Free Arts and Culture

A Brisbane City Council library is always a hive of free or low-cost activity, particularly for young families. Programs include computer training, craft for kids, Lego, board games and children’s storytelling sessions.  History and author talks are also popular events.

The City Sounds is Australia’s largest free music program and has been bringing Brisbane’s emerging music talent to light. It’s welcomed touring national and international artists to Queen St Mall’s Main Stage, but at the essence The City Sounds is committed to giving local music talent a public stage. Catch a free gig at one of nine CBD locations each week.

For more free live music, check out the Brisbane Powerhouse at New Farm. The Livespark program presents a mid-afternoon offering of the best indie-pop and rock bands from Brisbane and beyond for music enthusiasts of all ages. The two-hour sessions run from 3.30pm every Sunday. The Powerhouse is also the place for free live comedy on Sunday nights, serving up a great line-up of local, national and international comedians every week at 6.30pm.

The Brisbane City Council plays host to a number of free laneway and cultural festivals throughout the year. From BrisAsia Festival to Friday Night Laneways and Valley Fiesta to the South Bank Young Designers Market, the city is always buzzing with free things to do. The Council also runs a free Bands in Parks program.

A free serve of eye-opening history is yours for the taking at Old Petrie Town.  Just 35 minutes from Brisbane's CBD, shop your way through the historic buildings and support local artisans. Each Sunday Old Petrie Town is host to a market set in and around its historic buildings and monuments.

Queensland's premier visual arts institution, the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) hosts a dynamic program of Australian and international exhibition year-round with many at no cost. Additionally, its highly-acclaimed Children’s Art Centre presents engaging and interactive activities for visitors of all ages, while the cinemas at GOMA feature films by influential and popular filmmakers and artists.

The same can be said for the Queensland Museum. Just next door to QAGOMA, many of the permanent and changing exhibits are free, fun and educational for all.