Frothy festivals, cinematic concerts and art after dark – here’s what’s on in Brisbane this weekend

A new season is well and truly underway and Brisbane’s ushering in an array of fresh events this weekend to show for it – from frothy-themed festivals to a 70-tonne sailing ship that’s docked in New Farm. This weekend promises an eclectic array of must-dos that’ll add some spice to your typical routine. Here’s what’s on March 14 to 17.

Mar 15, 2024, updated Mar 15, 2024

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.

Across the river, QAGOMA’s blockbuster exhibition Fairy Tales continues for another weekend. Journey through its galleries of grandeur artworks and artefacts that explore the fantastical world of fairy tales. Childhood stories come alive in this curated collection – bound to delight kids and adults alike. Over the weekend, Australian Cinémathèque is continuing its movie marathon of fairy-tale-themed films – spanning new contexts and different eras. This weekend, you can catch the Australian thriller Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) as well as many more – all screening for free.

In the same precinct, QAGOMA also just launched its Seeds and Sovereignty exhibition. This collection showcases the Indigenous Australian Art Collection and considers the intricate relationships between plants, people and Country. Discover artwork by traditional and emerging First Nations artists and unlock the cultural stories, ceremony and Songlines – refined over millennia of caring for Country – embedded within this rich ecological world.

This weekend, Brisbane Institute of Art welcomes a new exhibition by local artist Christine Atkins. The captivating collection of bright and colourful still-life paintings embodies the techniques of old masters in workds inspired by her home state of Queensland. This intimate exhibition of more than 50 of Christine’s new works opens this Friday and is free to view.

Music and live events
Martinis and tuxedos at the ready – Queensland Symphony Orchestra is taking on the iconic Casino Royale score, live and in sync for one night only this Friday. The Bond on the Big Screen series brings you renditions of the film series’ infamous score. The unexpected twists and heart-racing action come to life with the power of the orchestra for a Bond movie night like never before.

Experience the wonders of the wizarding world at Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Cinematic series. On Saturday, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 will be screened alongside a live performance of Alexandre Desplat’s magical score – played in time to the riveting penultimate chapter in Harry’s story. The live orchestra adds even more suspense and sentiment to the iconic movie series for an exciting muggle event.

QAGOMA’s letting you journey through the wondrous world of its blockbuster exhibition after dark this weekend. Fairy Tales Up Late – running both Friday and Saturday nights – offers you the rare chance to experience this acclaimed exhibition alongside a night of live music, theatre and drop-in workshops. With the likes of Maple Glider and Methyl Ethel headlining the pop-up stages and street food and pop-up bars aplenty, this season’s Up Late is looking to be another unmissable cultural night for all ages.

Theatre and live events
Experience the magic of the musical classic Beauty and the Beast the Musical at Lyric Theatre. With a sensational soundtrack penned by Alan Menken, this musical reimagines the beloved Disney film for the stage. The classic fairy-tale story comes to life with captivating sets and opulent costumes for a reverie of romance.

ΩHM Festival is back for another year of curious culture, music legends and genre-bending performances at Brisbane Powerhouse. This weekend sees a boundary-pushing program that unites fringe artists with new-wave creators and historic heavyweights. Catch a riotous range of shows this week like video art from indie-rock matriarch Kim Gordon and a free DJ set from Arka Kinari at the duo’s 70-tonne sailing ship that’s travelled across the Atlantic and docked at New Farm Park.

You’ll also find new Australian theatre taking over Brisbane Powerhouse with the acclaimed new play, Big Yikes! The coming-of-age story follows the character of Loxie as she tackles the adult world of change and independence. Running until March 23, there will even be a Q&A with the theatre company after the show this Thursday.

Culinary goddess of the small screen Nigella Lawson is also coming to Brisbane Thursday night for a conversation hosted by Australian foodie favourite Matt Preston. The best-selling cookbook author and enigmatic personality will be talking about all things cooking, food culture and most likely, chocolate. Be beguiled by the celebrity chef’s ever-elegant accent and enjoy a fascinating night delving into her expansive career.

Food and drink
The Brisbane beer event of the year Juicy Beer Festival is hopping back for another year of brews at Fortitude Music Hall this Saturday. Led by a line-up of local, interstate and international breweries, the festival features technical chats, tasting sessions and unique tipples. Of course, no froth-session is complete without a delicious feed. The festival is welcoming restaurant pop-ups from Southside, Zero Fox and BAJA Modern Mexican. Round up your mates and snap up a ticket now.

The Brisbane eatery Corbett & Claude is bringing a flair for elegance to Thursday nights with its new martini special. All three of its locations will be shaking up classic and new takes on the iconic cocktail. For $55 per person, you can feast on three plates of snacks and toast with three rounds of martinis. Start the weekend indulgence early with martinis flowing from 4:00 pm.

The Great Artist Market (TGAM) returns to Felons Barrel Hall on Saturday – transforming the contemporary beer hall into a buzzing hub of stalls from a curated selection of creators. TGAM offers a great mix of emerging and established artists with a treasure trove of hidden gems and one-of-a-kinds all under the one roof. Start your weekend here with a coffee and treat from the riverside precinct’s beloved venues and shop and stroll.

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. For our night owls still craving the delicious market fare but can’t beat the ‘snooze’ button and hit up Eat Street Northshore. Open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Events may be subject to be postponed or cancelled at the last minute. We do our best to remove cancelled events but be sure to check the organiser’s own event page for the most current updates.

Want more? Head to our comprehensive Event Guide for all of the fun around town where you can search by category, date, location and more!

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