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This Weekend in Brisbane

By Ellie Grounds - 27 Aug 2015

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Club Swizzle at Brisbane Festival | Image credit: Prudence Upton

Guys, we’ve nearly made it. Congratulations are in order for we have survived the horrific apocalypse that is a Brisbane winter. With only a few days of this questionable season left, Brisbanites all over town have a spring (sorry) in their step and are looking for ways to ring in the welcome change in weather. If you’re one of them, we’ve got you covered! Here is what’s on in Brisbane this weekend:

Thursday 27 August

Meet The Maker Dinner Series | Lutèce Bistro & Wine Bar

Feel like injecting a little bit of French elegance in to your life? Oui oui! Of course you do, and you’re in luck. Lutèce Bistro & Wine Bar, the latest French cuisine venture for renowned Brisbane chef Romain Bapst, will play host to the Meet The Maker Dinner Series this Thursday night, where you can indulge in French fare of the best quality. The night will see you devour a delicious five-course dinner and Stella Bella Margaret River wine selection. Two starters, free-range chicken served two ways and dessert will all be plated up, with each course being perfectly matched to a hand-selected wine.

Where: Lutèce Bistro & Wine Bar.
When:  Thursday 27 August. 6.30pm
Bookings: Email here 

Friday 28 August

The Chelsea Project Charity Cocktail Evening | The Walrus Club

In September 2010 aspiring equestrian star Chelsea Higgins suffered a horrific horse riding accident that saw her spend nine days in an induced coma, with a lacerated liver, fractured scapula, a perforated lung and partial paralysis down one side of her body. Fast forward five years with a declaration from doctors that she would never ride again, and Chelsea is well on her way to representing Australia in dressage at the Rio Olympics in 2016. This weekend The Walrus Club are hosting a special charity cocktail evening to help Chelsea’s dreams come true. With gourmet canapés, a three-hour deluxe beverage package, live entertainment, a silent auction, a guest speech from Chelsea herself and a portion of each ticket purchase being donated directly to The Chelsea Project, this is one Friday night activity definitely worth your while.

Where: The Walrus Club.
When: Friday 28 August. 7pm
Tickets: Click here 

Saturday 29 August

The Man, The Myth, The (King of Pop) Legend | Buffalo Bar

This Saturday marks the birthday of the undisputed King of Pop, and Buffalo Bar are putting on a do to celebrate everything about the sequin-clad, moon-walkin’ groover himself. Although Michael Jackson may have left us, his music never will, so you should get on down to Buffalo Bar to raise a glass or two to his memory. Don your finest MJ attire (finally a use for that lonely sparkly glove you lost the pair to years ago) and get amongst a rockin’ party complete with specialty cocktails, prizes for the best costumes, live entertainment and funky tunes. It’s going to be an absolute Thriller.

Where: Buffalo Bar.
When: Saturday 29 August. 12pm

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.

Where: Archive Beer Boutique.
When: Saturday 29 August. 10am – 5pm
Tickets: Click here 

Sunday 30 August

OperaQ Cloud Song | Cloudland

I don’t know about you, but any excuse to go to Cloudland is fine by me. And this one is pretty damn good – OperaQ’s Cloud Song, which has (legitimately) been described as “basically a raging cocktail party interspersed with bursts of opera”. Following a wildly successful inaugural event earlier this year, Cloud Song is back to bring you a flamboyant afternoon of first-time opera performers, DJs, pop-up performances, aerial stunts, flamenco and, of course, delicious cocktails and canapés. Pencil this one in – it’s an event not to be missed.

Where: Cloudland.
When: 30 August 2015. 4pm – 7pm
Tickets: Click here 

Winn Lane Dog Show | Winn Lane

They say a Sunday well spent brings a week of content, and what better way to round out the week than a meet-up of epic puppy proportions? This Sunday sees the 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   

Wednesday 2 September

Bluebeard Wednesdays | Sonny’s House of Blues

Who said hump day has to be a drag? Certainly not us! And certainly not Sonny’s House of Blues, who have teamed up with Bluebeard Music to bring you Bluebeard Wednesdays–a free weekly line up of three of Brisbane’s best up-and-coming bands. Get down there tonight and shake your tail feather to White Lodge, makeoutcreek death cult and Star Club. Good drinks, great food and ripper bands? That’s your Wednesday SORTED.

Where: Sonny’s House of Blues.
When: Wednesday 26 August. 8pm

Australian Buffalo Wing Festival 

Get out your stretchy pants and start fasting: the Australian Buffalo Wing Festival kicks off today! Over the next four huge days some of your favourite Brissie restaurants will be offering up their best plates of mouth-watering and spicy-hot (if you dare) wings. The tour will cover North Brisbane, South Brisbane, Southbank/West End and the CBD/Fortitude Valley over the four days, and will feature venues such as Yard Bird Ale House, Mighty Mighty, Newstead Brewing Co, South Side Diner and The Paddo Tavern. If you’ve ever set yourself a mission to eat your way across town and discover the true home of Brisbane’s best wings, now is your time to shine.

