What’s happening across Australia this weekend

what's on this weekend

We may be a shell of ourselves this Friday but it's time to perk up, the weekend is just around the corner. As always, we popping up to deliver you a piping hot dispatch of the best activities to partake in this weekend. It's Father's Day on Sunday, so if you're scrambling for ideas on how to celebrate we've got you. In the same vein, if you've left it to the last-minute to secure a gift, then take these ideas that will arrive in the knick of time. As for the regular weekend programming, find a list of what's on this weekend across Australia below.



Kian Brownfield is performing at Mary's Underground tonight, with fellow musician friends like Becca Hatch and Dylan Atlantis.

Radio Skid Row is turning 39! Celebrate the milestone on Saturday night from 6pm at the Gumbramorra Hall at Addison Road Community Centre, Marrickville and enjoy reggae, afrobeat, folk, rock and so much more.

Head to Barangaroo reserve on Sunday for Damulay Ngurang: Father’s Day, a celebration hosted by acclaimed actor, Luke Carroll. Through the sharing of knowledge, traditional Indigenous dance, and interactive workshops delivered by culturally diverse leaders, organisers hope to recognise fathers, caregivers and parents.

Take your dad to Nour to share a Lebanese meal for Father's Day.

Natural winemaker Doom Juice is opening its cellar door in the garage of the White Horse Hotel over the spring and summer, with a rotation of chefs serving up delicious food.

The magic of the Northern Rivers is being celebrated at Sample Food Festival in Bangalow this weekend, with the region's best brewers, growers, artisans and producers coming together to sell their goods.

Presented from August 16 until September 30, Sydney Fringe Festival is bringing six weeks of theatre, comedy, music, dance to inner city hubs and Greater Sydney venues. Explore the program now.

Nothing is coming to the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta this weekend – no, really. The show has been positioned as a Lord of the Flies-Hunger Games style performance, flooded with teen nihilism and all that fun stuff. Enjoy, I guess?

John Bell, founder of Bell Shakespeare will perform an intimate solo show to celebrate the company's new theatre space, the Nielson Nutshell, at Walsh Bay Arts Precinct.

Whitefella Yella Tree, a gripping and heartbreaking play that explores how the development of queer Aboriginal identities were impacted due to British colonisers importing their beliefs and laws surrounding homosexuality, is on this weekend at SBW Stables Theatre.

Darling Square will transform into a world of colour in celebration of the annual Darling Square Moon Festival. Traditionally observed in Chinese culture, the festival will see the Darling Square precinct come to life with hundreds of bright lanterns lighting up the night, an exclusive mooncake pop-up stall from Thai Kee IGA’s Gong Grocer, DJ sets and an immersive projection experience.

Kip Williams is back, this time with an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde at Roslyn Packer Theatre.



Bangarra Dance Theatre’s SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert will be performing for one final weekend at Arts Centre Melbourne.

Hannah Gadsby presents Body of Work at Arts Centre Melbourne this weekend.

K-Box is coming to Beckett Theatre, a story about a Korean adoptee, now in her 30s whose life becomes upturned when a K-Pop star comes into her, and her adoptive parents' lives.

If you digged Looking for Alibrandi, you'll want to get tickets to LaurindaIt's an adaptation of Alice Pung's novel of the same name featuring Fiona Choi, Gemma Chua-Tran from Netflix's Heartbreak High reboot, and is set in the schoolyard as a study of culture and class.

Come From Away has finally reached its Melbourne leg. Snatch up a seat this weekend.



Crooked Colours are playing a gig at Fortitude Music Hall tonight.

Brisbane Music Festival is bringing the joy of sound to the city this weekend.

Something for Kate is putting on a performance at The Princess Theatre, Woolloongabba tonight.

The Soul Trembles highlights twenty-five years of Chiharu Shiota’s artistic practice. Open at QAGOMA this weekend.

Brisbane's best local comedians come together for After Hours at Brisbane Powerhouse.



Girl From the North Country is now playing at Canberra Theatre Centre.

Step into the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia to see Australians & Hollywood.

Spend your afternoon hanging out at Capital Brewing Co.

Hippo Co. are leading one of its famous whisky tastings on Saturday evening at 6pm.


South Australia

A tale of star-crossed lovers is coming to the stage of Her Majesty's Theatre with La Traviata.

Thelma Plum is bringing her Meanjin tour to The Gov in Hindmarsh tonight.

Explore the Fleurieu Peninsula, starting with these 5 beaches.


Western Australia

Freo.Social is your reliable source for a good time. Head down there tonight to see The Dreggs perform.

Catch some live music this Sunday at Fremantle Arts Centre.


Northern Territory

Darwin is changing its colours with Darwin Street Art Festival. Wander through the streets this weekend to see artists in action painting murals.

Explore a side of the Territory you haven't seen before with this guide.

Make your way over to Nightcliff Markets for Laksa, pastries, massages, and jewellery.



Put on your hiking bootsand spend the day exploring Kunanyi. Make sure you leave yourself enough time and check the weather conditions on the day.

As always, Music at Mona is on this weekend. This time around Hamish Holden and Mainlanders are just some of the acts set to perform.

Salamanca Market is open and calling your name this Saturday.

Road trip your way to any of these magical stays in Tasmania.

If art is on the menu this weekend then take this guide to Australian art in August.

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