Things To Do

7 Free Things To Do In Brisbane This August

By Angelica Silva
1st Aug 2019

Free things to do in Brisbane

They say the best things in life are free…especially when you’re looking to save a little extra cash while still maintaining your social life. Well, we’ve got you covered for both these things with a host of free events around Brisbane. 

Here are the best free events you need to check out this August.   


Ever thought of visiting an art exhibition inside a bookstore? Or how about a mechanics garage, or even a grocery store? TRACE makes each of these scenarios a possibility by bringing contemporary art to life in unexpected and unlikely venues along Boundary and Vulture Streets in West End. Tours will take place on each Saturday of the exhibition, but if you prefer to DIY, download the Trace Tracker app and hit the streets, with artist biographies and venue details along with a map to guide you on your way.

When: 8–24 August
Where: Boundary Street, West End 
For more information, click here.


Make your Sunday the starting point for an amazing week filled with side-splitting anecdotes and witty punchlines, with Brisbane Powerhouse’s free comedy event back this month to serve up some of the best local and interstate comedy every Sunday afternoon. Laughter is the best medicine right? 

When: Every Sunday, 5pm–6pm
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm  
For more information, click here.

Gig & Picnics

Take advantage of Brisbane’s brag-worthy sunshine and clear skies by enjoying an afternoon of Gigs and Picnics in the City. Treat yourself to the range of delicious food trucks and live music at this free monthly event in City Botanic Gardens, or bring along your own picnic basket filled with goodies to munch while you listen to tunes. 

When: Saturday 31 August, 12pm–4pm
Where: Botanic Gardens, Brisbane City
For more information, click here.

Korean Cultural Festival

Following from another widely successful event last year, the Korean Cultural Festival is back and bigger than ever. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and tastes of South Korea right in the heart of Brisbane City. This lively festival will feature over 12 food stalls of delicious Korean food, live music and performances (K-Pop fans will be in for a treat), Taekwondo performances and much more.

When: Saturday 17 August, 10am–4pm
Where: King George Square, Brisbane City
For more information, click here.


Reflecting on his experiences as an official war artist in Afghanistan, Quilty is the first major survey exhibition in a decade from one of Australia’s acclaimed contemporary artist, Ben Quilty. The exhibition will also include his revisions of the Australian landscape and raw intimate portraits of himself, his family and his friends.  

When: Until 13 October
Where: GOMA, South Bank
For more information, click here.

Technicolour Multicultural Festival 

Bringing together people from all types of cultural communities, the Technicolour Multicultural Festival is  a day of celebrating and showcasing what makes each individual community unique and vibrant. Enjoy a full day of live performances, street food, cultural performances and so much more.

When: Saturday 24 August, 10.30am–4.30pm
Where: 23 Foster Street, Newmarket
For more information, click here.

Burnett Lane Art Landing

For one night in August, Brisbane’s oldest working laneway, Burnett Lane, will be transformed into a world of paint, colour and light by a stellar lineup of street artists. Watch local artists in action while enjoying some local beats, and afterwards you can hit up one of the many restaurants and bars that have taken up residence in the lane. 

When: Friday 30 August, 4pm–11pm
Where: Burnett Lane, Brisbane City 
For more information, click here.

Got some cash to splash? Spend it on these Brisbane events this month

Image credit: Alexander Popov

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