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Five Outdoor Events Happening This Spring to Help You Emerge from Your Winter Hibernation

As the weather starts to thaw, make the most of the sunshine with live music, blossoming flowers and art around Brisbane.
By Concrete Playground
September 05, 2019

Five Outdoor Events Happening This Spring to Help You Emerge from Your Winter Hibernation

As the weather starts to thaw, make the most of the sunshine with live music, blossoming flowers and art around Brisbane.
By Concrete Playground
September 05, 2019


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As the weather starts to thaw, make the most of the sunshine with live music, blossoming flowers and art around Brisbane.

You did it. You survived another Brisbane winter. You made it through the dreary, grey season and we're not even going to judge you for how many nights you spent under a doona, indulging in goodies from the snack aisle and binging Fleabag.

And one of the wonderful things about living in this part of the world is poking your head out as spring arrives and jumping on the road for an adventure before the weather gets altogether too hot. With flowers blossoming in  and festival season just around the corner, there's no better time to get out there.

Together with MG — in celebration of its new limited-edition MG3S hatchback — we've come up with five activities that will get you out and about in Brisbane and enjoying the spring sunshine in style.

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    Bulimba Street Food Festival

    Spring, Brisbane and a scenic riverside spot — that’s a great way to spend a Saturday. It’s exactly what’s on the agenda at the new Bulimba Street Food Festival, which heads to the Bulimba Golf Course on September 14.

    As well as a range of different bites, snacks and meals from a yet-to-be-revealed range of street food vendors, the fest will feature pop-up bars. All that’s left is to grab your picnic blanket, gather the gang and settle in for a cruisy afternoon. With a beer or wine in hand, a plate of international cuisine in front of you, and the sun shining, you won’t have a care in the world.

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    Fire Gardens — CANCELLED

    Already a hit everywhere from Stonehenge to The Kremlin to Melbourne, French art collective Compagnie Carabosse is bringing its acclaimed Fire Gardens to town as part of this year’s Brisbane Festival. While the full Brisbane Festival program features plenty of other fun, this sprawling — and suitably glowing — installation is worth getting hot and bothered about (in a good way, of course).

    For the four nights between Wednesday, September 11 and Saturday, September 14, Fire Gardens will take over the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens in Alice Street, filling the Gardens Point spot with thousands of fire pots, sculptures and terracotta urns. Pathways will be illuminated, burning pyres will sit in trees, huge spheres will roar and crackle with flames, and structures will be set alight in the middle of ponds. The installation will also take visitors through a blazing maze-like realm, and feature luminous animatronic sculptures. This isn’t just about watching things burn, obviously, with a mysterious soundtrack boosting the mood and allure. Expect live musicians performing French music, adding to the radiant ambience.

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    Garage Sale Trail 2019

    On the lookout for a dope new denim jacket? Or do you want to be rid of that weird-looking lamp taking up space in the living room? Then, by golly, you’re in luck. The Garage Sale Trail works with local council partners Australia-wide to get as many trash-and-treasure troves happening on the same day as possible. More than 18,000 garages are expected to open their doors to bargain hunters, selling two million items, when the event returns for its tenth time across the weekend of Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20. So, you can jump in your new limited-edition MG3S hatchback, road trip between the various stalls and load up the boot with all the special finds that you never knew you needed.

    Aside from the retro goodies up for grabs, the Trail is all about sustainability. Instead of ending up in landfill, unwanted clutter becomes a fantastic find. So get that tight pair of sunnies for peanuts and help the environment at the same time.

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    Wanderlust 108

    Take three activities that promote mindfulness — specifically running, yoga and meditation — and you’ve got yourself a ‘mindful triathlon’. Wanderlust 108 has been running these triathlon festivals since 2014, and the standard day has a few main components. First, there’s the five-kilometre run, although the site reassures you that you can walk instead of running — or even “prance, skip, stroll or strut” — as long as you reach the finish line. After that, there’s 75 minutes of yoga accompanied by a DJ set, and finally 25 minutes of guided meditation to round out the whole-group activities. Once the structured section of the day has wrapped up, participants can also head to activities such as acro yoga and hooping, or to lunch.

    It’s part exercise, part dance party, part fest — and 100-percent focused on helping attendees feel great inside and out. You can also browse your way around a marketplace, which will help you take your new blissed-out state home with you.

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    The Hidden Lanes Festival 2019

    Not that long ago, the narrow spaces around Fortitude Valley were just that — spaces, not vibrant laneways. These days, however, the area boasts not one, not two, but now three jam-packed alleys. Yes, that’s a development that’s worth celebrating.

    In fact, it’s a change worthy of a day-long festival, which is exactly what the returning Hidden Lanes Festival is all about. On Saturday, October 26 from 10am until late, Bakery Lane, Winn Lane and California Lane will turn into a flourishing — and free — party, complete with markets, beverages, art installations, food, fashion, a heritage trail, masterclasses and more than 50 live musical acts. The lineup will be unveiled closer to the festival; however, the event will definitely involve the 80 businesses who call the three laneways home.


Once you’ve ticked off these activities, keep making the most of Brisbane spring by hopping around in MG’s new limited-edition MG3S hatchback.

Image: Vincent Muteau. 

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