What's on this week | 14 August - 20 August

It’s all happening in the River City. Don’t believe us? That’s okay – we made this guide just for you. Fill a week with friends, plans and great things to do. 

Click straight through to what's on this weekend.

Monday 14 August | Advance screening: Logan Lucky at BCC Cinemas Toombul

Steven Soderbergh’s hilarious new crime caper, starring Channing Tatum and Adam Driver, screens for those of you ready to take the opportunity to see it early at BCC Cinemas Toombul. Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy and Clyde Logan set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Tickets here.

Monday 14 August | Sam Bowden: The Epicurean Shark at Saccharomyces Beer Café

The Epicurean Shark is a one-man comedy show about why humans and other animals love substances that are intrinsically harmful. Why do we smoke when we know it’ll kill us? Why do we party so hard we ruin relationships? Why does too much of a good time kill you? Sam Bowden’s debut hour is an effort to tackle the only big questions he’s smart enough to comprehend. 18+.  

$10 tickets here.

Monday 14 August to Wednesday 16 August | Mozart Airborne at QPAC

Six singers from Opera Queensland join Expressions Dance Company’s athletic ensemble of dancers to perform works from some of Australia’s most celebrated choreographers. This combination of dance, opera and Mozart’s soaring melodies is framed within a minimalistic design and rich lighting. If you love dance, opera and classical piano, don’t miss out on sound and movements of Mozart Airborne.

Tuesday 15 August | Hockey Dad with Drunk Mums at the zoo


This Ekka Eve, Hockey Dad and Drunk Mums will school you in the way of the vibe. Hockey Dad are taking a break from their national tour to play an extra special show while Drunk Mums return with a new single from their forthcoming EP Denim.

Tuesday 15 August | 10 Things I Hate About You, Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion and High Fidelity at Metro Arts

This triple-feature movie marathon spans some of your 90s faves. Explore the nostalgia of high school love through the lenses of these classic films. Screenings start with 10 Things from 6.30pm, with Romy & Michele’s at 8.15pm and High Fidelity at 10pm.

Tickets here.

Tuesday 15 August | Swing Break at the Port Office Hotel

Dust off those dancing shoes this Ekka Holiday Eve and get ready to take a trip back in time. Swing Break will be reliving the glory days of the 1930s where swing music reigned supreme, secret gin joints were buzzing with dapper gents and flappers flaunting their disdain for acceptable behaviour.

Wednesday 16 August | Brisbane Ekka public holiday

The Ekka comes to town this Friday!

Just take the day off, maybe explore the Ekka in its 140th year, sleep in all day like you’ve been desperately wanting to for weeks, or explore Brisbane in all its mid-week glory.

Wednesday 16 August | Smirnoff Mekka Wednesday at Doomben Racecourse

Get ready for the craziest Wednesday of your life with the Smirnoff Mekka Wednesday. Get your glam on and suit up on this most illustrious public holiday, scored by Tkay Maidza, Young Franco, Kuren and more.

Tickets here.

Wednesday 16 August | Winterfest at Riverlife

Riverlife presents Winterfest, the perfect alternative to the Ekka on this blessed public holiday. Join the celebration for cool beats, hot chocolate rums and tasty winter warmer food for the party by the river - the perfect Ekka day out. 

Wednesday 16 August | International Rum Day at The Walrus Club

Extending an invite to all those dapper gents and fine ladies, to celebrate International Rum Day at the Walrus Club on from 4pm - late. Prepare to get sozzled, by taste-testing an exciting line-up of wordly rums, accompanied by flavoursome food stalls and don’t forget to dance the night away with a live music line-up.

Thursday August 17 & Saturday 19 | Restrung 2017: Muscle Memory at Brisbane Powerhouse

The Brisbane Powerhouse

Following the success of last year’s Muscle Memory, Collusion returns with Queensland Ballet Academy’s talented pre-professional dancers in Reflex, a double-bill of resonant intersections at the forefront of new ballet and chamber music. Contact Point takes Elena Katz-Chernin’s works for string quartet as a starting point for this electrically charged ballet of human connection. Beginning at the end, Before is a neo-Romantic ballet for today, set to Peteris Vasks’ masterful String Quartet No 4.

