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The Power of the Flower!

THE CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS, Toowoomba – Friday, 20 September to Sunday, 29 September 2019. QUEENS PARK has retained the charm and character common to 19th century public parks and botanic gardens, and her gardeners have put on a special show for visitors during Carnival. Spread across 25 hectares, Queens Park is an absolute gem, with bright flower beds, large canopies of stately trees and acres of extensive green lawns, plus two playgrounds to delight the kids and an off-leash area that keeps the local dogs very happy. It’s free to visit the park to see the feature flower displays and enjoy daily entertainment during Carnival. Find it at the Cnr of Lindsay & Campbell Streets, Toowoomba, and visit the website at https://www.tcof.com.au/queens-park to find out more. See the photo below and the WHAT’S ON pages for more details. (Photo of Queens Park gardens by Foundationexpo88 CC3.0: modified by L.J. May)

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Coming up - lots of events for September 2019. See below the quick list for further information and go to pages 1, 3, 4 and 5 for more events.    

  • Soak up the atmosphere at THE CHINESE MOON FESTIVAL, an iconic Chinese lunar calendar event held when the moon is at its roundest and brightest. This FREE exciting cultural experience for people of all ages will be happening in the Chinatown Mall, Duncan Street, Fortitude Valley, on Saturday, 7 September 2019 from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
  • Get ready to eat, drink and enjoy at the MORETON BAY FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL 2019. With Moreton Bay as its stunning backdrop, the FREE FESTIVAL PRECINCT winds its way along the Redcliffe Parade where foodies will enjoy top-notch bites and sips, along with a jam-packed program of entertainment. Take your appetite to the Redcliffe Peninsula north of Brisbane, on Saturday, 7 September from 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. and Sunday, 8 September 2019 from 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
  • The theme for this year’s WILDFLOWER SPECTACLE AND PLANTS MARKET is ‘Colour Your Garden with Native Plants’, and the Queensland flora exhibit and special-interest displays promise to be bigger and more beautiful than ever. Plant the whole family in the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane, on Saturday, 7 September from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m., and Sunday, 8 September 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
  • It will be easy being green at THE GREEN HEART FAIR, with activities (including the Brisbane Billycart Championships), workshops, market stalls, lots of food, and giveaways for all the family, at the Carindale Recreation Reserve, Carindale, on Sunday, 8 September 2019.
  • Pick up your favourite Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Estonian and Latvian treats and enjoy traditional music and dancing, not to mention the Saga Vikings who will share stories and entertain the crowd, at THE SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL to be held at Perry Park, 34 Folkestone Street, Bowen Hills, on Sunday, 8 September 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
  • Join the 265,000 visitors who flock to Currumbin for the SWELL SCULPTURE FESTIVAL, a free, 24-hour outdoor sculpture exhibition of stunning sculptures set against the backdrop of the Gold Coast skyline. There are also children’s weekend activities, masterclasses, twilight sculpture walks and artist talks. Head for Currumbin on the Gold Coast from Friday, 13 September to Sunday, 22 September 2019.

 

The Event: THE CHINESE MOON FESTIVAL

Date and time: Saturday, 7 September 2019 from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Venue: Chinatown Mall, Duncan Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

Ticket price: FREE to attend.

What’s happening: Soak up the atmosphere at THE CHINESE MOON FESTIVAL, an iconic Chinese lunar calendar event, which is held when the moon is at its roundest and brightest. This exciting cultural experience for people of all ages will include Asian-inspired cultural performances and family-friendly activities.

You can attend calligraphy and lantern-making workshops and there will also be an array of market stalls, roving entertainment and traditional music. The Valley has been a long-time home to authentic Asian cuisine, so while you’re there, why don’t you book in for dinner and take in the full Valley experience.

