October in The City: 31 Things to do in 31 Days
Rise and shine! It’s a new month and it’s well and truly time to shake off the last gasps of winter. Stride into The City with a spring in your step and fill your calendar with a month’s worth of events, activities, exploration, celebration and relaxation.
Wind down your workday with free yoga in Queens Park as part of the Medibank Feel Good Program. Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5.30pm to 6.15pm. Pre-register online to secure a spot and BYO yoga mat or towel.
2. Delight in design at Bauhaus Now
The Museum of Brisbane’s new Bauhaus Now exhibition tells the little-known story of how revolutionary ideas in Germany’s Weimar Republic influenced modernist art, design and architecture in Brisbane and Australia. The free exhibition is open daily from 10am to 5pm.
A free open-air pop-up cinema in Post Office Square is the perfect spot for date night or gal pal catchups. Flicks and food are served up every Wednesday from 5pm with October’s feelgood films including Mamma Mia and Sleepless in Seattle.
4. Get lost in a laneway
Take a stroll through some of The City’s hidden laneway gems. Historic and hidden Burnett Lane is filled with cute cafes and rocking restaurants, Gresham Lane is a testament to time gone by and Albert Lane is a hive of dining activity.
It’s something fashionistas have known for years: Edward Street is the spot in The City for luxury, high end and imported clothing, shoes, accessories and gifts. Browse the lush window displays and treat yourself to bespoke menswear, international luxury labels and local boutique brands.
Run, cycle, walk or skate from City Botanic Gardens to Howard Smith Wharves via the Brisbane Riverwalk. Enjoy the shady tree-lined boulevards of the Gardens, grab a coffee from a riverside café and catch the breezy views from the elevated path over the river.
This perennially popular secondhand and pre-loved clothing market pops up every second Sunday at Brisbane Square. Pick through the suitcases and discover if someone’s trash is your take-home treasure.
8. See The City at night from the Clock Tower
Take a free tour of Brisbane City Hall’s Clock Tower which includes a ride in a working cage lift for panoramic views of The City. Watch the sunset over the city with Friday evening tours available until 6.45pm.
Not a fan of heights? No worries! You can still explore Brisbane City Hall without setting foot in the Clock Tower. Marvel at the building’s Neo-Classical façade as you learn about its design and history and inspect the exquisite mosaic tiles and stained-glass windows up close on a free guided tour.
Lace-up your walking shoes and hit The City to hunt down the lightboxes, banners and visual displays of eye-catching artwork in Brisbane City Council’s RAZZLE DAZZLE Outdoor Gallery exhibition. If you wander over to Howard Smith Wharves, you can check out some impressive night-time art projections at as part of the curated exhibit.
The Sunday morning Riverside Markets at the City Botanic Gardens are an institution. Starting at 8am and dishing out the goods until 3pm, these markets serve coffee and brunch alongside local music, artisan goods and craft stalls.
Discover ethical brands and learn about local labels leading the sustainable fashion movement on a small-group walking tour on October 17. Part of Brisbane Fashion Month, each two-hour tour will introduce savvy shoppers to Brisbane brands and boutiques.
Brisbane is filled with fairies. Wander among gorgeous fairy gardens, discover delightful fairy doorways dotting the city and be mesmerised by twinkling fairy lights. There’s magic to be found by small children and big kids alike.
With 15 free barbecues dotted around the park, the only worry you’ll have is whether to sizzle a sausage, char-grill a chicken or sear a skewer of veggies. Once you’ve whipped up a feast for your friends and family, grab a spot in the shade and enjoy a picnic in peace.
Down a spritz with seafood under the Story Bridge, drink craft beer from a micro-brewery by the river and indulge in a long, lazy Greek lunch, Japanese feast or Chinese banquet. The Howard Smith Wharves precinct is buzzing and now is the time to explore the river views that rival all others.
The City Botanic Gardens turns up the volume with its monthly Gigs & Picnics program, a feast of food trucks and free tunes. Get along to the festivities on the fourth Saturday of every month from 12pm to 4pm. Pack a snack or order a picnic basket in advance.
17. Engage your core at Queens Park
Work on building your inner-core strength every Wednesday afternoon at a free Pilates class at Queens Park as part of the Medibank Feel Good Program. Classes run from 5.30pm to 6.15pm and participants must pre-register via the website.
18. View an exhibition at QUT Art Museum
See the latest contemporary art exhibitions from local and Queensland artists, including Odd Bedfellows. This exhibition brings together the work of six remarkable Queensland artists held in the QUT Art Collection, with works spanning five decades and on display until 8 November. You can also pre-book a free guided tour.
Relax and roll out a rug among the towering Moreton Bay figs for a picnic lunch at City Botanic Gardens. After lunch, enjoy a gentle stroll along its network of walking paths, taking in ornamental features and exotic blooms.
If you’re looking for a special occasion treat or a 3pm sugar hit, check out one of The City’s specialty chocolate retailers. There’s an abundance of choice from luxurious chocolate brownies and gourmet truffles to handmade rocky road and popular imported treats.
21. Take a paddle along the river
Get a duck’s eye view of The City from the vantage point of your very own kayak. Riverlife offers guided kayak tours of the Brisbane River and hosts twilight paddles where you can admire The City’s twinkling lights in an illuminated kayak.
Snoop through Queensland’s first public and Heritage-listed building, Old Government House, open Sunday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the restored grandeur of its 1860 architecture and sneak a peek at the gorgeous artwork adorning the walls of the William Robinson Gallery within.
23. Popping corks at pop-up bar
The Port Office Hotel transforms its upstairs Balcony Bar into an exciting new Champagne Pop Up Bar for six weeks only. The bubbles will fizz and flow every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5pm until the end of October.
Brisbane Open House continues its tradition of opening the doors to iconic public and private buildings across The City on 10 and 11 October. Pick from a packed program of free events including guided walking tours, concerts, workshops, children's activities and a photography competition. Check out their website for the full line-up.
Pig ‘N’ Whistle Riverside is polishing the glasses and preparing to serve a one-night-only Ginspired Dinner in tribute to the juniper-based spirit on 22 October. Feast on a four-course dinner with each course paired with an infused gin. Tickets are $65 and seats are limited.
26. Schedule a movie night
Whether your tastes run to arthouse or you're bang-up for a blockbuster, there’s a cinema in The City screening something for you. Check out the vintage vibe of the Elizabeth Picture Theatre housed in a Heritage building on Elizabeth Street. Or head to the top of The Myer Centre for new releases with a Vmax experience at Event Cinemas.
Can’t wait for the weekend to get your farmers market fix? Take a tote to Reddacliff Place on Wednesdays from 8am to 4pm to browse 85 stalls of farm-fresh produce, bakery treats and gourmet eats.
28. Thursday is the new Friday
Enjoy live music every Thursday night this month at Blackbird Bar & Grill. Sit back, relax and be entertained as you indulge in a glass of wine or beer and a cheese plate for two. Grab your friends and start your weekend early.
29. Say cheese, please!
Sweet dreams are made of cheese. Drop into The Cheese Pleaser to pick up a dreamy and creamy selection of international cheese or head over to Grape Therapy for expert tips on selecting artisan cheese and matching it with the perfect wine.
Book your free ticket online and visit MoB to hear Brisbane’s stories and learn about its history. This family-friendly museum has a raft of free children’s activities and craft workshops as well.
After such a jam-packed month, you need to rest and recharge. Find somewhere luxe to lay your head with The City home to five-star hotels, plush serviced apartments, pet-friendly rooms and boutique accommodation. Check-in, sleep in and chill out!