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19 Fabulous Things To Do This Weekend in Brisbane

By Erin Curtain
27th Jul 2017


WHEN WILL THIS WINTER END?! It honestly feels like it is only getting colder, and unless we have travelled into a parallel Game of Thrones universe I feel like spring was due ages ago. Thankfully we have a number of comforting events filled with food, wine, and good vibes to see us through another cold winter week.

Here are our top 19 things to do in Brisbane this weekend. Get Busy.

All Weekend

James Street Food & Wine Trail

Check out this year’s James Street Food & Wine Trail running from Thursday to Sunday. Follow the trail of amazing restaurants, bars, and cafes all offering tasty morsels along your way. On Sunday explore the Market Day, spanning from McLachlan to Robertson Streets, where our locals will be serving up your favourites in street food style with pop-ups at every corner.

When: 27 - 30 July
Where: James Street
For more information, click here.

The Carousel

I was just wondering whether I should visit a merry-go-round or a jewellery store… ¿porque no los dos? Westfield Chermside has unveiled The Carousel. This experimental installation adds glamour to a childhood classic, donning the chic white horses of a merry-go-round with elaborate headpieces designed by jewellery designer Paula Walden herself. Take a turn on the most luxe ride in Brisbane and make sure you check out Chermside’s plethora of new restaurants and shops while you’re there!

When: 25 July - 16 August
Where:  Westfield Chermside
For more information, click here.

Short+Sweet Festival

The biggest little play festival in the world is back in Brisbane! Short+Sweet is a fantastic festival showcasing more than 40 new ten-minute works from local artists. Watch up to ten short plays at once and then vote for your favourite to progress to the Gala Finals. Presented at Brisbane Powerhouse Theatre, this is a great opportunity to support local creators and discover hidden gems in the fantastic plays make their way to the stage. A lot can happen in ten minutes!

When: 26 July - 5 August
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
For more information, click here.

Thursday 27 July

Night Noodle Markets

The Night Noodle Markets end this week and it is legitimately devastating. Ending Sunday night make sure you check them out if you haven’t already! With 23 food stalls, live music, pop up bars, free entry, and dogs welcome you will no doubt regret it if you miss out on this one. Be quick!

When: Ends 30 July
Where: Cultural Forecourt, Southbank
For more information, click here.

Friday 28 July

Rojdar Throwback Party

Do you miss the days of Beanie Babies, Rugrats, and the Macarena as much as I do? It was a better time, a simpler time, and Rojdar is thankfully bringing it back for us to bask in once more. Whether your style was Lizzie McGuire-chic or Daria-idgaf-esque, get back into the vibe of the late 90s/early 00s and shake your butterfly hair clips out to the tunes of Britney, Destiny’s Child, and many more.

When: 28 July, 10pm - 2am
Where: Woolly Mammoth
For more information, click here.

Saturday Night Fever 40th Anniversary Screening

Saturday Night Fever is 40 years old! For those of you who are only half this age this may not be very exciting, but trust me this movie is worth celebrating! The University of Queensland will be screening the classic disco hit after a pre-show throwback disco featuring a live DJ. There will be prizes for best dressed so don yourself in 1977s freshest look and enjoy John Travolta’s breakout role.

When: 28 July, 6:30pm
Where: Schonell Theatre, University of Queensland
For more information, click here.

Regatta Fair

The Regatta Hotel is hosting a beer, food, and wine fair this weekend, and the best part? Free entry! Indulge in an array of different beverages, including a Chambord pineapple punch served in its own pineapple rind. The food is just as exciting, serving up wood-fired pizzas, loaded chips, freshly shucked oysters, and honey puff cream sundaes. And don’t worry about all the amazing food and drink throwing your visual aesthetic off fleek, there will be a Stefan pop-up salon for the girls and a Sailor Jerry barbershop for the boys to keep you looking fresh all the way through to your last cocktail.

When: 28 - 30 July
Where: The Regatta Hotel
For more information, click here.

Weekend of Darkness

Only a few streets from the lively Regatta Fair an entirely different festival is brewing. The Scratch is delivering an impressively dark and dank line-up of beer for the fifth annual Weekend of Darkness festival. Try a range of his dark concoctions, infusions, barrels, porters, and all things dark and beery in between. Stay tuned on their event page for a full beer and food list.

When: 28 - 30 July
Where: The Scratch
For more information, click here.

Molten Store Birthday Butterflies

Molten Store is celebrating its birthday this weekend and will be filling their store with butterflies! That’s right, they are hosting 30 beautiful butterflies to have free rein over their gorgeous little store. Check out their stunning jewellery and accessories in what will be truly a magical environment this Friday and Saturday.

