We have curated the best activities in our Weekend Style Guide to keep you entertained and in the good books this Mother’s day weekend.
Nom Nom Ramen and Sake Bar | Fri, May 11
Think of yourself as a hopeless ramen-tic? Then this is the event you won’t want to miss. The good people over at Fortitude Valley’s Nom Nom Korean Eatery are officially launching a Ramen and Saké bar in Bakery Lane. For the launch this Friday 11th May, Nom Nom Ramen and Saké Bar they will be giving away 100 free Ramen bowls from 6pm to the first to arrive. It won’t be hard to find either with the decked out lanterns and festival banners guiding you to your free Ramen. The hardest part of your night is deciding which Ramen bowl to pick and of course which Saké to try. Spice lovers will be thrilled with some hot new inclusions; The Nom Nom Shin Ramen, Charsui Ramen, Fried Chicken Noodles, Shiyo Chicken Ramen. However, if you can’t deal with spice very well don’t fret they still have their signature classics with no spice and vegetarian options. And don’t think we’ve forgotten about the Saké, either! The Saké menu features two Ozeki Junmai varieties being either dry or sweet so there is something to suit everyone. It gets better as you can order by the bottle or by the glass depending on how you plan to kick your weekend off.
Gigs & Picnics In The Park | Sat, May 12
Hosted in the gorgeous City Botanic Gardens, the weekly pop-up party will include live music and food trucks in one of the most iconic green spaces in Brisbane. Blending our two favourite things – picnics and live music – is a pretty damn good reason to grab the crew together! As far as music, each afternoon boasts a different line-up of acts delighting guests with their tunes – from jazz ensembles to reggae beats. While you enjoy the soothing sounds of live tunes, there will also be food trucks on hand to satisfy your tastebuds. Whether you opt for something sweet or choose to favour something savoury (or both – no judgment here), there’s really no better way to spend an afternoon. If you’re up to the challenge of putting together your own picnic basket, make sure you pack the essentials including cheese, charcuterie, spreads, crackers and all your fave accoutrement. Gigs & Picnics will be taking place every Saturday during May, between 12pm-4pm at the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens.
The Ultimate Mother’s Day In The CBD | Sun, May 13
If you’ve left your Mother’s Day plans to the last minute, don’t stress. The CBD is hosting plenty of budget-friendly activities that will delight any mum! Oh, and don’t require a reservation. Score! With everything from picnic parties in Brisbane’s most iconic garden to romantic comedies on the big screen, there are plenty of opportunities to score favourite child of the year.
Fish Lane Festival | Sat, May 12
The Laneway festival is back and is throwing the street party of the year with a delectable choice of street eats and a curated selection of craft beers and cocktails. Once you’ve got your food and drink sorted, wander through the artworks from local artists and experience the sounds from home-grown musos and DJ’s. Did we mention it is a free event from 12pm to 10pm? All our fave food from around South Brisbane has conveniently come together. It really is the only time you will be able to try all the amazing signature dishes in one place from the likes of; The Fox Hotel, Five Sisters Café, Billykart Bar, Birds Nest Restaurant, Chu the Phat, Gelato Messina, Julius Pizzeria, Kiss the Berry, Ol’ School, Nom on Melbourne, Saccharomyces Beer Café and 31 Degrees Custom Chocolates. If that isn’t enough to excite you, Cork and Chroma will be offering free art workshops all throughout the day. A great early Mother’s Day present and you get to take your artwork home with you! The session times start at 12pm and go all the way until 7pm but you are going to want to get in early, as places are limited.
Portside Wharf Mother’s Day | Sun, May 13
Take in the view and treat mum to some live acoustic music, make a day of it and pack a picnic or go to one of the amazing local restaurants and café’s for a delectable Mothers Day breakfast or lunch. There will also be free printed portraits available from 10am to 2pm on the day so you can give mum her very own printed photo of the day to keep and go in the draw to win a prize that will be revealed on the day if you post the picture on social media. While you are there grab a fresh bouquet of flowers to make mum feel special from the Flower Cart from 9am -2pm. This way you won’t have to hide the blooms in your room until the big day. This is also a kid-friendly event with free face painting to keep the little ones entertained you mum can relax.
