Weekends are an adventure, inspired to create grin-inducing memories, new friendships and captivating stories. Every weekend deserves a Weekend Note.
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At the Museum of Brisbane, 64 Adelaide St, after kids explore the new indigenous exhibition, Our Mutable Histories, they can create their own secret messages using crayons and wax, to share with a friend or relative. The workshop is ideal for children four and older. Visit the Museum of Brisbane website for details.
Children aged 7 - 13 can experience the thrill of catching a fish, learning the basics of casting their fishing rod, luring the catch and netting it. Once you've grabbed a celebration selfie, gently release your catch back into the calm lake at The Lake Precinct, Roma Street Parkland. Call 1300 137 468 to book.
Meme Artwork – daily
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.
Fire Fest – 8 July, 5pm - 10pm
Warm up in winter with a fire-spinning festival in Orleigh Park, 24 Hill End Terrace, West End. Music, performing arts and the theatre, spectacle and magic of the circus will captivate you as the fiery glows light up the night. Visit the Sideshow Hub website for details.
Giant Mural Unveiling – 2 July, 9am - 11am
At the Green Hill Reservoir, 203 Russell Terrace, Chapel Hill, marvel at the 3-metre-high water-themed mural spanning almost 1km, created by street artists and local students. Play games, have a free sausage sizzle lunch, sip coffee and receive your own artwork with a face painting. Visit the website for details.
Birdhouse Workshop – 2 - 9 July, 11am - 2pm
Children can birdwatch from the backyard as native wildlife are drawn to their colourful birdhouses created at these crafty workshops in the Craft Village at the Hyperdome, Pacific Mwy, Loganholme. Visit the Hyperdome website for details.
Warm up with Fire Fest (by Visit Brisbane)
Bands in Park – 2 July, 11am - 4pm
Relax with the family on a sunny Sunday by the Brisbane River, listening to smooth jazz in the dog-friendly park at State Route 25, Newstead as food trucks tempt you with exotic cuisine for lunch.
Big Scout Adventure – 22 July, 10am - 3pm
To support Hummingbird House, Queensland's only children's hospice, join the Big Scout Adventure at Seventh Brigade Park, Murphy Road, Chermside for a day of family-friendly fun. Get active, learning the skills to "be prepared" in the outdoors before enjoying trendy treats for lunch at the food trucks. Visit the Scouts Queensland website for details.
Night Noodle Markets – 19 - 30 July, 5pm
Savour an Asian dinner in an exotic street market, suddenly appearing in the Cultural Forecourt, Southbank. Dozens of food stalls will serve our favourite Asian cuisine, beneath the stars and in the lively atmosphere of an outdoor festival. Visit the Good Food Month website for details.
Boppin' Babies Musical Play – 27 July, 9am - 1pm
Share a morning of musical therapy with your child in this early learning program designed for kids up to 5 years old. Your baby will dance and play to the imaginative tunes, guided by qualified musical therapists on the south end of the Little Stanley Street Lawns, South Bank Parklands. Visit the Little Days Out website for details.
Get your fingers dirty with the creativity of charcoal, learning the techniques to draw with this distinctive medium, guided by Kathy Ellem at the Somerset Regional Art Gallery, 29 Factory Road, Toogoolawah. Reserve your spot at the Experience Somerset website.
Australian Poetry Slam – 29 July, 4.30pm - 7pm
Since Eminem's 8 Mile, poetry is back in popular culture, and the phenomenon hits the Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm, as our next slam champions compete for a place in the State Final in August. In 2 minutes, each contestant will battle to win over the crowd, as their rap bursts from the mic, hitting the judges, selected from the audience, while the current Aussie Champion MC's the poetic performances. Visit the Brisbane Powerhouse website for details.
Welcome the whales to Queensland (by Visit Brisbane)
Celebrate the arrival of humpback whales along Queensland's coastline with the annual whale welcome blessings at Point Lookout, performed by the Quandamooka people. After watching the blessing, enjoy the festival atmosphere with live music, dance, arts workshops, sand art and kid's games. Visit the Q Festival website for details.
Friendly Beasts – daily, 10am - 5pm
Bring the family to the Childrens 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.
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.
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.
City Sounds – weekends throughout July
Australia's largest free music program presents rock, pop, jazz, electronica, blues, country and alternative tunes from local and touring artists. Continuing throughout July, highlights at Emma Miller Park include Mickey with catchy tunes and an engaging personality on 5 July 11am, 12pm and 1pm and June, the passionate vocalist, compared to Lisa Mitchell, at Post Office Square. At the Liana Lounge, hear country sounds from the talented siblings, Alex and Bec. The program of eclectic musicians continues throughout June. View the full program at the City Sounds website.
Athletics Workshop for Kids – 20 July, 9am - 1pm
On the Arbour View Cafes Lawn in the South Bank Parklands, go for gold as boys and girls run like the wind in fun games and races to learn the basics of athletics, including running, jumping and throwing. Visit the Little Days Out 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 July? Please let us know with a comment.