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Everything You Need to Put in Your Diary for August

Track down strawberry sundaes at the Ekka, catch a magical 'Cinderella' musical and go wandering through a human-sized kaleidoscope.
By Concrete Playground
July 28, 2022
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By Concrete Playground
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  • Food & Drink

    Ekka Nostalgia Sundaes

    Three South Bank venues are levelling up the classic Ekka strawberry sundae with honeycomb, meringue and a Bertie Beetle.

  • Food & Drink

    Showstopping High Tea

    Tuck into Ekka-themed treats at this two-day-only high tea, including fairy floss, strawberry spritzes and mini dagwood dogs.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Retrosweat's "Let's Get Physical" Olivia Newton-John Tribute Sessions

    Pay tribute to Olivia Newton-John by donning lycra and getting physical — in-person in Sydney, or at home around the country via livestream.

  • Food & Drink

    Pawgust

    The Prince Consort is pairing pints with pooches all month, complete with special dog-friendly events, cocktails named after canines and fundraising for Animal Welfare League Queensland.

  • Food & Drink

    Four-Legged Pub Crawl

    Forget regular old pub crawls — this one takes you hopping between three Fortitude Valley bars with your cute pooch.

  • Food & Drink

    Paws and Pints

    Sip brews with your four-legged bestie at this doggo drinking session.

  • Design & Style

    Brisbane Open House 2022

    Explore the city's buildings and precincts over two big weekends, including at Woolloongabba's revamped Princess Theatre, the Fish Lane Arts Precinct and the Old Windmill in Spring Hill.

  • Food & Drink

    Ekka Cocktails at Emporium

    Get into the Ekka spirit with a ‘Sideshow Alley’ cocktail made with pink gin and strawberry milk, and topped with fairy floss.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Hekka Festival

    Kickstart the midweek public holiday with a night of live tunes by Pandamic, Total Pace, Annoying Neighbours, Mitch Please, Hot Reno and more.

  • Food & Drink

    All-You-Can-Meat Wednesdays

    Feast your way through unlimited pork belly, chicken schnitzels, chicken wings and German sausages.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Murder Party

    If ‘Amelie’ and ‘Knives Out’ combined, the end result would look like this candy-coloured French whodunnit.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Bullet Train

    Brad Pitt's charisma, scene-stealing supporting players and spectacular stunt choreography help this assassins-on-a-train action-comedy mostly prove a blast.

  • Food & Drink

    Lobster & Co at Woody Point

    Head to Woody Point to tuck into two different types of lobster rolls — plus truffle fries and glasses of champagne.

  • Food & Drink

    Strawberry Sundae Kisses Beer at Stone and Wood

    Sip your way through a strawberries and cream-flavoured brew inspired by the Ekka's famed sundaes.

  • Food & Drink

    The Dinner Crawl

    Feast your way through four Fortitude Valley venues in one night, eating a different dish and sipping a different drink at each one.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Full Time

    This French standout turns a single mother and five-star hotel chambermaid's hectic daily routine into a relentless thriller.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Vinyl Village

    Rocking Horse Records is heading across the river to host a vinyl market and listening party at South Bank Piazza.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Murder Mystery: Wedding Murder

    Sleuth your way through an interactive murder-mystery game in a former Fortitude Valley church.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    'Drag Race Down Under' Viewing Parties

    Watch 'RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under' season two on The Wickham's big screen over cocktails and share platters.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Official Competition

    Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas are fantastic in this sharp and witty Spanish Argentine comedy about filmmaking.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Superfamous — Queensland Symphony Orchestra

    Exclusively playing the bangers, the Sunshine State's orchestra is set to wow symphonic die-hards and part-time culture fans alike.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    A More Perfect Union 2022

    Gang of Youths are coming back to Queensland for the second iteration of their very own festival.

  • Food & Drink

    Take the Wheel

    On the first Wednesday of every month, you can tuck into creamy pasta served straight out of a parmigiano-reggiano cheese wheel.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Where the Crawdads Sing

    This 2018 bestseller jumps from the page to the screen, but proves as pristine and polished as a swampy southern gothic murder-mystery melodrama can be.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Netherworld Sideshow 2022

    The sideshow you go to when you're not going to the sideshow.

