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What’s on in Brisbane? Here's two dozen things you can do this weekend

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While the weather may be chilly, it’s definitely worth getting out and about this weekend! There’s plenty of fun-filled events coming to Brisbane over the next few days – you can test your trivia knowledge amongst Aussie music legends, boogie the night away at Bee Gees-themed night markets or get into the Christmas (in July) spirit at festive pop-up bars. Here’s our pick of some of the best things to do this weekend …

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Dance and dine at this Bee Gees-themed market: Don your best disco outfit as this Saturday will see the Redcliffe Markets Night Fever take over Redcliffe Parade. This free, family-friendly event is set to celebrate all things disco, dancing, and deliciously good times. From 4:00–9:00 pm, you’ll be able to shimmy down to a market wonderland brimming with street food, unique finds and fun activities– we’re (jive) talking a Bee Gees cover band, costume competitions, food trucks and plenty of boogying! Learn more here.

Embark on a plant-filled weekend on the Sunshine Coast: If you foster a healthy obsession with plants and all things gardening, then boy, do we have some news for you. From July 8–10, the Sunshine Coast is playing host to the who’s-who of Aussie gardening at the Queensland Garden Expo! To help you get your green thumb ready for three plant-packed days of soil-enriched gardening goodness, we’ve curated a jam-packed itinerary that will tantalise your taste buds and give you a much-needed breath of fresh air as you escape the city and let Mother Nature give you some love.

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.

Sample sudsy sips at this beer festival: Beer lovers will be spoiled rotten at the inaugural Juicy Beer Festival, which is taking place at The Fortitude Music Hall on this Saturday. The festival will see 20 brewers from Australia and New Zealand showcasing more than 40 beers. Guests will be able to purchase a ticket to one of two four-hour sessions (one during the day and one at night), which will then give them access to beer tastings, pop-up food stalls and live entertainment from Sampology, Winston Surfshirt and local DJs. Appearing at the festival will be local legends Range BrewingWorking Title Brew Co. and Sea Legs Brewing Co., as well as the likes of Mountain Culture Beer Co.Deeds BrewingHop NationShapeshifter Brewing CompanyFox Friday and Garage Project. The festival will also be roping in local eateries such as Kid Curry and Shucks Bar for its food offering. Learn more here.

Celebrate Christmas in July at this very festive winter pop-up: If you love Christmas and getting into the festive spirit then we have the bar for you. In Tinseltown it’s Christmas Day, every single damn day (even in July!). This pop-up bar, brought to you from the Explore Hidden team, is decked out in all the festive glory from trees to tinsel galore in a space located in South Bank. Festive bar hoppers can expect Christmas tunes, fun games, hidden mistletoe, decadent drinks and of course, Santa himself. Grab your tickets here.

Test your knowledge at this cult trivia eventNot On Your Rider! is Brisbane’s very own cult music trivia night. Think of it like a mix between a music pub trivia and your favourite pop quiz panel shows for a night of laughs, games and stories. After three years running sold-out monthly events at The Triffid, NOYR is making a move to the beautiful Fortitude Music Hall to celebrate its third birthday! A full house band will be lead by Simi Lacroix and you can expect musical installations throughout the venue, along with other surprises – it will be an unmissable event for any Brisbane music fan. The event will feature your regular host Aimon Clark (Isolation Trivia, The Creases) and team captains Patience Hodgson (The Grates) and Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson (Music and Television legend) along with a rotating panel of guests from across the entertainment industry. Past guests have included members from Powderfinger, Ball Park Music, Dune Rats, DZ Deathrays, The Kite String Tangle, Butterfingers, Last Dinosaurs, author Trent Dalton, Steven Bradbury, Hatchie and Washington – prepare for a night of surprises, fun and heaps of prizes. There’s still a few tickets left – grab yours here.

Be whisked away to speakeasies of yesteryear at this magical musical: Not since the critically acclaimed Ladies in Black has Queensland Theatre brought their masterful storytelling to musical theatre. But here they come again, teaming up with QPAC for the first time since the record-breaking success of Boy Swallows Universe to present The Sunshine Club. This is a show filled with all the razzle dazzle that musical theatre audiences are used to, but it’s set on our own soil. First Nations boy Frank Doyle (Marcus Corowa) returns to Brisbane from the battlefields of WWII filled with optimism and ready to start the next chapter of his young life. All he wants to do is spend time with girl next door Rose (Irena Lysiuk) but in 1946 Brisbane it’s still frowned upon for black and white to be together. Filled with hope and defiance Frank sets up his own ballroom, The Sunshine Club, where anyone and everyone can come together … to dance. Together internationally acclaimed playwright and director Wesley Enoch, prolific composer John Rodgers, and a cast of industry icons and leading lights, harness the innate optimism of the musical theatre form to create an unmissable love story – a love story between two young people, and a love letter to a future nation. Grab your tickets here.

