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Save Those Pennies With Free Powerhouse Entertainment

Save Those Pennies With Free Powerhouse Entertainment

| On 10, Aug 2014

The Brisbane Powerhouse is synonymous with Brisbane culture, but this little piece of history has so much more to offer than comedy, music and performing arts shows. Even better: most of it is free!

The Powerhouse is a little gem of a cultural hub, and has a lot of great weekly, fortnightly and monthly free events. There are events on for everyone to enjoy so here is a list of the great free events that are coming up:

Architecture: Made By Women

This exhibition celebrates the built environment and presents the role and impact women play in architecture. Showcasing interiors, houses, education and cultural facilities, commercial buildings, urban design and master planning, it is an exhibition that unites issues of gender, equity and design.

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When: 15 July- 10 August

Where: Mosquito Foyer and Visy Foyer


Learning from Las Vegas

Turing 101 presents a mix of original and famous songs spanning over the past few decades. With the original songs encompassing a twisted take on work, love and life, the show aims to take listeners to a pleasant state of mind.

When: 2 August & 16 August 5:30pm (60 minute show)

Where: Turbine Platform



The free music event every Sunday gives local Brisbane indie- pop and rock bands a chance to share their music with audiences. Each afternoon session (starting at 3:30pm) contains two musical acts, with an interval in between. These are all age performances, and with the benefit of being free, it is the perfect Sunday afternoon out. Upcoming artists for the month include:

03 August Cypher/ Rose Wintergreen // 10 August Presented by QUT: Curious Finch/ Charlotte Emily // 17 August Charles Jenkins // 24 August Danny Widdicombe solo + trio // 31 August Kellie Lloyd/ Tim Steward

When: Every Sunday 3:30pm

Where: Turbine Platform




The Powerhouse is known for their comedy shows, and Knockoff is the perfect way to kickoff the end of the working week with some free comedy. On every Friday night, these comedy performances are led by local and Australian comedians, with the last Friday of every month featuring improv by Impro Mafia. Grab your friends, and a beer, and prepare to be entertained. If you’re taking a group head a bit early to grab a table and a seat.

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When: Every Friday, 6pm

Where: Turbine Platform


Jan Power’s Farmers Markets

Brisbane is currently full of weekend markets, but this one at the Powerhouse offers a great local experience and an amazing array of goodies to pick up. Fresh produce, flowers, breads, meat, plants and more, whatever you need you will find it here, and it will be fresh, delicious and amazing. Take the family and enjoy a sunny stroll through the 120 stalls.

When: 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month (9 August & 23 August) 6am-12pm

Where: Powerhouse Plaza


Pop Up Suitcase Rummage

It’s time to go rummaging on August 31 as another pop up suitcase rummage is on at the Powerhouse. A great place to pick up handmade, recycled and up-cycled goodies, you will be sure to find something to take home. Entry to rummage is free, but for sellers you can register at their website and pay $25 to flog your wares. With fashion, art, jewellery, knick-knacks, books and more you will not leave disappointed.

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When: Sunday 31 August

Where: Powerhouse Plaza

With all these amazing free events, plus more during the month, take the time to see what the Powerhouse has to offer. Also, don’t forget the amazing array of shows that are always on to entertain you.

More info: Visit the Powerhouse website for all the shows and free events on offer

Images courtesy of (in order) Yan Chen, Camera Obscura, Studio Impressions and Yan Chen.