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Longest night of the year won't feel that way: Your best Brisbane weekend

The Weekend Edition

Cheers to the weekend, friends! From Thursday June 16 to Sunday June 19 there is plenty to do in Brisbane – you can explore weird and wacky exhibitions, putt your way through Disney mini-golf courses and devour delicious noodles at night markets. Here’s our pick of some of the best things to do this weekend …

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Test out your mini golf skills at this Disney-themed pop-up: Get ready to kick some serious putt at Pixar Putt, Australia’s much loved open-air mini golf sensation. The course is made up of interactive putt-putt holes inspired by the stories, characters, and icons from some of Pixar’s most beloved films including Toy StoryMonsters Inc.The IncrediblesLuca, plus many more! The Brisbane season will also feature brand-new holes from Pixar’s two latest releases, Turning Red and Lightyear. Putt your way around nine or 18 holes at Northshore Brisbane, for a strictly limited season from Friday June 17 until Sunday July 24. Tickets are currently on sale, so make tracks here to secure yours.

Celebrate the longest night of the year at the annual Winter Solstice Festival: People around the earth have celebrated the Winter Solstice as an astronomical event, marking the longest night of the year, since ancient times. Northey Street City Farm have been celebrating the Winter Solstice for over 25 years with an annual festival of live music, dancing, talks and workshops for all ages, incredible food, a lantern parade and, of course, a beautiful bonfire. The festival on Saturday June 18 invites the Brisbane community to celebrate our relationship with nature, to listen to First Nations knowledge, attend permaculture and sustainable living talks, appreciate local music and multicultural performances, and be a part of a ceremony that models setting intentions for the new year. View the full program on the Northey Street City Farm website.

Check out this spellbinding solo showcase from Chiharu Shiota: Coming to QAGOMA on June 18, The Soul Trembles is the largest solo exhibition of thread-weaving artist Chiharu Shiota’s work to date – and it’s an art-filled ‘gram-worthy adventure, to say the least. Best known for her mammoth installations featuring millions of black, white and red threads, Chiharu creates works that express the intangible experiences of life – memories, dreams, anxiety and silence. The exhibition will highlight Chiharu’s practice across large-scale installations, sculptures, video performance, photography and drawing. In other words, this is one immersive exhibition that must be seen to be believed. To purchase a timed ticket, head to the QAGOMA website.

Slurp up some noodles at this night market: After a two-year hiatus, Brisbane Night Noodle Markets presented by Citi returns this week. This year the markets will sprawl out at a new location at the City Botanic Gardens, bringing together a host of delicious eats from Wednesday June 15 to Sunday June 26. Much like previous years, the markets will offer a mouth-watering mixture of multicultural flavours, with the hawker-style wonderland offering tantalising tastes of pan-Asian fare from local and national stallholders. Expect to see Hoy Pinoy, Flying Noodles, May’s Malaysian Hawker, WonderbaoGelato Messina and Twistto this year. Head here to book your free ticket.

Help State Library of Queensland celebrate its birthday: Get ready to sing hip hip hooray, as it’s State Library of Queensland’s 120th birthday! To mark the occasion, SLQ is hosting some ‘extra’ ordinary birthday festivities this Saturday. We’re talking behind-the-scenes tours of rare collections, whimsical children’s exhibitions and story picnics with award-winning song writers. To learn more about the exciting events happening this weekend, head here.

Book into this free styling session in The City: A lavish private shopping experience tailor made for you and your sense of style – sounds pretty dreamy, right? That’s exactly what you can expect with Edward Street Brisbane’s personal shopping service. For a truly special shopping experience, guests can take advantage of the FREE Stylist Series event hosted by renowned Brisbane stylist Kerri Carrucci on Saturday June 18 at 11:00 am. To reserve a spot for this exclusive event (only ten people can register) email your details to ASAP as spots are secured on a first come, first serve basis. Happy shopping!

