As Brisbane rolls into its first week of city-wide festivities that come with the BrisAsia Festival, this weekend is well and truly packed with all things culture, cuisine and creativity! From Brissie classics like Suitcase Rummage, a 50% off designer clothing sale and the return of annual Pancake Day, to traditional Asian celebrations, such as Lunar New Year Race Day and Dumpling Day—here’s what’s on this weekend in Brisbane

Lunar New Year Dog Races | Thurs, Feb 15

As Chinese New Year is upon us, we commemorate the year of the dog. What better way to celebrate the year of man’s best friend than getting those little mutts moving! So, get set for some pup-racing, as Westfield Chermside hosts one of the furriest events of the year. Grab your doggo, sign them up and get racing! Online registration is essential and the race is from 12pm – 1pm.

Medibank Feel Good Program Dance Class | Thurs, Feb 15

Feel good, great even, with Medibank’s Feel Good Program Dance Class. Groove along to this energetic exercise class where you will move those hips to a beat and have fun, all while burning some calories. Run by qualified instructors, you can be assured that this 45-minute class is not only social, but suitable for any fitness level. No need to book and the best part is that it’s free! Held at South Bank Parklands and starts at 5.30pm.

The Inquisition of the Big Bad Wolf | Thurs, Feb 15

Dance theatre and comedy go hand in hand in this boisterous take on a classic fairytale. Performed within a bare space, this show will take you on an unorthodox roller-coaster, comprising of crazy costumes, creativity and lots of humour. Amusing, cleverly written and deeply rooted in the unravelling of a modernised wolf wonderland. Tickets start at $25 for concessions and $38 for adults. Buy tickets here.

Latin Friday Nights at Brisbane Square | Fri, Feb 16

Want to be a real-life version of the red salsa dancing emoji? Well, you can be! Brisbane Square is back for another Friday night with their Latin dance classes. Free entry and starting at 8pm, all classes are taught by professional Latin dancers, so by the end, you will be moving your hips like a true Latina or Latino! Super inclusive and suited for any skill level. Bring your friends, your partner or come along by yourself, and put some spice into your weekend!

Lunar New Year on King Street, Bowen Hills | Fri, Feb 16 – Sun, Feb 18

Let this little pocket of Brisbane take you to the bustling streets of Beijing, as King Street in Bowen Hills transforms into a food fantasia for Lunar New Year 2018. You will see everything from traditional lion dances and red lanterns to great authentic food with many foodie favourites including, braised pork belly, dumplings and crispy spring rolls. With an effervescent atmosphere, walk through vibrant colours of red and gold, as they sweep the streets this weekend. Festival runs from Friday to Sunday and starts at 5.30pm each day.

BrisAsia Festival: Newton Screening | Fri, Feb 16

Indian comedy-drama film, Newton, having won an Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Actor and Best Screenplay, has been critically acclaimed as an impeccable, brilliantly acted, humorous, yet poignant film as it takes on an unremarkable subject. Stirring from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, Newton addresses themes that are both politically controversial and incredibility thought-provoking. Newton Kumar, a rookie government clerk on reserve is sent on election duty to conduct elections in a conflict-ridden village within the remote regions of the Central Indian Jungle. Celebrating its sixth year, The BrisAsia Festival will be screening Newton at SunPAC Theatre at 6.30pm, free of charge, but bookings are required.

The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl | Sat, Feb 17

With a timetable structure similar to Big Sound, the Valley crawl is back for a third year with one of it’s most impressive lineups yet. With acts such as Ninajirachi, Hatchie, Midas.Gold, Jess Locke and Philadelphia Grand Jury performing on stages across the Valley, you’ll want to create your own timetable to coordinate seeing your fave acts and avoid the queues. Brisbane’s first Gin Festival will be taking place just down the road in Bakery Lane on the same night and we couldn’t think of a better pairing. Live music with a side of gin is just what the doctor ordered!

