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Published May 29th 2017
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Try your hand at arts and crafts at the Green Heart Fair (by Visit Brisbane)


After celebrating another Maroon State of Origin glory (again) and escaping the media circus surrounding Schapelle Corby, bring on the best of Free Brisbane with this list of June's free events and activities.

Handmade Market Expo – 10 June 8am - 1pm
At the School of Arts Hall, Railways St, Forest Hill, pick up unique bargains where specialist stalls sell the delicious, including pastries and preserves, and the functional, with homewares, fashion, plants and jewellery. Shop till midday before lunching at the cafes or hotels in a quaint village atmosphere. Visit the Handmade Expo website for details.

Friendly Beasts – daily, 10am - 5pm
Bring the family to the Childrens Art Centre in the Gallery Of Modern Art at Stanley Place for an interactive exhibition of Kate Beynon's friendly beasts. Children can interact with the benevolent beasts which blend magical characters from eastern and western mythology. Create your own face mask, mixing the colourful traits from the Blue Shaman, Lotus Monkey and Gorgon Girl or dance in a special video installation before drawing in the Lotus Garden. Visit the GOMA website for details.

Freedom Then, Freedom Now – daily, 10am - 5pm
In the State Library in Stanley Place, reflect on the history of Australian freedoms in a new exhibition focusing on post-WW2. As our state grows, Queenslanders now enjoy more personal freedom but there have been, and still are, challenges, as this exhibition highlights, in the areas of voting and protest, dress, gambling, tobacco and alcohol, marriage, censorship, travel, vaccination and home ownership. Visit the State Library website for details.

Brisbane International Jazz Festival – until 4 June
In performances throughout Brisbane, international and Aussie award-winning singers, pianists and saxophonists will be performing jazz's best gypsy electronic, folk, modern, traditional and classic jazz. Catch free shows by Holic and ConChord on 1 June at Queen St Mall, a Brazilian Ensemble at the Wintergarden Stage and Mufaro & The Soul Junction on Queen St Mall on the 2 June, with many more continuing throughout the festival. View the full program at the Brisbane International Jazz Festival website.

Friday Drinks & Pitches – 2 June, 5pm - 6pm
Discover the next big idea at Fishburners on 155 Queen St, with this not-for-profit charity sharing their ambitious plans for an Aussie tech startup, then chat about it while sharing pizza and drinks. Visit the Meetup website for details.

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Go for gold in an athletics workshop (by Visit Brisbane)


Flower Power Concert – 3 June, 6.30pm - 10.30pm
Missed Woodstock? Experience the Age of Aquarius with flares, beads, tie-dyed shirts and groovy hairstyles as Late For Woodstock perform the greatest hits from the 'hippie' generation without favourite tunes by Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones. Join the party at the Queensport Hotel on 49 Gosport Street, Hemmant. Visit the Brissy Tribute Bands website for details.

Chaos Wrestling – 3 June, 3pm - 8pm
The Valley Mall on Brunswick St is usually a casual place to shop but on Saturday, the bargains will be smacked down as pro-wrestlers, including DJ Havok, Tommy Hellfire, Morbid, The Bullet Kliq's Blakestone and Niki Nitro battle in the squared circle, slamming each other into the canvas for championship glory. Before the bouts, grab an autograph or photo with your favourite wrestler.

Indigi Day Out – 3 June, 10am - 4pm
Saturday is World Environment Day. Celebrate in the sunshine at the Redlands Indigiscapes Centre on 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba with environmental and market stalls selling native plants, arts and crafts and foodie treats. Entertain the family with the kids' activities and the music at the Folk Redlands Festival of Music. Call 07 3824 8611 for details.

Green Heart Fair – 4, 5 June, 9am - 2pm
Join the family-friendly fun at the Seventh Brigade Park, Chermside for Brisbane's biggest community and sustainability festival. Over 100 food, gardening and conservation experts and organisations will share practical tips to live more sustainably. Have fun in the kids' hub, with face painting, a jumping castle and art workshops or watch the action on the main stage and the marquees, with music and demonstrations from My Kitchen Rules contestants. Grab one of the 2,000 free plants, meet Channel 7 personalities, emergency service workers and try the virtual reality games in the RACQ zone. View the full program at Green Heart Fair.

Authentic Zen Garden – 11, 12 June
Experience serene Zen in the garden at 224 Dennis Rd, Springwood, open to the public for the first time. As trickling water draws you across the smooth wooden bridge to the tea house, marvel at the lush and exotic plant life, including white oak, Chinese elm, weeping willow, banbusa chungii, bamboo and Nepalese blue in this tranquil oasis. Visit the Elements Living website for details.

