What's On

This Weekend in Brisbane

By Ellie Grounds
3rd Sep 2015

HELLO, SPRINGTIME! Welcome! What is (not even arguably – just factually) the best season of the year has finally made its way back into our lives. The flowers are blooming, warm weather is looming and those pesky magpies will soon be swooping.

The change in season has our heads perking up and our noses sniffing out the scent of fabulous activities to do over the next week. There’s fashion shows and bread-making classes and everything in between! And if you’ve been a slack son or daughter and forgot it’s the national day of dads this Sunday, never fear – there’s heaps on to help you and your troops celebrate Father’s Day. Saddle up – here is what’s on in Brisbane this weekend.     

Thursday 3 September

Spring Summer Collections with Nicole Pollard

The change in weather heralds an ever-welcome, ever-necessary change to our wardrobes. Luckily, the kind folk over at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre have a jam-packed schedule this week to help you suss out what’s hot from the 2015 spring/summer collections. Today you can catch internationally renowned model Nicole Pollard taking 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

Friday 4 September

Fashion Edit with Jodi Anasta

Get ready to map out your outfits for summer when style icon, Myer Ambassador and former Home And Away bombshell Jodi Anasta (nee Gordon) 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

Fear & Delight | Brisbane Festival 2015

Introducing 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 

Saturday 5 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

The Big Festival Opening | Brisbane Festival 2015

Brisbane Festival 2015 is finally here, and it’s making its grand entrance this Saturday! There’s a whole lot happening, so grab a pen and take some notes. Arcadia, the Festival village, will open up in the early afternoon where you can get food and drink to energise yourself for a big night ahead. South East Queensland’s best hip hop and break dancers will be competing for big bucks in the thrilling RAPcity from 2pm, there’s a silent disco at 6.45pm and the Official Welcome and after party will be in full swing after 10pm. Brisbane-bred babe Megan Washington will be showcasing her killer voice and performing skills in The Spiegeltent at 6.30pm, and there are shows galore such as Fear & Delight, Coup Fatal and Club Swizzle going on all night. The full program for The Big Festival Opening can be accessed here.

Where: Cultural Forecourt – Arcadia
When: 5 September

Coup Fatal | Brisbane Festival 2015

Coup Fatal is a flamboyant take on baroque music with a Congolese twist. A dance spectacular, fashion show and musical theatre piece all rolled in to one, this show is a spectacle of 13 supremely gifted musicians who will knock your socks off with a standing ovation-worthy performance. The reviews speak for themselves: a show with performers who can “dance athletically, sing in goosebump-inducing harmonies, and rock a garishly coloured zoot suit” all at the same time? Sign me up. 

Where: QPAC – Playhouse Theatre
When: 5 – 8 September
Tickets: Click here 

Sunday 6 September

It’s time to celebrate the wonderful men in our lives who taught us to ride bikes, helped us with our maths homework and let us steal extra chocolate from the pantry when Mum wasn’t looking. Father’s Day is this Sunday, and there’s a whole lot on to help you celebrate the big man himself. 

Father’s Day Cue & Brew | Buffalo Bar & Mighty Mighty

This Father’s Day let Dad do what he does best – eat meat and drink beer.  The legends over at Buffalo Bar and Mighty Mighty are putting on a carnivorous and brew-filled spread to celebrate Dad, and maybe say sorry – after all, we’re the reason he drinks. Buffalo Bar will be serving up smoked pulled pork rolls in the Craft Beer Garden and a hearty red rubbed smoked and braised lamb shoulder for two in the restaurant. Just a stone’s throw away, Mighty Mighty will be offering up a sumptuous Carnivore Plate for two plus Dad’s brew on the house!

Where: Buffalo Bar and Mighty Mighty 
When: Sunday 6 September
Bookings: Buffalo Bar – call 3221 0199 or email [email protected] Mighty Mighty – call 3666 0184 or email [email protected]

Father’s Day | e’cco bistro

What better way to celebrate a fancy father than with a four (FOUR!) course meal? Take Dad to e’cco this Sunday and spoil him with a menu that goes a little something like this: duck liver parfait with Chambord jelly on brioche to start, a shared entrée of grilled Moreton bay bugs and ham hock croquettes, a whole roasted lamb shoulder with fennel and lemon glaze and a bunch of delicious sides for the main course, and a mouth-watering salted caramel cake with burnt butter ice cream to finish. Plus, all the dads dining in will receive a special gift from the e’cco team, taking home e’cco head chef Philip Johnson’s cookbook, ‘Eating In’. Were you stressing about what to do for Father’s Day? Stress no more. Here’s your Sunday sorted.

Where: e’cco bistro
When: Sunday 6 September. 12pm – 2.30pm
Cost: $90 pp
Bookings: Call 3831 8461

Monday 7 September

Sourdough Workshops | Work-Shop and Wandering Cooks

Are you confused about the doughrection your life is taking? Do you feel the knead to change careers or try something a little outside the box? You can totally do it! There’s no reason rye you can’t. And with that, I’m suggesting your quarter-life crisis miracle cure is not going to be buying a souped-up Ferrari, but instead something a little more low-key: learning to bake bread. Sourdough, to be exact. The team behind The Art of Eating is putting on two sourdough workshops this week to teach you everything you need to know to become a bread-baking master. You’ll learn everything about making a starter culture and sourdough bread at home, as well as getting to taste a range of delicious loaves, and will leave with a bunch of recipes and a starter kit. Come on! Rise to the occasion. Okay, I’ll stop.

Where: Monday 7 September at Work-Shop Brisbane studio. Wednesday 9 September at Wandering Cooks
When: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: $60
Bookings: Call Angela on 0403 218 123 or email [email protected]

Guilty Pleasures with Krug | BlackBird

Iconic champagne house Krug is celebrating everything delicious and a little bit naughty this September with ‘Krug + Guilty Pleasures’. Madonna once admitted her guilty please was Krug Rosé with French fries – she’s on to something. So too are five of Australia’s leading chefs, who have joined in the frivolities by adding their own guilty pleasures to restaurants all over the country. Representing Brisneyland is BlackBird’s Jack Nicholson, whose Tuna Toastie with Caviar will be offered up with a glass of Krug on Blackbird’s menu from 7 September to 5 October.  

Where: BlackBird Bar & Grill
When: 7 September – 5 October

Don’t Miss Out

The Science of & Art of Measuring Coffee Freshness with Professor Chahan Yeretzian

Let’s get this out of the way: yes, apparently being an academic and scientist on COFFEE is an actual career choice. Here’s your chance to learn from one of the best. Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters have teamed up with Swiss Professor Chahan Yeretzian, whose LinkedIn tells me his two most endorsed skills are ‘Chemistry’ and ‘Coffee’ (so he must be legit), to teach you all how to establish the freshness of your beans in order to produce the best possible speciality coffee experience.

Where: Belltop Café, Colin Clark Building (Building 39), The University of Queensland
When: Thursday 10 September. 6pm – 8pm
Tickets: Click here 

Beer InCider

The countdown is well and truly on to what will undoubtedly be Brisbane beer lover’s highlight of the year. Beer InCider is back for a second year in just a few short weeks, and they’re thrilled to announce their brewer line-up for 2015! The festival will play home to more than 30 independent craft beer and cider breweries from around Australia to Brisbane, some for the first time. The only festival in Australia that solely features independent breweries, Beer InCider are proud to introduce Akasha Brewing Co, Ekim Brewing Co, Exit Brewing Co and Prancing Pony to Brisbane’s beer drinkers, along with a whole host of other fantastic brewers. The glorious two-day affair will also feature music from British India, Busby Marou, Skipping Girl Vinegar and All Our Exes Live in Texas. Get your tickets, stat!

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

Oyster Bay Pinot Gris Launch | The Point

Darlings of a crisp white and my personal go-to order for a sauvignon blanc, Oyster Bay, are excited to announce the launch of their new Pinot Gris. Described as a lightly scented fresh floral and peach drop with refreshing lime citrus and lingering delicate spice, this wine sounds like all my summer dreams manifested in one glass of heaven. The launch will take place at The Point at Kangaroo Point, where cocktails and tapas will also be on offer and musical duo 3rd Above will be playing some sweet tunes.

Where: The Point Brisbane
When: Sunday 13 September from 3pm

Looking for more things to do in Brisbane this month? Here's our September MINI Edition: our guide to the best events and new openings in Brisbane this month! 

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