The Splendour revellers are back, mud-encrusted and exhausted, and uni is back in full swing. Some might say that’s bleak, but they haven’t yet been alerted to the light at the end of this week’s tunnel. Don’t despair—go towards it. It’s shining bright, beckoning you to come and enjoy all the wonderful festivities on offer around town. And, boy, are there some things going down! Here is what’s on in Brisbane this weekend.
Thursday 30th July
James St Food & Wine Trail | James St
If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise. And by woods, I mean James St, and by surprise I’m actually lying because I’m telling you right now what’s going down. It’s the James St Food & Wine Trail! The three-day culinary affair kicks off on Thursday with cooking classes galore—perfect your Thai dishes with James St Cooking School and pasta art with Angelo’s Authentic Pasta Class, and learn all the secrets of the strip’s favourite Italian haunt with Bucci’s Masterclass. Friday sees the OzHarvest Soup Kitchen popping up and evil burger genius Daniel Wilson of Huxtaburger fame teaming up with Harveys Bar and Bistro for an exclusive 5-course dinner. It all culminates on Saturday with a teddy bear picnic of grand proportions. Yes, The famous Urban Picnic is back, so I would advise fasting for the next three days to make sure you can consume all of the food. It’s going to be good, Brisbane. Real good.
Where: James Street, New Farm
When: Thursday 30 July – Saturday 1 August
Friday 31st July
Christmas in July | Riverside Centre
For all the lols that confusing our Northern Hemisphere counterparts by singing about dashing through the bush in a rusty Holden ute brings, Australia’s lack of white Christmas really gets to me sometimes. Luckily, the brains behind some of Brisbane’s best eateries are trying to rectify the situation and provide you with the opportunity to experience not one but TWO rocking Christmases this year. Behold: Christmas in July presented by Riverside Centre. Get ready for the CBD to be transformed into a winter wonderland and indulge in some festive fare from Black Bird Bar & Grill, Friday’s, Jellyfish, Navala Churrascaria, Pig n Whistle, The George Bar and The Groove Train. Mix things up and start (not end) your night at Friday’s with a Christmas-themed cocktail, before tucking in to roast turkey with all the trimmings at the Pig n Whistle. The George is plating up slow roasted lamb shoulder and egg nog, and The Groove Train will give you your dessert fix with their decadent wood-fired banana and Kahlua calzone.
Where: Riverside Centre. 123 Eagle Street, Brisbane CBD
When: Friday 31 July. 5.30 pm until late
The Barbecue Club Launch | Spring Brisbane
We may have only just finished the second month of winter but our sights are fully set on summer, and with summer comes babrecues! Spring Brisbane are putting on The Barbecue Club Launch this Friday afternoon, so ease your way in to the weekend with live music, free food on the hour and a spit roasted pig. Come on, go the whole hog this weekend.
Where: Spring Brisbane. 26 Felix St, Brisbane CBD
When: Friday 31 July. 4.30 pm onwards
Saturday 1st August
Swiss National Day | Mövenpick
FREE ICE CREAM. I’m sorry, I really tried to write an intelligible opening line, but excitement took over. Anyway, all you need to know is that the land of watches, Roger Federer and neutral political positions is celebrating its National Day on Saturday, and instead of getting inappropriately inebriated like, um, some countries, they are celebrating with FREE ICE CREAM. Mövenpick will be scooping out free cups of creamed ice goodness until 2 pm or for the first 250 customers in each store, whichever comes first. So, HURRY. There’s no time for breakfast when there’s FREE ICE CREAM to be had!
Where: Mövenpick stores – Brisbane Emporium, Carindale, Indooroopilly, Garden City, Harbour Town, Portside Wharf, South Bank
When: Saturday 1 August until 2 pm
Winter Design Market | GOMA
If you’re in the mood for a little bit of art spottin’ and a little bit of accessory shoppin’ this weekend, GOMA has you covered. Get on down to their Winter Design Market and browse over 30 stalls of handmade delights, including ceramics, jewellery, textiles and paper products. You’ll be able to snag unique pieces from up-and-coming local craft and design artists, perfect to stow away for your sister’s next birthday or just keep all for you. Treat. Yo. Self.
