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Here’s What’s On In Brisbane This Month That Should Be On Your Calendar

By George Hadgelias

Get ready for yet another month that is jam packed with killer events happening all across Brisbane (pending no more lockdowns and restrictions easing—we don’t have a crystal ball guys). From a film festival entirely dedicated to dogs to Christmas in July markets happening the entire month you’ll be spoilt for choice. The Brisbane Good Food Month is hitting the city and bringing more food events that we could imagine and with the Brisbane Comedy Festival also taking place this month, you’ll be laughing all the way into August. Here’s what’s on in Brisbane this July that you’ll definitely need to plan for.

After a long June, you may just be in need of a laugh and the Brisbane Comedy Festival is the perfect place to turn to. Heading to three venues across the city, the festival will be bringing some of Australia’s best comedians to town, including the likes of Lloyd Langford, Melanie Bracewell, Nikki Osborne and many others. Check out the full program to see who else will be leaving you in tears of laughter from 16 July to 8 August with their best comedy hits.

When: 16 July to 8 AugustWhere: Brisbane Powerhouse, The Fortitude Music Hall and The TivoliFind out more and view the full line up here.

Top Dog Film Festival

Love them or not, there is really nothing better than a movie centred around the story of a dog. Well actually there is—try eight movies about dogs in a row. Coming to town this month, the Top Dog Film Festival will feature eight short films that have everything to do with our furry friends and the people around them (although we know that you’ll just be there to see the dogs). The two-hour showing will follow dogs from across the world on their canine adventures, from the hilarious to the tear-jerking.

When: 16 and 17 JulyWhere: United Eldorado Cinemas, Indooroopilly

Find out more here.

Night Noodle Markets

Possibly our favourite event of the month, the Night Noodle Markets are back (after a Covid-induced break last year) and we couldn’t be more ready to shovel Asian-inspired street eats into our mouths. You may have to visit more than once to get a taste of all of the dishes that they will have on offer this year. There will of course be noodles, bao buns and dumplings (none of which should be overlooked) but the real attraction is Gelato Messina’s dessert menu with mango sorbet filled mango pancakes and deep fried milo gelato. The choices are endless and with the street food fest running from 21 July to 1 August you’ll have plenty of time to go back for more.

When: 21 July to 1 AugustWhere: City Botanic GardensFind out more here.

Bonfire Night

As much as cold winter nights can put a damper on our evening plans, there are some things that just fit perfectly into winter and a bonfire is one of them. We’re not talking just any old bonfire here but an entire evening of bonfires, flame shows and fireworks. Of course, there will be live music and plenty of food trucks with all of your favourite winter meals too—we’re talking mulled wine and s’mores. It doesn’t get much better than that. Happening at the Sandstone Point Hotel, tickets for the event can be found here.

When: 24 July, 3pm onwardsWhere: Sandstone Point Hotel, Sandstone PointFind out more and get tickets here.

MindBodySpirit Festival

When it gets to the middle of the month and the stress seems to just keep building, focus on your health and wellbeing with the MindBodySpirit Festival coming to Brisbane. Over the weekend of 30 July, learn all there is to know about getting your wellbeing on track with seminars, meditations and performances. Entry is free and there will be over 200 stalls with jewellery, crystals, books and more for sale so be ready to shop.

When: 30 July to 1 August Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South BrisbaneFind out more and get tickets here.

Brisbane Good Food Month

July might just be our favourite month of the year thanks to Good Food Month turning the city into the ultimate foodie playground. Tickets are already on sale for the exclusive pop-ups and collaborations happening across Brisbane and they are flying fast. There are a range of events taking over the city with the most coveted being the pop-up restaurant Esmay from chef Alanna Sapwell and a dining experience between SBS cooking star, Shane Delia and Gerard’s Bistro. There are plenty of other events happening as part of the month so be sure to check them out.

When: Throughout JulyWhere: Across BrisbaneFind out more here.

Otto Truffle Degustation

If you’re looking to treat yourself this month, South Bank’s waterfront restaurant Otto is dishing up a five-course degustation dedicated to the art of truffles. Served with a range of different eats, truffles will be making an appearance through the meal. Hervey Bay scallops with truffles served on gnocchi cacio e pepe and truffle infused hazelnut praline are some of the menu’s hits. Truffles of course come with a price and the meal will set you back $255 but it’s most definitely worth the splurge.

When: All of JulyWhere: OTTO, South BankFind out more here.

Winter Producers Party

Brisbane’s food events just keep on coming and Motorwagen is pulling out all of the stops for Good Food Month. In celebration of their producers, they are hosting a winter producers party on 23 July. Tickets for the night are $70 and include a range of canapes by chef Callum Rogers that will be made from all of the best local winter produce.

When: 23 July, 6-9pmWhere: Motorwagen, CBDFind out more and book here.

The Selfie Lab

Looking to step up your Instagram game? Well, The Selfie Lab at Westfield Chermside has you sorted. Designed by Sugar Republic (who are known for their eye-popping installations), The Selfie Lab has sixteen themed rooms that will make the perfect photo spots. A palm springs motel, 1950s diner and a pool-inspired ball pit are among some of the rooms to explore so take a friend and snap some perfect pics.

When: Until the end of 2021Where: The Selfie Lab, Westfield ChermsideFind out more here.

Riverbar Winter Lodge

As the winter cold is beginning to set in, the crew at Riverbar have created the perfect escape from the weather with their new Winter Lodge. Venture out in the cold for their new winter-inspired menu with a dreamy cheese fondue with potatoes, vegetables and fresh sourdough, or enjoy their $45pp winter feast for the perfect hearty meal. Top it all off with DIY s’mores and winter-Aperol cocktails to get you feeling nice and toasty.

When: July and AugustWhere: Riverbar and Kitchen, CBDFind out more and make a booking here.

Goodwill Projects Christmas In July Markets

It’s never too early to get into the festive spirit and spending the month hopping between Christmas in July Markets will do just that. Six Christmas in July twilight markets will be popping up across Brisbane every weekend this month where you can stock up on all of your Christmas essentials (including a gingerbread house). You’ll be able to find the markets in Surfers Paradise, Redcliffe, Nundah, Kuraby, Carseldine and Milton on various dates across the month so get ready to shop for classic Christmas decorations, desserts and drinks.

When: Various dates throughout JulyWhere: Surfers Paradise, Redcliffe, Nundah, Kuraby, Carseldine and Milton

CLICK HERE for more information.

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