 

The Event: MORETON BAY FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL 2019 - REDCLIFFE

Date and time: Saturday, 7 September from 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. and Sunday, 8 September 2019 from 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Venue: Redcliffe Peninsula north of Brisbane. See the Festival Precinct guide https://www.moretonbayfoodandwine.com.au/festival-precinct. The festival precinct winds its way along Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe, QLD 4020 (all the way from the corner of Humpybong Esplanade up to the corner of Anzac Avenue). GETTING THERE: See https://www.moretonbayfoodandwine.com.au/getting-here for directions and a map.

BY TRAIN – if you're planning on having a drink (or two), or simply want a stress-free festival experience, why not leave the car at home and jump on the train to Redcliffe. From Brisbane: Take the Peninsula line to the Kippa-Ring Station. From the Sunshine Coast: Take the Springfield line to Petrie Station. Change trains and take Redcliffe Peninsula line to Kippa-Ring Station. Visit TRANSLINK for a train timetable.

Ticket price: Free Entry, Two Days, Ticketed Events. Entry to THE FESTIVAL PRECINCT is FREE all weekend long. A number of restaurants and cafes are hosting events as part of the program, all located along Redcliffe Parade. Saturday Night Official After Party (Mon Komo Hotel): 8.00 p.m. to 3.00 a.m. For more information, go to the websites athttps://www.moretonbayfoodandwine.com.au and https://www.moretonbayfoodandwine.com.au/faqs.

What’s happening: Get ready to eat, drink and enjoy at the MORETON BAY FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL 2019. With Moreton Bay as its stunning backdrop, the free Festival Precinct winds its way along the Redcliffe Parade where foodies will enjoy top-notch bites and sips, along with a jam-packed program of entertainment.

The festival precinct boasts stacks of free entertainment including live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, pop-up bars, access to local cafes and restaurants, the Dessert Lane, Food Truck Alley, and of course the Saturday night Fireworks.

Also running in conjunction with the FREE Festival Precinct are a number of ticketed events from local retailers and operators. Please visit the workshops and events page to purchase tickets.

CHECK OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE FREE FESTIVAL PRECINCT:

  • Kindred Beach Teepee's
  • Enjoy top-notch sips and a jam-packed program of entertainment underneath the Kindred Beach Teepee Bar & Stage.
  • Forget your worries as you laze on the beach with your toes in the sand, taking in magnificent views of Moreton Bay, with a cool drink and the sound of great live music.
  • Bluewater Square Fireworks Spectacular: Watch the sky ignite in a burst of colour and sparkle at 8.00 p.m. on Saturday 7th September. Head to the Kindred Beach Teepee's for the best vantage point. Get in early to secure your spot!

Meet the Chefs: Don’t miss two of the biggest names in the culinary world – MATT SINCLAIR and ALASTAIR MCLEOD, cooking alongside local chefs at the USC Seafood Cooking Stage, sharing their special recipes and kitchen tips, inspired by Moreton Bay. Find the USC Seafood Cooking Stage at the Seafood + Wine Deck.

Treat yourself at the delicious pop-up DESSERT LANE in the Festival Precinct, an area dedicated to everything sweet, deep-fried, creamy and frozen. This is a judgement free zone, where no one will judge you if you have dessert for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

At the SESAME LANE LITTLE CHEFS CORNER, Sesame Lane’s expert chefs will teach kids all about growing and picking their pizza toppings and using them to cook delicious pizzas. Book your spot here. Check out the activities, workshops and events happening alongside the free Festival Precinct events. Wear something with an elasticised waist!

 

The Event: WILDFLOWER SPECTACLE AND NATIVE PLANTS MARKET

Date and time: Saturday, 7 September from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m., and Sunday, 8 September 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Venue: Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane.

Ticket price: Entry is $3.

What’s happening: Don't miss the annual WILDFLOWER SPECTACLE AND PLANTS MARKET in the Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha. The theme this year is ‘Colour Your Garden with Native Plants’, and the Queensland flora exhibit and special-interest displays promise to be bigger and more beautiful than ever! There will be native fauna displays which are sure to be a hit with the kids, and refreshments will be available. It’s a great day out for the whole family as well as garden enthusiasts.

