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Top Free Things to See and Do around Brisbane in November

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Published October 24th 2018
Brisbane for Free in November
Enjoy FREE events and activities in Brisbane this month

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Photo courtesy of Brisbane Marketing


You can look forward to plenty of free activities and events for you and your family to enjoy this November. With the weather warming up, it is the perfect time to head outside for some sunshine and fun! There will be film festivals, art exhibitions, design markets, a Remembrance Day service, meditation sessions by the beach and a stunning display of a Christmas tree lights to welcome the festive season. Whatever the activity, there will be something that you and the family can enjoy for free in the capital of the Sunshine State this month.

1 & 2 Nov – The Worry Room

The Worry Room, Pippin Blackwell
Photo courtesy of Brisbane Marketing


Entering the room, you will be greeted with some familiar faces. Artist Pippin Blackwell handcrafted these 400 sculptures, each wear a range of expressions; grief, stress, concern, uncertainty, unhappiness and all-round anxiety. In our lives, there are times where we wear these emotions to a certain extent and this exhibition allows you to reflect on these emotions and how they make you feel. This is a great opportunity to reflect on them from another perspective and think about how they're represented before the exhibition closes. For more information, visit the website.

Time: 10am – 5pm
Venue: Artisan
Address: 45 King Street, Bowen St, QLD 4006

3 Nov – All Night Film Fest

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Photo courtesy of Metro Arts


Looking for a post-Halloween scare? Then head over to Metro Arts for 8 hours of scary movies. The 'All Night Film Fest', offers an evening of films which follow the theme of death. Beginning with the all-time classic, "Night of the Living Dead", it is followed up with the man-eating plants from "Little Shop Horrors". Then be transported to the otherworld in the thriller "Eternal Evil" and the comedy horror film "The Driller Killer". To finish off the night is "The Brain that Wouldn't Die". No bookings are required, just turn up at 4pm and get comfy for a night of screams! Visit the website for more details.

Time: 4pm - midnight
Venue: Metro Arts
Address: 109 Edward St, Brisbane City, QLD 4000

4 Nov – Young Designers Market

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Photo courtesy of Young Designer Market


The Young Designers Market showcases the various talents of local designers and has helped to launch some of their careers. With a range of exotic designs from fashion, jewellery, home dιcor, prints and many more, shopping at the market allows you to purchase brilliant new styles from over 80 designers. Now into its eleventh year, the Young Designers Market is for those who love shopping and dining around the market. Visit the website for more information.

Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Little Stanley St
Address: Little Stanley St, South Bank, South Brisbane QLD 4101

7 Nov - Brisbane Innovate 2018

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Photo courtesy of Brisbane City Council


Held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, this is the Council's annual open innovation event. It brings the private sector, academia, local start-ups together with the public to collaborate on citywide solutions. There will be keynote speeches and discussions on the waste economy, connecting Brisbane's communities and using technology to solve challenges. Register for your free tickets here.

Time: 8.00am – 1.00pm
Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Address: Merivale St & Glenelg Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101

11 Nov – Remembrance Day

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Photo courtesy of Brisbane Marketing


Each year Australians gather at memorials in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth in honour of those who served and sacrificed during the First World War, and those who continue to do so today. It is no different in Brisbane. This year, we acknowledge the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which ended four years of fighting with a special ceremony all over Australia. Everyone is welcomed to attend this service. Visit the website for more information.

Time: 10.30am - 11.15am
Venue: Windsor War Memorial Park
Address: 34 Roblane St, Windsor, QLD 4030
Phone: 0401802980

17 Nov – Hot 91.1 Ignite Chilli Festival Caloundra

Ignite Chilli Festival Caloundra
Photo courtesy of Ignite Chilli Festival Caloundra


For those who love a little spice (or plenty), this festival brings chillies, spices, herbs, music, and people together to celebrate the fruit of chillies! Organised by the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce, you will have the opportunity to savour foods from around the globe, enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations and wander through a range of various stalls selling everything from chilli seeds to jewellery and other products. This event is sure to turn up the heat in Sunshine Coast. Visit the website to register for free!

Time: 9am – 6pm
Venue: Bulcock Street
Address: Bulcock Street, Caloundra, QLD 4551
Phone: 07 5492 5977

23 Nov – Full Moon Beach and Meditation

full moon beach kirtan gold coast
Photo courtesy of Australian School of Meditation & Yoga


The Australian School of Meditation And Yoga is hosting an experience like no other on the Gold Coast. Its Full Moon Kirtan and Meditation offers an ideal space to picnic and relax. Set by the ocean with beautiful dιcor, the local community can come together to enjoy kirtan (a mantra or chant which is either a word or phrase to be repeated in Japa meditation or sung in kirtan), guided meditation, and dancing. Register for your free tickets here.

Time: 5.30pm - 8pm
Venue: Justins Park
Address: 1698 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads, QLD 4220

30 Nov – Lighting up Cooroy's Christmas Tree

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Photo courtesy of Christmas in Cooroy


The Christmas spirit comes early to the town of Cooroy on the Sunshine Coast. Now a local tradition, the lighting of an exquisite tree is accompanied with some snow for that special touch. The Cooroy Family Practice Shop Window Trail will also be open, with shops presenting magnificent window displays. To add to the entertainment, a movie will be shown on the Cooroy Library roof under the stars. For more information, visit the website.

Time: 6.45pm
Venue: Outside Cooroy RSL
Address: Maple Street, Cooroy, QLD 4563
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Why? Loads of free things to do and see in Brisbane this November
When: November
Where: Various locations around Brisbane
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Lionel, I'd like to add the Handmade Expo Market at Ipswich on 10/11/18.
by May Cross (score: 3|3249) 15 days ago
Sorry Lionel, that should read Saturday 17 November for the Ipswich Expo & Vintage Market
by May Cross (score: 3|3249) 15 days ago
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