There are a lot of activities in this area this month. In Brisbane, We have Brisbane Festival. Also in Toowoomba which is about one and half hour driving distance, there is also a significant event happening. This is The Carnival of Flowers, which held from 21st to 30th September.

The Chronicle Garden Competition

First of all, I need to recommend you visit the private gardens of the Chronicle Garden Competition and I think that is a must-do event. Many passionate locals turned their private gardens into stunning floral showpiece . to participate in this competition. Those gardens are gorgeous, and some yards are big, like a small botanic garden. For the detailed address of those gardens, you need to buy the 21st Septemeber of The Chronicle which is available in most of the local newsagent in Toowoomba. And if you would like to spend a bit, there are some bus tours ($35 Adult, $30 concession) to take you to those gardens, Toowoomba Visitor Information Center will have more information about this.

Queens Park

 

Besides, there is a giant carnival and flower show in queens park. It is the primary site of this activity. There will be a lot of beautiful flowers and some live music too.

 

USQ Japanese garden

Besides queens park and those private gardens, the USQ Japanese garden is also a must-do place. There are too many flowers in full bloom, stunning.That is an Authentic Japanese Graden. If you read those photo I took in there; you cannot imagine that in Toowoomba, not in Japan.

Grand Central Floral Parade Float Parade

If you have time, you can also participate in the Grand Central Floral Parade on 22nd September at 3 pm. By then, there are dozens of flowery floats will parade near Queens Park.

Toowoomba Picnic Point

Please do not miss the Picnic Point. There are not too many blooming flowers to enjoy, but there is beautiful scenery. Where you can take a panoramic view of Toowoomba.

I believe that this will be suitable for your whole family, that will be the best activity for you this weekend.

Baby and Toddler Town


After Baby bounce and toyrus closed down, that sounds fewer choices of baby goods for us. Fortunately, we found a baby goods retail store has moved from the Gold Coast to Brisbane. That is Bady and Toddler Town. A few weeks ago, I have visited there. The store is not very small. They got most of the major brands, such as Safety 1st, Infa Secure, and iCandy. For our product ranges, they covered the most baby products, such as cot, parms, and Bottles & Starter Sets. Lastly, I saw their price tag sounds similar to other stores. Previously, I bought two toddler chair form their online store. I will visit their underwood if they need to buy some things for my daughter.
Address:
80 Kingston Rd Underwood
QLD 4119

Brisbane Festival 2018


From tomorrow to 29th September, we have a major annual event held in Brisbane, Brisbane Festival. There are different activities in the Brisbane district, such as the various art performance held in QPAC and QUT Creative Industries Precinct. However, the main event is to focus on Southbank’s culture forecourt, which is called Treasury Brisbane Arcadia. There has been a small theater, Courier-Mail Spiegeltent, where there are some musical performances. Of course, besides live entertainment, there is a place for eating and drinking. I believe the same as previous years. There are several food stalls and an outdoor bar. In addition, this year there is a mirror house, House of Mirrors. They used 40 tons of steel and 15 tons mirrors to build a giant mirror room. the visitor can have a fancy journey inside, but an entrance fee is $10 .

Also this year, at the section of Brisbane River where is in front of the culture forecourt, there is a laser show called celebratebrisbane river of light, not just lasers. In the middle of the river, a small stage was set up, At the stage, dynamic jets and giant spirals of water will be featuring with the laser shows. I saw similar performances at the Brisbane Festival a few years ago, and it was wonderful! If there is a chance, I will go to City for watching this performance. In addition, there are three sessions per night at 6:30, 8:00 and 9:30, which are quite convenient.

Of course, I would like to participate in RiverFire fireworks show at Brisbane River on 29 th September we should not miss that!

The details of the different activities can be found on their website

Celebratebrisbane river of light

Date: September 8th to 29th

Time: 6:30, 8:00, 9:30

Location: culture forecourt

House of Mirrors

Date: September 8th to 29th

Time: 10 am to 10 pm

Location: culture forecourt

Fee: $10 (10am to 6pm) $15 (after 6pm to 10pm)

Gold Coast
This times is my weekend recommendation is Gold coast show. It is from today to Sunday, at Broadwater parklands and Owen Park. I would call it, the Gold Coast version of Ekka, a giant carnival, and there are farm animals for kids, mobile games and music shows, and even Showbags. Also, it is also a fireworks show at 7 o’clock in the present and tomorrow nights. The most important thing about the “Little” EKKA is the free admission! So I believe it will be suitable for your family size!
date:31-8-2018至2-9-2018
Venue: board water parkland and Owen park。
Free to Entry
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Redcliffe Kite Fest

Redcliffe Kite Fest
Yesterday, I went from Redcliffe after a two days business trip. When I came back, I saw Pelican Park hanging the banner of kite fest. When I back home, I went online and checked it out. I found out this Saturday and Sunday, there will be a kite fest. A lot of international and local kite masters will join this event, or you can make a kite with the children and fly it in the public kite area. Besides, there are also market and live music performances. It should be suitable for your family. I am only worried about whether tomorrow will rain or not.
Date: August 25-26
Location: Pelican Park
Cost: Adult (16 years old or older) $10
Student (15 years old or younger) and elderly $5
Family ticket (2 Adult 2 Children or 1 Adult 3 Children): $25
Free admission for two-year-old or younger
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EKKA is on now!

