We’re not lying when we say that Fortitude Valley is turning it up and out this month! See what’s hot this July below, with everything from pop-up playable pianos to laneway festivals ready to set winter shenanigans alight. 

Misinformation - Not an Art Show by Kevin Gerard

Ready for some not… art? Kevin Gerard is a Brisbane based artist who uses a mixture of digital and traditional art forms to create humorous visual jokes responding to absurdity surrounding all of us, day to day. Opening night of Kevin’s show falls on Thursday 4 July from 6pm, and it’s free to enter! Go enjoy yourself (or not?). 

Valley Fiesta Fridays

Live music is the new black. Every Friday from 5 July, Valley Fiesta Fridays will showcase local talent across the Brunswick Street and Chinatown Malls - creating the Valley’s own ongoing boutique music festival! The free program will see the likes of jazz, funk, electro and indie artists sharing their gifts with Brisbane, and you can catch all act dates and times in our events guide. 

Play Me, I’m Yours 

This will be sweet music to your ears. One of 20 beautifully painted ‘street pianos’ from the “Play Me, I’m Yours” tour is coming to Bakery Lane in celebration the Queensland Music Festival! Painted by Fortitude Valley retailer Phoebe Paradise, the interactive installation is on display from 5-28 July. Take a seat, get your jazz fingers ready and let the music flow.. 

Drag Royale - Season 2 Launch Night

All’s fair in love and drag! If you love Ru Paul’s Drag Race, you’ll love the live Australian competition inspired by mother Ru with launch night coming in purse first from 7-11pm on Friday 5 July at The Flying Cock. Drag Royale will feature local queens gunning for the crown, with local guest judges making calls every week until the win is secured! Find out more here, henny. 

All 90’s All Nighter 

The sound of dial-up internet drove us crazy, but sounds from the ‘90s best artists had us living our best lives (and still do)! From 9pm until late on Saturday 6 July, make tracks for The Elephant Hotel and prepare to cut shapes with Britney Spears, NSYNC and more blaring through the speakers. There’ll be a prize for the best costume, a photo booth and ‘90s themed drinks and decor fuelling the nostalgia! What a time to be alive. 

Brisbane Brazilian Carnival 

Lights, camera, Carnival! From 4pm on Sunday 7 July, a human wave of colour and energy will dance its way from Chinatown Mall, along Wickham Street and into Brunswick Street Mall celebrating the event that Rio de Janeiro is most famous for. After Carnival has wrapped up, samba your way over to Cloudland for the official afterparty and Australasian Samba Queen Competition from 6pm. Dance this way for more information! 

Lil J’s Vintage Clothing Market 

That’s so yesterday, and so what we want in our wardrobes! Lil J's Vintage and The Lanes are kicking off their Valley vintage clothing and second-hand goods markets from 10am on Saturday 13 July. With 20+ different sellers, live DJs and acts, in addition to the already thriving boutique shops, you won’t want to miss out. See you soon, shoppers! 

ILLUMINATE - a Yoga Experience

Love yoga but hate having nothing else to look at besides people’s backs? ILLUMINATE is changing the relaxation game with a yoga class tapping into the senses of sound, sight and touch! A beautiful blend of yoga, visual displays, incredible music and post-class champagne and cheese boards will light up your life at Cupo warehouse from 4:30-6:30pm on Saturday 13 July, and you can get tickets here

Brisbane Pub Crawl 

Thirsty for a pub crawl? THE Brisbane Pub Crawl is creeping back for its fourth time this year (not mad) on Saturday 20 July. Meet at Blute’s Bar at 5pm before bracing yourself for sipping through four venues over four hours. Get tickets and learn more here

The Barber Expo

Hair today, hair tomorrow. From Saturday 20-Sunday 21 July, experience The Barber Expo at Smoked Garage! Expect barber workshops, supplier exhibitors, music, food and drinks. What’s more, the annual 'Barber Brands International Barber Of The Year Competition' will see who’ll make the cut as 2019’s champion! Tickets are available here - chop, chop. 

Cocktail Master Class - Modern Classics 

Live in the now, drink in the now. From 4pm-5:30pm on Saturday 27 July, cocktail connoisseurs at Dutch Courage will teach you how to perfect Dick Bradsell's fresh and fruity Bramble and Salvatore Calabrese's tangy Breakfast Martini. You'll get behind the bar then learn, make, and drink your own creations. It doesn’t get much better than that! Secure tickets here

Ready, set, go get the most out of July!