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As we clean up after Cyclone Debbie, blue skies and golden sunshine have returned to Brisbane. Celebrate a month without weather warnings (fingers crossed) with the best of Free Brisbane and this list of May's free events and activities.
Handmade Redcliffe Market – 6 May 10am - 3pm
At the Old Redcliffe Fire Station on 395 Oxley Ave, pick up unique bargains where specialist stalls sell the loveliest locally made items in Brisbane. As live music and sweet aromas draw you closer to the market, you'll discover an array of arts and crafts, including paintings, pottery, knitted fashion, plants, ornaments and jewellery. There are also free craft classes to make your own handmade heirloom. Visit the Handmade Redcliffe website for details.
Maroon Festival – 28 to 31 May, 10am
QUEENSLANDER! Join the sea of maroon jerseys at the South Bank Parklands to celebrate our team's certain victory over the NSW Blues in the upcoming State of Origin Rugby League Series. Meet the players, watch the action live on giant outdoor screens and laugh uncontrollably as the Blues are defeated...again. Visit the Maroon Festival website for details.
Student Study Sessions – Thursdays, 2pm - 4pm
Studying is often solitary, with the walls inching closer as the pages turn. Burst free at the Mustard Seed on 861 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba for a few hours of study, meeting your student neighbours as you share free snacks and warm drinks while using the free Wi-Fi and printer to get the job done. All tertiary students welcome. Visit the Mustard Seed website for details.
Eco-Art Workshop – 4 May, 9am - 1pm
In the Arbour View Cafes Lawn on the South Bank Parklands, join this workshop at any stage of the 4-hour session, to make your own collage. Designed for children to practise cutting and glueing skills with non-toxic glue sticks and safety scissors, littlies will create butterflies and caterpillars using colourful ice cream lids, discs, paper cups and folding paper. Visit the Little Days Out website for details.
Mother's Day Mementos – 11 May, 9am - 1pm
Don't forget about Mum on her special Sunday in May with this workshop on the Little Stanley Street Lawns for children to create their own precious clay creation and custom card while enjoying games and interactive stories. Children can attend all or part of this workshop session, leaving once they're happy with their gift for Mother's Day. Visit the Little Days Out website for details.
Eco-art workshops for children (by Visit Brisbane)
Become the family detective where the only case you're investigating is your family history, which is hopefully crime-free at the Genealogical Society of Queensland on 25 Stackpole St, Wishart. Ask expert researchers for guidance to document your family tree, using the library's collections, online resources, including Ancestry, Find My Past, Irish Roots, The Genealogist, British Newspaper Archive, and Biographical Database of Australia, and representatives from ancestry groups specialising in Scottish, English, Irish, German, DNA, military history, convicts and family history writing. Visit the GSQ website for details.
Tastes of the World – 20 May, 11am - 3pm
In PCYC Logan City at 170 Wembley Rd, Logan Central, sample cuisine from throughout the world, experiencing cultural highlights, guided by a day of taste testing. Visit the Facebook page for details.
Hills Carnivale – 27 May, 12pm - 7.30pm
Watch George Willmore Park, Ferny Hills burst with life in a fiesta of free food, fun and family entertainment. Live music, food stalls and roving performers will excite all ages. There are games, pony rides and circus workshops for the kids. Visit the Hills Carnivale website for details.
Sunday Sessions on the Green – Sundays, 2pm - 5pm
Relax on the lush lawns at the River Quay Green with live music beneath the warm sunshine on an easy Sunday afternoon. Call (07) 3867 2170 for details.
Back Yard Bonanza – 28 May, 9am - 1.30pm
Join over 5,000 people for family entertainment at the McPherson Park in Bracken Ridge with 2 stages hosting children's shows, bands, choirs and dancers. Ride mini steam trains, see reptiles and try tasty treats in the food trucks. Visit the BYB17 Facebook page for details.
In Greenslopes, visit one of Brisbane's largest street markets with dozens of stalls offering a vast variety of homewares, arts and crafts, specialty foods, books and plants. For children, there's a petting zoo, face painting and a jumping castle. For refreshments, there are pop-up cafes, bars with craft beers and restaurants with hot and cold savoury dishes. Visit the Stones Corner Market website for details.
Movies in the Park – 13 May, 5pm to 10pm
See your favourite romantic films in the openair on the Celebration Lawn at the Roma Street Parkland. At 6.45pm, the comedy Notting Hill begins, followed by Dirty Dancing with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey at 8.30pm. Grab dinner at the food trucks serving ice cream, coffee, and South American, Portuguese and Malaysian cuisine. Visit the Roma Street Parkland website for details.
