Want to know what’s going on in the Valley this month? Our Events Guide has everything from weekly happenings to monthly exhibitions and one-off special occasions.
While we’ve listed what’s currently happening in the Valley here, it’s a good idea to check directly with the individual operators, official websites and social media for the most up-to-date trading hours and info.
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Arts and culture
Discover what’s on in the Valley’s galleries and art spaces as well as cultural events and workshops. Shimmy, shake and samba into the 5th Brisbane Samba Encontro – a two-day celebration of Brazilian culture 24–25 July. Bringing all the colour of Carnaval to Cloudland, the event will be held in conjunction with the Australasian Samba Competition, so expect a weekend of feathers, sequins, drumming and next-level samba showcases.
For more spectacles on stage, the Aretha Franklin tribute show, RESPECT, is on 4 July at the Judith Wright Arts Centre, while outside, experience Outer Space’s Location, Location, Location exhibition of artworks projected onto the building facade nightly until 31 October.
At Mitchell Fine Art Gallery, view the Tali exhibition of paintings depicting the topography of Alice Springs after the rain by Lily Kelly Napangardi until 17 July when the colourful and evocative paintings by her sister, Topsy Peterson Napangardi, are on display from 21 July. Over at Philip Bacon Galleries, a selection of oil paintings and porcelain pieces by Chinese-born and Brisbane-based impasto painter Jun Chen runs from 6 to 31 July.
Jan Murphy Gallery has three exhibitions on display this month – Pitjantjatjara artist Iluwanti Ken’s large-scale ink drawings along with delicate drawings from Leith Maguire are on show until 10 July when the New Ground exhibition of painted landscapes by A.J. Taylor takes over the walls from 13 to 31 July. At QCA Galleries’ POP Gallery, view the Welcome to the Dreamhouse exhibition until 9 July. Through found objects and newly formed combinations, the artworks examine the American neoliberal dream’s influence on Australia and the aspirational suburban lifestyle.
For hands-on craft, Forge Forward has heaps of July workshops to flex your creative muscles. From making earrings with artist Kimi Schieren to creating felt foliage plants with Kitiya Palaskas, book now to nab your spot. Or, find out more about the Valley’s history with free Brisbane Greeters’ Fortitude Valley Walking Tours available daily. Book online to see the places and event locations that have shaped the Valley precinct.
You can also get physical with Collectively Connected classes held at Australasian Dance Collection Studio within Judith Wright Arts Centre. With Pilates, yoga and contemporary dance classes geared for beginners to pros, there’s something for everyone. Also at Judith Wright Centre is Circa’s classes for kids, youth and adults to learn circus skills such as acrobatics, aerials and trapeze.
For a before- or after-work stretch session, Cielo Rooftop on Brunswick Street is now hosting Rooftop Yoga with sunrise workouts on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 6am and sunset classes from Monday to Wednesday at 5:45pm. BYO yoga mat.
Cycling more your thing? Get into the Brisbane Cycling Festival when it rolls through town from 1-11 July at La Costa, which is offering 20% off breakfast, lunch or dinner during the event and if you wear your Lycra, you’ll nab a free coffee or selected juice. Get on your bike at these Valley cycle shops, too.
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Music and comedy
Get along to a host of live music and DJ gigs plus festivals in the Valley this month. The Fortitude Music Hall hosts some big names in July, including a live tribute to The Beatles’ Let It Be album on 17 July for its 50th anniversary, featuring ARC, an Australian rock royalty collective of Kram, Darren Middleton, Mark Wilson and Davey Lane.
Black Bear Lodge will showcase Bob Evans on 16 July and YNG Martyr on 17 July, while the Woolly Mammoth Mane Stage has Perth’s Grievous Bodily Calm on 18 July and NZ rap duo Church & AP on 23 July. Over at The Zoo, turn up for a jam-packed schedule kicking off with the Brisbane Indie Winter Project lineup of six bands on 3 July, plus Kings at Heart, USA’s Powerman 5000, Plini and more throughout the month.
For alfresco tunes, don’t miss the free Live and Local sessions on Fridays from 11.30am - 1.30pm, rotating through Bakery, California and Beirne lanes and Brunswick Street Mall. Check out the Events Guide to see which up-and-coming local musos are on throughout July.
Love a laugh? Check out the Brisbane Comedy Festival Opening Gala, featuring a top line-up of Australia’s funniest people at The Fortitude Music Hall on 16 July. For regular laughs, Birdees hosts the Mixed Bag of LOLs stand-up comedy show on Friday nights featuring Brisbane’s best comedians. Or book ahead to pick up the mic at Comedy & Karaoke @ Greaser Bar on Thursday nights with Don’t Choke Comedy Club’s Open Mic Night followed by karaoke. Fancy yourself a Potter stan? Pit your wizarding wits at The Sound Garden's Harry Potter Themed Trivia event on 29 July with a best-dressed prize up for grabs.
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Food and wine
Find out what’s new on the dining, cafe and bar scene this month. Drag yourself along to the Drag Brunch 3rd Birthday Celebrations at Cloudland on 4 July and 11 July. The spicy Sunday Brunch with Bite events will have some special surprises for a riotous and risqué food, drink and drag extravaganza – so book online, tout suite!
For queens of a different kind, we bow down to the new Queens bar in California Lane. Purveying natural wine, disco tunes and snacks, this will easily be your new favourite hang.
The newly opened La Parlour is the latest addition to the top-shelf venues at the La Costa dining precinct. The stylish and moody bar offers a curated cocktail menu from Sydney’s award-winning Maybe Sammy team alongside Venetian-style snacks. Book ahead for the Sip Shuck Sip special from 5–7pm every Thursday in July for $1 freshly shucked oysters, $5 house wines and $12 Bombay Sapphire cocktails.
For a new dining and nightlife experience, try Kenjin Brisbane – a modern Japanese restaurant that transforms into a club with resident DJs, dancing, drinks and VIP booths after 9pm on Friday and Saturdays. The Valley’s fave Japanese yakatori hotspot Bird’s Nest Restaurant has reopened after a renovation and expansion to feather its nest with a bigger and better offering.
Read about the Valley’s newest restaurants here
Markets, style and shopping
To market, to market – here’s what’s popping in shopping this month. Design-loving peeps, keep 29 July free for Forge Forward’s MINIMALL shopping event. From 5–9pm, shop an exclusive array of crafty bits and bobs from local artists and familiar faces for a top night out.
Step into a winter wonderland at Helena Rose’s Christmas in July launch party and 10th birthday celebrations at the now-permanent California Lane florist. On 23 July from 5:30pm, dress to impress in your best Yuletide attire and enjoy seasonal harp music, lush florals, mulled wine and delicious canapes from Oasis on Brunswick.
Valley Laneway Markets is on the first and third Saturday of every month, taking over California, Winn and Bakery lanes and extending into the Brunswick Street Mall. Look out for the Plant, Pantry & Providore markets on the third Saturday of the month (17 July) as part of the Valley Laneway Markets.
Image: Valley Laneway Markets
— July 2021