What's on this week
Brisbane's calendar will soon be jam-packed again with activities, music, eating, theatre and sports galore. To help you stay in the know, we are providing a weekly update of What’s On and what local business are Good To Go. So grab your diary, and start planning your week.
Our teller of Brisbane’s stories, the Museum of Brisbane, has reopened with the launch of The Storytellers free exhibition, which uncovers Brisbane’s histories, myths and tales through fact, fiction, interpretation and creative narrative as told by nine of the city’s top wordsmiths. It features stories by Victoria Carless, Simon Cleary, Matthew Condon, Trent Dalton, Nick Earls, Benjamin Law, Hugh Lunn, Kate Morton and Ellen van Neerven.
Explorers can also rejoice - the Clock Tower Tours and Brisbane City Hall Tours have recommenced, as have new walking tours of the city.
Customs House's winter pop-up has arrived - a French Alp-style winter paradise complete with individual pop-up Igloo chalets, Veuve Clicquot by the glass or bottle, cocktails and a mild-winter menu which is partly inspired by local seafood.
With the AFL tournament having moved north, there's now a feast of games featuring multiple teams scheduled for The Gabba. Too many to list here, so click here.
The lights are back on at Brisbane Powerhouse with eclectic shows by QMusic with Robert Forster, Darren Halna, Sycco and Minor Premiers; Queensland Symphony Orchestra + Tom Thum; Circa Ensemble; Queensland Ballet and Club Briefs.
Watch the Broncos take on the Sharks in the NRL Telstra Premiership at Suncorp Stadium, kicking off from 7.55pm.
The start of round one of the Super Netball 2020 season takes off with four derbies in two days at the Nissan Arena.
Enjoy this fabulous new sunset cruise on the Brisbane River with Mirimar Cruises. Receive a complimentary cocktail on boarding and take a leisurely cruise to the Brisbane Powerhouse where a welcome drink, appetizer and backstage tour await before a return cruise amid the dazzling city lights.
Pull up a rug in the Roma Street Parklands and listen to the smooth, jazzy tunes of The Sound Society, now on the first Sunday of every month. Order a hamper from The Garden Room Cafe to make your day extra special.
GOMA REOPENING | 7 AUGUST
Revel in viewing cutting-edge contemporary art as the glorious Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) - arguable Australia's best contemporary arts space - reopens.
Missing the usual annual celebration of the country meeting the city? Keep the spirit of EKKA alive with 10 days of Ekka Online.
See the Lions take on the Bulldogs, one of many AFL matches taking place at The Gabba this month.
Live music lives! The Triffid has launched its Cabin Fever Festival, a month-long celebration of top homegrown talent including Bernard Fanning, Troy Cassar-Daly, Dami Im and many more.
The Fortitude Music Hall's The Outpost Bar has launched Up Close at The Outpost, a six-week series of residencies by world-renowned artists, comedians, burlesque acts and drag performers.
Free live music by local performers in The City? Sounds like City Sounds. Check out the gig guide here.
History buffs should take a trip to the Queensland Transport Museum, at Gatton in the Lockyer Valley, and check out its newest occupant - Brisbane City Council's oldest bus, a mint condition 1948 AEC Regal III chassis with Commonwealth Engineering body built in Sydney.
Brisbane’s famous wildlife sanctuary has re-awoken with more things to see and do. You can now see the Raptor Show, Sheepdog Show, visit the Platypus House, pat a koala and get takeaway treats from The Sleepy Koala. Pre-bookings essential.
See Brisbane from a different angle by letting Mirimar Cruises take you to and from Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary via a leisurely cruise from South Bank.
Cute Australian wildlife and farm animals are yours to enjoy at the reopened Ipswich Nature Reserve in Queens Park. Entry is free but a gold coin donation is always appreciated. Limited numbers apply at this time.
Be spellbound by ‘Ai Weiwei’s Boomerang 2006’, an immense object made of 270 000 crystal pieces that fill the soaring space of the QAG’s Watermall.
We know you missed it. Beer Yoga is back on the Felons Brewing Co lawn at Howard Smith Wharves each Wednesday from 5pm-5.45pm. BYO mat.
Parents can rejoice with the news that free Kids Collective activities, designed to educate, entertain and develop children through music, games, craft, storytelling and more, have returned to Thursdays at South Bank.
