Here’s How To Make The Most Out Of The Rest Of The Year

Here’s How To Make The Most Out Of The Rest Of The Year

Soak up those Saturday and Sundays while you can.

By Paige Booth | 2nd September 2016

SEPTEMBER 3- 4, 2016

Wellness Festival
Brought to you by Colour and Coconuts, the Wellness Festival is coming to Brisbane this weekend. Dubbed “the Coachella of the health world” by Sporteluxe, The Wellness Festival is mashing up beauty and fitness and bringing it to you in festival form. Hear from world-class speakers, receive a fresh coconut on arrival (yes please), a jam packed goodie bag, yummy lunch, access to the Wellness Market and get the chance to mingle and network with like-minded coconuts. For more inspo have a look at this.
Date: Saturday, September 3
Where: 30 Light Street, Fortitude Valley, 8:30am- 5pm.
Tickets: $189
Book here


Brisbane Festival
The annual Brisbane Festival kicks off on the 3rd and runs until the 24th September. Celebrating our amazing arts and food scene, this festival captures the buzz of the Brisbane city. Attracting almost a million people, this festival has been embraced by the city and admired all around the world. For a list of the must see events see here.
Date: Saturday, September 3 – Saturday, September 24.
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Ticket prices vary, for more information see their website


SEPTEMBER 10-11, 2016

The Green Heart Fair
Brisbane’s biggest bi-annual community and sustainability festival is here. Welcoming over 100 of Brisbane’s leading sustainable organisations, artisans, foodies, businesses, community groups and eco-experts to share their love for the environment and all things green.
When: Sunday, September 11
Where: Carindale Recreation Reserve
Tickets: FREE

Giggle Ball
Start your weekend on the right foot, with Camp Quality’s Giggle Ball – a night of colour, fun and positivity in support of kids and families living with cancer. With live music, drinks, canapés, a Lego corner, pamper station, photo booth, prizes and a dessert bar supplied by Doughnut Time.
When: Friday, September 9 – 6:30pm for 7:00pm start.
Where: Cloudland, 641 Ann St, Fortitude Valley
Dress Code: Cocktail with a splash of colour
Tickets: $120 per person + online transaction fee
For more information visit here.


SEPTEMBER 17-18, 2016

Beer inCider Experience
Craft brews, live music and good food. It’s the only festival in the country that works with independently owned breweries and cider makers, so it’s worth checking out. Josh Pyke will be providing his best tunes for the festival, alongside over 10 different artesian food outlets and 38 breweries and cider producers. This is a strictly 18+ event, so leave the kids at home for this one!
When: Friday, September 16 (4:30pm - 10pm) and Saturday, September 17 (11am - 10pm).
Where: Albion Park Harness Racing Club.
Tickets: Ticket prices vary.
Book online here.

Sunday Family Laneways
Spend your Sunday with the fam and head to the Sunday Laneway in Stones Corner. On the menu are Mr America Hotdogs and Fries, Smokin’ Pizza, Dippin’ Dots and Vira Lata Food Trucks just to name a few. With a variety of specialty market stalls and a petting zoo, make sure this is a part of your weekend activities.
When: Sunday, September 18 – 11am-3pm
Where: Stones Corner Hotel, 346 Logan Road, Greenslopes
Tickets: Free


SEPTEMBER 24-25, 2016

Arguably the best part of the Brisbane Festival. Expect an amazing visual display of fireworks as well as the unforgettable aerobatics from the Australian Defence Force with the RAAF Super Hornet and Army Helicopter. For the best events with a view, see here.
When: Saturday, September 24 – 7pm-8pm.
Where: Brisbane River


Cindy Sherman
Wander through the GOMA and see this exhibition before it ends. Watch post-modern photographer Cindy Sherman as she transforms herself into an array of characters, with a tongue in cheek reflection on modern day culture and society. Her body of work includes never-before seen images straight from her New York studio. Get in quick before this exhibit ends.
When: Ends October 3.
Where: Gallery of Modern Art, Cultural Precinct.
TICKETS: Single adult $16.50
Book online here.