Mother’s Day at Roma Street Parklands | Sat, May 12
If you want to avoid the Mother’s Day craziness this is the perfect way for you to treat your Mum. On the eve of Mother’s Day, Roma Street Parklands is putting on a charming afternoon of music as the sunsets and a night of movies under the stars. The festivities will begin at 4pm with the Amphitheatre coming alive with music and food vendors on hand to make sure you have some delectable food, drink and dinner to indulge in or you can always pack your own picnic. There will also be craft activities in the children’s garden to ensure the little ones are kept entertained. The main event movie begins at 6pm with the enchanting tale as old as time, Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson. Don’t forget to pack your best picnic set-up then sit back, relax and enjoy the twilight show. This is a free event for all who wish to attend!
Treasury Mother’s Day | Sun, May 13
Treasury Brisbane really is stepping it up this Mother’s Day with not one but THREE big events sure to spoil every mum. The first is the family breakfast, perfect to avoid the stress of cooking a full spread before mum wakes up. You and mum will be spoilt for choice with everything from pancakes to bacon and eggs and so much more. The breakfast will be in the sunlit courtyard and is perfect for your Mother’s Day photo op. The second is the Veuve Cliquot Garden Party, which is a Parisian style high tea. Indulge in the finest champagne and traditional sweet and savoury treats direct from France. To finish off the day treat your mum to an indulgent three-course meal at the Treasury’s award-winning The Lab Restaurant and Bar with a glass of Moët & Chandon on arrival.
OTTO Ristorante Mother’s Day Lunch | Sun, May 13
Bring a little La Dolce Vita to your mum this Mother’s day and enjoy a three-course Italian feast while taking in sweeping views of the river and story bridge. Otto Ristorante comes hot on the tails of the Sydney based family company that owns the three-hatted Quay, the two-hatted Bennelong and one-hatted Otto Ristorante in Sydney. So you can trust you are in for a real culinary delight with a more southern Italian based menu to suit the warm climate. If your mum enjoys the finer things in life, this is our choice for fine dining experiences this Mother’s Day. You can take your pick of a two-course or three-course menu from $75-90 per person and $45 for children. This is the perfect gift to say thank you for all the times she packed your lunches for school.
Mum in a Million Event | Thurs 11 – Sun 13 May
Indooroopilly Shopping Centre is putting on a four-day long event to celebrate all the mums out there. Starting on Thursday with hundreds of free samples, sweet treats on offer and the much-anticipated mama mimosas bar and a free beauty bar for all makeup and hair touch-ups located under the chandelier on level 2. Take your mum to the Pamper Path where she can indulge in free treatments and samples from Perfect Potion, Price Attack, Lush, Manning Cartell and more. Why not get creative with your mum with free workshops but make sure you register because spaces are limited. The workshops include making your own lipstick and lip-gloss, flower crown making, LUSH DIY facial cleansers, BIOME make your own pink clay mask and a Sheridan floral workshop. Nothing beats quality time with mum on Mother’s Day.
Arctic Pop-up Igloo Bar at Customs House | Thurs 11 – Sun 13 May
The Igloos are back and bringing the chill to Brisbane for winter starting this Thursday. If you missed out on the igloos last year, get your friends together and pen in a date to get cosy along the river this winter. The Arctic pop-up will launch this Thursday 11 May and will be a permanent fixture in the Customs House courtyard until September. The pop-up bar gives you the full luxury experience through partnering with everyone’s fave Polish vodka, Belvedere and they have a Polish-inspired menu to match along with luxury faux fur interiors and winter-themed cocktails to get you in the chilly spirit. Our personal favourite picks for cocktails to try are the Popcorn martini, which boasts popcorn caramel syrup, belvedere pure, chilled espresso and salt. Now for the sweet tooths out there the Belvedere Apple Strudel is the drink for you, which is a delicious mix of vodka, spiced rum and juniper berries. It is basically the liquid version of apple pie, which while we are on the subject of pastries you get a small pastry balanced on top of your drink.