The Best Things to Do in Brisbane This Week

This week, you can hit up a roller rave, giggle through Brisbane Comedy Festival's last shows for 2024 and see all the cute pooches at the Million Paws Walk.
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Published on May 20, 2024
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    Housekeeping for Beginners

    Thursday, May 9 - Wednesday, May 29, 2024

    Various cinemas in Brisbane

    Three films into his feature career, 'You Won’t Be Alone' and 'Of an Age' writer/director Goran Stolevski adds this absorbing drama about a queer family to his already-impressive resume.

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    Vegan/Vego Laneway Fest

    Friday, May 24, 2024

    South City Square, Woolloongabba

    Plant-based and gluten-free eats are on the menu for a Friday night feast at this Woolloongabba precinct.

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    Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

    Thursday, May 23 - Wednesday, June 19, 2024

    Various cinemas in Brisbane

    Enlisting Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth on a prequel to 'Fury Road', George Miller has made another 'Mad Max' franchise marvel.

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    Mould — A Cheese Festival

    Friday, May 24 - Sunday, May 26, 2024

    Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills

    Try more than 100 of Australia's best cheeses at this big three-day dairy festival — with wine, beer and whisky, of course.

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    Million Paws Walk

    Sunday, May 26, 2024

    University of Queensland, St Lucia

    Grab your pooch, pop on your sneakers and help raise money for animals in need.

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    Roller Rave 02

    Saturday, May 25, 2024

    Superordinary, Hamilton

    Get your skates on rave-style at Northshore Brisbane's Superordinary, with DJ Phil Smart and Jen-E spinning tunes while you roll.

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    IF

    Thursday, May 16 - Wednesday, June 5, 2024

    Various cinemas in Brisbane

    Instead of aliens in 'A Quiet Place' and its sequel, John Krasinski ponders a world where imaginary friends are real in this warmly whimsical family-friendly fantasy.

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    Festa Italiana

    Thursday, May 23, 2024, Friday, May 24, 2024, Saturday, May 25, 2024 and Sunday, May 26, 2024 

    Howard Smith Wharves Precinct, Brisbane City

    Howard Smith Wharves is bringing back its Italian food market over two big weekends, in collaboration with guest chef Orazio D'Elia.

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    Open Season

    Monday, May 20 - Saturday, July 27, 2024

    Various Brisbane venues, Brisbane

    This jam-packed lineup of tunes is back for 2024 — and this year, it's taking its gigs beyond The Tivoli and The Princess Theatre.

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    Gigs & Picnics

    Saturday, April 27, 2024, Saturday, May 25, 2024, Saturday, August 31, 2024 and Saturday, September 28, 2024 

    Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane City

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

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    Green Heart Fair

    Sunday, May 26, 2024

    Victoria Park / Barrambin, Herston

    Pick up free plants, shop for pre-loved threads and see a 'Bluey' show at Brisbane's sustainability-focused fair.

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    Sydney Writers' Festival

    Monday, May 20 - Sunday, May 26, 2024

    Various Sydney venues, Sydney

    Nearly 300 speakers are on the 2024 program, which features 223 free and ticketed events — and is streaming some sessions nationwide.

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    Winter Chalet at Customs House

    Tuesday, May 14 - Saturday, August 31, 2024

    Customs House Brisbane, Brisbane

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

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    Monster

    Thursday, May 9 - Wednesday, May 29, 2024

    Select cinemas in Brisbane, Various locations

    Hirokazu Kore-eda's first Japanese film since 'Shoplifters' is yet another of the great director's deeply empathetic masterpieces.

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    Caper Byron Bay Food and Culture Festival

    Friday, May 17 - Sunday, May 26, 2024

    Various locations around Byron Bay, Byron Bay

    This culinary festival is back for its second run with a jam-packed ten-day program curated by chef Louis Tikaram from Brisbane restaurant Stanley.

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    Mad Science

    Friday, May 3 - Sunday, June 23, 2024

    GOMA, South Brisbane

    From 'Frankenstein' to 'Poor Things', GOMA's latest film program is alive with tales of madcap creators experimenting across cinema history.

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    Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

    Thursday, May 9 - Wednesday, May 29, 2024

    Various cinemas in Brisbane

    More than half a century after the first film, Hollywood's paws are still on this sci-fi franchise — and this is a thoughtful and engaging new instalment.