Discover jewellery designer Margot McKinney’s World of Wonder: Coming to Museum of Brisbane from June 18, World of Wonder: Margot McKinney is a mesmerising celebration of the brand that is Margot McKinney, as well as the inspirations behind Margot’s designs – from Queensland’s coral reefs to the rich colours found on safari in Tanzania. You’ll be able to set your eyes upon a treasure chest of jewels – from magnificent opals and eye-catching pearls to rare, exotic gems like blue tanzanite, lilac amethyst and pink tourmalines. To learn more about this eye-catching exhibition, pop over to the Museum of Brisbane website.

Pop the champers and toast to fireworks at this huge riverside farewell party: In some very bittersweet news, this July, Brisbane’s iconic Eagle Street Pier will permanently close. But fear not, lovers of the The Pier, as you have the chance to farewell the beloved dining and drinking destination with sumptuous sips, snacks and some seriously sizzling entertainment. From June 9–25, you’ll be able to raise a glass at the Eagle Street Pier Mumm Champagne Pop-Up Bar from Thursday to Saturday. What’s better than bubbles by the river? Bubbles and fireworks by the river, of course! Every Friday punters will be treated to a dazzling pyrotechnic display at 7:30 pm and roving entertainment across the precinct between 5:00–8:00 pm. To learn more, head here.

Sing along to all of your favourite Dolly hits at this musical: Set the alarm for a great night out at Dolly Parton’s joyous smash-hit musical 9 TO 5, which features a stellar cast, knock-out songs and high-flying ambitions. A sensation on the West End and inspired by the hit film, the musical tells the story of Doralee, Violet and Judy, three enterprising workmates pushed to the edge by their mean-spirited boss Franklin Hart Jnr. Resorting to wit, camaraderie and cunning, they dream up a no holds barred scheme to kidnap and turn the tables on their controlling supervisor in the most hilariously defiant of ways. Only question is, will the feisty trio manage to change the office culture to reach their full potential or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit? With a sparkling score by Dolly Parton and a book by the iconic movie’s original screenwriter Patricia Resnick, 9 TO 5 is the quintessential feel-good show for the times. Grab your tickets at the QPAC website.

Grab a choc-top and catch must-see German flicks at Palace Cinemas: From now until June 22, the German Film Festival presented by Palace, in association with German Films, is showcasing the best contemporary German cinema direct from major festivals in Europe plus a selection from its German-speaking neighbours, Austria and Switzerland. There’s historical biopics, hilarious comedies and edge-of-your-seat thrillers all on the cards, so prepare to settle in with a big box of popcorn. To see the whole German Film Festival program, head to the website.

Catch Brontë’s famous gothic tale at QPAC: Brontë’s gothic tale of a spirited orphan in search of love, family and a sense of belonging – Jane Eyre – returns to QPAC this June. Witness one of the most iconic pieces of English literature retold in a stunning, critically acclaimed adaptation from the nationally-renowned shake & stir theatre co (A Christmas Carol, Animal Farm, Dracula). Following a childhood spent suffering at the hands of her cruel Aunt, Jane finds employment at Thornfield Hall – the impressive yet mysterious home of Edward Rochester. As Jane and Rochester become inexplicably drawn to each other, the dark secrets locked within the walls of Thornfield start to unravel forcing Jane on a heart-wrenching journey toward truth and freedom. Featuring original music, written and performed live on stage by multi-ARIA Award winner Sarah McLeod – Jane Eyre will set a fire blazing in your soul. Tickets to Jane Eyre are on sale now at the QPAC website.

