What's On

This Weekend In Brisbane

By Lauren Kavanagh - 09 Oct 2014

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Long-weekend plans failed to impress? Don't fret people! This weekend promises a jam-packed itinerary, from Oktoberfest and charity fashion parades, to four-course dinners and wine tastings, there's plenty of things to do in Brisbane.

Here's what's on this weekend in Brisbane. 

Thursday 9th

2015 Manuscript Male Model Search Kicks Off | Everywhere!
Attention, symmetrical people! The gang from the very cool Manuscript Magazine, along with the professional babe-locators at Prascillas Model Management, are on hunt for a new face. Winners of their 2015 Model Search will feature in the winter edition of Manuscript, receive a 12-month contract with Pracillas, and be introduced to their affiliate agency in New York! If you are, or know of, a ridiculously good-looking guy who should enter, send them here!.

When: Applications close Tuesday the 18th of November

A World Of Yum | Treasury Casino & Hotel
Get ready to fall off the diet wagon folks, because the mother of all food festivals is coming to town! Treasury Casino & Hotel are celebrating all things delicious with A World Of Yum, a six week food extravaganza, showcasing a whopping 30 food and drink specials from 13 countries! Wrap your laughing gear around favourites like American hotdogs and burgers with thick shakes, Indian curries, traditional English roasts, and French and Argentinian 3-course dinners. For full details click here.

When: Until the 16th November

October At The Lodge | Black Bear Lodge
Thursday kicks off a month of celebrations at Black Bear Lodge, with special performance by Woodlock, as they debut their brand new single 'The Garden'. The month-long party will see live shows from the likes of FourPlay, Soul Train, and the Pierce Brothers, just to name a few. It's going to be one hell-of-a-month at Black Bear, so don't miss out on the fun! Grab your tickets for Woodlock here. Check their website for all their 'Rocktober' events. 

When: 7pm   

Friday 10th

Dandelion & Driftwood 4th Anniversary (And Queen of Pops Giveaway!) | Dandelion & Driftwood
Much-loved Hendra cafe, Dandelion & Driftwood are celebrating their 4th anniversary with a very special giveaway, offering their customers a sneak peek at their brand new Queen of Pops range of coffee popsicles (just in time for summer!). D&D are giving away their caffeine-y iced treaties for the very first time, before the Queen of Pops line is launched into the world. Get yourself to their cute little cafe this Friday and be treated to a complimentary Latte Pop made with creamy double ristretto milk, that will keep you buzzing through the afternoon.

Oktoberfest! | RNA Showgrounds 
It's that time of year again Brisbanites — Oktoberfest! Australia's largest German festival is Brisbane's most anticipated cultural event and it's easy to see why. As always, the Brisbane RNA Showgrounds will be transformed into a traditional German festival, complete with Oktoberfest tent with authentic German trimmings to set the scene, and an electrifying atmosphere encapsulating all things German. The festival features top-notch German fare for all the food lovers, traditional German dancers, authentic German beir (of course!), and special performances by the Bavarian Oktoberfest Band, flown direct from Munich! Seriously, don't skip this one.

When: Friday 10th 4pm-midnight, Saturday 11th 11am-midnight, Sunday 12th 11am-8pm

Laruche's 5th Birthday Weekend | Laruche
It seems like only yesterday we were shaking it at the opening, but now valley fave, Laruche are all grown up and celebrating their 5th birthday this weekend as only they know how—with three epic days of partying! Sydney DJ duo CSMNT61 are kicking off the party on Friday night, followed by their resident DJs on Saturday night (as well as a very special birthday toast at midnight), and finishing the weekend with their weekly event, Night Cap on Sunday. Because they're cool, the kids at Laruche want to give you a birthday present, giving away $500 vouchers on the night (find the comp details here!) 

When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights 'til late

Saturday 11th

An Exhibition of The Art of Costume | Westfield Carindale
Ballet's elaborate costumes are centre stage at Westfield Carindale for the month of October as An Exhibition of The Art of Costume takes over. Placed throughout the shopping centr, the installations will feature works from productions such as The Nutcracker, The Little Mermaid, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Sleeping Beauty. The piece-de-resistance of this stunning exhibition is 21 dancing swans from Swan Lake, suspended within a double-story void in Westfield Carindale's fashion precinct. It's free, and open during shopping centre hours.

