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.
Fitz and Potts – This bright retro character-filled Nundah rooftop bar has a fantastic community vibe and encapsulates all that is good about Brisbane. Fitz and Potts, provides only the best Australian craft beers, wines and spirits from producers who are hands-on and passionate about their products. They are also 100% VEGAN, offering a large range of indulgent, satisfying comfort foods.
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. However, one thing we love about a spring picnic in Brisbane is being able to enjoy it with some live music.
At the Gigs & Picnics series, you’ll find food trucks and live music in the City Botanic Gardens on the last Saturday of the month right through to the end of spring. Grab a blanket, picnic basket and bring a group to enjoy an afternoon, explore the many food trucks on offer. Alternatively, you can pre-order a picnic basket from The Gardens Club or choose from 3 delicious picnic hampers from The Westin.
Blooms and Tunes take place every weekend in September. From 1 pm – 4 pm at The Roma Street Parklands, you can listen to live jazz and blues on the Parkland’s sprawling lawn. If a BYO picnic isn’t your thing, indulge in specially curated picnic hampers from The Garden Room Café. You can also upgrade your purchase to an exclusively styled VIP picnic space, complete with envious stage views and premium service.
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 theme is ‘Boldy Brisbane’ and runs from 4-26 September. An exciting new addition to this year’s program is a new light and laser installation.
#4. Rom Coms & Nom Noms
Going to the movies is always a fun thing to do. When you add a classic chick flick, snacks and an open-air cinema, it becomes a great girl’s night out (or a night out with anyone who doesn’t mind a rom-com).
During September and October, Brisbane City is hosting Rom Coms & Nom Noms a FREE pop-up cinema and pop-up bar in its inner-city green space of Post Office Square. Plus, the pop-up bar is catered by one of our city favourites, Isles Lane.
Every Wednesday night in September and October, you can enjoy a line-up of popular romantic comedies from 5.00 pm – 8 pm (movie start time of 6.00 pm). For your movie nom-noms, you can purchase delicious grazing boxes from Isles Lane and treat yourself to something from the bar.
#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, and in such trying times (aka the COVID-19 pandemic) it can be a little more difficult to arrange those catch-ups with restrictions and social distancing measures that need to be taken. So, we’ve taken the hassle and out of your hands by adapting our Delectable Tastes of the World Booze and Bites tour to cater to your safe socialising needs. You can read more about that here or see what the Booze and Bites tour is all about here.
However, what we really need to let you know is how you can get social and save! When you book this experience for five or more people, you will be able to take a journey around the world with local produce prepared in a variety of different styles and cuisines, whilst taking in two of Brisbane’s best foodie suburbs all for just $150 per person. All you need to do is get a group of friends together and use GETSOCIAL promo code when purchasing your 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.