  • Food & Drink

    Pasta Palooza

    One Fish Two Fish is serving up four-course seafood pasta feasts, complete with dessert ravioli topped with candy floss.

  • Food & Drink

    The Return of The Walrus Club

    You're invited to a debaucherous weekend to celebrate the return of this sensational speakeasy.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Black Phone

    Reteaming with his 'Sinister' director Scott Derrickson, Ethan Hawke is unnervingly excellent in this tense and eerie 70s-set horror film.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The 'Twilight' Saga Movie Marathon

    Relive the entire vampire romance saga in one epic 600-minute sitting.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Love Lust Lost

    Let curiosity guide your adventure through this immersive Fortitude Valley wonderland.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Pub Choir 2022

    Croon tunes in a crowd with a beer in your hand — Kate Bush even approves.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Ekka 2022

    The Royal Queensland Show is finally returning for nine days of show bags, rides, giant vegetables, cute animals and strawberry sundaes for the first time since 2019.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Studio Ghibli Film Festival 2022

    Get spirited away at this magical cinema tribute, with Studio Ghibli classics screening on Thursdays and Sundays throughout August and September.

  • Food & Drink

    Lennons Wine Dinner

    Pull up a seat at this sensational mid-week meal that marries seasonal produce and hyperlocal wines.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Gray Man

    Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans bounce off of each other with chalk-and-cheese aplomb in this globe-hopping action-thriller, Netflix's most expensive film to date.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Phantom of the Open

    Based on a true story, this entertaining Mark Rylance-starring underdog comedy focuses on the British man dubbed "the world's worst professional golfer".

  • Food & Drink

    Beats and Eats 2022

    Overwater bar Will and Flow is livening up Thursday nights with pizza, sparkling and DJs — all for $20.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Container: Brisbane Film Society

    Swap the multiplex for these new fortnightly film screenings showcasing ace new and experimental features.

  • Food & Drink

    Long Island Iced Tea Rita Series and Limited-Edition Tacos

    For three weeks, El Camino Cantina is splashing together Long Island iced teas and margaritas in one boozy beverage.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Chiharu Shiota Up Late

    GOMA is throwing an after-hours art party in its huge labyrinth of black and red string — complete with live tunes and drinks.

  • Food & Drink

    Lobster & Co at Pacific Fair

    This indulgent pop-up is returning to the Gold Coast to serve lobster rolls with truffle fries and glasses of champagne.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Thor: Love and Thunder

    Taika Waititi's second 'Thor' film is a ball of playful, goofy, 80s-worshipping chaos — in both fun and messy ways.

  • Food & Drink

    Winter Reloaded at Wet Deck

    Pretend you're in the Swiss Alps at W Brisbane's après-ski pop-up, which features ski gondolas, firepits, gruyere fondue and spiked hot chocolates.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Legacy: Reflections on Mabo

    Thirty years on from the High Court of Australia's groundbreaking Mabo decision, the State Library of Queensland has enlisted 24 artists to reflect upon and celebrate Eddie Koiki Mabo.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Bleach* Festival 2022

    Back for its 11th iteration, the Gold Coast's annual arts and culture fest will feature 233 artists, 94 performances and 36 events across 11 days.

  • Food & Drink

    Piano Bar's Ski Chalet

    Emporium Brisbane has turned its Piano Bar into a wintry ski chalet, complete with a fireplace, three-cheese and truffle jaffles to eat, and champagne to sip.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Palace Cinemas' $9 Student Saver Day

    The cinema chain is treating students to $9 tickets every Wednesday.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Kaleidoscope

    Go on, get lost — in this huge human-sized kaleidoscope that’s made of glass, steel, mirrors and moving prisms.

