15 Awesome Things to Do This Weekend

there’s so much on, we thought we’d help you out with your planning


holy moly, there’s a lot going on this month.

To help with the decision fatigue, we’ve rounded up some ideas for this weekend. Whether it’s part of the official Carnival schedule or regular local favourites, there’s something for everyone – visitors and kids included.

Look out for next week’s edition!



carnival-related activities

The Festival of Food & Wine kicks off on Friday afternoon with Ali Barter at 5.30pm. Tickets range from $13-35 each. Just don’t forget a jacket. If you’re into art of a different sort, the Downlands Art Exhibition includes over 1000 works by hundreds of artists, and opens on Friday night.

The famous Floral Parade is on Saturday, starting at 3pm. Join the crowds and line the streets to see the floats, performers and live music. Head back to Queens Park afterwards where the party continues, with flowers for sale and plenty of entertainment.

There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained too, including heaps of freebies at Grand Central. Why not take them for some free face painting (Level 2, outside Harper Bee), or to hand make some flower crowns (Level 1, outside H&M)? Grab some free flower balloons (Level 1, outside Coles) to wave at the passing floats of the Floral Parade. Or take them to Botanical Buddies to learn about gardening.

Join chef Julia Busuttil Nishimura at Gip’s on Sunday morning for brunch, or join the Talking Pubs group for a beer-fuelled tour of the city. Or get in the car with a picnic, and chill out on the grounds of Spring Bluff to live jazz music.

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Business as usual activities

The Cobb + Co Markets are on Saturday and the PCYC Markets will pop up on Sunday morning. Swing by to support local markets (buy some strawberries, please!) and collect some plants for your garden.

It’s also a great weekend to just be out and about. Maybe go to The Baker’s Duck to collect some croissants and coffee, then up to the Botanic Gardens to look at the floral displays. Spoil yourself with a special dinner at Zev’s Bistro, or check out the new floral beer at 4 Brothers Brewing as the sun goes down. The Florence is launching their new Sunday session with truffle fries and spring cocktails, and the Royal on Ruthven is hosting a live music afternoon with food trucks.

It’s going to be an awesome weekend, friends.


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