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11 Incredible Things To Do This Weekend In Brisbane

By Siobhan Taylor - 30 Mar 2017

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We've all heard it before (usually by a motivational speaker or a well-meaning colleague); that the days are long but the years are short. And with the weekend fast approaching, why wouldn't you want to make the most of every day?! 

This weekend in Brisbane features a gin masterclass, a Harry Potter orchestral experience like no other, an expo for those who are tying the knot, and plenty of fashion goodness at Marie Claire x James St Up Late. Read on for all the best tips and gear up for another stellar weekend!

Thursday 30th March

Marie Claire Up Late 2017

James St x Marie Claire Up Late is returning for it’s sixth instalment, and this means live entertainment, exclusive offers, special designer appearances, curated shopping experiences, and lots and lots of fashion. Retailers Aje, Camargue, Dinosaur Designs and Assembly Label are just a few of the stores participating. There will also be 1000 gift bags being given away, top-secret pop-ups, themed cocktails, and after parties if you want to turn up on a Thursday. Prep your outfit and put your best foot forward!

Where: James Street precinct, Fortitude Valley
When: From 6:00Ppm Thursday 30th March
Details: For info click here. 

Jazz Bingo Thursday

Thursday nights need to be spiced up, and The Zoo have the answer thanks to the introduction of Jazz Bingo Thursday; a weekly event of food, bevs, live jazz, and bingo! Each week will feature live acts from The Jazz Music Institute, as well as indoor lawn bowls, plenty of drinks, food from heaps of local restaurants, and a good ol’ game of bingo. So warm up your vocal cords, work up an appetite, and get ready for your new Thursday night fun.

Where: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
When: Doors at 5:00pm, Bingo at 7:00pm, Thursday 30th March
Details: For info click here

Gin 101

Gin is a classic drink that is always being explored and experimented with new flavours (and features heavily in our weekend antics), but do you actually know anything about the most celebrated white spirit? The team at Grape Therapy is here to educate you, alongside Carmen Hartwich, gin expert and Queensland Brand Ambassador for Barossa Distilling Company. Carmen will walk you through the various styles, such as London Dry, American Dry, Old Tom, Navy Strength, and Sloe, providing you will all the tips you need to be a gin genius. Tickets are limited so get in quick!

Where: Grape Therapy, Fortitude Valley
When: 6:30pm, Thursday 30th March
Details: For info and tickets, click here.

Friday 31st March

Gone Girl Screening At GOMA

Gone Girl was a massive hit in cinemas three years ago thanks to the twisted story line, Fincher’s seductive storytelling, and the combined on-screen prowess of Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck, and Neil Patrick Harris. If you left the cinema feeling slightly unsettled, then now is your chance to do it all again at GOMA’s screening this weekend. Nothing like a quiet Friday evening at the cinema…

Where: Gallery Of Modern Art, South Bank
When: 8:15pm, Friday 31st March
Details: For info and tickets, click here

Brides, Weddings And Honeymoon Expo

Whether you love wedding planning or loathe the whole experience, Queensland’s most popular wedding show is a good place to start. Running all weekend, the expo will cover everything from honeymoons and dresses, to cakes and veils. There will be plenty of experts available whose brains you can pick, as well as fashion parades, prizes, and plenty of materials to help you plan your big day whether it’s next month or next year.

Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank
When: Friday 31st March–Sunday 2nd April
Detail: For info and tickets, click here

Live Comedy At All Inn Brewing Co.

If you enjoy cold beer, hearty meals, and hilarious stand-up, then you need to get your butt to All Inn Brewing Co. this weekend for their evening of stand-up comedy, food trucks, and beer. Start your weekend with a big belly laugh and maybe even cause a few laughs yourself.

Where: All Inn Brewing Co., Banyo
When: 6:30pm, Friday 31st March
Details: For info click here

Saturday 1st April

Harry Potter And The Philosophers Stone In Concert

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra has prepared a special treat for all the Harry Potter fans of Brisbane: a screening of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone with a live orchestra performing the score! This is the first time John Williams’ iconic score will be played live alongside the film in Australia, so make sure you don’t miss out.

Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank
When: 1:30pm and 7:30pm, Saturday 1st April
Details: For info and tickets, click here

By The River With Jazz And Food Trucks

For a laid back autumn afternoon you can’t go past the banks of the Brisbane River at Newstead House. These afternoon sessions will never be out of place on laidback weekend itinerary, thanks to live music courtesy of The Jazz Music Institute, a huge spread of food trucks for your browsing, and plenty of that generous Queensland sunshine we all know and love.

Where: Newstead House, Newstead
When: 4:00pm, Saturday 1st April
Details: For info click here

Sunday 2nd April

Bleach* Festival

I don’t think it’s possible to be bored on the sweet shores of the Gold Coast, but when Bleach* Festival comes to town there’s even more fun to be had, thanks to the huge cultural festival that returns each year. The events span everything from theatre, music, art, sport and more. One standout event of the festival will be Blanc de Blanc, a tantalising combination of cabaret, circus, and champagne. Add to the bill skateboarding displays, Indigenous art, live music, and themed parties and you’ve got a pretty jam-packed event with something for everyone.

Where: Various Gold Coast venues
When: Friday, 31st March–Sunday, 16th April
Details: For info click here

Don't Miss Out

Australian Swimming Championships

If you couldn’t pry yourself away from the swimming during the Rio Olympics (us too) then you’re going to want to add the Australian Swimming Championships to your diary. The Aus Champs feature a stellar line up of crazy-talented Olympians and up and comers—whose names you’re going to want to remember—as well as a delicious selection of food trucks in the Centre Lane precinct. That means you can not only watch some edge-of-your-seat races, but you can chill out with pizza between heats. Winning!

Where: Brisbane Aquatic Centre
When: Sunday 9th April–Thursday 13th April
Tickets: get yours here

For Lovers Of BEER'n'FOOD: 4-Course Degustation Dinner

Yes, you read that correctly. The amazing team at Lock 'n' Load Bistro are hosting a 4-course degustation dinner inspired by the flavours of autumn and winter. Indulge in the incredible menu, tailor made for the occasion by their Head Chef extraordinaire, perfectly paired with the finest selection of limtied edition Coopers Ales. It's an evening to enjoy good beers, great food, and even better company.

Where: Lock 'n' Load Bistro, West End
When: Thursday, 6th April
Details: For info and tickets, click here.

For even more to do in this gorgeous city, hit this link.

Image credit: Hayley Williamson

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