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Experience the Sunshine State on a plate and satisfy your hunger for local delights, with a delicious assortment of food and wine using fresh regional produce at REGIONAL FLAVOURS – Brisbane’s premier FREE food and wine event! Meet celebrity chefs (MIGUEL MAESTRE and MATT GOLINSKI will be there), and master tricky cooking challenges with master classes. There will be free entertainment, mesmerising live music and plenty of kids’ activities to enjoy. It’s happening at the South Bank Parklands, South Brisbane, on Saturday, 21 July and Sunday, 22 July 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. River Quay opens until 8.00 p.m., and The Hunting Club opens from 5.00 p.m. until late on Friday 20 July, and until late on both other days. (Photo of Miguel by L.J. May)

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FIND OUT WHAT'S ON IN BRISBANE RIGHT NOW!

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.

THIS WEBSITE WAS UPDATED ON FRIDAY, 13 JULY 2018.

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

 

These pages were updated on Friday, 13 July 2018.

 

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  • With hilarious comedy sketches and brilliantly witty songs, Senior Moments is a revue with fun and laughs, and a great cast of favourites who are old enough to know better, all making merry fun of the trials and tribulations of growing old disgracefully. It’s on at the Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Cnr Melbourne & Grey Streets, South Bank, Brisbane, from Wednesday, 11 July to Sunday, 15 July 2018.  
  • 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 nine 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 Wednesday, 11 July and Saturday, 11 August 2018. See the detailed listing in WHAT’S ON NOW? for venues and dates.
  • Like a good panto? Here’s one with a difference! Tumble down the rabbit hole and join Alice, in her adventures through Wonderland, in this dazzling, internationally acclaimed ALICE IN WONDERLAND production, which features masterful sets, lavish costumes and the latest technology in animatronic puppets. It’s ON NOW at the Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm, and runs until Saturday, 14 July 2018.
  • Get ready for some ice skating fun at the SKATING AT FESTIVAL. Brisbane’s iconic King George Square has turned into a winter wonderland offering an open-air ice rink, fantastic rides, great entertainment and delicious food and drink options. Gather your family and friends and head for King George Square NOW until Sunday, 15 July 2018.
  • There are events being held across Australia to celebrate the oldest living culture in the world during NAIDOC WEEK, and in Brisbane, BCC libraries are holding FREE events for people of all ages. Check out the detailed listing to find out which libraries are participating and what’s happening. It’s ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 15 July 2018. 

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  • The QUANDAMOOKA FESTIVAL celebrates Indigenous culture, country and people. It’s happening across Brisbane’s Redlands, the Southern Moreton Bay islands region and includes key events on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). Go to the detailed listing to find out what’s happening. It’s ON NOW and runs until August 2018.
  • These school holidays, THE CUBE is hosting an exciting line-up of art and science family fun in THE QUT WINTER HOLIDAY PROGRAM for kids and carers. Be the first to see the latest interactive screen project Nature Imagined, and discover fantastic facts about flora, fauna and geology. It’s FREE and it’s ON NOW at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Alice Street, Brisbane, and runs until Saturday, 14 July 2018.
  • The QUEENSLAND GARDEN EXPO will host more than 360 exhibits, including over 55 nurseries selling in excess of 40,000 plants per day. It’s on at the Nambour Showgrounds, Coronation Avenue, Nambour, on the Sunshine Coast, from Friday, 13 July until Sunday, 15 July 2018.
  • Can you identify the murderer before the police do? Pit your logic against theirs during THE UNEXPECTED GUEST, a thriller by Agatha Christie, presented by the NASH THEATRE at The Brunswick Room, Merthyr Road Uniting Church, 52 Merthyr Road, New Farm, from Friday, 13 July to Saturday, 4 August 2018. 
  • For the 2018 SAMFORD SHOW, the Samford Show Society has gone all out to out to deliver something for everyone in the 50th year of this fun-filled event. Don’t miss the chance to watch fireworks light up the sky at 6.00 p.m. on Saturday night. Head for the Samford Showgrounds on Saturday, 14 July and Sunday, 15 July 2018.

