Free ways to enjoy your Queensland long weekend

Fun and easy ways to enjoy a day off without busting your budget

Everyone loves a long weekend! You get that precious extra day to sleep in and unwind, and to get out and about with family and friends. But having a fun day out doesn’t have to mean blowing your budget.

Wherever you are in Queensland, here’s some fun and free ways you can enjoy an extra day off this long weekend.

A Sunday session on the green

  • There’s no better way to enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon than with a Sunday session at the spectacular River Quay Green at Southbank.
  • Enjoy live music, lawn games and funky chill out seating, all set against the backdrop of the Brissie skyline.
  • Finish your weekend on the right note! Take a picnic along and kick back and relax.
  • See the River Quay website for the live music line-up.

Enjoy some art in the gardens

  • Art lovers should head to the historical Richard Randall Art Studio in Mount Coot-Tha for an exciting free watercolour exhibition this October long weekend.
  • The stunning watercolour paintings on display include overseas and local scenes, colourful and quirky acrylic fabric collages, gorgeous floral works, animal studies and street scenes.
  • The exhibition is free to attend and is open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and from 8am to 5pm on Sunday and Monday.
  • Don’t forget to bring a picnic with you, and enjoy Spring in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.

Free drawing class

  • Keeping with things arty, head to the Petrie Terrace Art Gallery for some free artist talks and demonstrations this Saturday 1st October.
  • From 10:30am to noon, local artist and sculptor Terry Summers will talk about his inspirations and style, and display his life-size sculptures, cardboard installations and detailed still-life drawings.
  • And if you’d like to learn to draw, from 1pm to 2.30pm, artist and tutor Jacquie Calvert-Lane will present an introduction to line drawing. Jacquie will show you some tips and tricks and all materials will be supplied.
  • If you’d like to attend, register here.

Make a volcano!

  • Little kids should head to the Redcliffe Museum at 10:30am on Sunday 2nd October for their Active Earth story and play session.
  • The kids will enjoy stories, songs and games as they explore earthquakes and volcanoes.
  • The fun will finish off with the kids making a mini volcano of their very own.  

Celebrate diversity

  • On Sunday 2nd October, head to Brisbane’s free Welcomefest and celebrate multiculturalism through music, food and dance.
  • Experience world culture through international cuisine, music and dance performances, fashion, art workshops, and family-friendly activities.
  • From 10am-6pm at the Annerley Soccer Club fields, between Juliette and Ridge streets, Greenslopes.
  • Check the website for the full program.

Island life

  • Grab the kids and head to the Bribie Island Seaside Museum.
  • They’re open from 10am – 3pm on Saturday and Sunday and have free fun and games for all the family.
  • Check out the Fun with Portraits event, where you can learn about the history of portraits, and then have a go at creating one yourself. 

Opera in the park

  • On the Gold Coast, enjoy a night under the stars at Broadbeach Opera in the Park.
  • Take your picnic blanket or folding chairs to Kurrawa Park in Broadbeach and enjoy tunes from your favourite opera and Broadway shows.
  • The whole family will enjoy the talents of Ian Stenlake, Lucy Maunder,  Judit Molnar and a host of local talent including the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra and Gold Coast Choir.
  • The fun kicks off at 6pm, and entry is free.

Outdoor cinema

  • Gold Coast kids will love the free outdoor cinema at Oracle Boulevard in the heart of Broadbeach.
  • Frozen is screening on Saturday 1st October, and Despicable Me 2 on Sunday 2nd October.
  • The fun runs from 4:30pm – 8:30pm.

Handmade treasures

  • If you’re crafty, you’ll love exploring the treasures at the Romantic Vintage Marketplace in Cleveland.
  • From 9am to 1pm on Sunday 2nd October, this artisan market features handmade delights that use vintage and antique items to make pieces including dolls and bears, hand painted silverware, lace bags and clothing, pincushions and much more.
  • Head to the Linen and Lace Courtyard of the Metro Arcade at 99 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland.
  • You might also like to treat yourself to a scrumptious morning tea, served in real china cups!