Family feasts and French impressionists – What’s on in Brisbane this weekend

As winter settles in, frost yourselves in Brisbane City’s winter wonderland antics. Swap mittens for mulled wine at this year’s Solstice Markets, frolic the paddock of Scenic Rim with a drink in one hand and a delectable dish in the other, sample your way through globally-sourced drops of whisky, and eat your heart out with Dine BNE City’s mouth-watering plates of plenty! We’ve planned ahead so you don’t have to – ready, set, sip!

Live music
Frolic amongst the green terrain of Victoria Park and roll out the picnic blanket for Park Vibes on Saturday as the sweet sounds of local sound-makers The Dawn Light, Andrea Kirwin, Claire Evelyn and more cater to your evening’s serenade. No need to pack the wicker basket, wander the trove of food trucks offering up primo plates to snack from and refreshing tipples to sip on. If you’re looking for the perfect family-outing, with plenty of fun activities for the little ones including paper-plane making and colouring in – this is it! Head to Park Vibes from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm and get your daily dose of nature – good vibes included! To plan your trip and learn more, click here.

Live shows and theatre
Moulin Rouge! The Musical is continuing to can-can into the hearts of Brisbane’s theatre-loving souls until July 27. Witness the musical mash-up extravaganza of Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film, which has taken performances to London’s West End and the shiny Broadway strip. Expect to hear all of the tunes you know and love, as well as new additions from pop-royalty Katy Perry, Sia and Beyoncé. This love story for the ages is a theatrical masterpiece that is not to be missed. Saunter over to the QPAC website to purchase tickets.

This weekend, highly-acclaimed musical conductor and industry prodigy – Tarmo Peltokoski, is coming to the QPAC Concert Hall for his new show – Terrific Trumpet. His latest endeavour will be an expressive showcase of the trumpet (which rarely gets a starring role) in all its glory and range which sees a concerto, influenced by Bach and jazz, to prove why this instrument of sound is one of the most versatile. Follow the brassy blows to the QPAC website, and purchase your tickets here.

All things food and drink
Get your sip on at Whisky Live’s 2023 event set in the decadent surrounds of The W Brisbane. If you’re a whisky aficionado and your pals a rum or nothin’ kind of person, a marrying of both delectable drops can be found as your spirit glass sees a flowing reception of samples while experts give you knowledgable insight into the world of whisky. As you find yourself among fellow revellers, graze on an assortment of gourmet food while you swig, sip and soak it all in! This event runs over three time slots across Friday and Saturday. Purchase your tickets here.

Whether you spread your scone with jam then cream, or cream then jam, you’re going to want a seat inside the historical bounds of Brisbane’s Treasury Hotel for The Lab’s The Height of High Tea. This weekend, choose between a bottomless flow of La Maison Du Thé French hand-crafted teas or free-flowing pours of Domaine Chandon brut rose, sparkling pinot shiraz and sparkling Chandon brut, and be met with compotes filled with high tea’s classic culprits including gourmet ribbon sandwiches, petite quiches and frittatas, traditional scones with jam and cream, and more! Pinkies up – book your sweet spot here.

Gather your friends – you’re going to need your eating pants and walking shoes for this one! The month-long foodie affair from Scenic Rim’s Eat Local Month has a tasty looking weekend on your horizon with farm-style event, The Progressive Paddock, taking place this Sunday June 18. Wander across the farm’s paddocks and be greeted with a delectable dish and refreshing drink at every stop. While you enjoy each paddock’s offerings, have a chance to meet the farmers that made it all possible and experience at a grass roots (literally) level what goes into producing great food. As the sun sets, the fun continues as everyone unites under the towering jacarandas where Scenic Rim Food Ambassador – Ash Martin, will be cooking the main meal over an open fire where you can see your night out with great food, drinks and music. I don’t think we could have come up with a better weekend endeavour if we tried. Book a spot to this bespoke affair here, and make way towards the grassy fields of the Scenic Rim.

