Here’s our pick of some of the best things to do this weekend …

Gobble up goodies at the James Street Food & Wine Trail: The James St Food + Wine Trail is back this weekend and it’s bringing a whole load of drool-worthy goodness to the buzzing strip over four days. The epicurean extravaganza will start with its Trail Days events, which are individual outings featuring some killer culinary talent. On Thursday, Mosconi will be kicking off festivities with a Barolo + Game Dinner, with head chef Catherine Anders crafting a six-course feast paired with top-notch Italian wines, while Gerard’s Bar will also be getting in on the action early, with a Lebanese Pizza Party dishing out disco hits and manouche fro 4:00 pm until late. The Green will host an after-dark Middle Eastern feast on Friday July 29, while sister venue ESSA will host a four-course champagne lunch on Saturday July 30. Tippler’s Tap will be celebrating all three days, with craft-beer paddles, baskets of wings and delectable dippers available for a steal. On Sunday July 31, James Street will shut down between Arthur Street and McLachlan Street for its crown-jewel event – the Market Day. From 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, the street will double as an alfresco dining room, complete with 19 pop-up food stalls, 13 bars and five live music stages. Harvey’s Bar & Bistro will be hosting a ticketed four-course lunch on the day, featuring Taittinger champagne paired with a menu designed by PJ McMillian. In addition to the phenomenal fare, the James St Food + Wine Trail Market Day will feature DJ sets, live jazz and creative workshops, as well as seedling planting, face painting and activities for the kids.

Watch some electrifying sci-fi and fantasy movies: Presented by Two Bit Movie Club, Netherworld, Feature Presentation and New Farm Cinemas, the Brisbane Only Rotoscoped Lightning Film Festival (BORLFF) is a retrospective film festival celebrating the iconic hand-drawn lightning visual effects that were a hallmark of the weirdest and coolest science fiction and fantasy movies of the first 100 years of filmmaking. The BORLFF program comprises a lovingly curated selection of odd and wonderful films from the 1950s through to the 1990s, each — crucially — featuring at least one scene with a hand-drawn lightning effect. The festival will run over a two-week period as a series of themed double features, all at Brisbane’s beautiful New Farm Cinemas. Tickets are available for individual features or as a special combo deal, with a BORLFF season pass available for the true lightningheads out there who need to see every single zap. Head to the Humantix website to grab yours.

Watch local musos lace up for this community cup footy match: Much-adored charity Aussie Rules series, the Reclink Community Cup, is hitting Brisbane for the sixth time as part of the national Community Cup tour, taking place this Sunday at the Everton Wolves JAFC ground in Enoggera Memorial Park. In honour of distinguished Gunditjmara/Bundjalung singer-songwriter Archie Roach AM and his extraordinary and enduring musical and charitable contributions over the decades, the national theme for the Cup this year is ‘Let Love Rule’, the title taken from both Archie’s seventh studio album and the title track of the same name. Fresh from the two sides battling out a spectacular tie in 2021, the Rocking Horses – a fearsome team comprising a genre-smashing array of Brisbane bands and musicians – are back to raise awareness and funds for street charity Reclink in attempt to reclaim bragging rights (and the cherished Cup) from their now-traditional arch rivals the Brisbane Lines, a motley ensemble of 4ZZZ stalwarts, ABC Radio staff and other music industry professionals drafted from Dew Process, Oztix, QMusic, Media Arts Lawyers and The Princess Theatre (to name but a few). To learn more or to buy tickets, head here.

Don your best red dress and celebrate Kate Bush: Brisbane’s Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever returns this Saturday at Frew Park in Milton. Enjoy an afternoon of fun and frivolity as Kate Bush fans attempt to fill the park with as many people in red dresses, re-enacting the iconic ‘Wuthering Heights’ video. The afternoon will include an introduction and an instructional of the dance moves. After some practice runs, everyone will perform the routine a few times. There will be Kate Bush music and the chance to have photos and meet other fans!

Enjoy some jazz in the sunshine: It doesn’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing – the rhythmic sounds and toe-tapping beats of jazz are gracing the Parklands this weekend at Jazz on the Green. Settle in for a session of drinks, eats and seriously good tunes from Friday July 29 from 3:00–7:30 pm and Saturday July 30 from 11:00 am to 7:30 pm. Featuring local and emerging artists as well as must-see headline acts Emma Pask, Franky Smart and Victor Martinez, this free event will give people the chance to sit back on the grassy lawns of Riverside Green, complimented by the iconic Brisbane city views while relaxing to the soothing sounds of jazz with friends and family.

Attend this Rockwiz-inspired music variety show: One of Australia’s most beloved and unique live music events, Georgia Mooney’s SUPERGROUPis coming to The Triffid this weekend. Joining Georgia for the song-fuelled spectacular when it hits The Triffid on Thursday July 28 is Jeremy Neale, Hope D and Evil Eddie (Butterfingers). A charming combination of Rockwiz and Spicks and Specks, and teeming with live music, interviews and stories you’re unlikely to hear anywhere else, this live show is one-of-a-kind, to say the least. Want to rock out with some homegrown music heroes? You can grab your tickets to SUPERGROUP at Georgia Mooney’s website.

