Round Up Your Mates: Here’s What’s On Offer In Your City This Weekend

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Whether you’re out on the town or having a coldie at home with mates, the weekend is a sacred time.

So, in honour of this precious and fleeting 48 hours, we’ve rounded up the best things going down in Australia’s capital cities so you can gather the crew and fill your social schedule with the country’s best goings-on.


AFL: Brisbane Lions V. Sydney Swans 

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What’s better than Saturday arvo at the footy? Absolutely nothing, that’s what. In Round 10, the Brissy Lions are taking on the Sydney Swans and it’s set to be a killer match. Round up the troops and get down to the game for a good time. 

Where: The Gabba, Vulture Street, Woolloongabba

When: From 4:35pm, Saturday, May 26, 2018 


Chicken Nugget Festival 

Yep, you read that right: the folks over at Welcome To Bowen Hills are throwing a two-day festival dedicated to all things chicken nuggets and the delicious dipping sauces that accompany them. A heap of vendors like Belles Hot Chicken and King Of The Wings will be dishing up all kinds of nugget concoctions while you can just drink, eat and enjoy. Need we say more?

Where: Welcome To Bowen Hills, 631 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills 

When: 12pm to 10pm, Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, 2018 


Briggs Presents: Bad Apples Music House Party 

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On the eve of the inaugural Reconciliation Day, Australia’s most prolific Indigenous record label is throwing a huge party to bring everyone together in celebration of Black Excellence. The house party will be packed out with performances from the Bad Apples Music crew and headlined by Briggs himself, so it’s set to blow the roof off of the Theatre Centre bar.

Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra

When: From 9:30pm, Sunday, May 27, 2018 


NRL: Raiders V. Manly Sea Eagles 

With the Sea Eagles claiming victory over the Raiders twice last year, this weekend’s head-to-head is sure to be a great spectacle. Friday night’s game is going to be intense, so rug up and head to the stadium to be part of that atmosphere.

Tickets start at $18 per person.

Where: GIO Stadium, Battye Street, Canberra

When: From 6pm, Friday, May 25, 2018  


Food Trucks On The Foreshore

For the entire weekend, food trucks are popping up on the Darwin foreshore and it’s the perfect place to grab a delicious feed and watch the sunset. Just about every cuisine you could possibly want will be featured, along plenty of space to picnic with your mates. 

Where: Nightcliff Foreshore, Darwin

When: 7am to 7:30pm, May 18 to 20, 2018


Moonah Moves: Silent Disco 

The Moonah Arts Centre is putting on a silent disco this weekend, which is the perfect opportunity to let loose like no one is watching (or listening). There’s a bar, there’s a crowd and there’s most definitely a dance floor for kicking off your Friday night festivities.

Entry is $5 on the door.

Where: Moonah Arts Centre, 23-27 Albert Road, Moonah

When: From 5pm, Friday, May 25, 2018 


’90s Club Night Party 

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Listen up, lovers of ’90s-era tunes: Sugar Club is hosting a special celebration in honour of the decade’s notorious club nights and parties in collaboration with the Snake Pit crew, which is an inclusive party hub and a network for creatives, queers and friends. They’re known for epic events fuelled by vibrant dance music, so get the crew ready for a big night.

Where: Sugar Club, 274 Rundle Street, Adelaide

When: From 9pm, Saturday, May 26, 2018 



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If you’re keen for a big day, head to Colourfest, where music will be pumping, people will be dancing, and colourful paint will be everywhere you look, including all over you. The festival is packed with performances from local DJs and great food, and it finishes just in time to kick on for a post-party beverage.

Tickets cost $30 per person.

Where: Morphettville Racecourse, 79 Morphett Road, Morphettville

When: 11am to 4pm, Sunday, May 27, 2018 


No Signal Dance Party 

Perth’s most popping venue is being transformed into a deep rave cave and a strictly no-phone zone for the No Signal Dance Party — a night all about the music, the people and the good vibes. Jack Rabbit Slim’s is the spot to be for DJ sets well into the early hours.

Where: Jack Rabbit Slim’s, 133 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge, Perth

When: 10pm to 5am, Friday, May 25, 2018 


Tijuana Cartel Gig 

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Finish off the weekend with some sweet tunes courtesy of Australia’s own Tijuana Cartel. They’re renowned for their unique electronica sound production, as well as putting on a good show, so get your mates and get to the gig.

Tickets are under $30 per person.

Where: Indi Bar, 23-27 Hastings Street, Scarborough

When: From 6pm, Sunday, May 27, 2018


Taste Of Manly 

It’s the annual Taste Of Manly Festival this weekend, which means a huge crowd getting around all the best food and drink Manly has to offer. There’s always great music and great people and the festival finishes up just in time for a sunset session at one of Manly’s many great bars.

Where: Manly Beach, Manly

When: 11;30am to 5pm, Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, 2018 


Cake Wines Cellar Door: Music For Brunch 

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If you’re up for a social Sunday session, the epic and underrated Sydney venue Cake Wines Cellar Door is throwing an all-day brunch party. Cellar Door has been selling out events for over a year, and, between the drinks and the DJs, this Sunday is set to be an absolute scene.

Tickets are $30 to $35 per person.

Where: Cake Wines Cellar Door, 16 Eveleigh Street, Redfern

When: 10:30am to 4:30pm, Sunday, May 27, 2018


Barkly Barks Dog Festival 

Barkly Barks Dog Festival is literally a day entirely about dogs and made for dog-owners, dog-lovers, and doggos alike. The festival will have food and activities and, best of all, dogs dressed in costumes. Pop down to Barkly Square for a healthy dose of puppy patting before kicking on or heading home for afternoon beers and bevvy’s to finish off the weekend.

Where: Barkly Square, 90-106 Sydney Road, Brunswick

When: 10am to 3pm, Sunday, May 27, 2018


Italian Food Festival 

If you and your mates are into eating and drinking, there’ll be plenty to please you at The Italian Wine And Food Festival. Think pizza, think pasta, think cheese, and olive oil — and then think gelato to top it all off. Hit up the pop-up restaurants for an authentic Italian feed before continuing the end-of-weekend festivities into the evening.

It costs under $30 for a four-hour sesh

Where: Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton

When: 10am to 6:30pm, Sunday, May 27, 2018

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