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Published October 1st 2017
The Best Things in Life are Free
Meet Christer Fuglesang (by Astronaut Stories)
After enjoying part 1 of the Free Brisbane list, bring on more fun in Brisbane with these free events and activities in October.
Astronaut Stories – 3 October, 6.30pm - 9pm
As Elon Musk prepares us for blastoff to Mars, hear about life in outer space from Christer Fuglesang, a Swedish astronaut. Christer spent 26 days on the International Space Station and over 31 hours on spacewalks. Hear about real-life experiences in space at the GHD Auditorium in the University of Queensland. Visit the Astro Stories website for details.
Taste of Egypt Fete – 7 October, 10am - 12pm
Egypt, home of the pyramids and Tutankamun, is celebrated at the Virgin Mary Coptic Orthodox Church on 2 Hamish St, Calamvale. Join the cultural fun with camel rides, face painting, henna, traditional dance and Egyptian cuisine. Stay for the fete's fireworks finale. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Isuzu Queensland Golf Open – 26 - 29 October
Line up for tee off at the Brisbane Golf Club on Tennyson Memorial Avenue, Yeerongpilly. This golf tournament features a competitive combination of professional and amateur golfers, with previous events seeing Greg Norman and Jason Day compete. They have both been ranked as the No. 1 golfer in the world during their careers, and you may spot the next No. 1 competing here in 2017. Visit the Queensland Open website for details.
Open Mic Night – 13, 27 October, 7pm - 10pm
Kick off the weekend with live music, performing to a packed house in the Pig N' Whistle, a British pub on 446 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley. Win over the crowd and you'll score a paid gig at the Newstead Brewing Company. Visit the Pig N' Whistle website for details.
Children's Festival – 14 October, 3pm - 8pm
Join the family-friendly fun at the Robelle Domain Parkland, with face painting, train rides, martial arts and lion dancing workshops. Taste the international cuisine from pop-up stalls while enjoying the live performances from orchestra musicians, circus artists and dancers. At 8pm, look to the sky for the fireworks display. Visit the World Harmony Day website to book.
Core Strength Class – Tuesdays, 5.45pm - 6.30pm
Take time out from the strain of long cardio sessions with a class to improve the strength and flexibility of your core muscles, including the abs, back, glutes and obliques. You'll stand taller and stroll without straining once the session stops. Join the fit fun at the southern section of the Little Stanley Street Lawns. Visit the South Bank website for details.
Keen to crack into the music industry? If you're a music lover, budding producer, publicist or performer, the industry professionals, from BIGSOUND, Triple J, and the Tiger Beams will give you the inside info on the music business. Join them at the QUT Creative Industries Precinct Corner in Kelvin Grove for presentations and networking sessions. Visit the QUT Facebook page for details.
Brisbane Open House – 7 October, 10am - 12pm
During the Brisbane Open House Festival, visit the Roma Street Parkland for a peek into the process to create the colourful floral displays in our favourite public garden. Visit the Brisbane Open House website to book.
Relics to Rights: Aboriginal People and Anthropology – daily, 11am - 3pm
At the University of Queenland's Anthropology Museum, discover new insights about Aboriginal culture from the images and objects created by Australia's indigenous people, revealing a diversity developed over vast distances and centuries of interaction. Visit the UQ website for details.
Food Story Tour – Tue, Thur, Sat, 12pm - 12.45pm
Be guided on a personal tour of the Museum of Brisbane's latest exhibition of art inspired by our local farmer's markets and unfolding in 3 sections, beginning with Tastes Like Sunshine, continuing to Food Futures and concluding with Harvest to Hearth. Quell your hunger with the perfect lunch based on your results from the diet determination quiz. Visit the Museum of Brisbane website for details.
Think Fit Live Fit Festival – 1 October, 10am - 3.30pm
Shake off the winter wobbles with the fitness workshops at the Newmarket Village, with guided yoga and stretching classes, wellbeing seminars and health food taste tests. Visit the Newmarket Village website for details.
City Sounds – weekends throughout October
Australia's largest free music program presents rock, pop, jazz, electronica, blues, country and alternative tunes from local and touring artists. Continuing throughout October, highlights include Tennyson King with earthy roots and blues, Amber Lawrence with authentic country, Loa with enchanting lyrics and FretBuzz with modern Latin jazz. View the full program at the City Sounds website.
Tee off for a golf tournament (by Isuzu Queensland Open)
Live Kirtan – Fridays, 6pm to 8pm
In the Mantra Room at 236 Montague Road, West End, the world's first exclusive Kirtan venue, experience the resonating rhythms of expressive music and transcendental chanting, creating an enchanting atmosphere for a special form of group meditation. Special guests, the Soul Sistas, will perform beautiful four-part harmonies and simple, melodious tunes.
Knockoff Comedy – Fridays, 6pm to 7pm
Laugh your way into the weekend with Funny Fridays at the Brisbane Powerhouse. A quirky mix of Aussie comedians will hit you with their outlandish stories, silly one-liners and laugh-till-you-snort observations. On the last day of the month, chaos takes the stage with the ImproMafia using improvisational comedy instead of Mafia-inspired crime to tickle your funny bone. For more information, visit the Brisbane Powerhouse website.
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 until 2 October, 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.
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 October? Please let us know with a comment.