Feasts, festivals, markets and more. If you want to indulge in some art or find a new fluffy friend, we’ve got you covered with all the top events happening in and around Brisbane this weekend.
Music, food, comedy, dance, drama and art – all your creative needs are catered for at Brisbane Festival. Check out the Little Creatures Treehouse for a meal with a view, then head to one of the many shows on offer to soak up come culture.
Various Brisbane locations
TICKETS: Prices vary; check full festival program for details
DATES: Saturday, September 3 until Saturday, September 24
UNBUTTONED – A FESTIVAL of GENDER, ART AND YOU
Experience a four-day program featuring visual art, film, live performance and music. Book tickets to a show or just go for a wander around Metro Arts’ heritage-listed six-storey building and see what floats your boat. Focusing on gender and the body, it’s a festival where everybody is welcome.
Metro Arts: 109 Edward St, Brisbane
TICKETS: From $25pp. Some free events available; check program for details
DATES: Thursday, September 15 until Sunday, September 18
Head to Albion Park Raceway to taste some of the 150 different craft beers and ciders on offer from more than 30 independent Australian brewers. Combine that with food trucks and live music from fantastic artists and you’ve got the perfect weekend! Online pre-purchase ticket sales close 3.30pm on Friday, September 16, so get in quick. Strictly 18+ event.
Albion Park Raceway: Amy St, Albion
TICKETS: From $30
DATES: 4.30pm to 10pm on Friday, September 16 | 11am to 10pm on Saturday, September 17
RSPCA BIG ADOPT OUT
Help out an amazing cause and find yourself a new furry family member at the RSPCA’s Big Adopt Out. With more than 250 animals from 30 different rescue groups, you’re sure to find the purrfect cat or dog. Food trucks and pet supplies will also be available so you and your new best friend won’t go hungry. Adoption prices range from $100-$1200 and this includes microchipping, de-sexing, vaccination and up-to-date flea and worm treatments.
The Marquee, Brisbane Showgrounds: 600 Gregory Tce, Bowen Hills
DATES: 9am to 3pm on Saturday, September 17
Unleash your inner geek and embrace all things pop culture at Oz Comic-Con this weekend. Add to your collections, meet some of the stars from the games and films and dress up as your favourite characters. With an anime station, gaming zone, cosplay area and (of course) merchandise store, you can take the family and be sure that everyone will be entertained.
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre: Merivale & Glenelg St, South Brisbane
TICKETS: From $32.50. Concession and child tickets also available
DATES: 9am to 6pm on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18
SANDGATE VILLAGE MARKETS
Pull up a picnic blanket and roam around Sandgate’s monthly markets by the sea. Peruse the local arts and craft stalls, keep the kids engaged in a range of activities and kick back and enjoy the live entertainment.
Einbunpin Lagoon Park, Sandgate: 70 Brighton Rd, Sandgate
DATES: 2pm to 7pm on Saturday, September 17
ONE SPRING EVENING
Dine under the stars as the laneway behind the Regatta Hotel is transformed into a glittering garden for this year’s One Spring Evening long table feast. Delve into three sumptuous courses prepared by the Boatshed restaurant with accompanying beverages, live music and entrance to the Walrus Club for post-feast festivities. Tickets are limited so be quick to ensure you don’t miss out.
Regatta Hotel: 543 Coronation Dr, Toowong
TICKETS: $120pp, bookings essential. Call 3871 9595
DATES: From 6pm on Saturday, September 17
SPRING VINDIE MARKETS AND GYPSY GATHERING
This event features everything a wandering bohemian heart desires, including vintage and preloved fashion, dreamcatchers, gemstones, handmade jewellery and art as well as live music, henna, tarot, massage and the Sunday morning must-have: coffee! So stock up on some succulents or rest your soul and enjoy the simple pleasures that the Vindie Markets have to offer.
Rumpus Room: 56 Russell St, West End
DATES: 10am to 3pm on Sunday, September 18