What’s On: Brisbane In August
August is that exciting time of year when we realise spring is just around the corner. We’ve also successfully dealt with the tax man and now our tax returns begin rolling in! What better way to spend your hard-earned dollars than heading out for one of Brisbane’s greatest August events:
Letters to Lindy
“A dingo stole my baby,” she screamed, and from then on Lindy Chamberlain became a conflicted icon of the 20th century. It was trial by media as members of the public were torn, some scorning her and others pitying her, and she received it all in over 20,000 letters. In this stage play directed by Darren Yap, we get to see true insight into the shaken life of Lindy.
Bris Funny Fest
For nearly the whole month of August, Brisbanites will get to indulge in some side-splitting comedy. Give your belly and facial muscles a much-needed workout, listening to the best jokes from comedians like Stuart Daulman and Matt Okine. And since the festival goes for a whole month, you really cannot miss it!
He was the runner-up on Australian Idol, and yet he’s solidified his career a lot more successfully than other runner-ups and even winners. On this tour, Anthony Callea will bring Aria number one hits in Symphony, like Sinead O’Connor’s Nothing Compares 2 U and Adele’s Someone Like You. He’s also doing a show in the Gold Coast if it’s closer for you.
On the first weekend of August, Roma Street Parklands will play host to a spectacular event fit for the whole family. It will be two days filled with activities, guided tours, live music, gourmet foods and interactive displays. Lie on the grass in front of the main stage or take a stroll through the lineup of stalls.
Brisbane Marathon Festival
Whether you’re a fitness fanatic or an eager first-timer, this mammoth event caters to everyone. Got the stamina? Then take on the whopping 42.195km full marathon or the 21.1km half marathon. Or if that makes you feel heavy-chested then tackle the smaller tracks: 10km, 5km, or 2km. Best of all, you’ll be supporting a worthy cause of your choice.
Royal Queensland Show (Ekka)
It’s colloquially known as the Ekka (short for exhibition), the Royal Queensland Show is an agricultural festival and carnival. Take a trip through the world of farming and see the flora and fauna of this great nation. Find your inner-child and hop on one of their many thrill rides, like the wave swinger or the crazy spinning coaster. It’s your day, really.
(Image: Carnival Amusements)
Behind the Brew
Calling all discerning beer tasters! James Squire’s, The Charming Squire near South Brisbane Station, is hosting a masterclass of sorts, where the curious can find out all things about brewing beer. And what makes this amazing? It lands on the Ekka holiday. There’s no greater reason for a tipple.
Brisbane Boat Show
Looking for a new yacht? Perhaps you’re looking for some doohickeys or whatchamacallits to go with your current one. Whatever your reason, head on over to the Brisbane Boat Show and check out what’s making waves in the boating world. Pun definitely intended.
From the recent winners of seven Helpmann awards, Bangarra Dance Theatre brings another visual masterpiece to the stage. Dark Emu is a contemporary dance production exploring the “vital life force” of flora and fauna through movement, atmospheric music and artistic costume design. Warning: This production contains strobe lighting, theatrical smoke and gunshots.