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What’s On: Brisbane in October

Brisbane is blossoming more than ever this October.

This beautiful city definitely knows how to put a spring into our step. With food festivals, art exhibitions, film festivals and even a pop-up desert museum!

Oktoberfest Brisbane

“Guten Tag!” Over two weekends, Brisbane Showgrounds will be transforming into one of Australia’s biggest Oktoberfest’s. Oktoberfest Brisbane is a family friendly, jam-packed event. There’ll be beer, beer and more beer. On top of the finest German beers available, visitors can feast their eyes on a wide range of food stalls available. From pretzels to sausages and even roast pork loin or simply just a standard schnitzel – there’s something for everyone. Of course there’ll be dancing, singing and even carnival rides.

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Brisbane Showgrounds Friday 5 – Sunday 7 & Friday 12 – Sunday 14 October from $22

Old School Cool

Westfield Garden City is taking a trip back in time for their school holiday exclusive event – Old School Cool. Visitors are able to enjoy the most iconic arcade games in a floor to ceiling room painted in neon lighting. If you were born in or simply just love anything 80’s or 90’s this one’s for you. There’ll be Dance Dance Revolution, Donkey Kong and even Pac Man to name a few. In correspondence, Foot Locker will also have a pop-up sneaker museum with limited edition shoes pulled from their archives.

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Westfield Garden City till Sunday 7 October

Tony Albert Visible Exhibition

Ending on Tuesday 7 of October is the free, Tony Albert Visible Exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery. Tony Albert is a contemporary Indigenous Australian artist taking today’s art world by storm. His work is object based compiling with photograph, paintings and video installations. In the words of Tony, the exhibition ‘interrogates representations of Aboriginal people through a mix of humour and poignancy, while tackling issues of race and representation head-on.’

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Queensland Art Gallery till Sunday 7 October free

Pinot Palooza 2018

For one day only, Brisbane will be hosting the biggest wine festival of the year – Pinot Palooza 2018. If a glass of red or a chilled white isn’t your first preference, then a trip to Pinot Palooza would be pointless. But, for the remaining 95% of the population; Pinot Palooza is a wine heaven. Showcasing some of the finest wines produced from all four corners of the world; all tickets to Pinot Palooza include a take home wine glass and unlimited wine tastes. On top of that there’ll be live music to dance your way through the tastings. Get your ear buds ready for the popping of some bottles!

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Brisbane Showgrounds Saturday 13 October, 11am – 6pm from $65

Festitalia 2018

Ciao! Spencer Park in Newmarket will be hosting Brisbane’s famous Festitalia 2018 event. For one day only, Brisbane will be blessed with one of the biggest Italian festivals, made bigger and better than ever. Throughout the day there’ll be live performances from the Brisbane Tarantella Dancers, swordsmen Prima Spada, re-enactments, pizza acrobat Youssef Ben-Touati and of course the mouthwatering food that is definitely Nonna approved. Festitalia is a family friendly event so all are welcome!

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42 Newbery St, Newmarket Sunday 14 October, 11am 10

Lavazza Italian Film Festival

Ending on Sunday 14 October, Palace Barracks and Palace Centro cinemas will be hosting Lavazza’s Italian Film Festival. With over 20 films on showcase, the film festival is now in its 18th year in Australia and is one of the nation’s biggest European film festivals to hit our screens. Attracting over 80,000 ticket holders last year nationally – bookings are essential. Don’t forget to keep your eye out for Dogman, Troubling Love, My Big Gay Italian Wedding and Nonnas on the Run.

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Palace Barracks & Palace Centro till Sunday 14 October from $11

Ethical Clothing Australia Forum

One of Brisbane Fashion Months many events is the free Ethical Clothing Australia Forum. For one afternoon only in Queen St Mall, speakers Kate Bielenberg (Cue Clothing Company National Retail Manager) and Lis Harvey (Nico Underwear Designer) will be taking to the stage to discuss the fashion and textiles industry for consumer awareness. The forum will feature Australian brands that are committed to bettering ethical fashion for production.

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Queen St Mall Friday 19 October, 3:30 – 4:30pm free

Sugar Republic at Valley Metro

The biggest, the brightest and the most tempting non-eatable museum is in Brisbane for an all-interactive experience. Sugar Republic is everything every sweet-tooth lover could ever imagine… a giant gumball machine you can climb into, a fairy floss room, an adult sized ballpit and even a giant birthday cake. The Sugar Republic pop-up desert museum is only available till Sunday 21 October Valley Metro. This is a must not miss event. – especially if this is what your dreams are made of.

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Valley Metro – 230 Brunswick St till Sunday 21 October 35

Chasing Smoke

Presented by Casus Circus and Cluster Arts, Brisbane Powerhouse Arts Visy Theatre will be showcasing Chasing Smoke till early November. The performance conducted by Australia’s only Indigenous contemporary circus ensemble aims to answer, ‘Who am I?’ The show is a very brief insight into one of world’s most oldest living cultures through the representation of contemporary circus artform. Supported by The Bridge from Brisbane City Council, Chasing Smoke is a must not miss event this October. Bookings essential.

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119 Lamington St, New Farm Wednesday 24 October – Saturday 3 November from $25

Gin Dinner at Pig ‘n’ Whistle

For one night only Pig ‘n’ Whistle Riverside is hosting every gin lovers dream – a gin dinner. The three-hour dinner will be serving guests a mouthwatering four-course gin dinner. Each of the courses throughout the evening will be paired wonderfully with four Australian and internationally sourced gins as well as a cocktail on arrival. Guests can expect to taste the botanicals from Tanqueray Rangpur, Tanqueray Seville, 78 Degrees Green Ant, 78 Degrees Sunset Gin and Brookies Dry Gin. To accompany guests on their gin journey will be a gin expert providing the origins and best drinking methods of your favourite spirit.

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123 Eagle St, Brisbane City Thursday 25 October, 6:30pm 55

Good Food & Wine Show

Over three days, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre will be transforming again into the annual Good Food & Wine Show. With tickets starting from $25, guests can choose from the wide array of events to attend throughout the festival praising everything food, wine and beer. With hundreds of exhibitors showcasing the finest food and wine available, ticket holders can also feast their eyes on various events such as cheese and beer pairings, a cooking demonstration by Matt Moran, a cocktail workshop and even a wine sensory workshop to name the few. Tickets sell fast, so get in quick!

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Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Friday 26 – Sunday 28 October from $25

Sweat Social Festival

Hosted by Lightspace in Fortitude Valley, Sweat Social is the perfect way to end the month especially if you’ve eaten your way through the many food festivals available in Brisbane. On the last Sunday of the month, workout lovers or even simply first timers can choose from various sessions guided throughout the day. There’ll be bodyweight pilates, yoga, Muay Thai and many more. On top of that, VIP tickets include bottomless kombucha and a massage after a good sweat.

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31 Light St, Fortitude Valley Sunday 28 October, 9am from $40
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