Our dear city is absolutely hip, hop and happening this weekend! The buzz of springtime fun is in the air, so make sure you get amongst it. Here's the best things to do in Brisbane this weekend.
Thursday 15th October
Italian Film Festival
The last days of the Italian Film Festival are upon us! Don’t miss your chance to see those Italian cinema stallions in action. With three screenings a day on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and four on Saturday, there’s still plenty of time to get your cultural film fix on before the weekend is over.
Where: Palace Barracks and Palace Centro
When: Until Sunday 17th October. Click here for the schedule!
Hot Dog Eating Competition | Brat Haus
The world record for Hot Dog eating is 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Do you have what it takes to challenge? Head to Brat Haus’ Inaugural Hot Dog Eating Competition to find out! It costs $10 to enter and $5 will be donated to The Syria Crisis Appeal. Start fasting immediately!
Where: Brat Haus
When: Thursday 15th October, 6:30pm
RESORT James St
It’s back for another year! The annual springtime celebration of Brisbane’s premier shopping precinct, RESORT James St, is here again, and we couldn’t be more excited. There are a whole bunch of things going down over the next three days, so get keen. Thursday sees Molten Store launching their signature RESORT fragrance at 10am, and the Optiko x Oliver Peoples Party kicking off at 5.30pm. Don your best pair of sunglasses and get ready to boogie.
Tickets: Buy yours here!
4 Days of Beauty
Westfield’s 4 Days of Beauty festival is going down over the next few days at Chermside, Carindale and Garden City. They’re taming up with Max May, the legendary make-up artist behind online beauty hub Max Made, and local dermatologist Dr Kathryn DeAmbrosis for a super informative workshop The Science of Beauty, where you will learn the best ways to get the most out of your beauty routine, Max’s fave looks for the season, and the very secretive tricks of the trade. Tickets are just $5, and you’ll get a bag full of expert faves and guilt-free treats, too. Book now though because there’s only two sessions at each centre!
Friday 16th October
The Breezeblock Design Forum at RESORT James St
If you’re a design buff who loves celebrating everything Queensland architecture has to offer, this one’s for you. Join the team from Brickworks Design Studio in their new space for an eye-opening panel discussion that will talk about how our state’s climate influences our aesthetic, Queensland style, and the resurgence of the humble brick. The discussion will be hosted by Vogue Living’s Brisbane editor Margie Fraser, with panellists including Adrian Spence and Ingrid Richards of Richards & Spence Architecture, Paul Owen of Owen Architecture, Lydia Pearson of Easton Pearson and artists Jane Grearly and Andrea Higgins.
Where: Brickworks Design Studio. 23 James Street, Fortitude Valley
Tickets: Get yours here!
The second weekend of Oktoberfest is upon us! Don your lederhosen, grab your mates and get ready for a day of drinking steins, eating pretzels and general tomfoolery. Prost!
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds
When: Friday 16 – Sunday 18 October
Tickets: Get yours here!
Saturday 17th October
RESORT Trailblazers at RESORT James St
Join writer, stylist, photographer and creative director extraordinaire Margaret Zhang of Shine by Three, Lisa Gorman of Gorman and Brisbane jeweller Holly Ryan for an intimate forum discussion about all things Australian fashion. This is one event you do not want to miss, and tickets are going FAST!
Where: The Box. Level 1, 50 James Street, Fortitude Valley.
Tickets: Get yours here!
Treasure Trove Markets | Fig Tree Pockets Market
Melbourne-based charity One Girl, who aim to empower girls in West Africa through the power of education, is making its way north this weekend, with the Brisbane-arm “All Girls for One Girl” putting together a charity market to raise much needed funds to keep girls in schools in West African countries. On Saturday they are putting on the Treasure Trove Markets at Fig Tree Pocket, where you can pick up some fantastic fashion finds all in the name of charity.
Where: Brisbane Montessori School, 12 Mactier St, Fig Tree Pocket
When: 8.30am – 2.30pm
Dîner En Blanc
That’s right, guys! The white-hottest event of the year is back! If you’ve been lucky enough to snag a ticket to Dîner En Blanc, 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!
Sunday 18th October
The Divine Foundation – Breast Cancer Luncheon | Stokehouse
Swap your Sunday roast for a lunch with a cause this weekend. Stokhouse has teamed up with The Divine Foundation to host a charity luncheon that will see two amazing guest speakers from two different Aboriginal communities talking about their own personal battles with breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer experience by Indigenous women, with Indigenous woman more likely to die from the disease than non-Indigenous women. Proceeds from the lunch will go towards the Menzies School of Health Research, Australia’s only medical research institute focussed solely on the health of Indigenous communities.
When: 12pm – 2.30pm
Tickets: $95pp. Call 0433 808 840.
Don't Miss Out
Halloween | Mighty Mighty
Forget the tricks! This Halloween it’s alllll about the treats over at Mighty Mighty. The bar will be decked out with decorations, with speciality Halloween-themed cocktails available and a complimentary pumpkin pie with each main ordered. Celebrate the spookiest night of the year at Mighty Mighty… if you dare.
Where: Mighty Mighty
When: October 31
Bookings: Limited tables available. Call 3666 0184 or email here to secure your place.
8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art | GOMA
Everyone’s favourite GOMA event has rolled around for another year, APT8 is here! More than 80 artists from creative centres throughout Asia and the Pacific will have their artworks showcased at GOMA from the end of November through to April 2016, with works from artists from Mongola, Nepal, the Kyrgyz Republic, Iraq and Georgia being featured for the first time ever. There will be a sprawling structural installation by India’s Asim Waqif, an elegant suspended sculpture by South Korea’s Haegue Yang, special focus project Kalpa Vriksha: Contemporary Indigenous and Vernacular Art of India, and Melanesian performance project Yumi Danis (We Dance).
When: 21 November 2015 – 10 April 2016
Royal Croquet Club
The newest and hottest event of the summer is nearly upon us: The Royal Croquet Club is making its way to Brisbane. Bringing together food, music, croquet, performance and the arts in an incredible lifestyle event-festival hybrid, The Royal Croquet Club will take up resident in the South Bank Cultural Forecourt (the Night Noodle Market site). Sit back, relax and enjoy delicious food and beverages with family and friends while watching over the beautiful Brisbane skyline.
Where: Southbank Cultural Forecourt
When: 6 November – 22 November 2015
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