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Everything You Need to Put in Your Diary for May

Hit up a dazzling after-dark art festival in the City Botanic Gardens, eat seafood by the river and drink all the pinot.
By Concrete Playground
May 03, 2022
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By Concrete Playground
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  • Food & Drink

    Greek Weekend

    With Paniyiri pushed back to October due to the wet weather, The Greek Club is putting on a two-day postponement party.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Time Travel Cafe 2022

    This immersive theatre party will make you feel like you've leapt back to 1920s Paris.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Jenn Nkiru: Rebirth Is Necessary

    Brisbane's Institute of Modern Art is hosting the first-ever Australian solo exhibition by Grammy-winning artist, filmmaker and Beyoncé collaborator Jenn Nkiru.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Firestarter

    Bringing Stephen King's 1980 novel to the big screen for the second time, this dull remake only burns two things: its audience's time and patience.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    This Much I Know to Be True

    Celebrating the creative partnership between Nick Cave and Warren Ellis is a transcendent experience in this phenomenal music documentary.

  • Food & Drink

    Taste of the Terraces

    Eat and drink your way around Paddington's terrace precinct, with 38 venues dishing up food specials and cocktails across three days.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Northshore Sculpture by the River

    Don't just stare at Hamilton's waterside scenery — spend two months peering at sculptures big and small at this free art festival.

  • Food & Drink

    International Cake Show 2022

    When you're not learning how to make sweet treats, you'll be eating them.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Honey House

    A topsy-turvy house is popping up in Brisbane providing you with the perfect backdrop to nail your next Insta shot.

  • 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

    Dog's Day Out

    Spend an afternoon celebrating pooches over a few pints at Welcome to Bowen Hills.

  • Food & Drink

    Brisbane Gin Festival 2022

    This boozy festival is bringing 27 craft gin distillers from around the country to Fortitude Valley for three days of masterclasses and tastings.

  • Food & Drink

    Brisbane Rum Revolution

    More than 40 distilleries are headed to Albion's Craft'd Grounds for a huge rum-fuelled afternoon — with over 100 different varieties on offer.

  • Food & Drink

    Taco Swap

    Show a photo of your regular lunch at your nearest Taco Bell store to score a free Taco Supreme between 12–2pm.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Drover's Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson

    After reimagining Henry Lawson's short story for the stage and page, Leah Purcell brings her First Nations, feminist and anti-colonial take on the tale to cinemas.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Petite Maman

    'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' filmmaker Céline Sciamma returns with a magical and insightful tale about childhood — and it's one of her best movies yet.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    'Drive My Car' may have won an Oscar, but Ryûsuke Hamaguchi's second powerful and poignant drama of the past year is equally as masterful.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    'High School Musical' Party

    Step back to the 00s and celebrate all of your favourite Disney hits.

  • Design & Style

    The Finders Keepers Autumn/Winter Markets

    Support the next wave of independent artisans at this three-day art and design market.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Two Turntables and a Title Card: 'Nosferatu'

    Catch the 100-year-old horror masterpiece for free at Netherworld — over beers, and after mashing buttons.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Buddha Birthday Festival 2022

    The annual festival is back for 2022 with lanterns, lion dances, tea ceremonies and a big vegetarian food fair.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Anywhere Festival 2022

    See theatre, comedy and cabaret performances in bars, laneways, churches, old paint factories, nurseries, sports centres and an underground reservoir.

  • Design & Style

    Green Heart Fair 2022

    Pick up free plants, learn about beekeeping and tuck into plant-based dishes at Brisbane's regular sustainability-focused fair.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Handmade Market 2022

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

  • Design & Style

    Brisbane Twilight Markets 2022

    Shop, snack and listen to live tunes as the sun goes down in King George Square.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Directed by 'Evil Dead' legend Sam Raimi, the latest MCU film about surgeon-turned-sorcerer Dr Stephen Strange is darker and trippier but still dispiritingly standard.

  • Food & Drink

    American Express delicious. Month Out

    From riverside dumplings at dusk to nights full of negronis and pasta, May is the month to eat out in Brisbane.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Monster Fest Weekender 2022

    Spend three days watching weird and wonderful flicks — including cult 80s hits, new horror gems and a documentary about the original 'It' TV miniseries

  • Food & Drink

    Betty's Bestie Day 2022

    Take your best mate for a two-for-one burger.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    After Yang

    Colin Farrell is haunting in this exceptional sci-fi drama about androids, memory, family, the ties that bind and what it truly means to live.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Downton Abbey: A New Era

    Despite its title, the second 'Downton Abbey' movie serves up more of the same upstairs-downstairs dramas — but Maggie Smith still steals every scene she's in.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Good Boss

    Javier Bardem is magnetic in this Spanish award-winner, which savagely and smartly satirises power, privilege and workplace life.

  • Food & Drink

    GABS 2022

    The Great Australasian Beer Spectapular returns to Brisbane with 120 brews, including beers inspired by cheesecake and poutine.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Fish Lane Markets 2022

    Shop for ceramics, art, accessories and plants at this local-focused South Brisbane market.

  • Food & Drink

    Yarra Valley Rocky Road Festival At Home 2022

    Get a box filled with 31 different flavours of rocky road delivered to your door.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Northman

    Directed by 'The Witch' and 'The Lighthouse' filmmaker Robert Eggers, this Alexander Skarsgård-starring Viking epic is bold, bloody, brutal and brilliant.