Good To Go
Don't be in the dark about what restaurants, bars and eateries are open in this plush street. The James Street crew are updating a list here.
Take to twilight markets at the Ipswich Turf Club on Thursday afternoons. From 2pm-7pm, browse stalls with collectable treasures, arts and craft, plants and flowers, fashion and homewares and fresh produce.
Artisan, Queensland's peak body for craft, is getting crafty with the launch of two new exhibitions inspired by the global COVID-19 experience, AboutFace and artisan Collects, in their King Street, Bowen Hills gallery.
City Winery Brisbane has just launched its new outlet in Edward Street, The City - a place where urban dwellers can try or buy the micro-winery's boutique wines, pop in for a glass, or embark on one of the many wine experiences.
From the team who delivered Salt Meats Cheese to Italian food-lovers across New South Wales and Queensland comes Eterna: a late-night venue celebrating the food of Rome, dished up in a venue inspired by the energy of New York. Eterna is situated in the heart of Brisbane's premier entertainment precinct, Fortitude Valley, in the spot formerly occupied by Longtime.
Artisan food and drink incubator Wandering Cooks has reopened with its own permanent restaurant and a dedication to sourcing ingredients from small, local and ethical producers. Yum.
Make tracks for Brisbane’s home of contemporary arts, now opening Wednesdays to Sundays. There’s nothing quite like enjoying a Bar Alto coffee or beverage or sampling Mary Mae’s Bar + Kitchen’s delectable share platters in alfresco winter sunlight, both with prime spots right on the riverfront.
Otto is open and we are happy dancing over this one. Offering a slightly smaller version of their signature a la carte menu with new trading hours. OPEN LUNCH Wednesday to Saturday, 12pm to 2pm, OPEN DINNER Wednesday to Saturday, 5.30pm to 8.30pm.
Expect an elevated experience at The Gresham, a Brisbane institution. While the cosy bar has limited capacity, you'll be greeted at the door by your host and be shown your table where you will receive table service - no longer do you have to battle for a space at the bar.
Rejoice! One of Brisbane's favourite gathering spots is starting to thrive. Venues such as Felons Brewing Co, Mr Percival’s, Greca, Betty’s Burgers, Stanley and Goodtimes Gelateria are ready to welcome you. To top it off, Howard Smith Wharves’ ‘Weekends on the Lawn’ is back with alfresco food and drinks served on the East Lawn - Fridays, 3pm - 8pm plus Saturday and Sunday, 12pm – 8pm. Keep up to date here.
Image: Peter Giggle
Your island paradise awaits. Tangalooma Island Resort’s accommodation has reopened for overnight stays. Book a day cruise or longer stay and choose from an amazing array of activities, including whale watching cruises, ATV quad bike tours, marine discovery cruise, sand tobogganing, snorkelling the Moreton Island wrecks and the perennial favourite of hand feeding a wild dolphin.
The Binna Burra Kitchen, offering spectacular views from its mountaintop perch, has reopened. The venue has teamed up with Scenic Rim Farmbox to deliver local ingredients for its tantalising menu and to ensure its providore store is carrying a cornucopia of fresh local produce. Additionally, the great news is that the Binna Burra Sky Lodge is now taking bookings for its reopening from 1 September. Book now!
Embrace the return of Brisbane’s urban resort playground. The Calile hotel’s plush hotel rooms are ready for lounging in during a stay-cay while its luscious venues the Lobby Bar, Hellenika and SK Steak & Oyster are ready to serve up bountiful beverages and gastronomical gorgeousness.
The return of this mouth-watering favourite is accompanied by a new menu with winter in mind. Think more Eastern European influences and the return of some old favourites. Chowder anyone?
Overlooking the green at River Quay, Popolo is the perfect place to procure a full a la carte picnic with take-away options available. Unspoiled views, fine Italian fare and the best darn people watching in Brisbane are Popolo's hallmark.
Birrunga Gallery & Dining will host the reopened First Nations Artisan Markets on 15 August, to be held monthly. Visit the CBD-based gallery and browse offerings from local, unique makers, crafters and designers.
Australia's premier music industry conference and festival, BIGSOUND, will return to Brisbane 21-22 October. Glorious!
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