If you had any plans to lay low this weekend, scrap them immediately. I know the thought of ‘Netflix and chill’ might be tempting, but that can be done any day of the week. There’s a whole lot going down around town this weekend, and they are very much once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, so they should come first. Take a chance on your fair city over the next few days and see what ol’ Brisneyland has to offer. Here are the best Brisbane events this weekend.
Thursday 20 August
Van Diemen 2015 | Lightspace
Our oft-forgotten island down south has more to boast than being the homeland of Princess Mary, Jacquie Lambie and a now-extinct carnivorous marsupial. All jokes aside, Tasmania is a pretty damn nice state and it’s time to celebrate all there is to love about their produce, the most important of which is (obviously) wine. Introducing: Van Diemen 2015, a celebratory showcase of Tasmania’s diverse wines. Over 26 wine producers will be offering up tipples of their finest vino, as well as cider whizzes Frank’s and Willie Smith’s. Treat yourself to a few of Tassie’s finest accompanied by fresh oysters and Bruny Island Cheese.
When: Thursday 20 August. 5pm – 10pm
Tickets: $35 includes take-home wine glass and samples, food and beverages also available to purchase
Field Days | Westfield Garden City
If you can hear wedding bells in your not-so-distant future, mark Field Days in your diary. Created by White + White Weddings and Events in partnership with Westfield Garden City, Field Days is a four-day wedding wonderland extravaganza here to help you piece together your big day, right down to the last napkin ring. Workshops will be run over the weekend to help you find out what’s trending in bridal fashion, perfect your menu, style your table, write your vows and design beautiful invitations.
Where: Westfield Garden City
When: 20 – 23 August
Tickets: Workshop tickets are available here
Relaunch Party | The Foundry
Brisbane’s hottest new live music venue, The Foundry, suffered a bit of a setback earlier this year when ‘technical issues’ forced them to close their doors for a brief hiatus. But never fear, because they’re BACK, BABY! The Foundry has been transformed into a mammoth, three-level complex that is part live gig area, part rock’n’roll bar, part collaborative space and part creative studio hub. To celebrate they’re putting on a launch party, and it’s going to be one hell of a night. Get down to the Valley on Thursday for a drink (or seven) and watch Brisbane’s biggest ratbags, Dune Rats, put on an epic live show. There will also be sets from Sydney skate fuzz punk outfit Palms, as well as local groups Orphans Orphans and Major Leagues. The Foundry team are also stoked to be able to reveal that the empty shopfront space on Wickham Street is going to house Brisbane’s newest record shop, Foundry Records, so get down and help ‘em celebrate, why don’t you!
Where: The Foundry
When: Thursday 20 August. 7pm
Saturday 22 August
Food and Wine at the Races | Doomben Racecourse
If you’ve ever been faced with the dilemma of multiple weekend activity invitations from friends, you’ll know it’s hard to choose between a day of gorging on epic food and a chance to doll yourself up, sip a few champers and try your luck at the races. Well, boy do I have news for you—this weekend you don’t have to make that tough decision, because all those fabulous markers of a great day out are going to be rolled in to one. Enter: The Courier-Mail Food and Wine at the Races. This Saturday Doomben Racecourse is going to be transformed into the ultimate foodie destination. Hosted by Darren Robertson of Sydney’s famed Three Blue Ducks, this unique experience sees Brisbane’s best food trucks rolling up beside the racing track, alongside celebrity chefs, market stalls, a European beer hall, wine from the best vineyards across the country and a grape-stomping competition. Giddy up, cowboy. This is going to be a race day for the history books. Tickets are selling like hotcakes, so get in quick!
Where: Doomben Racecourse
When: Saturday 22 August
Tickets: Click here
The Journey | Laruche
Get on your dancing shoes, guys, and get ready to ring in the weekend with an epic boogie. Friday night sees Laruche continuing ‘The Journey’ with favourite local DJs, Jawgo and Jimmy Ellis teaming up to bring you a night of funky tunes. The pair will be taking over the decks and the dance floor for a blockbuster eight-hour back-to-back set. Order yourself an espresso martini. You’re going to need the caffeine.
When: Friday 21 August
Tickets: For the love of music, it’s free entry!
Sunday 23 August
Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival
If you’ve been living in a festival slump for the past month since Splendour, it’s time to put a smile on your dial, because a new festival is making its debut this weekend, and it’s going to be an absolute ripper! Saturday will see the first annual Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival taking place up the coast, with a tremendous line up that includes Flight Facilities, Hermitude, The Kite String Tangle, Alpine, Gang of Youths, DZ Deathrays and Hiatus Kaiyote. There will be craft food, pop up galleries showcasing the works of 30 visual artists, a 70m-long bar that takes cash or card (finally!) and… wait for it… couches. Yep. Dance the day away and then have a nap if that’s what tickles your fancy. It’s up to you.