Check out stunning shots at the World Press Photo Exhibition: The World Press Photo Exhibition has returned to Brisbane Powerhouse on its worldwide tour showcasing the best and most important photojournalism from around the globe. For its 65th edition, the World Press Photo Contest saw 4,066 photographers from 130 countries enter 64,823 photographs. In yet another transformative year for the world, the highly anticipated exhibition presents courageous stories, invaluable insights, and a diversity of interpretations – from the undeniable effects of the climate crisis and civil rights movements to access to education and preserving indigenous practices and identity. Providing a variety of perspectives from all corners of the globe, the World Press Photo Exhibition 2022 invites viewers to step outside the news cycle, and think critically about important topics in our world. To learn more, head here.

Devour delicious dishes at this night market: Oodles of noodles, top-notch takoyaki, moreish sweet potato taro fries, divine dumplings and flaky roti – you can expect all of this and more at this year’s Taiwan Night Market, which is returning to Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown from July 8–9. Held in association with UQ TAISA, the Taiwan Night Market is back after a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus, this time boasting 25 different food stalls slinging everything from baos to bubble tea. In addition to the heavenly food, expect plenty of live performances, carnival games and a play area for kids to enjoy. The night market will be held between 4:30–9:30 pm on Friday and between 1:00–9:30 pm on Saturday.

Don some glitter for this Euphoria-themed house party: The Triffid is getting out the glitter for its Euphoria House Party on Friday July 8. The crew will be playing the biggest hits from Euphoria followed by party tunes until late! There will also be themed drinks, free glitter face painting, best-dressed prizes and Euphoria-inspired decorations. Get your tickets here.

Warm up with fondue and champagne at this chalet-style pop-up: Hang up your coats and put aside your skis at the new Emporium Hotel x Mumm Champagne Ski Chalet. Enjoy heart-warming limited-edition cocktails or get lost in a long list of rich Mumm Champagnes like the 1996 Mumm Cordon Rouge ‘Chef de Cave’ Magnum and the 2002 Mumm R.Lalou Cuvee Magnum. But that’s not all … reside by the fire with a range of winter warmers everybody knows and loves including cheese and chocolate fondues, soup of the day, our signature macarons or a childhood favourite – jaffles. Looking for something a little more? You can sip and snack on the new winter high tini complete with sweets and savouries of the season. To make a booking, hop over here.

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.

Enjoy good ol’ Middle-Ages fun at this medieval festival: Prepare to step back in time – the Abbey Medieval Festival is back to surprise and delight from July 9–10. Punters are invited back to Abbeystowe to celebrate and enjoy the pageantry, excitement, colour, sounds, and drama of the Middle Ages. Once again, visitors will be able to step back in time and witness the thrill of a joust as knights on their mighty steeds charge down the list for honour and glory. There will be fighting displays, archery, and music played on strange instruments such as the hurdy-gurdy, medieval bagpipe, and shawm. As you explore the grounds at Abbeystowe you may come across fierce Vikings, Turkish oil wrestling, great war machines and powerful cannons. There will be opportunities to learn about medieval farming, participate in dance workshops, see ancient crafts brought to life and smell the rich aroma of medieval cooking as it wafts through the air from the encampments of the many medieval reenactors. For those who like a little mental stimulation, there will be presentations on aspects of medieval life at the pageant wagon. The marketplace will once again be bustling with medieval merchants selling their wares. Festival-goers may also visit the Stag Inn to enjoy a hot spicy mead, honey mead or cider and satisfy their hunger with an ever-popular venison pie. If this is not to your taste, there will be many merchants selling all manner of delicious medieval foods and sweet treats. Grab your tickets at the Abbey Medieval Festival 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.

Check out Brisbane’s best independent artisans at this winter market: Brisbane’s favourite handmade designers and artists will gather once again at South Bank to satisfy all of your sustainable handmade shopping needs. Visit the Queensland Museum this 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. Make a day of it with the family in the surrounds of Brisbane River and explore the Southbank Cultural Precinct and grab a bite to eat from the onsite cafe. The best part? This event is free to attend! To learn more, head here.

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.

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.

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 – has returned to QPAC. 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.

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.

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 ACER SPADE, Bad Mums, The Mangroves and Dream Dali for a chilled gig on Thursday, while hardcore punk band The Kids will be hitting the stage on Saturday. Bugs will be hitting The Princess Theatre on Friday and Sunnyboys will be bringing the noise on Saturday. Thornhill is headed to The Triffid on Sunday while Jimmy Rees will be bringing belly laughs to Fortitude Music Hall also on Sunday. Talking of funny people, Luke Kidgell will be bringing his Cheers To That tour to The Tivoli on Thursday evening.

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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