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A dozen (plus one) great ways to spend your weekend

The Weekend Edition

The weekend is mere moments away, pals! From Thursday May 12 to Sunday May 15 you can fly kites, devour your body weight in flavoursome fare at local food festivals and shop handmade goodies under floating whales. Here’s our pick of some of the best things to do this weekend …

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Fill your belly at Regional Flavours: Attention all gourmands, bon vivants, connoisseurs and foodies! Everyone’s favourite free food-and-wine festival Regional Flavours is returning to South Bank Parklands this weekend. The taste bud-tantalising weekend-long event will serve up some of Australia’s most celebrated chefs (we’e talking Miguel Maestre, Peter Kuruvita and Alastair McLeod) and local producers from May 13–15 – plus an incredible roster of entertainment. Bring your appetite because you’ll need it for this delicious event, which just so happens to be free to attend! Learn more here.

Immerse yourself in these mesmerising live shows: A bunch of must-see concerts, gigs and live shows are coming to Brisbane this weekend, and we are more than just a little excited. The Zoo will host Sydney alternative rock force RedHook on Friday, the Kings of cowpunk, The Johnnys, on Saturday and guitar-wizard PLINI on Sunday. At The Triffid, Tijuana Cartel will be bringing the noise on Friday, Mansionair will be hitting the stage on Saturday, while over at The Princess Theatre, Odette will be serenading audiences with an intimate set on Saturday.

Check out Beyoncé collaborator Jenn Nkiru’s first solo exhibition: Drawing on the methods of remix and sampling culture, filmmaker Jenn Nkiru creates soulful and mind-bendingly visceral works reflecting the dynamism of Blackness. The Grammy Award-winning artist and director’s first solo exhibition in Australia, Rebirth is Necessary, opens at Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art on May 14, and will stick around until July 9. The exhibition is an immersive gallery presentation of Nkiru’s 2017 film Rebirth is Necessary, an exploration of the magic of Blackness in a realm where time and space are altered. Keen on checking this world-class exhibition out? You’re invited to the opening of two new exhibitions at the IMA – group exhibition An Alternative Economics and Jenn Nkiru’s REBIRTH IS NECESSARY on Friday from 6:00–8:00 pm. Learn more about the double opening here.

Fly high at this massive kite festival: This Saturday, the Brisbane Kite Festival is back! This fantastic day for the whole family will see the most spectacular kites flying high over the skies of Brisbane. Families can bring their own kites or buy them on the day and join in the kite-flying fun. There will also be food stalls, rides and face painting. The best part? Entry is free.

Traverse through The City on this self-guided art trail: The Indigenous Art Program transforms Brisbane’s streets into an exhibition of Aboriginal artworks in various places and spaces, including large-scale banners, light boxes, vitrines, and projections, in Brisbane’s laneways. From May 7 to August 7, explore the OUTstanding exhibition throughout the Outdoor Gallery, featuring new and existing artworks from Australia’s leading Aboriginal artists. The spectacular line-up of artists includes Elisa Jane Carmichael, Jody Rallah, Kyra Mancktelow, Boneta-Marie Mabo, Chris Bassi, Mia Boe, Keemon Williams, Tori-Jay Mordey, Sam Harrison, Melissa Stannard, Dylan Mooney and LaVonne Bobongie. The exciting event invites us to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Australia’s First Nations people, not just through the visual art on display but also by way of a series of artist-led workshops, talks, studio visits and walking tours with the curators. To learn more about the program, head to the Council website.

Check out MoB’s newest exhibition: MoB’s latest exhibition Making Place: 100 Views of Brisbane is where museum-goers can treat their peepers to more than 100 artworks depicting some of Brisbane’s most iconic scenes. The dazzling exhibition features works from renowned artists including Vida Lahey, Judy Watson and Margaret Olley, and an atmospheric soundscape by Artist in Residence Lawrence English, leaving you with a much-needed dose of culture. For more information, head to the Museum of Brisbane website.

Shop handmade goodies at this market: Brisbane’s favourite handmade designers and artists will gather once again at South Bank to satisfy all of your sustainable handmade shopping needs this weekend. Visit the Queensland Museum on Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and enjoy the best Brisbane’s cultural community has to offer at the BrisStyle Handmade Markets. A treasure chest of local artisans will set up shop under the spectacular whale sculptures, with plants, jewellery, candles, fashion and more handmade goodies on offer. To learn more, head here.

