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Food festival, twilight markets, brilliant burlesque – what’s on this weekend

Brisbane is buzzing – and there’s plenty to eat, see and do across all corners this weekend! It’s the final week of Night Feast’s spring edition, the Good Food & Wine Show is in town, twilight markets are taking over King George Square and there’s a whole heap of Halloween-themed fun to be had. Soak it all up with this handy guide to what’s on in Brisbane this weekend.

Oct 27, 2023, updated Oct 27, 2023

All things food and drink
After four extremely delicious weeks at Brisbane Powerhouse, this Sunday will be the finale of Night Feast’s spring edition – that means it’s your last chance to taste limited-edition dishes from Brisbane’s best chefs, soak up the wonder of immersive art experiences and enjoy live beats from an ever-exciting roster of DJs and musicians. Not sure what to eat? Here’s a hot tip – settle in at Sapporo Izakaya by Taro. The unique Japanese pop-up restaurant is slinging some seriously mouth-watering eats and ice-cold Sapporo beers – jump here for a taste of what’s on offer. As for the music line-up, your ears will be treated to danceable tunes from Nejmere and Hol Hibbo on Friday, and a bright collage of dance sounds from Benny Chiu on Saturday night, before Wiradjuri/Gadigal woman Akala Newman brings her melodic nostalgia to the final Night Feast party on Sunday.

The feasting continues over at the Good Food & Wine Show this weekend, which is taking over the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre for a three-day food fiesta. Hungry folk will be able to sample, snack and sip their way through more than 500 wines and 250 specialty food exhibitors (including more than 50 different cheeses!), and experience a range of masterclasses, from gin tasting to cheese-and-wine pairing. Jump here for tickets to the show.

It’s the last Sunday of the month, which means Industry Beans’ Bottomless Brunch is back to elevate your weekend with a delicious three-course spread paired with two whole hours of bottomless sips and plenty of fun times. Choose from menu favourites like the Pandan Bubble Waffles and sip on bottomless everything – from prosecco and mimosas to espresso martinis and cold-brew negronis. Round up your pals, jump here and book your table for this Sunday!

Markets, workshops and outdoor events
Shop up a storm (and get a head start on Christmas gifting) at the BrisStyle Twilight Market at King George Square this Friday night. Running from 4:00–9:00 pm, the market will feature a spectacular selection of stalls with more than 60 local designers showcasing everything from hand-crafted ceramics and bespoke jewellery to vintage fashion, carefully crafted homewares and one-of-a-kind treasures. Tuck into a range of food-truck bites while you shop, or take a break and enjoy a refreshing beverage while you soak up some live music from local musicians.

For some family-friendly Halloween fun, roll out the picnic rug, pack the movie snacks and enjoy a (slightly spooky) free movie night under the stars at the special Halloween edition of Outdoor Cinema in the Suburbs on Saturday. Head down to the Gilchrist Avenue side of Victoria Park from 5:30 pm and enjoy pre-show entertainment before settling in for a double-header screening of family-friendly classic flicks – Hotel Transylvania at 6:30 pm, followed by Ghostbusters: Afterlife at 8:15 pm. Bring your own snacks or grab tasty eats and treats from on-site food trucks, and don’t forget the picnic rugs.

Ready for a spine-tingling adventure? Rally your creepy crew and tee off at Victoria Park’s Spooky Putt Putt for a frightfully good time this weekend. You’ll putt through the bone-chilling Broken Bones Boulevard, expertly dodging cackling clowns (yikes) and wicked witches, while making pals with the friendly neighbourhood zombies. The course is licensed, so don’t forget to summon some spook-tacular boo-zee slushies, spiked with Altos tequila, that can be delivered to you and your eerie entourage out on the course. Spooky Putt Putt wraps up this Tuesday October 31. Online bookings are essential!

There’s even more Halloween fun to be had over by the bayside at the Redcliffe Markets’ Festival of Frights on Saturday – you can feast your way through tasty street eats, meander through 200-plus market stalls, and enjoy an explosive fireworks display under the night sky.

For those hunting for one-of-a-kind gifts, wardrobe additions, accessories and more, the What We Make Design Market has a pop-up market at Soul Pantry in Stafford this Saturday. Or you can check out endless racks of pre-loved fashion at the Love Me Again Market at Milton Studio – they’re on every Sunday from 9:00 am.

