I can't believe a year has passed since I previewed Redcliffe Festival 2016. With Mother Nature displaying the first blossoms of Spring, and Summer poking her nose around the corner, I can't think of a more pleasurable way to celebrate the onset of more sunny weather than with the 2017 Redcliffe Festival.
The Redcliffe Festival is Moreton Bay Region's biggest event celebration and this year is promising to be bigger and better than ever, with three fun-packed weekends of magic! This event boasts a dynamic programme of free and ticketed family-friendly events, dazzling fireworks and a diverse selection of musical entertainment, spread across varying sites, ensuring the whole of the Redcliffe Peninsula is involved.
Redcliffe KiteFest Dates: Saturday 26 August and Sunday 27 August 2017 Time: 9.00am to 4.00pm daily Location: Pelican Park, Hornibrook Esplanade, Clontarf
Fly them high, fly them low - Image: Redcliffe Festival FB page
Pelican Park in Clontarf will be totally transformed into the Ultimate Kids Weekend with two live childrens' shows. For the first time ever, Paw Patrol and Trolls will be on stage to entertain the littlies. The fun doesn't stop here, children can enjoy a huge range of free and low-cost activities with activities and workshops at the Jumping Zone, Splatt Nation, Jet Ski Stunt Show, Aerobatic Display, rides and amusements at the KiteFest Karnival - click here for what's available and ticket prices.
Ultimate Kids Weekend, come and meet the Trolls - Image: Redcliffe Festival FB page
With your eye on the sky, kites will not be the only entertainment to look out for. Keep your eyes peeled for the Harvard, performing death-defying stunts and manoeuvres once a day during KiteFest.
In addition, there will be a kite making workshop for ONLY $5, where you can make your very own kite. Experienced kite flyers will show you the 'tricks of the trade' and once you have completed your kite masterpiece, you can fly your own creation in the public kite flying zone. The public kite flying zone will be operating from 10am to 2pm near the entry gate and KiteFest Art installation.
Come and see 'hello' to Paw Patrol - Image: Redcliffe Festival FB page
You definitely won't go hungry with all the food and beverages that will be available at the foodcourt plus there will be a bar located in front of the main stage.
Hundreds of market stalls will be available at KiteFest too, so why not do a spot of shopping and take something special home.
The children will love the performers, who will be roving around KiteFest - look out for the Fluffy Monster (10.00am to 11.30am); Flower Power (12.00noon, 1.30pm and 2.30pm); Rainbow Stilt Walker (1.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm); and Bubblewoman (9.30am, 10.45am and 11.45am).
Adults $8 (16 years and over)
Concession $5 (valid concession or student card must be presented at the gate)
Child $5 (15 years and under)
Family Pass $20 (includes two adults and two children OR one adult and three children)
Children under the age of two are FREE OF CHARGE
Disability Carers get free entry with identification
The Legends Lunch is a brand new event for the Redcliffe Festival, celebrating the national and international achievements of some of Redcliffe's greatest personalities with an intimate lunch, honouring them on home turf.
The Legends Lunch features a two-course meal and drinks package, with presentations from swimming legend, Geoff Huegill; Australian film and television actor and writer, William McInnes; Modern Day Poet, Rupert McCall and swimming champion turned Ironman, Rebecca Creedy. Click here for more information on these Redcliffe 'greats'.
What's cooking, good-looking? What's Cooking in the Gardens is a celebration of food, lifestyle and sustainability. The usually secluded Redcliffe Botanic Gardens will come alive with a world of all things green. Festival-goers will be privy to vibrant displays and demonstrations from gardening and cooking experts, who will share their secrets on all things eco-botanical.
Meander through the market stalls, filled with fresh, local produce, delicious treats and handmade goodies. Participate in interactive workshops suitable for all age groups.
If you're on the road to being a 'foodie' yourself, then What's Cooking in the Gardens is your perfect go-to spot to learn how to make your life more sustainable.
So, what's cooking? Image: Redcliffe Festival FB page
To see what's happening at the Ballycara Garden Stage with Costa Georgiadis and Paul Wood from Brisbane Backyard Bees, please click here. Look out for the Strathpine Centre Cooking Stage with celebrity chefs - Matt Sinclair and Huey and the Lifestyle & DIY Stage - see the full programme here.
In addition, there will be Handmade Workshops that include jam making, felt flower making and so much more. Our littlies haven't been forgotten with the Little Grubs - childrens' workshops ad activities that will be happening all day.
