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Top 4 Brisbane Community Festivals in September

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Published August 20th 2012
A free festival every weekend
Brisbane Community Festivals in September
[ADVERT]The start of Spring is set to see Brisbane burst out of its Winter funk with a happening festival every weekend.

Here are some free, family friendly festival options for September.

Peaks to Points Festival - Family Day

This family fun day at Oxley Creek Common coincides with Father's Day (Sunday 2 September), and marks the official opening of the Peaks to Point Festival, which runs from 1 -16 September.

The mammoth 16 day eco-festival is a celebration of the stunning natural environment that South East Qld is blessed with, from Ipswich to Moreton Bay. It is a chance to bring people of all ages together and teach them how the protection and maintenance of our local environment can be achieved with a co-operative effort.

Across the 16 days, at various Brisbane locations there are countless activities on offer including bird watching, guided walks, history walks, bus tours, tree planting, and eco-workshops and activities on topics such as worm farms and composting, sustainable living and growing native plants. Other family friendly events include a Kite Flying Day at Strickland Park (Sherwood) and a bush picnic which includes a free sausage sizzle and guided walks at Karawatha Forest. For a full timetable of events see the website or check out the program.

The Family Day sounds like the perfect way to celebrate Father's Day and to welcome in Spring! The event promises to be diverse and interactive with plenty of activities on offer for the whole family. Kids can explore their musical sensibilities at Marimbas on the Move and the Sound Playground, which is comprised of a host of musical instruments made from recycled materials. There will be no shortage of entertainment for the kids with an animal farm, art workshops and bollywood dance workshops on offer.

The whole family can enjoy free canoeing on the Oxley River, or test their map-reading skills with the orienteering challenge. Learn about worm farming and composting, living with koalas, the benefits of cultivating bees and various other ecological information at the Sustainability Expo.

There will be food and drinks on sale, but it's also a perfect spot for a picnic if you prefer to bring your own.

When: 10.00am - 4.00pm on Sunday 2nd September, 2012
Where: Oxley Creek Common, Sherwood Rd, Rocklea.
Cost: Free

Nundah Village Street Festival
Sandgate Road in Nundah Village is home to this annual community event which this year will rock the village on Sunday 9th September from 9.00am - 3.00pm.

The village will be transformed, teeming with street entertainers and stilt walkers, live entertainment and performances from bands, choirs and dancers.

Sounds like this festival will be fun for the whole family with children's amusement rides, a jumping castle, markets and street stalls, and headline entertainment from Aussie icons Wickety Wak (2.00pm-3.00pm).

And it's no Greazefest but there is a Classic Car Show in Memorial Park (adjacent to the main street) for those whose interests lie in that direction. Amongst others, a Rock N Roll George 1952 Holden FX (replica) will be on display.

A stage in Memorial Park will also feature bands from 10.00am - 2.00pm including blues musicians Mad World Band, who do a mean Joe Cocker tribute, and Strawberry Fields for some old time rock'n'roll including classic Beatles covers.

Exhibitions of an artistic nature abound with a Student Art Show, and the festival being held in conjunction with the Nundah Village Art Show (open from 10.00am - 3.00pm on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September, in the Northside Hyundai Showroom). All works are for sale so if you're looking for a new piece for your home or as a gift, you may find something that tickles your artistic fancy.

When: 9.00am - 3.00pm on Sunday 9th September, 2012.
Where: Nundah Village, Nundah.
Cost: Free

Celebrate Redcliffe Festival

Formerly known as the Redcliffe First Settlement Festival, this seaside extravaganza attracts thousands upon thousands of visitors to the Redcliffe peninsula each year. It is fast becoming one of Brisbane's most popular events and not surprisingly as it kicks on all weekend (15-16 September) and is unique in its attractions and entertainment.

This truly is a festival for the whole family, and ladies, you'll have no trouble enticing your male partners and friends to attend this high octane spectacular; the whole weekend is non stop action on the water.

