Top Weekenders Jun 7-9

From nostalgia fests on the beach and dog festivals to new Mexican and Spanish bars, cool new cafes and burger joints, here's 15+ top things to do in Brisbane this weekend:

WHAT'S ON
Shared Connections is an exhibition of contemporary Indigenous artworks found in hidden laneways and city streets
The dedicated dog fest is back, bigger and better with Brisbane's first Canine Circus, Dog Parade, Pupparazzi and more
It may be cold outside but you can still stay fit and healthy this winter in Brisbane, with free and low-cost fit and healthy activities
The biggest day in Queensland racing is back at heritage-listed Eagle Farm Racecourse for the biggest winter racing season yet
Join Queensland's First Lady (1859-1868), Lady Diamantina Bowen, on a fascinating History Tour at Old Government House
Embark on a fascinating journey to Iceland and into the fierce lives of the Vikings with author Kári Gíslason
Cooly Rocks On is Australia’s coolest rock 'n' roll nostalgia festival celebrating the 50s, 60s and 70s at iconic Coolangatta
The popular Winter Design Market is back at GOMA, bringing with it 40+ stalls of unique creations and goods
MUST DO COMING UP
The Finders Keepers is a fabulous festival-style 3-day market held in the Brisbane Showgrounds
A must see highlight of this year's MELT Festival is international cabaret star Reuben Kaye, with his signature blend of lavish storytelling and gilded song
Margaret Olley: A Generous Life is a major free exhibition at GOMA featuring more than 100 works
June is cabaret month in Brisbane when the Queensland Cabaret Festival comes to town with music, comedy and dance
Rising jazz star, singer and piano player Frances Madden & Band, return to Brisbane's Doo-Bop Jazz Bar on Friday, June 21
Explore the romance and tragedy of one of greatest operas of them all, Tosca, performed by Opera Queensland at QPAC
Enjoy a delicious 5-course dinner paired with Barossa Valley's favourite Teusner Wines at Eden's Table, The Westin
Oscar Wilde’s The Young King comes to life on stage with a must-see piece of immersive theatre at QPAC from July 23 to 27
Step back in time at the Brisbane Night Market for a lively evening of Roaring Rockabilly on Friday, June 14 from 4-10pm
Celebrate Queensland's local produce and craft beer with a 5 course Beer Degustation Dinner at Four Points By Sheraton
WHAT'S NEW
Botellon is a gorgeous Spanish tapas and wine bar in an historic corner store
Rosa Bloom is a secret rooftop garden cafe and event space hidden in the heart of Rosalie serving pretty drinks
Betty's Burgers has opened its 4th Brisbane location underneath the Story Bridge at Howard Smith Wharves
From Frida Khalo-inspired artworks to Mariachi bands, Pablo's Mexican Cantina is a fun, colourful venue
UP Markets is a monthly market run on the first Saturday of the month at Underwood Park in Priestdale
DAY TRIPS
For a green change just 30 mins from the city and with plenty in a trip to fill a day, the scenic valley featuring the tiny historical hamlet of Samford Village is hard to beat.
Springbrook National Park makes for one of south east Queensland’s most spectacular day trips.
Mt Glorious is the epicentre of lush rainforest walks, stunning views and character country style cafes.
KIDS
Powerkids: Little Artists at Play at the Brisbane Powerhouse is a fantastic free creative play workshop series for children aged 0-5 years
Duck returns to the Cremorne Theatre for a quacking season this June, following its sell-out premiere at 2018 Out of the Box festival
Starting the year at this historic inner city theatre is a stage adaptation of cult kids book The Day My Bum Went Psycho

Top Things To Do In Brisbane This Week

An awesome chance to get up close to and ride in a real tank
Kallianku is a must-see aboriginal art exhibition
Treasury Brisbane's popular Wine & Cheese night is back this winter
Eats & Beats returns to Underwood Park on Friday, June 28
MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture raises the curtain on another program of spectacular events
L’amante Anglaise is a must-see murder mystery performed live on stage
Boho Luxe Market is a massive festival-style market at The Old Museum
City of Gold is a wryly funny and politically incendiary play by rising star Meyne Wyatt

Indigenous Art Program: Shared connections

An exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks in Brisbane's hidden laneways, city streets, museums & more
Indigenous Art Program Editor's Pick