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15 Best Spring Events in Brisbane 2017

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by Geraldine Massey (subscribe)
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Brisbane's alive with awesome events this spring
Brisbane is at its colourful best in spring, and I'm not just talking about the jacarandas and poincianas that will soon be bursting forth all over our fair city. Whether it's about fireworks, food, LEGO, culture, theatre, cinema, sport or music you'll find fun for everyone throughout the rest of the spring season. Enjoy the spring sunshine and balmy evenings or escape the heat indoors at your selection of any one of these great events from now until the end of November 2017. Maybe you'd like to try them all?

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The following festivities are listed in date order. Click on the blue links to the event websites or WeekendNotes articles about the events.


1. Sunset Spritz Pop up Bar
Customs House
From 21 September
Recommended for: foodies, spritz and cocktail enthusiasts, lovers of Brisbane River views


Customs House is embracing the change in weather with its returning pop-up bar on the banks of the Brisbane River. Sip cocktails and indulge in canapes from Thursdays to Sundays throughout spring and summer.

2. BrisBricks Brisbane LEGO Fan Expo
Chandler Arena, Sleeman Sports Complex
30 September to 2 October
Recommended for: LEGO lovers, kids, families


This fan-generated and fan-managed event will feature interactive stands, LEGO volcanoes, dinosaurs, spaceships, a Batcave & more. There will also be a LEGO play area for your kids to express themselves. Entry costs are: Adult $12, Child (3-15yrs) $6, Under 3yrs - FREE. Read the full article here.

3. Riverfire
South Bank Parklands
30 September

Recommended for: families, kids, fans of pyrotechnics

Sunsuper Riverfire is one of Brisbane's most popular family festivities. City skies will be ablaze with colour, with most of the action centring on South Bank Parklands. There are also vantage points at Victoria Bridge and Kangaroo Point. Best of all, it's FREE. Read the full article here.

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Image from Newstead House website

4. Cheese to Please Festival
Newstead House, New Farm
1 October
Recommended for: cheese lovers, foodies


Okay, this is the one that has already got me salivating in anticipation. A cheese-tasting journey through a range of stalls, craft beer and charcuterie in the ultimate springtime riverside location, Newstead House? Yes, please. Entry is FREE. Read the full article here. See you there.

5. Sounds in the Park – Sunday Morning Jazz
Banyan Lawn, Roma Street Parkland
1 October, 5 November & 3 December
Recommended for: jazz aficionados, outdoor types, families


All you have to do is turn up on the first Sunday of the month (from October to December), grab a patch of verdant lawn or a deck chair, lay back and absorb some cool jazz sounds. concerts run from 10.30 am to 12 noon. Entry is FREE. Read the full article here.

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6. Oktoberfest Brisbane
Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills, Brisbane
6 to 8 and 13 to 15 October
Recommended for: foodies, beer lovers, families


Oktoberfest Brisbane is Australia's largest German festival and it gets bigger every year. So much so that it needs 6 days spread over 2 weekends to fit everything in. There'll be food, beer (of course!) the famous Miss Oktoberfest competition, rides and activities for the kids, and plenty more. Ticket prices vary.Read the full article here.

7. American Express Brisbane Openair Cinema
Rainforest Green, South Bank Parklands
6 October to 19 November
Recommended for: families, cinephiles,


Brisbane's favourite outdoor cinema returns to South Bank for its spring 2017 season. Opening night features Logan Lucky and the closing night showing will be The Mountain Between Us, with something for families, kids, Rom-com lovers and action aficionados in between. Ticket prices vary. Read the full article here.

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Image from Brisbane Open House Facebook page.

8. Brisbane Open House
Various venues around Brisbane
7 and 8 October
Recommended for: architecture enthusiasts, sticky beaks, history lovers


Cities all around the world throw open the doors of their architectural treasures for Open House, and Brisbane is no exception. Building throughout the city and surrounds will be open for inspection, and some offer exclusive behind-the-scenes tours. Entry is FREE but some tours must be booked. See the website for details.Read the full article here.

9. Festitalia - Brisbane Italian Festival
Spencer Park, 42 Newbery St, Newmarket
8 October
Recommended for: foodies, kids, families, lovers of Italian culture


Described as a "celebration of all things Italian" this one-day festival will feature Roman chariot replicas, Italian dancing, a gelato eating competition, cultural performances, rides and a laser light show. Sound big enough for you? Tickets are $10 for adults, $ concession and children under 12 FREE. Read the full article here.

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10. Picnic in the Parklands
South Bank Parklands
8 October
Recommended for: families, kids, picnic lovers, those who remember EXPO 88


Brisbane's favourite community space is turning 25 and you're invited to the picnic party. There will be water-based activities, puppet shows and the Epicurious Garden for the kids, roving performers (including the legendary butterfly stilt walkers of Expo 88 fame), live music, free tours and much more. It's FREE entry and it all kicks off at 10am. Read the full article here.

11. Summertime Riverfest
Riverside Drive, West End
21 October
Recommended for: families, kids, music lovers


Quackers the Duck has been seen floating in the Brisbane River and that can mean only one thing - the Summertime Riverfest and Australia's Biggest Duck Race are almost here. On the day you can watch thousands of bright yellow ducks, listen to musical performances on the Pradella River Stage, let the kids have fun in the Gone Quackers Kids Zone, and partake of the Regatta Gourmet Street Bites. It all starts at midday. Read the full article here.

12. Bulimba Uke Fest
Bulimba Golf Club
22 October
Recommended for: music lovers,


This is Brisbane's inaugural celebration of that popular stringed instrument that punches way above its weight. The festival will feature uke workshops, live music and fun tropical-themed activities. You can come dressed in your best Hawaiian outfit or enter the One Minute Uke Shred contest. It all goes live at 11am. Tickets are $10 single, $20 family. Read the full article here.

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Image from Good Food and Wine Show website

13. Good Food and Wine Show
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank
27 to 29 October
Recommended for: families, foodies


At this year's Good Food and Wine Show, you can meet some of Australia's best chefs, win a foodie holiday, visit the Cheese Alley, enjoy a champagne high tea, taste the world's best pizza and visit the Good Food Village. This is one of Brisbane's favourite foodie events. Ticket prices vary, early bird tickets are available until 24 October. Purchase tickets online here.

14. The Wizard of OZ at QPAC
Lyric Theatre, QPAC, South Bank
4 to 19 November
Recommended for: lovers of musicals, kids


This re-vamped production of the favourite children's tale stars Anthony Warlow, Jemma Rix and Lucy Durack. Featuring the beautiful songs of often underrated composer Harold Arlen with a few newbies from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, this musical will have you skipping off down the Yellow Brick Road. Ticket prices vary. Read the full article here.

15. Ashes Test
The Gabba
23 to 27 November
Recommended for: cricket tragics, sport lovers


After some disappointing recent results, the Australian Cricket Team will be looking to up the ante when 'the Poms' hit town for this popular grudge match. The traditional season opening match at the famous Gabba is always a crowd pleaser. Ticket prices vary.
Read the article about the Barmy Army Ashes Tour here.

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Why? Brisbane is at its best during spring
When: Various dates throughout Springtime
Where: Various venues around Brisbane. Check the article for details
Cost: Ranges upwards from FREE. See article and event websitesfor details
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