OCTOBER 1-2, 2016

Caloundra Music Festival
Celebrating 10 years of sun, surf and soul, this year’s Caloundra music festival is going to be bigger and better than before. With pop-up restaurants, market stalls and delicious food trucks along with performers like The Preatures, Illy, Lady Hawke, The Cat Empire and good vibes all round.
When: Friday September 30 – Monday, October 3
Where: Kings Beach Park, De Vene Avenue, Kings Beach.
TICKETS: Tickets vary, see for more.
Book online here.

Caxton Street Festival
Queensland’s most iconic street festival turns 22 this year, so make sure you swing by and check it out. With a huge array of scrumptious street food and delicious cocktails, beers and wines to sip on as you wind through the street. The all Aussie line up looks promising, with live music from Last Dinosaurs, Urthboy, Cub Sport, Stonefield, The Creases and Elizabeth Rose. Alongside handpicked DJ’s to keep those tunes flying as you sip n’ socialise. Kids are welcome to accompany parents during the day but must leave at 5pm as the strictly 18+ event begins.
When: Sunday, October 2
Where: Caxton Street
Tickets: First release are $33.70 + booking fee.
Book online here.

OCTOBER 8-9, 2016

YMCA Rat Race
A ratty race for anyone 16 years and over. In teams of four, you will be given a large inflatable novelty cheese to protect and carry for the duration of the 8km course, which you must bring to the finishing line. The course will wind around local landmarks, cheesy-themed obstacles and the Brisbane River. Proceeds from the event will be going to YMCA’s school breakfast program.
When: Saturday, October 8 – 12pm onwards.
Where: The start and finishing line is at Captain Burke Park.
Tickets: $75pp + booking fee, and you must register online before the race.
Book online here.

Oktoberfest Brisbane
With so much happening, you won’t want to miss this year’s Oktoberfest Brisbane. A cultural fusion of German food, drink and entertainment that everyone will love. With a German car show, Miss Oktoberfest, the pork knuckle of destiny, free carnival rides, an animal farm, German Sausage Hut, freshly baked pretzels, German wine and plenty of beer flowing.
When: Friday, October 7 – Sunday, October 9 and Friday, October 14 – Sunday, October 16
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills. Entry only via Gregory Terrace.
Tickets: Tickets vary, for more information see here.


OCTOBER 15-16, 2016

Relish in nostalgia and step back in time to the classic school fete. Windsor State School is holding their fete this Sunday. The major fundraiser will be collecting money for the Windsor State School Parents and Citizens Association. Activities include face painting, rides, a plant sale, live music and a jazz bar after party.
When: Sunday 16th October. 10am – 4pm.
Where: Windsor State School. 2 Harris Lane Windsor
Tickets: Free entry

OCTOBER 22-23, 2016

Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital Butterfly Ball
Bring your work colleagues and gal pals for a night of glamour and giving. The Harcourts Foundation Butterfly ball supports the RBWH’s smallest yet most precious patients, babies. The money raised will help purchase new technology and equipment for the RBWH’s Neonatal Unit as well as helping in the research of stillbirth, premature births and birth-related injuries.
When: Saturday, October 22 – 6:30pm.
Where: Brisbane Hilton, 190 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City.
Tickets: $200 per person
Available here.


Wynnum Seafood Festival
Whether you’re on a seafood diet or a “see food” diet you know you can enjoy Brisbane’s newest spring Seafood Festival. This event celebrates the local catches and fresh produce from the Moreton Bay region, as well as premium wines and craft beers.
When: Saturday October 22 – 11am-6pm.
Where: Edith Street between Bay Terrace and Tingal Road, Wynnum.
Tickets: Free entry


OCTOBER 29-30, 2016

West End Festival

Celebrating West End’s diverse community and spirit, the West End Festival is a must for your weekend activities, especially if you missed out last time. Enjoy West End’s greatest food and drinks surrounded by the friendly locals.
When: Saturday, October 29 – 10am-10pm.
Where: Boundary Street, West End.
Tickets: Free entry.

Dandy Warhols
American band the Dandy Warhols are coming to Brisbane for one night of electric sounds and catchy rhythms. Whether you love their new stuff or their old stuff, you’ll no doubt be satisfied by these Oregon indie rockers.
When: Saturday, October 29 – 8pm.
Where: Eatons Hill Hotel and Function Centre, Eatons Hill.
Tickets: $75.90 + booking fee.
Tickets are available here.

