Where is it: Brisbane River as it passes through Brisbane's CBD What's it all about: Riverfire is a spectacular fireworks finale to the Brisbane Festival!
How can I join in: Get in early to find a spot, sit back, and wait for the action! There are vantage points all through the CBD, South Bank and Kangaroo Point. If you don't want to brave the crowds, there a heaps of restaurants and bars that have special functions for Riverfire. Also, have a look at the website for spots in the suburbs where you can see the fireworks!
Tell me more: If you're new to Brisbane or maybe just visiting - Riverfire is one event not too be missed! All Brisbane locals know this event - a fireworks extravaganza which wraps up the Brisbane Festival. And not just fireworks either - some awesome fly pasts and displays of military might from the Royal Australian Air Force with Super Hornets and helicopters! Be sure to get in early to secure your spot (South Bank is a great spot) as it is a hugely popular event, but braving the crowds is definitely worth it, as the 20 minute fireworks display is truly amazing!
Where is it: Mack drives around to different locations – keep an eye out for where they pop up next!
Why we love it: Get to meet the real life Lightning McQueen and Mack and take part in fun Disney Cars activities!
Tell me more: So much fun for your little Cars fans – or even if somehow your kids are not into the Cars franchise! There are heaps of fun activities to get into, obviously you will get to meet Mack and Lightning McQueen, but there are jumping castles, inflatable slides, art and craft – even a scooter race! Your little guys will definitely have an awesome time at the Pit Stop but be aware that Cars is definitely not losing its popularity over the years (the original Cars is over 10 years old now!) – so be prepared to wait a while to get in!
Where is it: Spring Hill Reservoir
Why we love it: Walk through an amazing piece of artwork in an amazing, heritage listed structure!
Tell me more: The Spring Hill Reservoirs are a couple of amazing structures in Brisbane’s central business district that generally sit unnoticed for the most part. Recently they have been opened to host special events such as concerts as their structure provides a wonderful ambiance for sound – and as we’ve just found out, a semi-buried concrete reservoir with no windows also provides an amazing ambiance for light! The Weight of Light by Meagan Streader is an awesome art exhibition which sees neon light rope specially placed throughout the reservoir structure. The lights, against the dark interior of the reservoir combine to create an amazing spectacle where it is hard to tell if spaces exist or not! It’s a lovely exhibition and a wonderful way to experience these heritage listed buildings!
Where is it: Events across the state and internationally!
What's it all about: Talk Like a Pirate Day started as a bit of a joke between some mates in 1995 and has since grown into an international event! Here in Queensland, we recognise the day as a day to fundraise the Childhood Cancer Support organisation!
How can I join in: Lots of schools, sporting clubs and other organisations have events on for Talk like a Pirate Day! Here in Brisbane, the big event is at the Queensland Maritime Museum at South Bank! So make sure you've got your got pirate costume, put on your best pirate voice, get into the pirate spirit and come along for special pirate activities and check out the museum too!
Tell me more: The Childhood Cancer Support (CCS) organisation does some hugely important work supporting kids with cancer and their families. Events throughout the year both help CCS raise needed funds and also provides the kids with an opportunity to get out have some fun! The Talk Like a Pirate Day event at the Queensland Maritime Museum is a great event held annually on the 19 September that has heaps of piratey things to see and do! With pirate parades and costume competitions, jumping castles, pirate games (even some sword fighting lessons!) and heaps more, this is always a fun day out! Yarrrr!
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Where is it: Perry Park, Bowen Hills
What's it all about: Nordic nations join together for an awesome festival and party here in Brisbane!
Tell me more: Brisbane is home to many people of Scandinavian heritage or descent - either living here permanently or here to study, so the Scandinavian Festival is a great way for them to show off and share their amazing history and culture with the rest of Brisbane! This festival brings together the cultures of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Estonia in a fun and friendly event! Great food, cultural dances and music, popular regional sports like handball and floorball and most of all heaps of fun! A super fun festival for the whole family!
Where is it: Captain Cook Parade, Deception Bay
Why we love it: A surprising piece of Queensland's history tucked away in the mangroves at Deception Bay!
Tell me more: Bancroft Sea Baths are man-made tidal baths that would fill with water as the tide came in. The baths were cut into the tidal sandstone at Deception Bay in the late 19th century and are a historical reminder of Australia's connection with the ocean! It's quite interesting to see these historical baths (they may be the only surviving examples in Queensland!). If you are ever in Deception Bay (check out our blog of Deception Bay here) - you must check out these heritage listed baths! They are very interesting and are an important part of Queensland's history!
Amenities: The park (adjacent to the beach) has toilets, barbeques and picnic tables! 👍👍👍
Parking: Parking shouldn't be a problem! 👍👍👍
Access: Getting to the beach is easy, but you might have to look for the baths! 👍👍
Best for: It's an interesting side-visit for the adults while you get the kids to the beach! 👍👍
Summary: It's a nice little visit to see these interesting sea baths, and a heritage listed structure at that! 👍👍👍
Hints: Check the tide times before you visit or else you may not see anything!
Where is it: Pacific Parade, Currumbin – right on the beach!
What's it all about: The vision behind SWELL Sculpture Festival was to provide access to an art experience that allows for the appreciation of art while in the relaxed surroundings of a fun and familiar setting - the beach!
How can I join in: Come along for a look at any time to check out the amazing art work! You might also want to volunteer to help out or even purchase one of the sculptures!
Tell me more: The SWELL Sculpture Festival is a great initiative. Just like QAGOMA and their programs for children, this festival provides a great way to get your little ones to take notice of artwork in a way that is fun and comfortable for them! There are a number of sculptures right on the beach and the foreshore, and you can wander around at your own pace and take it all in. There's no problem with the kids losing interest either, as being right on the beach, there are plenty of distractions for them which gives us grown-ups a better chance to appreciate - something we don't always have the chance to do in a gallery! The sculptures here are really impressive as well - check out our gallery as our descriptions will probably not do them justice!
Where is it: All over Australia!
What's it all about: Join in with local governments, businesses or schools for a flag raising ceremony!
Tell me more: On September 3, 1901 the Australian Flag was raised for the first time, and every year on its anniversary date we can join in on a celebration of this event! It’s just a simple little ceremony but it’s an opportunity for everyone to show their pride in our flag! You will find events all over Australia with schools, government buildings and businesses taking part – Brisbane City Council holds a ceremony at King George Square with the members from the Australian Defence Force helping out and there are also a few musical performances!
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