5 FREE Brisbane Festival Activities For Families
The Brisbane Festival is our city’s annual celebration of the arts, with theatre, dance, music, street entertainment and quirky pop up events for all ages. Tickets are on sale now for all the amazing stage performances on offer, but did you know that there are also lots of ways to enjoy the Festival for free?
Enjoy these free family events before or after you take in a Festival show, or just drop by for a taste of Festival atmosphere whenever you’re in Brisbane city during September.
During the Festival, South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt area becomes ‘Arcadia’, a festival village offering a changing program of live music and surprise entertainers. You can refuel at a selection of food trucks, or just kick back and enjoy the river views from midday till late.
As you walk through Arcadia, don’t miss the stunning chalk art being created before your eyes by award-winning pavement artists. Register online to join free chalk art workshops, or win prizes by snapping a selfie with your favourite work of art.
The State Library of Queensland has teamed up with the Festival this year to bring bookish delights to the festival village. Chillax with a great read, join in the storytelling and singalongs, or get creative with animation, design and ‘make your own book’ workshops.
After a big day of festival fun, save some energy to stroll over to the Treasury Casino and Hotel and witness art on a grand scale! The buildings are the canvas for this sound and light show, including music, projected images and laser lights that dance across the city. Shows run for 6 minutes and are repeated all evening after dark. Planning to walk across the William Jolly Bridge on your travels? You’ll notice it’s decorated with projected artworks too!
The Brisbane Festival always goes out with a bang – literally! Riverfire is a much loved annual fireworks spectacular, with launch spots across the city centre ensuring everyone gets a great view. South Bank is a popular vantage spot, but families can settle in all along the river at sites like the Kangaroo Point Cliffs and Eagle Street Pier to take in the show. Be sure to plan your trip to avoid road closures or parking problems as this is one event that always draws a crowd.
The Brisbane Festival runs from 5-26 September with a huge range of events on offer daily. Visit The Brisbane Festival website for full program details!
Lara Cain Gray is a freelance writer and mum-of-three. She writes books and arts reviews for families at This Charming Mum.