Things to do in The City in March
March into a new month of activities, events and festivals happening in and around Brisbane City. From well-being programs to live music gigs, science festivals to art exhibitions, here’s what’s new and happening in The City in March 2021.
Back in 2021 with a jam-packed program that celebrates science, art and technology, Curiocity Brisbane comes alive with interactive installations and events across Brisbane City. Highlights of the 17-day program include Curiocities; digital and physical installations sprinkled throughout a 6.5km circuit of City Botanic Gardens, South Bank, Cultural Precinct and The City; Curious Conversations events of stimulating discussions and the World Science Festival. Curiocity Brisbane is on 12–28 March.
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Presented by Queensland Museum, World Science Festival Brisbane will take you on an inspired science journey with an online and offline program. Running 24–28 March, research a range of STEM topics through the many free and ticketed events available around Brisbane that include Lunchtime Labs in the Queen Street Mall.
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Running until 27 March, tap into wellness and feel the flow with free outdoor exercise classes available in Queens Gardens in The City and South Bank Parklands. The Medibank Feel Good Program offers after-work yoga or Pilates classes in The City from Tuesday to Thursday at 5:30pm. Pre-register to reserve your spot.
Gigs & Picnics makes its 2021 debut on 27 March with ongoing free monthly events throughout the year. Get along to City Botanic Gardens on the last Saturday of the month from 12-4pm to enjoy live music from jazz to reggae and more. Plus, partake in a delicious picnic in the park, thanks to a variety of food trucks available on site.
Say “santé” to lingering sunsets with the return of the Customs House pop-up bar. From Friday to Sunday from 3pm, soak up the alfresco riverside ambience of Saint-Tropez Sunsets by Moet & Chandon. With walk-ins welcome, toast to the chic French Riviera lifestyle with French-Mediterranean flavours, French wine, and bubbles from Moet & Chandon, including Ice Impérial – the first Champagne designed to be served over ice – ooh la la!
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Events at Museum of Brisbane (MoS) this month include a Bauhaus Inspired Styling Workshop with Paige Noelle, one of Brisbane’s most sought-after stylists and renovators, on 13 March to complement the current Bauhaus Now exhibition. Shapes Orchestra by Marike van Dijk on 19 March is another work inspired by Bauhaus Now. Book your ticket to experience the series of seven movements with a six-piece ensemble.
On 12 March, join the free Sunny Side Up Panel Discussion featuring local artists and co-curator Alex Holt to learn more about the Sunny Side Up exhibition currently on display at Brisbane City’s Outdoor Gallery.
Other current MoS exhibitions to explore include The Storytellers, Man & Wah: CELESTON 2, Perspectives of Brisbane and Artist in Residence Tammy Law’s Fractured Dreams & Infinite Scars exhibition.
The colourful miffy & friends exhibition of author and artist Dick Bruna’s “cute little bunny” winds up on 14 March, so be sure to get along to QUT Art Museum before it ends. On Earth, an exhibition of the landscape and environment as expressed through art follows from 27 March. The exhibition will feature artworks from the QUT Art Collection as well as contemporary Australian artists.
Want to talk to other art lovers? Join the Texta Book Club online or at QUT Art Museum for spirited discussions about fiction books and artistic themes that include a tour of the current exhibition followed by a glass of wine and conversation. Texta Book Club is on Tuesdays from 6:15pm.
New dining in The City
The newly opened Som Tum Bar specialises in the Thai green papaya salad (aka som tum) that is its namesake. Located in the Brisbane Quarter, it’s Brisbane’s first som tum bar, serving a mouth-watering array of authentic Thai street food for weekday lunches. Savour fresh salad flavours topped with specialty ingredients such as blue swimmer crab, salted egg, grilled pork and much more.
New to Brisbane City in Ulster Lane, Cheeky Poké Bar brings its popular meal in a bowl for a healthy lunchtime option. Choose from signature meat, seafood or vegan bowls and tacos (with nori or wonton wrappers), or opt to DIY your own bowl with your choice of flavours. There’s plenty of gluten-free options as well.
Image source: Cheeky Poke Bar
The summer vibes continue in March with Sundaze sessions at Will & Flow, where Brisbanites can enjoy the ambience of The City’s first overwater bar with live music, seafood and summery sips. It’s on at the Queen’s Wharf venue every Sunday from 12:30pm.
Splash out at the weekly Chandon High Tea event, on every Saturday afternoon at The Lab, Treasury Brisbane. For $65pp, treat yourself to a premium high tea with Chandon sparkling wines, bottomless La Maison Du Thé teas and decadent sweet and savoury morsels.
Enjoy a leisurely Sunday stroll through the Riverside Markets at City Botanic Gardens. Browse an array of artisan stalls, enjoy cuisines from around the world and live music – access is via the Alice Street gate.
Image source: Riverside Markets at the Gardens