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As we swelter through a record breaking heatwave, slip, slop and slap to enjoy the sunny spring days with Brisbane's free events, activities, music, workshops and fun. Revel in the best of Free Brisbane with this list of October's free events and activities.
Climb to one of the highest points in Brisbane on a tour of the Museum of Brisbane's 90-year-old clock tower. You'll see the art-deco clockface up close while scanning Brisbane's skyline from the top of this 64-metre tower. Tours are available every 15 minutes, with tickets allocated on arrival at the front desk. Visit the Museum of Brisbane website for details.
Rugby Tots – 12 October, 9am - 1pm
On the Picnic Island Green in South Bank, our next generation of Wallabies can join this fun training session for girls and boys of all ages. You'll practise kicking, catching, running with the ball and scoring tries! While playing a team sport, these children will develop their physical, social and psychological skills. Visit the Little Days Out website for details.
Jazz on a Sunday – 1 October, 10.30am - 12pm
Lie on the warm grass of the Roma Street Parkland for a relaxed Sunday morning breakfast as live jazz brings soulful sounds to this beautiful backdrop. Visit the Roma Street Parkland website for details.
In the Calamvale District Park, meet the pilots and see the helicopters of the RACQ Lifeflight for a teddy bear picnic. Help raise funds for their emergency medical care flights after giving the Lifeflight Teddy Bear a high-five. Visit the Lifeflight website for details.
Gaming Guild – Sundays, 12.30pm
Switch off the computer/smartphone/tablet for an offline gaming session. You'll play the best board games and party games before trying the trivia and trading card games. For the role-playing strategy gamer, Dungeons and Dragons games will be a highlight. Join the fun at the Howling Studio Espresso Bar on 12 Station Road, Indooroopilly. Visit the Howling Studio Espresso Bar website for details.
Sooth the mind and body in an outdoor yoga session on the southern end of the Little Stanley Street Lawns. In a guided session of yoga poses, you'll stretch tight muscles while breathing rhythmically and finding a few moments of peace in our busy lives. Visit the Feelgood website for details.
Oktoberpole – October, 9am - 1pm
Put on your traditional German outfit to watch the raising of the first German maypole in Australia. In King George Square, this Oktoberpole signifies the changing of the seasons and celebrates the beginning of Oktoberfest in Brisbane, as visitors feast on classic German food and drink. Visit the Oktoberfest Brisbane website for details.
Rugby for our youngest Wallabies (by Little Days Out)
October is Brisbane's fashion month, and in 2017 in the Central Station Hotel at 249 Turbot Street, Brisbane, Indigenous fashion designers will join with a local design school, gallery and fashion label to exhibit their collection with a First Nations theme. Visit the Brisbane Fashion Month website for details.
Mums and Babies Exercise Class – Wednesdays, 9.30am - 10.15am
Introduce your baby to the joys of exercise in the invigorating southern section of the Little Stanley Street Lawns. Be guided through post-natal exercise routines to strengthen your core muscles. Visit the South Bank website for details.
Mummy Tree Markets – 28 October, 9am - 1pm
At Sanctuary Cove on Masthead Way, browse over 60 stalls of boutique items for new and expecting parents. As you select from the handmade baby clothes, toys, bedding and decorative items for your baby's nursery, their young brothers and sisters will be distracted by the free entertainment, from the jumping castle and motorised rides to getting their faces painted and picking up a balloon animal. Visit the Mummy Tree Markets website for details.
Sung into Being: Aboriginal Masterworks – until 22 October, 10am - 5pm
In the 1980s, Aboriginal art became hugely popular, featuring in galleries in Europe and America. Over 100 of these works, from artists in the NT's Arnhem Land and WA's Kimberley region, are now on display for locals to appreciate at our Gallery of Modern Art in Stanley Place. Visit the GOMA website for details.
Finish the month in harmony at the Nundah Community Centre, during a special lifestyle evening. Begin with an ultra-healthy selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes for dinner before mindfully looking inward during a session of mantra meditation, guided by Kirtan practitioners. Visit the Nundah Yoga website for details.
Tai Chi in the Park – Fridays, 8.45am - 9.45am
Free for over 50s, this guided session of Tai Chi, the ancient Chinese exercise, will calm the mind and strengthen the body. In the Captain Burke Park on Kangaroo Point, overlooking the Brisbane River, you'll improve your core stability and flexibility. Visit the Tai Chi for Health website for details.
Fashion with a First Nation theme (by Brisbane Fashion Month)
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.
Tastes Like Sunshine – daily, 10am - 5pm
Although it sounds like a mouth-burning experience, Tastes Like Sunshine is a celebration of the delicious cuisine produced by our favourite local chefs, on display with the talents of artists Elizabeth Willing and Sean Rafferty. In the Museum of Brisbane's exhibition, you may experience sensory overload as your tastes will be tempted and your palate is delighted. Visit the Museum of Brisbane website for details.
Friendly Beasts – until 22 October, 10am - 5pm
Bring the family to the Children's Art Centre in the Gallery Of Modern Art at Stanley Place for an interactive exhibition of Kate Beynon's friendly beasts. Children can interact with the benevolent beasts which blend magical characters from eastern and western mythology. Create your own face mask, mixing the colourful traits from the Blue Shaman, Lotus Monkey and Gorgon Girl or dance in a special video installation before drawing in the Lotus Garden. Visit the GOMA website for details.
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.
Looking for more free fun in Brisbane? Check out part 2 here.
Have we missed your favourite free activity in October 2017? Please let us know with a comment.