And just like that, another week is done and dusted, and the sun is back out (for now). Here are some awesome things that are happening in Brisbane this weekend: from a new immersive murder mystery experience to theatre performances and more.
1. Join in on the EKKA fun
The EKKA and its famous strawberry sundaes are back this weekend. From August 6 – 14, you can join in on the fun with plenty of entertainment, rides, events, and of course showbags. Iconic Brisbane venues are also celebrating the EKKA with Fairy Floss Margs at Hey Chica! and Strawberry Pavilion cocktails at Emporium Hotel South Bank.
2. Crack the case at Brisbane’s interactive murder mystery at High Church
It’s a nice day for a white wedding, but what if there’s a been a murder before “I do”? That’s the question you’ll need to answer as the plot unravels in the pews. After a successful season in Sydney and Melbourne, Fever’s Murder Mystery experience has now landed in Brisbane.
Brush up on your investigative skills and head into Fortitude Valley’s High Church to crack the case. As a guest at the wedding, you’ll dive into an original storyline – searching for clues, interrogating characters, and solving the puzzle.
Grab your tickets here.
3. Try out Australia’s best avo toast at this Brisbane café
Late last year, Costa’s Seafood Café in Capalaba was voted as having the best fish N chips in Australia. And a very well-deserved award at that: their fish N chips are delicious! Now, Brisbane has another “Australia’s best” to add to its collection. Millennials, start planning your brunch dates because Little Hideout Café in Balmoral has been named Best Avo Toast in Australia.
Read all about it here.
4. Immerse yourself in this epic theatre experience
From the team behind A Midnight Visit comes a brand-new immersive theatre experience. Introducing Love Lust Lost, a water-set story centering on a captain and his uncalm mind. Incorporating music, theatre, soundscapes, dance, circus, and more, this is one show you won’t want to miss.
Get your tickets here.
5. Get your live music fix at one of these gigs around the city
In terms of live music, there’s plenty happening around Brisbane this weekend. Catch Spiderbait at The Princess Theatre on Friday night, as well as Golden Vessel at The Brightside also on Friday night. On Saturday night, get down to some underground hip hop at Black Bear Lodge with Holy Vible.
6. Take a look at this nature-inspired art installation at Brisbane Quarter
Inspired by the wildly popular Soul Trembles exhibition currently on show at GOMA, The Love Of Life art installation at Brisbane Quarter has been created by three local artists using traditional Japanese techniques. You can catch it from now until August 31.
7. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a Snickers Cruffin from Lune
The pastries at Lune Croissanterie are the stuff of legend. In 2016, the New York Times declared that they had the best croissants in the world. And now, they’re baking up plenty of delicious treats as part of their August specials.
8. Sip on cocktails while a magician performs a show at Maho Magic Bar
Out of the unique interactive experiences coming to Brisbane this year, Maho Magic Bar is one you’ll want to check out. Inspired by the magic bars of Japan, this dazzling pop-up space will have you sipping on cocktails while a magician performs a magic show right before your eyes. You can experience the magic for yourself at Northshore Hamilton from July 28 – September 18.
More info here.
9. Fill yourself up with nostalgia at The Spongebob Musical
See the iconic cartoon come to life at this musical rendition of Spongebob, coming to Beenleigh Showgrounds from August 5 – 27. Featuring super fun characters from Bikini Bottom as well as music from David Bowie, Panic at the disco!, Cindy Lauper and more, this performance is perfect for kids who love the show and also adults who want to step back in time for a little while.
You can secure your spot here.
10. Rediscover Brisbane with one of these daily experience deals
Throughout the month of August, you can score a bunch of cheap deals on experiences around the city thanks to Brisbane City Council’s ‘Rediscover Brisbane’ campaign. We’re talking $20 dining, cultural delights as well as outdoor adventures. There will be a $20 deal each day in August, and you’ll need to jump on it pretty quickly, because there’s only a limited number of spaces available at the cheap price. To claim your deal of the day, simply download the Brisbane app and (re)discover Brisbane today.
11. Wine and dine at this fantastic new Greek restaurant
West Village has just scored a brand-new Greek restaurant, which opened on Thursday. From the team behind Opa Bar + Mezze and Fatcow Steak & Lobster, Yama offers modern Greek eats with plenty of wine and cocktails to pair. Think eggs with manouri cheese, red sauce and pita bread; lamb kleftiko (slow-cooked lamb leg); chargrilled lobster live from the tank served with capers and ladolemono sauce; and wagyu beef moussaka.
You can book a table at Yama here.