Date: Sunday 3 September 2017
Time: 4.00pm to 8.00pm
Location: Scarborough Park, Scarborough
FREE entertainment with Scarborough Sounds - Image: Redcliffe Festival FB page
What better way to spoil Dads and Grandfathers on Father's Day than an afternoon at the Scarborough seaside, listening to a fabulous programme of world class music from some superb artists on the Redcliffe Dolphins Main Stage.
As an added bonus, there will be a bar located near the Dolphins Main Stage as well as gourmet foods from market vendors available for you to enjoy.
The Bonfire is back by popular demand (weather dependent) - listen to a series of bonfire drums along the waterfront and visitors are in for a special treat - Magical Dust - rainbow colours in the flames of the Bonfire.
Date: Saturday, 9 September 2017
Time: 3.00pm to 9.00pm
Location: Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe
Jetty Fiesta, Redcliffe's biggest street party - Image: Redcliffe Festival FB page
Welcome to Redcliffe's biggest street party - Jetty Fiesta - with Redcliffe Parade the focus of everyone's attention. Jetty Fiesta is another FREE event, featuring stage entertainment, spectacular light displays, laser and neon lights; Mariachi Bands, beach performances and fire-twirling.
Visitors can wander through the twilight markets and food stalls or perhaps enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, whilst enjoying the beach ambience. The biggest fireworks display ever seen in the Moreton Bay Region will explode from the Redcliffe Jetty from 8.00pm.
Bay of Boats (part of Jetty Fiesta)
Date: Saturday 9 September 2017
Time: 6.00pm to 9.00pm
Location: Redcliffe Jetty Foreshore (detailed maps will be provided)
The Bay of Boats is all part of the Jetty Fiesta and this year the Redcliffe Festival are inviting local boat owners to participate in the Bay of Boats. Bay of Boats will activate and light the bay as anchored boaties get to enjoy the sensational laser show and spectacular fireworks display, from the comfort of their own boats.
Boaties must please anchor in the water in the area around the Redcliffe Jetty between 3.00pm and 9.00pm. All registered vessels will be asked to decorate their boat with fairy and solar lights to participate in the "Best Dressed Boat" competition.
To participate in the Bay of Boats, boat owners need to register to receive an event permit flag. Registration is FREE. Approved boats will be sent a confirmation pack with arranged arrival and departure times, including the finer details of the event.
Take a trip down Memory Lane with Redcliffe Remembers when the Redcliffe Foreshore Precinct transforms into historical hot-spots, celebrating and honouring the Peninsula's important people and places, from the past and from the present. There will be so much to see and do!
Re-Enactment of the first European Settlement and an Indigenous Welcome
Where: On the beach, north of the Redcliffe Jetty
Redcliffe Remembers - Image: Redcliffe Festival FB page
This year, 2017, Redcliffe celebrates 193 years since the first Europeans settled in Queensland on the Redcliffe Peninsula. John Oxley sailed into Moreton Bay in September 1824 and made the decision that Redcliffe would be the ideal site for a new penal settlement. The re-enactment will be by local Indigenous representatives from the Gubbi Gubbi people and members of the Queensland Colonial Association.
For the second year running the Redcliffe Festival are hosting a Miss Redcliffe Festival Pin-Up Pageant. Ladies, get out your Rockabilly retros for a fun-filled afternoon. Participants will be judged on their Pin-Up outfit and personality to be the face of the Miss Redcliffe Festival 2018/2019. Entry is FREE for the Pageant with heaps of prizes up for grabs. Heat 1 - 11.10am
Heat 2 and Grand Final - 1.10pm
Sunday the 10 September is sure shaping up to be another awesome one. Take a Historical Guided Walk at 11.15am with Ian Harding from the Redcliffe Historical Society and learn about the First Settlement history. All ages are welcome - please wear comfy shoes, a hat and remember the all-important water.
Penny Arcade used to be located under the rotunda on the Redcliffe Jetty in the 1800's and was a popular spot with the young and the old. This year Penny Arcade has been recreated with a modern twist, featuring arcade games such as air hockey, pinball machine, twin shooter and more - sounds like the spot to be for some fun and games.
Redcliffe Remembers is a great family day out with iconic music from the 50's, Rock 'n Roll classics and the Celtic fiddle. Redcliffe Parade will come to life with buskers and roving performers or enjoy the Sunday markets with double the number of stalls for this special event.
Bookmark your calendars with three weekends of fun, fun, fun! The 2017 Redcliffe Festival, with all the FREE entertainment on offer, is definitely a spectacular Festival worthy of a family visit!