What's on at Brisbane Festival for families

25 August 2017


Brisbane Festival takes over South Bank this September, with free and low-cost fun for the whole family! Plan a day of creative fun these school holidays, with one of the amazing shows and activities.

Arcadia (free)
The festival village, Arcadia, returns to the Cultural Forecourt with a great program of shows in the Spiegeltent, including productions just for kids! Outside, you’ll find live musicians, street entertainers, food and drinks as well as Frank, a brand new interactive robot who will be there to meet and greet you. Make a date with your family for Family Fun Day on Saturday 16 September, when all of the school holiday entertainment will kick off.  

Justine Clarke in the Spiegeltent (16-17 September - ticketed)
Pack your lunch boxes with watermelon and pineapple and come to see Justine Clarke in Look! Look! It’s a Gobbledygook in The Courier-Mail Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent. Your pre-schoolers will love the chance to meet Justine, of ABC for Kids fame, and parents will enjoy seeing unique surrounds of the Spiegeltent.

Grug and the Rainbow at QPAC (23-24 September ticketed)

Who doesn’t love Grug! Youngsters and the young at heart can go on a grand adventure in search of the rainbow in the sky with Grug this year. With gorgeous puppets and a storytime style, Grug and the Rainbow is playing at QPAC’s Cremorne Theatre in the middle weekend of the school holidays. 

Kaleidoscope at QPAC (26-30 September- ticketed)
Have you ever wondered it would be like to live inside the colourful and fractured scenes created by a kaleidoscope? That’s how Ethan, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, perceives the world. This magical show is designed for children aged 5 to 13, and features circus performers they explore the colour and chaos of a kaleidoscope through acrobatics, slapstick, music, movement and vibrant video projections. Prior to the show, stop by the free play space located in the Cremorne Balcony Foyer.

Fantastic Planet installation (free)

Take a twilight stroll through South Brisbane and to spot some larger-than life playmates, who are exploring over, under and behind landmarks all around the Cultural Precinct and South Bank Parklands. Selfies are encouraged with these inflatable friendly humanoids, who will be illuminated at night and basking in the sunlight during the day. There are four 40-foot friends to find between QPAC and the Goodwill Bridge, plus one at the international airport terminal, welcoming visitors.

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