What's on at Picnic in the Parklands

5 September 2017

Hip, hip, hooray! South Bank Parklands is celebrating 25 years and you’re invited to join the fun at Picnic in the Parklands, a free event for the whole family.

Held on Sunday 8 October from 10am-4pm, Picnic in the Parklands features kid’s activities, live music and more. Check out what’s on below to plan your day, and remember to bring your favourite picnic snacks along – all activities are designed to be enjoyed with friends, family and food. There’s even free barbeques at South Bank if you want to cook up a snag or two. There will also be special picnic-friendly menus served by retailers on the day, detailed below.

Little Days Out

Kid’s activities

Attention all families, there’s plenty to see and do! Head to the Epicurious Garden for a special edition of Little Days Out, where kids can hone their green thumb and plant their own seedling. 

Or if your child is more aqua-inclined, drop by Streets Beach for a wide range of games and educational activities run by Surf Life Saving Queensland’s Little Lifesavers – each activity is designed to build your child's confidence in the water and teach them how to stay safe at the beach. 

If sitting back and relaxing on the grass is more your speed, head to the Little Stanley Street Lawn to enjoy musical performances, storytelling, science shows, puppet shows, a magician and more. 

There’ll also be roving performers making their way through the Parklands on the day for your enjoyment – keep your eyes peeled for South Bank classics like the butterfly stilt walkers, the flowerpot family, giant garden gnomes and the stone people, as well as a balloon artist and magician.

River Quay

Live music

River Quay Green is the live music hub at Picnic in the Parklands. Located by the river’s edge, it’s the ideal place to kick back with your picnic and a bottle of wine (the space is licensed from 10am-8pm daily). Artists on the day include local acts well-known through the City Sounds program, Breanna Fielding Trio and Astrid.

South Bank Piazza

South Bank Piazza Performances

For a spectacular array of singing, dancing and culture, you can’t go past the Picnic in the Parklands’ community performances. They’re held in the South Bank Piazza – to see any of them, simply head along and find yourself a seat.

Brisbane State High School Choir | 10:30-11:00am

Located in South Brisbane, Brisbane State High School is a proud supporter of art and culture. Don’t’ miss hearing their choir sing an assortment of mesmerising songs.

Qcon presents The Belephwants Saxophone Quartet | 11:45am-12:30pm

Belephwants is breaking the boundaries of a traditional saxophone quartet – with two tenor saxophones, an alto and baritone saxophone, the group brings together a blend of sounds similar to a jazz big band. 

The Birralee Singers | 1:00-1:30pm

The Birralee Singers are an exciting children's ensemble made up of keen young musicians who love to sing. Drawn from grades 5-7, they sing a wide range of music styles and languages from various parts of the world.

St Laurence's College Big Band | 2:15-2:45pm

St Laurence's College is a boy’s Catholic school located in South Brisbane. Their Big Band is a 22-piece ensemble, playing beautiful tunes for your enjoyment.

Heilani Polynesian School of Arts | 3:30-4:00pm

Established in Brisbane in 2005 by Heimana and Lelani Tahiata, Heilani Polynesian School of Arts take pride in teaching authentic Polynesian dance and culture while also maintaining the highest level of entertainment.

Picnic Food

Special Picnic in the Parklands menus

If you would prefer to take it easy and purchase food and beverages at South Bank on the day, there are fabulous special menus on offer for the celebration, perfect for a picnic available from the various retailers below.