Prep for weekend feasts with a trip north to 532 Beams Rd, Carseldine for regional produce, gourmet treats and art. Taste test fresh food ranging from artisan-baked bread, waffles and pies to stonefruit, strawberries and avocados with a backdrop of live music and games for the kids. Visit the Carseldine Farmers & Artisan Markets website for details.
Live Kirtan – Fridays, 6pm to 8pm
In the Mantra Room at 236 Montague Road, West End, the world's first exclusive Kirtan venue, experience the resonating rhythms of expressive music and transcendental chanting, creating an enchanting atmosphere for a special form of group meditation.
Asmy - Deep Peace Class – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 5.30pm to 6.15pm
Experience peaceful relaxation with ancient yoga practices guiding your breath, mind and body to feel bliss and peace during a hectic working week. Asmy sessions are hosted at 236 Montague Road, West End.
Discover past secrets at the Family History Open Day (by Visit Brisbane)
Power Kids: Little Artists at Play – Tuesdays, 9am to 12pm
On the Turbine Platform at the Playhouse on 119 Lamington Street, New Farm, children are led in creative play workshops by internationally acclaimed artists in the fields of theatre, dance, music and digital media. New sessions begin every 30 minutes from 9am - 11.30am. Visit the Brisbane Powerhouse website for details.
Yoga – 1 May, 5.45pm to 6.30pm and 6 May, 8am to 8.45am
On the Little Stanley Street Lawns in South Bank, be guided by a qualified instructor to discover the mental, physical and spiritual benefits of the ancient practice of yoga. Enjoy the flowing sequence of yogic positions, strengthening muscles as your flexibility and posture improve. View the full Medibank Feel Good Program.
BalletFit – 2 May, 5.45pm to 6.30pm
With the fresh breeze and lush green landscape of South Bank Parklands, enjoy the healthy relaxation and stretching session combining aspects of ballet and pilates to strengthen your core, leg, back and arm muscles. Join the qualified instructor on the Little Stanley Street Lawns in South Bank. View the full Medibank Feel Good Program.
Energy Class – 3 May, 5.45pm to 6.30pm
Surge over the midweek slump with a free burst of high energy aerobics, burning the calories savoured during your afternoon snack until you relax on the grass at Little Stanley Street Lawns in South Bank, watching the sun set as a gentle breeze washes over you. View the full Medibank Feel Good Program.
Exercise with your baby – 3 May, 9.30am to 10.15am
Introduce your baby to the joys of outdoors before they discover smartphones, console gaming and Pokemon. You'll strengthen and tone all the muscles new parents need to handle their new bub. Led by a qualified instructor, enjoy the serene surrounds of the Little Stanley Street Lawns in South Bank as your baby watches you set a healthy example. View the full Medibank Feel Good Program.
Get fit in style with a free Zumba class, taking the best elements of aerobics and nightclub dancing in an outdoor exercise class on the Little Stanley Street Lawns in South Bank, choreographed and led by a qualified instructor and suitable for all fitness (and dance coordination) levels. View the full Medibank Feel Good Program.
Aqua Zumba – 6 May, 9.30am to 10.15am
While neighbours in the southern states rug up against autumn chills, enjoy Brissie's warmth in the boat pool at South Bank Parklands with low impact exercise improving flexibility and strength. View the full Medibank Feel Good Program.
Knockoff Comedy – Fridays, 6pm to 7pm
Laugh your way into the weekend with Funny Fridays at the Brisbane Powerhouse. A quirky mix of Aussie comedians will hit you with their outlandish stories, silly one-liners and laugh-till-you-snort observations. On the last day of the month, chaos takes the stage with the ImproMafia using improvisational comedy instead of Mafia-inspired crime to tickle your funny bone. For more information, visit the Brisbane Powerhouse website.
City Sounds – 4 to 5 May
Australia's largest free music program presents rock, pop, jazz, electronica, blues, country and alternative tunes from local and touring artists. On the 4th in Post Office Square, Lance Galloway, a 20-year veteran of the music scene, performs with his passionate vocal and guitar work. At the same time in the City Botanic Gardens, Camaron De La Vega blends the traditional tunes of Andalucia with the modern sounds of Flamenco with energetic flourishes of an acoustic guitar.
On the 5th, Ruby Gilbert tests the cathartic power of alt-country music in Post Office Square, while in Queen St Mall, Bart Stenhouse dazzles with the flamenco guitar, electric guitar and electric mandolin and Yatra play the sitar, tabla, bass and didgeridoo outside the Wintergarden.
The program of eclectic musicians continues throughout May. View the full program at the City Sounds website.
Is there another free activity or event you're looking forward to in May? Please let us know with a comment.