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  • Prepare to be transported to a time and place where history and fantasy merge at the ABBEY MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL. Enjoy authentic re-enactment camps, jousting tournaments and falconry displays, not to mention sizzling meats and fine mead, and all for considerably less than a King’s Ransom. Hie thee to the Abbey Museum at Caboolture on Saturday, 14 July and Sunday, 15 July.
  • It’s a great, inexpensive day out for car enthusiasts and the whole family during the fun, atmosphere and excitement of RACQ MOTORFEST, with funds raised supporting the RACQ rescue helicopters. Head for the Eagle Farm Racecourse, Ascot, Brisbane on Sunday, 15 July 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
  • Discover the beauty in greater Brisbane’s backyard during the PEAKS TO POINTS FESTIVAL 2018. There will be lots of FREE EVENTS for the whole family enjoy, with activities across various venues from Flinders Peak near Ipswich, across the south side of the Brisbane River, to Moreton Bay, from Saturday, 14 July to Sunday, 29 July 2018. FREE FAMILY DAY is at 428 Sherwood Road, Rocklea on Sunday, 15 July from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
  • The SNOW4KIDS FESTIVAL returns to Brisbane for the Winter School Holidays with the ultimate winter wonderland featuring real snowfall, snowman making, mini toboggan slopes and lots more. Book your tickets now! It’s ON NOW at the South Bank Piazza, South Bank Parklands and runs until 15 July 2018.
  • BEAUTIFUL – THE  CAROLE KING MUSICAL tells the true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise from teenage songwriter to global superstar, and features over 30 incredible hit songs including such classics as Natural Woman. You too can feel the earth move under your feet at the Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), at South Bank FROM Friday, 13 July 2018. 

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  • There will be a free day of family entertainment in Brisbane, when the MASSED PIPE BANDS converge on King George Square to celebrate INTERNATIONAL TARTAN DAY and all things Scottish. There will also be traditional music, dancing and stalls, on Saturday, 21 July 2018 from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
  • Voices from across the community will be raised in song, including school choirs, local music talent and emerging Brisbane artists, at the PULLEN VALE FOLK FESTIVAL at the John Sprent Reserve, Moggill, on Saturday, 21 July 2018 from 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
  • Experience the Sunshine State on a plate with a delicious assortment of food and wine at REGIONAL FLAVOURS, Brisbane’s premier FREE food and wine event! Celebrity chefs, master classes, free entertainment with live music and kids’ activities, plus a gourmet food marketplace. What more could a foodie want? It’s on Saturday, 21 July and Sunday, 22 July 2018 at the South Bank Parklands, Brisbane. 
  • The QUEENSLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL is your chance to hear and be heard, with fifteen venues across Queensland bringing unforgettable music experiences to cities, regions and remote corners of Queensland. All music genres will be represented, with rural and urban themes merging to create some memorable melodies. See the detailed entry to find out what’s happening near you in July.
  • The EINBUNPIN FESTIVAL is always a great, affordable day out to enjoy with your family and friends, with a great village atmosphere, food, market stalls, children’s activities and lots of music. Head for Einbunpin Lagoon Parklands, Brighton Road, Sandgate on Sunday, 29 July 2018 from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. 
  • The 22nd annual MORNINGSIDE FESTIVAL is a fun family event that brings the community together to celebrate life in a relaxed atmosphere, with lots of free entertainment, rides for the kids, competitions, street food and stalls catering for all ages. Head for Thynne Road, Morningside on Sunday, 29 July 2018. 

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  • MOONS: WORLDS OF MYSTERY, launched on Saturday, 13 December 2014 at the planetarium and ongoing, as well as 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 positively medieval! The ABBEY MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL will transport you to a time and place where history and fantasy merge. Watch falconry displays and gape at the exquisite detail of authentic re-enactment camps. Cheer jousting knights on their magnificent horses during tournament weekend, with displays of iron-clad warriors locked in battle, and parktake of sizzling meats and fine mead at two banquets during the festival. There will be a week of children-focused activities at the ‘Kids Dig It Medieval Family Fun’ week, not to mention archery, dancing, music, games, crafts and a large medieval market. Visitors are encouraged to wear period costume to enhance their own personal medieval experience. Hie thee to the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology, 1–63 The Abbey Place (off Old Toorbul Point Road), Caboolture, Queensland (just north of Brisbane) on Saturday, 14 July and Sunday, 15 July. Gates open to pre-paid ticket purchasers at 8.30 a.m. and the general public at 9.00 p.m. Go to the WHAT’S ON NOW pages for more information and visit the website at https://abbeymedieval-festival.com for the program. Not only will men, maidens and children be utterly beguiled by the events at this festival, but it won’t cost a King’s ransom. That’s what families like to hear! (Photo by L.J. May)