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Published October 1st 2012
Music lovers rejoice
Now that the weather is getting balmier in Brisbane and the warm sun is making its shiny presence on more regular occasions, it is time to head to the great outdoors for our weekend entertainment. Most of these events are budget-friendly where music lovers can enjoy the thrilling sound of their favourite bands for free. Bring a picnic along with packed sandwiches or a light, tasty salad and you will have lunch sorted out in an atmospheric venue.
have a picnic and listen to free tunes
Kids will love tagging along for the ride since most parks also have fun playgrounds nearby for the little ones' enjoyment. It is a win-win situation where the whole family can just relax and enjoy some quality family time. If you are single, grab a group of friends along and dress up to the occasion with flirty summer dresses and trendy hats.
Free concerts are held all around Brisbane with a few outlined below:
1) Vic Lucas Park – Quay Street, Bulimba
Free event on Sunday, October 7th from 9am- 10am. The early hour will minimize the chance of getting sunburnt and you can enjoy muffins and scones for breakfast instead. There are a few cafes nearby where you can grab a good brekkie and bring it to the park with you. Be prepared to be wowed by the Brisbane Brass 2 conducted by Josh McKechie as they bring with them the mystery and thrills of Pirates of the Caribbean on the dangerous, high seas. If you have little ones, they will be happy to play dress-up by coming dressed as pirates and princesses for a morning concert by the river.
2) Pipers in the Park – Sherwood Arboretun, Jolimont Street, Sherwood
If you are a fan of Scottish music, come and enjoy an informal performance by the City of Brisbane Pipe Band at Sherwood. Pretend that you are experiencing a cultural event in Scotland and be prepared to be whisked away to a different country for the hour. The free event is held on Sunday, 7 October from 11am – 12pm.
3) Cool Britannia - City Botanic Gardens
On Sunday, 7th of October from 2pm-3pm, head to the City Botanic Gardens and enjoy contemporary British music by the Sunnybank Brass conducted by Dylan Troyahn. They will be presenting traditional and contemporary music from the British Isles.
4) Pop Parade – Gregory Park, Milton On Sunday, 7th of October from 2-3pm experience the contemporary pop parade at Gregory Park. Go back in time as you enjoy your favourite pop tunes. Reminisce with oldies and goodies like tunes from Abba, the Beatles, Elvis and the Village People. The event features the Windsor Brass conducted by Michael Purtle. Gregory Park is also home to a state of the art children's playground with junior maze, sandpit, sundial, climbing web and labyrinth of monkey bar variations.
5) Magic and Mayhem – Roma Street Parkland, Spring Hill.
Photo: Brisbane Symphonic Band site
On the 28th of October, Sunday, head down to Roma Street Parkland Amphitheatre at Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill for a Halloween concert with a difference. Titled Magic and Mayhem, the Brisbane Symphonic Band, conducted by Stefanie Smith will perform chilling and thrilling music with hints of magic and mayhem to celebrate this haunting event.
The Brisbane Symphonic Band provides an opportunity for adult musicians in the Brisbane Community to come together and share their enjoyment for performing music so come along and support them and appreciate their hidden talents.
The Brisbane Symphonic Band is playing at other ticketed events in October including Russian Masterpieces (Sunday, 7th October 2pm at Sandgate Town Hall). Tickets are Adults $12; Concessions $8; Primary Children $5.