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22 Awesome Activities You Can Do This July In Brisbane

Marco Ruiz Marco Ruiz - Sponsored SMN Writer (APAC) - Staff Writer (Aus)

22 Awesome Activities You Can Do This July In Brisbane

So long as we leave lockdown, that is.

We’re in lockdown until Friday, which is the second day of July. So, if everything goes the way it should (we’re crossing fingers), we’ll have plenty of time to make the most of the seventh month of the year, the second month of winter and the beginning of the second half of the year.

1. Lifeline Bookfest

The Lifeline Bookfest is on pause now that we’re in lockdown, but our favourite book pop-up market was scheduled to end on 4 July.

With 18 months to stock up on books, they’ve got plenty of them priced at just $2.50. Unfortunately, there is no $1 section this year. However, there are also CDs, DVDs, puzzles and magazines to pick up.

Keep an eye on this page for updates. Hopefully, they get to extend or at least keep to their original schedule.

2. Night Noodle Markets

Instead of popping up and taking over South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt like it has in previous editions, this year will see the foodie wonderland spring up over at City Botanic Gardens from 21 July to 1 August. And, we are excited for baos, dumplings, meats on sticks and, of course, noodles!

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3. Fairy Bread McFlurry

The Fairy Bread McFlurry and custard pie are available exclusively via Uber Eats from June 30 until Wednesday, July 7. They will both be available in all McDonald’s stores nationwide for a limited time from July 7.

4. Fever-Tree G&T Festival

The Fever-Tree G&T Festival is going to be mixing it up with the nation’s best gins. And then some from around the world as well with more than 17 distillers taking part.

It’s all going down at Howard Smith Wharves from Thursday 29 July to Sunday 1 August with live music and a DJ sets complementing the sweet river vistas for a truly special day out.

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5. Candlelight: Tribute To Queen

Featuring a tribute to Queen, sit back and savour the stunning atmosphere and pieces you’ll hear at St John’s Cathedral on July 28.

More info and tickets More Candlelight concerts

6. Lumber Jacks Axe Throwing

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.

Each axe-throwing session begins with a brief safety induction & training on how to best throw the SOG Tomahawks before you get to have a go yourself. After much experimentation, you’ll hopefully start to get the hang of things and then you’ll move on up to the large Estwing Camp Axes.

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7. Spark Festival

The eleven-day city-wide event celebrating the people, places, arts and culture of Ipswich is on this July with comedy, arts, exhibitions, circus, projection, culture, cabaret, technology and music as well as discussions and a new Street Art Trail.

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8. Winter in the Vineyards

The courtyard of the Regatta Hotel is seeing a transformation this winter with its Winter in the Vineyards series of pop-ups from Wednesday to Sunday. Every Sunday from 2-6pm though, the mulled wine cart is rolled out and serves three tasty flavours while Benjam band plays the tunes.

On Sunday 25 July, the Regatta Hotel is doing Pizza and Pinot. No reservations required.

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9. Brisbane Comedy Festival

More than 85 of the most hilarious national and international comedians will be taking to stages at Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall, The Tivoli, The Fortitude Music Hall and Newstead Brewing Co. across the three weeks of the festival, which is promising laughs that will ache and split your sides.

The three huge weeks of laughs kicks off on 16 July.

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10. Dining in the Dark

Imagine stepping inside a restaurant blanketed in darkness and being served a sublime three-course meal – the flavours and textures of which are intensified by your remaining senses. Sounds a little bit incredible, right?

An experience that’s been backed by psychologists as an ‘amplified’ way to enjoy food, the enticing ‘Dining In The Dark’ has arrived in Brisbane with plenty more dates this month so you can find out for yourself.

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11. West Side Story

From 24 July West Side Story will light up the stage at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre for a not-to-be-missed event for any and all theatre lovers.

“WEST SIDE STORY is one of the greatest pieces of musical theatre ever written, which is evidenced by sold-out performances worldwide,” Artistic Director of Opera Australia Lyndon Terracini said.

The modern retelling of Romeo And Juliet will be on stage until 22 August.

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12. Christmas in July

The festive spirit is on early with the Queensland Pops Orchestra at Concert Hall. With songs from around the world sung by three tenors and a soprano, this concert on 24 July will be perfect for anyone wishing Christmas would come early.

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13. A Midnight Visit

Inspired by the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe, A Midnight Visit is part choose your own adventure, part performance, part sound world, part surreal playground and one incredible journey into the House of Usher.