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    Portside Wharf Art Month

    Wednesday, May 1 - Friday, May 31, 2024

    Portside Wharf Hamilton, Brisbane

    Portside Wharf is dedicating all of May to a month-long art celebration, which features a paint splatter room, plus a street party with pet portraits. 

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    Knockoff

    Friday, May 3, 2024, Friday, May 10, 2024, Friday, May 17, 2024 and Friday, May 24, 2024 

    Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm

    End your working week with free laughs during this year's Brisbane Comedy Festival.

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    Felons' Cinema Sessions

    Tuesday, January 16, 2024

    Felons Brewing Co, Brisbane City

    Brisbane's riverside CBD brewery is improving your Tuesdays with free flicks in its Barrel Hall.

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    Boy Kills World

    Thursday, May 2 - Wednesday, May 22, 2024

    Various cinemas in Brisbane

    Bill Skarsgård makes a mesmerising action star in this cartoonishly OTT revenge flick that's produced by iconic 'Evil Dead' filmmaker Sam Raimi.

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    German Film Festival

    Thursday, May 9 - Wednesday, May 29, 2024

    Select cinemas in Brisbane, Various locations

    In 2024, Brisbane's annual celebration of German films is serving up brand-new gems and a Werner Herzog retrospective.

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    Pretty in Pink High Tea

    Wednesday, May 1 - Sunday, June 23, 2024

    W Brisbane, Brisbane City

    Decorate your own vanilla buttercream cake over pink-hued gin, raspberry, lychee and lavender cocktails at W Brisbane.

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    Brisbane Comedy Festival 2024

    Friday, April 26 - Sunday, May 26, 2024

    Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm

    Get ready to laugh: Brisbane's annual comedy festival is back for 2024 with 100-plus talents tickling funny bones.

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    Vertigo's Sunday Brunch

    Sunday, April 14, 2024

    Vertigo, New Farm

    You can now tuck into weekly champagne brunches while hanging over the side of Brisbane Powerhouse.

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    Shuckin' Sundays

    Sunday, April 21, 2024

    Victory Lane, Ascot

    This weekly special serves up $2 oysters from the Ascot venue's streetside cart.

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    Italian Renaissance Alive

    Saturday, March 30 - Sunday, August 4, 2024

    HOTA, Home of the Arts, Surfers Paradise

    This multi-sensory exhibition will immerse you in Italian Renaissance works, including the 'Mona Lisa'.

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    Hiromi Tango: Hanabira (Gentle Petal)

    Saturday, March 2 - Sunday, August 11, 2024

    Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane

    The Japanese Australian artist wants you to help fill Museum of Brisbane's Adelaide Street Pavilion with flowers.

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    Feel Good Program

    Monday, March 4 - Saturday, June 1, 2024

    South Bank Parklands, Brisbane

    Bend, stretch, splash and dance your way through autumn at South Bank's free exercise classes.

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    Adults-Only Mini-Golf Night

    Saturday, March 2, 2024

    The Jungle Adventure Play, Tingalpa

    Tingalpa's 16-hole jungle-themed mini golf course with a cocktail bar throws weekly boozy parties just for adults.

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    Disney's Beauty and the Beast: The Musical

    Thursday, February 15 - Sunday, June 9, 2024

    QPAC Lyric Theatre, South Brisbane

    You'll want to be this delightful Disney musical's guest at Brisbane's QPAC Lyric Theatre from mid-February.

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    Christine Ko and Louis Lim: Departure

    Thursday, February 1 - Friday, June 7, 2024

    Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane

    Family photos have been turned into kites at this Museum of Brisbane exhibition, which explores the migrant experience.

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    Felons' Yoga

    Wednesday, March 27, 2024

    Felons Brewing Co, Brisbane City

    Bend, stretch and drink at Brisbane's CBD riverside brewery every Wednesday after work.

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    Insect Agency

    Friday, September 15, 2023 - Sunday, July 7, 2024

    Queensland Museum, South Brisbane

    Peer at more than 1700 insect specimens from Queensland Museum's collection, including hundreds of different Queensland butterflies.

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    Rearranged: Art of the Flower

    Saturday, November 25, 2023 - Sunday, September 29, 2024

    Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane

    This vibrant free floral exhibition at King George Square's art museum features local artists exploring Brisbane blooms.

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    'Jurassic World' by Brickman

    Friday, December 8, 2023 - Sunday, July 14, 2024

    Queensland Museum, South Brisbane

    Lego finds a way — with more than 50 dinosaurs, props and scenes from the movie built out of the popular plastic bricks.

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