Spring time muffins – raspberry & chocolate $5

Fruit salad $5

Chia pudding with natural yoghurt, fresh banana & berries $8.50

Almond & custard filled croissant $8


Picnic package for two including bread with 2 dips, 2 x kofte (Bulger & rice meat balls), 4 x mucver (zucchini fritters), 1 x pide (choice of vegetarian or lamb) and 2 x baklava $50

Malt Traders

Charcuterie for one-two people including Wyke Red Leicester cheddar, mild salami, crispbreads and an Aussie bush tomato chutney $12

Charcuterie for two-four people including Red Leicester cheddar, creamy camembert, mild salami, thin prosciutto, crispbreads and a bush tomato chutney $20

Tippler’s Tap

Chicago Hamper for two includes 1 x Chicago hotdog, 1 x Maxwell Street Polish and a basket of fries - price to be confirmed

Vegan Hamper for two includes 1 x vegan Chicago hotdog, 1 x vegan Maxwell Street Polish and a basket of fries - price to be confirmed

Kids Hamper for one includes 1 x kids hotdog (tomato sauce & cheese), 1 x small fries and z soft drink or juice - price to be confirmed


There are three picnic options available at Popolo which must be pre-booked by email: info@popolodining.com.au or phone: 07 3846 7784. 

Picnic per due (2 people) includes a selection of salami, cheeses, olives, mustard, fruits, pickled vegetables and breads, mixed leaf salad (v), fries (v), pizza of your choice and 2 x 375ml soft drinks $65

Picnic per quattro (4 people) includes a selection of salami, cheeses, olives, mustard, fruits, pickled vegetables and breads, fried Sicilian olives stuffed with anchovies served with herd aioli, mixed leaf salad (v), fries (v), 2 x pizzas of your choice and 4 x 375ml soft drinks $90

Picnic per quattro (4 people) includes a selection of salami, cheeses, olives, mustard, fruits, pickled vegetables and breads, fried Sicilian olives stuffed with anchovies served with herd aioli, gorgonzola, taleggio & mozzarella arancini (4) with roast pumpkin puree, calamari local baby squid served with a herb aioli, selection of cheeses served with quince paste & candied walnuts, poached pears, gorgonzola, candied walnuts, frisse & witlof, heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella di bufala, picked basil and  fries (v) $100

Cold Rock Ice Creamery

Family pack including 2 x large cups and 2 x kiddies cups with 1 mix in each $25

Sundae/shake combo either 1 large cup or sundae plus 1 large milkshake $15

Gandhi Indian Kitchen & Laneway Stall

Curry, rice, 1 papadum and salad takeaway (serves one)
Vegetable kolhapuri curry $10.95
Butter chicken $12.95
Lamb rogan josh $13.95

Vegetable samosa (1) $4.50
Meat samosa (1) $5
Onion bajhi (1) $2.50
Aloo bonda (2) $6

Please stay tuned, there are more retailer special menus to come.

Rain Bank


There are two tours to choose from on the day, depending on your interests. A run-down of each is below. 

Brisbane Open House Behind-the-Scenes at South Bank Parklands Tour

This fascinating tour gives you an inside look at how the Parklands are kept safe and beautiful. It includes a trip to the underground plant room to learn how water quality is maintained for South Bank’s pools; a behind-the-scenes tour of Rain Bank, the largest stormwater harvesting facility in Australia; and an expert’s look at the Arbour, including details on how it’s pruned to keep it in flower throughout the year. The tours run at 9am, 11am and 1pm and bookings are essential. Please also note that enclosed footwear must be worn on these tours. To book your spot, head to Brisbane Open House’s website.

Brisbane Greeter tours

In honour of the Parklands’ birthday, the Brisbane Greeters are running tours that give a special, in-depth look at its most iconic spots. On the tours you can discover how The Ship Inn got its name, learn the history of the South Bank Piazza, find out what the BRISBANE Sign letter designs mean and more. These tours depart from the South Bank Visitor Information and Booking Centre at 11:30am, 2pm and 3:30pm. Bookings are available, but not required. The tours do run for a couple of hours, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water and a hat with you. If you have any questions or to book, head to the Brisbane Greeters’ homepage.

Bookings are not required for any of the above activities (except the Brisbane Open House tour) – to take part, simply show up and get involved! Make sure you share your photos on the day using #MYSB25 or via the My South Bank Moment portal. For access information, visit South Bank’s parking, public transport and accessibility pages. If you have any questions, contact the South Bank Visitor Information and Booking Centre on vicsouthbank@brisbanemarketing.com.au or 07 3156 6366.

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