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8 outdoor events coming this spring

With spring now upon us, there are plenty of events popping up across the country to help kickstart you into the new season.

Whether you’re in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne, there are so many free events to choose from to get you making the most of the warmer weather.

SYDNEY

The Last Resort by Anri Sala

Albanian artist Anri Sala will transform the 105-year-old rotunda at Observatory Hill Park to highlight Sydney’s colonial history and bring the public together. Sala’s provocative work incorporates suspended snare drums and mirrors and follows Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major – a fitting choice of music which symbolises European enlightenment, colonialisation and rationalism.

Where: Observatory Hill Park
When: October 13-November 1
More info here

Sculpture by the Sea

beachgoers surrounding an artwork on beach

(Image: J Wyld)

Sydney’s marquee exhibition is back for its 21st display of works by Australian and international artists. Sculpture by the Sea will host over 100 works over Sydney’s stunning 2 kilometre walk and will be offering free Artist Spotlight Talks and Tactile Tours. Although official programs have not yet been released, reserve a weekend in October or November to make sure you did not miss the captivating artworks on display.

Where: Bondi to Tamarama Coastal Walk
When: October 19-November 5
More info here

Paper Daisy Display

The Australian Botanic Garden in Mount Annan near Campbelltown is bursting with vibrant paper daisies which are rarely seen outside Western Australia. The display at the Botanic Gardens in Sydney’s south west has attracted enthusiasts for over twenty years and offers flower-lovers the chance to buy paper daisy seeds to bring the charming blooms to their own backyards.

Where: The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan Drive, Mount Annan
When: Today – October 14th
More info here

BRISBANE

Brisbane Festival

Red and purple fireworks display over the Brisbane River

Brisbane Festival’s Sunsuper Riverfire (Image: Supplied)

Brisbane Festival is a celebration of theatre, music, dance, opera and free public events spread across Brisbane’s CBD. London Grammar, Angus and Julia Stone, Megan Washington and The Preatures will perform throughout the festival alongside cabaret, comedy and circus acts at venues from Southbank to Fortitude Valley.

Where: Venues across Brisbane CBD
When: September 9-30
More info here

Sunday Sessions on the Green

This free event is held every weekend in picturesque Southbank, showcasing some of the state’s best emerging musical talent. Restaurants at River Quay are licensed meaning you can sit back with wine in hand and enjoy a backdrop of the spring sunset while being treated to the soothing sounds of Brisbane’s best musicians.

Where: River Quay, Southbank
When: Sundays 2pm-5pm, September-November
More info here

Museum Twilight Markets

Ipswich’s markets combine food, handmade goods, live music, craft workshops and museum tours through The Workshops Rail Museum. Torchlight Museum Tours begin at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm and start from $10 for adults.

Where: The Workshops Rail Museum, North Ipswich
When: 5pm-9pm, October 21st
More info here

MELBOURNE

Melbourne Festival

Les Tambours de Feu at 2016’s Melbourne Festival (Image: James Henry)

The festival of Australia’s most liveable city boasts entertainment in the form of music, multimedia,  dance and outdoor events throughout the month of October.  Melbourne’s festival has been running since 1986 and prides itself on being one of the most creative and provocative arts festivals in the country.

Where: Venues across Melbourne CBD
When: October 4-22
More info and tickets here

Seaside Street Food Festival

The Food Truck Park and Frankston City Council has teamed up once again to give you a food truck feast. Visit for the lively, family-friendly atmosphere and trial unique flavours from each stall, grab a craft beer and enjoy the twilight entertainment.

Where: Frankston Pier Foreshore
When: 5pm-10pm, October 11-15
More info here

(Featured image: Clyde Yee)

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