  • Food & Drink

    The Fork Festival 2022 at TGI Fridays Robina

    TGI Fridays at Robina is doing 30-percent off set-menu lunches every weekday till the end of May.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    The one and only Nicolas Cage plays himself — and gloriously so — in this gleefully adoring and enjoyable action-comedy.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Where Plants Meets Science: Virtual Laboratory

    Visit this interactive digital space for beauty education and plant-powered skincare prizes.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Botanica: Contemporary Art Outside 2022

    This dazzling after-dark festival turns Brisbane's City Botanic Gardens into a luminous outdoor art gallery.

  • Food & Drink

    Urban Cocktail Trail 2022

    Track down cocktails like Pokémon at this self-guided tour of CBD bars.

  • Food & Drink

    Urban Wine Walk Brisbane Autumn 2022

    Take your love of wine to the streets on this self-guided stroll between Brisbane bars.

  • Food & Drink

    Sea to the City 2022

    Feast your way through the ocean's finest while strolling from Eagle Street Pier to Customs House.

  • Food & Drink

    Dine BNE City 2022

    Cheap lunches, ten-course Italian degustations, wine walks and oyster trails — this month-long food program has it all.

  • 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.

  • Food & Drink

    $1 Oyster Thursdays

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

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Happening

    Winner of the 2021's Venice Film Festival Golden Lion, this French drama about abortion in the 1960s is haunting, confronting and important.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Vivid Sydney 2022

    Vivid Sydney's annual festival of light, music and ideas is back to transform the city once again.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Art of the Heist

    GOMA's Australian Cinémathèque is dedicating two months to movies about heists — from Hitchcock right through to 'Hustlers'.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Everything Everywhere All At Once

    Michelle Yeoh navigates the multiverse in this bold, clever, revelatory and gloriously chaotic funhouse of a film from the directors of 'Swiss Army Man'.

  • Food & Drink

    Australian Cocktail Month 2022

    Twenty-five of Brisbane's favourite bars are whipping up exclusive cocktails during this month-long festival of booze.

  • 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

    Calendar of Cage

    Thirteen weeks. One actor. So many crazy grins.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Lost City

    Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum's combined charms go a long way in this breezily entertaining action-adventure rom-com.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Portside Wharf Mother's Day Market

    Find a last-minute gift for your mum — or treat yourself to art, plants, ceramics, accessories and more.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Even Cheaper Budget Tuesdays at Dendy Cinemas

    Head to Dendy Coorparoo for a tenner every Tuesday — or hit up Portside for $8.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Ambulance

    OTT car chases, constantly zipping camerawork, a villainous Jake Gyllenhaal — when Michael Bay's latest high-intensity action flick works, it's a wildly entertaining ride.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Spanish Film Festival 2022

    Movies starring Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Javier Bardem feature prominently in this year's 34-film showcase of Spanish and Latin American cinema.

  • 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.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Brisbane Street Art Festival 2022

    Brisbane's annual celebration of street art is back with its largest festival yet — including 50 new large-scale murals popping up around town.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Green Jam 2022

    Listen to live tunes for free on QPAC's Melbourne Street Green every Friday afternoon.

  • 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

    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.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Victoria Park Candyland Putt Putt 2022

    Victoria Park is giving its mini golf course a candy-themed makeover so you can get tap, tap, tapping this Easter.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Teneriffe Festival 2022

    Celebrate this inner-city Brisbane suburb at a day-long street party filled with tunes, food, markets and booze.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Knockoff 2022

    End your working week with free comedy.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    'Speed': The Movie, The Play

    Revisit the movie 'Speed' from the backseat of a real bus.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    GC Laughs Festival

    Get giggling on the Gold Coast with more than 30 comedy shows over six nights.

  • Food & Drink

    Big Band Cabaret — Dinner and Show

    Bright lights, glitz and a drag queen bubbling with charisma — lose yourself in a no-expense-spared fantasy.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Brisbane Writers Festival 2022

    Back for a huge in-person event, this year's BWF features events at The Zoo, the RE and Sunnybank's Landmark Restaurant, alongside the State Library of Queensland and local libraries around town.

  • 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

    Acoustic Wednesdays 2022

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

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Blue Assembly: Oceanic Thinking

    Take a dive into this ocean-focused exhibition, which showcases creative ways of thinking about earth's blue spaces.

  • 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.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    'The Room' Monthly Screenings

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

  • Food & Drink

    Fresh Blood Brisbane 2022

    Taste your way through new drops from emerging South Australian winemakers.

  • 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.

  • Travel & Leisure

    CluedUpp: Crime Scene Investigator

    Take to the streets of Brisbane to solve this interactive murder-mystery.

  • 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

    The Big Anxiety Festival 2022

    The mental health and arts festival is coming to Brisbane for the first time.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Brisbane Comedy Festival 2022

    Brisbane's annual laughfest returns in April and May, with Nazeem Hussain, Ross Noble, Tom Ballard and Melanie Bracewell on the bill.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    9 to 5 The Musical

    Dolly Parton's hit musical is coming to Brisbane.

  • Food & Drink

    Yum Cha and Champagne Sundays

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

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Synthony Australia 2022

    A 60-plus piece orchestra performs 30 years of dance floor bangers.

  • 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

    Bottomless Sunday Brunch at Three Blue Ducks

    Start your Sunday with a boozy brunch, then hang out by the pool all day.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Good Love Festival

    Southeast Queensland's waterside reggae festival is back — with a new name, and in a new location.

  • 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

    Pinot Palooza 2022

    Two days dedicated to tasting the best burgundy from the southern hemisphere.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Festival of the Sun 2022

    Port Macquarie's BYO camping fest is back.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Potted Potter: The Unauthorised Harry Experience

    Relive the wizarding franchise's seven magical books in 70 minutes.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Imaginaria

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

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