What's on this week - Visit Brisbane

What's on this week | 19 - 25 August

Brisbane's calendar is jam-packed with activities, music, eating, theatre and sport. Get the diary out and start planning your week.

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Sullivan+Strumpf presents Brisbane Brief | Wednesday 14 - Sunday 25 August

One of Asia-Pacific’s leading contemporary art galleries, Sullivan+Strumpf presents Brisbane Brief – a new pop-up exhibition at Festival House in Fortitude Valley. Showing over 10 days, Brisbane Brief features a selection of new and recent works by celebrated Brisbane artists as well as some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. 

Fleetwood Mac | Tuesday 20 August

Legendary, GRAMMY-award winning band Fleetwood Mac will play at Brisbane Entertainment Centre. The tour will feature the new line-up of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie along with newcomers Mike Campbell and Neil Finn, and follows the band’s 50+ city North American tour.

Taste of Byron | Thursday 22 August

From the rivers and rainforest of Byron Bay, Pig ‘N’ Whistle West End is excited to present an evening showcasing the beer and gin of the area they love and know so well. Oh! And don’t forget the canapés that will be complementing them!

Weekend

Enchanted Dawn | Friday 23 August

Enjoy a delightful Friday night of sublime chamber music with Brisbane's own Ensemble Trivium. The intimate setting of the Drawing Room in Brisbane's iconic, heritage listed Old Government House provides the perfect backdrop for a recital of one of the most superb combinations of instruments, flute and harp.

Bangarra Dance Theatre | Friday 23 - Saturday 31 August

Bangarra: 30 years of sixty five thousand is Bangarra Dance Theatre’s landmark 30th anniversary season. This diverse program of three contemporary works displays the passionate storytelling, rich artistry and deep community connections that have made Bangarra the premiere Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing arts company in Australia.

BrisStyle Handmade Markets | Saturday 24 August

Held at The State Library of Queensland, BrisStyle Handmade Markets will provide a chance for customers to discover some of the best of Brisbane’s thriving creative community, allowing them to connect with and buy direct from local makers and designers, giving them an opportunity to purchase quality handmade wares.

Auf Wiedersehen Lunch Feast | Saturday 24 August

Enjoy the biggest lunch spread for only $49 pp as you eat your way through some of the classic dishes at Munich Brauhaus, including the crispy pork belly, roasted pork knuckle, haus-made sausages, golden chicken schnitzels, meat platters featuring pastrami, salami and so much more. 

The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane | Sunday 25 August

This event attracts approximately 30 000 participants each year with a strong focus on community, fitness and health. Participants take part in either a 10km or 5km race through some of the most iconic Brisbane areas. Everyone involved has the option to choose a charity close to their heart to fund raise for just enjoy the day with their family and friends.

Brisbane Indie Music Market | Sunday 25 August

The second annual Brisbane Indie Music Market brings to The Triffid all of Brisbane's independent record labels under one roof; selling their super cool vinyl, tapes, CDs, merchandise and rarities and featuring the best of the Brisbane indie music scene across all genres.

Welcome Sports Festival | Sunday 25 August

Come along and try a range of sports, enjoy live music and performance and sample deliciously diverse food at the inaugural Welcome Sports Festival as part of Multicultural Queensland Month. 

Ongoing

Fire and Ice Food Festival | Until 23 August

Warm up your winter with tasty street food, roaring fires, deliciously spiced mulled wine at Brisbane Night Markets.

Queensland Theatre: L'Appartement | Until 31 August

This comedy that asks if good intentions are the ultimate crime of the middle class. Razor-sharp and whip-smart, this edgy new comedy marks the directorial debut of one Australia’s most accomplished storytellers, Joanna Murray-Smith.

Quandamooka Festival | Until 31 August

Cultural traditions stemming from tens of thousands of years of living history are on show at this three-month winter festival jam-packed with 55 events. Join cultural whale watching tours, Kunjiels (corroborees), Indigenous sports, music, eco boat tours, art exhibitions, fibre art and weaving workshops, bush tucker dining, arts and cultural talks by specialists and new events featuring international acts and First Nations dancers and performances.

Tastes of Moreton Bay | 23 August - 23 September 

Welcome to the Moreton Bay Region, a hidden gem of flavour on your doorstep. Come with them on a month-long culinary journey of local produce, masterclasses, events and more.

NASA – A Human Adventure | Until 9 October 2019

Discover the exciting history of rocket science and space flight at the Queensland Museum, and learn about some of the most extraordinary accomplishments in space technology.

Quilty | Until 13 October 2019

‘Quilty’ is the first major survey exhibition in a decade of one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Ben Quilty. The exhibition extends from Quilty’s early reflections on the initiation rituals performed by young Australian men to his experience as an official war artist in Afghanistan and his campaign to save the lives of Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Margaret Olley: A Generous Life | Until 13 October 2019

‘A Generous Life’ examines the legacy and influence of the much-loved Australian artist, Margaret Olley (1923–2011) who spent a formative part of her career in Brisbane. A charismatic character who exerted a lasting impact on many artists as a mentor and friend over several decades was also a muse for artists from William Dobell to Jeffrey Smart. 

Behind the Lines: The year’s best political cartoons 2018 | Until 27 October 2019

Discover the lighter side of politics at the State Library's free political cartoon exhibition Behind the Lines: The year’s best political cartoons 2018. Featuring over 80 cartoons by 30 of Australia’s best political cartoonists, this exhibition revisits the 2018 political year, capturing the humorous side of the year’s leading political headlines.

Every week | City Sounds

Support local artists and attend the City Sound acts around Brisbane with artists like Jo Davie, Estampa, Fortrino Duo, Fieu and Rudy Gilbert.

Every Friday | Knockoff

Fridays just got funny at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you’ve been a fan of our comedy on Sundays, we encourage you to knock off early for a chance to start your weekend with a good laugh and a cold beer. A variety of local and Australian comedians will be bringing you the best one-liners, hilarious stories and side-splitting observations on these Friday evenings.

Every Friday | Big Fork Fridays

Shake up your end of the week plans with Big Fork Fridays—your fresh comedy hit every Friday night in Paddington. It’s comedy like you’ve never seen before as Big Fork Theatre’s crack team of comedians and improvisers guarantee a brand new night of comedy every Friday night at 7.30pm, direct from the old Paddington Substation.

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