Stock up on fresh produce at this weekend’s Scenic Rim’s Farm Gate Trail: This weekend, Scenic Rim locals are once again welcoming city slickers to the region’s much-anticipated Farm Gate Trail to learn where their food comes from, meet the farmers, shop local and fill their empty eskies. The July edition is set to be one of the largest trails yet, with 26 farm gates open across the Scenic Rim. You can meet and greet farm animals at Tommerup’s Dairy Farm, go for camel rides at Summer Land Farm, enjoy cheese platters in the garden at Towri Sheep Cheeses, and gobble up edible flowers at Pretty Produce. There’s even a special Scenic Rim Farm Shop packed with locally grown produce, which just so happens to be dog-friendly if you plan on bringing your four-legged mate. If that’s not enough gastronomic goodness, there will also be boozy destinations like Scenic Rim BreweryThe Overflow Estate 1895Sarabah Estate Vineyard and Witches Falls Winery slinging take-home drops so you can snag new provisions for your bar cart. Scenic Rim’s Farm Gate Trail is on Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. For more information or to download your map, pop over here.

Be amazed by this part show, part bar: If you like your cocktails served with a side of enchantment and neon-lit charm, then pull up a seat at the Maho Magic Bar and prepare for a night that will leave you bewitched. Straight from the streets of Tokyo (and with a stop off on the Gold Coast), the Magic Makers from Maho Magic Bar are finally coming to Brisbane for a limited time and are ready to serve up delicious drinks and mystifying magic tricks. From Wednesday to Sunday for a strictly limited season, lovers of magic can settle in for a 60-minute performance session at the bar, sipping on a menu of curated authentic Japanese drinks while being wowed by Japan’s best close-up magicians. Head here to secure your spot at the bar before it disappears before your eyes.

Drink up this champagne-soaked cabaret: Go digging in your wardrobe and free your most sparkly outfit from the dark confines of hardly-ever-wear, as Blanc de Blanc Encore is shimmying its way back into our city as part of Brisbane Festival’s 2022 early event program. Following a limited season on the Gold Coast, The Spiegeltent will be setting up at its new Northshore home, Twilight Electric, from July 27. You can expect the usual suspects to turn up including aerialists, comedians, singers and dancers, all who have performed around the world to adoring crowds. This is one Gatsby-esque party that’s worth your presence. Secure your seat at this hedonistic hub by visiting the Twilight Electric website.

Head to this family-friendly music festival: If you need a little sunshine in your life, then head to Eumundi’s family-friendly music festival Sunshine Sounds this weekend! Sunshine Sounds works to celebrate homegrown artistry on Gubbi Gubbi Country in Eumundi, with a colourful line-up of creatives that are ready to bring sunshine and good vibes to your weekend. The all-Aussie line-up includes the likes of Katie and Tyrone Noonan of george, Clare Bowditch, Tim Rogers, Asha Jefferies, Bobby Alu, Hat Fitz & Cara, Andrea Kirwin & the Yama-Nui Social Club, Band of Frequencies and more! At its heart, Sunshine Sounds Festival uses the power of music to bring people together, fostering community spirit and connection. A key element of the 2022 festival is the inclusion of the Eumundi School of Rock – a unique mentorship program for young musos between the ages of 8 and 17. These little legends will be playing live on the big stage alongside Tim Rogers on Friday July 29. The Saturday program also includes the Sunshine Sounds Community Choir, which gives festival-goers the opportunity to join in on a group sing-song for all ages and abilities. There are single-day and full weekend tickets available. Grab yours, gather the fam and head up to the Sunshine Coast for a wholesome weekend spent supporting the arts and listening to some darn good music.

Catch an eyeful of The Naked Magicians: Standing in front of a crowd naked might be a recurring nightmare for some, but for the Naked Magicians, it’s showbiz, baby! The creators and co-stars of this R-rated magic show, Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler, are two hot and hilarious Aussie performers who deliver world-class magic and non-stop laughs while wearing nothing but a smile. They’re ready to once again bare it all with some of their final shows lined up at Redland Performing Arts Centre this weekend. You can expect a lot of belly laughs, a whole lot of bewildering tricks and some sexy fellas in the buff. Yep, the rabbit won’t be the only thing out of the hat at this sizzling show! Grab your tickets here.

Unleash your inner Monet at this paint-and-sip session: On Sunday July 31, make like Monet and join Treasury Brisbane for its Cork, Culinary & Colour event in the open-air Treasury Hotel Courtyard. This creative session will include a glass of Wynn’s Coonawarra Estate on arrival, a mouth-watering cheese plate, a two-hour painting session with Cork & Chroma. A cash bar will be available to guests to purchase wine, beer and spirits along with soft drinks and juices. Want to test out your artistic skills? Grab a ticket via Treasury Brisbane’s website.

