Art & Design

This Weekend In Brisbane

By Lauren Kavanagh - 30 Oct 2014

Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess

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With summer deciding to make its grand entrance in late October (c'mon seriously? You can't wait til December?!) our fair weathered metropolis has been transformed into a life-sized sauna, but that hasn't stopped us for looking for things to do in Brisbane!

With so many exciting events coming up this weekend in Brisbane, it's time to embrace the Queensland heat and fill up that social calendar!

Here's what's on this weekend.

Thursday 30th 

Australian Baseball League Opening Night For The Brisbane Bandits | Newmarket
Join the Australian Baseball League as they celebrate the official 2014/15 season opening night for the Brisbane Bandits. The evening promises to be one of epic professional Baseball action, as attendees witness the Brisbane Bandits face off against the Adelaide Bite. Doors open at 5:45pm for a 6:30pm tee-off. Traditional ball park food and refreshments will also be available on the night (read: hot dogs!). Batter up!

Friday 31st

Hell-O-Ween | Dutch Courage Officers' Mess
Eyeball Martini & Worm Stew cocktails, devlish smashed eyes and freakishly bloody shots await guests at DC's Halloween celebrations. Come along in fancy dress—there will be a prize for best fancy dress on the night—and keep an eye out on social media for the special code word to get your bloody Halloween shot! Be there!

Island Vibes Festival | North Stradbroke Island
Combining majestic beaches, unspoilt bush land, an amazing and inspiring Island community, as well as awesome musicians, artists and performers Island Vibe Festival is the most chilled music festival out. From Australian reggae, soul and dub legends, to international superstars, Island Vice has been delivering the goods for nine years now. With three exciting stages, and over 80 acts, this is one spring event you won't want to miss. Grab your tickets now! 

Saturday 1st

Camo for Canteen | Waterfront Park, Newstead
Join Prestige Lifestyles as they team up with Canteen in the fight against cancer at this years "Camo for Canteen ICE Challenge". And no, I'm not talking ice buckets (sheesh people). I.C.E stands for intense cardio exercise. In keeping with this year's canteen bandana day theme, the event is set to be a fun filled morning of challenges, competitions, prizes, and family friendly games - kicking off with an ICE session at 8am. Bring a donation of your choice, or bandanas will be available for $5 on the day.

Renegade Design Market | Fortitude Valley
There's no doubt Brisbane loves a good market—they're the ultimate hot spot for finding those special, one off items that you just can't find in traditional retail stores. A new initiative of Design College Australia, the Renegade Design Market is Brisbane's newest treasure trove of designer must haves, and its all happening this Saturday from 10am-3pm!. Students and teachers are teaming up with some of Queensland's best-known creatives, turning the roof of the college into a hub of creativity. Make sure you check it out! 

Honda Jazz Magic Mobile Drive-In | Secret Location
To celebrate the launch of the all-new Jazz, Honda is giving a few lucky peeps the chance to attend their one-off Magic Mobile Drive-In, featuring cult films, pop-up food trucks, entertainment, and loads of other exciting surprises. The Magic Mobile Drive-In will appear in three unique locations around Australia during the month of November, with entry is via a free ballot system. But be quick Brisbanites, limited spots are available. 

'Day Of The Dead' Fiesta Latina | South Bank Forecourt
Ola, get excited guys! Fiesta Latina will be a celebration of Latin American heritage and the Latin American community in Brisbane, with art, music, cuisine and culture on display at this Day of the Dead themed party. From 3pm it's a non-stop celebration that will continue well into the night, so brush up on your salsa skills and get your boogie on. Get all the details here!

Zine Making Workshop | Institute of Modern Art
Join the team at IMA for a zine making workshop with Slubberdegullion Magazine editor, and Gunk band member, Alex Campbell. From 2pm-4pm attendees will be invited to create a zine in response to the Sarah Browne and Mierle Laderman Ukeles exhibitions. The best bit? You get to take your arty creations home with you!

Sunday 2nd

Hola Sundays | Iceworks
Jugs of Sangira, a paella truck, beer towers, and live entertainment—could you want to spend your Sunday any other way! Hola Sundays kicks off this Sunday at Iceworks Bar, with drinks and tunes from 12pm. Be there!

Monday 3rd

'UP CYCLE' Initiative | 99 Bikes
99 Bikes is riding tandem with Bikes 4 Life in order to break the cycle of poverty in third world regions by collecting, packing and shipping unused bikes from Australia to those in need. So come and snap up a new pedal bike from just $199 when you donate your old bike during November, December and January. Get behind Bikes 4 Life, Brisbane!

Tuesday 4th

'No Package Dealio' Melbourne Cup Party | Dutch Courage Officers' Mess
Eat and drink whatever you like while you watch the race on big screens—what more could you want on Melbourne cup day? Dutch Courage's 'No Package Dealio' is perfect for those who don't want to spend up big on an all-inclusive package, or just want to duck out of work for a few hours without committing to a full blown Melbourne Cup do. Busy Brisbanites, this one's for you!

Melbourne Cup Launch Party | Era Bistro
With all the hype surrounding this year's Melbourne cup, Brisbane's best venues are really stepping things up—and Era Bistro is no exception. Choose from three different party locations, as well as three different menus to suit all styles and budgets. All packages include live coverage of the day on large screen tvs, sparkling on arrival, sweeps and prizes. This is one Melbourne Cup Day event you want to be seen at (there's even free three-hour on-site parking if you want to drive in!).

Farmers and Fillies Melbourne Cup Party | Habitat Restaurant & Bar
Men seem to be largely neglected when it comes to race days, so this year Habitat are pulling out all the stops with a mascu-liscious Melbourne Cup cocktail party! The party includes a three-hour food and drinks package, live entertainment, and a special 2-for-1 deal for the first 20 people who call and quote 'Melbourne Cup Flutter Deal' (heck yes!). Tickets are $95, and are selling fast. To book, phone 07 3846 3285 or email here.

Don't Miss Out!

MAKING MANHATTAN: Cocktails and Contemporary Art | Institute of Modern Art 
MAKING MANHATTAN: Cocktails & Contemporary Art, presented by The Urban List and the Institute of Modern Art, is going to be an epic night of cocktail making (and drinking, of course!), and contemporary art, and we want you to come along! You will learn how to perfect the most refined classic cocktail of all, the Manhattan— and to opt the night off you'll score an exclusive 'after-dark' tour of the very cool IMA gallery. I know, awesome right? The night kicks off from 7pm, and tickets are super limited (like, there's only 30!), so do yourself a favour and grab your ticket now!

When: Friday the 7th November
Book your spot here!

Tuesday 11th 

Knob Creek Rye Launch | Papa Jack's
Who Loves Whiskey? Join Dan Woolley as he takes you on a journey through Kentucky with a three-course dinner and three matched whiskey tastings, as well as cocktails on arrival. Tickets are $60 per person, and available at the Papa Jack's bar. Make sure you RSVP by 7th November! 

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