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Spend a day at the INDIA DAY FAIR celebrating Indian culture with parades, dancing, music, food and much more. There will be lots of fun things to see and do, including henna art, lots of food, sweets and drinks to try, folk dances from different regions of India, traditional displays of costumes and dance, traditional Indian songs, as well as a kid’s corner and face painting. The showstopper at 6.00 p.m. is coming all the way from India and the evening will end with the grand finale fireworks. It’s FREE, and it’s happening on Saturday, 17 August from 11.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. at The Amphitheatre, Roma Street Parklands, 1 Parkland Boulevard, Brisbane City. (Photo by L.J. May)

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See below for a brief overview of what's happening and then click on the appropriate link on this page, or the tabs on the menu at left for the full details.

THESE PAGES WERE UPDATED ON FRIDAY, 9 AUGUST 2019!

'WHAT'S ON NOW?' – low cost or free general events for you and your family to enjoy.

These pages were updated on Friday, 9 August 2019.

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  • Get ready for two jam-packed weeks of fun, family, food and music, as the first ever CABOOLTURE FESTIVAL is launched. There will be over 10 events set to bring live music, entertainment, family fun, foodie delights and something for all ages to the region. It’s ON NOW and runs until Monday, 12 August 2019.
  • The MAGIC IS BACK and the onslaught on your stomach begins, with Dagwood dogs, fairy floss, far too many strawberry ice creams and stomach-churning rides. THE ROYAL QUEENSLAND SHOW (the EKKA) is on at the Brisbane Showgrounds, Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, from Friday, 9 August to Sunday, 18 August 2019 inclusive, and PEOPLE’S DAY at the Ekka is on Wednesday, 14 August 2019.
  • If you think one piano is good – two is better! Prepare to be treated to a feast of music by brilliant young musicians from the Conservatorium of Music in the AUSTRALIAN PIANO DUO FESTIVAL, a FREE CONCERT at Brisbane City Hall on Tuesday, 13 August 2019 from 12.00 noon to 1.00 p.m.
  • Here is a great opportunity to hear the mighty City Hall Henry Willis Organ in a FREE ORGAN RECITAL with BEN SHEEN, associate organist at St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City, at the Brisbane City Hall, on Tuesday, 13 August 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.
  • Enjoy a landmark new production of STORM BOY, Colin Thiele’s cherished yet bittersweet coming-of-age story, which will touch the hearts of young and old with its masterful puppetry and boundless imagination. You’ve read the classic story about a boy and a pelican, and you’ve probably seen the film – now see the stage adaptation at The Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Cnr Melbourne & Grey Streets, South Bank, Brisbane. It’s ON NOW and runs until Saturday, 17 August 2019.

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  • After slaving over a hot stage with some of Australia’s best musical mentors, the Golden Oldies will show younger performers how it’s done at eight LORD MAYOR’S FREE SENIORS CABARET SHOWCASE CONCERTS. Come along to support Brisbane’s talented seniors as they dance, sing and set the stage alight in performances between Thursday, 15 August and Tuesday, 3 September 2019. See the detailed listing in WHAT’S ON NOW? for venues and dates.
  • At the BRISBANE SCIENCE FESTIVAL 2019, you can enjoy three fun-filled days of spectacular science shows, STEM career talks, robotics, drones, virtual reality, native animals, rocket science and Teacher PD! Queensland's hottest research and education providers will present plus a huge range of family fun for young scientists and tech-heads of all ages! Whiz into the South Bank Piazza, South Bank Parklands, Corner Ernest Street, Stanley Street and Grey Street, South Brisbane, from Friday, 16 August to Sunday, 18 August 2019.
  • Spend a day, or part of one, at the INDIA DAY FAIR celebrating Indian culture and Indian Independence with parades, dancing, music, food and much more. It’s happening at The Amphitheatre, Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane, on Saturday, 17 August 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. 
  • Discover pre-loved fashion at REVIVE, a FREE pop-up fashion festival. Browse through Brisbane’s best revived clothing stalls, enjoy fashion parades, seek advice from stylists, enjoy live entertainment, attend workshops, and dine from Brisbane’s best food trucks. It’s all happening in the Cultural Forecourt at South Bank Parklands on Saturday, 17 August 2018 from 11.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
  • Take advantage of the many lifestyle and leisure opportunities on offer across Brisbane this SENIORS WEEK. See the listing in the WHAT’S ON NOW section to find out what’s on. Seniors week runs at various venues from Saturday, 17 August to Sunday, 25 August 2019.

