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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
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Published September 26th 2018
Brissie will be hosting plenty of spring events this October
Month-long events will be happening this October in Brisbane and surrounds. There will be something for everyone with events including festivals, fairs, markets, concerts, sport, music, workshops, classes, family-friendly, theatre and much more.

The list below includes free & ticketed events:

1. Golf Month
When: 1-31 October 2018
Where: The Brisbane Golf Club, 70 Tennyson Ave, Yeerongpilly
Cost: Free
Details: This golf event will be a month-long celebration of golf with golf clubs and facilities around the country opening the doors to host hundreds of exciting and interactive activities with open days, glow-in-the-dark golf, family-friendly activities, driving ranges, mini golf courses, virtual gold and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Golf Australia Facebook


2. City Sounds
When: 1-31 October 2018
Where: Various locations across Brisbane- see website
Cost: Free
Details: It will be back on again this month and there will be a line-up of everything from alternative, folk, pop, jazz, electro and everything in between. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Visit Brisbane Facebook


3. Women's International Series: Australia vs New Zealand
When: 1 October 2018: From 2:30pm
Where: Allan Border Field, 103 Crosby Road, Albion
Cost: Adults: $15pp, Concession: $10pp & Children: Free
Details: This event will require you cheering on the Aussies against Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand in the second match of the Commonwealth Bank T20I Series. Click here for the website.

4. Brisbane Fashion Month
When: 1-31 October 2018
Where: Wintergarden, 171-209 Queen Street Mall, Brisbane CBD
Cost: Free
Details: This fashion event will feature a line-up of the best Brisbane and Queensland fashion community with more than 35 local designers' collections across active, swim and resortwear to occasion and bridal collections. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Brisbane Fashion Month Facebook


5. Medibank Feel Good Program
When: 1 October 2018- 1 December 2018: See website for times of activities
Where: South Bank Parklands, Queens Park, & Brisbane City
Cost: Free
Details: There will be a series of free fitness classes including Yoga, Pilates, HIIT, Mums & Bubs, Tai Chi, Energy, and Aqua Fitness. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from South Bank, Brisbane Facebook


6. Potted Potter
When: 2-7 October 2018:7:30pm-9pm
Where: QPAC, The Playhouse, Russell St, South Brisbane
Cost: Tickets range from $69.90-$79.90pp
Details: This event will feature the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and real life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes. The show will feature all the favourite characters, special appearance from the fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, songs, ridiculous props and Hogwart's magic. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from QPAC Facebook


7. Code Camp
When: 3-5 October 2018: 8:30am-4pm
Where: Clayfield College, Clayfield
Cost: See website.
Details: This event is a great way to keep the kids entertained these school holidays with a program where children can learn to code and build their very own iPhone or Android App. The workshop will feature learning new skills such as logic, creativity, problem-solving, app development and computational thinking in a fun and engaging way. Click here for the website.

8. Brisbane Craft & Quilt Fair
When: 3-7 October 2018: 9am-4:30pm
Where: Brisbane Exhibition Centre, cnr Merivale & Glenelg Streets, South Bank
Cost: Adults: $20pp, Seniors: $19pp, Children (5-16yrs): $8pp, Children under 5yrs: Free & Family (2 adults 2 children): $48 – see website for online discount prices & multi-day ticket pricing.
Details: This fair will showcase all things craft with market stalls, pop-ups, exhibitions, demonstrations, crafting experts, studio classes, workshops, and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from IntoCraft Facebook


9. Julius Caesar
When: 5-20 October 2018:7:30pm- 9:30pm
Where: Spring Hill Reservoir, 226 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill
Cost: Adults: $50pp & Concession: $40pp
Details: HeartBeast Theatre will be presenting William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. It will be filled with action around from cavern to cavern, power, corruption and treachery. Click here for the website.