The Calexico Sale on James Street | Sat, Feb 17

If you are anything like Rebecca Bloomwood (a shameless shopaholic) clear your calendar, set aside some space in your wardrobe and get to James Street pronto. The boutique designer fashion label, Calexico is holding a once in a lifetime sale, with all international designer womenswear, shoes and accessories at a whopping 50% off! Being big believers in quality over quantity, Calexico has put their heart and SOLE into ensuring their pieces are stylish, sustainable, on trend and tres chic! With director, Nicky Charman personally picking each piece from Paris, it’s easy to see why Calexico is the go-to international designer boutique here in Brisbane. Designers including, Acne, Isabel Marant, Balmain, Rag & Bone and many more! Doors open at 9.30am on Saturday morning, followed by lunch at Harveys Bar + Bistro. So, grab your girls, grab your mulla and treat yourself—this is going to be huge!

Dumpling Day | Sat, Feb 17

Dreaming of dumplings? You’ll want to get a taste of this and dim sum (cheeky pun, tick). Delightful and delectable, dumplings are little decedent parcels of deliciousness! Part of BrisAsia’s program, Fish Lane in Southbank will be hosting Dumpling Day, celebrating dumplings as the symbol of wealth. Take your taste buds on a trip to Asia with family and friends, starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm.

Backbone | Sat, Feb 17

Combining fluidity, human interconnectedness and strength, Gravity and Other Myths brings you Backbone. This circus-based, complex performance illustrates the perception of physical, emotional, collective and individual strength. Filled with acrobatic ensemble work and athletic appeal, Backbone combines trickery and distraction to bring forth an aesthetically pleasing, yet thought-provoking show. It’s raw, yet flawlessly structured and stunningly performed. Not like any circus seen before! Tickets start at $28 for students, $32 for concessions and $48 for adults. Show starts at 2.30pm.

Gin Sanity Festival | Sat, Feb 17

To gin or not to gin? What a silly question. Moubment Group and Toowoomba’s Cooreyosity Group present Brisbane’s first ever gin festival. Launching at Bakery Lane in Fortitude Valley, Gin Sanity Festival will feature a diverse range of Australian and International gins. Whether you want a gin cocktail or prefer the classic G&T, this festival will have you sipping on gin while you enjoy some summer live music and of course a few bites to eat. Let the celebrations beGIN!

Suitcase Rummage | Sun, Feb 18

It’s time to sort through some suitcases and find something special because Suitcase Rummage is back this Sunday! As the name suggests, rummage through suitcases and snag some great deals on everything from vintage, artwork, and vinyl to homemade goodies, cards, jewellery and clothing. Regardless of your taste and style, you’ll be guaranteed to pick up some bargains. In an all-inclusive, friendly environment, grab a couple friends and spend your Sunday lapping up the last of the summer sunshine. Get your shopping bag and get rummaging!

Annual Pancake Day @ Pancake Manor | Sun, Feb 18

The Brisbane Icon, Pancake Manor still stands as Brisbanites’ go to for the most deliciously stacked, carby treats. In celebration of Pancake Tuesday, Pancake Manor will be hosting their annual Pancake Eating Competition for 2018 this Sunday! From 4pm – 5pm, test your limits and see how many pancakes you can scoff down in just one hour! With only a $9 entry fee, you could see yourself scoring a year’s worth of pancakes if you are the pancake eating champion. Contact the staff at Pancake Manor to sign up and get your napkins ready, because it’s about to get sticky!

Wood fired Pizza Class @ La Zucca Café and Pizzeria | Sun, Feb 18

What person doesn’t like a pizza? A weirDOUGH! La Zucca Café and Pizzeria is the go-to for wood-fired pizzas and authentic Italian meals. Reasonably priced, delicious, and with every pizza made by a team of passionate pizza lovers, it isn’t hard to see what all of the fuss is about. This Sunday La Zucca is hosting an interactive, hands-on wood-fired pizza class which also includes a complimentary drink and pizza eating sesh at the end. Make your own signature pizza, specific to your taste and topping style, all while learning the art of crafting an authentic wood-fired pizza. It’s also kid-friendly, so a great way to get the whole family involved. The class is $80, including a $20 voucher to use later at La Zucca.

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