If you’ve spent all week struggling to get out of bed (seriously though, why is it so cold?!) we’re here to give you plenty of reasons to pry yourself off the sofa this weekend. From art exhibitions and rummage markets to wedding showcases and bottomless nuggets, here’s a bunch of events happening around Brisbane that are well worth braving the cold for.

World Press Photo Exhibition 2018 | All weekend

Seriously, this exhibition is incredible. It’s an awe-inspiring showcase of the world’s most compelling, controversial and intimate moments as captured by award-winning photojournalists from around the world. The photos were all entered as part of the World Press Photo Exhibition, with the showcase featuring a selection of some of the most striking images. It’s a must-see event before it wraps up later this month!

Skating at King George Square | All weekend

This is your chance to enjoy your very own Rockefeller Centre moment, right here in Brisbane. The temporary ice skating rink and toboggan slide have set up right in the CBD, allowing you the chance to slip and slide your way through winter. Extra points if you show up in one of those cute professional figure skating outfits.

The Bowerbird & The Bride | From Thurs, July 12

Are you on the hunt for wedding inspiration? Or just a lover of anything vintage? If this sounds like you, then The Bowerbird and The Bride Vintage Wedding Exhibition is right up your alley. On display at QUT’s Old Government House, the exhibition showcases bridal gowns, headpieces, bouquets, bridesmaids and flower girl’s outfits, and accessories from the 1880s to 1970s, restored by acclaimed Australian costume designer Marion Boyce. Marion will display a selection of historical bridal gowns from her own personal collection, revealing an intimate glimpse into her immense archive of clothing.

James Turrell Lights at GOMA | Fri, July 13

From the renowned artist James Turrell, the newly commissioned installation will dramatically illuminate GOMA’s eastern and southern facades from within. Purchase drinks and a bite to eat from the GOMA Café Bistro – including BBQ and Paella stations. Plus our friends from Burleigh Brewing Co. will be onsite selling craft beers. Sit back, relax and take in the afterglow!

Sunnybank $2 Food Trail | Sat, July 14

Each year Sunnybank transforms itself into an epic foodie trail exploring the very best flavours of Sunnybank – seriously, it’s epic. With over 130 delicious dishes, over 45 restaurants and outlets, and everything on offer for $2 per dish, the Sunnybank $2 Food Trail is your chance to graze on a range of Asian cuisines, such as Chinese, Japanese, Hong Kong Style, Vietnamese, Taiwanese and more!

Midwinter Market at Vieille Branche | Sat, July 14

With a stunning array of stallholders making their way to Vieille Brance, this midwinter market is sure to be an incredible opportunity to lighten your purse and get your hands on some unique accessories and pieces. With 15+ stalls to browse, you know we’ll spend most of our morning here.

All You Can Eat Nuggets | Sat, July 14

HOLY NUGGETS, BATMAN. The Nugg Cub is back again for an afternoon of chicken indulgence. $20 will get you all-you-can-eat nuggs and an epic selection of sauces.

Brisbane Fitness Show | Sat, July 14 – Sun, July 15

The Fitness Show returns to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 14-15 July! Get ready to experience a bigger show than 2017, with more exhibitors, more brands to shop from, more special guests and more action! The Fitness Show Brisbane is divided into 2 zones including a Strength Zone and Active Zone. Whether you’re into yoga, meditation, CrossFit, running, powerlifting, bodybuilding or just leading a healthy lifestyle, the Fitness Show has something for you!

Bacon Festival | Sat, July 14 – Sun, July 15

A whole weekend dedicated to celebrating our breakfast MVP – bacon. The weekend-long line-up will include Brisbane’s best food trucks, all who will be putting on an epic bacon-themed special. Plus, of course, plenty of bacon-themed booze

Espresso Martini Sunday’s | Sun, July 15

If you need hair-of-the-dog come Sunday, swing by Salt Meats Cheese 2pm-6pm for $9 espresso martinis, free tapas and live tunes. We won’t be blamed if you’re feeling a little dusty on Monday…

Suitcase Rummage | Sun, July 15

Suitcase Rummage is setting up their suitcases in Brisbane City! In case you don’t know, Suitcase Rummage is a mini scaled market with giant rewards; it promises to be everything that is a market but without the hassle. It’s about bringing a suitcase (or two!) filled to the brim with all sorts of goodies. Plus, you can score some epic pieces for incredible prices. Yesssss, please!

Coming Soon…

Winter Wedding Showcase | Wed, July 18

Planning a walk down the aisle this year? From custom-made invitations to unforgettable catering, there are so many things to consider when it comes to planning your special day. Summit Restaurant & Bar is hosting a must-attend wedding showcase that is making it just that little bit easier for you. As the Queensland 2018 ABIA (Australian Bridal Industry Academy) Wedding Coordinator of the year, we can guarantee that this will be an important event for couples. Boasting stunning, uninterrupted views of Brisbane and surrounds, the Mt Coot-tha lookout is easily one of Brisbane’s most iconic and recognisable destinations. And, for those seeking a wedding in an exclusive location with jaw-dropping views, it tops the list.