Summer is just around the corner!

Summer is nearly here and you know what that means...longer days with more daylight to enjoy Brisbane's subtropical climate with the people and places that make our city great.

To help you get into the summertime swing, here's a list of things to see and do that will help you make the most of that summer sunshine.

Make a splash

Nothing beats jumping into a pool on a hot day. Council's has 22 public pools across Brisbane. Summer hours mean the pools are open longer to maximise the time you have available for water fitness and fun.

Take a dip in the heritage-listed Spring Hill Baths, get active with our popular aqua aerobics classes, or join a community-based swim club at your local pool.

Take the kids to one of Council's 16 aqua parks and water play areas for hours of splash-tastic entertainment with slides, water jets, mushroom fountains and drop buckets.

Cinema under the stars

Love movie night with the family or looking for a balmy date night option?

True Brisbane-ites live their best lives outdoors. Council's free Outdoor Cinema in the Suburbs program is screening family-friendly movies at suburban parks. Head to the host park before the movie (from 4pm) to enjoy a variety of food trucks, stalls and entertainment. When the movie is ready to start, kick off your shoes, lay out a rug, and enjoy the movie by moonlight.

Play at our parks

As one of Australia's greenest capital cities, our beautiful parks have heaps to offer.

Take the kids to the iconic New Farm Park playground to play under the tree canopy, or visit the Hide 'n' Seek Trail in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha. Discover more about our native flora and fauna by taking a free guided discovery tour at our botanic gardens, or take a free guided walk in Karawatha Forest.

With more than 2100 parks across Brisbane, find a park you've never visited before, for a spontaneous barbecue, playground visit, or lazy afternoon stroll. 

If you love music, get your feet tapping and soul singing to live music at Bands in Parks events in local parks. Pack a picnic and a blanket and make an afternoon of it.

Summer sights and sounds

Looking for something new to do on weekends? Head to Brunswick and Chinatown malls in Fortitude Valley every Friday afternoon to hear the best live, local tunes at Valley Fiesta Fridays, or laugh until you cry at the free Livewired Comedy at Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm.

On Friday 22 and Saturday 23 November, head to the Meeanjin Markets in Reddacliff Place, Brisbane City to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, crafts and culture through market stalls, performances and workshops.

Brisbane Square Library is staying up late (open until midnight) on Wednesday and Friday nights. Get along to the library on these nights to enjoy an exciting range of activities and events.

Step out and about

With longer days, use the extra daylight hours to take a walk along one of Council's many walking trails.

If you're a history buff, wander one of our 18 heritage trails. These curated trails celebrate the stories of our local suburbs and character of our city. There are also Aboriginal culture trails at Boondall Wetlands and Brighton.

If you love outdoor art, check out our four public art trails, each with their own unique theme. Our popular World Expo '88 Public Art Trail was created for the 30th anniversary of this 1988 event and is our newest public art trail.

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Last updated:18 November 2019
Topics: things to do