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. April welcomes a slew of new shows to the Institute of Modern Art. Hazara artist Khadim Ali’s Invisible Border show, his largest Australian solo exhibition, and the LINK exhibition of new object-based works from Tay Haggerty both start on 10 April. At Mitchell Fine Art Gallery, view an exhibition of contemporary paintings that build on traditional Aboriginal artworks from sisters Polly, Angelina and Kathleen Ngale from 7 April. Over at Philip Bacon Galleries, the Robert Brownhall exhibition wraps on 10 April and is followed by The Figure, on display from 13 April.
At Judith Wright Arts Centre on 16 and 17 April, Bridie Cooper debuts her solo show, Ingress, which demonstrates her circus prowess as she explores the mythical tethers of life and death. The Little Red Company will also debut new show Your Song – a celebration of the music of Elton John – on from 22 April to 1 May at the centre.
For hands-on craft, book into Alice Nightingale’s regular Wednesday night and Saturday morning Social Sewing Classes. Helena Rose also hosts three-hour Flower Crown Making Workshops from Wednesday to Sunday, or for some Easter-themed crafting, primary school-aged children can get crafty with a Kids Easter Basket Workshop with Helena Rose throughout the school holidays.
There’s also acrylic free-flow pouring classes to get your paint and sip on at Montana Art Project’s Wickham Street studio on Friday and Saturday nights. Want to learn how to make embroidery miniatures? Enquire about textures embroidery workshops with Danni at Shadowplay House.
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.
More into tactical moves than movement? Join Brisbane Valley Chess’ social chess sessions at Empire Hotel every Saturday to learn the game or compete against other players.
Explore more art here
Music and comedy
Get along to a host of live music and DJs plus festivals in the Valley this month, warming you up for the 2021 Queensland Music Awards at The Fortitude Music Hall on 5 May. Get out and support 24 of Brisbane’s freshest music talent when The QUBE Effect 2021 program finalists perform live in Brunswick Street Mall on 10 April as part of Brisbane Youth Week.
Catch Stace Cadet spinning EDM for one night only on 16 April at La La Land, while The Fireball Festival hits Greaser Bar on 17 April for a multi-stage spectacular with headliners The Dead Love. Over at The Brightside, the jam-packed schedule includes The Lazy Eyes, Flyying Colours, Sunflower and much more.
The Fortitude Music Hall has a stellar interstate lineup in April, including The Rubens on 8 April, Hockey Dad on 10 April and Spacey Jane on 24 April. The Valley venue will also host The Stones’ Sticky Fingers gig on 17 April with some of Australia’s top musos paying tribute to the classic album.
Black Bear Lodge will showcase Harrison Storm on 10 April, Noah Dillon on 23 April and STUMPS on 30 April, while the Woolly Mammoth Mane Stage has the Bring the Mayhem hardcore show on 11 April, Winchester Revival on 22 April and an acoustic performance from folk-metal band Valhalore on 23 April. Over at The Zoo, turn up for a jam-packed schedule that includes the Punkfest Birthday Bash among others throughout the month.
You can also catch local live music every Friday at The Wickham, Wednesdays at Greaser Bar and on Fridays and Saturdays at The Sound Garden, as well as the free Live and Local sessions on Fridays from 5–7pm, 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 April. Oche Fortitude Valley also hosts an Acoustic Open Mic Night every Thursday to soundtrack your darts session.
Soul’sa, Brisbane’s biggest celebration of salsa, features live performances, music and dance lessons every Thursday at Cloudland, and then dance right into The Sound Garden for Salsa Sundays. Press Club hosts Brisbane RnB Jam every Tuesday night for smooth grooves from a live band, while a new Singer-Songwriter comp is on at The Sound Garden on Sundays.
Love a laugh? Don’t miss when Brit comic Ben Elton hits the stage at The Fortitude Music Hall on 13 and 14 April. 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.
For DIY entertainment, Blute’s Bar has karaoke on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and don’t miss Trivia Thursdays, Live!@The Wickham and Social Sundays at The Wickham for trivia fun and live tunes weekly. There’s also the weekly Trivia @ The Prince Consort on Tuesday nights in the Garden Bar and Big Head Trivia at The Sound Garden every Thursday.
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Food and wine
Find out what’s new on the dining and bar scene this month. After the exciting opening of French fine diner Bisou Bisou in February, the new 5-star Hotel X welcomes Mediterranean-inspired rooftop bar and restaurant Iris to its onsite dining offering.
The Valley’s newest laneway wine bar and bottleshop, La Valle, is also serving up monthly degustations via the just-launched, The Wine Club. You can also pull up a seat to enjoy a curated cheeseboard, charcuterie platter, Portugal’s finest tinned seafood and street-style focaccias with your glass or two of vino at any time.
Fancy a long weekend lunch or a brunch date? Cloudland hosts the Saturday Graze Lunch from noon and Brunch with Bite – a weekly brunch and drag show series on Sundays. Also at Cloudland, book your spot for A Taste of Italy, a culinary journey through Italy’s regional cuisines every Thursday and Friday.
Read about the Valley’s newest restaurants here
Markets, style and shopping
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 on the first market of the month. Look out for the Artisan & Design markets on the first Saturday and the Plant, Pantry & Providore markets on the third Saturday of the month as part of the Valley Laneway Markets.
Browse more local fashion retailers here
– April 2021