For me, June is notorious for being a birthday month. It’s not only home to my birthday, but my brother’s birthday and several friends’ birthdays as well. So when I’m not birthday-ing this month, I’ll probably be checking out these Brisbane events.
Human Rights Arts & Film Festival: 2-4 June at Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm
The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival will make a pit stop in Brisbane at the beginning of the month as it tours around the country. Presenting the best films and artwork from around the world, the HRAFF aims to engage and inform people on human rights issues through their creative program.
Lifeline Bookfest: 6-9 June at BCEC, South Brisbane
The Lifeline Bookfest is a firm fixture in my calendar. You get to buy cheap books, maybe even some vinyl records, and all proceeds go towards a worthy cause. My main tips would be to get in early, have a general idea of what you want to buy (it makes it easier than aimlessly wandering through aisles of books), and to bring lots of sturdy bags to carry your books home in. If you’re looking for vinyl, be prepared to sort through LOTS of Neil Diamond/The Seekers/Kamahl records. In the past I’ve scored Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush, and The Cure albums so it pays to be diligent.
Caxton Street Festival: 7 June at Caxton Street, Brisbane
Back in the day it used to exclusively be a Seafood and Wine festival but now the Caxton Street Festival is more of a fully fledged street party. Along with seafood and wine, there will be street food, pop-up bars, and plenty of live music (my tips would be DZ Deathrays and Thelma Plum).
Meet Pip Lincolne: 14 June at Brisbane Square Library, Brisbane
Pip Lincoln is one of Australia’s most popular crafters and creatives, and she’ll be stopping by Brisbane Square Library this June to promote her latest book. Join Kirsten Devitt from Brisbane label Each To Own as she chats with Pip about all things creative. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or you can bring your own in for Pip to sign.
Queensland Cabaret Festival: 10-25 June at various venues
The Queensland Cabaret Festival hits town this month and there’s plenty on offer for audiences at various venues around Brisbane. Check out the festival website for more information on the local and international acts on show.
I Used To Skate Once 11: 26 June at The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Over the past decade, I Used To Skate Once has become an iconic fixture on the Brisbane calendar. Using skateboards as their canvas, IUTSO showcases the work of a variety of Australian artists. Entry is free and seeing as it’s held at The Zoo, it’s only fitting that there will be plenty of live music to boot.
Downey Park Food Trucks: 28 June at Downey Park, Windsor
There are so many different food truck gatherings in Brisbane now that it’s hard to keep up. Downey Park Food Trucks is a new regular monthly event and one that I keep meaning to check out. Maybe this month I’ll finally get there!
P.S. I created the animated GIF using this tutorial by Pugly Pixel