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Hear our next big musicians at the QUBE Effect Awards Show (by Visit Brisbane)


Athletics Workshop for Kids – 15 June, 9am - 1pm
On the Arbour View Cafes Lawn in the South Bank Parklands, go for gold as boys and girls run like the wind in fun games and races to learn the basics of athletics, including running, jumping and throwing. Visit the Little Days Out website for details.

QUBE Effect Awards Show – 17 June, 4pm - 7pm
On the Turbine Platform at Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm, celebrate with live music by our best contemporary youth musicians during the QUBE Effect awards show, with performances and presentations by the winners of the People's Choice, Innovation, Best Original Song Green Jam and the Lord Mayor's City Hall Concert awards. Visit the Brisbane Powerhouse website for details.

Chrome and Clutter Retro Festival – 24 June, 3pm - 8.30pm
At 3pm on Patrick St, Laidley, car lovers will relish the show and shine display of vintage automobiles, lined with shining chrome. Once you've seen the spectacle, enjoy the live band and dancing while browsing the art, craft and food stalls, supporting local charities. Visit the Eagle Rock Cafe website for details.

Sounds in the Park - Brisbane Brass – 25 June, 2pm - 3.30pm
The trumpet or 'horn' players, from Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie to Miles Davis and James Morrison, have spiced up the improvising dynamism of jazz since its beginnings in New Orleans. Marvel at our best local jazz talent in all age groups on a relaxing Saturday afternoon in the Roma St Parkland Amphitheatre. Visit the Roma St Parkland website for details.

City Sounds – weekends throughout June
Australia's largest free music program presents rock, pop, jazz, electronica, blues, country and alternative tunes from local and touring artists. Continuing throughout June, highlights on South Bank include Latin jazz with the RhythmAddicts, funky acid rock with LS Philosophy and soulful vocals and guitar work with Karrie Hayward. In the city centre at Post Office Square and King George Square, Elska strums mysteries with her harp while Asha Jefferies serenades with beautiful melodies. The program of eclectic musicians continues throughout June. View the full program at the City Sounds website.

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Wear your beanie in the winter wonderland (by Visit Brisbane)


Carseldine Farmers & Artisan Markets – Saturdays, 6am - 12pm
Prep for weekend feasts with a trip north to 532 Beams Rd, Carseldine for regional produce, gourmet treats and art. Taste test fresh food ranging from artisan-baked bread, waffles and pies to stonefruit, strawberries and avocados with a backdrop of live music and games for the kids. Visit the Carseldine Farmers & Artisan Markets website for details.

Live Kirtan – Fridays, 6pm to 8pm
In the Mantra Room at 236 Montague Road, West End, the world's first exclusive Kirtan venue, experience the resonating rhythms of expressive music and transcendental chanting, creating an enchanting atmosphere for a special form of group meditation.

Asmy - Deep Peace Class – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 5.30pm to 6.15pm
Experience peaceful relaxation with ancient yoga practices guiding your breath, mind and body to feel bliss and peace during a hectic working week. Asmy sessions are hosted at 236 Montague Road, West End.

Power Kids: Little Artists at Play – 6 June, 9am to 12pm
On the Turbine Platform at the Playhouse on 119 Lamington Street, New Farm, children are led in creative play workshops by internationally acclaimed artists in the fields of theatre, dance, music and digital media. New sessions begin every 30 minutes from 9am - 11.30am. Visit the Brisbane Powerhouse website for details.

Knockoff Comedy – Fridays, 6pm to 7pm
Laugh your way into the weekend with Funny Fridays at the Brisbane Powerhouse. A quirky mix of Aussie comedians will hit you with their outlandish stories, silly one-liners and laugh-till-you-snort observations. On the last day of the month, chaos takes the stage with the ImproMafia using improvisational comedy instead of Mafia-inspired crime to tickle your funny bone. For more information, visit the Brisbane Powerhouse website.

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Make your own Friendly Beast mask at GOMA (by Visit Brisbane)


Little Days Out: Welcome Winter Play Date – 1 June, 9am - 1pm
Children in Brisbane are blessed with sunny days year-round but on the Little Stanley Street Lawns North, they can experience a winter wonderland, building a snowman, strapping on make-believe ice skates, hearing cool stories and playing games to keep warm. Visit the Little Days Out website for details.

Student Study Sessions – Thursdays, 2pm - 4pm
Studying is often solitary, with the walls inching closer as the pages turn. Burst free at the Mustard Seed on 861 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba for a few hours of study, meeting your student neighbours as you share free snacks and warm drinks while using the free Wi-Fi and printer to get the job done. All tertiary students welcome. Visit the Mustard Seed website for details.

Sunday Sessions on the Green – Sundays, 2pm - 5pm
Relax on the lush lawns at the River Quay Green with live music beneath the warm sunshine on an easy Sunday afternoon. Call (07) 3867 2170 for details.


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