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Put some zing into spring with these fun, free events
Five Free September Events in Brisbane
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Winter is officially over and it's time to put a little zing into spring. Brisbane is serving up a myriad of free ways to do it this September so you have no excuse to stay at home and miss all the fun. We've got fireworks, Shakespeare, colour, culture and music, all in the great outdoors.
Last year the clubs of Denmark, Sweden and Norway got together to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the Danish Club in Brisbane. This year's Scandinavian Festival has expanded to celebrate the food, culture, fashion, fun, art and history of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. It's not to be missed.
Bring out your inner Viking while you see traditional crafts, indulge in the smörgåsbord of food stalls, and see some design innovation at the range of market stalls.
The event is at Austin Street, Newstead on Sunday 8 September, from 10am to 4pm. Check the website or Facebook page for more information.
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SpringFlare is a chance to get your colour on and make a big mess in the process. It's inspired by the colourful Holi Festival where millions of people in south east Asia celebrate the arrival of spring by throwing colour everywhere.
Attending the Brisbane event is free but it will cost you $10 for 3 colour packets to throw around. You can order online here.
The event is on Saturday September 14 from 11am to 5pm at Coldridge Street, St. Lucia. Visit the website for more information.
Brisbane Shakespeare Festival
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Shakespeare is alive and well and just getting into his stride in Brisbane this month. The Brisbane Shakespeare Festival is presenting the works of the bard, along with some added extras, at 2 Brisbane events in September and one in October.
It all kicks off with Shakespeare By The Bay at various Sandgate venues on the weekend of September 21 and 22. Brass bands, sword play and a free performance of The Taming of the Shrew are the Sunday highlights at Einbunpin Park Lagoon.
Shakespeare on Oxford brings the bard to Bulimba on the weekend of September 28 and 29 with the same Sunday highlights at Bulimba Memorial Park.
Shakespeare in West End is on Sunday October 6 at Musgrave Park.
At the Brisbane Festival's Symphony Under the Stars you can spread out your picnic rug at Riverstage and settle in for a couple of hours of lyrical musical entertainment. The Queensland Symphony Orchestra will perform a number of classical favourites as well as Sean O'Boyle's specially commissioned work, An Australian in New York.
The event is on Friday, September 20 from 7pm at Riverstage in the City Botanic Gardens. BYO rug, picnic fare and drinks.
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Brisbane Festival concludes with a glorious bang with its annual fireworks extravaganza, Riverfire. The day begins at South Bank with the ADF Open Day and aerial displays from 12 noon and the fiery action lights up the sky from 7pm.
The most popular fireworks vantage points are South Bank Parklands, Dock Street, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Victoria Bridge, Wilson's Lookout, City Riverwalk, and Captain Burke Park. Remember to get there early; last year almost almost 500,000 people attended, which, when you think about it, is a fair chunk of the Brisbane population.