Thursday 17 August | Keytar-ed & Feathered at Heya Bar

Two comics, sketch, karaoke, music, high-tech machinery. They may not go together but somehow do. Keytar-ed and Feathered is a mind-trip that's not quite the normal stand-up. There will be jokes, music, virtual reality, horror karaoke stories and much more.

$13.50 tickets here.

Thursday 17 August | The Gutter Birds Live at The End

This jazzy quartet is not for the faint-hearted. Think Dolly Parton with a touch of Trent Reznor. The Andrew Sisters with a slice of Richard Cheese. They've spun your favourite rock and roll tunes with some golden age melodies, and thrown in a few vulgar originals for good measure. Come and see them pay jazzy tributes to the likes of Violent Soho, Snoop Dog, The Flangipanis and much more! Song, dance, good ol’ fashion stick banging and some handy tips on eating-out etiquette. From 7.30pm.

From Thursday 17 August until Sunday 3 September | Brisbane International Film Festival

The Brisbane International Film Festival returns to Palace Cinemas this year with over 60 films screening at the Barracks and Centro across 18 days. Heart-wrenching dramas, laugh-out-loud comedies, internationally celebrated shorts, in all kinds of languages, are spooling out onto the big screen. 


Friday 18 August and Saturday 19 August | Flipside Circus Cabaret

Queensland's largest youth circus will dazzle Brisbane audiences with the Flipside Circus Cabaret. Devised, choreographed and performed by the Flipside troupe, whose ages range from 11 to 17 and hail from the northside. Discover some of Brisbane's best young talent as they trapeze, clown, cabaret and contort their way around the ring for your entertainment. They also have shows next weekend, on the 25th and 26th. 

Friday 18 August | Revive Pop-up Second-hand Fashion Festival at the South Bank Parklands

South Bank Parklands

Discover pre-loved fashion at Revive, a pop-up fashion festival in the Cultural Forecourt, South Bank Parklands. Shop from Brisbane’s best revived clothing stalls, enjoy fashion parades, live entertainment, workshops and dine from Brisbane’s best food trucks. Reviving your wardrobe with second-hand fashion is a great way to express your individual style and support the environment.

Friday 18 August | Broncos vs Dragons at Suncorp

Local favourites – so they should be – the Broncos take on interstate outsiders the Dragons. We know which way we’re going. Grab tickets from Ticketek here.

Friday 18 August | Big Picture Energy at Queensland Museum

Queensland Museum

This collaboration between the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) and Queensland Museum explores if we can afford to keep the lights on and examines what Australia's energy crisis is all about anyway. The museum will be open late and hosting talks on energy in Australia, interactive displays, live music and exhibition viewings plus free access to the Sciencentre. 

Tickets $15, event runs from 5.30-9pm

Friday 18 August to Sunday 20 August | Zine and Comics Symposium at The Edge in the State Library of Queensland

The Zine and Comics Symposium (ZICS, for short) takes over The Edge at SLQ for the fifth year running, showcasing the wonderful world of independent publishing. Well, that's where most of the Symposium is. Drink 'n' Draw Pub Scrawl meanders through West End while the ZICS Boat Party is the best way to spend a networking weekend on the water. Tickets for the Boat Party are $25 at the door. 

From Friday 18 August to Sunday 12 November | Tastes Like Sunshine at the Museum of Brisbane

Tastes Like Sunshine

Image credit to Greg Semu.

This Friday, Tastes Like Sunshine opens at the Museum of Brisbane. This exciting new installation boasts food-themed artwork by Elizabeth Willing, Sean Rafferty and Carol McGregor in an all-senses interactive experience that explores Brisbane's food history. Come for an intelligent discussion about the role of food and horticulture in the River City, stay for the marshmallow wall (pictured above).

Saturday 19 August | Strawberry Festival at Sandstone Point Hotel

The third annual Strawberry Festival again takes over the Sandstone Point Hotel this Saturday. Strawberries are one of the biggest farming industries in Queensland and 40 per cent of Queensland strawberries come out of the Moreton Bay Region - what better reason to celebrate? An all-strawberry drinks menu from the Patch Bar complements the family fun day otherwise filled with entertainment, music, an eating competition and fireworks! (Plus strawberries, of course.)