  • Food & Drink

    Truffle Sundays

    Emporium's fine diner is serving up a five-course truffle degustation for $150.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Let the Music Play 2022

    The multi-venue fest will take over Fortitude Music Hall, The Zoo and Brightside Outdoors this winter, and turn Warner Street into a big disco street party

  • Food & Drink

    Lina Rooftop's Sunday Brunch — Winter Edition

    Spend your wintry Sundays sipping bottomless bellinis, bloody marys and cocktail slushies on a South Brisbane rooftop.

  • Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival

    Enjoy live music and local produce at this seaside food and wine festival.

  • Food & Drink

    Brisbane Brunch

    Howard Smith Wharves' rooftop bar is saying cheers to Sunday boozy brunches — complete with two hours of champagne cocktails.

  • Food & Drink

    Kingaroy BaconFest 2022

    Eat bacon ice cream — and plenty of other bacon dishes — at this three-day pork celebration.

  • Food & Drink

    $2 Taco Tuesday

    This lively chain of Tex-Mex bars is slinging cheap tacos one night a week.

  • Food & Drink

    Queensland Vegan Markets at Portside Wharf

    Queensland Vegan Markets is bringing its cruelty-free stalls to Portside.

  • Food & Drink

    Crafted Beer and Cider Festival 2022

    Spend two days in Broadbeach enjoying beachside brews, beats and beer yoga.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Disney: The Magic of Animation After Dark

    Enjoy drinks, discussions and a night at the museum touring a dazzling Disney animation exhibition.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Sound Society at Roma Street Parklands

    Listen to free live music in stunning natural surroundings.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Brisbane Kite Festival 2022

    A high-flying day of kites, markets, food and workshops is taking over Murarrie Recreation Reserve.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

    Glass slippers and pumpkin carriages are coming to Brisbane, with the Broadway production dancing into the QPAC Lyric Theatre from August.

  • Food & Drink

    $1 Oyster Thursdays

    Slurp down $1 oysters every Thursday while soaking in city views.

  • Food & Drink

    One-Cent Wings at Beerhaus

    Tuck into cheap chook pieces in Bowen Hills every Thursday night.

  • Food & Drink

    Sundays at Byblos

    Pair cocktails and Mediterranean bites by the river every Sunday.

  • Food & Drink

    Two-for-One Gyoza Plates

    Double your dumpling fix for the same price every Tuesday at Harajuku Gyoza.

  • Food & Drink

    Vegan Mondays 2022

    Brisbane's huge riverside brewery serves up two-for-one vegan and vegetarian meals every week.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Acoustic Wednesdays 2022

    Improve your Wednesday with free live tunes over a brew in this leafy beer garden.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Gasworks Markets 2022

    Shop for fashion, art, homewares, plants and ceramics beneath Newstead's heritage-listed old gasometer.

  • Food & Drink

    Rita's Bottomless Brunch

    Margarita jugs and tacos are on the menu every Sunday in Teneriffe.

  • Food & Drink

    Cheese Wheel Wednesdays 2022

    Eat creamy pasta scooped out of a wheel of cheese every week.

  • Food & Drink

    All-You-Can-Eat Pizza Mondays 2022

    Devour all the slices of pizza you can handle in 90 minutes for $25 — with a drink purchase.

  • Food & Drink

    Triple T Tuesdays

    Spend your Tuesday night tucking into tacos, drinking tequila and playing trivia at Bloodhound Bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Bottomless Gin Brunches 2022

    Sip gin cocktails, sangria and Pimm's cups over a shareboard brunch.

  • Food & Drink

    Yum Cha and Champagne Sundays

    Dumplings, prawn rolls and bubbles, right by the river.

  • Food & Drink

    Sundays at City Winery

    Sip frosé slushies, hit up the oyster bar and listen to live tunes at Brisbane's inner-city winery.

  • Food & Drink

    Sky-High Sundays

    Brisbane's latest rooftop bar is serving up soda cocktails, Mediterranean-inspired dishes and R&B tunes every Sunday.

  • Food & Drink

    Brisbane Distillery's True Spirit Bus

    Stop by Riverside Markets every Sunday for tastings and cocktail flights.

