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Published February 15th 2012
Five Free March Events in Brisbane
You don't have to be a penny-pincher, a skinflint or a cheapskate to appreciate getting something for nothing. Everyone says entertainment isn't cheap, and that's certainly true - in Brisbane plenty of it is free. During March you won't need to crack open that piggy bank to finance your entertainment. Say "Bah! Humbug!" to the User Pays principle, leave the credit card at home and get out and about in the cooler Autumn days. You can laugh, listen and learn and it won't cost you a cent.
Just when you thought it was safe to get back to New Farm, Livewired, Brisbane Powerhouse's free comedy program, returns to Sunday evenings from March 4.
When: 6.30pm every Sunday from 4 March. Venue: Turbine Platform, Powerhouse What's On: The lineup has yet to be announced, but past performers and MC's include John Conway, Henry Stone, Mel Buttle and Lindsay Webb. Recommended for people aged over 15.
Do your bit for international relations and welcome visitors to our city. At last year's event about 4000 people, mostly international students and their new-found friends, enjoyed a great day and learned a lot about Brisbane.
When: Saturday 3 March from 11am to 4pm Venue: King George Square What's On: Information stalls, live bands and entertainment, competitions and the 2011 International Student Ambassadors will be formally thanked by Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk .
Queen Street Mall regularly stages free music performances ranging from jazz and blues to folk and hip hop.
When: From Friday 2 March to Sunday 4 March Venue: Queen Street Mall What's On: Some of Brisbane's most talented, emerging blues artists will give 30 minute performances at Milano Cafe and the Visitor Information Centre. They include Shoebox, Hemi Kingi Trio, Doc Span and Ross Williams, Ben Crick, Asa Broomhall and Pat Tierney. Full details, including artists and performance times are available here.
You can find out all about the inaugural Brisbane Irish Festival here, with events happening from Friday 9 March to Saturday 17 March. Free events include St Patrick's Day Parade and Family Sports Day (free for children). At the Irish Trivia Night you can battle it out with other Paddies and Colleens, and demonstrate your knowledge of the Emerald Isle.
When: Monday March 12. Registration by 5.30pm Venues: There are 4 participating city Irish pubs: Gilhooley's, Irish Murphy's, Fiddler's Elbow and Mick O'Malley's. What's On: Questions will be broadcast live on 4EB 98.1FM, and you will compete against other trivia buffs in all 4 venues.
In the aftermath of Valentine's Day congratulations may be in order and you might need to start planning a wedding. If you've ever wandered through historic Brisbane Arcade you would have noticed not just its beautiful architecture, but also the plethora of wedding related services and stores.
When: Sunday 11 March Venue: Brisbane Arcade, 160 Queen Street Mall What's On: Designers, jewellers, beauty services, reception venues, photographers and more will be showcasing their wedding wares. Entry is free but you must register by 2 March to attend. Send an email to email@example.com
I'm sorry there seems to be some confusion about this article. I do a lot of research for my articles and always include where and when information and links to websites etc where I can.
Full details for all of these events are on separate pages following the introductory page. Under the piggy bank image you will see numbered event headings in bright blue. If you click on these they will take you to the information for that event. Sorry if this is confusing - it's a new type of article for WEN.
The title of this article "Five Free Events in Brisbane' certainly alerts a subscriber's attention - but serverly fails to deliver when we discover these five free events include a "Welcome International Students Day" (I mean, standing at a bank teller to take out cash is free, but hardly an advertisement for 'free events in Brisbane) and Brisbane Arcade Wedding Open Day, which would only appeal to those with impending nuptials (and certainly not the husband-to-be's) or those with a terribly dysfunctional social life. Very disappointing!