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Things To Do This Weekend 11-13 aug

Brisbane's first Harry Potter store, musical showstoppers in the underground reservoir, Carole King's Tapestry on stage, one act plays, a new neighbourhood brewery and a Brisbane icon reborn are just a few of the top things to see and do around Brisbane this weekend:

What's On

Opera Underground celebrates its 10th anniversary in Brisbane's heritage-listed water chambers, with a sensational line-up of top show-stoppers from the New York and London stages...more

Tapestry: The Songs of Carole King

Carole King's 1970's masterpiece album is performed at the Brisbane Powerhouse theatre by iconic Australian singers Vika Bull and Debra Byrne in a show no fan of the pop legend will want to miss...more

The Hamlet Apocalypse

A must-see dystopian play in which seven actors stage Hamlet on the eve of the apocalypse; then as the line between fiction and reality blurs; the actors, their characters and their worlds collide...more

After Dark: Science Fusion

After Dark: Science Fusion, Workshops Rail Museum, Ipswich

Spend a night at the historic Workshops Rail Museum - hear talks from science experts, experiment with technology, kick back to live music, indulge your tastebuds and see the Museum like never before...more


Opening tonight at Metro Arts is this free sculptural exhibition marking the 30th anniversary establishment of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody...more

One Act Play Festival

Settle in at The Walter Burley Griffin designed Incinerator Theatre for a whole weekend of one act plays - dramas, comedies and farces - from theatre groups all over South East Queensland...more

Ipswich Heritage Day

Step back in time for a day at the Cooneana Heritage Centre, with the Military Jeep Club, Historic Motorcycles, Spinners and Weavers, Blacksmiths and Metal Artisans and Mini-Crafters...more 

Must Do Coming Up

A must-attend for anyone thinking about a career in aviation, including commercial or defence force (and those keen for a peek inside the industry), with fascinating static and interactive displays...more 

Machinations/ Why Future Still Needs Us

See how past and future advances in technology interact with humans and creativity in these 2 intriguing free exhibitions that explore relationships between humans, creativity and the machine...more


Three members of the ever popular Ten Tenors have come together to form Tenori, who will be performing for one night in a fab cabaret-style show that includes a two-course dinner...more


Spend Ekka People's Day in the heritage-listed Naval Stores on the river, drinking hot chocolate rum, eating delicious winter food and grooving to cool tunes, with a 50% discount for Must Do readers...more


Robot fans will be in heaven at this special day at The Cube where attendees get to play a digital interactive game helping to improve the efficiency of robots at a fictional waste recycling facility...more

What's New 

In a beautiful valley on the outskirts of Brisbane is this enchanted store devoted to everything Harry Potter. Set up in an historic church building, with a magical floating candle ceiling...more

The Drawing Room

A secret new bar with piano just opened inside an historic Brisbane CBD bar - with room for just 24 patrons...more

Jo Jo's

The iconic bar and eatery that sat atop the Queen Street mall for 30 something years has been reborn, marble and all, at Stefan's HQ at South Brisbane, with a 21st century spin on a 1980's classic...more

Slipstream Brewing

A quiet southside suburb has just got its own craft beer brewery in a giant funky warehouse with a cellar door now open to the public, complete with onsite food truck, The Bratmobile...more

The Spaghetti House Trattoria

This cosy rustic family-run Italian trattoria can be found at South Bank, where it feeds the hungry hordes with generous helpings of traditional pasta and pizzas, accompanied by spritz or vino...more 

Pacific International Taekwondo School

With classes in traditional ITF-style Taekwondo to suit all ages (from 7yrs up) and abilities, Pacific International is Brisbane's leading taekwondo school, with 13 locations to choose from...more

What We Loved This Week

Finding a little slice of Germany tucked away in a stunning historic building west of Brisbane, the go-to for German beer, cuisine and a rollicking fun time...more

Neighbourhood Walks

Take a leisurely 2-hour ramble through the labyrinth of leafy Queenslander-lined streets of Highgate Hill, taking in secret laneways, grand heritage villas, riverfront pocket parks and more 


This walk around historic Windsor is full of surprises, from majestic 19th century residences to Brisbane's tiniest house, funky cafes and a hilltop reservoir with stunning views to the city...more

New Farm 

This two and a half hour walk can be reached by City Cat and takes in beautiful New Farm Park, riverfront Merthyr Park, historic landmarks and street pockets as well as hidden cafes...more


Laserzone Lawnton

Kids can enjoy hours of fun riding bumper cars, playing contemporary and retro video and arcade games, riding the jungle laser tag train and playing laser tag in a state of the art world class circuit...more

Stockyard Creek Walk

Stockyard Creek Circuit Brisbane Koala Bushland

Part of Brisbane Koala Bushland is a 1.4km circuit walk with a fun interactive information station, picnic & BBQ facilities at the entrance and the chance to spot turtles, lizards & wildlife...more

Ipswich Nature Centre

Take the children for a trip to historic Queens Park with its fantastic playgrounds, Japanese garden and jewel in the crown - a walk-through nature zoo with baby farmyard, for just a gold coin entry...more