12. Hop aboard this twilight brewery cruise
River to Bay doesn’t do beer crawls, they do beer cruises. And on their Twilight Brewery Tour Cruise this Saturday, they’ll pick you up from the City Botanic Gardens River Hub for a golden afternoon of award-winning beers.
Between stops at a few of the city’s most iconic breweries, you’ll also get to take in views of the magnificent Brisbane River, debate which beer you like/d best and not have to worry about sore legs—although, sea legs might be a thing.
Grab your tickets here.
13. Take to the trails on one of these scenic hikes near Brisbane
Brisbane is home to some of the most breathtaking hikes in the country, there’s no denying it. Just a short drive from the city, you’ll find national parks galore full of trails and walking tracks that you can tackle: a lot of them boasting spectacular views and nature therapy. So what are you waiting for? Pack the car and get outdoors for leg day on one of these epic hiking spots in and around Brisbane.
14. Tuck into a healthy feed at this new gluten and dairy-free café
Calling all GF and DF eaters! There’s a brand-new café that’s just opened its doors in Burpengary. Project Salubrious focuses on fresh local produce, with plenty of delicious breakfast and lunch dishes to satisfy you. The apple and cinnamon tempura fritters look divine, just not-quietly.
You can find Project Salubrious at 143 Rowley Rd, Burpengary.
15. Go back in time to the 90s with this musical rendition of Cruel Intentions
If you’re looking for a little dose of nostalgia this week, look no further than Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical as it descends on Fortitude Musical for the next two weeks. Featuring hits from the 90s as well as a stellar cast, this highly-acclaimed throwback is a must-do for fans of the original film.
Nab your tickets here.
16. Watch an indie flick at West End Film Festival
Gather your film buff buddies and head to West End Film Festival’s opening weekend. From July 29 – August 24, West End will become a hub for indie film screenings galore.
You can check out the full program here.
17. Relax and rejuvenate at this tropical outdoor bathhouse
Brisbane is getting its very-first rooftop bathhouse in August, which has us extremely excited. So while we wait, let’s check out Brisbane’s first outdoor bathhouse, Cenote Casa Bathhouse, a hidden gem tucked away in Wooloongabba. This tropical oasis gives off holiday vibes without leaving the city at all.
Open from Wednesday until Sunday, this rejuvenation station gives you the chance to cure your wellness needs. For $49 per person, you’ll get free range of the hydrotherapy heated spa and magnesium plunge pool, as well as the traditional hot rock sauna, steam room, and outdoor shower.
Read more here.
18. Tuck into the new menu at the newly reopened Will & Flow
Sadly, many local venues were affected by the devastating floods that hit Brisbane earlier this year. So much so that popular riverside hangouts like Will & Flow had to shut their doors to heal and rebuild. Excitingly, though, the overwater bar slash restaurant has just reopened its doors, completely revamped with fresh interiors, an indulgent new menu, and more. Introducing Will & Flow 2.0.
Will & Flow’s new deck area is a perfect spot to sit outdoors in the sun, whether it be for breakfast, lunch, dinner on the weekend, or for a cocktail or two.
Read more here.
19. Enjoy the moments of nostalgia at Disney: The Magic Of Animation
Featuring over 500 original artworks to honour Disney classics of the past century, this magical Disney exhibition is open at Queensland Museum and will be around until January, 2023.
Read more here.
20. Relive pent-up stress with a spot of axe-throwing
Forget about yoga, meditation and woosah to release pent up frustration because you can pick up an axe at the Lumber Punks venue, visualise your target and unleash the fury one throw at a time. Whoosh and thwack goes the wood and our worries.
Admittedly, there is a certain knack to successful axe-throwing. You need to impart just the right amount of spin so that the blade strikes the bullseye first, which does require a fair bit of trial and error.
Fortunately, the team at Lumber Punks are no slouches when it comes to hurling hatchets. They’ve got real axeperience nailing their targets and they’ll be on hand to help you spin the primaeval tool. Soon, you too will be hitting your target 100% of the time—hopefully.
Grab your tickets here.
21. Grab a cheeky bite from Doughcraft, the new European-style bakery in Albion
There’s nothing like a good bakery. Warm parcels of baked goods which sometimes fit in the palm of your hand. The crisp, flaky feeling you get when you bite into the said parcel. You get it. Anyway, we’re pleased to inform you that Doughcraft, a new specialty bakery has just arrived in town, and they’re delivering tastes of Europe from our very own Albion.
Located in Craft’d Grounds, Doughcraft is inspired by the tasty bread, pasta and pastry havens you might find in France or Italy.
Check out what’s on offer here.