Be at the Scarborough Boat Harbour on the Saturday from 10.00am-2.00pm to not only witness the thrilling Offshore Superboat Championship practice, but to get up close and personal with the drivers and their boats with a meet and greet. Don't miss the official Offshore Superboat Championships on Sunday with races at 11.30am and 1.00pm; prime viewing positions are the Redcliffe foreshore and Redcliffe Jetty.
Courtesy of MBRC Facebook page

The action continues with the 2012 Australian Waterski Racing Championships running all weekend on Bramble Bay. Reaching speeds of up to 200km an hour, these astounding displays will run all day from 9.00am - 5.00pm. Saturday's festivities will also include a sausage sizzle, free face painting and entertainment for the kids, trade displays, music, entertainment and carnival rides til 8.00pm.
Jet Ski Racing
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Sunday's street fiesta is the drawcard for me. From 9.00am - 4.00pm, Redcliffe Parade, Charlish Park, Anzac Place and the foreshore will spill over with people, amusements, markets and activities. And for some entertainment of a historical nature, check out the re-enactment of the first European landing in Queensland on the Redcliffe foreshore at 10.30am.
Historical ren-enactment
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2 stages provide all day live entertainment, as do roving buskers and street performers. Hundreds of arts and crafts markets are set to test your spending willpower, and food from across the globe will tempt your tastebuds. The Seaside Kitchen located in Charlish Park will entertain with alfresco cooking demonstrations (10.00am - 3.00pm) from popular chefs and local restaurants, including Masterchef contestant Alana Lowes.
Fresh seafood on offer
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Children will revel in the Kids Zone, located near the Jetty Stage on Anzac Parade. They can enjoy $2 rides at the water's edge, face painting, games and activities, and take part in a treasure hunt (get in early as places fill quickly).
Courtesy of MBRC Facebook page

Parking is available in surrounding streets, but proximity to the event will depend on your arrival time or luck. Check out the website or full program here.

When: 9.00am - 8.00pm on and 9.00am - 4.00pm on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September, 2012.
Where: Various locations within the Redcliffe Peninsula -see the website for details
Cost: Free

Purina Bark in the Park Festival

This is an exciting day out for owners and their furry, four legged friends. I'm personally looking forward to this festival as it's the first opportunity to test our dogs' stunted social skills in such a large and challenging arena!

Held at the gorgeous Roma St Parklands on Saturday 29th September, from 10.00am - 2.00pm, the Bark in the Park Festival will again be hosted by the handsome Steven Jacobs from Channel 9's Today Show.

I'm hoping for some inspiration from special guest and animal behaviourist Dr. Jo Righetti. The Purina PetCare Advice Team will also be on hand to offer training and behavioural tips - perhaps I can teach my old dogs a few new tricks after all.
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Everyone can enjoy a range of complimentary offers including dog washing from TotalCare, food samples from Purina and grooming classes from PetLife.
Dog grooming - Before..
and after...

Grab a family portrait, test your dog's agility skills, marvel at the fashion parade and soak up some live music - if they hit a high A note you may hear my Maggie howling along a mile away!

Dogs must remain on leashes at all times and for everyone's sake please be prepared when it comes to cleaning up after your beloved pet.

When: 10.00 - 2.00pm on Saturday 29th September, 2012.
Where: Roma St Parklands, Brisbane City
Cost: Free

Special Mention

Here are some additional September festivals that although not featured in this article, are worthy of a mention.

Indian Bazaar -14th &15th September at the Mt Gravatt
Showgrounds. $3 entry fee.
Caboolture Family Fun Day - Saturday 29th September at the
Queensland State Equestrian Centre. Free entry.
Redfest - Redlands Spring Festival - Friday 7th - Sunday 9th September at the Cleveland Showgrounds. Adult entry fee $12
Brisbane Festival - the mother of all festivals. There are ticketed
events but also a large number of free events including the spectacular Santos City of Lights.

Enjoy the start of Spring everyone!
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We really love festivals -they are great

We are looking forward to our Beer festival in Maryborough

We enjoy this festival every year and have done since the very first one 2004

Everybody is welcomed to it

And you don't need alcohol to join in this wonderful festival

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