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From craft beer to magic tricks: What’s on in Brisbane this weekend

The Weekend Edition

Welcome to the weekend, friends! Starting today, there is plenty to do in Brisbane – you can see an iconic magician duo show off some tricks, dance along to Talking Heads hits and take in fireworks by the river. 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 until Sunday July 24. Tickets are currently on sale, so make tracks here to secure yours.

Stream your own personal cinematic soundtrack as you stroll though Brisbane: Earphones at the ready, keen foot travellers, as a nifty new app is hotfooting its way into town and onto your phones on June 24. Part of World Science Festival’s Curiocity Brisbane Program, the City Symphony app plays you a personal soundtrack of relaxing songs while you make your way through Brisbane City. It’s as easy as downloading the app, picking a spot on the map, putting in your headphones and beginning your amble. As you walk around you’ll hear music and stories from some of Brisbane’s most beloved artists such as Kate Miller-Heidke, Hope D, David Hudson, Anisa Nandaula, Kathleen Jennings and many more. If guided tours are more your cup of tea, join one of QMF’s free sessions at 9:30 am every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from June 24 to July 10. There’s three different tours to choose from including Short & Sweet (60-75 minutes), Lunchtime Walk (45 minutes) and Half Day (two hours). You’ll stroll past familiar sites and landmarks like Goodwill Bridge, Bunya Walk, City Botanic Gardens, Albert Street, Queen Street Mall, King George Square and much more.

Feast to your heart’s content at Scenic Rim Eat Local Week: From Saturday June 25 to Sunday July 3, the Scenic Rim’s restaurants, farms, breweries and food businesses will unite to host 125 events across 42 locations for the 11th annual Eat Local Week. Just a hop, skip, and a jump from Brisbane, this celebration of regional culinary endeavour is loaded with events for the entire family. There is a wide variety of free and low-cost activities for children and adults alike, including farm tours and cooking classes to exclusive dining experiences hosted by some of Queensland’s finest chefs. Program highlights include bush tucker cooking workshops, cocktails with camels, long lunches, paddock feasts and banter-filled brunches. The cornerstone event of the entire week is non-other than the Winter Harvest Festival on July 2. This delicious affair will feature producers, suppliers, retailers and chefs from across the Scenic Rim, and allows attendees to taste, sample and sip their way around the region. While you’re helping yourself to tasting plates, wines and fresh produce, make sure you don’t miss the tractor pulling competition, which pits teams against a 12-tonne tractor. If the thought of this festival is tickling your taste buds, be sure to head to the  Eat Local Week website to peruse the entire program and nab tickets to any events that take your fancy.

Experience the magic of Disney coming to Brisbane in this enchanting exhibition: Fans of Mickey, Minnie, Elsa, Anna and everyone in between are sure to adore Queensland Museum’s newest exhibition, Disney: The Magic of AnimationOpening Friday June 24, this kid- and adult-friendly exhibition will draw back the curtain on almost 100 years of the Walt Disney Animation Studios, revealing the magic and hard work behind scenes of your favourite animated films. From pencil to paper and now computer-generated wonder, visitors will be able to take a step inside some timeless scenes from their favourite movies and discover how animators use colour to express emotions, and the technical skills of crafting character and storytelling to breathe life into the studio’s memorable stories and characters. To grab your tickets, head to the Queensland Museum website.

Enjoy beer and karaoke at this Sunshine Coast festival: The Hinterland Craft Beer Festival is back for more frothy festivities when brewers from around the Sunshine Coast flock to The Imperial Hotel Eumundi this Saturday. Say yippee-IPA to tasting your way through more than 80 beers from your favourite brewing teams, including Copperhead Brewery, Moffat Beach Brewing Co, Your Mates Brewing Co, Matso’s Brewery and Eumundi Brewery (just to name a few!). From midday onwards, fans of froth can hop on down to the Imperial Hotel and enjoy a cold beer, live music, food trucks dishing out delicious nosh and plenty of good Eumundi vibes. The festival is family friendly and free to enter – the hardest thing you’ll need to do is figure out what beers to sample. Will it be one of your old favourites from a much-loved brewer, or perhaps you should branch out with seasonal flavours and small-batch brews? Regardless of your taste, you can ensure there will be plenty of ales, lagers, sours, porters, stouts, IPAs and ginger beers to wet that whistle and wash down a German sausage, taco or schnitzel from one of the vendors. When it comes to entertainment, there will be plenty of live music and grooves courtesy of Blues Arcadia, Benny O and the Ryan Giles Trio. Meanwhile, the hotel’s vinyl DJs will be spinning tracks inside, warming you up for the beer fest karaoke at 5:00 pm.