EKKA 2014

EKKA, I believe that is the most significant event in Brisbane, started today! This event holds in RNA showground until 19/8. Firstly, this event is an agriculture show. Of course, during the show, you can see a lot of livestock and crops.

Nowadays, EKKA got a lot of various activities. It sounds like a carnival.

It got some rides and some live performances and firework displays at night!

If you go to EKKA, you should miss their show bags which is a bag contains retail merchandise. This merchandise will have much higher value than the price tag of a showbag.

Also, there is the gourmet plaza again. That is similar to a street food market; you can enjoy from street foods in there. The stalls are from various restaurants, the choices are from Mexican to Italy.

Please do not miss that! However, the ticket price is quite high. For adults, each ticket cost $35. Children ticket cost $20. If you are a member of RACQ, they will have 10% discount on the ticket price, if you choose to go on 14/8, RACQ got 15%off ! please find the further information from RACQ website
There is a cheaper option if you just want to watch the night show and to have dinner there. You can get a Twilight Ticket for $18 if you choose to enter after 6pm.

Night Noodle Markets 2015

From tomorrow to 5th August, it is the Night Noodle Markets again. You can go to the cultural forecourt of the South Bank every night to “sweep the streets” and taste Asian street food. During the period, there were more than 20 Asian restaurants stalled there, such as:

Filipino skewers – Hoy Pinoy, there is a big charcoal stove to do skewers!

 

Hoy Pinoy

Charcoal grills

And Blackstar Pastry, n2 Gelato, Teppanyaki Noodles, etc. Blackstar Pastry’s Watermelon Strawberry Cake has been very popular in the Night Noodle Markets in recent years. When I went to Sydney at the beginning of the year, I personally tried their lychee and watermelon cakes. The taste was excellent! my friends in Sydney say it’s one of the must-try items for tourists.

lychee and watermelon cakes

Of course, it will not be just about “food” , there will be some live music performances too.

I believe that this year’s night market will be quite exciting!

However, according to the experience of previous years, the amount of food they sold is not too significant. If you want to eat enough, each person will spend almost $20, and please remember your bank card, only accept the card, not cash.

Free admission

time:

Monday to Friday: 5pm to late night (til late)
Saturday and Sunday: 4pm to late night (til late)

Location: South Bank, cultural forecourt

Southbank Brisbane
This Saturday in Southbank, there is an excellent food show, Regional Flavours. Tomorrow (21/7,) and Sunday (22/7), there will be more than 80 food stalls selling a variety of Queensland foods, from chocolate to fruit. Moreover, there are live music performances and celebrity chefs cooking demonstrations, which should be suitable for your family’s activities this week!

Fee: Free
Location: Southbank Brisbane
Time: 10am-5pm

Sunnybank $2 Food Trail Summer 2016

Tdoay (14th July,2018), Sunnybank Plaza and Sunny Park will hold Sunnybank $2 Food Trail again,this event will be held occasionally during these recent years . Today, from 2 pm to 8 pm, around 45 participated restaurants across those two shopping centers will offer $2 tasting plates. Besides, the ranges of the dish on the offers have wide range of choices, such as Chinese, Japanese, Hong Kong Style, Vietnamese, Korean and Taiwanese styles. Also, because we are in the Summer, this times, some restaurants will offer chilled desserts and they mentioned some other new mini tasting dish. According to their website, this event is only about food; there will be some live entertainments too, such as live performance from
local musicians and traditional roaming lion dancers . This year, they will have a dedicated Kids Zone. There will be face painting, board games and colouring-in. I think the kids will have fun too!
For the further details, please visit their website and download their event map.

 

Date:14/07/2017(Sat)
Time:2-8pm
Venue:Sunnybank Plaza and Sunny Park

SkatingAt Festival(Winter Festival)
Now is the winter time in Brisbane, but the lowest degree in Winter time is just only around 7-8 degree. Thus, we cannot see the snow at all.
However, you can go to SkatingAt Festiva to have a snowy winter.
From today to 22nd July 2017, a giant ice rink and ice slide have setup in King George Square. I believe you can skate in there. But you need to pay the entry fee, Adult $28, Children (8 to 13-year-old) $20, Kid (3 to 5-year-old) $10.(Buy online ~20% off).
Also, there are some food trucks next to the ice rink. They offer some hot foods, which is the best for the cozy winter.
That sounds cool, I think you should not miss this event.