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. Within the Judith Wright Arts Centre, visit the Institute of Modern Art where Hazara artist Khadim Ali’s Invisible Border show, his largest Australian solo exhibition, and the LINK exhibition of new object-based works from Tay Haggarty are on show until 5 June.
At Mitchell Fine Art Gallery, get lost in the lush paintings of Bernard Ollis through The Artist’s Garden show until 12 June. From 16 June, view the Tali exhibition of paintings depicting the topography of Alice Springs after the rain by Lily Kelly Napangardi. Over at Philip Bacon Galleries, a selection of Impressionist works by late landscape artist Fred Williams is on display from 8 June.
Jan Murphy Gallery has two exhibitions on display this month – Australian visual artist Peter Drew’s FLAGS 2 is showing until 12 June followed by large-scale ink drawings by Pitjantjatjara artist Iluwanti Ken from 15 June.
For hands-on craft, Forge Forward has heaps of June workshops to flex your creative muscles. From upcycling leather to making earrings with artist Kimi Schieren and the first-ever BATTLEJACKETS! denim decal workshop on 5 June, 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.
Explore more art here
Music and comedy
Get along to a host of live music and DJ gigs plus festivals in the Valley this month. Music fans won’t want to miss showing their appreciation for the Valley’s vinyl slingers at the Valley Record Store Day event on Brunswick Street Mall on 12 June from 12-6pm. Get down to hear DJ sets from Butter Beats, Catalog Music, Echo & Bounce and more with live music from beloved Valley regulars Resin Dogs. Music lovers can also browse pop-up market stalls with vinyl and vintage wares.
The Fortitude Music Hall hosts some big names in June, including The Veronicas on 3 and 4 June, Thelma Plum on 11 June, Mallrat on 25 June and Hockey Dad on 26 June. Love a laugh? Don’t miss Joel Creasey’s Messy Bitch stand-up show on 12 June at The Fortitude Music Hall.
Black Bear Lodge will showcase interstate artists Bob Evans on 4 June and JK-47 on 26 June, while the Woolly Mammoth Mane Stage has Your Man Alex Smith on 18 June. Over at The Zoo, turn up for a jam-packed schedule kicking off on 3 June with The Beths followed by No Money Enterprise on 4 June, plus The Chats, Ngaiire, Nerve and more throughout the month. For a throwback to the halcyon days of house, don’t miss the Candee Flip event at La La Land on 12 June.
For alfresco tunes, don’t miss 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 May.
Find more music and clubs here
Food and wine
Find out what’s new on the dining, cafe and bar scene this month. Start spreading the news – Cloudland’s Big Band Cabaret Dinner & Show is back for an encore performance on 11 June, plus the monthly Vinotopia Wine Tasting on 18 June and Bubbles & Oyster Pop-Up on 25 June.
Want the happiest hour? Head to Baja Modern Mexican for the new Sunset Snacks menu, available Wednesday to Friday between 5–6pm. Snack on $6 experimental small bites, such as beef tartare tostada and grilled prawn with chilli butter, plus drink specials.
PB fanatics can now get their smooth or crunchy fix at the new Byron Bay Peanut Butter Company outlet in Bakery Lane. With limited-edition flavours such as salted caramel honeycomb, Turkish delight & baklava and satay sauces, there’s simply no such thing as too much PB in our opinion.
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. Linen lovers, JLC Designs has new digs on Ann Street, open 9am–4pm Monday to Friday to fulfil your resort lifestyle dreams.
For fine adornments, hit up the new Eri Jewelry studio on California Lane. This is the first shop for Tokyo-born Brisbane-based designer Eriko Noguchi, showcasing her sustainably sourced range of delicate gold-filled rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings with natural gemstones. Also new to California Lane is Natalie Pereira Designs, who specialises in bespoke wedding and engagement rings with one-of-a-kind gemstones and pearls. Her upstairs workshop and showroom is open Wednesday to Saturday, every second Sunday and Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment.
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 Artisan & Design markets on the first Saturday (5 June) and the Plant, Pantry & Providore markets on the third Saturday of the month (19 June) as part of the Valley Laneway Markets.
Browse more local fashion retailers here
Image: Cielo Rooftop
– June 2021