Brisbane Festival Hacked: on a budget

If you’ve ready my About page, then you’ll know that this blog was born out of FOMO – also known as Fear of Missing Out.

It can apply to anything really, but for me (and many others) it tends to mean fear of missing out on one of the many amazing spectacles that make up Brisbane’s event calendar.

And of all the things you don’t want to miss the Brisbane Festival has to be top of the list.

However, life is expensive and you may find yourself for whatever reason on the dreaded B word – by which I mean budget of course. Luckily this doesn’t mean that the Brisbane Festival is beyond your reach.

In fact here are not one but TWO fantastic Brisbane Festival experiences you can have for $56 or less – and they include dinner and a drink!

Intrigued? Then read on to discover…

Brisbane Festival on a budget

Pre-Show Dinner
~ Sago Restaurant – under $30.00 ~

Brisbane Festival Performance
~ Prehistoric – $25.00 ~

Why Dinner @ Sago?

First of all it’s convenient. A mere 350 metre stroll from the QUT Creative Industries Precint theater it means you wont have to take a cab AND you wont have to rush.

But the main reason is that Sago does simply great Vietnamese food. I discovered this place when I was working nearby in Herston – my colleagues and I had a ritual takeaway lunch every Friday and needing a break from sushi and Mexican we decided to give this place a try.

It’s fresh, tasty and very reasonably priced. And while they do have pricier options on the menu, for our budget-conscious purposes you can’t go past the

  • Clay Pot braised fish with shallots & chilii $22.50 or Lemongrass Pork Fillet with pickles and salad $18.50
  • Or why not go for traditional Prawn rice paper rolls $10.00 followed by a bowl of rich steaming Pho $15.50 = Total $25.50

And with either of these options you’d still have a few bucks left over for a dink at the Theatre Republic A-tyred bar – winning!

Shop 2, 88 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove
Phone: (07) 3832 7244

Sago Restaurant - Brisbane Festival on a Budget
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Why Prehistoric?

Prehistoric is part of the Brisbane Festival’s “Theater Republic” program based at the QUT Creative Industries Precinct at Kelvin Grove. These shows are the edgy, indie relations to the big ticket acts at the Speigeltent and QPAC.

But why Prehistoric in particular? Mainly because its about a bunch of rebellious youngsters rocking out to punk while simultaneously sticking it to the Bjelke-Petersen government (and for the young players out there these guys made the Abbot government look quite honest and progressive!)

Its a gritty slice of our state’s past which on its own ensures compelling viewing. And besides – who doesn’t love a good coming of age story?

23 – 27 September
The Loft
Tickets $25.00
For tickets go to Book Prehistoric

Prehistoric at the Brisbane Festival

Brisbane Festival Performance
~ Jazz on Sundays – $26.00 ~

Post-Show Dinner
~ The Fox – $30.00 ~

Why Jazz on Sunday?
Sunday afternoons can be gloomy affairs – the fun of the weekend is winding down and Monday is breathing down our necks. So why not kick those Sunday blues next weekend by seeing Australian jazz icon Vince Jones at the Telstra Speigeltent?

Starting at 3.00 pm the performance also includes Lateo, a jazz quartet formed by drumming maestro Joe Marchisella. Joe was also the first drummer to be awarded the James Morrison Jazz scholarship in 1997 and has since gone on to play with the biggest jazz and contemporary names in the business.

Saturday 20 Sept – from 3pm
Telstra Spiegeltent
Tickets $26
For Tickets go to Book Jazz on Sunday

Vince Jones Jazz on Sunday - Brisbane Festival
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Why Dinner @ The Fox

Look I won’t beat around the bush here – I bloody love The Fox! Since it’s recent revamp the place has so much to offer that I defy you to NOT find something there that hits the spot.

So once the Jazz has finished at around 5.00 pm why not take a leisurely stroll down to The Fox and take advantage of their “Festival Flavours” offer of beef cheek lasagne with a schooner of Little Creatures Pale Ale?

Personally I can’t think of a better way to top off your weekend than with a hearty Sunday dinner after some cool Jazz!

brisbane festival flavours - the fox hotel
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About Rachel

Thirty-something Brisbane lover, trying to find the balance between FOMO and YOLO. Semi-retired party girl who loves planning itineraries for big nights out. Often found dragging 3 boys around your local farmers markets or attempting to sneak out for dinner with my husband, The Chef.

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