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13 Awesome Things To Do In Brisbane This Weekend

By Alice Lane
28th Apr 2016

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There's nothing we love more than a long weekend, but two long weekends in a row; that's a dream! Don't waste those three precious work-free days, get busy in Brisbane this weekend by checking out these awesome events! 

Here are the best things to do in Brisbane this weekend:

Thursday 28th April

Of Monsters and Men

Icelandic sensations Of Monsters and Men are opening their Australian tour in Brisbane this Thursday night. Catch them at the Tivoli on Thursday or Friday evening for a completely unique live show featuring everything from guitars, drums and bass, to trombone, trumpet and accordion as well as their unforgettable lead vocalists.

When: Thursday 28th April, 7pm & Friday 29th April, 7pm

Where: The Tivoli, Bowen Hills

Tickets: Buy tickets here

Friday 29th April

Buddha Birth Day Festival | South Bank

This weekend South Bank is hosting the largest Buddha Birth Day Festival in the world. Think three days of food, market stalls, performances, cultural displays, Chinese lion dancers, celebrity cooking demonstrations, Meditation classes, Buddhist talks and dragon boats. Don’t miss the fireworks spectacular to close the festival on Sunday evening!

When: Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May

Where: South Bank Parklands

Saturday 30th April

Autumn Market Day

Looking for a unique Mother’s Day gift or maybe you just want to treat yourself? Check out the Artisan and Design Market Day at Vieille Branche this Saturday from 8am-2pm where all the creative Brisbanites will be hanging!

When: Saturday 30th April, 8am-2pm

Where: Vielle Branche, 10 Fox St, Albion.

International Jazz Day Street Parade

Brisbane’s 5th Annual International Jazz Day Street Parade will bring Queen Street Mall alive this Saturday. To learn more about jazz and its roots, as well as experience the buzz from this epic parade, catch the sounds at 12pm. 

When: Saturday 30th April, 12pm

Where: Queen Street Mall

Style + Champagne | Darling & Co

Paddington favourite, Darling & Co is hosting an afternoon of Style + Champagne this Saturday. The Styling You has teamed up with the Champagne Cartel to bring you this indulgent event full of fun, fashion, beauty and lifestyle tips and, of course, some bubbly on the side.

When: Saturday 30th April 2-7pm.

Where: Darling & Co, Paddington

Tickets: Buy tickets here

Sunday 1st May

Color Run | Brisbane

Get your squad together and get colourful this Sunday at the Color Run Tropicolor World Tour Brisbane. You’ve got 5ks to get colourful before you rock out at the finish festival with DJs, giveaways and massive colour throws and yes, a chance for an epic new Facebook DP.

When: Sunday 1st May, 9am

Where: Sleeman Sports Complex, Chandler

Tickets: Buy tickets here

Cinco de Mayo | Riverlife

Amigos, it’s time to dust off those sombreros and bust out your sandals for a Sunday sesh like no other. Have your maracas at the ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Riverlife this Sunday afternoon with Mexican cuisine, cocktails, culture and live music.

When: Sunday 1st May, 12pm

Where: Riverlife Naval Store, Kangaroo Point

Tickets: Buy tickets here

Capri Sunday | Soliel Pool Bar

Autumn has been pretty kind to us this year keeping up the balmy summer weather but Soliel Pool Bar has officially signaled the end with their final party of the season. Bask in poolside pleasures, rooftop games and cocktail jugs for one final time. With a public holiday Monday, there are no excuses to miss this Sunday session.

When: Sunday 1st May, 2pm

Where: Soliel Pool Bar, Grey St South Brisbane

Sunday by the River | Newstead House

Spend your Autumn afternoon on the banks of the Brisbane River at Newstead House for their Jazz afternoon. Feast on gourmet food truck delights from Little Back, Puerto Taco, Dapper & Chic and more. BYO friends and picnic blanket and sit back and relax to the soulful tunes of the Jazz Music Insititute.

When: Sunday 1st May, 12pm-4pm

Where: Newstead House, Breakfast Creek Road, Newstead

Buffalo Burger Battle 

Love a good food challenge?  Then get your friends together and head to the Buffalo Bar this Sunday from 4pm to come face to face with 700g of Waygu Cheeseburger plus French fries, sweet potato fries and onion rings. If competing isn’t your thing, don’t fret, there are heaps of food and drink deals on offer and live music to enjoy!

When: Sunday 1st May, 4pm

Where:  The Buffalo Bar, CBD

Monday 2nd May

New Farm Long Lunch 

What else is there to do on a public holiday but eat? Join New Farm Deli for their Long Lunch, celebrating all things Italiano. Gorge yourself on a delicious shared feast and take part in an Italian tradition; relishing in tasty food, great company, and dancing till the sun goes down. 

When: Monday 2nd May, 11am

Where: New Farm Deli, 900 Brunswick St, New Farm

Tickets: $140pp available at the deli or by emailing [email protected]

Don’t Miss Out

Noosa Food & Wine Festival – Fri 20th May

Head North for a weekend of good food and fine wine as Australia’s leading chefs and producers descend on Noosa indulging us in their gourmet delights.

Brisbane Backyard Film Fest – Friday 27th May

BYO drinks, rugs, beanbags, chairs and friends for Brisbane’s most unique film night back in 2016. Delicious snacks and dinner will be available from a host of Brisbane’s food trucks with the screening of our emerging film-makers starting at 6pm.

Image credit: The Color Run

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