With the searing heat of summer having made way for balmy autumn days and winter now looming, Brisbane comes alive with a host of community festivals across the city over the next few months. The annual Paniyiri Greek Festival at South Brisbane gets the festival season underway this weekend, with several other great events to follow, many of which are free. Whilst each festival is unique, food, market stalls and live music are common ingredients. Given the variety of festivals on offer, there really is no excuse to spend your weekends at home. Here is a rundown of some of the major festival events happening across Brisbane in the weeks ahead.
Paniyiri Greek Festival – May 23 and 24
As many as 50 000 people flock to Musgrave Park in South Brisbane each year for the Paniyiri Festival, a celebration of everything Greek. Food, music and dance are the staples of the weekend with a wide range of exhibitors and cooking demonstrations, including appearances by Maddie and Lloyd from My Kitchen Rules.
George Mason and Bonnie Sveen from Home and Away will be at the festival on both days, along with 7-time World Surfing Champion Layne Beachley and Kirk Pengilly from INXS. There will be a kids zone with face painting and arts/crafts activities on offer and Saturday night will close with a fireworks show.
Queensland’s longest running cultural festival and the largest Australian Greek Festival of its kind, Paniyiri is now in its 38th year. Tickets are $10.00 from QTix, with children admitted free.
Stones Corner Festival – May 31
This year the Stones Corner Festival welcomes a wide variety of Brisbane’s best food trucks offering all manner of culinary delights, including Festival Char Baby, Chip Tease, Fiery Deli, Gourmet H-Dogz, How We Rolls, Juan More Taco, King of the Wings, Little Back & The Doughnut Bar.
Festival goers will also be able to sample craft beers, ciders and wines from over 20 local and national brewers, along with food stalls, market vendors and free children’s activities including a jumping castle and interactive petting zoo.
Live entertainment gets underway at 12:00pm with musical performances throughout the afternoon. The Andrew Taylor Duo kicks things off at 12.00pm, followed by The Lyrical at 2.30pm and Round Mountain Girls at 5.00pm. Headlining the festival stage this year will GANGajang, the group responsible for some of Australia’s most iconic songs, such as Sounds of Then (This is Australia), House of Cards and Gimme Some Lovin’.
The Stones Corner Festival runs from 10:00am to 9:00pm on Sunday, May 31 and entry is FREE. For more information, click here.
Caxton Street Festival – June 7
Celebrating its 21st year in 2015, the Caxton Street Festival will again take place on the Queens’s Birthday Long Weekend with a literal feast of food, wine and entertainment.
Since launching as a seafood and wine festival, the event has evolved into a much broader celebration and each year features a great live music program on multiple stages. There will be a huge selection and variety of food, wine, craft beers and cocktails served up throughout the festival, which is staged smack bang in the middle of the Caxton Street restaurant and hotel precinct.
The live music program announced thus far is very impressive with The Beautiful Girls, DZ Deathrays, Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon), Thelma Plum, The Snowdroppers and Hey Geronimo amongst those who will take the stage from 12:00pm and into the evening.
The Caxton Street Festival will be held on Sunday, June 7 with tickets available from Oztix for $29:00 (plus BF).
Teneriffe Festival – July 4
Now in its sixth year, the Teneriffe Festival has quickly grown to become one of Brisbane’s premier community events. The festival celebrates the history and cultural diversity of Tenneriffe and includes more than 100 market stalls along Vernon Terrace and surrounding streets.
There will also be food stalls, restaurants and pop-up bars galore to satisfy all tastes, along with fashion parades, live music on multiple stages, children’s activities and historical displays that trace the commercial origins of the area.
Held amongst the historic residential and commercial buildings of Teneriffe alongside the Brisbane River with easy access by bus and ferry, the Teneriffe Festival is a free event.
Details about the live music program and other events have not yet been released, so visit the festival website for updated information.