As summer's heat eases, Brisbane still offers a stack of outdoor activities with a range of free events and exhibitions. In March, highlights range from fitness classes in the park, Irish and Bulgarian festivals, an exhibition for a pioneer of cinema and laughfest as the world's funniest comedians hit town. Plan for free fun in March with this shortlist of Brisbane's best.
Mind Body Spirit Festival 17 to 19 March, 9am to 6pm
Find inspiration, knowledge and joy, feeding your soul with guidance during evocative seminars, health food tastings, meditation sessions and browsing amongst over 200 stalls offering products and services focused on wellness. The free MBS Festival is hosted in the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre at South Bank. For more information, visit the Mind Body Spirit Festival website.
Workout with Michelle Bridges 11 March, 7.15am to 10.15am
Join Michelle Bridges in a free fitness class on the lawns of the South Bank Parklands where she promises to instruct and motivate you without the shock treatment the Biggest Loser contestants endured in their battle to lose weight. For more information, visit the Medibank Feel Good Program website.
Femioke - Female Karaoke 11 March, 8pm to midnight
With special permission from local authorities regarding the potential noisy disturbance, keen crooners can sing their hearts/lungs out in a Queensland Women's Week special event inviting women to sing songs made famous by their favourite female musicians. For more information, visit the Metro Arts website.
World Science Festival 25, 26 March, 10am to 4pm
Experience the wonder of science in over 40 immersive, family-friendly events during the Street Science activities at Melbourne Street, South Brisbane. The event covers each discipline, with drones, robots, fossils, solar energy and augmented reality used in interactive displays. For more information, visit the World Science Festival website.
Handmade Expo Market 25 March, 8am to 1pm
In the heritage-listed School of Arts Hall at Railways St, Forest Hill, enjoy all things handmade, including pastries, cakes and pies and preserves, wooden carvings, clothing, jewellery and plants. For more information, visit the Handmade Expo website.
In Teralba Park at Pullen Road, Everton Park, see the special purpose vehicles, including helicopters, rescue boats, all-terrain police trucks and big red fire engines, used by our emergency services workers and volunteers to respond to natural disasters. Meet our state's humble heroes, the SES volunteers, police officers, ambulance drivers, firefighters and more as you learn the steps to prepare and protect your family and property when a disaster occurs. On-site food trucks will serve snacks and lunches while children will be entertained with demonstrations and hands-on activities. For more information, visit the Emergency Services Expo Brisbane website.
First Sunday Food 5 March, 10am to 2pm
In the Grantham Butter Factory at 6 Victor Street, Grantham, meet the growers and makers of Queensland's best produce in the Lockyer Valley. Enjoy tastings of the local product range during morning tea. For more information, visit the Mormor Food website.
Woodcarving for Women 8 March, 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Celebrate International Women's Day with a tangible reward, learning to carve your own wooden spoon. Guided by Carol Russell, a proficient woodcarver, you'll be able to chat with lovers of handicrafts while enjoying wine and cheese and browsing the exclusive deals for your own woodworking tool kit. For more information, email Carbatec.
At the Picnic Island Green in South Bank, excite your child's imagination with the adventurous tale of Aladdin and the magical Genie in tale told through dance. Children are invited to join the story, moving with the characters and learning how to express emotion through dance. Bookings aren't required and children can attend at any time during the day. For more information, visit the South Bank Facebook page.
Irish Festival - St Patrick's Day Parade 11 March, 10am to 1pm
Celebrate all things Irish during the St Patrick's Day Parade and Party in Alice St, Brisbane. Cheer the colourful convoy of over 80 floats brightly painted in orange, green and white during a day of free entertainment. For more information, visit the Brisbane Irish Festival website.
Watch your child tell the story of Aladdin with dance (by Visit Brisbane)
Grab a feel-good bargain at this not-for-profit Twilight Market at 337 Bracken Ridge Road, Bracken Ridge. The event is hosted to help disadvantaged local children with raffles, face painting, henna, clothes and food for sale to fund support programs with the Youth Development Foundation, dedicated to improving the lives of Brisbane's youth with opportunities for vocational training and employment. For more information, visit the YDF website.
City Sounds Throughout March
Australia's largest free music program presents rock, pop, jazz, electronica, blues, country and alternative tunes from local and touring artists. In South Bank each Friday, performers include lounge jazz from Deep Dreamer, sea-infused folk by Catherine Gunther, the vibrant vocals of Charlotte Emily and the working class rock of Brad Butcher. In the Wintergarden on Queen St Mall on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the invigorating Jo Davie, wild child Hannaka, jazz virtuosity with Swing Dynamique and French soul with Tuxedo Kitten feature. View the full program at the City Sounds website.
