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The Best Things to Do in Brisbane This Weekend

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By Concrete Playground
May 19, 2022
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  • Arts & Entertainment

    Maho Magic Bar

    A Shinjuku-inspired bar and a performance space in one, this neon-lit venue pairs sake cocktails and shōchū with magic shows at your table.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Operation Mincemeat

    Colin Firth and 'Succession' star Matthew Macfadyen lead this World War II-set tale of espionage intrigue, which is based on a story so wild that it can only be true.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Botanica Live Nights 2022

    Hit up pop-up bars and food trucks at the City Botanic Gardens' luminous outdoor art gallery.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Anywhere Festival 2022

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

  • 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

    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.

  • 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

    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

    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.

  • 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

    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

    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

    CluedUpp: Crime Scene Investigator

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

  • 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.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Imaginaria

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

  • 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.

  • 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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