicing things up a bit with a change of location, this weekend’s DPFT will be held at the Newmarket Bowls Club where a gorgeous retro green space will play host to a stellar line-up that includes Bella BBQ, How We Rolls, Juan More Taco, Little Black, Mangia Mangia Italian Street Goods, Pizzantica, Ruby the Little Red Ice Cream Van and The Doughnut Bar. Space on two of the three bowling greens will be up for grabs, so pack your picnic blankets and prepare to enjoy a Sunday sunset on a belly full of food and happiness.
Where: Newmarket Bowls Club. 212 Ashgrove Avenue, Ashgrove
When: Sunday 26 July. 2 pm – 5:30 pm
Wednesday 29 July
The Sugarcane Canteen | Jahh Tiger Rum & Jerk Shack
Oh, winter! Jamaican me crazy! Luckily, the team over at Jahh Tiger Rum & Jerk Shack have organised something to shake things up a bit and make you feel like you’ve sailed away to the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean. The Sugarcane Canteen is back for its seventh instalment this year, bringing together the award-winning Venezuelan Diplomatico Rum range and delicious Caribbean food. What more could you ask for? Get around two cocktails and four rums all matched perfectly with Caribbean-inspired meals. Hump day? More like rum-p day! (I’m sorry).
Where: Jahh Tiger Rum & Jerk Shack. 3/1 Park Road, Milton
When: Wednesday 29 July
Tickets: $65. Bookings essential. Email [email protected]
Don’t Miss Out
James St Food & Wine Trail | James St
Okay, guys. Get your diaries out and don’t just pencil this in – get a big ol’ Sharpie and permanent marker it all over next weekend because it’s something you won’t forgive yourself for missing. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen; the James St Food & Wine Trail is back! For the past three years, the Trail has been a highlight of Brisbane’s gastronomic calendar, and this year is shaping up to be no exception. There will be cooking master classes, degustation dinners and food chats galore, with the three-day extravaganza culminating in the picnic to end all picnics on Saturday 1st August. There’s too much on and I’m getting carried away, so I am just going to leave you to peruse the programme and implore you to make this your must-do for next weekend. You won’t regret it.
Where: James Street
When: Thursday 30 July – Saturday 1 August
Night Noodle Markets | South Bank
It’s shaping up to be a Good Food Month indeed. Rejoice, because the Night Noodle Markets are back! Get on down to South Bank and fill your stomach with all the delights that Asian cuisine has to offer. There will be pho and ramen and gyoza galore! With hundreds of delicious dishes to choose from, this is dinner unequivocally sorted.
Where: South Bank Cultural Forecourt
When: 22 July – 2 August
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