Top 5 free Brisbane festivals

1. Brisbane Writers Festival:  September 3 – 9, 2013. Even if you’re not a bookworm, authors are some of the most interesting people out there. Head to the Brisbane Writers Festival and listen to what they have to say on some of the pressing issues in today’s society, or just have a laugh at their tales of teenage embarrassment and adventure. The festival takes place each year during September and this year’s program comprises more than 300 events catering to all literary tastes. If you’re into romance check out Rachael Treasure, Charlotte Nash and Helene Young reading their work and talking about their writing process. For those deep thinkers- Tim Fischer, Bob Brown and others will debate whether it’s leaders or politicians that Australia needs. For more visit:


2. Brisbane Festival: September 7 – 28 2013. This is Brisbane’s largest celebration of the arts and showcases acclaimed Australian and international performers, free outdoor events, international food stalls, music and fireworks. Arguably one of the highlights of the festival is the nightly laser and light show on Brisbane’s Southbank. Prepare to witness the city skyline explode into colour against a dynamic soundtrack, grab dinner from one of the many food stalls and settle in for the night. Brisbane Festival’s events take place all over the city during the month of September and are easily accessible by public transport. For more visit:

99psc_out_of_water_crowd_in_background_1-300x1993. Redcliffe Festival: September 14 – 15, 2013. If you’re looking for something a little off the beaten track, why not take a day trip filled with sunshine and fresh air to the popular seaside town of Redcliffe. Only a 30-minute drive out of Brisbane, Redcliffe plays host to a range of events each September during the Redcliffe Festival. On the 14th and 15th September, the boys are in for a treat with Super boat and Water ski Racing Championships, and for best views, head to the Redcliffe Jetty or Foreshore.  For those looking for a slightly slower pace, on Sunday both the Street Party and Sunset Siesta will feature a range of music, food and craft stalls. For more visit:

4. The Valley Fiesta: October 2013. So you want to see all your favourite bands but you’re a little short on cash? Well, the Valley Fiesta is the answer to all your troubles. Following on from the popular Brisbane Festival, the Fiesta is just one event that caters especially for young people. Across two stages during the day and into the night a number of locally bred, internationally renowned acts belt out some sweet melodies for you to enjoy, all for free. At last year’s festival on the Main Stage, the likes of Hungry Kids of Hungary, Flume, Emma Louise, Muscles and The Grates gave people a reason to dance. While over on the China Town Stage jazz tunes drifted through the air as local acts performed for a relaxed crowd. For more visit:

8140-300x2255. Encounters Festival: May 2014. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to travel to another country but you were really hoping to know a bit more about what you’re getting yourself into before you take off? Encounters Festival is the place for you. Spanning seven days in May from early morning until midnight, Southbank Cultural Precinct comes alive with the sights and sounds of a far off country. The festival takes you on a journey to another country right here in the comfort of Brisbane. With a range of traditional food, clothing stalls and cultural experience workshops, the festival is a celebration of Australia’s multicultural society. For more visit: