Top Weekenders Aug 16-18

From science and robotics festivals and aviation expos to exotic new Middle Eastern restaurants, Persian cafes and old world garden bars, 20 top things to do this weekend:

The Brisbane Science Festival is a fantastic program of events bringing together Queensland’s top scientists
Colin Thiele’s cherished much-loved coming-of-age story is being brought to magical life on the Brisbane stage
The 2019 Aviation Expo is being held at Brisbane Airport, offering the ultimate aviation experience
Celebrate one of the greatest folk singers of all time when Woody Guthrie: Songs of Freedom comes to Brisbane
Robotronica is a fantastic free all-day, all-ages robotics and technology festival being held at QUT Gardens Point
Becoming Bill is a new award-winning musical about a finding your feet and writing your best life
Carnivale is an exciting games and amusement ride precinct coming to Eat Street Northshore this August
Discover Brisbane this season & stay at the 5-star luxury Brisbane Marriott with a fantastic special offer from $199
Can a robot feel empathy? Find out in this new free exhibition that explores human-machine relationships
Indulge in the signature Saturday High Tea in Eden’s Table with a selection of delicious savoury and sweet treats
Bite Markets is a fantastic northside night market, with more than 40 shipping containers of gourmet eats and drinks
Rhthym Sequence is the first career survey of Australian artist Gemma Smith
Brisbane's epic burger festival, Burger Fest, returns to Newstead for its 3rd year, courtesy of The Triffid
The greatest love story of all time is coming to QPAC when the Queensland Ballet perform Romeo & Juliet
Brisbane Writers Festival returns to SLQ with over 160 internationally-renowned writers, thinkers & opinion makers
Laser Beak Man, Brisbane’s favourite local hero, is back with a stunning visual theatre show at QPAC from Oct 2-5
Camerata, Qld's Chamber Orchestra returns to QPAC on Thursday, August 29 for an unmissable concert
Spencer is a new Australian comedy-drama playing at QUT Gardens Theatre for 2 shows only on Aug 23 & 24
Looking for inspiration for your perfect wedding? Here's a unique chance to journey through 5 weddings in one night
Queensland Pops Orchestra joins forces with star of the Australian musical stage Rob Mills in That's Show Business
The Technicolour Multicultural Festival returns to Newmarket for a free fun-filled family day out
Za Za Ta is an exotic oasis within Fortitude Valley's Emporium - a Middle Eastern restaurant and bar
Kiwanda Cafe in Eagleby is a chic, industrial-style cafe housed inside a massive, multi-million dollar roastery
The Garden is a secret, old-world garden bar, nestled outside the landmark historic Baedeker building
Chu Bistro in Bowen Hills is a pan-Asian eatery and bar dishing up flavour-filled fare from across South East Asia
This secret pocket-sized Persian cafe can be found in a tiny suburban laneway
U-Tong Thai Vegan Restaurant is a cosy, little, vegan eatery bringing the authentic flavours of Thailand to
Heimish Bleu is a petite French cafe overlooking a French provincial courtyard in the commercial heart of Milton
Tide Wine Bar and Casual Dining sits in prime position overlooking the Manly Marina on the William Gunn Jetty
In summer, this bush and heathland, part of the landscape mosaic of the Mountain to Mangroves nature corridor, makes a wonderfully breezy retreat
Venman Bushland National Park is 415 hectares of preserved bushland in Mount Cotton with 2 popular walking tracks to choose from
Out of the half dozen or so trails available to walk in this vast preserved bushland, the coolest and most scenic are on the southern side in the vicinity of some remnant ethereal lagoons...
Kumbartcho Sanctuary is a northside Brisbane haven for native flora and fauna, featuring a secret fairytale village
A delightful discovery for all ages, the Bribie Island Butterfly House is a sanctuary that is good for the soul
Daisy Hill Koala Centre is a dedicated koala education centre located in Daisy Hill Conservation Park, 25 kilometres south of Brisbane

Top Things To Do In Brisbane This Week

The Triffid is hosting a massive month-long series of live music events
Yatala Drive-In is screening the cult classic
It's the most hilarious, deliciously naughty, Sunday brunch ever!
Don't miss Brisbane's biggest and best ladies shoe sale
Revisit Captain James Cook's arrival in the Pacific 250 years ago
The Home Collective Market is a must-visit for the home & garden lover
Share an evening with Julia Gillard as she discusses Women and Leadership
Join this lively online discussion between siblings, Benjamin & Tammy Law
The Big Band Cabaret Dinner & Show returns to Cloudland

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