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by Geraldine Massey (subscribe)
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Published May 29th 2012
Five Free June Events in Brisbane

You have to love our Brisbane climate. While our southern friends are turning up the heaters and looking for indoor winter entertainment, we can venture outdoors into perfect winter days and enjoy free entertainment this June. Enjoy free outdoor history, the environment, music and games and settle into some comfy indoor cinema seats if all that crisp, fresh air gets too much for you.

Brisbane CBD and the Story Bridge. Photo by Stuart Edwards from Wikipedia.

Government House Open Day

To celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley is throwing open the doors and grounds of the beautiful and stately heritage-listed Government House in Paddington. At Government House Open Day you can tour the house and grounds, picnic on the lawns and then on your way home look out for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Beacon, which will be lit between 5pm and 6am from 3 to 11 June. This beacon will be one of more than 2,000 that will be shining forth around the Commonwealth.

Government House. Image:

When: Sunday 3 June from 10am to 3pm
Where: Government House, 168 Fernberg Road, Paddington
What's On: Volunteer guides will assist your walk-through tour of the house and there will be guided tours of the gardens and musical entertainment.
More Information: You can download the flyer here. There is no on-site parking but free off-site parking is available at Norman Buchan Park, corner of Baroona and Rainworth Roads, Paddington.

Logan Eco Action Festival (LEAF)

Run by Logan City Council and supported by a range of community groups and sponsors, LEAF is not a boring, preachy, save the planet event but a fun-filled family day with something for everyone. Up to 50 environmental and organic food exhibitors will set up stalls at Griffith University's Logan campus. You can see free entertainment, tour the community garden and even pedal your own smoothie on the Smoothie Cycle.

When: Sunday 3 June from 10am to3pm
Where: Griffith University, Logan Campus, University Drive, Meadowbrook.
What's On: 3 stages will feature award presentations and musical entertainment, as well as science, wildlife and story presentations. There's also a Kids Zone with all day free activities and the Activity hot Spot with a rock climbing wall and segway rides.
More Information: You can download the full program here.

Fête de la Musique

Fête de la Musique is a world-wide musical celebration held in 450 cities across the globe. 245 artists will participate at 90 venues around Brisbane so you won't be short on choices. Choirs, hip-hop performers, classical musicians, folk singers buskers and opera singers will give pop up performances in unlikely places.

Image from Fête de la Musique Facebook page.

When: Thursday 21 June 2012
Where: Various venues around Brisbane.
What's On: Free musical performances in a range of genres and surprising locations.
More Information: The full program detailing artists and venues will soon be available on the website here.

SLiQ Flicks

Who knew? Sunday at the State Library of Queensland is SLiQ Flicks day. Each month the films on show are coordinated with the Library's current exhibitions and displays. June's offerings will have a weird and wacky flavour to tie in with The Odditoreum exhibition. Some movies are programmed in advance but you get to vote for what you'd like to see on the last Sunday. Choices for 24 June are Shutter Island, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life or Fellini's Satyricon. You can also vote for the film to be shown at the Carers' Session shown on the last Wednesday of the month. June choices are The Prestige, Return to Oz or The Blue Light.

I'm a big fan of B Grade horror movies. Check out this trailer for X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes.

When: Every Sunday afternoon at 2pm and Carers Session on the last Wednesday of the month from 10.30am
Where: Auditorium 1, Level 2, State Library of Queensland
What's On:
Sunday 3 June - X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes
Sunday 10 June - Pan's Labyrinth
Sunday 17 June - Rocky Horror Picture Show
Sunday 24 June - you vote here.
Wednesday 27 June - you vote here.
More Information: Visit the website here

Games Night at King George Square

Games Night, a winner of a Brisbane Lord Mayor's 2012 Australia Day award, injects some convivial play into the city centre on the last Thursday night of every month. Fancy a giant game of Scrabble or Connect 4? Or you can just sit at the tables and chairs and try your hand at Yahtzee, Balderdash, cards or Celebrity Heads. Come as a group or make new friends.

When: Thursday 28 June 2012 from 5pm to 9pm.
Where: King George Square, Adelaide St, Brisbane.
What's On: Giant or regular sized games and chat in a friendly environment. The list of available games is here.
More Information: Visit the website here or the Facebook page here.
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Why? Freebie fun in the winter sun.
When: Throughout June.
Where: Various venues around Brisbane.
Cost: It's all free.
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