It’s been one of those weeks and Friday can’t come soon enough here at Everguide HQ. We know, we know – we shouldn’t be wishing our lives away – but it’s hard not to get excited with all the free events and activities set to take over Brisbane this weekend. We’ve trawled through the listings and picked five of the best.
The weekend kicks off with Friday the 13th and we’ll be saddling up the chainsaw and making our way down to the Exchange Hotel for their Nightmare on Charlotte Street party
. Featuring Exchange regulars That Swedish Guy, J-Free, Krushel and Azza on the decks from 9pm, this should be a riot. Keep your eyes peeled for the iPhone in-app guest list, which will allow you to skip the line.
By Saturday morning you’ll probably be nursing a sore head. If so, perhaps a champagne breakfast is in order. From 9am South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt will play host to the third annual Brisbane French Festival
. With an abundance of food, wine, music, art, fashion and culture on show, the festival is set to once again give Queenslanders a taste of the Gallic way of life. Berets not required.
If you instead find yourself on the Gold Coast, then try to make it to the A la Carte in the Park food festival
. Starring some of the coast’s finest restaurateurs, this relaxed picnic blanket affair is set to transform Lionel Perry Park into a swirl of tantalising tastes, delicious drops and live music from the pick of local jazz and folk talent. With a vast array of cuisine available and nothing over $10 a plate, A la Carte in the Park looks to bring top-shelf dining to everyday connoisseurs.
Back in Brisbane, if you’re looking for something a little less decadent after the Frenchness, then may we suggest Game On Symposium: 423
. A full-day programme including guest speakers, coding and design challenges, and room for presenting your ideas, Game On
is a great place to talk to game makers, network, chat and indulge in the community and passion that makes the world of indie games thrive. Just be sure to RSVP – spots are limited.
And on Sunday you should be making time to visit South Bank’s arts precinct for Propaganda?
GoMA’s latest exhibition considers the varied approaches of politically motivated art, from traditional forms of painting and sculpture to mass media, such as prints, posters, banners and photography. The exhibition features a number of works in socialist realist styles from China, Vietnam and North Korea, as well as print and photo-based works that utilise text, collage and documentary imagery. It looks like fascinating stuff, and runs until the middle of October in case you want to save this for another day.
So there you have it: another weekend, another ridiculous series of free events and activities to get involved with in around the city. We’ll catch you next Thursday for more of Brisbane’s best freebies.