We are social creatures. But, if you're anything like us and just had your summer power bill arrive like a big, stinking pile of aint-paying-that in your letter box, then you too will be considering locking yourself away for the month in an attempt to pay (at least a quarter of it) off. Depressing. Yes.
As Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson once said, “the best things in life are free.”. So don't shy away from the world, don't let your social life suffer because of a few less dollies in the bank, there's a heap of cool AND FREE stuff that you can do in Brisbane this April.
Here are 10 free events to check out in Brisbane this April. Tighten those purse strings!
#1. Friday Night Knockoffs
The Powerhouse is where it’s at for kick-ass free events in Brisbane. Every Friday from 6pm, have some laughs on them at Knockoff. They host both local and international comedians who will have you ROFLing in no time. Then on Sunday at 3pm, let the lives tunes of local musicians caress your ears with Livespark. In between sets, you can check of the Spirit Of Tibet Exhibition, runing until April 26th. All for zero dollars.
#2. Hoist The Main Sail
The Redcliffe Festival of Sails will be held on 14th April at Suttons Beach, Redcliffe where they will fire the starting gun for the 69th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race (amongst other rather fun boating activities). Some argue that this event is just as fancy as the Sydney to Hobart; so pop the collar on your polo and slip on your boat shoes and you might even snag yourself a millionaire…maybe.
#3. Hunt For Easter Eggs
Gather your friends for an Easter egg hunt in your favourite Brisbane park. This is not only a great opportunity to discover new parks in Brisbane and eat masses of chocolate, but also indulge in some good old fashioned rivalry. Our pick of the parks would be the Sherwood Arboretum. You won’t see Robin Hood in this heritage-listed park, but you will see over 300 species of trees. Just ask someone else to BYO chocolate...
#4. Wish QAGOMA A Happy Birthday
It might feel like QAGOMA has been hosting its birthday celebrations since forever, but to be fair, you only turn 10 once. And, we bet that there are still plenty of people yet to check out their birthday exhibitions, including the brightly-coloured, sensation-heightening artworks at Sugar Spin which will run until 17th April. Do it and do it now!
#5. Visit A Galaxy Far Far Away
Unlock a life achievement and take part in Padwan training with a Jedi master at the Capalaba Central Shopping Centre. Yes, that’s right, Jedi masters reside in Capalaba. Enter the Star Wars Immersive Zone from Monday 3rd April to Saturday 15th April from 11am to 2pm and dodge asteroids, visit the space tech hub and get pics with Star Wars paraphernalia. This is a nerd’s wet dream.
#6. Foster Your Green Thumb
Gardening enthusiasts tell us that April in Brisbane is the perfect time to plant lettuce, eggplants, tomatoes or capsicum. If you don’t have a garden to plant in, or if you have a history of serial plant killing, find your local community garden and embrace biophilia (google it). At most community gardens, you can volunteer your services and get involved in the planting and planning, or you can just get some (much needed) advice.
#7. Take A Dip
Enjoy one last dip in Brisbane’s famous man-made beach before the cold wrath of winter is upon us. Street’s Beach gets a bad rap, and maybe not the best place to go during school holidays if you’re over the age of 10, but you’ve got to admit that it’s a one-of-a-kind asset to Brisbane. It will also save you petrol money on a dive to the Sunshine or Gold Coast.
#8. Get Physical
Keep your wallet fat while working off the Easter treats with the Medibank Feel Good Program. From Bubasize to Ballet Fit, you don’t have to pay and you don’t have to book. Just check out the timetable, snag yourself a spot on the Little Stanley Street Lawns, or the Boat Pool (near Streets Beach) for Aqua Zumba and get physical.
#9. Delve Into Brisbane's History
Those red-shirt wearing Brisbane Greeters… they know Brisbane good and their services come at no cost. They offer a variety of tours around the traps, including a unique experience of Indooroopilly’s Walter Taylor Bridge. Your grandma probably told you that a man once lived in that bridge and this tour is proof that (this time) she wasn’t telling tall tales. Find out what it’s really like to live inside a bridge pylon, while learning some other fun historical Brisbane facts.
Image credit: Ariana Gillrie