Don’t miss the legendary Penn & Teller at QPAC: Dubbed “the greatest performing duo in showbiz” by Jimmy Fallon, Penn & Teller have defied labels – and at times physics and good taste – by redefining the genre of magic and inventing their own very distinct niche in comedy. In this sharp and hilarious production, the “Evil Geniuses” (David Letterman) of magic will bring their mind-bending show direct to QPAC’s Concert Hall from June 22 to July 3, with Queensland audiences given the rare opportunity to witness Penn & Teller performing live on stage in a brief break from their Las Vegas residency. This will be the pair’s first ever tour of Australia with QPAC closing out the three venue Australian tour. Grab your tickets at the QPAC website.

See your favourite Disney characters in this snowy spectacular: It’s the news families and Disney fans across the country have been wishing on a star for – the return of the much-loved Disney On Ice to Brisbane! After three years, this much-loved family favourite ice spectacular returns with Disney On Ice presents Into The Magic, opening in Brisbane from June 24 to 27. Disney On Ice presents Into The Magic sees hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse take audiences on an expedition across raging seas, snow covered mountains and the marigold bridgeThis action-packed extravaganza, produced by Feld Entertainment, Inc., also features Disney’s MoanaFrozenCocoBeauty and the Beast and other beloved Disney characters. Grab your tickets on the Ticketek website.

Stock up on fresh flavour-packed fare at the famous Hampton Festival: Held at Chapman Park just 32 kilometres north from Toowoomba, Hampton Festival is loved by locals and visitors alike for its celebration of fresh regional produce and emerging artists. This year, visitors can enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the unique High Country region on Sunday. The festival will have a range of food and art workshops – think masterclasses that cover gin, basket weaving, French pastries, flower flatlays, picnic platters and much more. The theme for this year’s event is ‘picnic’, and suitably there will be a mammoth line-up of community market stalls that will spotlight only the best of the region’s produce, wineries and providore. The festival will also feature a Growers On The Green precinct, where locals can meet and interact with regional producers, learn their paddock-to-plate stories and watch live demonstrations. To snag your tickets to this decadent event, visit the Hampton Festival website.

Check out this spellbinding solo showcase from Chiharu Shiota: Currently on display at QAGOMA, 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.

Discover jewellery designer Margot McKinney’s World of Wonder: Currently on at Museum of Brisbane, 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.

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. Fortitude Valley party palace The Zoo will be hosting Townsville band Late November on Thursday, King Parrot on Friday, Painters and Dockers on Saturday, and Peach Fur on Sunday. The Tivoli will welcome tribute show Simon & Garfunkel: Through the Years on Thursday and Cakes da Killa on Friday, while The Fortitude Music Hall will see Short Stack take the stage on Saturday. Over in Woolloongabba, The Princess Theatre will play home to legendary Australian rockers Screamfeeder on Friday and Meanjin/Brisbane-based Lisi alongside the 25-piece Queensland Symphony Orchestra on Saturday for the Red Bull Symphonic. On Friday, The Jensens will be performing the best of Talking Heads at Felons Barrel Hall before Great Sage takes the stage on Saturday, while Pacific Avenue will be hitting The Brightside on Friday, The Velvet Club will be making noise at Greaser, and Bakers Eddy will be playing at Black Bear Lodge. You Oughta Know – a burlesque tribute to 90s femme alt-rock – will be taking over The Triffid on Friday and Shag Rock will be live and loud at the venue on Saturday. For some songs in the sunshine, head to Gigs & Picnics at the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens on Saturday.

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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