Plant markets and jazz concerts – all of the bloomin’ great events happening this spring at Roma Street Parkland
It’s time to wake up and smell the flowers – spring has arrived! With the weather finally starting to warm up and the city coming alive with colour, now is the perfect time to pack your picnic basket and head to Brisbane’s lushest spot, Roma Street Parkland. It’s here where you will find free live gigs, food trucks, guided tours, plant markets and blooms aplenty. With the park celebrating 20 years of flora-filled history, ’tis the season to revisit the beloved sub-tropical wonderland.
September welcomes in the arrival of a new season and the best place to celebrate the mercury rising and the flowers blossoming is Roma Street Parkland. The inner-city destination has a jam-packed calendar of spring events and the fun kicks off on Sunday September 5 (which also happens to be Father’s Day) with a very-special edition of The Sound Society. Grab dad, a picnic rug and the rest of the famiglia and head to the parklands, which will be filled with lives tunes courtesy of samba-reggae outfit The View from Madeleine’s Couch and folk-gypsy ensemble Zumpa alongside a selection of food trucks, a model-boat regatta and picnic hamper offerings from the Parkland’s grazing ground, The Garden Room Café. More musical magic awaits at the much-loved Blooms & Tunes, a relaxed weekend of live jazz and blues and delicious bites from September 11–12. As well as the bonus of the park being licensed from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, you can bring along your four-legged friend to the picnic party – just make sure they are on a leash at all times.
With school holidays just around the corner, keep little ones occupied with Kids Collective activities, which will be running flower-crown making sessions, games with giant soccer balls, circus workshops, high-energy musical performances and much more throughout September. If you’re eager to take some greenery home with you, then you’re in luck! On Saturday September 18, The Plant Market presented by BrisStyle will be filling the Celebration Lawn with plenty of primo house plants – from magical monstera to fantastic fiddle-leaf figs and perfect palms. Get hands on with a creative collection of interactive workshops during the event, with pot painting, embroidery and kokodama creating on the cards. Budding horticulturists can join one of Roma Street Parkland’s knowledgeable volunteers and staff on a one-hour guided tour of the parklands, where you’ll learn about the park’s design, commissioned artworks and areas within the park like the Rainforest and Spectacle Garden. The best part? The tours are completely free so all you need to do is pre-register and bring along a comfy pair of walking shoes. You can even take part in a Bush Tucker Experience, where after a guided tour you can delight in a bush tucker-inspired high tea at The Garden Room Café, which is full to the brim with native Australian foods along with a boutique selection of loose-leaf native Australian tea.
This article was written in partnership with our friends at Roma Street Parkland.