When: Until the 26th of October

Launching Motto | Institute of Modern Art
Our favourite cultural hub, Fortitude Valley's IMA has re-launched with a beautiful new interior courtesy of Studio Miessen, and is now better than ever. Part of IMA's transformation includes a new branch of Motto, a very cool worldwide network of stores dedicated to books, magazines, and artists' publications. This Saturday is Motto's official launch—expect beautiful people and even better looking art.

When: 5pm to 9pm

Diner en Blanc Returns To Brisbane!
The exclusively chic, pop-up picnic with the all-white dress code, Dîner en Blanc, returns to Brisbane. This year's event, celebrating its 26th year, will take place at a spectacular undisclosed public space, only to be revealed to guests on the day. Secret party—we love it! The event promises to deliver an unforgettable evening of elegance, beauty and magic, so don't miss out Brisbane. Just don't forget to wear white!

Gourmet Grilling Classes | Story Bridge Hotel
Ever wondered how to get that restaurant-quality steak from your own BBQ? Never fear meat lovers, we have the perfect event for you. The Story Bridge Hotel is hosting 'Gourmet Grilling' classes every Saturday and Sunday until the 26th October. Perfect for anyone keen on mastering that perfect steak.

When: 12pm – 3pm Saturday and Sunday

Brisbane Open House | Brisbane CBD
From historic landmarks and sustainable skyscrapers, to private homes and grand public spaces, Brisbane Open House will give you rare insights into the extraordinary architecture that defines Brisbane, and the people that have contributed to Brisbane becoming such a liveable, vibrant city. With guided tours, photography competitions, concerts, guest speakers and a children's program, this is the perfect weekend event for the family. Don't forget to plan your itinerary here. 

Sunday 12th

Fashion For Charity | Brisbane City Hall
Four of Brisbane's leading names in fashion will come together to raise funds to support local homeless women as part of the annual 'Zonta Fashion' Showcase. Featuring designs from Sacha Drake, Pia du Pradal, Julie Tenghdal and The 400 Co, the event will be co-hosted by advocate for the homeless, Mrs. Lisa Newman. Pre-sale tickets are now sold out, however balcony seating is still available here.  

When: 1:30 – 4:30pm

Stokehouse Lunch To Dine For | Stokehouse
We were thrilled to hear that Stokehouse was continuing their much-loved lunch special for the month of October. For just $38, diners are invited to indulge in the top-notch seasonal menu, along with an entrée and glass of wine. We know where we'll be having lunch this month!

Pinot Palooza | Light Space
Now this is one food, music and wine experience not to miss, Brisbanites! Pinot Palooza, a touring festival for all Pinot Noir lovers, brings together the best wines from some of the best producers in the Southern Hemisphere. Seriously, what more do you need to know? Just be there!

When: 1pm-6pm

Wednesday 15th

Barossa Fest | Grape Therapy
October is Barossa month in our fair weathered metropolis, so what better way to celebrate than with a night of wine and cheese? Grape Therapy are playing host to this event, where guests will not only eat their way through an extensive range of handcrafted wine, cheese and small goods, but they will also have the opportunity to meet some of the iconic wine makers of the Barossa. Don't miss this one!

When: 6-9pm

Don't Miss Out!

Thursday 16th

Long Dinner From The Cellar | Moda Restaurant
Come and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Landhaus Wines with John and Kane Jaunutis as they go back in time to the very beginning of wine history. Guests will be treated to an exclusive sampling of the very first vintage wine from 2004, right through to the current vintages, accompanied by a sensational four-course dinner. Grab your tickets now!

When: 6-10pm

Rhys Darby Australian Tour | The Tivoli
You know him from Flight of the Concords, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, and The Late Show with David Letterman – now Rhys Darby is coming to Australia! No one brings a joke to life better than Darby with his classic onstage physicality. Be sure to pack your girdle, you're likely to lose your insides from laughing!  Join him as he entertains you with tales so thrilling you'd swear he was making them up. Book your tickets pronto!

When: 7pm

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