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Australia’s biggest curated fashion market, the winter solstice and more – here’s what’s on in Brisbane this weekend

This weekend marks the winter solstice so it’s time to grab your cosies and settle in – the chilly season is well and truly upon us. From art workshops to sonic showcases and comedy shows, Brisbane is pulling out all the stops for another great weekend. Here’s all you won’t want to miss from June 20–23.
Jun 21, 2024, updated Jun 21, 2024

To find out more about what’s on in Brisbane, head to our Event Guide.

Music
Brisbane’s indie darling Felivand is returning home for a show at the South Brisbane venue Ventspace on Saturday night. This intimate performance will see the artist be joined by Dizzy Days, Kalila and KUZCO as well for a night of music. Even sweeter, a drink is included in your ticket.

On Friday and Saturday, heavy-metal outfit DZ Deathrays is coming to Brisbane for two shows at The Triffid. Catch the garage rock band tear up the stage with its genre-defining sounds. The band will be celebrating ten years of its beloved album Black Rat at these two nights of Australian indie rock.

Live events
One of Australia’s biggest comedy festivals is hitting the road and making its way to Brisbane for one unmissable night of laughs. Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow unites both comedy royalty with emerging talent for a hilarious show, hosted by Nikki Britton. Tickets are still available to catch the likes of Alex Ward, Andy Saunders, Joe Daymond and Zoë Coombs Marr in this side-splitting show.

Institute of Modern Art is continuing its collaboration with music label Room 40 with a brand new Mono show. This experience showcases leading and emerging talent in experimental town and Mono 48 is set to be hosted at IMA on Thursday. The first showcase of the year, Mono returns with a triple bill of fascinating electronic sound artists so expect a spin-tingling show.

Just in time for school holidays, MetroArts has launched an exhilarating new production Scaredy House. This interactive theatre event has been created for fearsome families, inviting you into a haunted house quite like no other. Ideal for Wednesday Addams or A Series of Unfortunate Events fans, you’ll need to work together to make it through this twist on a classic tale.

Experience Queensland Ballet’s refreshed take on the romanticist ballet Coppelia this weekend. With the classic comedy being relocated to the South Australian town of Hahndorf, this new vision for Coppelia takes on the show’s mayhem and young love with a touch of Australiana. Be mesmerised by this iconic ballet, with music by Leo Delibes, from Saturday at QPAC.

Shake and Stir’s acclaimed original play Fourteen returns to QPAC this weekend. An adaptation of award-winning journalist Shannon Molley’s memoir, the play follows Shannon’s experience coming of age at an all-boys Catholic school in 1999 region Queensland. Set to a mixtape of 90s bangers, the play is a story of self-discovery against adversity as Shannon navigates his sexuality.

Queensland Theatre’s latest play Cost of Living continues its acclaimed run this weekendPenned by the Pulitzer-winning, Polish-American playwright Martyna Majok, Cost of Living follows four seemingly disconnected characters whose lives are at a crossroads as they endure the very-human experience of needing to care and be cared for. The latest iteration of this prolific play will be running from June 15 to July 13.

Our local fur parents should flock to The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre for The Pet Show. Run in collaboration with RSPCA Queensland, The Pet Show is stacked with everything pet lovers could want. From Bluey live shows to The Wonderdogs, demonstrations, treasure hunts, face painting and food trucks, fur friends of all ages will love this family-proof day out.

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In celebration of the winter solstice, The Northey Street City Farm’s block party is back. Immerse yourself in this time of renewal and reflection with an exciting line-up of permaculture talks, gardening workshops, live music and of course, a bonfire. Flex your green thumbs as well as exploring pop-up markets and food trucks to ring in the new season.

Art and exhibitions
At QAGOMA, Waanyi artist Judy Watson’s career-survey exhibition mudunama kundana wandaraba jarribirri continues for another weekend – combining more than four decades of her prolific work. From fascinating home videos to mesmerising sculpture, the exhibition is a captivating look at the politics of place, family and history.

Experience Japanese artist Hiromi Tango’s artist residency at the Museum of Brisbane this weekend, showcasing the community-led project Gentle Petal. The multi-room installation features upcycled textiles for attendees to create flowers, which will then enliven the walls of the Adelaide Street Pavilion. Hiromi’s vibrant project aims to inspire healing through the social connection of creating together.

At The Stations, a slew of local artists have collaborated on a brand-new art exhibition dedicated to the joys and perils of girlhood. This new showcase is set to be a night of nostalgic art from some of the city’s most exciting up-and-coming talents. Sponsored by Pals, you will get to explore ceramics, painting, fibre art, poetry, photography, and more.

If the local art scene has you wanting to try your own hand at some creating, local artist collective Studio Maverik has teamed up with ceramic house Studio Daffa for a new Still Life Drawing Workshop on Sunday afternoon. This class is BYO and welcomes ages 16 and up.

Food
This month, Dine BNE City has come to life across The City – celebrating the area’s best venues with an epicurean paradise of delicious events and unmissable deals. Kick off your weekend with a culinary adventure thanks to the Supper Club series. Discover set-menu sensations running at all your favourite inner-city eateries. Feast on Chinese delicacies at Phoenix, savour Donna Chang’s signature dishes or indulge with a tomahawk steak at Vintaged Bar and Grill. On Thursday and Friday, walk on the wild side with a Bar Safari through The City’s most coveted watering holes. Elevate your after-work tipple with sip and snack deals such as the new kid on the block Longwang and its $25 Beer and Bao series. You’ll also find champagne and oysters at Rothwell’s Bar & Grill, frosé and share plates at Santa Monica and much more. With more than 55 venues coming together for more than 90 exclusive offers and events, an abundant feast of flavours and fun awaits.

Markets
Fashion fans rejoice! Fashion Thrift Society’s highly anticipated new market returns this weekend. Discover a curated range of impeccable vintage and second-hand gems to fill your wardrobe this winter from more than 200 distinctive vendors. Explore Fashion Thrift Society on Sunday at Brisbane Showgrounds from 10:00 am.

Stock up on fresh-local produce, bespoke goodies and street food snacks at one of the weekly markets as well. Riverside Markets, Kelvin Grove Village Market, Jan Powers Farmers MarketsCarseldine Markets, Nundah Farmers Markets and the Redcliffe Markets are open and trading this weekend.

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