Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations
list an event      1 million Australian readers every month      facebook

Maroon Festival 2017

Home > Brisbane > Family | Festivals | Food and Wine | Free | Sport
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.
Event: -
Football, food, fitness, fans and family fun
If maroon blood courses through your veins, if the cry of "Queenslander!" sends shivers down your spine, if State of Origin football is the pinnacle of your yearly social calendar, then have we got the event for you. The inaugural Maroon Festival is coming to Brisbane for four fantastic days this May and you can celebrate with other proud Queenslanders everything that's great about my adopted state.

maroon festival, festivals south bank, south bank, state of origin, state of origin festival,state of origin livesite south bank, state of origin river parade,fan day south bank
Image from event Facebook page.

That's right, the Maroon Festival isn't exclusively devoted to Queensland's dominance in the annual State of Origin rugby league series, although there's certainly much to celebrate in the Mighty Maroons' 35 series victories, a win/loss ratio of 20/13 (& 2 drawn series), and their recent record which has seen the Maroons take home the trophy in 10 of the last 11 series (including their record-breaking run of eight series in a row from 2006 to 2013). This is a festival for all Queenslanders, even those (God forbid!) whose hearts don't skip a beat when the Maroons run out on to the field at Suncorp Stadium.

Action-packed doesn't begin to describe the program of events on offer, centred on Brisbane's favourite community space, South Bank's Cultural Forecourt. There will be plenty of food, fitness, football and fun to satisfy fans and tragics, as well as those just looking for a good, family-friendly festival.

maroon festival, festivals south bank, south bank, state of origin, state of origin festival,state of origin livesite south bank, state of origin river parade,fan day south bank
South Bank's Cultural Forecourt - the centre of all the fun. Image by writer.


HIGHLIGHTS

Fan Day
10am to 6pm, Sunday 28 May


The event kicks off with a huge fan day where you can meet some of your favourite players from footy and a range of sports, take part in footy trivia and listen to panel discussions and talks from former Origin greats such as Wally Lewis and Petero Civoniceva.

The Health and Wellness Green will have cooking demonstrations, food workshops and some special performances for the kids (hint: Peppa Pig may be in the vicinity).

The Fit Fun Zone will have sporting activities for the whole family with a range of sporting celebrities.

The River Parade at 3.30pm will be the culmination of the opening day's celebrations. The 2017 XXXX Queensland 'Mighty' Maroons will sail down Brisbane River, alight at South Bank and then walk the South Bank River Walk to the Cultural Forecourt (actual route still to be announced).

maroon festival, festivals south bank, south bank, state of origin, state of origin festival,state of origin livesite south bank, state of origin river parade,fan day south bank
Image from event website


Every Day
From Sunday 28 May to Wednesday 31 May

If Fan Day sounds like too much football (is there such a thing?) then some of the ongoing activities throughout the festival might be more to your taste.

How about Tastes of Queensland Food Stalls where some of your favourite street food vendors will be serving up a range of treats (details to be announced).

The Waterfront Garden Bar will operate each day with riverfront ambience, food, drinks and fantastic views.

maroon festival, festivals south bank, south bank, state of origin, state of origin festival,state of origin livesite south bank, state of origin river parade,fan day south bank
Image from event website


Game Day
From 4pm Wednesday 31 May

Holden State of Origin Live Site will be abuzz with a pre-game program and then the big game live on the big screen.

This is just a taste of all the fun you can enjoy throughout the festival. To keep up to date with all the details:

Check the website here;
Check the Facebook page here;
Check Twitter here;
Check Instagram here.

Queenslander!!


maroon festival, festivals south bank, south bank, state of origin, state of origin festival,state of origin livesite south bank, state of origin river parade,fan day south bank
Image from event website

Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  32
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? Because you're a Queenslander.
When: From Sunday 28 May to Wednesday 31 May
Where: South Bank Cultural Forecourt
Cost: Free entry. Food and drinks available for purchase.
Your Comment
Articles from other cities
Featured
Foodi Photoh Classie
Top Events
Popular Articles
Categories
Lists
Questions