Live music
The transcendent sounds of Charlie Puth will light up Riverstage on Friday night (you can still grab tickets here), while on Saturday night, the Sandstone Point Hotel will welcome Celtic-infused pop icons The Coors, with special guests Natalie Imbruglia and Toni Childs. The Brisbane International Jazz Festival is taking over the Thomas Dixon Centre this Friday with a showcase of concerts and workshops by local, interstate and international jazz performers. It all kicks off at 2:30 pm and runs through to 11:00 pm with back-to-back performances – you can purchase all-inclusive tickets to this jazz extravaganza here.

Legendary punk rockers Lagwagon are bringing their catalogue of fan favourites to The Princess Theatre on Friday night, and if pop is more your jam, Ricki-Lee and Samantha Jade are headlining spooky bash Halloween Hall at the Fortitude Music Hall on Saturday night, joined by a dazzling line-up of local drag talent.

Live shows, theatre and comedy
It’s the last week to experience Shake and Stir Theatre Co’s monstrous theatrical adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at QPAC’s Playhouse.The production, helmed by adaptor Nelle Lee and director Nick Skubij, combines mind-blowing production elements with powerful storytelling to create truly thrilling theatre. The final Frankenstein show is this Saturday – for details and ticket bookings, head here.

A bounty of brilliant burlesque stars are travelling from far and wide for the Australian Burlesque Festival at The Princess Theatre this weekend, with two sizzling shows running across Saturday and Sunday nightsTickets are still available to both shows over here.

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For a wondrous evening of magic, illusion and mystery, check out Brisbane’s brand-new Theatre of Magic – a special Saturday night residency show held in a secret room in the historic Elizabeth Picture Theatre. Bookings are required for this family-friendly magic production – get in quick and secure your spot here for this weekend.

Keen for a belly laugh? Kiwi comedy queen Urzila Carlson is heading to Brisbane Powerhouse for a run of four shows this weekend – including a double header on Saturday night (tickets here) while US comedian, writer and actor Trevor Wallace is bringing his knee-slapping live tour to the Fortitude Music Hall on Friday night.

Must-see exhibitions
Adored Brisbane-based abstract artist Emma Darrouzet, well known for her vibrant work with bright neons and pastels, and her bold and freely painted patterns, line work and colour blending, is showcasing her brand-new collection in an aptly titled exhibition,  A Kale Smoothie is not Going to Fix This. Check out the spectacular display at Studio on Brunswick on California Lane until Thursday November 2.

Free art exhibition Sculpture By The River has popped up at Northshore, showcasing head-turning works of some of Queensland’s most renowned sculptors on the Hamilton riverfront. The public is welcome from 10:00 am daily to check out the display of works from local and Queensland artists on both the riverfront walkway and in the Northshore Shed until December 3.

Venture to QAGOMA to get your eyes on sis, an incredible display that showcases three decades of art-making from a sisterhood of Pacific artists, featuring everything from large sculptural installations and compelling video to the most intricate weaving creations. While you’re there, check out Queensland Art Gallery’s newest exhibition, Living Patterns, which focuses on the way audiences perceive and react to artistic elements such as colour, shape and form. Spotlighting contemporary Australian artists like Scott Redford, Jemima Wyman, Kamilaroi artist Reko Rennie and many more, this one is a must-see.

Over at Museum of Brisbane, you can marvel at Clay: Collected Ceramics – a celebration of the hand-crafted endeavour that combines works from the Museum of Brisbane’s esteemed collection of ceramics, plus works from more than 300 external makers lending their individual pieces in celebration of the art that beholds them. Clay is being showcased at Museum of Brisbane until October 22, running daily between 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The State Library of Queensland is uncovering the role Aboriginal people played in establishing our pastoral industry in its latest collection, Working Country. Peruse the halls of First Nations community space – kuril dhagun – and you will be transported to a time of colonial invasion where, amid upheaval and devastation, working Country became a means of survival. You can wander through this free exhibition until January 2024.

Local Markets
If you’re eager to stroll through some stalls and stock up on some fresh fruit and veg over the weekend, be sure to check out these markets happening – along with the brand-new Northshore Produce Markets, there’s the 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 dinner time eats, Eat Street Northshore is open 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.

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