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Congratulations - you're halfway through 2022 - here's what’s on in Brisbane this weekend

The Weekend Edition

We’re officially half way through the year, folks! The first weekend of July brings plenty of fun-filled events to Brisbane – you can indulge in truffle degustations, attend winter harvest festivals and tune into live music in the park. 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.

Take your taste buds on a holiday: The sidewalks of Southeast Asia will take centre stage at Fat Noodle at Treasury Brisbane over the next three months, as chef Luke Nguyen takes diners on a tasting tour of authentic flavours from across the region. The Fat Noodle Street Food Series will kick off in July with a month-long celebration of Vietnamese cuisine, celebrating its sense-enlivening qualities through a menu of authentic street-style dishes elevated via Fat Noodle’s own contemporary style. Drawing upon his own Vietnamese heritage and experiences travelling across the country, Luke has crafted a limited-edition selection of snack-sized delicacies, including the likes of chargrilled scallops in spring onion, pork and lemongrass skewers, green tea-smoked duck with vermicelli noodles, and pumpkin flowers stuffed with prawns and dill. The menu traces a path across Vietnam, from the central highland city of Da Lat to Sapa in the country’s mountainous northwestern corner. After Vietnam, the series will look to spotlight other Southeast Asian countries, with August dedicated to the tastes of Thailand and September’s spread centred around Malaysian flavours. Keen to take your tastebuds on a holiday? Bookings for Fat Noodle can be made via the Treasury Brisbane website.

Reach seventh heaven at this delectable truffle degustation: Delve into the delights of the glorious truffle at Signature with a five-course degustation menu exclusive to Sunday. The Lady Truffle herself, Debbie Oliver has delivered and so the highly anticipated truffle degustation is back! The menu is packed with mouth-watering fare such as truffle pasta made with venison ragu and truffle pecorino, 7+ Icon Tri Tip wagyu served with crispy truffle potato rosti, confit shallot, and a whipped pyengana cheddar with apple compote, beurre noisette and a moreish truffle-infused honey. For dessert, you can treat your taste buds to a melt-in-your-mouth Valrhona Chocolate marquise with vanilla mascarpone, coffee and truffle ice-cream – all made in-house by executive chef James Gallagher. Bookings can be made at the Emporium website.

Join sommelier Olivia Evans at this tasting event at Mr Chester Wine Bar: The Boxties is very excited to be expanding its In Good Company Series and collaborating with Olivia Evans, one of Australia’s finest wine professionals. For a number of years Olivia was responsible for curating the wine list at the award-winning Fleet Restaurant in Brunswick Heads – a restaurant that features on many of the ‘World’s Best Restaurant’ lists. These days, Olivia is a wine writer, wine judge and terrific storyteller – a perfect fit for the Boxties and In Good Company. Together they’ve developed an intimate show that explores the sounds, flavours, aromas, memories and emotions evoked by good music and good wine – part wine tasting, part concert. Combine this with the intimate atmosphere of Mr Chester Wine Bar and delicious food from their kitchen, and you have the perfect combination to nourish body and soul, with time for listening, time for tasting, time for questions and time for talking. Grab your tickets online.

Check out Brisbane’s best independent artisans at this winter market: Almost 50 of the city’s best local independent artisans will gather at the QAGOMA Winter Design Market. Treat yourself to something special from the diverse selection of handmade ceramics, jewellery, homewares, textiles and clothing, and meet the makers behind your next favourite piece! The markets will run at the Gallery of Modern Art Forecourt on Saturday July 2 and Sunday July 3, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Eat copious amounts of cheese at this massive three-day festival: Presented by REVEL (the team behind cult wine event Pinot Palooza) in partnership with Dairy Australia, Australia’s favourite cheese festival MOULD is back in Brisbane from July 1-3 and we just can’t wheyt for it. MOULD brings together the best artisan producers from across the country for a day of cheese, wine, masterclasses and more. You won’t be left feeling bleu this festival season with returning cheese veterans such as Bruny Island Cheese Co., Grandvewe, Milawa Cheese, Yarra Valley Dairy, Stone & Crow, Section 28, Red Cow Organics, The Pines, Vannella, and Nimbin Valley Cheese. Alongside the best Australian cheeses, there will also be a full food program featuring dishes from local cheesemongers and others available to purchase. To wash down all that delicious cheese, there will be wines, whisky, sake, beer and cider available to purchase at the bar. Session numbers are strictly limited so book in now.

