Get the party started: What’s on in Brisbane this weekend

We might be trying to stick to our new year’s resolutions but we like to think it’s still the season to feast, frolic and enjoy all things fun! Like the many years gone by our weekly run down of the best events for the weekend ahead is sure to keep the party rolling throughout the year. So buckle up as here are all of the fun things you can get up to in Brisbane this weekend …

Theatre and live shows
After a hugely successful stint in Sydney and Melbourne, Brisbane locals will finally get their opportunity to join the revolution this weekend, when Hamilton arrives at QPAC for a strictly limited season. You do not want to throw away your shot to witness Lin-Manuel Miranda’s much-loved musical, which has had a profound impact on culture, politics and education since it first debuted Off-Broadway in 2015. The queens of SIX The Musical also continue their reign at QPAC’s Playhouse Theatre this weekend. Remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak, these Tudor queens turned pop princesses retell their story in this high-octane pop musical, which has taken the world by storm. A decadent evening of sensational acrobatics, operatic cabaret and tongue-in-cheek burlesque awaits at BLUSH, which is also playing at QPAC. This award-winning circus sensation is not to be missed! Experience the Flavour of Life – Live on Stage as chef, restauranteur and much-loved author Yotam Ottolenghi makes his highly anticipated return to Brisbane this Saturday. On the music front, The Fortitude Music Hall will be hosting The Dead South on Thursday while Partiboi69 is hitting The Triffid on Friday. Meat Loaf: The Concert will spotlight show-stopping hits of the iconic singer, Meat Loaf, and the hits penned by his long-time collaborator and friend, Jim Steinman at The Tivoli on Friday. On Saturday iconic rock band Cog will headline The Other Festival, featuring a line-up of the country’s biggest names in metal, prog and rock as part of The Tivoli’s ENCORE series. The Princess Theatre will welcome musician Ty Segall on Friday and stand-up comic Kanan Gill on Sunday. The Currency will take the stage at The Zoo on Saturday while WIG WAM will rock out on Sunday. Get ready to dream of Californication as Red Hot Chilli Peppers are hitting Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, or if you’re a lover of Aussie rock, head to QPAC to catch The Fabulous Caprettos – a supergroup made up of Daryl Braithwaite, Russell Morris, Jack Jones and Rai Thistlethwayte. Get your freak on at W Brisbane’s Sun Deck this Saturday at Need2Freak with world-renowned dance and electronic headliner DJ Boring, level up your weekend with Sydney dance-duo Sunset Bros at Treasury Brisbane’s Super Weekend or catch global R&B powerhouse Kehlani at fresh-faced festival Souled Out.

One of our favourite ways to spend our free time is strolling through an art gallery, and there’s no better place to do this than at QAGOMA. The gallery’s summer blockbuster exhibition, Air, is showcasing immersive and large-scale works by leading international and Australian artists exploring the cultural, ecological and political dimensions of air. Courage and Beauty is also gracing the gallery and this spellbinding showcase celebrates the vision and generosity of Queensland art collector and philanthropist James C. Sourris AM. Giving us the perfect excuse to wander around the city is Brisbane City Council’s Outdoor Gallery exhibition, play/ground. Art enthusiasts are set to be wowed by a series of breathtaking artworks in light boxes, banners, vitrines, and evening projections across destinations including Howard Smith Wharves, Ann Street and Fish Lane. MoB is once again inviting art lovers to escape the world outside and enter a new, far more colourful one inside its fun-filled exhibition Play Moves. Sticking around until April 16, this fantastical display is bringing together a bounty of local and national artists for a boundary-breaking art experience like no other. Exhibition-goers can stroll through six large-scale installations where every action you take makes the art around you come alive.

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Out-of-the-box activities
In the middle of Roma Street Parkland is where you’ll come across Moonlight Cinema, which is screening hits and serving up popcorn this summer. The outdoor cinema boasts a line-up of this season’s biggest blockbusters, hottest new releases and certified cult classics. Those feeling extra adventurous can hit up Brisbane’s most ‘grammable experience – Imaginaria. The stunning immersive play experience combines audio-visual art, inflatable architecture, light installations and futuristic gamification suitable for all ages. Nerdy about NASA? If that’s a yes, then you’re going to love the space-centric experience that’s landed in Brisbane. Neighbourhood Earth is an out-of-this-world experience that lets visitors explore the solar system and our place within it. Feeling hot hot hot? The Nautilus Beach Club is open for the summer to both guests and the general public, and it’s the perfect place to cool down with a cocktail in hand. For just $29, guests can enjoy the pool for up to seven hours and you’ll even get a welcome spritz on arrival.

Markets and foodie fun
If you’re eager to stroll through some stalls and stock up on some fresh fruit and veg over the weekend, be sure check out these markets happening – Saturday Fresh MarketRiverside MarketsKelvin Grove Village MarketJan Powers Farmers MarketsDavies Park MarketCarseldine MarketsNundah Farmers Markets and the Redcliffe Markets. For delicious dinnertime eats, Eat Street Northshore is on for your snacking pleasure on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights or a hint of mystery, head to Westoria on Friday – a unique night market bringing a sense of wonder, excitement and sense-enlivening magic to West End. Queensland’s favourite vegan markets are back this Saturday at Portside Wharf, delivering a bounty of taste bud-tantalising bites and bespoke goods. For a sweet treat, head to South Bank to check out pop-up Japanese eatery Kumo Kumo, which is slinging its signature jiggly souffle pancakes and speciality drinks for a limited time only. Hot margarita summer has arrived at The Boundary with the arrival of the Patrón Pop-UpHead up to The Boundary rooftop and be transported to the beaches of Tulum, complete with margarita trees, bottomless nachos, tacos and all the good vibes you could ask for.

Hottest 100 parties
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably well aware that it’s Hottest 100 this weekend. There are a bunch of places where you can count down to number one with a tipple in hand including The Triffid, Revel Brewing Co Rivermakers, Archive Beer Boutique, The Princess Theatre, Summa House and Prohibition just to name a few. Happy listening!

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