Hello Dolly: What’s on in Brisbane this weekend

The weather is once again looking stunning this weekend so it’s best we make the most of it. Lucky for us, from Thursday to Sunday there is plenty to do in Brisbane – you can soak up the sun at an outdoor gig in the park, dance the day away at a festival dedicated to boogying and sing along to your favourite Dolly Parton tunes at a star-filled musical. Here’s our pick of some of the best things to do this weekend …

Jun 02, 2022, updated Jun 02, 2022

Roll out your rug for this free concert at Roma Street Parkland: Returning to Brisbane’s tropical inner-city oasis on the first Sunday of every month, The Sound Society embraces the true meaning of ‘easy like a Sunday morning’.

This Sunday, punters will be treated to a fusion of soul and funk tunes at Banyan Lawn courtesy of The Soul Collective. Taking place on Banyan Lawn, the event also includes the option to pre-order a picnic hamper from the Parkland’s esteemed grazing ground, The Garden Room Café. Hampers include an appetising assortment of home-made dips, cured deli meats and farmhouse cheeses, washed down with a glass or two of vino.

Concert-goers are welcome to pack their own spread and tipple of choice with the area being licensed from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, or The Garden Room Café is also open for dine-in service. Food vendor Sorella & Co will also be making an appearance at the event, serving up a selection of flavoursome Italian-inspired delights.

Paint, sip and snack under the clouds at Cork, Culinary & Colour: This Sunday, 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 Chandon Garden Spritz on arrival, a mouth-watering cheese plate, a two-hour painting session with Cork & Chroma and a glass of either Chandon Brut or Rosé to sip during the class.

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.

Celebrate Australian food and drink at Brookfield Harvest: Regional food, Australian wines and local music will be celebrated at Brookfield Harvest – a brand-new outdoor dining experience taking place at the Brookfield Showgrounds this Saturday. This open-air feast will showcase open-fire cooking from Terra Firma Dining and cheese and charcuterie platters from NOTA Restaurant & Wine Bar, as well as a matched wine list curated by sommelier Olivia Evans.

The evening’s musical accompaniment will come courtesy of local acts Those FolkBrenton and The Vernons. The lunch will take place between 12:00–4:00 pm, with live performances running until 10:00 pm. Secure your spot at the table here.

Explore Milton under the moonlight: This Saturday, Cribb Street will come to life under the stars at Milton by Moonlight, thanks to Milton Rum Distillery. Spend a magical night out under the moonlight exploring the region’s most delicious gourmet street food, local artisan gifts and stalls, and live entertainment that’s sure to get you grooving the night away.

Top it off with a tipple from a very special Stone & Wood pop-up bar to make the night extra enjoyable. The evening will feature some of the best Stone & Wood award-winning brews, refreshing seltzers, warming wines, and so much more all set beside one of two groovin’ twilight stages featuring live music and bands all night.

Sing along to all of your favourite Dolly hits at this musical: Set the alarm for a great night out at Dolly Parton’s joyous smash-hit musical 9 TO 5, which features a stellar cast, knock-out songs and high-flying ambitions. A sensation on the West End and inspired by the hit film, the musical tells the story of Doralee, Violet and Judy, three enterprising workmates pushed to the edge by their mean-spirited boss Franklin Hart Jnr.

Resorting to wit, camaraderie and cunning, they dream up a no holds barred scheme to kidnap and turn the tables on their controlling supervisor in the most hilariously defiant of ways. Only question is, will the feisty trio manage to change the office culture to reach their full potential or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit?

With a sparkling score by Dolly Parton and a book by the iconic movie’s original screenwriter Patricia Resnick, 9 TO 5 is the quintessential feel-good show for the times. Full of mischief, laughter and affection, it’s gold carat fun! Grab your tickets at the QPAC website.

Watch this spellbinding showcase: Our calendars are brimming with cultural must-dos over the next few months but we’re making special room for Metro Arts’ Where We Meet, which will be gracing the stage from May 31 to June 4. A music-fuelled experience, Where We Meet blends live looping, opera, electronica, beat boxing, Samoan language and hip-hop tunes.

In other words, it’s a must-see musical experience like no other combined with creative cultural storytelling – and it’s one you won’t want to miss. The show stars dynamite duo Dr Eve Klein (a second generation Maltese Australian composer, vocalist, and music technologist) and Taitu’uga Kitch Wesche (a Samoan High Talking Chief, songwriter, musician, actor and performer), who, although an unlikely pairing, have come together on a journey that shares a common theme – cultural connection.

With awe-inspiring performances, cultural practice and captivating true stories, Eve and Taitu’uga shine a light on the universal longing for connection in this genre-defying showcase. Want to immerse yourself in a truly different type of stage production? Grab your tickets to Where We Meet at the Metro Arts website.

Immerse yourself in these mesmerising live shows: A bunch of must-see concerts, gigs and live shows are coming to Brisbane this weekend, and we are more than just a little excited. The Triffid will host British rapper Jay1 on Friday and Australian rockers Tumbleweed on Saturday, while the Fortitude Music Hall will welcome indie-rock legends on Ball Park Music on Friday.

The Princess Theatre will be blessed with the dulcet tones of Josh Pyke on Friday, then back in The Valley, The Tivoli will see Joan As A Police Woman take to the stage for an unforgettable gig.  Black Bear Lodge will be celebrating its 11th birthday this weekend with a clutch of killer live performances from some local music makers like Benny Chiu, David Versace, Doggie Heaven, Gratitude Cowgirl, Great Sage and many more. The Delta Riggs will be bringing the noise to The Zoo on Friday while The Porkers are coming back to Brisbane on Saturday for a some ska fun.