NOVEMBER 5-6, 2016

Finders Keepers Markets
The Finders Keepers Markets began in Brisbane in 2009 and have grown and evolved ever since. This year, the spring/summer markets will be hosting a whole range of food and beverage stalls, live music, food trucks, treasures and fresh coffee, so make sure you check it out.
When: Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6 – 9am-4pm both days.
Where: The Old Museum: 480 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills.
Tickets: $2 entry fee.

A Day on the Green
Coined the “Big Day Out for grown-ups,” A Day on the Green is in its 15th year of combining good food, good wine and good music. Hosted on the vast Greenland of Sirromet Wines, the setting provides a lush environment with a stunning backdrop. There will be lots of yummy food and premium wines available, as well as amazing headliners such as Jebediah, Something for Kate, Spiderbait, The Meanies and You Am I.
When: Sunday, November 6.
Where: 850 - 938 Mount Cotton Road, Mount Cotton.
Tickets: Ticket prices vary, see here.


NOVEMBER 12-13, 2016

Relax in a lush park environment and hear energetic, live music in an open air amphitheatre. Headliners include the all-Aussie hip hop trio Bliss N Eso, Drapht and Nicole Millar. Enjoy some of our home-grown heroes as well as promoting our upcoming talent.
When: Saturday, November 12 – 1pm.
Where: Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine.
Tickets: $71.33 + booking fee.
Book online here.

NOVEMBER 19-20, 2016

Eat Street Markets
Calling all foodies, make sure you head to Eat Street Markets for your weekend activities this week. No matter the cuisine, or if you love your food savoury or sweet, Eat Street have something to satisfy your cravings. With live music and market stalls scattered around the site, you are guaranteed to find something truly delish. If you’re dreaming of a retro experience, make sure you check out their pop-up drive in cinema, where the latest releases are showcased under the stars.
When: Every Friday and Saturday night 5:30pm. Movies start at 7:30pm.
Where: 257 Macarthur Ave, Hamilton.
Tickets: Tickets vary and can be purchased either online or at the door, just remember its card only so leave your shrapnel and coinage at home.

NOVEMBER 26-27, 2016

Cirque Du Soleil’s Kooza
The world renowned Cirque Du Soleil is back in Brisbane for an unmissable show. Kooza combines clowning and acrobatic performances whilst exploring the concepts of fear, identity, recognition and power. Including amazing stunts, jumps, chills and thrills that will blow your socks off.
When: Ongoing. Ends Sunday, December 18.
Where: Skygate, next to Brisbane Airport, DFO.
Tickets: start at $60.
Book online here.


Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival
This year, the Asia Pacific Film Festival will offer more than 80 different features and documentaries. Don’t miss the Japanese retrospective that pays tribute to stunning and talented Japanese actors including Setsuko Hara, a star from the Golden Age of post war Japanese cinema.
When: Ongoing. Ends Sunday, December 4
Where: Various Locations.
More info here.
Tickets:  Single tickets are $15.
Book online here.

DECEMBER 3-4, 2016

Matilda the Musical

Based on the lovable book by Roald Dahl, this critically acclaimed musical is an essential for your weekend entertainment. With stunning visuals, talented actors and songs by the infamous Tim Minchin, you’ll have to see this amazing theatre performance when it hits Brisbane.
When: Ongoing.
Where: QPAC: Corner of Melbourne and Grey Street South Brisbane.
Tickets: Start at $85.
Book online here.


DECEMBER 10-11, 2016

Brisbane Roar FC v. Adelaide United
You’re not a true Brisbanite if you haven’t watched a game at Suncorp! Kicking goals since 2004, watch our beloved Brisbane Roar FC compete against Adelaide United this weekend.
When: Sunday, December 11
Where: Suncorp Stadium. 40 Castlemaine St, Milton
Tickets: Prices vary
Book online here.


DECEMBER 17-18, 2016

Collective Markets
If you haven’t started Christmas shopping, or you have a relative that’s super hard to buy for, pick up something at the Collective Markets. With all things niche from iron-on patches, cute homewares and recycled jewellery to something for your fur baby. Or just buy yourself a little treat, we’re not judging.
When: Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18
Where: Stanley Street Plaza, South Bank
Tickets: Free entry
So with Christmas just coming up, make sure you make the most of your weekend’s activities and start planning now!

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