Top Weekenders Apr 5-7

From laneway wine & food festivals and exquisite opera to pirate punk bars, gorgeous manor house restaurants, Vietnamese cafes and scenic island walks, here's 15+ ways to make this a top weekend:

WHAT'S ON
Regatta Fair is a 3-day festival of fabulous food, beer, wine, whisky and live music held at Brisbane's iconic Regatta Hotel
Be swept away by the imagery, the magic and the romance of this resplendent retelling of a traditional Indian folk tale
There’s Mystery in the Air when comedian Michael Veitch revives the Golden Age of radio drama at QUT Gardens Theatre
Palm Island & Our People is a fascinating exhibition now showing at the State Library of Queensland
Award-winning musician, comedian, actor and composer Tim Minchin is BACK performing at Brisbane & the Gold Coast
MUST DO COMING UP
Jurassic Park Live Music Experience, presented by Queensland Symphony Orchestra, features a screening of the action-packed adventure film
Big Skies is a fantastic 9-day festival celebrating the sights, tastes & unique experiences of Queensland’s Western Downs
Cinderella is a heart-felt, funny, fairy tale for grown-ups playing at QPAC from April 26 to May 5
Bleach* is the quintessential Gold Coast festival, bringing its lively arts and outdoor culture together for 12 days
Thailand's most famous festival is coming to the Chinatown Mall with music, dance, roving acts, markets, Buddha bathing and
John Birmingham pays homage to "the best man I've ever known" with On Father at Brisbane Powerhouse
David Walliams’ best-selling children’s book, Billionaire Boy, comes to life on stage at QUT Gardens Theatre
Room on the Broom, based on the much-loved picture book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler, is set to enchant young audiences
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash-hit rock musical, School of Rock, is coming to QPAC from Friday, July 12
Don't miss Regatta Hotel's Good Friday Seafood Buffet offering the freshest seafood and much more for the family to enjoy
Romiosini and Beyond celebrates the greatest Greek composer, Mikis Theodorakis, with a rousing concert at QPAC
WHAT'S NEW
Death & Taxes is a gorgeous old-world cocktail lounge and wine bar hidden away in Brisbane's oldest laneway
The White House of Waterford is Logan’s premier destination for fine dining, located in a grand colonial house on the river
Jolly Roger is Fortitude Valley's pirate punk bar specializing in rum, craft beer, loud music and vintage cartoons
Polpetta is a slick industrial chic Italian Kitchen and Bar nestled in the base of The Fantauzzo hotel at Howard Smith Wharves
Mister Bui Banh Mi is a colourful Vietnamese kitchen which has them queuing for banh mi in Brisbane's north
Taro's Vegan Ramen is a dedicated vegan ramen bar from Brisbane's renowned ramen master Taro Akimoto
The Fish Factory in Morningside is renowned in Brisbane for its wide array of fresh seafood with the added bonus of having a bistro attached
Halo Ground Coffee and Food in Fortitude Valley is a foodie's delight with an in-house pastry chef and top-notch fare served along with locally roasted Cleanskin coffee
Viet Fresh Rolls is a little Vietnamese eatery in Springwood serving authentic  Vietnamese street food
Dot Dash Cafe is a hidden gem in the heart of Fortitude Valley serving locally-roasted Bear Bones espresso and top-notch breakfast and lunch fare
WHAT WE LOVED THIS WEEK
Eden Gardens in Carseldine is a gardening nirvana with a plethora of plants and pots plus a gorgeous creekside café
ISLAND WALKS
A flat easy walk or cycle of about 7km return, this shady path hugs the seafront through a continuous parkland to the Bribie Island Bridge and beyond
Coochie Mudlo Island is one of Moreton Bay's most secluded and compact sand-fringed islands, relatively untouched by time or tourists.
The North Gorge Walk on Pt Lookout is, quite simply, one of South East Queensland’s most spectacular coastal walks.
KIDS
Kids can hunt for Easter eggs in the FREE Giant Easter Maze and take home a basket full of chocolatey goodness
Kids can join in a FREE Easter Bunny Hunt at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre throughout these school holidays
Join Peppa Pig on an amazing aquarium adventure this school holiday at Sea Life on the Sunshine Coast

Top Things To Do In Brisbane This Week

The Finders Keepers is a fabulous 3 day market held in the Brisbane Showgrounds
The major highlight of the 2019 Winter Racing Carnival is happening on Jun 22
The musical theatre classic Oklahoma! is coming to Brisbane
MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture raises the curtain on another program of spectacular events
L’amante Anglaise is a must-see murder mystery performed live on stage
City of Gold is a wryly funny and politically incendiary play by rising star Meyne Wyatt
Dolly Diamond's Bl*nkety Bl*nks is a hilarious variety show for adults-only
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash-hit rock musical, School of Rock, is coming to QPAC in July
Acoustic Guitar Spectacular is an amazing night of guitar wizardry