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. Loved The Queen’s Gambit? On 27 March, you can pit your wits against Aussie chess masters David Smerdon and Alexandra Jule. Register online to be part of the Chess Battle: Can you beat a Master? simultaneous exhibition in the Brunswick Street Mall.
At Art from the Margins, the Dark Moon Rising collaborative collection of artworks by Matthew Lys and Louis Lim continues until 5 March. For The Sake of Love, Tammy Law’s photo exhibition of her mother’s migrant experiences, is also on display until 5 March.
At Mitchell Fine Art Gallery, view George Gittoes’ Augustus Tower exhibition of bold artworks centred around conflict, on display until 1 April. Over at Philip Bacon Galleries, the Summer Exhibition of various Australian paintings is on until 13 March, then the Robert Brownhall show takes over the walls from 16 March to 10 April.
Mark Tweedie’s solo exhibition Before & After and the Motionless exhibition by Keith Burt are on display at Jan Murphy Gallery until 13 March when they will be swapped out for exhibits of work by Monica Rohan and Louise Tate, both on display from 16 March. Institute of Modern Art hosts Caitlin Franzmann’s to the curve of you digital artworks and the On fire: climate and crisis group exhibition until 20 March.
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.
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 in March. Want to learn how to make embroidery miniatures? Enquire about textures embroidery workshops with Danni at Shadowplay House.
Explore more art here
Music and comedy
March is a big month for lovers of metal, hardcore and indie rock. The Fortitude Music Hall kicks off with Ball Park Music on 3 March, Crooked Colours on 5 March and Karnivool on 18 March, while Murphy’s Pigs Spectacular brings the St Patrick’s Day craic on 20 March. Black Bear Lodge will showcase Lucy Francesca Dron on 4 March, Shannen James on 20 March and Alex James Bowen on 21 March, while the Woolly Mammoth Mane Stage goes hard in March with Nights of the 666 on 12 March, Seven Enemies on 14 March and hosting Sunday Session of Metal on 21 March.
Over at The Zoo, turn up for the art-pop stylings of Donny Benét on 13 March followed by Therein on 19 March, while at The Brightside, there’s a full lineup this month, including Flyying Colours on 12 March, AViVA on 14 March and Life of Agony with Doyle on 24 March.
For something different, check out the Shrek Fest – 20 Years of Shrek Appreciation Party at The Brightside on 19 March. On 26 March, don’t miss Strings Attached with Brisbane Symphony Orchestra and Vera Blue at The Fortitude Music Hall.
It’s also Mardi Gras month! Celebrate at the SLAY Mardi Gras party at The Warehouse on 6 March, or head to the iconic Fluffy party at Cloudland to support the search for the next drag superstar in Starlet Season 2, which is on Sundays throughout March.
You can also catch local live music every Friday at The Wickham 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 March.
Soul’sa, Brisbane’s biggest celebration of salsa, features live performances, music and dance lessons every Thursday night at Cloudland. Press Club welcomes Brisbane RnB Jam back to the club for smooth grooves every Tuesday night, while Battle of the Bands continues on Wednesdays at The Brightside Brisbane.
Love a laugh? Birdees hosts the Mixed Bag of LOLs stand-up comedy show on Friday nights featuring Brisbane’s best comedians. 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.
Find more music and clubs here
Food and wine
Ooh la la – the Valley has just welcomed French brasserie Bisou Bisou (“kiss kiss”) to the precinct. Located on the ground floor of the new 5-star Hotel X on Brunswick Street, the modern Parisian-style bistro with head chef Anthony Donaldson (ex-Blackbird Bar & Grill) at the helm will serve classics such as bouillabaisse and confit duck alongside house-made rotisserie chicken and a fromage trolley of French and Australian cheeses. Look out for two more dining destinations set to make their debut within Hotel X in the coming months.
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. If drag queens and dinner is more your thing, Hey Felicia! A Drag & Dine Musical is back at Cloudland on 5 March.
Read about the Valley’s newest restaurants here
Markets, style and shopping
New ‘do, who dis? RTM Blades Barbershop is now open on Wickham Street for all your clean fades, sharp styles and fine afros by traditionally trained barbers.
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 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
– March 2021