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5 Things To Do In Brisbane In September

Today marks the first day of spring here in the southern hemisphere. Hooray! What better way to celebrate the month ahead than by getting out and about and enjoying the best of what your town has to offer? Head to the markets! Plan a picnic! Or, if you’re from around these parts, make your way to one of these cool events.

The Imperial Russian Ballet Presents Swan Lake: 3, 4, & 22 September at QPAC
It’s the ballet that needs no introduction And it’s being performed by one of the most formidable companies in the game. It’s a no brainer, really. Get in quick as tickets are bound to sell out.

Brisbane Writers Festival: 2 – 6 September at various venues
Seek out some literary inspiration at this year’s Brisbane Writers Festival. The program is wide and varied, with events ranging from discussions and Q&A sessions to workshops and book readings. There’s even a program for kids (start ’em young, I say).

BIGSOUND: 9 – 11 September at various venues
BIGSOUND is Australia’s premier music industry conference and artist showcase. During the day the conference features significant keynote speakers and industry panels. At night, the artists come out to play with a jam-packed live music lineup at various venues throughout Fortitude Valley.

Sourdough Workshop: 9 September at Wandering Cooks, South Brisbane
As far as breads go, sourdough is one of my faves. Who can resist some smashed avocado on a fresh slice of the stuff? Not me, that’s for sure. Learn how to create a loaf yourself thanks with this workshop brought to you by Wandering Cooks.

Brisbane Festival: 5 – 26 September at various venues
For the month of September Brisbane becomes a canvas for the arts. With an aim to engage audiences with artists, Brisbane Festival has everything from live music to theatre and art installations. And it all ends with a bang, quite literally, with a night of fireworks aka Riverfire.

And it’s not quite Brisbane, but if you’re up for a road trip then make your way to Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers from 18 – 27 September to really get into the swing of spring.

5 Things To Do in Brisbane In August

Winn Lane Fashion and Record Market: 1 August at Winn Lane, Fortitude Valley
If you’re in Brisbane and reading this know that you only have a small window of time to make it to the Winn Lane Fashion and Record Market that’s on today. TODAY! UNTIL 2PM! GET MOVING! There will be record pop ups from A Love Supreme and Phase 4, a cafe pop up from Alphabet Cafe, as well as your regular Winn Lane tenants.

Royal Queensland Show (Ekka): 7-16 August at the Brisbane RNA Showgrounds
The Ekka is a Brisbane institution. While the grounds are undergoing major changes, some things never change. Like the taste of the strawberry sundaes, the dizzying commotion of Sideshow Alley, painstakingly deciding which show bags to buy (always the Bertie Beetle bag). The only downside is the ticket prices. I miss the days where I used to get in for free (being a band nerd in high school had some perks, okay?)

PITPASS exhibition by Savannah Van der Niet: 8-16 August at Jet Black Cat Music, West End
Savannah Van der Niet is a Brisbane-based photographer who works predominantly in the field of 35mm film. She has been an official photographer for Splendour in the Grass and Laneway festivals so chances are you might already be familiar with her work. PITPASS encompasses live photography and previously unreleased press shots and and festival photos.

Mater Breast Ever Brunch: 21 August
What’s better than brunching? Brunching for a cause, that’s what. Get together a bunch of friends or workmates and hold a brunch to raise funds for Mater’s Chicks in Pink charity. While the main date is advertised as being the 21st of August, you can pick any day in August instead to hold your brunch.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane: 23-28 August at various locations
MBFF Brisbane celebrates it’s 10th anniversary this year. Events range from your standard group runway shows to high teas and Q&A sessions. My picks would be the Fleet Fashion Boutique, which will stock the works of QUT students and alumni, and the NEXT Hotel Next Gen group show.

The Finders Keepers AW15 Markets

Brisbane Finders Keepers AW15 Markets
Brisbane Finders Keepers AW15 Markets
Brisbane Finders Keepers AW15 Markets
Brisbane Finders Keepers AW15 Markets
Brisbane Finders Keepers AW15 Markets
Brisbane Finders Keepers AW15 Markets

When I logged on to Facebook today I was greeted with one of those “you posted this photo exactly five years ago today” messages. It was a photo of my friends and I at the Finders Keepers Markets five years ago. What can I say? I’m a creature of habit. These are just a few phone photos from yesterday’s Finders Keepers Markets at the Old Museum. It was mayhem. Possibly the busiest I have ever seen it. After the first hall I gave up trying to actually look at stalls. I did buy a bambino fiddle leaf fig from Arc + Family (I didn’t get to buy a pot since I wouldn’t have been able to carry it home on the bus) and eat a super tasty haloumi burger from the Veggie Patch van, so the day wasn’t entirely a bust.