Where: Various locations. Click here for more details 
When: 2 – 5 September

Don’t Miss Out

Spring Summer Fashion Showcase | Indooroopilly Shopping Centre

Don’t lie to yourself; Spring is on it's way so naturaly Indooroopilly Shopping Centre is gearing up to celebrate the launch of this year’s spring collections in style!

Tickets: Click here 

Spring Summer Collections with Nicole Pollard

Watch internationally renowned model Nicole Pollard take to the runway in the best of the new season offerings from Australian and international designers alike.

Where: Indooroopilly Shopping Centre
When: Thursday 3 September. 6.30pm and 7pm

Fashion Edit with Jodi Anasta

Get ready to map out your outfits for summer when style icon and Aussie TV star Jodi Anasta showcases her must-have looks for the new season, followed by runway shows at 11am and 12.30pm.

Where: Indooroopilly Shopping Centre.
When: Friday 4 September

Fashion Edit with Kate Waterhouse

Leading fashion and lifestyle blogger and The Sun-Herald’s fashion editor Kate Waterhouse will co-host and style runway shows featuring both home grown and international designers.

Where: Indooroopilly Shopping Centre.
When: Saturday 5 September. 11am and 12.30pm

Brisbane Festival 2015

Brisbane Festival is going to be bigger and better than ever this year! Here are some of our top picks of events for you to pencil in to your diary.

Flown | Brisbane Festival 2015

Any contemporary circus company with the name Pirates of the Carabina is going to be a good one in my books. I mean, you’re already sitting on an 8.5 for that pun alone, and if you’re presenting an award-winning show combining circus AND comedy, well that’s just a no-brainer. You’re pretty much headed for a perfect score. Introducing: Flown, a comically chaotic showcase of acrobats, aerialists, musicians and stuntmen. These incredible performers come together to reveal what really goes on behind the scenes of a modern circus outfit. There will be disagreements, fear, exhaustion, laughter, confessions and loud, loud music. Watch and see the rollercoaster of emotions that is the absurdity of contemporary circus life.

Where: The Courier-Mail Piazza, South Bank
When: 11 – 25 September
Tickets: Click here 

The Importance of Being Earnest | Brisbane Festival 2015

Move over, Colin Firth and Rupert Everett. Your time is up. There’s a new version of The Importance of Being Earnest in town and it’s giving you guys a serious run for your money. Taking to the stage this September to bring Oscar Wilde’s acclaimed play to life is W!LD RICE, Singapore’s sexiest theatre company, and they’re set to be an instant hit. Get ready for an evening of sparkling wit, laughter and love as this all-male ensemble reimagines the beloved tale of two wealthy single men who lead double lives to escape from the boredom of conventional society and court the attentions of two beautiful young women.

Where: QPAC – Playhouse Theatre
When: 11 – 13 September
ickets: Click here 

Lady Rizo: Unescorted | Brisbane Festival 2015

Grammy Award-winning cabaret superstar Lady Rizo is taking a brief hiatus from the sultry clubs of New York, Edinburgh and London to bring her fierce performance down under to Brisbane Festival 2015. With a voice that has been described as a mix between Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse and Peggy Lee and a songbook stretching from Judy Garland to the Pixies, Lady Rizo’s performances are unlike any other – a mix of luscious vocals, brazen comedic banter and flirtation.

Where: The Spiegeltent
When: 12 – 13 September
Tickets: Click here 

Beer InCider 

The city’s biggest celebration of craft beer and cider is back, baby! Beer InCider will return for two glorious days this year to offer you up more than 130 craft beers and ciders from over 30 independent Aussie brewers. On top of that, there will be a stellar music line up including the likes of British India, Busby Marou and Skipping Girl Vinegar, and food galore to choose from, with food trucks such as ChipTease, Pizzantica, Juan More Taco and That BBQ Joint all rolling up. Grab your mates, pack your picnic blankets and black out these dates in your diary – this is one 2015 event you don’t want to miss.

Where: Albion Park Raceway 
When: Friday 18 and Saturday 19 September
Tickets: Click here 

Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival

It’s time to celebrate the cinematic wonders of our closest neighbours, who happen to be livin’ it up in the world’s fastest-growing film region! The Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival is back for the second time this November, and is a must-see 11-day international event screening more than 75 films from across the region. Audiences can see a broad program of specially curated cinema, including award-winning feature films, documentaries and nominees for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. The event will coincide with GOMA’s spectacular Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, so get ready for a celebration of culture of awesome proportions.

Where: Various cinemas. Click here for more details 
When: 19 – 29 November 20

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