Where: Gallery of Modern Art
When: Saturday 1 August. 9 am – 4 pm
Valley Rack-It | Fortitude Valley Markets
It’s a market frenzy this weekend! If you’re an up-and-coming designer, vintage buyer-and-seller or just a poor guy or gal looking to make a buck, listen up. The Fortitude Valley Markets are launching a new initiative, Valley Rack-It, and this is what it entails: you bring your suitcase of trash and/or treasure, they’ll bring the rack and voila—a match made in heaven! You rack-it, sell it, get your name out there, make some dollar dollar bills, have a great time. It’s a natural evolution. There will also be rare grooves by DJ Taj Mahal, live performances by Creature Kind, graffiti demos by the super talented Juggler's Art Space, craft workshops and more.
Where: Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
When: Saturday 1 August. 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: $20 fee for applicants Please visit www.fortitudevalleymarkets.com.au#stallholder and click the application form (selecting Rack-It from the drop down menu) to apply
Winn Lane Fashion & Record Market | Winn Lane
Up the mall, down the road and around the corner is yet another market here to grace your Saturday with fancy fashion and wicked wares. Housed in the lane of vintage dreams and delicious burgers, the Winn Lane Fashion & Record Market is back to bring you the best fashion, arts and tunes that our humble city has to offer. Goodies will be on offer from Miss Bond Jewellery, Sunday Social, House of Cards, Lawless Salon, The Outpost, York Hair, Kunstler and Tym’s Guitars, records from A Love Supreme and Phase 4 will be for sale, plus Ben and his team will be there doing your thang, doling out burgers and fries to keep your energy up while you shop 'til you drop.
Where: Winn Lane, Fortitude Valley
When: Saturday 1 August. 9 am - 2 pm
Room40 presents MONO 18 + MONO 19 | Institute of Modern Art
Australian experimental label Room40 is celebrating 15 years of cutting-edge music makin' this year, and to celebrate they're putting on a real show with MONO 18 + MONO 19. Two exclusive sideshows to Room40's Open Frame festival (held at Sydney's Carriageworks) will be held over the weekend, showcasing Room40 founder Lawrence English's love of curating some of the world's finest experimental, sound art and avant-pop artists. Artists from all over the globe will perform over the weekend, including William Basinski (USA), Makino Takashi (Japan), Brisbane's own Ross Manning, as well as a Hypnosis Display from Grouper + Paul Clipson (USA) and the Jim O'Rourke: Multichannel Commission Premiere performed by Lawrence English himself.
Where: Institute of Modern Art. 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
When: Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 August
Tickets: Click here
Monday 3rd August
Big Beef Off | Regatta Hotel
If you thought the happy place you imagine yourself at when clutching on to your plane seat armrest during terrifying turbulence was a tranquil island with pure white sand and crystal clear water, you’ve got another thing coming. Prepare to have your mind blown and that island bumped off for your new happy place: the Big Beef Off. Get ready. The Regatta is about to rock your world. Four meat producers. Four porterhouses. One epic battle. You get to sample the most delicious beef that Queensland producers Stanbroke, Nolan, AAco and JBS have to offer, then vote for your favourite in a nail-biting, blind-tasting competition. That explosion I can hear? Yep, that’s the sound of your mind being blown.
Where: The Regatta Hotel. 543 Coronation Drive, Toowong
When: Monday 3 August. 6.30 pm
Tickets: $99 per person (includes premium beverage package) or $890 for tables of ten. $20 from each ticket goes to the winner’s chosen beneficiary. Call 3871 9595 to book your spot
Don't Miss Out
Launch Party | Work-Shop Brisbane
Crusaders of all things creative and runners of quirky and affordable short courses in life skills and alternative arts, Work-Shop are coming to Brisbane and to celebrate they're throwing a big ol' bash! Get ready for an evening of worksop demos, mini makers market and everyone's favourite pasttime, karaoke. Join the gang for a bev from Stone & Wood Brewing, Sailor Jerry and Cake Wines, and get ready to get creative!
Where: The Autumn Co. 29 Merivale St, South Brisbane
When: Friday 7 August. 6 pm - 11 pm