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How to spend Brisbane's honorary Ekka long weekend

Tuesday October 26, 2021 ● By Emily Russ // Place Estate Agents


While the cancellation of the much-loved Ekka earlier this year was disappointing, we’re admittedly excited for the upcoming honorary long weekend (October 29 to 31). Not sure how you’ll spend these three glorious days? We’ve rounded up a collection of ideas to get you started… 


Valley Fiesta 

An incredible celebration of home-grown talent, this year’s Valley Fiesta (October 28-30) will see an impressive line-up perform at venues across the Fortitude Valley. Catch DZ Deathrays at Greaser and King Stingray at The Tivoli, as well as Butterfingers at The Warehouse and DVNA at The Wickham. There’ll also be burlesque acts and a special Halloween-themed dance battle event – yes, costumes are absolutely mandatory, so go wild! 

To really make the most of the weekend, be sure to pull up a chair at one of many renowned dining spots at nearby James Street or along Bakery Lane.  


Oktoberfest at Felons Barrel Hall 

The official Oktoberfest Brisbane event might be cancelled for 2021, but you can still experience all the Bavarian-inspired fun at Felons Barrel Hall (October 29-31). Indulge in a German-style feast, listen to live bands and sample Felons’ three limited-release lagers specially brewed for the occasion. We’ll raise a stein to that! 


A Midnight Visit 

Looking for a totally unique night out? Lose yourself in the wonder of A Midnight Visit… if you dare. Drawing upon the infamous works of Edgar Allen Poe, this spooky immersive multi-sensory theatre experience invites you to explore a transformed Fortitude Valley warehouse.

Praised by critics, A Midnight Visit (ending October 31) features a labyrinth of 30 rooms – expect anything from a neon-pink ball pit and abandoned hospital wards to opulent ballrooms and cocktail-slinging bars. Heed this warning, though: no two journeys are the same, with performances and journeys changing each day.  


Van Gough Alive  

One for the art-lovers, culture-vultures and those simply seeking a phenomenal experience, the upcoming Van Gough Alive exhibition (October 29 to November) is not to be missed.

After stunning over seven-million visitors across 65 cities worldwide, the immersive art exhibition reimagines a Northshore Hamilton space into a multi-sensory Van Gough-themed wonderland. Step inside his famous paintings, explore a life-sized version of the artist’s bedroom and lose yourselves in an indoor sunflower meadow.

You can also toast the occasion at Van Gough Alive’s café, which is a whimsical recreation of Van Gough’s Café Terrace at Night painting.  


Brisbane Portrait Prize Exhibition 

Haven’t yet had your fill of art? Head along to New Farm’s Brisbane Powerhouse to see the amazing Brisbane Portrait Prize Exhibition before it closes on the Sunday (October 31). Showcasing local portrait artists and their sitters for a third year, this fantastic event also encourages public engagement with the arts.

For an unforgettable weekend, book one of their Sunday tours and top everything off with a picnic under the jacarandas at neighbouring New Farm Park.  


Derby Day at Eagle Farm Racecourse 

The perfect excuse to get all dressed up in your finery, the Moet & Chandon Derby Raceday (October 30) will once again bring all its excitement and flair to the Eagle Farm Racecourse. One of the most prestigious days on the spring racing carnival calendar, this monochromatic-hued event will include heart-stopping racing, delectable fare and a seriously competitive Fashions on the Field competition. Hint: dress to impress! 

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