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Six Free September Events in Brisbane

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by Geraldine Massey (subscribe)
I'm an experienced corporate communicator and editor with an eye for interesting events and an attachment to my trusty Oxford dictionary.
Published September 7th 2012
Spice up September with free fun
Six Free September Events in Brisbane

My personal signal for the start of Spring in Brisbane is the heady scent and pendulous beauty of the wisteria in my front garden. Brisbane's city-wide signal is the Brisbane Festival that takes over the performance venues and streets of Brisbane throughout most of September. But September isn't all about the Brisbane Festival, not even its wide range of free events that you can learn more about here. Read on for a glimpse into the free movies, art, Irish culture and music, pet events and community entertainment that will spice up your September.

The pendulous beauty of the wisteria - a signal for the start of Spring in Brisbane.


The Guinness Celtic Music Festival

This September there's an event that combines the barley goodness of the rich, dark ale with a convivial atmosphere, traditional Irish music and foods, fun and games and some traditional Irish sport on the big screen. And it's not even Saint Patrick's Day. The Guinness Celtic Music Festival is being held in the lead up to the anniversary of Arthur Guinness' birthday. Arthur Guinness, of course, is the inventor of that eponymous ale.



When: Saturday 22 September and Sunday 23 September from 2 pm until close.
Where: Mick O'Malley's Irish Pub, 171-209 Queen Street Basement Level Wintergarden Centre Brisbane City.
What's On: Irish musical entertainment including Murphy's Pigs, Steve and Joey and Tullamore Tree; stalls from Tastes Of Ireland and local Irish providores; the All Ireland GAA Final on the screen at midnight; and prozes and giveaways.
More Information: Visit the website here.

Senior Superstar Logan

Are you over 55 and live or pay rates in the Logan region? Can you sing, yodel or dance, or perform stand up comedy, acrobatics or performance poetry? Then Senior Superstar is looking for you this September. Take to the bright lights and prove you've still got what it takes. But it's not just about the performers. Come along and be in the audience for an entertaining afternoon. It's free for entertainers and audience members.


When: Heat One 2pm Saturday 15 September, Heat Two 2pm Saturday 22 September.
Where: Logan Diggers Club, 42/48 Blackwood Road, Logan Central
What's On: Laughs and entertainment with performers aged over 55
More Information: Visit the website here.

100 Years of Spanish Cinema @ GOMA Cinematheque

In conjunction with Queensland Art Gallery's current exhibition, Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado, GOMA Cinematique is showing 100 Years of Spanish Cinema. Be transported to the Spain of yesterday, today and tomorrow. You'll see satires, political pieces, comedies and musicals from some of Spain's most revered film makers of the last 100 years.


When:Various dates and times until 4 November 2012
Where: Cinematheque, GOMA, Stanley Place, South Bank.
What's On: Movies from the masters of Spanish cinema.
More Information: The full program with dates and times can be accessed here.

Purina Bark in the Park

Now the Purina Bark in the Park is one event I'll probably steer clear of, but it might just be right up your alley. Take your friends and family, both the two and four-legged varieties, for a fun, free day of doggie decadence at Roma Street Parklands. Now don't get me wrong, I love dogs. The thing that concerns me is the world record attempt for the World's Loudest Bark. I'm having enough trouble at the moment with just one baying hound. If you can stand the decibels, there will also be giveaways, advice and entertainment.

Pepper, who nightly makes her own attempts on the record for the World's Loudest Bark

When: Saturday 29 September from 10am to 2pm.
Where: Roma Street Parklands
What's On: Dog washes, grooming demonstrations, pet portraits, canine couture and expert advice.
More Information: Visit the website here.

Caboolture Family Fun Day

Caboolture Family Fun Day will see some first class horsing around for all the family this September. It's at the Queensland State Equestrian Centre (QSEC) and will coincide with the QSEC's first birthday. This year's event has a super hero theme with Batman and Robin, Catwoman, the Justice League and the Green Lantern in attendance. That is, of course, unless they are called on to save the world instead.


When: Saturday 29 September from 10 am to 5pm.
Where:Queensland State Equestrian Centre - Corner Beerburrum Road and Tuckeroo Drive, Caboolture.
What's On: Rides, musical entertainment, kids' activities, food and market stalls.
More Information: Visit the website here.

Across Country: 5 Years of Indigenous Art From the Collection

If you haven't yet seen Across Country: Five Years of Indigenous Australian Art from the Collection then get in now before the exhibition comes to a close in October. This premier collection of the best of modern indigenous art showcases the gallery's recent major acquisitions.

Sally Gabori, Kaiadilt people,Dibirdibi (detail) 2008 fro qagoma.qld.gov.au

When: Until 21 October 2012 from 10am to 5pm from Monday to Friday, and 9am to 5pm on weekends and public holidays.
Where: Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Stanley Place, South Bank
What's On: Works by Australia's major indigenous artists and from artists in indigenous communities.
More Information: Visit the website here.


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When: Throughout September. See article for full details.
Where: Various venues throughout Brisbane. See article for full details.
Cost: It's all fantastically free.
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