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Clear Your Calendar, You Can Now Catch Live Tunes At This Dreamy Pop-Up Picnic In Brisbane

By Sophie Hart
28th Aug 2020

A lush picnic spread glitters in the afternoon sun.

Shake off those winter blues, ditch your loungewear and step into your best spring ensemble because Brisbane just scored a magical pop-up picnic

Set to the backdrop of Roma Street Parkland’s lush, rolling lawns and floral gardens, this is the ultimate way to bliss out and spend a weekend this September. From gourmet eats to live tunes and gorgeous VIP picnic spreads, here’s absolutely everything you need to know. 

Feast On A Gourmet Spread In The Parklands 

Make moves to the Celebration Lawn in the Roma Street Parkland for Blooms and Tunes, taking place every weekend in September from 1pm-4pm. Arrive hungry as there will be stylish picnic hampers filled to the brim with cheese, crackers, cured meats and other goodies, available for purchase at The Garden Room, or pack your own drool-worthy spread—just be sure to BYO drinks, picnic rugs and pooches. Alcohol is permitted at Celebration Lawn, so you can treat yourself to a few cheeky bevs between 10am and 8pm as long as it’s accompanied by some tantalising bites. Plus, with The Garden Room Cafe merely a stone's throw away, you won’t need to worry about running dry or appeasing an afternoon appetite.

If you’re down with living the good life, we highly recommend going all out with a VIP picnic set up care of The Garden Room. This includes a pre-styled Insta-worthy picnic set up and your choice of four different curated picnic hampers. We’re talking Prosecco, cheese, bread, crackers and baked goods galore. There are only 25 VIP areas available though, so get in quick and register yours immediately.  

Soak Up Live Tunes On Lush Lawns

Aside from the tantalising eats to be devoured, you can also expect to kick back on the lawn and while the afternoon away to the sweet sounds of live jazz and blues tunes. Hear heart-filled lyrics and angelic harmonies from Andrea Kirwin and the Yamanui Social Club, the sultry beats from award-winning jazz singer Ingrid James Ensemble, and cool reggae funk beats from CC the Cat, to name but a few. These artists will be setting the vibe for the day producing a stellar soundtrack to an epic day out. 

Fire Up The ‘Gram For This Flower Display

Round out your day with a visit to The Spectacle Garden’s spring display. Wander along the garden paths and through a maze of kaleidoscopic florals primed for the ‘Gram. With over 15,000 plants blooming in colour, Roma Street Parkland’s Spectacle Garden in Colin Campbell Place is an exceptionally beautiful showcase this September. You can expect to spy timeless and vibrant favourites like pansies, snapdragons and foxgloves, as well as contemporary additions like kalanchoe and ornamental kale. Don’t forget to meander through the winding garden path as it mimics the flow of the Brisbane River and stop to admire the sandstone artworks. The Spectacle Garden is open from dawn until dusk daily.

Grab your crew and get ready for what is sure to be a blissed-out day filled with ‘Gram-worthy florals, live music, and epic eats at Blooms and Tunes. The best part? This event is totally free but you’ll just need to secure your tickets here.


What: Blooms and Tunes
When: Every weekend in September from 1pm- 4pm
Where: Celebration Lawn, Roma Street Parkland
Click here to secure your free ticket. 

To ensure public safety, several COVID-Safe measures will be in place during Blooms & Tunes. These measures are per the Queensland Government’s COVID-Safe Events Framework And Checklist and include a free pre-registration process and additional hygiene methods.

Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by Roma Street Parklands and proudly endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Image Credit: Anna Guerrero Renee Green, The Perfect Party Co

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