What’s on in Brisbane: 1 – 14 September

Yes, yes I KNOW it’s still only August, but September is turning out to be such a crazy month that I wanted to at least get you thinking about what’s on in Brisbane in the first two weeks of September.

I mean the Brisbane Festival alone could take up your entire month, which is why I have deliberately not included it in this post.

Instead I am going to do a special post dedicated to festival itineraries. Not just what to see but how to travel, where to stay and where to go before and after. Its going to be huge so stay tuned!

So without further ado here are some of my personal picks for the first two weeks of September. For more details about these events just check out the individual listings on the What’s On Calendar


Australian Gin Tasting – Presented by The Gin Queen @ Dutch Courage Officers Mess

Gin Queen Tasting Event-event








For me gin is the spirit most shrouded in mystique… which is a fancy-pants way of saying that I don’t know my Gordons from my Gilberts!

But luckily for me the Gin Queen is blowing into town on Wednesday 3rd September to host a gin tasting event at Brisbane’s only (so far) dedicated gin bar, Dutch Courage Officers Mess. Even more interestingly the four gins are all Australian gins – including the herbal sounding Botanic Australis which is produced in Cairns.

Tickets are $47 and include:
• Complimentary G&T on arrival
• Tasting flight of 4 x gins plus East Imperial Tonic Water
• Complimentary cocktail of your choice to finish – choose from a Negroni, Martini or a standard G&T
• Canapes and finger-food

If you like Gin or want to find out more about it from the Queen herself then get your tickets TODAY!


Brisbane Writers Festival

Brisbane Writers Festival-event





This is one of those events that I wish I’d started researching earlier.

Because the deeper I delved into the Brisbane Writers Festival’s truly astounding program of performances, events, discussions, interviews and talks the more I realised that by planning to attend just ONE event I had seriously sold myself short.

There is no way I can adequately convey all the information you need to know about this event so let me give you a very quick highlights reel…

Wednesday 3 – Sunday 7 September 2014

The festival is centered around the QLS (Queensland State Library) and Cultural Precinct Venues such as QAGOMA, QUT and Brisbane City Hall. But there are also satellite events featuring local authors in suburban libraries from Bracken Ridge to Ipswich and beyond.

There will also be plenty of action on the Maiwar Green (between SLQ and QAGOMA) where the free events will be held.

*takes deep breath*

OK there are obviously many, MANY more events than I can list here but here are a few of the highlights that I would want to see if I was able to…

20 Questions
A lively debate where the audience must vote on a series of binary questions that test our values and aspirations for the future. Hosted by 612 ABC’s Rebecca Levingston , Jennifer Byrne, Nick Earls and Matthew Condon.

Bright Young Things
Two of Brisbane’s hottest young authors talk about their experiences as debut authors and host a fun hours of literary games. A must for any emerging writers in Brisbane! Friday 5th September at The Edge.

Australian Poetry Slam
Poetry that speaks its mind! Words will be flying and new voices will be born as US slam champion Buddy Wakefield hosts the festival’s poetry slam. Saturday 6pm at the Festival Club, Mairwar Green.

Prices vary per event and ticket bundles are available for booking multiple events.



Kingswood Brisbane Gig





OK so these guys aren’t strictly from Brisbane but they ARE playing here on 12 September!

If you like rock n roll that’s loud and tight then Kingswood is for you. With their searing vocals and relentless guitars these guys have been cutting a swathe through the local gigs and festivals scene in recent years, and if reviews of their live performances are to be believed their recordings are just a mere taste of what they can do on stage.

Click here for tickets

Playing on 12 September at Ric’s Big Backyard which is a great match atmosphere-wise.

If you go and you’re disappointed I’ll eat my hat 😉

Rachel - Ed

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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2 Responses to “What’s on in Brisbane: 1 – 14 September”

  1. Oh, lots of fun stuff happening! I’d love to go to the Writer’s Festival. Ours was so much fun, I never wanted it to end. Looks like I’ll have to see if I can make it for next year’s! See you in a couple of days, lovely! x

    • Rachel - Ed
      Rachel - Ed Reply

      Yeah I’m not going to see nearly enough of it but at least I’ll know to plan better next year. And get ready for a big hug at PB!!

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