You may have heard the word on the street, but June is looking hella delicious! And Dine BNE City definitely has something to do with it. Until June 30, you can dine for days from Brisbane’s most finger-licking venues as they await your arrival. Opt into Let’s Do Lunch for a satiating (yet cost effective) midday spread, or Supper Club for a hot-date, special event or a treat-your-self moment, and of course, what’s eat’s without drinks? Check out the venue offerings from Bar Safari for our after-work drinks or just a night out on the town – who needs a reason? From $25 lunches to meandering wine walks, whisky nights and ten-course degustation, there is a tantalising taste for every bud, so, leave food prep in the past, and dine with Brisbane City! Plus, this weekend’s special events involve wine and walking – the only way we do it, for Urban Wine Walk on Saturday June 17 which sees you discover the streets of our beloved Brisbane City like you never have before. And, a party in the jungle awaits at chic new chow house – Gather Bistro, boasting a full spritz menu, espresso martinis and more refreshing sips, as well as nibbles and bar snacks with live DJ entertainment for Gather – Party in the Jungle on Friday June 16.

This weekend, make your way to the Brisbane Quarter for a flavoursome-feast from its lustrous line-up of Dine BNE City offers. Perhaps, Brisbane Phoenix’s Cantonese Roasted Lunch menu of peking duck pancake, salt and pepper king prawn, and lobster tails with garlic butter have you picking up your jaw from the floor, or you have your sights set on Phat Boy’s Phat Bento offering of yellow chicken curry with crispy leek cakes, and more for our meat-eaters, or a green curry with house made spring rolls amongst other finger-licking delights for our vegetarian clan. Whatever the craving – leave it up to Brisbane Quarter. Learn more about Brisbane Quarter’s Dine BNE City offers here.

Snow is forecast for Brisbane this weekend, as Veuve Clicquot In The Snow continues to grace Customs House until the end of July. Sip champagne and indulge in a menu of delectable bites as you cosy up with your pals inside one of the riverside igloos. In addition to Veuve, you can imbibe on an array of Australian and French wines, beers and cocktails, as well as eats including Moreton Bay bug brioche rolls, freshly shucked oysters, whole baked brie and mac and cheese croquettes. Head here to book your igloo!

Exhibitions, Arts and Culture
From where you’d rather be, Monet In Paris has officially kicked off with its kaleidoscopic exhibition – all things, French Impressionist! Monet In Paris will have you feeling like Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams in Midnight in Paris, meandering around the picturesque and seductive streets of the city of love. Once you step inside the 360-degree immersive venue – Le Grand Palais, located in Hamilton, a multi sensory experience will send you into sensory overdrive as you become immersed in the large-scale masterpieces of French Impressionists from Claude Monet and Camile Pissaro, to Edgar Degun and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. A display of light, colour, sound and fragrance will take the wheel as art meets technology, further illuminating the Impressionist works through multi-sensory graphics and crystal clear projections. Monet In Paris allows a glimpse into the history of the impressionist movement amid the social and political turbulence at the time. If you’re a sucker for a French delight, head over to Le Bistro Delight located in the exhibitions ‘Artist’s Square of Montmartre’. Just say oui and purchase your tickets to this event here.

You’ll be hook, line and sinker for QAGOMA’s latest exhibition Gone Fishing, showcasing a collection of Indigenous Australian artists’ works, affirming the cultural, social and recreational activity, with the threat of Sea Country and Traditional Owners’ struggle to have the power to care for it under Native Title law, and topical issues threatening to destroy our environment, at the crux. Each of the extiobition’s installations –  ‘Traps, tackle and gear’, ‘Sea rights: Politics, lore and custom’ and ‘Along the shoreline’, allow a peak into the artist’s individual community’s response to issues including rising and warming seas, contamination of waters and the destruction of cultural sights. This exhibition will be anchored down at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art until October 22 – *flips office sign to gone fishing*

