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As spring arrives, switch off the heater and marvel at the warm colours of bluebells, azaleas and daffodils as you make the most of Brisbane's free events, activities, music, workshops and fun. Revel in the best of Free Brisbane with this list of September's free events and activities.
At the Windsor Table Tennis Centre on Green Terrace, browse over 60 stalls of boutique items for new and expecting parents. As you select from the handmade baby clothes, toys, bedding and decorative items for your baby's nursery, their young brothers and sisters will be distracted by the free entertainment, from the jumping castle and motorised rides to getting their faces painted and picking up a balloon animal. Visit the Mummy Tree Markets website for details.
Sung into Being: Aboriginal Masterworks – daily, 10am - 5pm
In the 1980s, Aboriginal art became hugely popular, featuring in galleries in Europe and America. Over 100 of these works, from artists in the NT's Arnhem Land and WA's Kimberley region, are now on display for locals to appreciate at our Gallery of Modern Art in Stanley Place. Visit the GOMA website for details.
BBQ and Beer Festival – 16 September, 10am - 10pm
Kilcoy's regional barbecue and beer festival returns after a successful 2016 to a larger event space on William St, with mountains of slow-cooked beef served in succulent lunches as BBQ chefs compete for the BBQ crown, while dozens of craft beers are poured from icy taps. Visit the Kilcoy BBQ and Beer Festival website for details.
Mars Maker – 16 September, 9am - 3pm
Before colonising Mars, get hands-on in the University of Queensland's Advanced Engineering Building as you create a lander, orbiter or launch vehicle using the template of the pioneering Viking spacecraft, famous for its voyage to Mars. Visit the Eventbrite website to book.
Footy Clinic – 17 September, 10.30am - 3pm
Children from ages 5 to 15 will practise new footy skills in this grassroots clinic on the Brooking Parklands on Ripley Road, guided by local rugby league coaches. Start your journey into the NRL and the Brisbane Broncos as you meet the players from local clubs. Proceeds from lunch, snack and drink sales will fund disability support services, with a Broncos Family Pass on offer. Visit the Ecco Ripley Footy Clinic website for details.
Build a spaceship (by Viking Preservation Project)
In the Roma Street Parkland Amphitheatre, children aged 9 - 13 will be guided in a series of workshops to develop their on-stage drama skills while exciting their imaginations. Their efforts will be celebrated as they perform a special show to proud parents on the final day. Call 07 3156 6371 to book.
Lord Mayor's City Hall Concerts – 19, 26 September, 12pm
On Tuesdays in the City Hall, a series of concerts will fill the city centre with glorious lunchtime music, with highlights including Rhonda Burchmore, Australia's Queen of Cabaret, 50s and 60s jazz with Paula Girvan's swingtet and over 100 of the Queensland Conservatorium's talented students performing musical theatre classics. Visit the Brisbane Festival 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 07 3156 6371 to book.
Finish the month in harmony at the Nundah Community Centre, during a special lifestyle evening. Begin with an ultra-healthy selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes for dinner before mindfully looking inward during a session of mantra meditation, guided by Kirtan practitioners. Visit the Nundah Yoga website for details.
Tai Chi in the Park – Fridays, 8.45am - 9.45am
Free for over 50s, this guided session of Tai Chi, the ancient Chinese exercise, will calm the mind and strengthen the body. In the Captain Burke Park on Kangaroo Point, overlooking the Brisbane River, you'll improve your core stability and flexibility. Visit the Tai Chi for Health website for details.
Studying is often solitary, with the walls inching closer as the pages turn. Burst free at the Mustard Seed on 861 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba for a few hours of study, meeting your student neighbours as you share free snacks and warm drinks while using the free Wi-Fi and printer to get the job done. All tertiary students welcome. Visit the Mustard Seed website for details.
Tastes Like Sunshine – from 18 August, 10am - 5pm
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.
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.
Looking for more free fun in Brisbane? Check out part 2 here.
Is there another free activity or event you're looking forward to in September? Please let us know with a comment.