Not that long ago, the narrow spaces around Fortitude Valley were just that — spaces, not vibrant laneways. These days, however, the area boasts not one, not two, but now three jam-packed alleys. Yes, that's a development that's worth celebrating.
In fact, it's a change worthy of a day-long festival, which is exactly what the brand new Hidden Lanes Festival is all about. On Saturday, October 13 from 10am until late, Bakery Lane, Winn Lane and California Lane will turn into a flourishing — and free — party, complete with markets, beverages, art installations, food, fashion, a heritage trail, masterclasses and 41 live musical acts.
If California Lane doesn't actually ring a bell, that's because The Hidden Lanes Festival will also mark its unveiling between Ann and McLachlan streets.
As for the music lineup, prepare to join The Delta Riggs, Astro Travellers, Shag Rock, Ben and Anouk Ely, Danny and India Widdicombe, Future Haunts, Pocketlove and more. And, if you're keen to pick up a few new skills, you can catch a filter coffee demonstration, learn how to make cocktails, create your own personalised cupcakes and get into pickling.
Updated September 16.