Things To Do

These Are The Best Free Things To Do This October In Brisbane

By Erin Curtain - 09 Oct 2018

October in Brisbane is when we can (finally) pack away the light layers and embrace the impending humidity. Now that the days are ever-so-slightly longer we have a hankering to get out and about, championing all of the things to do in this gorgeous city of ours.

If you're a little light on funds this month, or, just love a freebie (who doesn't?) we've compiled a list of all the best free events taking place this October in Brisbane, for we believe that just because your bank account is suffering, doesn’t mean your social life has to.

Polished Man

To make sure you tick-off your good Samaritan deed this month, you need to know all about Polished Man. Basically, you’re all going to paint your nails to spark up some pretty damn important conversations aimed at raising awareness around trauma recovery and trauma prevention for kids around the world. You can even kickstart your own fundraising target right here which will include a starter kit bearing a Casa Amuk tee, nail polish (to launch those convos) and up to eight free Grill’d burgers throughout October.

When: Throughout October
For all the details, click here.

Catch 'A Force' Before It Leaves Flowstate

An ever-evolving installation by Hiromi Tango and Caig Walsh, the twist is that you get to play an active part of it, leaving an impact on the public artwork. Book in for a completely free workshop to see some gorgeous pieces of art, create one yourself, and contribute to an ongoing installation for all of Brisbane to see.

When: Ends 14 October
Where: Flowstate, The Arbour
For more information, click here.

Live And Free Events On The Northside

Westfield Chermside has been putting on live shows every week and will continue to throughout October. Though probably designed to serenade you during dinner, there is no rule saying that you can’t just rock up and enjoy the jams for free as you check out local talent and enjoy the visual effects of the new dining precinct.

When: Thursdays-Sundays
Where: Dining Precinct, Westfield Chermside
For more information, click here.

Catch The Annual Miss Tiki Pageant Party

If you are looking for an evening of entertainment, pop into the Jungle Bar on the 20th. They will be holding their annual Miss Tiki Brisbane, which is bound to make for an entertaining night of glam pageantry. This plus free entry, entertainment, and lucky door prizes will make your night.

When: 7pm, Saturday 20 October
Where: Jungle Bar
For more information, click here.

Test Your Knowledge At Man Vs Bear Trivia

A staple option for the free event lifestyle is, of course, trivia. Brissy trivia legends Man vs Bear are hosting multiple free quiz nights throughout October, each with a different theme. This month, choose from Brooklyn 99, Seinfeld, Kath & Kim, and Disney trivia. Who knows, you might walk away victorious and actually come out with a net profit at the end of the night.

When: 2, 3, 4, 18 October
Where: Chermside Mucho Mexicano, Shady Palms
For more information, click here.

Listen To Local Talent In The City

City Sounds is the live music event that Brisbanites on a budget know and love. They are always free and showcase a bunch of local talent, from Brissy bands to aspiring soloists. On the first Wednesday of the month, PeppermintOllie will be playing her ukulele at The Mooney Fountain on Eagle Street Pier for anyone to hear.

When: 3 October
Where: The Mooney Fountain
For more information, click here.

Practice Yoga In The Park

While keeping up your social life in times of low cash flow is extremely important, keeping up your mental and physical wellbeing is even more so. Fortunately for you, there are free yoga sessions each Sunday in Manly that will help you balance your chakra and maintain your qi.

When: Sundays
Where: Darling Point Park, Manly
For more information, click here.

Take A Hike

Another way to stay in shape on a budget is to utilise the gorgeous natural walks we have all around us. Brisbane is rife with hikes, bush paths, and casual walks, perfect for a sunny afternoon out of the house and 100% free at any time of year. Have a look at our comprehensive list of the best hikes in Brisbane here.

Get Inspired At A Summer Fashion Soiree

If you love a good fashion show, you will be pleased to know that there is a free runway show at Portside Wharf on the second Friday of October. Register for tickets that will get you exclusive access to the show, plus champagne and canapes on arrival. Way to live the high life on a budget!

When: 10:30am, Friday 12 October
Where: Portside Wharf
For more information, click here.

Go Chasing Waterfalls

As the weather is getting warmer, you might want to find a place to cool down. Forget about the expensive public pools that are one-half chlorine and the other half kid’s pee, you deserve something better for the budget and actually refreshing. There are so many glorious waterfalls hidden around Brisbane that are just waiting for you to go and find them at absolutely no cost. Check out our favourites here.

Chill Out At Gigs And Picnics

There is nothing better for a thrifty socialite than a picnic in the botanic gardens while watching a live show. Gigs and Picnics will, of course, have food trucks available, but you are more than welcome to bring your own food, relax on your picnic blanket, and enjoy the free tunes amongst the gorgeous flowers.

When: 12pm, Saturday 27 October
Where: City Botanic Gardens
For more information, click here.

Soak Up The Beach Vibes

Finally, there is no better way to soak in the beachy vibes of October than on an actual beach. We are lucky enough to live in the sunshine state with the most beautiful beaches in the world just a short drive away. Have a look at all the best beaches near Brisbane here.

FOMO By Night is coming to Brisbane for the first time ever. Get all the details and pre-sale ticket info here.

Image credit: A Force

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