Upcoming Festivals Families Will Love

Weekend entertainment can get a little repetitive, so we’ve gathered a list of family events and things to do with kids near Brisbane. From fun in the sun by the seaside to celebrating different cultures, the Moreton Bay Region has some great upcoming festival families will love.

Redcliffe KiteFest | June 15 – 16

Redcliffe KiteFest is coming up on June 15-16, and it’s set to be the best KiteFest ever. The entertainment, food, market stalls and activities will be endless. Worldwide phenomenon Baby Shark will be performing twice daily, and there’s a kid’s zone with face painting, Lego, an animal farm, pony rides, glitter tattoos, build a cubby house, and plenty more the keep the kids entertained. There will also be market stalls, food, musical entertainment, and the Welcome to the Whales program to keep the whole family busy.

Where: Pelican Park, Clontarf

Cost: $5 kids, $10 adult, $25 family pass – purchase now.

Welcome to the Whales | June 15 – 16

As part of Redcliffe KiteFest this year, Moreton Bay is celebrating the annual migration of the humpback whales through the Moreton Bay Region with Welcome to the Whales. This event will be included in your Redcliffe KiteFest Pass, but it’s practically a festival in itself. Welcome to the Whales will feature lots of activities for kids, including a free touch tank workshop where kids can learn about and touch some sea creatures, as well as a program of talks and presentations from organisations like Sea Shepherd and Coastal Protection Core. For a great day or weekend out with the family, KiteFest has you covered.

Where: Pelican Park, Clontarf

Cost: $5 kids, $10 adult, $25 family pass – purchase now.

Bonfire Night Sandstone Point Hotel Visit Moreton Bay Region

Bonfire Night | July 6

Sandstone Point Hotel’s Bonfire Night has been a big hit in previous years, and it’s back, bigger and better than ever on Saturday, July 6. Bonfires, flames, pyro displays, and fireworks will entertain the whole family, plus a few big surprises will be unveiled on the night. The s’mores, food trucks, live music and kids’ rides will be running from 2 pm, so get rugged up and enjoy a wintery evening with your family around the bonfires at Bonfire Night!

Where: Sandstone Point Hotel, 1800 Bribie Island Road, Sandstone Point

Cost: Child $5.65, Adult $10.75 – tickets available now.

Bribie Island OPA Greek Festival | July 7

For a lively and rich cultural experience, the OPA Greek Festival on Bribie Island is the place to be. Held on July 7, the festival will include food stalls, cooking demonstrations, Greek dancing, Greek Kafanea (coffee shops), and live Greek music. For the kids, there will be rides, a fun zone, sand sculpting and more. This colourful event in the beachside suburb of Woorim is sure to liven up your weekend and be great fun for the whole family.

Where: 12 Third Avenue, Woorim, Bribie Island

Cost: Gold coin donation

Abbey Medieval Festival | July 13 - 14

The Abbey Medieval Festival is on again this year and will take you and your family back to the Middle Ages. The Abbey Museum will be hosting a range of events as part of the festival, including the Kids Dig It! Medieval Family Fun Week from July 1-5, and the Tournament Weekend on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July. The Kids Dig It! Family Fun Week is specially designed to keep kids entertained over the school holidays. With archery, archaeological digs, art workshops, page training, games from the middle ages, and lots of opportunities for educational fun, Kids Dig It! is a great festival for the kids.

The Tournament Weekend is also a family-friendly festival, with jousters, performers, over 40 re-enactment groups, food vendors and merchants, all coming together to deliver one of Australia’s best living history events.

Where: Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology, 1 – 63 The Abbey Place (off Toorbul Point Road), Caboolture

Cost: From $19 – more details here.

The 80s Expo | Until August 18

Throwback to a decade of double denim, Care Bears, Kylie Minogue and scrunchy hair ties at the 80s Expo. Celebrating everything from major events like the Commonwealth Games and Expo 88 through to the smaller things that helped the Moreton Bay Region grow and put the sunshine state on the map as a tourist destination. The 80s will explore the dynamic relationship between Brisbane and the Moreton Bay Region, exploring individual and community memories of this fluro decade.

Where: Pine Rivers Heritage Museum, Whiteside.

Cost: Free.

Moreton Bay Multicultural Fiesta | August 31

The Moreton Bay Multicultural Fiesta is celebrating 20 years in 2019 and will be better than ever! The Fiesta showcases the multicultural diversity of the Moreton Bay Region, giving you a taste of food, talent and market stalls from across the globe. There will be kids rides, activities, free entertainment, and of course, great international food. The Fiesta will be held on Saturday, August 31, at Caboolture Town Square.

Where: Caboolture Town Square, Caboolture

Cost: Gold coin donation

Local Shows

Street food, sideshow alley challenges, Ferris wheels, fireworks and much more await throughout the month of June through to August. From Redcliffe to Woodford and everywhere in between, you can catch a local show and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere of friends and family having a good time. Watch woodworkers compete in chopping contests, chow down on classic show food like dagwood dogs and fairy floss and don’t forget to purchase that all-important show bag!

Take the family out for a day of fun, create some memories and enjoy the winter sun!

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Rochelle Lyons

With a background in content writing, social media management and marketing, Rochelle is an avid lover of all things food, book and dog-related, and thinks she's much better at sports than she really is. At only 5'3", she's usually always the shortest among a group of people but will make a point to tell you she's the tallest of all her family members.

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