What's On

This Weekend in Brisbane

By Ellie Grounds
17th Sep 2015

Things to do in Brisbane

G’day, Brisbane. How you doin’? It seems like you’re feeling pretty playful, given the spread of activities and events on offer over the next seven days. You’re giving us beer and cider festivals, Friday afternoon drinks, ladies lunches and a whole lotta tickets to buy to a bunch of awesome events going down in the next few weeks.

Clear your calendars and get your party shoes on – here is what’s on in Brisbane this weekend. 

Thursday 17 September

Cherry Blossom Dinner | Saké

Saké's Executive Chef Daisuke Sakai is putting on a six-course celebration of seasonal Japanese cuisine this Thursday. If you like a little bit of mystery with your meal, this is for you – in the spirit of ‘omakase’, each course will only be revealed as it is served. Don’t miss out on this intimate and exclusive opportunity to indulge in the limited edition Saké spring-inspired Cherry Blossom menu!

When: Thursday 17 September, 6.30pm
Where: Saké
Cost: $99 pp. Includes 6 courses and a Cherry Blossom Cocktail on arrival

Friday 18 September

Beer InCider

ATTENTION, EVERYBODY! The time has come: Beer InCider is herreeeeeeee!!! It’s been a long time coming but finally Australia’s premier independent craft brewer festival is back! Prepare your palates to taste some seriously good brews over two huge days of beer, cider, food and music. The festival will play home to more than 30 independent beer and cider breweries from around Australia, who will be offering up over 130 delectable brews for you to swig on. Because we don’t condone drinking on an empty stomach, we encourage you to load up your tasting paddle then get around some of the epic food on offer from the eleven food trucks that will be rolling up. THEN, because there is always room for dessert, try the crazy collaboration between Gelateria Cremona and Rocks Brewing Co – you guessed it, beer gelato. Top that off with sweet live performances from British India and All My Exes Live in Texas, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a Friday night.

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

Robertson Street does PARK(ing) Day

This Friday the KURB (Keeping Urban Renewal Bold) Initiative is bringing PARK(ing) Day to Fortitude Valley, which sees the re-imagining and transformation of everyday spaces such as car parks in to spaces that have a little more to offer in the way of fun. This Friday the car parks in Robertson Street, Fortitude Valley will be reclaimed and the street turned into a hub of fun designed to bring the community together and raise awareness of how we use our urban spaces. The main attraction will be a free ‘Urban Cinema’ screening of documentary The Human Scale, with guests asked to BYO blankets and chairs. There will also be a pop-up art gallery thanks to Life Art Galleries, free ping pong at Jamie’s Espresso Bar, pop-up parks, delicious morsels from food trucks Char Baby and Flame ‘n’ Dough as well as Donut Boyz goodies on offer, plus the KURB Bar, the proceeds of which will go towards ‘Pay a Sack Forward’, an initiative helping those sleeping rough around Brisbane.

When: Friday 18 September, 4pm – 8pm
Where: Robertson Street, Fortitude Valley

Sake Fridays | Saké

Friday afternoon has finally arrived – hallelujah! Relax and unwind after a big working week than with Saké Fridays where you can groove along to tunes being spun by live DJs, get amongst Asahi Beer upgrades and sample delicious Japanese-inspired cocktails such as the new Cherry Blossom Cocktail. Loosen those ties and leave the office behind you – the weekend is here!

When: Every Friday in September from 5pm
Where: Saké

Saturday 19 September

Beer InCider

It’s day two of Beer InCider! Along with the chance to taste the 130 delectable brews on offer, Saturday also sees Matt Kirkegaard of Australia Brews News and BeerMatt fame teaming up with Black Pearl Epicure to bring you a cheese and beer matching session, as well as a four-course and five-brew gourmet tasting lunch. With a stellar music line-up today including Busby Marou and Skipping Girl Vinegar, this is your Saturday sorted.

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

Ladies Lunch | Saké

There’s no better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than a long lunch, right ladies? Get the girls together and head to stunning Saké for an afternoon of Japanese-inspired seasonal spring cuisine. You will enjoy a beautiful four-course lunch while sipping on Veuve Clicquot Rosé, and listening to stunning acoustic music and gazing out over the Brisbane River. Perfection? We think so.

When: Saturday 19 September, 12pm
Where: Saké
Cost: $75 pp. Includes lunch and a glad of Veuve Clicquot Rosé. Limited seats.

Sunday 20 September

Sunday Cook Out | Barcadia

There’s nothing like a good old fashioned Sunday sesh to say sayonara to the weekend, but one with a COOK OUT as well?! Sign us up immediately. Bulimba’s Barcadia threw pastrami on the grill at their Sunday Cook Out last week, so whatever is on offer this weekend is sure to be good. Get down and enjoy drink specials all afternoon, some sweet tunes, scrumptious grilled surprises and sunshine on the deck.