Ask to speak to the manager at this very-rude Karen’s Diner pop-up: Karen’s of Brisbane unite! A pop-up dining experience has opened its doors and is home to more Karens than you can complain too! From the brave minds at Wonderland Bar & Beyond Cinema comes a diner like no other – expect rude service, singing waiters and regular guest appearances from the manager – the most Karen Karen ever – just don’t dare ask to see her! This is dining with a twist – the food is great, the service is ungrateful but your experience will be unforgettable. Learn more about Karen’s Diner 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. On Saturday Sweater Curse will be taking over The Princess Theatre with Cry Club, Melaleuca, Concrete Surfers, Jess Locke, Towns, Raave Tapes, Teenage Joans and more. On Friday you’ll find The Neptune Power Federation at The Zoo or stop by on Saturday for Coopers presents: UP ALL NIGHT and enjoy an impeccable line-up of local and interstate up-and-coming artists for free. The Tivoli will be going green this weekend for hilarious show Shreklesque, while The Triffid will be hosting a Nirvana Tribute on Friday, metalcore band Alpha Wolf on Saturday and Aussie pop-rock icon Ben Lee on Sunday. The Fortitude Music Hall will welcome back its Strings Attached series this Friday – in collaboration with the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra. This time around, the venue will be welcoming ARIA award winning, multi-platinum, Aussie hip-hop giants, Bliss n Eso.

Witness Shakespeare mixing with the satirical at this immersive play: To be, or not to be … that is the question made famous by Shakespeare’s renowned tragedy, Hamlet. In Queensland Theatre’s latest play, however, the question is – to be a woman, or not to be a woman? Taking over the Bille Brown Theatre until June 18, Bernhardt/Hamlet is a mesmerising real-life backstage story by renowned American playwright Theresa Rebeck. The Broadway hit tells the audacious story about a 19th century woman issuing a challenge to the system (that is still as relevant today) – she wants to break the mould and play the role of Hamlet. What transpires next will tickle the funny bone, to say the least. Tickets are available via the Queensland Theatre website.

Live your Step Up dreams at this festival of dance: If your favourite childhood movies were Honey and Centre Stage, if you’re an avid learner of TikTok dances or you just love to shake your groove thing, then you’re going to want to make your way to Metro Arts from May 29 to June 18. The creative precinct will be hosting the Mad Dance Festivala two-week roster of awe-inspiring performances, creative projects, dance battles, workshops, artist talks and activations. You can strike a pose at the Alexander Vogue Night, celebrate the diversity of ethnic cultures at Rhythmology, show off your skills at the  Mad Dance Festival Battle, and more! Tickets are of various prices – head to the Metro Arts website to find out more.

Jump on an emotional rollercoaster at this heart-wrenching play: Sometimes relationships don’t work out and, often, you’re left trying to pinpoint the moment that it all started to deteriorate. From May 30 to June 18, La Boite Theatre’s take on the musical theatre classic The Last Five Years bravely tackles this exact scenario. Created by famed American musical theatre composer Jason Robert Brown and directed by Australian theatre alum Darren Yap, The Last Five Years depicts a love story that has run its course, following New Yorkers Jamie and Cathy as they reminisce the highs and lows of their relationship but from their individual perspective – Jamie tells his story in chronological order while Cathy shares hers in reverse. There’s a reason that The Last Five Years has captivated audiences since its premiere in 2001 – but trust us when we say pack the tissues. You can grab tickets over on the La Boite Theatre website.

Sip champagne in a winter-themed igloo: Everyone’s favourite winter pop-up bar, Veuve Clicquot In The Snow, has returned for the chilly season. Featuring its signature igloos, textural winter styling and plenty of Veuve Clicquot champagne, the pop-up’s stunning river vista and enticing menu are a sure-fire way to chill out and experience Euro chalet vibes in a quintessential Brisbane location. In addition to a range of Veuve Clicquot champagne available by the glass and bottle, the drinks menu features Australian and French wines, beers, and cocktails including the Berries & Bubbles with fresh raspberry, lemon juice, Belevedere Pure and Veuve Clicquot Brut! A menu of snacks and nibbles will be available including the new Customs House pop-up bar classic – the Moreton Bay bug brioche roll with lime and dill mayo! Freshly shucked Tasmanian pacific oysters, whole baked brie served with crostini, and mac and cheese croquettes with truffle aioli are also on the menu, among much more (including a range of Aussie, Italian and English cheeses) for some decadent winter indulgence. Learn more and make a booking here.

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. Until August 7 you can 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.

Try out this pop-up immersive experience: Brisbane’s most ‘grammable experience – Imaginaria – has 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.

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 – Saturday 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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