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Brisbane Fireworks & Laser Light Displays - Winter and Spring 2013

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by Geraldine Massey (subscribe)
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Published June 25th 2013
Watch Brisbane light up in winter and spring
There must be something about cold, clear, crisp night skies that brings out a longing for fireworks. The advent of winter has seen a feast of fireworks begin their annual colourful assault upon Brisbane, and it will continue well into spring.

If you can't get enough of fireworks; if you love the crackle and bangs, the smell of smoke in the air, colourful, awe-inspiring explosions, or dancing laser lights, then this list is for you. It includes smaller, local community events, as well as the super-sized spectaculars that will be lighting up Brisbane's nightscape over the next few months. There is something for small children as well as hard-core pyrotechnics tragics, and events are happening all over Brisbane from Redcliffe in the north to Ormeau in the south. There is a charge for entry to some events but most are FREE. Make sure you get your fill of all the fireworks fun with this handy guide.

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Riverfire 2012. image from Brisbane Festival Facebook page.

The Big Ones

Ekka Ignites 360
Ekka's fireworks extravaganza is new and improved for 2013. Ekka Ignites 360 includes fire dancers, speed bikes, laser lights, water effects, monster trucks, surround sound music, and entertainment by international artists.

When: From Friday 9 August to Saturday 17 August at 7pm.
Where: RNA Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills
Cost: The fireworks show is free but entry costs for the Ekka vary. See website for details.

Santos GLNG City of Lights Laser Show
No bangs and whizzes with this one, only the bright pageantry of one of Australia's largest laser shows. And, it's on every night for three weeks, with the last week coinciding with the spring school holiday break.

When: Every evening from Saturday 7 September to Friday 27 September.
Times: From Sunday to Thursday shows will be at 7pm and 8.30 pm. Friday and Saturday night shows will be at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm.
Prime Vantage Points: South Bank - Santas GLNG Lounge at South Bank's Cultural Forecourt and South Bank Promenade.
Cost: Free

Sunsuper Riverfire
Brisbane's favourite fireworks are the finale for Brisbane's favourite festival, Brisbane Festival and come with warm up aerial displays and other entertainment from 12 noon

When: Saturday 28 September 2013. Fireworks begin at 7pm.
Where: South Bank. See website for vantage points.
Cost: Free


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Image from Redcliffe Show website.

Community Events

Redcliffe Show
The 64th annual Redcliffe Show offers not one, but two fireworks displays. After days filled with horse jumping, dog shows, pig racing, speed cars and marching girls you can settle in for the fireworks.
When: Friday 28 June at 7.15pm and Saturday 29 June at 8pm.
Where: Redcliffe Showgrounds
Cost: Entry to the show is Adults $10, Kids & Pensioners $5

Everton Park State School Funday
Top off a day filled with market stalls, live entertainment, cakes, and a barbeque with fireworks at 7.30pm.

When: Saturday 20 July. Funday from 2pm, fireworks at 7.30pm.
Where: Everton Park State School, Deakin St, Everton Park
Cost: Free

Centenary Rocks! Festival
In its tenth year Centenary Rocks! Festival will be showcasing the talents of Australian rock royalty, Russell Morris, Normie Rowe and Brian Cadd, amongst all the usual festival goodies, including a cracking fireworks display on Saturday evening..

When: Saturday 27 July. Time to be announced
Where: Rocks Riverside Park, Counihan Rd, Seventeen Mile Rocks
Cost: Entry is free

Ormeau Fair
There will be 2 days of fun and entertainment for the whole family at Ormeau Fair on 10 and 11 August. It is the major fund-raising event of the year for Ormeau Lions Club.

When: Saturday 10 August from 9am to 9pm. Fireworks begin at 7.30pm. The fair continues on Sunday 11 August from 9am to 4pm.
Where: Brien Harris Oval, Peachey Road, Ormeau
Cost: Free

Runcorn Heights State School Culturefest
The school will be celebrating its cultural diversity with stalls, music, food, rides, face painting and an animal farm, with a fireworks finale.

When: Saturday 7 September. The festival begins at 12 noon and concludes at 6pm with fireworks.
Where:
Cost: Free

Coorparoo Carnival
This one has all the usual fete fare plus the chance to win a Honda Jazz.

When: Sunday 20 October. Fete from 11am, fireworks at 6.30pm.
Where: Coorparoo State School, 327 Old Cleveland Rd, Coorparoo
Cost: Free

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Image from Brisbane Festival website.

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Why? For a cracking good time
When: Winter and Spring 2013. Individual dates vary. See article for details.
Where: Various Brisbane venues. See article for details.
Cost: Most are Free. See article for details.
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