4 FREE Brisbane Festival Activities For Families

Brisbane Festival 2016

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 will soon be announced with tickets for 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.

1. South Bank Pinkstallation

South Bank Pinkstallation, South Bank

Stanley Street Plaza is a great South Bank meeting place. Cobbled streets, casual dining, live music and eclectic markets.

But you know that top-hatted guy balancing on a unicycle hanging high over the centre of the Plaza? He’s one of the last remaining of the 88 ‘Human Factor Sculptures’ created by John Underwood for World Expo ’88 – all of them white, made of coated fibreglass and showing people doing ordinary things.

For Brisbane Festival, he’ll ride on a pink cloud of top hats. A pinkstallation!

2. Brisbane Airport 3D Street Art

Brisbane Airport 3D Street Art, South Bank

Australia’s most highly-awarded pavement artist Jenny McCracken returns to Brisbane Festival with Dom Intelisano and Amelia Batchelor to create incredible 3D wall and floor illusions.

Come down and see these artists create magic masterpieces, and get involved in our fun creature art workshops – perfect for the kids.

Don’t forget the camera – festival-goers are encouraged to get ‘in the picture’ and #BNE3D to win great prizes!

3. Critters Corner

They have  teamed up with our friends at State Library of Queensland to make some extra family fun. Bring the kids down for some pop-up storytelling and play. Books, games, songs and the best stories ever.

And their friends from the Queensland Museum have found some magic critters that will grab the imagination of the critters in your own family. Creatures and creativity just for you.

4. Sunsuper Riverfire

Sunsuper Riverfire, South Bank

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 3 – 24 September with a huge range of events on offer daily. Visit Brisbane Festival’s 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.

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