Fortitude Valley is ready to kiss winter goodbye, with everything from new venue openings to world record attempts set to make August sing!
Gin lovers, unite! Whether you’ve enjoyed the drink for decades or you’re new to the gin game, the Valley’s Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess gin bar is set to take you on a sensory journey, as you learn about all things gin on Saturday 3 August. The intimate event will be partly theory-based, but mostly practical–which means you will get lots of tastes!
Want to be part of history? Finn McCool’s is inviting redheads from around Brisbane to assemble in an attempt to break the world record for The Most Redheads in One Location. From 3pm on Sunday 4 August, every ginger ninja (18 years and over) will receive a gift on arrival as they attempt the feat.
Every Monday from 12pm till late, X CARGO hosts a rotating range of food trucks. With something for everyone, the event is always hugely popular as foodies flock to enjoy lunch, dinner or anything in between to get them through their Monday.
Warm up your winter with Valley Fiesta Chill, bringing live local music to Brunswick Street Mall from 12-2pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 13 and 29 August. Artists include singer/songwriter Phoebe Sinclair and indie rock band Dopamine.
One of the highlights of every August is the Ekka public holiday, and Birdee’s is embracing the mid-week break with open arms on Tuesday 13 August. With free entry, the hottest Brisbane DJs and their very own sideshow alley, Birdee’s knows how to get the pre-Ekka party started. Better yet, all proceeds from games go straight to the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.
Set to sell out for the FIFTH time this year, everyone’s favourite pub crawl is back for another edition on Tuesday 13 August. The crawl will kick off at 6pm at Blute’s Bar, and will hit four Valley pubs in four hours—the perfect way to celebrate and let your hair down before the Ekka public holiday.
Come together at the Valley’s newest live music hub, The Fortitude Music Hall, to celebrate one of the greatest albums of all time on Sunday 18 August. The night will be completely devoted to The Beatles’ best hits, including Abbey Road in its entirety, performed by some of the best in Australian music including Kram (Spiderbait), Darren Middleton (Powderfinger), Mark Wilson (Jet), and Davey Lane (You Am I). Oh! Darling, what a way to spend a Sunday night.
Roses are red, violets are blue. Thursday 22–Sunday 25 August marks the Queensland Poetry Festival, held in the iconic Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts. Fancy yourself as a wordsmith ready to take the world by storm? Just enjoy watching talented poets do their thing? Whatever your poetry pleasure, nobody will miss out with countless events across the four-day fest.
Take to the lanes of Fortitude Valley for a pop-up extravaganza of fashion, art, jewellery, homewares, plants, live music, pre-loved goods and more on Saturday 24 August. Taking over Winn Lane, Bakery Lane and California Lane, the Metre Market pop-up will bring the good vibes and great bargains, and they’re dog-friendly!
Fortitude Music Hall is set to host Australia’s largest Bingo Loco event to date on Friday 30 August! If you haven’t heard of Bingo Loco, the game takes the traditional notion of Bingo and spins it on its head. Think a glowstick rave with ridiculous production, dance-offs, crazy costumes, lip-sync battles, confetti showers and live comedy. Described as ‘a whopper evening of insanity’, the event will be hosted by former Triple J personality Alex Dyson.