The famous NATIVE PLANTS MARKET will offer a huge variety of plants (from very low prices) from specialised growers, with expert help available to ensure you get just the right selection to thrive in your garden. Bring your own boxes to carry away your treasures if possible please.

See a superb display of wildflowers, find popular to rare plants for all situations, and see displays by local eco groups. If you’re a native plants enthusiast, Native Plants Queensland is a community-based organisation committed to growing, conserving and studying Australian plants. Find out more about them by visiting their website at https://www.npq.org.au, or phone them on (07) 3720 2882.

 

The Event: THE GREEN HEART FAIR

Date and time: Sunday, 8 September 2019 from 8.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Venue: Carindale Recreation Reserve, Bedivere Street, Carindale. There is only limited parking available off Bedivere Street. Smart people will walk or cycle to the fair, or travel by bus. Call TransLink on 13 12 30 or visit https://translink.com.au to plan your journey.,

Ticket price: FREE. Go to https://www.greenheartfair.com.au for the program of this free, fun, family day out.

What’s happening: Brisbane City Council’s GREEN HEART FAIR is Brisbane’s biggest FREE bi-annual community and sustainability festival promoting innovative green living in a fun, family-friendly environment for all residents to come and enjoy. There will be a jam-packed schedule of displays as over 100 of Brisbane's leading sustainability organisations, community groups, artisans, foodies, green-thumbs, conservationists, businesses and eco experts share information and knowledge with Brisbane residents on how to live more sustainably.

Meet sustainability experts for talks and Q & As and learn how to lower your cost of living. Enjoy gardening tips, hands-on workshops, kids’ entertainment and activities, (including performances by PJ Masks and nature play), Brisstyle artisan markets, live music and more. Don’t miss the Brisbane Billycart Championships which will be held at the Carindale Recreation Reserve during the fair. To check out what’s happening about that, go to the website at https://www.brisbanebillycarts.com.au.

Brisbane’s best food trucks will be attending, with plenty of options for vegans and gluten-free foodies. Celebrity chefs Dominique Rizzo and Georgia Barnes will be joined by Sam and Rachel Thaiday, to show you how to Love Food Hate Waste with some delicious cooking demonstrations.

Spring is the perfect time to plant your summer garden, and The Green Heart Fair is full of horticultural ideas. Council’s popular FREE NATIVE PLANTS PROGRAM will be on site to help you keep Brisbane clean, green and sustainable. Don’t forget to grab one of the 3,000 native plants that will be given away free to Brisbane residents. The native species on offer are designed for Brisbane’s subtropical climate. From groundcovers and ferns to shrubs and feature trees, there are plants for all garden types and sizes.

Bring your hat, reusable water bottle, reusable coffee cup, Go card for the bus, or a lock for your bike – and a smile. Get free refills at the Queensland Urban Utilities Hydration Station when you bring your own water bottle.

 

The Event: THE BRISBANE SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL 2019

Date and time: Sunday, 8 September 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Venue: Perry Park, 34 Folkestone Street, Bowen Hills, Brisbane.

Ticket price: Entry was $2 last year, but they don’t seem to be charging anything this year. No bookings are required. To check out the program, visit the website at http://www.scandinavianfestival.com.au/entertainment.

What’s happening: Pick up your favourite Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Estonian and Latvian treats at THE BRISBANE SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL. The festival is a not-for-profit event organised by passionate volunteers, bringing together the local clubs of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia and Latvia.

The festival is a cultural celebration unique to Brisbane which attracts a broad demographic of over 15,000 visitors to enjoy 60 markets stalls, live music, traditional games, sporting activities and of course, real Vikings. There will be performances on stage all day, as well as traditional music and dancing, including folk dancers and fiddle groups. Saga Vikings will be on site to share stories and entertain the crowd.