Witness Shakespeare mixing with the satirical at this immersive play: To be, or not to be … that is the question made famous by Shakespeare’s renowned tragedy, Hamlet. In Queensland Theatre’s latest play, however, the question is – to be a woman, or not to be a woman? Taking over the Bille Brown Theatre from May 28 to June 18, Bernhardt/Hamlet is a mesmerising real-life backstage story by renowned American playwright Theresa Rebeck.

The Broadway hit tells the audacious story about a 19th century woman issuing a challenge to the system (that is still as relevant today) – she wants to break the mould and play the role of Hamlet. What transpires next will tickle the funny bone, to say the least. Tickets are available via the Queensland Theatre website.

Live your Step Up dreams at this festival of dance: If your favourite childhood movies were Honey and Centre Stage, if you’re an avid learner of TikTok dances or you just love to shake your groove thing, then you’re going to want to make your way to Metro Arts from May 29 to June 18.

The creative precinct will be hosting the Mad Dance Festivala two-week roster of awe-inspiring performances, creative projects, dance battles, workshops, artist talks and activations. You can strike a pose at the Alexander Vogue Night, celebrate the diversity of ethnic cultures at Rhythmology, show off your skills at the  Mad Dance Festival Battle, and more! Tickets are of various prices – head to the Metro Arts website to find out more.

Jump on an emotional rollercoaster at this heart-wrenching play: Sometimes relationships don’t work out and, often, you’re left trying to pinpoint the moment that it all started to deteriorate. From May 30 to June 18, La Boite Theatre’s take on the musical theatre classic The Last Five Years bravely tackles this exact scenario.

Created by famed American musical theatre composer Jason Robert Brown and directed by Australian theatre alum Darren Yap, The Last Five Years depicts a love story that has run its course, following New Yorkers Jamie and Cathy as they reminisce the highs and lows of their relationship but from their individual perspective – Jamie tells his story in chronological order while Cathy shares hers in reverse.

There’s a reason that The Last Five Years has captivated audiences since its premiere in 2001 – but trust us when we say pack the tissues. You can grab tickets over on the La Boite Theatre website.

Sip champagne in a winter-themed igloo: Everyone’s favourite winter pop-up bar, Veuve Clicquot In The Snow, has returned for the chilly season. Featuring its signature igloos, textural winter styling and plenty of Veuve Clicquot champagne, the pop-up’s stunning river vista and enticing menu are a sure-fire way to chill out and experience Euro chalet vibes in a quintessential Brisbane location. In addition to a range of Veuve Clicquot champagne available by the glass and bottle, the drinks menu features Australian and French wines, beers, and cocktails including the Berries & Bubbles with fresh raspberry, lemon juice, Belevedere Pure and Veuve Clicquot Brut!

A menu of snacks and nibbles will be available including the new Customs House pop-up bar classic – the Moreton Bay bug brioche roll with lime and dill mayo! Freshly shucked Tasmanian pacific oysters, whole baked brie served with crostini, and mac and cheese croquettes with truffle aioli are also on the menu, among much more (including a range of Aussie, Italian and English cheeses) for some decadent winter indulgence. Learn more and make a booking here.

Traverse through The City on this self-guided art trail: The Indigenous Art Program transforms Brisbane’s streets into an exhibition of Aboriginal artworks in various places and spaces, including large-scale banners, light boxes, vitrines, and projections, in Brisbane’s laneways. Until August 7 you can explore the OUTstanding exhibition throughout the Outdoor Gallery, featuring new and existing artworks from Australia’s leading Aboriginal artists.

The spectacular line-up of artists includes Elisa Jane Carmichael, Jody Rallah, Kyra Mancktelow, Boneta-Marie Mabo, Chris Bassi, Mia Boe, Keemon Williams, Tori-Jay Mordey, Sam Harrison, Melissa Stannard, Dylan Mooney and LaVonne Bobongie. The exciting event invites us to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Australia’s First Nations people, not just through the visual art on display but also by way of a series of artist-led workshops, talks, studio visits and walking tours with the curators. To learn more about the program, head to the Council website.

Check out MoB’s current exhibition: MoB’s home-grown exhibition Making Place: 100 Views of Brisbane is where museum-goers can treat their peepers to more than 100 artworks depicting some of Brisbane’s most iconic scenes. The dazzling exhibition features works from renowned artists including Vida Lahey, Judy Watson and Margaret Olley, and an atmospheric soundscape by Artist in Residence Lawrence English, leaving you with a much-needed dose of culture. For more information, head to the Museum of Brisbane website.

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.

Catch some of cinema’s most iconic criminals on the big screen: Danger! Daring! Disaster! QAGOMA’s The Art of the Heist film program looks at one of cinema’s most beloved crime subgenres – the Heist film. A seductive mix of gangster cool and cerebral ingenuity, the Heist film brings together a crafty ensemble of experts, a high stakes plan and the lure of the ultimate reward.

Features classics The Asphalt Jungle 1950, directed by John Huston, and Le Cercle Rouge (The Red Circle) 1970, directed by Jean-Pierre Melville, alongside contemporary retellings such as Steve McQueen’s women-led caper Widows 2018.

The Art of the Heist screenings take place Wednesday and Friday nights, and Saturday and Sunday matinees at GOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque. To check out the complete program and to nab tickets, head over to the QAGOMA website.

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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