When: Sunday 20 September, 2 pm
Where: Barcadia

Brisbane Festival

We’re just over the halfway point of Brisbane Festival, so make sure you check out some of these crazy performances before they’re over!  

Fear & Delight | Brisbane Festival 2015

Fear & Delight is 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

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.

When: 11 – 25 September
Where: The Courier-Mail Piazza, South Bank
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. 

When: 4 – 26 September
Where: The Spiegeltent
Tickets: Click here 

Don’t Miss Out

Cherry Blossom Pop-Up Party

Saké’s Cherry Blossom Pop-Up Party is on next week! Get ready to let your hair down with a live DJ, interactive food stations and the signature Cherry Blossom cocktails Saké’s expert bartenders will be shaking and stirring all night.

When: Thursday 24 September, 6pm
Where: Saké
Tickets: $50 pp. Includes cocktail on arrival and tokens for food stations (including the new Roberta Grill)

Polo Los Loosa

If you’re after a day involving frivolity, fine food and drink and a quality spectator sport, Polo Los Loosa is calling your name. Set in the idyllic Elysian Fields in the Gold Coast Hinterland, this event will see world-class polo players from Argentina, Brazil, England and New Zealand competing for the title of Australian Open Champion. While those hunks sweat it out on the field, you can relax on the sidelines with a boho luxe garden party, sample an all-day grazing menu prepared by award-winning chefs and sip on boutique beer, French champagne and glasses of Pimms. DJs will also be spinning glorious tunes all day, providing a perfect soundtrack to a day of watching the sport of kings.

When: Saturday 26 September
Where: Elysian Fields, Gold Coast
Tickets: $195. Includes all-day beverages and food. Click here 

Riverfire at The Fox

We're in the midst of Brisbane Festival which means one thing: Riverfire is nigh! There will of course be fire in the sky, and good times to be had, but if you want a really quality night, then book your ticket to The Fox's annual Riverfire cocktail party now. With the sweetest views of the fireworks, great music and a gourmet summer BBQ menu, you'll be kicking yourself if you miss out. $89 will get you a four hour drinks pack and all the delish morsels you can eat.  

When: Saturday 26 September
Where: Dandy's Rooftop
Tickets: Click here

Blues Under the Freeway | The Morrison Hotel

The Morrison Hotel will once again host the after party of the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride this year with Blues Under the Freeway. The 600 or so dapper gents and elegant ladies who have ridden their classic-style motorcycles to raise funds for prostate cancer research can wind down at the Morrison Hotel with premium brews and powerful blues performances. Tipples from Young Henry’s, Six Strings, BrewCult, Nail Brewing, Stone & Wood, Holgate, Newstead Brewing Co and Batlow Cider Co will be on offer, and live music will be kicking off at 12.30 pm with the awesome Phil Emmanuel and Kevin Borich headlining the day. Dust off your suits, whack some polish on your boots and get ready to look, and talk, spiffy. Today you are a distinguished gentleman or genteel lady.

When: Sunday 27 September, 10 am – late
Where: The Morrison Hotel

Become A Stylist

The country’s leading styling school, Australian Style Institute, is bringing its sell out ‘Become A Stylist’ course to Brisbane this month! The two-day intensive styling course will be led by the Institute’s founder and director, Lauren Di Bartolo, and will give you an insightful look in to the world of professional styling. You will learn exactly what you need to know to begin, or expand, your career as a professional stylist, with the course covering things such as the roles and responsibilities required of a personal stylist, success strategies of personal styling, how to curate your own stylist wardrobe, the pivotal rule human behaviour plays in style, and personal styling for TV and magazines.

When: Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September
Where: Capri by Fraser Suites
Cost: $397. Register your interest here or email [email protected]

Buy tickets to Dîner en Blanc

That’s right, guys! The white-hottest event of the year is back and it’s time for you to try your luck at nabbing a sought-after ticket to Brisbane’s fourth edition of Dîner en Blanc. If you’re lucky enough to snag one, you’ll have to don your finest all-white outfit and BYO tables, chairs, fine china, silverware and white tablecloth, as well as your own feast (or you could always opt for a pre-prepared gourmet basket from Cuisine on Cue). Sirromet will be serving up wine and champagne. Every year is a different secret location, so you won’t know where you’ll be sharing this beautiful picnic with friends and strangers until you get there! Registration works like this: Phase 1 is for members who attended the previous year; Phase 2 is for new members who are referred by a Phase 1 attendee; and Phase 3 is for newbies. Head on over here to find out more about registration and ticketing.

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