As we welcome the Commonwealth Games this week, expect an array of fun things to do this weekend in Brisbane and surrounds. From a 90’s music video party to a garlic bread festival things are looking good for the weekend ahead.

The Society Autumn Series | Sat, Apr 7

This Saturday afternoon see the Society Rooftop Bar kick off their first Autumn Series event of the season – plus mention STYLE when booking get a free Aperol punch bowl* valued at $66! Due to the success of the Summer Series, the society is excited to be bringing this bigger and even better series to their rooftop! Taking advantage of the beautiful April weather, this gorgeous rooftop bar located at Eagle Farm Racecourse will be blossoming with bottomless Aperol Spritz cocktails in the afternoon sun. Alongside the Aperol you can also enjoy Chandon sparkling, rosé, beer and charcuterie boards, plus some DJ entertainment. This is the ultimate catch up with friends, mingling with co-workers or the perfect opportunity for a night out with the girls. Bookings are essential to avoid missing out! *For the first 25 purchases for April 7.

The Society Rooftop, Eagle Farm Racecourse
Saturdays in April, 2pm to 4pm
Tickets: $69.

Bunny Petting Pop-Up | Thurs, Apr 5 & Sat, Apr 7

Even though we aren’t allowed bunnies as pets here in QLD, we still can’t help but find them absolutely adorable. If you’re a bit of an animal lover and want to see something seriously cute this weekend, Portside Wharf is hosting a bunny pop-up to celebrate the release of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale Peter Rabbit at Dendy Cinemas Portside! There will be a few furry friends available for cuddling and patting, as well as face painting for the young (and young-at-heart) and colouring-in. Swing by between 10am and 2pm on Thursday and Saturday to meet the little guys.

Portside Wharf, 30 Hercules Street, Hamilton
Thursday April 5 & Saturday April 7   10am – 2pm

Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal Dancers (Festival 2018) | Thurs, Apr 5

Showcasing Queensland’s creativity as part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, watch as Ancient Dreamtime comes to life as the descendants of the Nunukul Yuggera tribes perform Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories using dance, song and other forms of cultural expression. Experience this free state-wide celebration of arts and culture as part of Festival 2018.

The Circle, Cultural forecourt, South Bank Parklands
5pm to 5.30pm

Commonwealth Games Track Cycling | Thurs, Apr 5

It’s all about timing and relentless power output when it comes to track cycling. Watch competitors battle on a 43.9-degree banked track that puts spectators intimately close to the racing. Track cycling is fast paced and hard fought, therefore adrenaline watching. Australia is in fact renowned for its success in Commonwealth Games cycling and has finished on top of the medal tally at the past six Games. Starting this Thursday meet the Commonwealth’s best cyclists at the Anna Meares velodrome in Brisbane as they battle it out for a gold medal and a good chance at the 2020 Olympics. Tickets from $25 for children and $49 for adults.

Anna Mears Velodrome, Sleeman Sports Complex, Old Cleveland Rd, City
Tickets: From $25 children, $49 adults.

90’s Music Video Party | Fri, Apr 6

Get your double denim on and hit the New Globe Theatre for their 90’s Music Video Party! If you have ever wanted to rock the high side ponytail or another memorable ‘do from your fave 90s sitcom, then Saturday night is your time to shine! The retro cinema will be blasting three hours’ worth of nineties music videos on the big screen. A licensed bar will be present plus a dance area for you to rock out your best MC Hammer moves. This is the venue’s final 90’s music video party before it closes – so don’t miss out!

New Globe Theatre
220 Brunswick St, City
Tickets: $13.50

The Inaugural Meeanjin Markets on George Street | Fri, Apr 6

Showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, crafts and experiences, Meeanjin Markets will be highlighting local Queensland creators. Experience performances, music, art and delicious food all in celebration of the Australian bush. The markets are open Friday 10am – 9pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm.

Reddacliff Place, 266 George St, City
Tickets: Free.
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Jamie’s Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen | Sat, Apr 7

Jamie’s Ministry of Food is a practical solution to the problems associated with diet-related disease. This is a community focused event and the program aims to inspire people to get back to basics in the kitchen. Based off Jamie Oliver’s beliefs about cooking and the associated impact on healthy living, it is all about teaching people the simple skills and knowledge to better equip them for when they start cooking for themselves. The program aims to inspire and empower people to change the way them and their families eat, cook and think about food. Starting this Saturday, the mobile kitchen will be at the Sunshine Coast, located at Stockland Aura. Bookings are essential for this 90-minute class, as there is a maximum of 12 participants in each class. The class is open for anyone 12 years and over who wants to learn the basics of cooking with fresh food and a to have a bit of fun!

Stockland Aura, Bells Creek, Sunshine Coast
Day, weekend and evening classes are available.
Tickets: $20 per class ($100 per course), $15 per class for student card holders ($75 per course) and $10 per class for concession card holders ($50 per course)
Courses are 1 class per week, for 5 weeks.

Garlic Bread Festival @ Welcome to Bowen Hills | Sat, Apr 7

A garlic bread festival? You knead this – we know we do! A festival entirely dedicated to the all-time favourite carb starting this Saturday and finishing on Sunday. Garlic bread toasties, garlic bread gozlemes, garlic bread burgers, garlic pizzas, garlic sausages in garlic bread buns – anything garlic and this festival has it! Your little furry friends are welcome also – all day and all night if you wish! Ps bring some mints for after.

Welcome to Bowen Hills food truck hub, 631 Gregory Tce, Bowen Hills
April 7 & 8, 12pm to 10pm
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WOW Women of the World Festival | Sun, Apr 8

Wow indeed. Hear from a wide range of outstanding international speakers, First Nations leaders and change-makers. All from different backgrounds, tackling big issues felt by women everywhere, be a part of this panel discussion involving keynotes, short talks and interviews. Learn new skills in the workshops, engage in some speed mentoring and hear from women living in some of the most remote places in the world. Watch some incredibly talented artists, all women, with exhibitions and original performances. Plus do a little bit of shopping at their marketplace which will reflect the diverse cultures and creativity of women in Australia and the Pacific Region.

Brisbane Powerhouse.
Thursday April 6, to Sunday April 8
Tickets: Adults from $100 for a 1 day pass, Under 18 – $25

Suitcase Rummage | Sun, Apr 8

Suitcase Rummage is back again this Sunday! So, it’s time to rummage through some suitcases and find something special. Snag a great deal on everything vintage, vinyl and artwork to homemade goodies, cards, jewellery and clothing. Whatever your taste and budget you will be sure to pick up some bargains, in an all-inclusive, friendly environment. Grab a few friends and spend your Sunday searching for some little goodies!

Brisbane Square, Queen Street
12pm to 5pm
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Introduction to Latin Dancing | Sun, Apr 8

Make new friends, get fit and have heaps of fun! Dance Culture is offering their popular Introduction to Latin Dancing course, starting this Sunday. The four-week course will be held at Woolloongabba from 4.15 – 5.45 pm. Throughout the four weeks, students will learn the basics of Australia’s most popular Latin styles, including Salsa, Bachata and Brazilian Zouk. Classes are run by James Quinn-Hawtin who was a choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance Vietnam Edition. Plus, a talented team of apprentice instructors will be assisting him, who are all very warm, encouraging and approachable. You will be moving your hips like a true Latina or Latino. You don’t have to have a partner to participate, plus no dance experience is necessary!

18 Burke Street, Woolloongabba
4 weeks from Sunday April 8, 4.15pm to 5:45pm
Tickets: $89