Top 10 things On in Brisbane this week 12/05/2019

Sweets for the sweet. And liquor for those spending more than 3 hours with their mothers.


10) World Harmony Festival 

18th May

What: The aim of this festival is to celebrate Harmony Day, to connect multi-ethnic and main stream communities and organisations and to enhance intercultural understanding & solidarity, in order to build a harmonious society. The festival will feature face painting, lion dancing, foam sword competitions, stalls, international food, multicultural performances, circus acts and a fireworks spectacular.

Why: Nothing screams harmony like mock fights to the death, clown contingents and exploding skyward fireballs.


9) International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia

17th May

What: Come together with the local community for this annual worldwide celebration to honour sexual and gender diversities. In 2019, this special event will include a remembrance gathering with special guest speakers, a memorial ceremony, lighting of the Powerhouse building and a musical tribute. The MELT Portrait Prize and MELT visual arts exhibitions will also be launched.

Why: Participate in an event where, for once, you won’t be engaged in a morally questionable act. You know. To make up for the rest of your sordid life.


8) T.O.P Saturday Party

18th May

What: One of the newest LGBTIQA+ party’s in Brisbane! Specialising in outstanding show production, choreography, costume design and captivating performances, the Saturday Party is going to be a night of fun, fabulousness, sass and slay that you’d be insane to miss! So, come and see the view from the T.O.P.

What: If you want something to joyfully remember, with slightly glazed eyes, as, during another interminable family party, your drunken geriatric relatives tell you exactly why you represent all the problems of the world (apart from those damn immigrants), this one’s for you.


7) Mother’s Day Lunch at Salon De Co Restaurant

12th May

What: There’s only so many lunches we can take mum to on her special day before she’s seen it all. Brisbane, this is where Ovolo Inchcolm does things a little differently. You sit back, let them show you how her day should really be spent and receive the praise afterwards. All mums who spend their special day at Salon de Co Restaurant will received a tailored food and drink experience, just for her.

Why: “My dignity on a platter” is not an acceptable request.’s-Day-Lunch-at-Salon-De-Co-Restaurant/6db76200-709a-11e9-b14f-a713526e5192


6) International Cake Show

17th-19th May

What: Over three days thousands of sugar voyeurs, edible artists, cake decorators, cake bosses, professional pastry chefs, bakers, chocolatiers, home hobbyist decorators and food personalities from across the globe will converge on Brisbane to battle it out in 33 categories. The general cake-loving public are invited to come along and enter, view and take part in a full program of masterclasses, activations, 90 free demonstrations, entertainment and more!

Why: The best tickets to diabetes since Elvis.


5) Sweet As Dessert Festival 

12th May

What: An awesome line-up of Queensland’s best dessert makers will be providing a showground-full of brownies, cheese, chocolate, coffee, cupcakes, doughnuts, gelatos, ice-creams, macarons, marsh mallows, meringues, popsicles, sorbets, waffles and lots more. There will also be savoury street food, live music, pop-up bars, dessert cocktails, kids activities and entertainment.

Why: They describe it as a “judgement-free zone”. So feel free to open your veins. Insulin is on hand.


4) Noosa Food & Wine Festival

16th-20th May

What: Some of Australia’s best chefs and rising culinary talent, winemakers and foodies will head to Noosa for five days of great food, wine and entertainment. Discover the craft beer & cider corner, wine tastings, masterclasses, cooking demonstrations, live music as the sun sets, and a Taste of Noosa with restaurants showcasing their famous food.

Why: A cesspool of glut branded into the realm of sophisticated gastronomy. Plan for future sparkling anecdotes and a hell of a colonoscopy.


3) Brisbane Street Art Festival 

12th-19th May

What: BSAF returns in 2019 bigger and better than ever before with over 60 artworks being created by some of the most exciting street art practitioners from Brisbane, Australia and Internationally. The program reflects the diversity of the street art community with 27 prominent female street artists taking part, including Argentinean duo Medianeras and Colombian born Zurik who are helping to break gender disparity in street art.

Why: You know what’s so special about a strictly curated festival dedicated to showcasing, in a controlled environment, the plethora of street art? The spontaneity and authenticity.


2) Nicefest

17th May

What: Nicefest is Art As Catharsis’ showcase of exceptional progressive and cathartic local music. The Brisbane edition features: Big Dead, Turtle Skull (NSW), Balloons Kill Babies, The Unofficials, Common Deers and Monsterra. Come along with an open mind and discover some of the brilliant diversity of Australian underground music.

Why: It’s a bold claim that seven bands can represent the diversity of underground music. But then, it’s a bold claim that current underground music is anything more than recycled genres from bygone eras perverted through a synth and spewed out on a sweaty club dance-floor.


1) Blues on Broadbeach

16th-19th May

What: 18 years after its humble beginnings, the free multi-award winning festival has grown to become an event of international standing hosting the best of international and Australian blues musicians annually across 20 outdoor stages and venues throughout Broadbeach on the Gold Coast. This year’s lineup features: Canned Heat, Eric Bibb, Bahamas, Cedric Burnside, Harts, The Bamboos, Kevin Borich Express, Chris Cain, The Lachy Doley Group and many, many more.

Why: What about the gritty lilting sorrow of blues music doesn’t make you picture a bright ocean vista dotted with orange-skinned dreadlocked white hipsters on surfboards?

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