10 Things To Do In Brisbane In July

There seems to be quite a lot of food-related events going on in Brisbane this month which is great because I LOVE FOOD. Also, I know these lists are very location and time sensitive so I’m thinking of making a more generic “what to do on the weekend” post so all of you can play along at home, wherever in the world that may be. In the meantime, Brisbane, start penciling these dates into your diaries.

Cult Japan: 3 July – 2 September at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
If you’re a lover of Japanese film, be sure to make your way to the Cinémathèque at the GOMA this month. ‘Cult Japan’ will celebrate the “strange and outrageous in post-war Japanese cinema”. The program will also include a retrospective of work by Hayao Miyazaki, Japan’s most celebrated animator and director.

Finders Keepers Markets: 4 – 5 July at the Old Museum, Herston
If you’ve been keeping up with this blog regularly, you’ll know that the Finders Keepers Markets are my jam. Set within the grounds of the Old Museum, there’s market stalls, food trucks, and live music aplenty.

Teneriffe Festival: 4 July, Teneriffe
To celebrate the suburb’s history and diversity, this one day festival will see several streets closed off in Teneriffe to host a variety of market stalls, live music, fashion, and historical displays.

The Photograph and Australia: 4 July – 11 October at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG)
Making its way up from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, ‘The Photograph and Australia’ looks at the connection between photography, place, and identity. This exhibition consists of 650 works from both renowned artists and unknown photographers.

Brisbane French Festival: 10 – 12 July at Southbank Cultural Forecourt
Fancy yourself a Francophile? Then head to the Southbank for the Brisbane French Festival. There’ll be everything from cabaret to French markets stalls and fashion shows.

Reel Fashion: 10 July – 16 October at Palace Centro, Fortitude Valley
Every Friday night, Palace Centro Cinemas will screen an iconic fashion film. The program includes a range of films like the Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (if you haven’t seen it GO), A Single ManThe Great Gatsby (1974), and Pretty in Pink.

Scandinavian Film Festival: 16 – 26 July at Palace Centro, Fortitude Valley
Screening exclusively at Palace Cinemas, the Scandinavian Film Festival will showcase a range of dramas, comedies and thrillers from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Iceland.

Regional Flavours: 18 -19 July at South Bank Parklands
Sample the best of what South East Queensland has to offer at South Bank’s Regional Flavours festival. There will be plenty of food and wine on show, as well as entertainment from celebrity chefs and industry experts.

Brisbane Night Noodle Markets: 22 July – 2 August at South Bank Cultural Forecourt
The Night Noodle Markets will once again return to South Bank as part of Good Food Month. There will be restaurant stalls, themed bars, live music, and even weekend Yum Cha.

James St Food & Wine Trail: 30 July – 1 August at James St, Fortitude Valley
The Food & Wine Trail will see a diverse culinary program take over the James St precinct. My tip would be to head along to the Urban Picnic to sample street-food style fare from some popular James St food retailers.

Other noteworthy events like the Story Bridge 75 and Bakery Lane’s Dinner Under the Stars are already sold out but if you’ve managed to grab tickets to either of those then good on you!

Pineapple Express Cafe


Usually the idea of going out for breakfast at 8am on a weekend is beyond me but when it came to visiting Pineapple Express Cafe I’m glad I got in early. When I arrived all the seats inside were already occupied and by 9.30am this placed was packed with diners and people grabbing their morning take-away coffees. Pineapple Express Cafe opened earlier this month and is a welcome addition to the Portside precinct. The cafe interiors are bright and cheery (the fit out was done by Tú Projects, who have worked on a bunch of restaurants around Brisbane) however seating is quite limited when busy. I would have liked to have gotten some shots of the interior but it was pretty packed and I didn’t want to be a creep. You’ll just have to take my word for it or visit it for yourself. I opted for the old favourite of avocado on toast (with feta and dukkah) but being a superfood cafe, there are smoothies and acai bowls up to your eyeballs. Also: Cocowhip. If it wasn’t a chilly morning I totally would have had all of the frozen things. While the avocado on toast wasn’t the best I’ve had in Brisbane, at $10 for two slices it’s by far one of the most affordable. They also offer some healthy lunch options and if I lived or worked nearby, I could easily see myself becoming a regular customer.

This post was in partnership with Tú Projects, who did the fit out for Pineapple Express Cafe.

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