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FREE Brisbane Festival Activities For Families

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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. The 2017 Brisbane Festival dates are 9th-30th September with tickets for amazing stage performances now 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.

Treasury Brisbane Arcadia

Treasury Brisbane Arcadia is the heart of the festival! This is a gathering place on the riverbank (near the Wheel and the big Brisbane sign) that’s free for entry any time of day or night. It’s designed by Arkhefield and will be there for the duration of the festival.

Food, performances, family fun, circus bravery and SO MUCH to see! It’s our top choice for where to start to make the most of free Brisbane festival activities!

#CelebrateBrisbane with Frank

#CelebrateBrisbane with Frank is your special animated host at Treasury Brisbane Arcadia.

Through the delights of artificial intelligence, Frank will see you coming, chat with you in real time, joke, inform, invite you to upload images onto the big screen with him, tell children’s stories, inspire sing-a-longs, or perhaps even celebrate weddings, all in his desire to #CelebrateBrisbane.

Frank is friendly, frank, and frisky – a festival celebration you’ll fall in love with all day, all night.

Lord Mayor’s FREE City Hall Lunchtime Concerts

Rhonda Burchmore, anyone?! Spend your lunch hour taking in some SERIOUS cultural and musical talent from some of the finest performers around.

Head over on either Tuesday 12th September, Tuesday 19th September or Tuesday 26th September at 12pm each day to be DAZZLED! (Rhonda’s our gal so we’ll be there Tuesday 12th September!)

Fantastic Planet – South Bank Cultural Forecourt

The premise of artist Amanda Parer’s work, Fantastic Planet,  is that five GIANT humans have come to Brisbane from outerspace with the intention to explore and observe our strange little species. They are 40 feet tall and you can find them (as if you could miss them!) along South Bank Parklands, Brisbane International Airport Terminal and QPAC for the duration of the festival.



free brisbane festival riverfire

The Brisbane Festival always goes out with a bang – literally! Sunsuper 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 9 – 30September with a huge range of events on offer daily. Check their website for full details for the WHOLE program and keep checking back with us for updates! Woohoo!

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