The event offers plenty of fun for the whole family and kids are well catered for with a range of traditional activities such as face painting, a LEGO playroom, a Viking painting studio, a Swedish floor ball court, and much more. The yearly raffle is one of the festival’s highlights, where participants get the chance to win one of the amazing prizes donated from various sponsors.

 

The Event: SWELL SCULPTURE FESTIVAL – PEOPLE, ART, PLACE AT CURRUMBIN ON THE GOLD COAST

Date and time: Friday, 13 September to Sunday, 22 September 2019.

Venue: Currumbin on the Gold Coast. For a map of the area, click here http://www.swellsculpture.com.au/swell-map, and for more information about how to get there, go to Visitor Info at http://www.swellsculpture.com.au/visitor-info. NOTE: There is a FREE WEEKEND PARK AND RIDE service to SWELL, which will operate between 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. on both weekends. The bus will depart approximately every 30 minutes from the car park opposite the Currumbin RSL located at 164 Duringan Street, Currumbin. 

The bus will drop you to Wallace Nicoll Park and make a loop to SWELL Smalls Gallery at Dust Temple on Currumbin Creek Road, returning to the Currumbin RSL Carpark. To return to your car, catch the return bus back from Wallace Nicoll Park. Last shuttle leaves at 3.45 p.m. 

Ticket price: Most events are FREE. For more about what’s on and where to see it, visit the Swell Sculpture website at http://www.swellsculpture.com.au/whats-on-all.

What’s happening: The SWELL SCULPTURE FESTIVAL is a free, outdoor sculpture exhibition on the beautiful beaches of Currumbin on the Gold Coast, Queensland. It was the brainchild of Natasha Edwards and Kylie Mitchell-Smith who, in 2002, shared the idea of creating a new art experience for everyone in an accessible environment.

Now one of Queensland’s major cultural events, SWELL tells the cultural story of the Gold Coast through the stunning imagery of sculptures set against the backdrop of the Gold Coast skyline. Seventeen years on, the SWELL Sculpture Festival attracts some 265,000 visitors annually. The exhibition is open all hours so you can enjoy the sculptures at any time. 

There are SWELL Information Hubs along the 1km walkway where you can obtain information and also purchase a $5 exhibition program – buying a program supports SWELL with all proceeds of sale reinvested into presenting the following year’s exhibition – get information about children’s weekend activities, masterclasses, twilight sculpture walks and artist talks.

EARLY BIRDS can purchase a $5 SWELL program at the Currumbin Beach newsagent at 784 Pacific Parade from 6.00 a.m. Vote for your favourite sculpture in the People’s and Kids’ Choice Award – place your entry in the barrel at The Hubs.

 

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THE CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS, Toowoomba – Friday, 20 September to Sunday, 29 September 2019. QUEENS PARK covers a huge area and it’s easy to miss something during Carnival if you don’t know where you’re going. WHAT’S ON DURING CARNIVAL? The Heritage Bank Festival of Food & Wine | 20–22 September (Cnr Margaret & Lindsay Sts); Night Garden powered by Ergon Energy Retail | 26–28 September (Middle Queens Park, Godsall St); Sideshow Alley | 20–22 September (Cnr Margaret & Hume Sts.); Delightful floral displays and live entertainment in the Botanic Gardens | 20–29 September (Cnr Campbell & Lindsay Sts). See the WHAT’S ON pages and pics for more. If you start to feel peckish, you’ll find mobile food vans within Queens Park Botanic Gardens for all your caffeine, snacks and healthy lunch options, and there is also a large variety of food and drinks available at the Toowoomba Historical Society on Lindsay Street each day during Carnival from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Looking for further info about Carnival? VISIT THE INFO HUB in the Queens Park Botanic Gardens for the Carnival low-down, to pick up a map, book bus tickets, or even browse the official merchandise. It’s open from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily from Thursday, 19 September to Sunday, 29 September. (Photo of Alfred Thomas Memorial Queens Park by Snapcha CC3.0: modified by L.J. May)