Where: Horton Park Golf Course, Maroochydore
When: Saturday 22 August
Tickets: Click here
Don’t Miss Out
Armakeggon 2015 | Archive
Archive’s annual craft beer festival, Armakeggon, is back for 2015! There will be a selection of over 40 out-of-the-ordinary specialty beers on tap for you to try, with some breweries even whipping up limited editions brews just for the occasion. There will be heaps of live music, brewery stalls, epic amounts of good food, as well as a barber doling out fresh cuts on site, so you can look smooth as anything while chugging down your beer.
Brisbane Festival 2015
It’s almost springtime! Halle-frigging-lujah. The nights are about to heat up, and so is Brisbane’s social calendar. September marks the annual month-long celebration of our great city known as Brisbane Festival, and the events dotting the calendar this year are not to be missed. Tickets are selling fast, though, so get in quick!
Fear & Delight | Brisbane Festival 2015
First up is Fear & Delight, a world of visual and edible wonderment. This is the circus on steroids – an elite international cast of performers pulling off jaw-dropping physical feats to the tune of heart-pounding, adrenalin-inducing, jazz-infused electro. Add The Devil’s Banquet to your ticket to turn the night into a true gastronomic and theatrical escapade. You’ll be wined and dined with a decadent feast in seats so close to the show it’s dangerous. Spaces for this experience are very limited, so be quick!
Where: South Bank Cultural Forecourt
When: 4 – 25 September
Tickets: Click here
Velvet | Brisbane Festival 2015
Do you love the nightlife? Do you love to boogie on the disco ‘round, yeah? If the answer is yes, Velvet is the show for you. Think cabaret meets disco, with an electrifying mix of vocal, dance and acrobatic stars all coming together to bring what will be a boogie wonderland experience like no other. Directed by Helpmann Award-winning Craig Lott, Velvet features legendary diva Marcia Hines, singer/songwriter Brendan Maclean, rhythmic mixmaster Joey Accaria, hoola-ing legend Craig Reid, burlesque queen from New Orleans Perie Noire, and the awe-inspiring acrobatics of Stephen Williams. Burn, baby, burn – this is one disco inferno you don’t want to miss.
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse – Powerhouse Theatre
When: 16 – 26 September
Tickets: Click here
Club Swizzle | Brisbane Festival 2015
Debauchery and a bar? Say no more! Welcome to Club Swizzle – a place where outrageous is the norm, and anything goes. Set in the glamorous Spiegeltent on the banks of the Brisbane River, Club Swizzle is a cacophony of cabaret, acrobatics and music under the guidance of New York’s charming and dirty-minded host, Murray Hill. You’ve got acrobatic bar tenders The Swizzle Boys, leggy dames, international cabaret performers, one-man-band Movin’ Melvin Brown and house band Mikey and the Nightcaps providing the soundtrack for an evening of wickedness that is shaken, definitely not stirred.
Where: The Spiegeltent
When: 4 – 26 September
Tickets: Click here
The End of The Line Festival | Woolloongabba
The End of the Line Festival was so good last year, they’re back for round two! The festival will once again be lighting up the Gabba’s trendy Logan Road precinct in October with live music stages, market stalls, food trucks, art installations and activities for the kids throughout the day. All your favourite restaurants will be extending their licenses into the cul-de-sac to provide an awesomely unique urban dining setting. The 2015 musical performers are yet to be announced, but with coastal groovers The Babe Rainbow, singer-songwriter Darren Hanlon and nu-wave brass band Bullhorn taking to the stages last year and the list being curated by Jet Black Cat Music, it’s sure to be a stellar line up. Pencil this in for October, guys. It’s going to be one hell of a block party.
Where: Little Logan Rd cul-de-sac and Jurgens Street, Woolloongabba
When: 24 October
Tickets: It’s FREE!!!
Winn Lane Dog Show
Now, I don’t know if you guys are part of the Facebook phenomenon that is ‘Cool Dog Group’, but if you are then congrats, and if you’re not then you need to get on it ASAP. Dogs are the coolest (undoubtedly) and what better way to show off our favourite canine companions than a meet-up of epic puppy proportions?! Next Sunday sees Winn Lane Dog Show taking place, where all doggies great and small are invited to dress up in their Sunday Best (that’s the theme for the show, FYI) and strut their stuff. Registrations will open from 3pm, with the dog show to start at 3.30pm.
Where: Winn Lane, Fortitude Valley
When: Sunday 30 August
Registration: $10 registration with all proceeds going to 4 Paws Animal Rescue
Looking for more things to do in Brisbane? Check out The MINI Edition: Our guide to the hottest events and new openings in Brisbane this August!