10. Okotberfest Brisbane
When: 5-14 October 2018: See website for times.
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills
Cost: Adults (Sunday Tickets): $22pp, Adults (Saturday Tickets): $32pp, Adults (Friday Tickets): $25pp & Children under 17yrs: Free – early bird tickets see website.
Details: Celebrate German's largest festival with Bavarian flair and cultural experiences. There will be non-stop entertainment, activities, schnitzels to pretzels and everything in-between, authentic flavours and treats, traditional Bavarian breakfasts, kids zone, countless performances, shows, displays and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Oktoberfest Brisbane Facebook


11. Light the Night
When:5 October 2018: 5:30pm-8:30pm
Where: South Bank Cultural Forecourt, Melbourne Street, South Brisbane
Cost: Fundraising event.
Details: Light up Australia for blood cancer! This fundraising event by the Leukaemia Foundation will be back on again with the inspiring lantern ceremony. There will also be family-friendly entertainment, food stalls, activities, lighting ceremony and the inspiring walk. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Leukaemia Foundation Light the Night Facebook


12. The Sound Society
When: 6-31 October 2018 (Every Saturday)- 2pm-7pm
Where: South Bank Parklands, South Brisbane
Cost: Free
Details: This unique music experience will be filled with soul-soothed atmosphere amid mother nature's sun-dappled trees, sweeping grounds and gently-chirping birdlife. The event will be a relaxed vibe featuring music performances, food stalls (or bring your own picnic), and entertainment. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from South Bank, Brisbane Facebook


13. Queensland Guinea Pig Refuge's Fifth Birthday Celebrations
When: 6 October 2018
Where: Bald Hills Scout Den, 500 Bracken Ridge Rd, Bald Hills
Cost: Free - Fundraising event.
Details: This event will be celebrating the 5th birthday of the Queensland Guinea Pig Refuge and there will be plenty of family-friendly entertainment, activities, face painting, jumping castle, competitions, guinea pig games, goodie bags, food and drink stalls, opportunities to adopt and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from QLD Guinea Pig Refuge Facebook


14. Mayoral Gala Charity Ball
When:6 October 2018:6pm- Midnight
Where: Somerset Civic Centre, 3 Esk Hampton Rd, Esk
Cost: $130pp
Details: This glamorous event will showcase an evening with a three course meal, beverages, live entertainment, dance performances, auctions and more. All profits raised from the event will support charities in the Somerset region. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Somerset Regional Council Facebook


15. MS Moonlight Walk
When: 6 October 2018
Where: South Bank Cultural Forecourt, South Brisbane
Cost: Fundraising event
Details: This fundraising event will feature a leisurely 5km or 10km walk. Walkers will take in the best of Brisbane including Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Story Bridge and Botanic Gardens before crossing the Goodwill Bridge to continue the fun with live music at South Bank. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from MS Moonlight Walk Facebook


16. Griffith Sport Toohey Trail Run
When: 7 October 2018: 6am-11am
Where: Griffith University Nathan Campus to Toohey Forest
Cost:$30pp
Details: This marathon event will feature 5km, 10km and 21.1km marathons with options for all fitness levels. The Trail Run will take on the bitumen to bush, all-terrain scenic challenge. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Griffith Sport Toohey Trail Run Facebook


17. MOSAIC Multicultural Festival
When: 7 October 2018:10am-5pm
Where: Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly multicultural festival will be celebrating the creative and rich talents of Brisbane's diverse communities. There will be a world of music, dance, cultural entertainment, performances, international cuisine, shows, kid-friendly activities and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Multicultural Queensland - MDA Facebook


18. Constellation Cup- Aus vs NZ
When: 7 October 2018:1pm-3pm
Where: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 1 Melaleuca Dr, Boondall
Cost: $30pp & Family: $120
Details: Following on from the Quad Series, the team will now shift its focus to the Constellation Cup, in which it will first face New Zealand at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. Click here for the website.

19. Palestinian Film Festival
When: 11-14 October 2018
Where: Event Cinemas, Brisbane City Myer Centre, Elizabeth St, Brisbane CBD
Cost: Adults: $18pp & Concession: $15.50pp
Details: This Film Festival is dedicated to building intercultural understanding and promoting Palestinian art and culture in a multicultural Australian context. The festival will showcase the very best of Palestinian cinema from around the world with gripping award-winning features, short films, documentaries and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Palestinian Film Festival Australia Facebook