Indulge your senses at this bottomless wine and high cheese experience: Few phrases get us as excited as ‘bottomless wine’ and ‘truffle-infused cheese’. Both are on offer at La Valle this month, as the Fortitude Valley wine bar hosts an indulgent fromage and vino-centric series every Saturday. This weekend, guests will be able to gorge on a tiered cheese tower (loaded with sweet and savoury truffle-infused morsels) while enjoying two hours of bottomless wine for only $55 per person. The High Cheese tower will boast truffle and fontina cheese arancini balls, truffle whipped mascarpone focaccia, house made truffle brie slices, and four-cheese croquettes with truffle aioli. The offer is available every Saturday in July, with seatings from 11:00 am, 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm. More details and bookings can be found on the La Valle website.

Embark on a food-filled Sunny Coast getaway: If, like us, food is your love language, then we can almost guarantee that you’ll reach a new level of taste nirvana at the Sunshine Coast’s latest festival, The Curated (side) Plate. Hosted over ten days from July 29 until August 7, The Curated (side) Plate promises a 2022-sized serving of local produce, fresh seafood and curated taste experiences against the backdrop of the Sunshine Coast’s sprawling coastlines and rolling hinterland hills. Before you start tucking that napkin into your collar, check out or rundown of the event here.

Head to Treasury Brisbane for its SUPER WEEKEND: Treasury Brisbane is amping up the entertainment and dining delights for a SUPER WEEKEND from July 28–29. We’re talking live music, cheap eats (member specials at Fat NoodleKitchen at Treasury and Mei Wei), complimentary parking for members and awesome giveaways! Head here for more info.

See Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical: Based on the acclaimed hit film starring Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Michelle Gellar comes Cruel Intentionsthe ultimate 90s party. Kicking off this weekend, the exciting production features back-to-back bangers including ‘Bye Bye Bye’ (*NSYNC), ‘Sometimes’ (Britney Spears), ‘Just A Girl’ (No Doubt), ‘Candy’ (Mandy Moore) , ‘Foolish Games’ (Jewel), ‘Genie In A Bottle’ (Christina Aguilera), ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ (Deep Blue Something), ‘Kiss Me’ (Sixpence None the Richer), ‘Iris’ (Goo Goo Dolls), ‘I’ll Make Love To You’ (Boyz II Men), ‘Every You and Every Me’ (Placebo) and of course, ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ (The Verve). Drawing you deep into the manipulative world of Manhattan’s most tempting liaisons – Sebastian and Kathryn are seduced by revenge and fuelled by passion. Set out to ravage the virtuous Annette Hargrove and anyone who gets in their way, the siblings find themselves entangled in a web of secrets, temptation, and the cruelest game of all – love. Grab your tickets at the Fortitude Music Hall website.

Catch this social satire at La Boite Theatre: Oscar Wilde’s unmistakable style is combined with a hefty dose of ’90s nostalgia for La Boite Theatre’s newest production, An Ideal Husband, which kicks off this week. The scintillating show is playwright Lewis Treston’s adaptation of the iconic society drama about political corruption. Set in Canberra in 1996, this fresh adaption of Wilde’s classic comedy is a hot take on Australian politics and is a must see for any theatre lover. Want to travel back in time to the political landscape of Canberra in the 90s? An Ideal Husband will play at La Boite at Kelvin Grove from July 18 to August 6. Grab your tickets to this scintillating show at the La Boite website.

Head to 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 host Future Haunts, Perve Endings, Platonic Sex and Lighthouse Mouse on Friday and frontman/singer/songwriter/guitarist for Grinspoon Phil Jamieson on Saturday. On Saturday from 11:30 am, Phil will be heading to The Triffid for a family-friendly concert, and on Friday the Newstead beer garden will host Damage Inc, which will be playing Metallica hits live and loud. The Elton John Experience will be hitting The Tivoli on Saturday, C.W. Stoneking & His Primitive Horn Orchestra will be at The Princess Theatre on Friday, while First Beige will be bringing the noise at The Brightside on Saturday.

Explore a hidden underwater world in this immersive experience: Prepare to deep dive into an enchanting undersea world as a new bucket-list-worthy experience is swimming into our city this month. Love Lust Lost is the latest production from theatre collective Broad Encounters, the same folks who brought the Edgar Allan Poe-inspired theatre experience A Midnight Visit to Brisbane in 2021. Guests can expect to once again be transported to an otherworldly dreamscape, where they can discover 38 different spaces and a cast of seven stellar performers. These rooms will be filled with everything from song and spoken word to dance, circus and film – and a whole lot of skin. Oh, and we’ve heard that there’s a secret bar submerged somewhere in the experience, so keep an eye out on your escapade if you’re feeling thirsty. Want to dip your toes in Love Lust Lost’s water? Tickets are on sale now online, with shows kicking off from July 13.

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.

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. If you really want to level up your experience, pull up a chair at the World of Wonder High Tea and Tour.  In this exclusive experience, you will be taken on a guided tour of the sparkling exhibition, World of Wonder: Margot McKinney, before returning to MoB’s jewel-toned Dome Lounge for a luxe high-tea experience.

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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