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online, with a $0.50 surcharge

Saturday 19 August | Brisbane Japanese Festival at West Village, West End

Head to West Village on Saturday 19 August to celebrate all things "Japan" with a massive selection of cuisine, dancing, food stalls, bars, and more! Learn from, and celebrate with a selection of Brisbane’s most influential Japanese personalities, representatives, artists, dancers and chefs. Enjoy stick after stick of yakitori, plates full of gyoza, bubble tea, karaage, and a selection of bento that even a sumo couldn’t tackle. All online ticket sales put you in a draw to win a return trip for two to Japan. Get on it.

Until Saturday 19 August | The Hamlet Apocalypse at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts

The Hamlet Apocalypse is a dystopia of the now generation, a silent party, a desperate plea, a rambunctious prayer. Seven actors stage Hamlet on the eve of the apocalypse. As the line between fiction and reality blurs; the actors, their characters and their worlds collide and are distilled into the simplest of human states. It’s about the power of death and the value of life.

Saturday 19 August | MNM presents: Duets at Jugglers Artspace

Made Now Music presents three duos working across various acoustic and electronic formats. ZICLA, Vanessa Tomlinson and John Ferguson, and Hannah Reardon-Smith and Brodie McAllister jazz up the Jugglers Artspace this Saturday. Doors at 7pm, music from 7.30. $15 entry.

Sunday 20 August | Greg Larsen – Greg Live at Heya Bar

Heya Bar Fortitude Valley

This is an hour-long bit of Greg Larsen’s best bits. He’s been a writer on Fancy Boy, Ronny Chieng: International Student, and he’s appeared in Ask the Doctor, Dirty Laundry live and more. He’s pretty funny. He’s been on TV and this doesn’t cost much. Check him out here.

$15 tickets here.

Sunday 20 August | Suitcase Rummage at Brisbane Square

Suitcase Rummage is setting up its suitcases in Brisbane City! In case you don't know, Suitcase Rummage is a mini scaled market with giant rewards; it promises to be everything that is a market but without the hassle. Come for a bargain, a swap or an old-fashioned haggle.

Sunday 20 August | The Big Lez Show (Live) at The Brightside

Get ready sasquatch lovers, stoners, druggos and alien-loving animation drinking fans of The Big Lez Show. Jarrad, Izak and Tom will be travelling across the country to screen the latest EP and talk all things Big Lez.

All Week | The Ekka

The Ekka comes to town this Friday!

It’s back for its 140th year this year and the strawberry sundaes are cold, lined up and ready to go. Explore the pavilions and the rides while you shower the kids – and hopefully yourself – with showbag goodies. 

All Week | Marvel – Creating the Cinematic Universe

From the comic book pages to the big screen, this exhibition will include original artwork, film props, costumes and more. The exhibition will bring to life the interconnected Marvel Cinematic Universe with characters including Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Black Panther, to name a few. 

All Week| Marvel Film Screenings

Translating the comic book experience into the cinematic realm, Marvel has successfully created a brand of superheros for everyone to love. In celebration of Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe, the Australian Cinematheque will be screening the current Marvel films for the duration of the exhibition.

All Week | National Science Week at, well, everywhere...

National Science Week arrives for 2017 to blow all of our socks off with amazing facts, experiences and workshops for adults and kids alike. This is a national event, as you'd imagine, but there's plenty to do in Brisbane through this link. Gather family and friends and go get yourselves some learning. 

All Week | Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum

Discover who the gladiators really were, where they lived and how they trained through artefacts, interactive games and displays. Archeological treasures including pieces of the Colosseum and original armour preserved in the ashes of Pompeii give an insight into their lives and tell the unknown stories of these arena heroes. 

All Week | The Hundred and One Dalmatians

Be amazed as this Disney classic comes to life. All ages will watch on in fear when Cruella enters the stage but evoke utter adoration at the favourite Dalmatian puppies. But the real question is … will Pongo and Perdita be able to save these pups?

All Week | City Sounds

The City Sounds

Support the local artists and attend the City Sound acts around Brisbane with artists including Nikolaine Martin, Alex and Bec Crook, Nathan Melvin-Tong, Hazel Mei and Josh Setterfield. 

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