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The Best Things to Do in Brisbane This Weekend

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By Concrete Playground
May 11, 2022
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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Handmade Market 2022

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Where Plants Meets Science: Virtual Laboratory

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

  • 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

    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.

  • 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'.

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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

    Imaginaria

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

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Potted Potter: The Unauthorised Harry Experience

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

  • Food & Drink

    Rita's Bottomless Brunch

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

  • Food & Drink

    Bottomless Gin Brunches 2022

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

  • Travel & Leisure

    Tides of Brisbane Boat Tour 2022

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

  • Food & Drink

    Yum Cha and Champagne Sundays

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

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Brisbane Comedy Festival 2021 Take 2

    Brisbane's 2021 laughfest was affected by lockdown, so the event has rescheduled some of its big names — and big giggles.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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