No two journeys are the same.

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14. European Masterpieces From The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

European Masterpieces From The Metropolitan Museum Of Art will be on display at Queensland’s Gallery Of Modern Art from June 12 to October 17.

Exclusive to Brisbane, this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And since this will be the only tour that The Met conducts in 2021, this is also a huge coup for Queensland and Australia with most of the artworks unlikely to ever return Down Under ever again.

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15. Archie Brothers Cirque Electric adults-only night

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Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq is playing host to a dazzling and immersive circus extravaganza experience in Toombul. Set to continue every second Saturday night of each month (7-10pm) all the way till November 13 this year, the show promises to be a hoot and then some.

Expect to find among the arcade games a whole load of circus entertainment. From stilt walkers to snake charmers, from cheeky showgirls to marvelous magicians with comedic chops and tarot card readers. All these and more will be at your service for a holistic and immersive circus experience.

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16. El Camino Cantina’s Winter Specials

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It’s on this winter with 10-cent chicken wings, $2 tacos and El Camino Cantina’s new not so soft drink flavoured Margaritas.

The Not So Soft Drink series of frozen Ritas include odes to Pasito, Coca-Cola, Mountain Dew and Kirk’s creamy soda. However, these four flavours are only half of the Not So Soft Drink series which is completed by Sunkist, ginger beer and pub squash flavours. These limited-edition flavours, though, are only available El Camino Cantina’s South Bank venue.

These flavours will be available every day from 1 June to 1 August and will be joined by the King of the Wing Festival where, over the same period of time, the crew at will be cooking up ten new chicken flavours which will be on rotation each week. Go on a Wednesday and try them for just 10-cents a pop.

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17. Winter Village

Although the snow will be faux, the winter village will be covered white and magic will be in the air as the city’s lights twinkle in the background. You’ll have to head along to experience it or miss out on all the winter-themed fun.

those who love the winter months can cosy up in one of 22 enchanting igloos—fitted out with comfy armchairs, soft cushions and twinkling fairy lights—and order in grazing plates starting at $49 per person. There will also be an ice-skating rink and food trucks on hand as well as pop-up bars and a giant igloo serving up winter-themed treats.

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18. Free-Flowing Margaritas and Tacos

Sundays are our favourite day of the week and now they’re getting even better with Comuna Cantina’s platters of tacos and bottomless margarita offering. Happening every Sunday to the latin beat from now until the end of August, block out your afternoon because it’s non-stop taco and Tommy Margs for just $65. Eat and drink your fill for two hours.

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19. World Press Photo Exhibition

When it comes to photos these days, IG is our main source of content. However, the World Press Photo Exhibition should definitely be populating your feeds because this year the highly-anticipated exhibition is even more pertinent than ever. Having attracted 4,315 photographers from 130 countries who submitted 74,470 images, this year’s collection covers the COVID-19 pandemic and social justice protests around the globe as well as the climate crisis, transgender people’s rights, and territorial conflicts.

Entry is free but you’ll need to register to guarantee getting in to see it at Brisbane Powerhouse. On now until 18 July.

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20. The Market Folk’s Gasworks Market

The Market Folk takeover the heritage-listed Gasometer Park once a month and come Saturday 10 July, it’s that time again. From 9am to 1pm, head along for a curated collection of creative stalls featuring homewares and arts and craft as well as plenty of preloved clothing.

Entry is free and doggos are more than welcome.

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21. Cleveland Sands Hotel igloo pop-up

The igloos, which seat groups of up to four, are perfect for friend and family get-togethers. Dinner seatings last for two hours and for $60pp you will get a drink on arrival (espresso martini, fruit tingle, Aperol spritz, large glass of wine, pint of beer or cider or mocktail, soft drink ot fruit juice) before tucking a tasty selection of bites to share.

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22. Customs House Igloo Pop-Up

Customs House has unveiled its new pop-up on Thursday 3 June to reveal Pingu’s home. The Veuve Clicquot In The Snow igloos feature, well, Veuve Clicquot champagne, Australian and French beers, wines as well as cocktails. There’s a delectable menu too with the Moreton Bay bug brioche roll with lime mayo, a whole baked brie served with crostini and smoked duck rillettes among the offerings as well.

Open on Thursdays and Fridays from 4pm to 9pm, and on weekends from 1pm to 9pm, bookings can be made via the Customs House website.