Amid our plunge into blustery winter, opportunities to better yourself and your fellow man are popping up like daisies in Brisbane this weekend. Besides the usual plethora of tasty explosions, a few mega gastronomic eruptions are forecast for this weekend's revels. There'll be plenty for the wee ones too, which is why we suggest you gather your family around you and dive right in. Here's our itinerary of everything to do this weekend in Brisbane…
MAC Pro Store Launch | James St
MAC Cosmetics' arrival on James St is almost as big a deal as the moon landing. But what makes this latest addition to the strip ever more special is the launch of their latest line, Alluring Aquatic, an underwater inspired collection designed to awaken your dormant sea goddess, sans kelp. Book an appointment with one of MAC's premier make-up artists and allow yourself to be submerged in cosmetic splendour. For all the little mermaids…
When: 12pm-3pm, until July 5
CLEO Bachelor of the Year Scouting Event | Alfred & Constance
Unattached dreamboats are piling up and it's high time something was done about it. Thank God we're just in time for CLEO's Bachelor of the year competition, and the very first scouting event happens to be this weekend in Brisbane. Grab a drink and nominate a friend, brother, or your foxy self to help us discover the nation's next heartthrob.
Live Music Launch | Greaser Bar
This Friday marks 238 years of American Independence, and what better way to commemorate another country's national pride than with some sick beats of our own. Greaser Bar is well on board, not only serving up some serious soul food but also debuting as a live music venue. Find them down the dark, secluded laneway and keep an ear out for the debauchery awaiting you. Whether wet or dry, Greaser's got you covered.
Todd Hansen Cocktail Fundraiser | Sabotage Social
What do heavy metal, Irish whisky and your Aunty Pam's left oviduct have in common? Todd Hansen. Local metal man and all 'round gem is tending bar in aid of women's cancer research. All proceeds go directly to the Cherish Foundation, devoted to finding a cure for gynaecological cancers. Come down after work and raise some funds and glasses to finding a cure.
Prestige Lifestyle's Charity Bootcamp | Waterfront Park, Newstead
If you've been feeling stagnant get a fix of virtuosity at the monthly charity bootcamp to raise funds for Youngcare, courtesy of Prestige Lifestyle. Grab a mate, or last night's drinking buddy, and for the loose change in your couch you can help a worthy cause and trim your waistline in one.
When: 8am, gold coin donation
Teneriffe Festival | Vernon Terrace, Teneriffe
For the past five years, Teneriffe has enchanted Brisbanites with its incomparable food offerings and idyllic views of the river. No longer Newstead's little brother, this weekend we take to the streets and celebrate Teneriffe's suburb status with a community festival! Food, drinks, markets, music and so much more adorn the jazziest roads in Brisbane, and with a Kids' World to entertain the little ones Teneriffe Festival is perfect for families.
Pork, Fork + Cork | Double One 3 Laneway off Florence St, Teneriffe
Burrowing out their own little nook in the Teneriffe festival, the Damian Griffiths group takes over in an explosive display of foodstuffs. Showcasing the very best from each venue, the day will feature slices and brownies from Chester Street Bakery, pizzas from Alfredo's Pizzeria, pork buns and lamb ribs from Kwan Brothers as well as a pop-up version of Alfred & Constance's White Lightning Tiki Bar. The scrimmage will also include two runway fashion shows, live music and DJ sets well into the evening.
When: 10am – late. Free buses to Teneriffe from Limes Hotel and Alfred & Constance departing at 9pm.
Dumpling Rolling Classes | Sichuan Bang Bang
Think you know your Xiao Long Bao from your Zheng Jiao? Har Gow from your Sui Mai? The masterful art of making these heavenly little mouthfuls looks tricky, but, with a little practice and patience, even the clumsiest of fingers can muster the humble dumpling. If, then, you've ever fancied your hand at making your own at home, roll up your sleeves and dive right in to some dumpling making fun at Sichuan Bang Bang this chilly Saturday morning. Their dumpling rolling masterclass will take you through the basics — throwing in some helpful tips and tricks of the trade to us mere dumpling making rookies — and then indulge in the spoils of your hard work!
When: Two sessions; 9:30am & 11:30am, $35 for adults, $15 for kids
Off The Green | Coorparoo Bowls Club
Market goers the city over will be thrilled with all the wondrous things a-brewin' in Cooparoo this weekend in Brisbane. Dropping this Sunday for the first time in Coorparoo is Off The Green, brought to you by the same folks of the Love Your Local Markets and held at the Coorparoo Bowls Club. Everything from fashion, homewares and activities for the kids to gourmet provisions, live music and a licensed bar to make your Sunday session something truly special. #OfftheGreen #OfftheHook
Pop-up Tea House | Fallow
Extending their dark aesthetic beyond apparel, Fallow has developed their own unique collection of tea especially for the brooding sartorialist. Among their usual array of saturnine curiosities and cloth, a custom built tea house has appeared in store. Pride of the cabinet, the Milky Oolong is 100% organic grown in the Fujian province in China and goes for $30/50g. This artisan tea can be steeped up to five times without compromising depth and complexity of flavour, such is the quality of the leaves.
When: 10am-6pm daily until July 31
Anything on in Brisbane this weekend we've missed? Let us know in the comments below!