Where is it: King George Square, Brisbane
What's it all about: A celebration of Scottish culture here in Brisbane!
Tell me more: With so many Australians being able to trace their roots back to Scotland, this was bound to be a popular event! Following the international traditions of Tartan Day, the event was centered around one of the more recognisable pieces of Scottish culture - music, and in particular the bagpipes! Heaps of great music from pipe bands as well as highland dancing, traditional foods (like haggis, black pudding and tablet - yum!), market stalls where you can pick up a kilt and also the opportunity to do a little research on your ancestors! A fun little festival with great music, dancing and food!
Where is it: Starting at Alice St at the City Botanic Gardens and marching up George, Mary and Edward Streets before returning to the gardens!
What's it all about: A parade through the streets of Brisbane to celebrate the Irish culture!
How can I join in: Get dressed up in green and cheer on the parade!
Tell me more: St Patrick is celebrated as the patron saint of Ireland, and St Patrick's Day is generally regarded as a celebration of all Irish heritage and culture. With such a large population of Irish expats calling Brisbane home, and so many Australians with Irish heritage, any celebration of Irish culture is bound to draw a crowd! A week-long Irish Festival commences with the parade, which sets off from the City Botanic Gardens and marches around a couple of city blocks, so there's plenty of opportunity to find a vantage point to get a good view. Irish dancers, marching bands, sporting teams and community associations take part in the march, singing, dancing and cheering (and even handing out a few lollies!) their way through the city! The crowd responds appropriately - as it would seem that there is a significant proportion of the crowd that would have Irish heritage as well!
After the parade, the party continues at any of the number of Irish-themed pubs, or for the families in the City Botanic Gardens, where there is a market and live Irish music. Most of the kids and families head straight to the playground - which, by coincidence, is a nice shade of green! - so the great festive atmosphere from the parade is carried through to the playground as well! A lovely morning out for everyone, regardless of whether you have an Irish connection or not!
After Party in the Botanic Gardens
Where is it: Queen Street Mall and King George Square, Brisbane City
What's it all about: The heart of Brisbane is gearing up for Christmas shopping and celebrations!
How can I join in: There's lots to see and do in the City leading up to Christmas! Visit Brisbane's website has a great listing of Christmas in the City activities to help you plan your visit!
Tell me more: The City is such a fun place to visit in the lead up to Christmas! The Queen Street Mall is all dressed up in Christmas cheer, with trees and lights and huge decorations, special performances and events, and many of the large retailers and arcades have special displays and Christmas programs! There is a giant Christmas tree in King George Square which has its very own special lighting event which draws huge crowds. But our favourite Christmas event is a really impressive Christmas parade of dancers, music and even camels, running nightly through the mall and marching through to King George Square! Join on to the end of the parade and march on in to King George Square to marvel at the Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular!
Xmas at David Jones
Gold Lotto City Lights Spectacular
Xmas Parade and Pantomime
Lighting of the Christmas Tree
Brisbane Family Explorers