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Although it sounds like a mouth-burning experience, Tastes Like Sunshine is a celebration of the delicious cuisine produced by our favourite local chefs, on display with the talents of artists Elizabeth Willing and Sean Rafferty. In the Museum of Brisbane's exhibition, you may experience sensory overload as your tastes will be tempted and your palate is delighted. Visit the Museum of Brisbane website for details.
Creative Kids - Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star – 3 August, 9am - 1pm
On the Central Cafe Lawns, South Bank Parklands, kids can play act their favourite nursery rhymes, trying star-themed games and creating their own artworks to decorate bedroom walls before bedtime. The workshop is ideal for children of all ages as they attend for as long as they need to perfect their rhymes.
International Blues Music Day – August, 7pm - 8pm
Blues music is celebrated during the first weekend in August, with performers and enthusiasts from around the world arriving in Brisbane to hear the smooth and varied sound of this freestyling artform. Highlights include Mike Frost & The Icemen at the QSM Stage on Saturday, Jeff Usher at Reddacliff Place and Trombone Kellie at QSM on Sunday. Visit the 5th Annual International Blues Music Day website for details.
Game On – 12 August,10am - 8pm
We all love playing games and at the Brisbane Powerhouse, you can make your own in a workshop hosted by the Brisbane International Game Developers Association. Chat with the talented locals creating some of the world's most popular games in the digital studios. Visit the Brisbane Powerhouse website for details.
Clothing Repair Cafe – 5 August, 1pm - 3pm
Don't leave your favourite jacket, shirt or pair of jeans in need of a bit of TLC. Rescue it from the wardrobe with guidance from Jane Milburn of Textile Beat, using patches, stitching and clever remodelling. At 20 Burke Street, Woolloongabba, practise hand-sewing (wearing a thimble if your fingertips can't resist needlepoints yet), discover where to buy materials and join the slow-clothing movement and feel the warm glow as you wear your favourite clothes again. Visit the Eventbrite website to register.
Solomon Islands Exhibition – from 7 August, 11am - 3pm
The beauty of Solomon Islands, one of our closest neighbours, is on display in a cultural exhibition at the UQ's Anthropology Museum. There are over 200 pieces of art, including photographs, sculpture, paintings and artefacts from the 19th century to the present day. Visit the UQ Anthropology Museum website for details.
Jive and Swing Dancing – until 16 August, Wednesdays from 5.30-6.30pm
Itchy feet after watching Grease? Join the fun in a jive and swing dancing exercise session, with 1950s costumes encouraged, as you're guided by an expert with swing dancing routines in case Grease 3 begins filming. Put on your dancing shoes at the South Bank Piazza.
Happy International Blues Music Day! (by City Sounds)
Greek Dance Class – until 14 August, Mondays from 5.30-6.30pm
Greek dance may be associated with broken plates, but OPA-Cize (OPA - Greek, Cize - exercise) teaches traditional Greek dance during an energetic exercise session without smashed crockery. Try the Greek-inspired craze, adding fun to the healthy Mediterranean lifestyle.
Early Childhood Music Class – 17 August, 9am - 1pm
Introduce your baby to the joys of music in a fun workshop singing, games, rhymes, lullabies, stories, dancing and finger plays. During 30-minute sessions on the Little Stanley Street Lawns, babies and young children are encouraged to join in the melodies, beginning a life-long love of music.
Friendly Beasts – daily, 10am - 5pm
Bring the family to the Children's Art Centre in the Gallery Of Modern Art at Stanley Place for an interactive exhibition of Kate Beynon's friendly beasts. Children can interact with the benevolent beasts which blend magical characters from eastern and western mythology. Create your own face mask, mixing the colourful traits from the Blue Shaman, Lotus Monkey and Gorgon Girl or dance in a special video installation before drawing in the Lotus Garden. Visit the GOMA website for details.
Asmy - Deep Peace Class – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 5.30pm to 6.15pm
Experience peaceful relaxation with ancient yoga practices guiding your breath, mind and body to feel bliss and peace during a hectic working week. Asmy sessions are hosted at 236 Montague Road, West End.
Sunday Sessions on the Green – Sundays, 2pm - 5pm
Relax on the lush lawns at the River Quay Green with live music beneath the warm sunshine on an easy Sunday afternoon. Call (07) 3867 2170 for details.
Freedom Then, Freedom Now – daily, 10am - 5pm
In the State Library in Stanley Place, reflect on the history of Australian freedoms in a new exhibition focusing on post-WW2. As our state grows, Queenslanders now enjoy more personal freedom but there have been, and still are, challenges, as this exhibition highlights, in the areas of voting and protest, dress, gambling, tobacco and alcohol, marriage, censorship, travel, vaccination and home ownership. Visit the State Library website for details.
Children beginning a lifelong love of music (by Little Days Out)
The meme , a social media response to an idea, issue or inane event, is the subject of this latest exhibition of oil paintings at Level 2 of the Brisbane Square Library, 266 George St. In Be Public In The Now, self-taught painter Christopher R. Inwood has created 17 large works reflecting on the power of the meme, whether serious, sarcastic or hilarious. Visit Christopher R. Inwood's website for details.
Prep for weekend feasts with a trip north to 532 Beams Rd, Carseldine for regional produce, gourmet treats and art. Taste test fresh food ranging from artisan-baked bread, waffles and pies to stonefruit, strawberries and avocados with a backdrop of live music and games for the kids. Visit the Carseldine Farmers & Artisan Markets website for details.
Looking for more free fun in Brisbane? Check out part 1 here.
Is there another free activity or event you're looking forward to in August? Please let us know with a comment.