There is plenty of opportunity to enjoy Parks Alive this year, with the event growing to cover two weekends and four locations. Enjoy themed workshops and craft activities at the City Botanic Gardens or Mt Coot-tha Botanic Garden and then spend the next weekend at Roma St Parkland or South Bank Parklands listening to expert speakers and live music. It’s up to you how you arrange your Parks Alive event calendar, or you can just enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Brisbane’s premier parklands and gardens.
City Botanic Gardens – 15 & 16 August
Focusing on new and upcoming Brisbane based bands, including The Golden Age of ballooning and other Qube Effect prize winners, The Brains Trust and Eagle Junction. Other activities include and art/craft activities for the whole family, Indigenous Hip Hop Dance Workshops and Eurrythmy demonstrations by Vulcana Women’s Circus, a popular form of exercise for ladies in the 1920 and 30s.
Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Cooth-tha – 15 & 16 August
Visit the ‘In the Kitchen Garden’, a garden in the recently opened extension to the Botanic Gardens. Activities include cooking demonstrations using native plants and a kids Bush Tucker Hunt. On Sunday 16 August, the gardens host the annual Japanese Cultural Day with calligraphy, tea making and Mochitsuki (rice cake making) demonstrations in the Japanese Garden and a music program at The Bandstand including the popular Japanese drumming group Toko Ton.
Native Plants Queensland will also be hosting their Spring Australian Native Plant Sale and display – a glorious display of native flowers, along with a fantastic variety of native plants to buy direct from the growers.