5 Fun Things to do in Brisbane in Spring
Brisbane is fortunate to have year-round sunshine and temperate weather thanks to its sub-tropical climate. This means there are always fun things to do in Brisbane outdoors. However, spring still brings with it a certain spark of energy as the warm, sunny days are tempered by cool sea breezes and the jacarandas slowly cover the city in a sprinkling of purple.
Spring is the time to make the most of the warm days before the humidity of summer sets in. These 5 Fun Things to do in Brisbane in Spring will help you make the most of it.
#1. Afternoon Drinks at a Rooftop Bar
One of the things we love about Spring is the warm (but not yet too warm) afternoons for catch-ups with friends.
Here in Brisbane, one of the best types of places to do this are at a rooftop bar to take full advantage of the views and any breeze that may be around.
3 of our favourite rooftop bars include in no particular order:
MAYA Mexican – MAYA is the pop-up currently taking over Eleven Rooftop Bar. Here you can expect a chic sit-down dining experience with the fit-out and share-style menu taking inspiration from Mexico’s coastal regions. The cocktail list champions locally sourced ingredients with the back bar boasting an expertly curated selection of artisanal tequilas, mezcals and sotol. We definitely recommend trying MAYA’s margarita range.
Iris Rooftop Bar – Iris Rooftop Bar and Restaurant is a destination that is sure to take your breath away. Inspired by the Mediterranean coast from Beirut to Barcelona, the bar also features a luxury restaurant space and a boutique private dining room. With private dining, a bungalow poolside experience, crackling fire and a space that transforms into a dance floor after nightfall, Iris is the year round go-to for all occasions.The Mediterranean-inspired menu derives from regions of Greek and Spain, with dishes designed to share, while the bar menu features indulgent cocktails, premium wines, spirits and beer.
The Terrace Rooftop Bar & Restaurant – The Terrace arguably has some of the best views in Brisbane with views all the way out to Moreton island from its perch atop Hotel Emporium South Bank. Two retractable rooves mean The Terrace, which is on the 21st floor of the hotel, is an all-weather bar, but definitely a place we particularly love in spring. Drinks are a match for the stunning setting, with an extensive curated list of boutique wines and luscious cocktails – a mix of signature and classic. Here you can sip on anything from Dom Perignon to mint or lavender liqueur from Tamborine Mountain Distillery, and a fantastic range of premium spirits from local to around the world.
#2. Picnics and Live Music
Spring is really the last chance for the year to enjoy some outdoor grazing in Brisbane in one of its many luscious parks. We are fortunate to have many green spaces, great picnic styling companies and hamper providers. These can be made even better with the combination with some live music.
One of Brisbane’s all-year-round options is Sunday Social on the Green at Southbank Parklands.
Sunday Social is the perfect weekend wind down featuring free, laid back, live music and epic picnic eats by the river! A weekly event that showcases the soft and smooth tunes of some of Brisbane’s best musicians, all set against the backdrop of Brisbane’s skyline, there’s no better way to send off your Sunday. Plus, you can grab a picnic hamper from nearby restaurants Aquitaine,River Quay Fish, and The Jetty.
For one weekend in November, you can also pull up a patch of grass, pack the picnic basket and prepare to be entertained at Brisbane Powerhouses’ Spring Sounds at Sunset. For three evenings from November 12 – 14, you can enjoy s a triple-bill of Brisbane favourites, emerging musicians and First Nations artists ease you into the evening with a mix of jazz, blues, folk and world music across the weekend.
Spring is synonymous with festivals the world over, and in Brisbane, we like to kick-off festival season with the Brisbane Festival – a three-week cultural arts extravaganza jam-packed with a range of events from theatre and music to dance and circus performances.This year’s festival runs from 1-23 September.
An exciting new addition to this year’s program sees Brisbane’s iconic City Botanic Gardens in a vibrant new light when Lightscape transforms the park into an after-dark oasis of botanical brilliance. The City Botanic Gardens will light up when the sun goes down, becoming a technicolour wonderland designed and curated to highlight the park’s unique features.
#4. Night Feast
Night Feast, an immersive art and feasting experience is once again taking over the Brisbane Powerhouse and surrounding park from 4-29 October, operating every Wednesday to Sunday night. It fuses food and art, and is unlike anything else in Brisbane!
Following its inaugural success last autumn, Night Feast’s spring edition will ignite the senses once again, delivering incredible tastes from Brisbane’s leading chefs paired with the arrival of other-worldly creatures, electrifying live music and roaming performances in a magical festive setting against the backdrop of New Farm Park and Brisbane Powerhouse.
Autumn crowd favourites return, including e’cco bistro, Donna Chang, Gerard’s Bistro, Dalton Catering, Saison Salumi, LouisB, Lek’s Thai, Mary Mae’s, Hoy Pinoy, Wonderbao, Anchelee and Bugsters. They’re joined by new spring additions ESSA, NOTA, Southside, Bar Alto, The Green, MAYA, Nosferatu Gin & Dessert Bar and La Mano.
Plus, it will be even easier to get there this season withBrisbane City Council will provide free public buses (Night Feast Express) to and from City Hall to New Farm Park via Central Station.
#5. Get Social and Save
And finally, it would be rude of us not to tell you about another opportunity that allows you to get out, socialise with your friends and enjoy the spring evenings.
Social catchups definitely ramp up as spring fills the air. To make the most of the season we wanted to let you know how you can get social and save!
When you and 4 friends or more book a Delectable Tastes of the World Booze and Bites tour or a Delectable Taste of CBD Hidden Gems tour during Spring, you’ll get your tickets for just $165 each by selecting the 5, 6, 7, or 8 Adults for GETSOCIAL Booking tickets.
So there you have it, 5 fun things to do in Brisbane in Spring. Now all you need to do is to decide which one you’re going to do first!
If you’re looking for more fun things to do in Brisbane, check out our post on suggested tapas and drinks itineraries.