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.
Raw Coffee and Roasting Showcase 4 March, 11am to 12.30pm
Start the weekend right with the delightful aroma of fresh coffee as you learn the art of roasting, the grading of coffee beans and the origins of our coffee at 82 Abbotsford Road, Bowen Hills. For more information, email Di Bella Coffee.
Martenitsa Festival 4 March, 10am to 4pm
Celebrate the best of Bulgaria at Orleigh Street, West End with traditional folk dancing, singing and language. During the festival, adults and children can learn the art of Martenitsa, creating their own adornment, a special Bulgarian pair of dolls, male and female, made from red (for health) and white (for happiness) yarn and designed to bring good luck. For more information, email Bulgaria Queensland.
Get hands on with Street Science (by Visit Brisbane)
Yoga Saturday 4, 18, 25 March, 8am to 8.45am and Monday 6, 13, 20, 27 March, 5.45pm to 6.30pm
On the Little Stanley Street Lawns in South Bank, be guided by a qualified instructor to discover the mental, physical and spiritual benefits of the ancient practice of yoga. Enjoy the flowing sequence of yogic positions, strengthening muscles as your flexibility and posture improve. View the full Medibank Feel Good Program.
Energy Class Wednesdays, 5.45pm to 6.30pm
Surge over the midweek slump with a free burst of high energy aerobics, burning the calories savoured during your afternoon snack until you relax on the grass at Little Stanley Street Lawns in South Bank, watching the sun set as a gentle breeze washes over you. View the full Medibank Feel Good Program.
Exercise with your baby Wednesdays, 9.30am to 10.15am
Introduce your baby to the joys of outdoors before they discover smartphones, console gaming and Pokemon. You'll strengthen and tone all the muscles new parents need to handle their new bub. Led by a qualified instructor, enjoy the serene surrounds of the Little Stanley Street Lawns in South Bank as your baby watches you set a healthy example. View the full Medibank Feel Good Program.
Zumba Thursdays, 5.45pm to 6.30pm
Get fit in style with a free Zumba class, taking the best elements of aerobics and nightclub dancing in an outdoor exercise class on the Little Stanley Street Lawns in South Bank, choreographed and led by a qualified instructor and suitable for all fitness (and dance coordination) levels. View the full Medibank Feel Good Program.
Through a glass, darkly: The films of Ingmar Bergman 1 - 19 March, pm to pm
"Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls". Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman was one of the 20th century's artistic visionaries. His films explored religious wonder while expressing a profound insight into the complexities of human relationships, captured with a unique eye for beautifully memorable images. His works continue to inspire and influence the art of film and Through a glass, darkly will screen his films, including The Seventh Seal, The Magician and Persona, charting his progression as an artist. The documentary, Trespassing Bergman, will feature interviews and scenes of his home on a Swedish island. The films will be screened in Cinema A of the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art at Stanley Place, South Bank. View the full program at the Through a glass, darkly: The films of Ingmar Bergman website.
Sing your heart out with Femioke (by Visit Brisbane)
Queensland Bulls Sheffield Shield Cricket 16 to 19 March, 10am to 5pm
Cheer for our state's cricket team, the Queensland Bulls, at Allan Border Field as they battle the top ranked Victorian Bushrangers, eager to impress national selectors and join Sam Heazlett, Matt Renshaw and Usman Khawaja in the Aussie side.
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.
The Mnemonic Mirror Throughout February
Social media's stream of consciousness dialogues would be make James Joyce blush. As this new phenomenon records our memories, replacing nostalgic images and thoughts with selfies, tweets and hashtags, The Mnemonic Mirror questions our memories. How, what and why do we remember what we do? 12 contemporary Australian artists have created works hosted at the Griffith University Art Gallery on 226 Grey Street, South Brisbane. It's sure to be memorable...
BalletFit Tuesdays, 5.45pm to 6.30pm
With the fresh breeze and lush green landscape of South Bank Parklands, enjoy the healthy relaxation and stretching session combining aspects of ballet and pilates to strengthen your core, leg, back and arm muscles. Join the qualified instructor on the Little Stanley Street Lawns in South Bank. View the full Medibank Feel Good Program.
Is there another free activity or event you're looking forward to in March? Please let us know with a comment.