When: 28 - 29 July
Where: Molten Store

Saturday 29 July

All You Can Eat Dumplings

Need I say more? If this is not your dream event then you have obviously never tasted Dumpling Republic’s dumplings. Book a table with a couple of friends and stuff those delicious parcels of meat and vege into your face until you burst. I really don’t think there is anything else to say other than UNLIMITED DUMPLINGS! Have you seriously not booked yet?

When: 29 July, 12pm - 3pm
Where: Dumpling Republic, Wintergarden
For more information, click here.

The Regulars EP Launch

The Regulars have released their debut album Waiting For… and you’re invited to the EP Launch at Milk Factory this weekend. With opening acts by Darklab and Lex, and tickets only $10, this will make for a good night out with the newest tunes available. Chill out to the sounds of their 12-month-in-the-making set of originals, from local veterans of the Brisbane and Sydney music scene The Regulars.

When: 29 July, 7:30pm
Where: Milk Factory
For more information, click here.

Australian Poetry Slam ‘17

Let’s be real, we’ve all written a bit of angsty prose as teenagers and thought we were super deep, but what if that one verse poem on a piece of scrap paper was actually a masterpiece? The Australian Poetry Slam ‘17 is starting up with heat one this weekend and is the perfect place for you to test your spoken word abilities. Are you Queensland’s next slam champ? I’ll be in the crowd cheering you on and hiding my feelings behind a bottle of beer!

When: 29 July, 4:30pm
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
For more information, click here.

Wings for Life Gala Ball

Another event set out to honour the greatness of John Travolta is the Wings for Life Gala Ball on Saturday night. Groove to the Bee Gees while raising money and awareness in support of the royal Flying Doctor Service. Tickets include a three-course dinner, drinks, dancing, and live entertainment.

When: 29 July, 6pm
Where: International Convention Centre
For more information, click here.

You’re The Voice

It can’t just be me who misses school choir. Something about singing with a group makes for an exhilarating experience reminiscent of your carefree school days. You’re The Voice is a public event organised to unite Brisbanites in song for a good cause. Rock up to Southbank Parklands this Saturday to join pop up choirs and raise your voice to create awareness for domestic violence.

When: 29 July
Where: Southbank Parklands
For more information, click here.

Sunday 30 July

Women in Livingness: Wellbeing and Empowerment Workshop

This Sunday is all about women, starting with the Women in Livingness Workshop at 10am. The workshops aim to empower, educate, and inspire women regarding themes such as self worth, body image, empowerment, and well-being. Join in an open forum presented by women, for women.

When: 30 July, 10am - 3pm
Where: Brisbane International Virginia
For more information, click here.

Royal Daytime Do

Join the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital foundation for a lunch to help raise funds and awareness for Motor Neuron Disease. This devastating medical condition is still very much a mystery of modern medicine, with funds much needed in order to make progress in research and treatment. Enjoy a three-course lunch while making a difference, but be quick as tickets are fast selling out!

When: 30 July, 12pm
Where: Belvedere Bar ‘n Grill
For more information, click here.

2017 Brisbane Hair & Beauty Expo

Experience all that is new and trendy in the Brisbane hair and beauty scene. This year’s Brisbane Hair & Beauty Expo is bigger than ever, offering special guests and expert appearances, product launches and demonstrations, live entertainment, and live hair, nail, makeup and lash competitions. If you are into hair and beauty there is no better place to be this weekend!

When: 30 - 31 July, 10am - 4pm
Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (Hall 2)
For more information, click here.

Little Hair Nest

Speaking of all things hair, Little Hair Nest is hosting an event to support Style for Life, an international charity working to restore the lives of women and children that have survived severe human rights abuse. The evening will involve champagne, canapés, and a life-changing hair tutorial as well as goodie bags and a raffle, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the not for profit Style for Life.

When: 30 July 3pm - 5pm
Where: Little Hair Nest
For more information, click here.

Don’t Miss Out!

Alondra and Duo Lechner Tiempo

As part of their Maestro Series, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra presents one of the most dramatic and compelling events of the season as acclaimed Mexican conductor, Alondra de la Parra, will lead a passionate stand-off between the phenomenal Lechner Tiempo duo. Born in Argentina, this brother-sister duo displayed prodigious piano talent from early childhood and have since garnered global fame for their two-piano pieces. Book your tickets to see their duelling digits first hand, but hurry; this event is tipped to sell out fast.

When: Saturday 5 August, 7.30pm
Where: QPAC
For more information, including booking details, click here.

For even more epic things to do in Brisbane, check out our events page. It's full of juicy stuff!

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