Cure your curiosity at this festival: Let your imagination roam free when Curiocity Brisbane returns from June 24 to July 11, for a 17-day celebration of science, art and technology, where new possibilities play and big ideas collide. The festival will transform Brisbane into a world of discovery with more than 20 Curiocities taking over The City. So what are these Curiocities, you ask? They’re an eye-popping collection of 20 never-before-seen installations created by local and international artists and makers. Curious visitors of all ages can explore, create and play with the physical and digital Curiocities scattered across four precincts – the City Botanic Gardens, South Bank, South Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct, and the Brisbane CBD. Highlights include the interactive public sculpture, OHCE/ECHO, which uses live generative animation, high-end facial capture technology that allows audiences to imbed themselves into the artwork, and In The Air, an immersive light and soundscape that uses hypnotic music and mesmerising light to visualise chemical changes in the Earth’s atmosphere. To keep up to date on the jam-packed program of events, visit the Curiocity Brisbane website.

Treat your ears to some live tunes at Roma Street Parkland: Held in Brisbane’s tropical inner-city oasis, The Sound Society embraces the true meaning of ‘easy like a Sunday morning’. Unwind to great tunes and good company this Sunday all in the natural surroundings of the Parkland on Banyan Lawn. Concert-goers can even pre-order a picnic hamper from the Parkland’s grazing ground, The Garden Room. Hampers include an appetising assortment of homemade dips, cured deli meats and farmhouse cheeses, all that can be washed down with a glass or two of vino. You can also pack your own spread and tipple of choice with the area being licensed from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Sip and snack by the riverside: It may be winter, but Brisbane City’s dining scene is heating up with the reopening of riverside hangout Will & Flow. The venue has been given a complete refresh complete with a new deck area, outdoor kitchen and plush natural furnishings. These eye-catching updates are matched with a brand-new menu of eats, which encompasses woodfired pizzas, pides, baked gnocchi, grazing boards and decadent dessert cocktails. Those looking to ease themselves into the weekend a little early can do so with pizza and prosecco on Thursday nights at Will & Flow’s weekly Beats & Eats event. For just $20, you can enjoy any pizza or pide of your choice with a glass of prosecco. Mouth-watering pizza variations include mushroom and capsicum, tomato, basil and mozzarella, salt and vinegar potato with onion and buffalo mozzarella, and a garlic parmesan pide. Plus, you can treat your ears to DJ beats from 5:00–9:00 pm while taking in the picturesque panoramic views of the Brisbane River. If that doesn’t sound like the perfect kick off to the weekend, we don’t know what does. For more information or to make a booking, visit the Will & Flow website.

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 Animation. 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.

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.

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.

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 music-soaked soirees are coming to Brisbane this weekend, and we are ready to rock. Valley party palace The Zoo will be hosting RIFFMAGEDDON while The Fortitude Music Hall will be hosting Nine Years of Shokk, a celebration of electronic dance music. The Triffid will see British metalcore band While She Sleeps take the stage on Friday and Jaguar Jonze on Saturday, while The Tivoli will welcome Stand Atlantic on Saturday. The Princess Theatre will see the best drag performers unite for Drag Haus on Thursday before feathers fly in Australia’s largest burlesque competition, Mx Burlesque, on Saturday. Aus-rock icon Jimmy Barnes will be bringing his Soul Deep tour to Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Saturday, with special guests The Teskey Brothers and Mahalia Barnes + The Soul Mates. Stranger Things fans can get their fix on Friday at the Running Up That Hill party at The Brightside – expect lots of Kate Bush, 80s tunes, themed cocktails and photo booths.

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.

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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