  • Food & Drink

    Fat Noodle's Street Food Series

    Chef Luke Nguyen is spending three months whipping up street food dishes, focusing on Vietnam in July, Thailand in August and Malaysia in September.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Scandinavian Film Festival 2022

    Calling all Nordic cinema fans: Australia's annual showcase of Scandi movies returns to Brisbane.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Brisbane Only Rotoscoped Lightning Film Festival

    This new Brisbane film festival is completely dedicated to movies with hand-drawn lightning effects.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    World of Wonder: Margot McKinney

    Scope out the bold and intricate work of Brisbane jewellery designer Margot McKinney, complete with rare gems and one-of-a-kind pieces.

  • Food & Drink

    The Rooftop Lodge

    The Gold Coast's rooftop beach club is turning into a sky-high (and snowy) alpine lodge for winter.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    OUTstanding

    Next time you stroll around the city, keep an eye out for impressive First Nations art.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Twilight Electric

    This riverside pop-up is bringing wild cabaret and a Japanese-inspired bar to Northshore Hamilton.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Blanc de Blanc Encore

    Prepare for a night of fun, frivolity and breathtaking acrobatics — all at Brisbane's new pop-up riverside precinct.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Maho Magic Bar

    A Shinjuku-inspired bar and magic show has hit Northshore Hamilton, bringing neon-lit vibes and sake cocktails.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical

    Calling all 90s teens: this film-to-theatre adaptation is bringing its 90s soundtrack and dangerous liaisons to Brisbane.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Not On Your Rider 2022

    This music game show takes place live, featuring different musicians each time — and you can play along.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    In Transit

    For its latest immersive installation, the Museum of Brisbane is exploring growth and healing through works about intersectionality, language, displacement and reclaiming history.

  • Food & Drink

    Forbidden Forest in the Courtyard

    The Regatta is turning its courtyard into a forest-filled winter hangout, complete with a fruity cocktail menu.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Paradiso's Universo Cocktails at W Brisbane

    Barcelona's Bar Paradiso has brought its acclaimed and inventive cocktails to W Brisbane.

  • Food & Drink

    Winter Afternoon Tea

    Celebrate the frostier weather with decadent pastries, bite-sized Reubens and stomach-warming hot spiced cider.

  • Food & Drink

    All-You-Can-Eat Satay Night

    This once-a-month satay night serves up two hours of non-stop skewers for just $30.

  • Food & Drink

    In the Snow at Customs House

    Spend winter sipping champagne and eating Moreton Bay bug croissants in igloos by the river.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Handmade Market 2022

    Forget machines — everything at this monthly market in Queensland Museum's Whale Mall made by hand.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Bricktionary: The Interactive Lego Brick Exhibition

    Check out the A-to-Z of Lego — including more than 150 impressive models, plus six interactive building zones.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Gigs & Picnics 2022

    Listen to free live music and grab snacks from food trucks at this free monthly hangout in the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Making Place: 100 Views of Brisbane

    With artwork dating back two centuries, this city-focused exhibition surveys pieces that've captured Brisbane and its changes.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Museum of Brisbane's Public Art Walking Tour 2022

    Spend an afternoon exploring Brisbane's stunning outdoor art.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles

    Rescheduled from 2020, Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art will host a showcase of weaved web-like installations by the Japanese artist.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Picasso Century

    Scope out more than 70 works by the Spanish artist, as well as 100-plus others from over 50 of his contemporaries.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Disney: The Magic of Animation

    Explore the Mouse House's huge animated catalogue via more than 500 original paintings, sketches and drawings.

  • Food & Drink

    R&B Brunch

    Pair margaritas, pancakes, avocado on sourdough, bacon and eggs, and brie and crackers with old-school 90s and early 00s R&B tunes once a month.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    'The Room' Monthly Screenings

    The worst movie you'll ever see never stops selling out screenings.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Tides of Brisbane Boat Tour 2022

    Hit the water from the City Botanic Gardens to spend three hours floating past historic landmarks.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Imaginaria

    A multi-sensory playground with light-filled mazes and inflatable bubbles is taking over South Bank.

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