The winds of August are set to blow a lot of free fun our way in Brisbane so enjoy yourself without blowing the budget. You're bound to find something that takes your fancy from the worlds of community festivals, science, sport, music, the great outdoors and gardening.
Pasar Rakyat Indonesian Festival
The Indonesian Student Association of Queensland and the Indonesian Society of Queensland are presenting Pasar Rakyat, a cultural explosion of all things Indonesian on Saturday 4 August at Brisbane Powerhouse. For 4 hours you can get a taste of Indonesia that will whet your appetite for the even bigger Pesta Rakyat (Party for the People) on Sunday 15 September.
When: Saturday 4 August 2012 from 4pm to 8pm. Where: The Lawn, Brisbane Powerhouse, Lamington Street, New Farm. Why?: It's culture and community. What's On: Market, food bazaar, music,dance, Indonesian toys and batik and dance workshops.
The Great Queensland Bush Walk
In late August you're probably looking for some way of getting rid of those post Ekka, dagwood dog and strawberry ice cream kilos. Well you can do it in beautiful bush surrounds if you take part in the Great Queensland Bush Walk, hosted by the National Parks Association of Queensland. There's a host of fun, educational, historical, outdoors activities for the fit and not so fit, held in south east Queensland's sensational national parks, and all only a comfortable drive from Brisbane.
When: Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August 2012 . Where: D'Aguilar National Park, Glasshouse Mountains National Park and Lamington National Park Why?: Get outdoors, get fit and learn something. What's On: Guided bush walks, bird watching, bush yoga and trail running. More Information: All walks and activities are free but have limited places available so you must register to attend. Go to the events listing page here, select your activity and then fill in the registration form. It couldn't be simpler.
Under 19 Cricket World Cup
Australia's stocks as a cricketing nation have fallen a little in recent years, but our Under 19 team is the current World Champions in the fifty overs a side form of the game. Don't wait for the upcoming Australian summer of international cricket. Be a part of the future of cricket when the brightest young cricketers from sixteen nations come to Queensland for the Under 19 Cricket World Cup in August. And the best thing is that watching all this talent won't cost you a cent. Warm-up and tournament matches will be played at various Queensland venues with the Brisbane action happening at the Allan Border Field, University of Queensland and Peter Burge Oval.
When: Warm up matches on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 August, Tournament from Saturday 11 August to Thursday 16 August, Plate Championship from Sunday 19 August to Saturday 25 August. Where: Brisbane venues - Allan Border Field, Albion, University of Queensland, St Lucia and Peter Burge Oval, Redlands. Why?: See the future of cricket. What's On: One Day Cricket matches between 16 national Under 19 teams. More Information: You will find the entire schedule on the website here.
Generate - Powerhouse Music and Sound students from Queensland University of Technology will take over Brisbane Powerhouse on Saturday 25 August for Generate, five hours of free musical entertainment ranging from folk to funk.
When: Saturday 25 August from 12noon to 5pm. Where: Brisbane Powerhouse, Lamington Street, New Farm. Why?: Sounds like fun. What's On: Contemporary, acoustic, pop, folk, and electronica performances by up and coming artists.
What's Cooking in the Gardens?
What's Cooking in the Gardens?, is brought to you by Moreton Bay Regional Council and a host of gardening and foodie favourites including Jerry Coleby-Williams (Gardening Australia) and Isabella and Sophia Bliss (Junior MasterChef). See the real connections between gardening and gourmet and paddock and plate, learn some new skills at the workshops, and get valuable tips from popular speakers.
When: Sunday 5 August 10am to 3pm . Where: Redcliffe Botanic Gardens, George Street, Redcliffe. Why?: It's a feast for all your senses. What's On: Demonstrations, speakers, workshops and kids' activities. More Information: Gold coin entry to the Gardens, then most entertainment and activities are free. See website here for full details and program.
Another successful and popular community festival, Bulimba Festival, presented by RSL Queensland, melds music, fashion, design, markets and food along the length of Oxford Street. Last year's event saw 35,000 happy festival goers enjoy the atmosphere and a range of entertainment. This year musical entertainment includes Mark Seymour (Hunters and Collectors) and Wendy Matthews and Kids Corner will feature dodgem cars and beach lagoon water balls.
When: Sunday 26 August 2012 from 9am to 5pm . Where: Oxford Street, Bulimba. Why: See Bulimba blossom. What's On: 2 stages for entertainment, fashion parades, rides, market stalls and food. More Information: Check the website here.
QUT National Science Week Activities
QUT has a range of fun activities and events open to the public for National Science Week 2012. They include public lectures, science trivia nights, science comedy and loads more. You can even have a crack at the Edible Bridge Building Challenge.
When: From Friday 10 August to Thursday 16 August 2012. Where: Various venues. See website for the full program and venues here. Why?: Because science isn't for geeks - it's fun. What's On: events include a model solar car race, star gazing, science trivia and Fame Algorith comedy with Simon Pampena, the Angry Mathematician. More Information: Most public events are free but for some you need to register your interest to attend. Check all details at the website here.
The hugely successful Ambiwerra festival has this year morphed into AmbiFair. Presented by St Aidan's Girls School, the Fair will cater for everyone with the usual range of stalls, raffles, rides and entertainment, and some added extras like Flipside Circus, Battle of the Bands and the Fashion Platter Awards for wearable art.
When: Sunday 5 August from 10am to 4pm . Where: Ambiwerra Sports Field, Erinvale Street, Corinda. Why?: It's fair fun for everyone. What's On: Art, craft and designer stalls, entertainment from community groups, food stalls and a range of musical entertainment. More Information: Check the website here. A full program will be available on the day for $2.