Gather your gang and get ready for a fun-filled day out at the Brookfield Show: Brisbane’s biggest little country show, Brookfield Show, will be shining a spotlight on the very best of regional and metro agriculture this weekend. Arts, crafts and cooking competitions will be back this year while equestrian ring events, community performances, wood chopping demonstrations, performance dogs, workshops, whip cracking and reptile displays, face painting, fireworks will be aplenty. The entertainment only gets amped up as the sun goes down with the ever-popular rodeo making a much-anticipated return, plus live entertainment will be turning up the heat all night. Of course, you can wet your whistle at the Brookfield Members’ Bar, where drinks will be flowing to the soundtrack of live bands. Grab your tickets to the Brookfield Show here.

Try out this pop-up immersive experience: Brisbane’s newest ‘grammable experience – Imaginaria – has once again extended its run. This stunning immersive play experience combines audio-visual art, inflatable architecture, light installations and futuristic gamification suitable for all ages. Visitors are invited to step inside, slip off their shoes and engage with AI projections, sensor-triggered LED waves, giant silk parachute canopies, cosmic gardens, an anti-gravity sunset, an electronic hall of mirrors and a digital wishing well that whispers your greatest desires. Ready to step into a world of mind-blowing visual excess? You can grab your tickets to Imaginaria now through Ticketmaster.

Catch some of cinema’s most iconic criminals on the big screen: Danger! Daring! Disaster! QAGOMA’s The Art of the Heist film program looks at one of cinema’s most beloved crime subgenres – the Heist film. A seductive mix of gangster cool and cerebral ingenuity, the Heist film brings together a crafty ensemble of experts, a high stakes plan and the lure of the ultimate reward. Features classics The Asphalt Jungle 1950, directed by John Huston, and Le Cercle Rouge (The Red Circle) 1970, directed by Jean-Pierre Melville, alongside contemporary retellings such as Steve McQueen’s women-led caper Widows 2018. The Art of the Heist screenings take place Wednesday and Friday nights, and Saturday and Sunday matinees at GOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque. To check out the complete program and to nab tickets, head over to the QAGOMA website.

Get ready to laugh yourself silly at this comedy festival: Comic musings, side-splitting stories and tear-inducing tales … Australia’s fastest growing ​comedy ​festival, Brisbane Comedy​ Festival, has grown into a multi-venue extravaganza, bursting at the seams to host a hand-picked selection of the funniest folk in the country. Taking over venues like Brisbane Powerhouse, The Fortitude Music Hall and The Tivoli, Brisbane Comedy Festival plays host to one-liners, whimsy and mockery from more than 100 of the most hilarious national and international comedians. From ​stand u​p to improv and sketch ​comedy​, your tastes are covered ​with the funniest shows to see in Brisbane. To check out the full program and to buy tickets, head here.

Devour the best Brisbane has to offer at this flavoursome food festival: Dine BNE City is back, baby, with a program packed full of exclusive offers and dining experiences that will have you drooling. Strap your taste buds in for a wild ride as you taste and toast your way across our glorious city from May 1–29. This year’s program is offering everything from $25 lunches to whiskey nights and ten-course degustation’s – there truly is something to surprise and delight even the most discerning of diners. Start your May meal prep (aka book your table and check out the complete program) and get ready to feast on everything Dine BNE City has to offer. To grab a ticket to these sinfully delicious events or make a reservation, hop, skip and jump over to the Dine BNE City websitePsst … this weekend welcomes back The Urban Wine Walk, which will help you taste your way through the city on a self-guided journey to 11 wine venues. Count us in!

Shop up a storm at these weekend markets: If you’re eager to stroll through some stalls and stock up on some fresh fruit and veg, be sure check out these markets happening – Fish Lane MarketsGasworks MarketsSaturday Fresh MarketRiverside MarketsKelvin Grove Village MarketJan Powers Farmers MarketsDavies Park MarketCarseldine Markets and the Redcliffe Markets. For delicious dinnertime eats, Eat Street Northshore is on for your snacking pleasure on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

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