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  • The superb ROBOTRONICA program at QUT this year certainly reflects the skills of both teaching staff and students, with a little help from their friends across Australia and the globe. There’s so much happening, it’s going to be hard to make choices. This is a FREE groundbreaking one-day event featuring live demonstrations, performance and discussions, showcasing some of the world’s latest advancements in robotics and technology. See it at the QUT Gardens Point Campus, on Sunday, 18 August 2019 from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
  • Enjoy the food, culture, performances, workshops, and traditional activities of Japan in a beautiful and serene garden setting on JAPANESE CULTURAL DAY. It's being held at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, on Sunday, 18 August 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
  • At THE ANDREWS SISTERS TRIBUTE you will thoroughly enjoy three sassy divas singing gorgeous three-part harmonies and toe-tapping wartime favourites made famous by the dynamic trio, at this FREE CONCERT at Brisbane City Hall, on Tuesday, 20 August 2019 from 12.00 noon to 1.00 p.m.
  • Join the Muses Trio, Reckless Roulette with Breakaways Dance Club, Andrew Garton And His Pantheon of Swing, Ella Fontaine and The Sugarshakers, and The Australian Army Band, in a series of FREE SENIORS WEEK SUBURBAN CONCERTS, from Tuesday, 20 August to Friday, 23 August 2019 – see the event listing for specific dates and times.
  • Yeehah! The iconic GYMPIE MUSIC MUSTER is on again! The 2019 Muster will feature over 100 artists across several big stages in more than 300 performances over a range of genres including country, bluegrass, folk, blues and rockabilly. You can buy single tickets, or an all-inclusive ticket that gives Muster-goers multi-venue access to all performances at the Amamoor Creek State Forest, out of Gympie, Queensland, from Thursday, 22 August to Sunday, 25 August 2019.

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  • The BRISBANE BOAT SHOW is one of Australia’s leading boat shows, and delivers a combination of excellent locally made rigs, together with brilliant products from overseas, from canoes to offshore fishing boats. Head for the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre at South Bank, from Friday, 23 August until Sunday, 25 August 2019.
  • Celebrate Brisbane, enjoy being healthy and active, and raise funds for a charity of your choice. Register NOW for the BRIDGE TO BRISBANE COMMUNITY FUN RUN. The 5km course starts at Captain Burke Park; 10km course starts at the top of the Roma Street Parklands. Finish is at the South Bank Parklands, South Brisbane. Join in on Sunday, 25 August 2019 from 6.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
  • Built on a love for vintage-era rhythm and blues, not to mention sweet harmonies, THE TRESPASSERS will bring you a fun, cheeky, feel-good time, at a FREE CONCERT at Brisbane City Hall, on Tuesday, 27 August 2019 from 12.00 noon to 1.00 p.m.
  • Experience the thrills and hospitality of the west at THE CUNNAMULLA FELLA FESTIVAL in OUTBACK QUEENSLAND. It’s a great celebration of country living for the whole family, with lots of activities for the kids, and there are some great prizes to be won. Head for the outback town of Cunnamulla, south of Charleville, in western Queensland, from Friday, 30 August to Sunday, 1 September 2019.
  • ROALD DAHL’S classic tale, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, has been adapted for the stage by David Wood. This favourite for young and old is a great introduction to live theatre for youngsters. It’s playing NOW on Saturdays at the Arts Theatre, 210 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, and runs until Saturday, 5 October 2019. 

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  • MOONS: WORLDS OF MYSTERY at the planetarium. This event is ongoing and fascinating, as are a galaxy of OTHER SHOWS and DISPLAYS for kids and adults – it’s enough to make your jaw drop.
  • Discover Brisbane and live the magic with a BRISBANE GREETERS TOUR. These tours are run by a 200-strong team of volunteers who provide a free, authentic sightseeing service for locals and visitors on an ongoing basis.
  • Visit the MUSEUM OF BRISBANE at City Hall for exciting new exhibitions. The MoB updates its attractions regularly to both inform and entertain the citizens of Brisbane and visitors to our city.
  • WALK THE BEE GEES WAY between Redcliffe Parade and Sutton Street at Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia – opened by Barry Gibb on 14 February 2013. ONGOING ATTRACTION.

 

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It’s GYMPIE MUSIC MUSTER time again, and it’s happening at the Amamoor Creek State Forest from Thursday, 22 August to Sunday, 25 August 2019. Four days, 100+ artists, several stages and an all-inclusive ticket as well as single day tickets. Gympie is not just a One Festival town. HOW DO YOU MUSTER? Organisers’ advice: Arrive at least a week before the festival and spend most of the daylight hours setting up camp. Rise early and, after a brisk walk in the environment, head to the festival precinct to decide whether you would like to risk slipping a disc in the 8.30 a.m. line dancing session or have a cackle at the Bush Poets Breakfast. Wander down past the stalls and do a bit of boots/hats/belts/knick knack shopping. Arm yourselves with chairs, blankets and a pre-prepared hot water bottle, and march back to the festival precinct to secure a prime position on the hill in front of the Main Stage. Wait for your favourite artists to appear. Enjoy! Trek home via the hot chocolate van, to be tucked into bed by 10.30 p.m. Repeat until the Festival’s end. (Photo courtesy of the Muster: modified by L.J. May)