20. Dots Loops Liminality
When: 12 &13 October 2018
Where: Cupo, 17 Mclachlan St, Fortitude Valley
Cost: Tickets range from $25-$55pp
Details: This event will take you on an immersive journey through music and art beyond genre. It will feature somewhere in-between a club gig, classical concert and an experimental art show with cutting-edge international talent and Australia's most thrilling genre-defying performers. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Dots Loops Facebook


21. Taiwan Festival
When: 12 & 13 October 2018: 4:30pm-9:30pm
Where: Sunnybank Hills Shopping Town (Top floor carpark),
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly multicultural festival will be showcasing all things Taiwanese with traditional Taiwanese food stalls, entertainment, performances, Hakka umbrella painting, activities, night markets, firework displays and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Queensland Taiwan Festival Facebook


22. Holy Spirit Primary School Community Carnival
When: 13 October 2018: 10am-4pm
Where: Holy Spirit Primary School, 102 Sparkes Rd, Bray Park
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly carnival will be jam-packed with entertainment, carnival festivities, activities, fairground rides, amusement rides, music, displays, market stalls, and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Holy Spirit School, Bray Park Facebook


23. Brisbane Open House
When: 13 & 14 October 2018:9am-5pm
Where: King George Square, 106 Ann St, Brisbane City & Various locations across Brisbane- see website.
Cost: Free
Details: This event will certainly impress history and architectural enthusiasts! Buildings across the city in various locations will open their doors, both iconic public and private buildings. Unlock award-winning architectural gems, undertake a pilgrimage of heritage places, and admire landscapes. The event will also host guided walking tours, concerts, workshops, photography competitions, after dark events and more. Click here for the website.

24. Audi Centre Springwood's City of Logan Sports Awards
When: 13 October 2018:6:30pm-10:30pm
Where: Logan Metro Sports and Events Centre, 357 Browns Plains Rd, Crestmead
Cost: $85pp
Details: This event will showcase a four-time world champion boxer as a special guest, entertainment, pre-dinner drinks, three course meal and more. Click here for the website.

25. Cleveland State School "150th Anniversary" Fete
When: 13 October 2018:10am-4pm
Where: Cleveland State School, Queen St, Cleveland
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly fete event will be celebrating 150 years and there will be a line-up of non-stop entertainment, amusement rides, carnival festivities, market stalls, food stalls, petting zoo, pony rides, live performances, activities, games, car and bike shows, shows, fashion parade, displays and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Cleveland State School P & C Association Facebook


26. Wynnum-Manly Juniors Rugby League Football Club Trophy Day & Spring Fair
When: 13 October 2018: 3pm-8pm
Where: Wynnum Manly Junior Rugby League Club, Kitchener Park, Brisbane
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly event will showcase plenty of fun and festivities with entertainment, market stalls, amusement and carnival rides, animal farm, pony rides, food stalls & food trucks, fireworks and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Wynnum-Manly Juniors Rugby League Football Club Facebook


27. Sandgate Sunset Run
When: 13 October 2018: 4pm-8pm
Where: Sandgate Memorial Park, 8 Seymour St, Sandgate
Cost: See website.
Details: This event will be back on again this October and it will feature plenty of fun, more teamwork and many more laps of the Sandgate roundabout including the brand new event- the Hot Lap, kid's dash, junior relay, social relay, open relay and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Sandgate Sunset Run Facebook


28. Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge
When: 14 October 2018: From 4pm
Where: South Brisbane to Gold Coast.
Cost: Fundraising event
Details: Queensland's biggest and best bike ride is back on again and it will feature a 100km ride from South Bank, Brisbane to Southport on the Gold Coast raising vital funds for the Heart Foundation. There will also be a 60km option starting at Logan, entertainment, live music, food stalls & food trucks, and coffee stalls at the finish line. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Bicycle Queensland Facebook


29. Springfield Lakes State School Spring Fair
When: 14 October 2018:11am-3pm
Where: Springfield Lakes State School, 63 Springfield Lakes Blvd, Springfield Lakes
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly fair will showcase entertainment, market stalls, food stalls & food trucks, amusement rides, carnival festivities, side show games, face painting, performances, activities, displays and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Springfield Lakes State School Spring Fair Facebook


