Pull out your party hats and break out the maracas, Brisbane! There is some serious partying to be done over the next seven days. Film festivals, music festivals, eating festivals – you name it, it’s going down. Clear your schedule and have a pre-emptive siesta so you can fi-es-ta; here’s the best things to do in Brisbane this weekend.
Thursday 22 October
Japanese Film Festival
If you fancy yourself turning Japanese-ah this weekend, then check out the flicks screening at the Japanese Film Festival! Among those screening are 100 Yen Love (an intriguing tale of an awkward woman, an awkward love affair and a quest for personal triumph, and also Japan’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at next year’s Oscars), Initiation Love (a Japanese 500 Days of Summer with more mystery and an unexpected twist), anime films the case of hana & alice and Miss HOKUSAI and samurai flicks KAKEKOMI, Fires on the Plain and A SAMURAI CHRONICLE.
Where: Event Cinemas Myer Centre.
When: Wednesday 21 October – Sunday 25 October. Click here for the schedule.
Friday 23 October
Iranian Film Festival
It’s film festival galore! The 5th annual Iranian Film festival is also on this weekend, bringing contemporary Iranian life to the big screen in Bris. The schedule this year showcases eleven features, six short films, and movies from three first-time filmmakers. On the line-up is I am Diego Maradona (a dramedy about two warring families), Melbourne (the tale of a young upstart couple whose trip to Melbourne to study is delayed due to a tragic event) and What’s The Time In Your World? (the first foray into feature storytelling by film critic and documentarian Safi Yazdanian).
Where: New Farm Six Cinemas
When: Thursday 22 october – Sunday 25 October. Click here for the schedule.
The Valley Fiesta is back again, and this year it’s going to be even bigger and better. Over three spectacular days Fortitude Valley will come to life with Brisbane’s favourite free all-ages festival, with spectacles from amazing bands, performance artists and buskers, along with laneway shows and culinary delights. Headlined by Australian indie pop darlings Alpine, the weekend line-up also includes the likes of Art vs Science, Last Dinosaurs, Asta, Luke Million, Gypsy & The Cat, Young Franco, Kilter, Resin Dogs and Paces, as well as a star-studded home-grown Brisbane line-up featuring The Cairos, Gill Bates, Feki, The Jensens, Torfason, Baskervillain and The Missing.
Where: Various locations, Fortitude Valley. Click here for all the details.
When: Friday 23 October – Sunday 25 October
Saturday 24 October
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, heaps of 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 include Blank Realm, Jess Ribiero, East Brunswick All Girls Choir, Caitlin Park and Jack Carty (among heaps of others), so you’ll be able to groove out to some sweet, sweet tunes while chowing down on delicious food and browsing for that perfect piece of eclectic furniture to add to your lounge room’s repertoire. Pencil this in for your weekend, 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!!!
Twilight Valley Rack-It
The Valley Markets are celebrating the Valley Fiesta in style this Saturday with a special Twilight Rack-It! After the regular market packs up for the day, the Twilight Rack-It comes alive, featuring the best fashion, vintage/young designer/pre-loved/handmade items, jewellery, swimwear and custom-made bags that Brisbane has to offer. For those wanting to sell their wares and make a few bucks, it works like this: you bring the suitcase, they’ll bring the rack, you rack it and then you sell it!
Also happening during the day while the regular market goes down will be a live graffiti demo and a screen-printing workshop – learn how to print your own unique bandanas, tote bags and t-shirts. Score!
When and where: Regular market in Brunswick St Mall runs 9am – 4pm. Twilight Rack-It runs in Licorice Lane 4pm – 7.30pm
Cost: $20 fee for Rack-It applicants
Sunday 25 October
Shared Harvest Event no 3: Grown & Gathered
Grown & Gathered is exactly what it sounds like – a program celebrating the fact that health and happiness comes from real, traditional food, often grown or gathered or made by your own hands with a whole lot of love. Shared Harvest, a Brisbane food series supporting seasonal produce and local suppliers, is bringing Matt and Lentil, the duo behind Grown & Gathered, to Brisbane this weekend to talk all things farming, food and sustainability. Will there be food, I hear you ask? Obviously! Snacks will be supplied by local café King Arthur, with beer by Stone & Wood and wine by Jilly Wines.
Where: Woolloongabba Social Club. 43 Balaclava St, Woolloongabba
When: Sunday 25 October 2pm – 5pm
Cost: $40. Click here for tickets
Downey Park Food Trucks
Skip the Sunday siesta and finish your weekend with a feed at Downey Park Food Trucks. Bring your mates, your dogs and a picnic blanket and get ready to feast on delicious morsels from trucks such as steamed buns from The Bun Mobile, pulled pork nachos from Little Back, smoothie bowls from Concoctions Kerb Side and the American Burger from Micasa Food Truck. Yummo!
Where: Cnr Green Tce and Melbourne St, Windsor
When: Sunday 25 October 1pm - 4pm
Don’t Miss Out
Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show
The ultimate weekend for those of us who can handle the heat in the kitchen, the Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show is back for another year with a stellar line-up of some of Australia’s hottest chefs. Headlining the three-day event are some seriously big names, including George Calombaris, Adam Liaw, Miguel Maestre, Alastair McLeod, Paul West, Sarah Wilson and Sammy and Bella Jakubiak. If you head along to what is Australia’s largest consumer food and beverage show, you’ll learn about new foods, pick up hot tips, be able to watch (and meet!) the masters in action, taste the best new beer and cider, learn how to pick a winning wine for your next dinner party and much, much more.
Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
When: 30 October - 1 November
Tickets: Click here
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
Craft Beer Month | Riverbar & Kitchen
A whole month of celebrating beer. Need we say more? Well, yes, because October is nearly over, so you’ve got to hustle with this one, damn it! For the rest of the month 4 Pines Brewery is taking over the beer taps at Riverbar & Kitchen with four of their specially crafted beers. And on Thursday 29th – the last day of Craft Beer Month – a rep from 4 Pines will be down there to chat all things brewing, plus there will be beer tastings with matching food bites plus live music from The Satellites!
Where: Riverbar & Kitchen
When: Until 29 October
Perfect Pairs | Story Bridge Hotel
The Story Bridge Hotel’s Perfect Pairs series will continue next week with an event from Dominique Portet Wines. The evening will feature tastings from the family-owned Yarra Valley winery matched with delicious food samples from Executive Chef Matthew Fosker. The Portet family has been in the wine biz for ten consecutive generations, starting in Bordeaux in the 18th Century, so you know it’s going to be good. The son of the father-and-son team, Ben Portet, will be talking about his family’s wine-making process while you sip on their masterpieces.The tipples on offer? NV Sparkling Rosé; 2014 Sauvignon Blanc; 2014 Fontaine Rosé; 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2012 Heathcote Shiraz. Go on. You know you want to.
Where: Story Bridge Hotel
When: Thursday 29 October 6pm
Tickets: $40pp. Bookings essential. Call 3391 2266
Image credit: Ariana Gillrie