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Brisbane, prepare to be rocked with festival fun & fireworks
The best and largest festival in Brisbane's western suburbs returns to the best park in the western suburbs this July, complete with food, fireworks and fun for the whole family. Centenary Rocks! Festival will celebrate its tenth birthday at the fabulous Rocks Riverside Park on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July.
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This is a festival by the community for the community, with a trusty troupe of volunteers from Centenary Community Connections, who organise everything from food and entertainment to sound and lighting. They even collect the rubbish and erect stalls. Because of all this hard work, what began as a fledgling one day event has grown into jam-packed weekend program, supported by a myriad of local businesses, with something for all the family.
Festival Details When: Saturday 27 July from 10am to 6.30pm and Sunday 28 July from 10am to 4pm. Where: Rocks Riverside Park, 5 Counihan Road, Seventeen Mile Rocks. Cost: Entry and most entertainment is free. Food, drinks, rides and market items for sale. More information: On the Website here or the Facebook page here.
The festival has become known for musical performances by some of the cream of Australia's rock crop. This year they've surpassed themselves with a legends lineup that includes Russell Morris, Normie Rowe, Brian Cadd and Peter Cupples, along with Jenny Morris, guitarist Tim Gaze, and keyboardist to the stars, Glen Muirhead. Festival favourite, former Australian Idol finalist Casey Barnes, returns along with the Royal Australian Navy Band.
Local talent will also be featured at the festival with performances by local musicians, dancers and cheerleaders.
For the Kids There will be the usual assortment of kids activities including face painting, an animal farm and a Side Show Alley with many rides. Kids can also play putt putt golf or ten pin bowling, enjoy Geckoes Wildlife Shows and meet children's author Lai Peng Chan.
Refreshments There will be a range of market stalls serving up tasty treats with a multicultural flavour. Enjoy Spanish churros, Indian, Mexican, German and Japanese cuisine or the usual festival fare of chips and dagwood dogs. There is even a well-stocked licensed bar where you can chill out with a cold one while watching the performances.
Fireworks The fireworks show is scheduled to top off the first day's program, exploding into the sky at 6.15pm.
CarFest Sunday's CarFest is a big drawcard for the retro and custom car set, but even if sparkling chrome or the hum of a finely-tuned engine does nothing for you, it's an interesting and colourful spectacle. It runs from 10am to 4pm on Sunday. To enter a car costs $10.