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The Museum of Brisbane’s latest exhibition, Clay: Collected Ceramics, is a celebration of the hand-crafted endeavour, combining works from the Museum of Brisbane’s collection of ceramics, a myriad of pieces from acclaimed author, poet and traveller Kylie Johnson’s personal collection, plus works from more than 300 external makers lending their individual pieces in celebration of the art that beholds them. The works on display span across a 60-year timeline from seasoned ceramists to modern-day iconoclastic makers, with a noticeable transition of clay’s shift from functional ware of the 1970s to conceptual creations we see today. You can delve a little deeper into the processes undergone and the relationships formed between a maker and their vision, through personal ruminations of how they lost their hearts to this most elementary and seductive material. This collection of clay will be sticking around until October 22 – meaning you can visit more than once! Even better, this event is free to attend, it’s a no-brainer!

Take a journey of self at the Queensland Art Gallery’s latest exhibition Looking Out, Looking In, on show until August 6. This exhibition explores the various approaches humankind takes when envisaging oneself, whether it be with a self-effacing approach or one with flamboyancy. Peruse the halls and take sight of a collection of self-portraits from an array of esteemed artists.

Pop the corn and hunker down at GOMA’S Australian Cinémathèque for a line-up of flicks from a retrospective program of Juliette Binoche’s five-decade career. Curated by Rosie Hays, the program features a selection that spans Juliette’s entire body of work and explores the diversity of her craft, including some of her most notable cinematic achievements. This weekend’s films include Caché (Hidden) and Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge (Flight of the Red Balloon) on Friday, Un divan à New York (A Couch in New York) and Mary on Saturday and The Unbearable Lightness of Being on Sunday. Head to the QAGOMA website to book your ticket.

Markets & Book fairs
There is never a better time to start another book, whilst in the midst of finishing three others! Head down to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre this weekend for Brisbane’s largest second-hand book sale – Lifeline Book fest Brisbane, and secure your next year’s worth (or more)of reads. A book for every worm, this fair  boasts 4 kilometres of tables with categories of books from children’s, Australiana, history, humour, biography, travel, classics, its new cosmic-fest section and more, as well as other fun treasures from records, puzzles and DVDs to vinyl, board games and magazines. A sea of words awaits!

The arty grounds of West Village’s The Common is where you will find a treasure amongst treasures for the return of its Clayschool Winter Market pop-up. First, grab a coffee from an array of West Villages milk steaming, bean brewing cafes and then make way to the locally-loved market where hot out of the kiln and one-of-a-kind pieces await your perusal, in hopes to call your abode, home. Show some love as the Clayschool students showcase their creations of unique vases, mugs, crockery and much more, curated by their own two hands.

The longest night of the year is a call for celebration, because wonderful things happen under twilight and this Saturday it’s the West End Solstice Market. Head down to Davies Park between 4:00–10:00 pm and warm up around the bonfire with a spiced mulled wine in hand as the iconic park hosts over 120-stalls, displays of incredible works from Aboriginal artists, and sweet sounds from local sound-makers including Little Big City, Dublin Rose and more. With globe-trotting street-eats from South America to Japan, and Italy to Germany, perhaps start with a plate full of  mouthwatering paella and a bratwurst, and finish with egg waffles and tiramisu – whatever the craving, it’s yours for the taking (yes, even our vegan and gluten free friends)! You can also opt into the workshops on offer including the Mala Bead Making Workshop with Earthly Magic Studio, Yoga with Juliarna from Wild Peace Unlimited, community garden workshops with Jane Street Community Gardens, and circus workshops for all ages (think, fire twirling and plate spinning!) You’re weekend antics are sorted!

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 Market, Riverside Markets, Kelvin Grove Village Market, Jan Powers Farmers Markets, Davies Park Market, Carseldine Markets, Nundah 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.

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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