Top Weekenders May 17-19

From epic Greek and country festivals to mammoth cake shows, fab new wine bars, cool cafes, day trips and must-see kids theatre, 20 ways to make this weekend a top one:

WHAT'S ON
Brisbane’s largest outdoor art gallery, Botanica, returns to City Botanic Gardens for 10 days from May 10
Paniyiri, the epic Greek Festival that all started with a Zorba dance in Musgrave Park in 1976, returns for its 43rd year
The 2019 International Cake Show Australia, the Top Gun of cake decorating, is coming to the Brisbane Showgrounds
Hampton Festival is a celebration of Southern Queensland country’s best food, wine, art and music
Parts of Brisbane will be brought to life with eye-catching street art during May
South Bank's getting an epic pop-up roadhouse to coincide with the Brisbane Truck Show
Romiosini and Beyond celebrates the greatest Greek composer, Mikis Theodorakis, with a rousing concert at QPAC
Shared Connections is an exhibition of contemporary Indigenous artworks found in hidden laneways and city streets
Brisbane Marriott Hotel is celebrating its 21st birthday with the unveiling of its stunning $20m refurbishment and super deals
Join Anna Rosling for an inspiring and revelatory evening, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories
MUST DO COMING UP
Brisbane’s biggest bi-annual sustainability festival is set to hit Chermside's 7th Brigade Park on Sunday June 2nd
Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul is a must-see major exhibition of one of Australia's most significant artists at IAG
Colin Thiele’s cherished much loved coming-of-age story is being brought to magical life on the Brisbane stage
Be inspired, be informed and be empowered at Brisbane's Modern Woman Expo coming to BCEC for 2 days in June
Southern Downs Harvest is a delicious Autumn luncheon held in an historic homestead in Killarney on May 25
The Humours of Bandon is a heart-felt, funny coming of age story playing at Brisbane Powerhouse May 23 to May 25
Meet the world's great resorts at Brisbane's #1 international ski travel show this June
Dolly Diamond's Blankety Blanks is a hilarious variety show for adults-only playing at Brisbane Powerhouse on June 29
Due to overwhelming demand, a second show has been added for A Conversation on Narcos at The Tivoli on July 25
LEGO® fans won't want to miss this mega weekend of mind-blowing displays and building opportunities
One of Ireland's funniest comedians, Dara O Briain, is bringing his brand new, live comedy show to QPAC on September 11
The ever-innovative and hugely influential, living jazz legend Herbie Hancock is coming to Brisbane performing live on stage at QPAC on Sunday, June 2
KIRIN Stakes Day returns to historic Eagle Farm Racecourse for a thrilling day of unexpected experiences on & off the track
Award-winning comedian, Judith Lucy, is bringing her brand new solo comedy show, Judith Lucy Vs Men, to the Brisbane Powerhouse
WHAT'S NEW
Unwined Bar & Kitchen is a cosy, ambient wine bar/eatery that is the secret shining star of Ascot's Racecourse Rd
Mac From Way Back is dishing up gooey, cheesy mac and cheese along with juicy burgers and loaded fries in Beenleigh
Love, Má is a cute, contemporary Vietnamese eatery in Coorparoo serving classic Vietnamese comfort food
Buffferingzs is a cute, coffee nook in Fairfield offering top-notch Italian espresso and fantastic foodie fare
The Baristorian is a cute and charming community-conscious cafe located in Wavell Heights
DAY TRIPS
Spend a day or even a weekend discovering the rich and interesting history of the picturesque country town of Dayboro
Mt Tamborine, the jewel in the crown of the Gold Coast Hinterland, has it all – rainforests and bush walks, cosy cottages to stay, quirky restaurants, cafes and
Coolangatta's world-class beaches, relaxed lifestyle, vibrant surf culture and foodie scene make this a must-do destination
KIDS
David Walliams’ best-selling children’s book, Billionaire Boy, comes to life on stage at QUT Gardens Theatre
These great museums in and around Brisbane make for a great educational day out with the family, with fascinating exhibits

Top Things To Do In Brisbane This Week

Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul is a must-see major art exhibition
Central American figurative artist Carlos Barrios returns to Mitchell Fine Art
Brisbane Night Market is celebrating all things Burgers and Beers
Queensland's Government House will open to members of the public
Meet the world's great resorts at Brisbane's #1 international ski travel show
Be inspired, be informed and be empowered at Brisbane's Modern Woman Expo coming to BCEC in June
Ponies, people watching, fashion & fine jewellery combine at the 2019 McLaren Polo by the Sea
Cooly Rocks On is Australia’s coolest rock 'n' roll nostalgia festival celebrating the 50s, 60s and 70s
Brisbane’s biggest bi-annual sustainability festival is set to hit Chermside's 7th Brigade Park

Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul

Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul is a must-see major exhibition of one of Australia's most significant artists and it's free to visit
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