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Get out in the winter sun for some freebie fun
Brisbane in July is alive with a diverse range of free entertainment and events, so don't let a lack of money hamper your social life. If you're interested in sport (Queenslander!), literature, food, music or endurance challenges there's something for you in this list.
Obstacle, endurance and fitness challenge courses are all the rage at the moment and the new player in that market is True Grit, the first military style obstacle course designed by Australian Special Forces, and we all know these guys aren't playing. The races raise money for the Commando Welfare Trust and Legacy, supporting the families of lost soldiers and members who have been wounded in operations.
Image from True Grit facebook page.
If you want to compete registration is still open at a cost of $110 - $120 per person. The 11 kilometre course has 30 obstacles to challenge you but you can go along for the ride and get some vicarious thrills as a spectator, because unlike similar events, spectators are admitted free. Car parking is available at a cost of $10.
Enjoy a day in the winter sunshine watching other people punish themselves. Watch this video to see what's in store.
When: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July Where: Creamer Road, Tamborine.
South Bank will become a sea of maroon and shouts of 'Queenslander!" will fill the air for the decider, State of Origin Game 3. The Piazza can hold 2,000 frenzied fans supporting their team and watching the game on the mega screen. It's a family-friendly atmosphere with cheer squad, a live band and giveaways and it's all free.
When: Wednesday 17 July from 6.30pm Where: Courier-Mail Piazza, South Bank Tickets: Tickets are free but there is a maximum of five tickets per household. They will be available soon so check back with Moshtix here closer to the night or visit the Courier Mail website for more details.
July is birthday month at Riverbend Books and you get the presents. Apart from the 15% discount you'll receive on all children's books this month you're also invited to their birthday party on Thursday 25 July. The special guest and toastmaster for the evening is celebrated Australian author and official National Treasure, David Malouf. Entry is free but bookings are essential. You can reserve your place online here.
When: Thursday 25 July from 6pm Where: Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford Street, Bulimba.
Regional Flavours, South Bank's signature foodie event, is back this year for 2 days, taking over River Quay on Sidon Street, Little Stanley Street and The Courier-Mail Piazza with celebrity chefs, displays, beer tastings, food trucks, live entertainment and special, hands-on activities for kids. Check Karina's article here or visit the website for detailed information.
When: Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July Where: South Bank
As part of the Queensland Music Festival talented performers from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts come together in a unique partnership for Fused. 25 performers and musicians will be on stage presenting new and original music in a variety of genres.
When: Friday 26 July at 5pm and Saturday 27 July at 8pm. Where: Turbine Platform, Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm