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The Best Free Things To Do In Brisbane This May

By Emilee Colasimone - 03 May 2017


There is a lot to be said for being a tight arse, however in a world where not much comes for free, it’s often hard to find thrifty things to do that won’t leave you bored and boring.

Never fear, we’ve got your covered. We want you to be the winner. Save your salary this May with these 8 free things to do in and around Brisbane—proof that being a tight arse doesn’t mean you have to just sit on your arse.

#1. Get Your Laneway Festival On

On Saturday 13 May, pay a visit to one on Brisbane’s fave laneway parties, Fish Lane Festival.  Entry is free and gates open at midday, with three stages of live music including DJ sets—so wear your dancing shoes. You might have to scrounge up some coins for some local Fish Lane nosh and a drink…unless you convince your mum to take you there to celebrate her Mother’s Day, or of course, you’re a mum yourself and you convince your kids to take you.  

#2. Shake Those Hips 

If you’ve ever had the dream of recreating the closing dance scene from Strictly Ballroom (the sequins, the intensity, the Paul Mercurio slide!) then it might be time to learn some moves from the best. Brisbane has a passionate Latin dancing scene who get together regularly to ‘shake their bon-bons’ and salsa the night away. Check out Brisbane Salsero for details of the free social salsa nights held around Brisbane.

#3. Become A Culture Vulture

Get some local art into you with a healthy dose of fresh mountainous Samford air. Local artists from Dayboro to Mount Glorious, who work cross a variety of mediums will open their creatives spaces and studios so that you can experience their work. Samford and Surrounds Art Trail and Open Studios launches with a party on Friday 5 May at 6.30pm at the Samford Community Hall, where you can meet the artists, pick up a studio location map and get a sneak peek of the art to come.

#4. Show Your True Colours 

Go full QUEENSLANDER the end of May for the inaugural Maroon Festival and make our boys proud. South Bank will be painted maroon to get you sufficiently fired-up for the first State of Origin game of 2017. It’s four days of free events and activities that starts with a river parade and fan day, then culminates in a live-screening of the big game. Score!

#5. Movies For Mum 

Two timeless classics will be screened in the Roma Street Parkland amphitheatre for Mother’s Day. On 13 May, spread your picnic blanket to watch Notting Hill (“I’m also just a girl standing in front of a boy…”) at 6.45pm and then back it up with a bit of Swayze hip action in Dirty Dancing (“Nobody puts baby in the corner”) at 8.30pm. Not a mum?…Shhhhhh! We won’t tell on you.

#6. Crack Open A (Craft) Bottle

Refine your palate with a free wine tasting session at Craft in Red Hill.  It’s not about getting boozed-up, but more so about appreciating the taste that comes with a good drop; you might even expand your vocabulary with some fancy wine-tasting words. This boutique bottle shop specialises in artisian wine, beer, cider and spirits and runs wine tastings on Fridays from 4.30pm. Follow them on Facebook to see what their tasting table will offer this May.

#7. Chill The F Out

Ease into the onslaught of Monday’s work deadlines and emails with a chilled Sunday arvo of music by the river with Sunday Sessions on the Green. Southbank’s River Quay Green plays stage to local musicians who will soothe your Sunday blues with smooth tunes. Kicking-off at 5pm, there are also lawn games to play and some seating is available.

#8. Step Back In Time

Calling all sticky-beakers and nosy parkers; Australia’s most unique behind-the-scenes tour, Open House, is back—this time in beautiful Toowoomba. Hosted by the National Trust, Open House is once again opening the doors to some of Australia’s most unique heritage buildings. Most of these stunning homes and buildings are not open to the public well, ever, so make a day of it and explore some of Queensland’s stunning history.

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Image credit: Hayley Williamson

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