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Something for families, foodies and fashionistas this May
May in Brisbane is the ideal time to get out and about enjoying the abundance of events and festivals that pepper our fair city during the perfect late autumn weather. Below is a list of my contenders for the title of Brisbane's Best May Event. You'll find some of Brisbane's old favourites, along with something for the curious, foodies, fashionistas, punters, and families.
Stones Corner Festival is widely recognised as one of Australia's best street festivals, with a focus on community at its heart.
Every year they present the best food trucks, wineries, breweries, and distilleries, along with great market stalls, a jumping castle and petting zoo for the kids, and a talented lineup of local and national artists on the main stage. There's even a big screen in the Yak Ales Beer Garden, and entry is FREE. This year, for the first time, they've introduced a limited VIP package for over 18s, which includes canapes, a private bar, premium viewing of the main stage and $50 worth of Festival money.
When: Sunday 6 may from 12noon to 10pm Where: Stones Corner Hub, Corner of Logan Road & Old Cleveland Rd Cost: FREE entry for all ages. Limited VIP package tickets for over 18s $106.10 Bookings: VIP Tickets available online here. Social media: Facebook page here, Instagram here.
Fish Lane Festival is fast becoming Brisbane's premier food festival and street party, celebrating all that's great about the surrounding South Brisbane area. Enjoy ten hours of food, entertainment, beer and cider, including samplers and signature dishes from famous eateries like Billykart West End and Chu the Phat.
When: 12 May from 12 noon until 10pm Where: Fish Lane, South Brisbane Cost: FREE entry. Food prices vary.
For all the excitement horse racing has to offer, there will be seven Group 1 races at this year's carnival. You can also participate in Fashions on the Field, enjoy the music of Brisbane's hottest band, Sheppard, and bet on your favourites. There is a range of hospitality packages and stylish marquees. Regular punters can get general admission for as little as $25.
There are four race days: Doomben 10,000 on 12 May; Doomben Cup Day on 19 May; Ladies Oaks Day on 26 May; and Stradbroke Day on 9 June.
When: Saturdays from 12 May to 9 June Where: Doomben Racecourse, 75 Hampden St, Ascot. Cost: Ranges upwards from $25. Tickets: Available online here by clicking on the race meeting of your choice. Social media: See Facebook page here.
Pint of Science brings science to the streets ...well, the pubs actually, with a series of interesting talks on a range of scientific subjects (including the brain, cancer, virtual reality) by the researchers themselves. Learn something while you enjoy a glass or two. And it will only set you back $6.
When: From 14 to 16 May. Most events run from 7pm to 9.30pm Where: Various venues around Brisbane, Gold Coast and Toowoomba Cost: $6 per person Bookings: Available online here. Social media: Facebook page here, Twitter here or Youtube here.
It's wonderful to think that we can still enjoy all the delights of a good, old-fashioned, agricultural show. Give your city kids the opportunity to learn about the country and enjoy unfamiliar spectacles like a dog show, Light Horse demonstrations, equestrian events, woodworking, rodeo, and jousting. There really will be something for all the family, including live music and entertainment and fireworks.
When: From Friday 18 May to Sunday 20 May from 9am. Where: Brookfield Showground, 550 Brookfield Road, Brookfield Cost: Daily - Adults $20, children $10; MultiDay pass for a Family $80 (2 adults and up to 3 children). Other tickets available. See website here for full details Tickets: Available online here.
One of Australia's longest running festival, Paniyiri celebrates all things Greek, including food, dance, grape stomping, plate smashing, cooking and cultural activities. There's always plenty happening on the entertainment stages and don't forget the legendary honey puff eating competition. There's even FREE travel on BCC buses and QR trains.
When: Saturday 19 May from 12 noon to 10 pm and Sunday 20 May from 10am to 7pm. Where: Musgrave Park, South Brisbane and the Greek Club. Cost: One Day Pass Adults $12 (concession tickets only at the gate). 2 Day Pass $20 Tickets: Available online here. Social media: Facebook page here, Instagram here.