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Seven Free July Events in Brisbane
Maybe it's the weather that's producing a flurry of freebie events everywhere this month and Brisbane is no exception. There's so much happening that I've had to expand July's list from 5 to 7 so you don't miss out on anything. You can satisfy your thirst for cultural, community and indigenous events, comedy, tertiary studies, food and my personal favourite, beer. Here's cheers.
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Young Blood Comedy All Stars
Young Blood Comedy was born out of the fact that young comedians are unable to perform at open mic nights at regular Brisbane venues because you must be 18. Come and see a range of talented comic performers at Young Blood Comedy All Stars at Brisbane Powerhouse. Performers range from those who've only wielded the mic on a couple of occasions to finalists in the Class Clowns national comedy competition.
When: Saturday 14 July at 7.15pm. Where: Brisbane Powerhouse What's On: Stand up open mic comedy performances by Brisbane's brightest new comics. More Information: The event is free but you must RSVP by emailing email@example.com
Home Festival 2012
The organisers of Home Festival aim to "share with the community a sense of belonging, inclusivity, learning, expression and most importantly, fun!". This is a real grass-roots festival where everyone involved is a volunteer. You can celebrate "home" with workshops delivered by locals with a skill to share, Suitcase Rummage, stalls, story telling and much more.
When: Saturday 21 July 2012 from 11am to 7pm. Where: Raymond Park, Kangaroo Point (just behind the Pineapple Hotel). What's On: One of the great features of this year's event is a time out zone where little ones can read or rest. There will also be a bar, an amateur home brew competition, a range of entertainment and spoken word performances. More Information: Visit the website here where you can also sign up for their newsletter.
Get on board the new wave of Australian craft brewing at the inaugural Queensland Beer Week. Seven whole days of beer-themed events should have you in hop heaven. Many of the festival's events are free including the official launch of Brewtal Brewers, free tasting sessions at Burleigh Brewing and Archive Beer Boutique's second birthday celebration.
When: Monday 16 July to Sunday 22 July 2012. Where: Various venues throughout Brisbane and South East Queensland with some events in regional Queensland. What's On: Free beer tastings at selected venues, Home Brew Day on Saturday 21 July and world record brewing attempt. Program: The full program can be accessed here or you can find events listed by date on the website here. More Information:Most free events do not require booking but check the details for your selected event. You can sign up for the newsletter here.
Brisbane French Festival
The Brisbane French Festival is Brisbane's annual love affair with all things French. To celebrate La Fête Nationale or Bastille Day South Bank's Cultural Forecourt will be transformed into a mini Montmartre, complete with artists and artisans, food stalls, French fashion and entertainment. It's Australia's largest French festival.
When: Saturday 14 July from 9am to 10pm Where: South Bank Parklands Cultural Forecourt What's on: Buy from the market stalls, watch fine artists and craftspeople at work in the Art and Artisans Pavilion, listen to French musical entertainment and bid for fabulous French-inspired wares at the silent auction. More Information: Visit the website here or keep up to date with all the latest at their Facebook page here.
Musgrave Park Family Fun Day
Musgrave Park Family Fun Day is part of the broader program of NAIDOC Week activities and events celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture all around the country from 1 to 8 July 2012.
When: Friday 6 July 2012 from 9am to 5pm Where: Musgrave Park, South Brisbane. What's On: Stalls, rides for the kids, entertainment from indigenous performers, traditional indigenous crafts and the crowning of Miss NAIDOC Brisbane Models Search @ 2pm.
Tertiary Studies Expo
We obviously like to do things on a grander scale here in Queensland because the Tertiary Studies Expo, just like the previously mentioned Brisbane French Festival, is the biggest event of its kind in Australia. You can speak with representatives from education, employment and training industries and find out about a plethora of study and training options.
When: Saturday 21 July and Sunday 22 July from 10am to 4pm. Where: Exhibition Building, RNA Showgrounds, corner of Costin Street and Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills. What's On: Stalls and representatives from universites, TAFE Institutes, private training providers, employers and government agencies. More Information: Visit the website here, the Facebook page here or the TSXPO Blog here.
Regional Flavours 2012
Hold on to your chef's hats. South Bank's Regional Flavours is back for its fourth year bringing over 100 regional food and wine producers to Little Stanley lawns. This year's theme is "What does our food say about us?" and popular chef Dominique Rizzo will be the MC for the Epicurious Tent.