QAGOMA’s latest exhibition, Macy Gray and Boulderfest– here’s what’s on in Brisbane this weekend

There’s plenty on the program across Brisbane this weekend to help you settle in for the second half of the year. A new month means new Australia-first exhibitions, new music acts and even new theatre to heat up your winter days. Here’s all you won’t want to miss from July 4–7.
Jul 05, 2024, updated Jul 05, 2024
Iris van Herpen's Seijaku dress, made with glass spheres, silicone, Pet G (thermoplastic polyester), from the Seijaku collection 2016. Collection: Iris van Herpen / Photograph © Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones

Iris van Herpen's Seijaku dress, made with glass spheres, silicone, Pet G (thermoplastic polyester), from the Seijaku collection 2016. Collection: Iris van Herpen / Photograph © Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones

On this weekend’s Open Season roster, Brooklyn-born soul artist Iniko is coming to the Tivoli on Friday night. The polymath has gained a rep for their reimagined take on alt-soul music, fusing inspiration from movie scores, trap music and rock. Recently rising the ranks of TikTok, Iniko is bringing their cosmic soul sound for an unmissable Brisbane-debut show.

On Saturday night, dance-music duo Cosmo’s Midnight is getting down for you with a new show to celebrate their latest release Stop Thinking Start Feeling. The Australian act is known for getting moshes of people moving at festivals across the globe with their addictive dance beats. Settle in for a boogie this Saturday when Cosmo’s Midnight returns to Brisbane.

If you’re craving a hit of nostalgia this weekend, Fortitude Music Hall is welcoming the songstress sensation Macy Gray to its stage. Best known for her iconic 1999 album, Macy Gray has remained a legend of soul music. The ‘I Try’ singer will be coming to Brisbane for a show on Saturday night as part of On How Life Is! 25th Anniversary tour.

Musicals, theatre and live events
Stop the lights – A Taste of Ireland is coming to Brisbane this weekend for a grand celebration of celtic charm. Starring dancers from Lord of the Dance and Riverdance, alongside a treasure trove of Irish Dancing Champions, ’A Taste of Ireland’, A Taste of Ireland is a showcase of cultural traditions mixed with some modern flair.

Queensland Theatre continues to ask if love has a bottom line for another weekend with its latest play Cost of LivingCreated by the Pulitzer-winning, Polish-American playwright Martyna Majok, Cost of Living follows four seemingly disconnected characters, enduring the same 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.

Rock out this weekend with TINA – The Tina Turner Musical, the Broadway show dedicated to the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll that just opened at QPAC. Experience the iconic careers of the legendary songstress with simply the best soundtrack of the songstress’ most beloved tunes from “River Deep – Mountain High” to “Proud Mary”. This musical is a celebration of the tour de force that was Tina, showcasing her inspiring life story, renowned career and lasting legacy.

Australia’s leading puppetry company, Erth has brought its new show Arc to the Powerhouse this week – just in time for school holidays. This new show explores the important topic of species extinction through a mesmerising theatre experience that combines natural history, First Nations stories and ecology. With a hands-on style, Arc asks audiences to consider their relationship with nature and loss on both collective and individual scales.

At West End’s Metro Arts, catch the latest black comedy Famished Future Feeders. Set in the near future, this new show presents an oddly utopian dystopia that traverses a new world that’s both progressed and regressed. This new play is running until July 13.

Social media star Alright Hey (aka Matt Hey) is coming to the Powerhouse this week for his new show Dancing Queen. Based on his unreleased memoir, this new show explores Matt’s trials and tribulations as Australia’s digital diva with musings on childhood, relationships, money and more. Pick up tickets for this night of definite laughs here.

The fiercely anticipated new blockbuster exhibition from QAGOMA Iris Van Herpen: Sculpting the Senses just opened its doors. The ethereal exhibition showcases more than 100 mesmerising garments by the Dutch designer, exploring their pioneering approach to 3D printing, new-wave fabrications and robotics. The designs – which fuse fashion and art – will be exhibited alongside a curated collection of the specimens, contemporary art and artefacts which have inspired their creations.

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The World Press Photo Exhibition returns to Brisbane Powerhouse for its 2024 iteration. This world-renowned event showcases the best and more important achievements in photojournalism and documentary photography over the last year. With a fascinating line-up of subjects and a diverse range of photographers, this exhibition invites you to find new perspectives on the news cycle from the last year with heart-wrenching and heartwarming stories.

If your soul is in need of some soothing this weekend – fear not! There are a bunch of wholesome happenings coming to Brisbane to get you cantering, crafting and climbing. On Friday, Brisbane’s resident run club SoSos is teaming up with LSKD to take over W Brisbane’s WET Deck. The inner-city hotspot will be transformed into a wellness haven to get you moving and shaking off those winter blues – with prizes and a brekkie buffet as well.

For our climbing crew, Boulderfest – Australia’s most popular social climbing comp is taking over Urban Climb’s West End Boulder Hall. With a spectacular finals round, this year’s event is set to climb new heights with its line-up of Australia’s top-performing climbers.

When all this movement works up for craving for craft, head to ceramic artist Bonnie Hislop’s workshop being held at Ipswich City Town Hall. At this imaginative workshop, craft your very own whimsical pet sculpture and bring your creative pet portrait to life – all under the guidance of a ceramics maven.

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.

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! We do our best to remove cancelled events but be sure to check the organiser’s own event page for the most current updates.

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

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