Max out your March: our top five from Brisbane City Council’s LIVE guide
March in Brisbane is a magical time, mostly due to the fact that we can wave goodbye to crippling heatwaves and usher in the blessedly cooler weather. There’s a certain electricity in the air – everyone is full of optimism as we prepare for balmy days and nights exploring the best of what the City has to offer. From swoon-worthy singers to international festivals, we’ve picked our top five events from Brisbane City Council’s LIVE guide this month – all free of charge, of course.
Brisbane Twilight Markets – Friday March 2
They’re back, baby! The Brisbane Twilight Markets have returned in fine form this year to bring us the best in local, handmade wares. Council has teamed up with the legends from BrisStyle to create this popular meet-the-maker event – you will not find any imported, offshore, on-sold or mass-produced items here. As well as the high-quality shopping offering, you can chow down on delicious street food to the soundtrack of some chill live tunes. What a way to welcome the weekend!
Bands in Parks – Sunday March 5
Food and music are an undeniably sweet pairing, especially on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Bands in Parks is setting up shop at the Brisbane Botanical Gardens at Mt. Coot-tha to spread the good vibes far and wide. The Brisbane Symphonic Band and Brisbane Brass will be providing the swingin’ tunes, and you can pick up a delicious feed from one of the ten food trucks at the site – the likes of Mr Burger, The Bun Mobile and Carolina Kitchen will be there on the day.
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade – Saturday March 11
Stereotyping is generally frowned upon, but when it comes to the Irish we all know that they have a bit of a reputation for going above and beyond in the party stakes. A prime piece of evidence is Brisbane’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, where more than 700 revellers and 40 floats take to the streets of the city to paint the town green. Channel your inner leprechaun, join in the craic and then head to the pub for a cheeky Guinness or two.
Gathering – Every Wednesday in March
Working in the CBD has plenty of advantages, and one of the biggest is being surrounded by cool stuff to do on your lunch break. If you wander into the Queen Street Mall on any given Wednesday at 12:00 pm, your ears will be treated to beautiful live music spanning many genres. During the month of March you can catch Shelley Morris, Daniel Dow and Gawurra doing their thing on the Queen Street Mall Stage for Gathering – swing by, pull up a chair and take some time for a mid-week break.
The QUBE Effect – Saturday April 1
Being the first one in your group of friends to discover a cool new song or band is always a pretty good feeling, and The QUBE Effect is your next chance to get ahead of the game. Running as a launch event for Youth Week, QUBE is a killer showcase of Brisbane’s young and emerging musical talent. Artists perform across two stages while King George Square is turned into a fairground filled with free workshops and a dedicated chill-out zone.
Who knew you could have this much fun without spending a cent? To keep an eye out for other awesome activities that are kind on the wallet, head to Brisbane City Council’s LIVE Guide.