30. Festitalia
When: 14 October 2018
Where: Spencer Park, 42 Newbery St, Newmarket
Cost: Adults: $10pp, Concession: $6pp & Children under 11yrs: Free
Details: This family-friendly festival will feature all things Italian with traditional entertainment, festivities, performances, roaming performers, food and drink stalls, art and craft, wine bars, live music, amusement rides, kid's activities and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Festitalia Facebook


31. Australia's Biggest Duck Race
When: 14 October 2018:11am-5pm
Where: Riverside Drive, West End
Cost: Fundraising event
Details: This fundraising event will showcase shows, entertainment, prizes to be won, kid's activities, gourmet food, bars, and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Australia's Biggest Duck Race Facebook


32. Craft Extravaganza Christmas Fair
When: 19-21 October 2018: 10am-3pm
Where: Vonda Youngman Community Centre, 2-4 Knoll Rd, North Tamborine
Cost: Free
Details: This fair will showcase handmade craft of 50 local and South East Queensland craft persons- all of which will be available for purchase at reasonable prices. There will be Christmas items including decorations, Santa & St Nicholas, table runners, linen items, snowmen, Christmas cards, glassware, jewellery, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Craft Extravaganza Facebook


33. Ramsay Health Care Triathlon Pink
When: 21 October 2018: 6am-11am
Where: Sleeman Sports Complex, Old Cleveland Road & Tilley Road, Chandler
Cost: Fundraising event
Details: This family-friendly fundraising triathlon event will feature a pink Fun Run, which is open to all genders and all ages. The event aims to raise funds and awareness for their charity partner the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Triathlon Pink Facebook


34. Forest Lake State School SpringFest
When: 20 October 2018: 2pm-8pm
Where: Forest Lake State School, cnr Kauri & Woogaroo Streets, Forest Lake
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly Spring Festival will feature non-stop entertainment, activities, carnival festivities, food galore, games, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Forest Lake State School P&C Association Facebook


35. Milton State School- Fair on the Green
When: 20 October 2018: 1pm-9pm
Where: Gregory Park, Milton
Cost: Free
Details: This mini Ekka will be a family-friendly Fair filled with a line-up of entertainment, showbags, activities, performances, live music, games, beer and wine tent, food vans, amusement rides, carnival festivities and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Fair On The Green Facebook


36. Toowong Hands and Hearts Fair
When: 20 October 2018:11am-6pm
Where: Toowong State School, Osyth St, Toowong
Cost: Free
Details: This fair will be loaded with family-friendly fun and entertainment with activities, amusement and carnival rides, live performances, pre-loved market, international food, pop-up bar, games and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Toowong Hands and Hearts Fair Facebook


37. Sandstone Point Hotel Oyster Festival
When: 20 October 2018
Where: Sandstone Point Hotel, 1800 Bribie Island Rd, Sandstone Point
Cost: $5pp
Details: This festival will be one "oystertastic" event you do not want to miss out on this October! The family-friendly Festival will showcase all things oysters and seafood with pop-ups, tastings and sampling, celebrity chef demonstrations, kids' amusement rides, live music, wine stalls, seafood stalls, freshly shucked oysters, competitions and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Sandstone Point Hotel Facebook


38. St Peter's Rochedale Spring Carnival Fete
When: 21 October 2018: 10am-3pm
Where: St Peter's Rochedale, 955 Rochedale Rd, Rochedale
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly 'Spring Carnival' fete will showcase entertainment, carnival festivities, activities, showbags, bric-a-brac, market stalls, food and cake stalls, amusement rides, games, coffee stalls, shows, displays and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from St Peter's Rochedale P&F Facebook


39. Paper Cutting Workshop
When: 21 October 2018: 10am-1pm
Where: See website
Cost: $90pp
Details: This workshop event will include a brief presentation about the history and contemporary practice of paper cutting, hands-on session learning essential safety, design and cutting techniques through simple exercises and templates and more. This workshop is suitable for 13yrs and over. Click here for the website.

40. O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards Longest Spring Lunch
When: 21 October 2018:12:30pm- 4pm
Where: O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards, 852 Lamington National Park Rd, Canungra
Cost: $90pp
Details: Enjoy a vineyard longest spring lunch with a delicious three course shared platter featuring the best produce from the Scenic Rim with handpicked matching wines from the eight-acres of vines out front. There will also be entertainment throughout the event. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards Facebook


41. Bulimba Uke Fest
When: 21 October 2018: 10am-6pm
Where: Bulimba Golf Club, 103 Quay St, Bulimba
Cost: Adults: $11pp, Concession: $9pp, Children: $9pp & Family: $26
Details: This Hawaiian and tropical themed family-friendly festival will feature entertainment, prizes to be won for best dressed, competitions, food stalls, cocktails, jumping castle, performances, live bands, kids activities, hula dancers, ukulele workshops, market stalls, raffles and giveaways, full bar and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Bulimba Uke Fest Facebook


42. Island Vibe Festival
When: 25-28 October 2018
Where: Point Lookout Oval,
Cost: See website for all ticket pricing.
Details: This family-friendly festival will showcase a multi-faceted celebration of music, dance, art and Island culture. There will be entertainment, activities, art exhibitions, workshops, film screenings, talks, cabaret, circus, eco-food, craft markets, performances, shows, acts and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Island Vibe Festival Facebook


43. Good Food & Wine Show
When: 26-28 October 2018
Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Merivale St & Glenelg Street, South Brisbane
Cost: See website for all ticket pricing
Details: This tasty event will showcase discovering new ideas, products, tips and hints to inspire your next foodie adventure. There will be entertainment, local and international exhibitors, food and drink tastings and sampling, demonstrations, workshops and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Good Food & Wine Show Facebook


44. Goodna Jacaranda Festival
When: 26-29 October 2018
Where: Evan Marginson Park, Goodna
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly festival will showcase a massive line-up of entertainment, activities, displays, live music, sideshow alley, carnival rides, games, market stalls, performances, firework displays and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Goodna Jacaranda Festival Facebook


45. Manly Harbour Village Halloween Street Party
When: 27 October 2018: 11am-9pm
Where: Manly Harbour Village, Manly
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly Halloween Street Party event will feature all things spooky with entertainment, dress up, performances, shows, acts, street parade, market stalls, amusement rides, water entertainment, displays, food stalls and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Manly Harbour Village Facebook


46. Christmas in Cleveland Craft Fair
When: 27 October 2018: 10am-3pm
Where: Cleveland Assembly Hall, Smith St, Cleveland
Cost: Free
Details: In preparation for this years Christmas this event will show case a craft show featuring handmade work of 45 local and South East Queensland craft people with all work for sale at reasonable prices. There will be Christmas items such as table runners, Santas, St Nicholas, reindeer and snowmen, jewellery, art & craft, homewares, country woodwork, rag dolls, giftware, and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Craft Extravaganza Facebook


47. YMCA Rat Race
When: 28 October 2018: From 8am
Where: Captain Burke Park, 117 Holman St, Kangaroo Point
Cost: Adult 4km: $50pp, Adult 8km: $65pp, Children (7-12yrs) 4km: $40pp & Children (7-12yrs) 8km: $45pp
Details: This cheeky, cheesy and challenging obstacle course will be loaded with fun with each team given a large novelty inflatable cheese to protect and carry throughout the scenic Brisbane- River based course and over the obstacles. This year there will be new elements including 4km and 8km courses, ratty obstacles, Rat Trap and adrenaline-pumping Big Cheese and the brand new Wild Cards. The event will also include an afternoon of wine, cheese and live music. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from YMCA Rat Race Facebook
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Why? Get out and have fun this October
When: 1-31 October 2018
Where: Brisbane & surrounds- see above
Cost: Free & ticketed events - check above
Your Comment
Gypsy Rose another terrific month in Brisneyland. Thanks for all your research :)
by May Cross (score: 3|3548) 79 days ago
Thank you, May Cross. I hope you enjoy October's events :)
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|399) 79 days ago
Thank you, Ian :)
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|399) 77 days ago
Thank you, Kicky :)
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|399) 76 days ago
Yes. Great to have this Diary of events. Wish I could print it out and stick it on the fridge! Ian
by im.ar (score: 0|2) 77 days ago
Awesome research and Iā€™m excited to read the live up. Now to choose ! šŸ‘šŸ»šŸ‘šŸ»šŸ‘šŸ»
by Kicky (score: 0|4) 76 days ago
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