And just like that, another week has come rolling around. Here are some awesome things you can get up to in Brisbane and beyond during the week: from live entertainment to epic eats and more.
1. Get your live music fix with these gigs around the city
When it comes to live music, there’s plenty happening around Brisbane this week. This includes shows from Noah Reid (Patrick from Schitt’s Creek), New York pop punk band Against The Current, as well as Thirsty Merc, Hernan Cattaneo, Northeast Party House and more.
2. Head to New Farm for a mystery picnic date
This self-guided food adventure by Amazingco is the perfect way to explore New Farm’s hidden gems and escape the crowds. Starting with a picnic basket, have fun solving clues and riddles sent to your smartphone that’ll take you on a journey to collect your special gourmet picnic food. Each clue you solve will lead you closer to your next picnic food pickup and even closer to your final stunning secret picnic spot.
3. See some stand-up comedy
Thursday evenings are for stand-up comedy at Some Friends Bar in West End. Come grab a drink and let some of Brisbane’s best comedians make you laugh.
4. Embark on a kayak adventure of the Brisbane River
Discover Brisbane on a guided kayak tour and see the city from a unique angle as you glide along the Brisbane River. Try paddling while standing (gondola style), rafting in a line, and walking on the kayak backs. You’ll be the captain of your own kayak as you paddle your way under the Story Bridge or past South Bank.
5. Grab a feed at West End’s new steak and seafood restaurant
A new restaurant is opening in West End this Thursday, September 28, and it specialises in sizzling steak and succulent local seafood. Menu highlights include tomahawk steak cooked over an open flame, oysters ‘opened on order’, live lobster as well as Mooloolaba swordfish steak on the bone.
6. Sip rosé by the river inside a pink-hued flower dome
Spring has sprung in the CBD with the return of these riverside domes outside Customs House. Sip Moët & Chandon Rosé and bite into a Moreton Bay bug croissant as you enjoy the floral vibes of these domes.
Customs House doesn’t take bookings for the domes, so you’ll want to get down there early to snag one for you and your crew.
7. Occupy the kids with these school holiday activities around Brisbane
As any parent will be able to tell you, finding ways to keep your little ones occupied can be a difficult ask. Thankfully though, Brisbane is home to all manner of activities and experiences that even the toughest little critics will love – and here are 10 of our favourites.
8. Satisfy your sweet tooth with drool-worthy dessert bao
It’s bao buns like we’ve never seen them before: deep-fried and loaded with ice cream. These dessert baos are available now at Harajuku Gyoza in the CBD and South Bank, and they come in three drool-worthy flavours, including Oreo, Snickers and Golden Gaytime.
9. And unicorn-themed frozen yoghurt!
Frozen yoghurt brand Yo-Chi is doing spring a little differently with the launch of their Unicorn Magic Month. From September 18 to October 15, all Yo-Chi venues will be decked out with unicorn-themed decor, as well as unicorn-themed toppings and unicorn swirl yogurt.
It’s perfectly timed for the school holidays this week too, and you can join in on the fun at their venues in the CBD or Mt Gravatt.
10. See an LGBTQIA+ flick at this queer film festival
New Farm Queer Film Festival is back with a stellar lineup of LGBTQIA+ movies over two weeks, including Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Lie With Me and more.
11. Check out this free sustainable fashion pop-up
Brisbane designer, Alice Nightingale is bringing a vibrant sustainable fashion pop up to Indooroopilly Shopping Centre for the next two weeks.
You can book a consultation with Alice, where she will advise you on the best way to revitalise your garment and give it a second life. The talented design students will then work their magic to bring the piece of clothing back to life.
12. Grab some goodies at this new farmers market
A brand-new farmers market from Brisbane City Markets has opened up. The St Stephen’s Cathedral Markets on Elizabeth Street is open every Tuesday from 8am – 2pm.
13. Follow the glowing trail at Lightscape
Wander through the green heart of Brisbane with a new trail that stretches just over two kilometres. As you journey along the path, you’ll discover shimmering lights, large-scale sculptures, soundscapes and more. Lightscape is illuminating Brisbane from 5.45 pm every night until October 8.
14. Drive to Toowoomba for its annual spring flower festival
For the whole month, this Insta-worthy flower festival is taking over Queens Park in Toowoomba, which is around 1.5 hours west of Brisbane. In previous years, the celebration has attracted massive crowds, and with good reason – the flower displays are magnificent and the events are guaranteed to put a spring in your step.
15. Wander through GOMA’s latest exhibition
Two awesome new exhibitions have popped up at GOMA, showcased side by side. ‘eX de Medici: Beautiful Wickedness’ and ‘Michael Zavros: The Favourite’ both feature a slew of breathtaking artworks, and will be up until October 2.Two Irresistible Exhibitions
16. Have a drink at this sensory cocktail experience
In collaboration with Loose Collective, W Brisbane has transformed its Living Room Bar into an immersive cocktail and light installation space. On the new Sensory Sips menu, you’ll find an OTT smoke-infused cocktail that can only be unlocked via a code (check under your coaster), as well as a bright pink number topped with an edible white chocolate ticket.
17. Embrace the weird at the immersive night market, Westoria
Thanks to the return of West End’s weird and whacky market Westoria, Fridays and Sundays are now a lot more fun.
Your senses will be taken on a journey the moment you walk into the themed spaces, from interactive roving entertainers to live music, fire twirlers, and stilt walkers to set the scene.
18. Relax at a Brisbane day spa
Brisbane certainly isn’t lacking in the day spa department, so it’s easier than ever to find a haven of relaxation in the city and beyond. Relax your worries away at one of these wellness hubs, whether it be soaking at a bathhouse or getting a well-deserved massage and facial.