Brisbane’s Biggest Street Party; Valley Fiesta 2014

Statistics will tell you that Brisbane doesn’t usually get much rain in August. According to historical data for 2000 to 2013, around 38 mm of rainfall is average for the month. On Saturday alone we had over 22 mm which was a shame because it was the weekend of one of Brisbane’s most popular shindigs.

Valley Fiesta 2014

Fortunately, in true Brisbane style, Sunday turned into another warm and sunny day in Queensland…

The Valley 001… which certainly livened up the party.

This is a free event for all ages…

The Valley 002With live music in some of the bars…

The Valley 003Yes, if you look closely enough at the above photograph you will see a young woman playing the guitar and (you’ll have to take my word for it) singing.

There are two street stages at this event, one in the Chinatown Mall which included a closed off area for over 18’s only. It had a street bar set up serving alcoholic drinks. Here’s the timetable of events for this stage…

The Valley 004So this was probably Oscar V creating the beats on stage here…

The Valley 005When he was done, it was time for Tranny Bingo hosted by Twiggy and Miss Synthetique.

The Valley 006Hmm, I wonder which one is Twiggy…

The Valley 006 zoomThe other outdoor stage was in Brunswick Street Mall, here’s the timetable…

The Valley 007So this would be Amy Shark on stage…

The Valley 008And this was the crowd watching Amy Shark on stage…

The Valley 009About the festival

As Valley Fiesta say:

Valley Fiesta will showcase the best of Fortitudes Valley’s unique and vibrant culture; a place where music, markets, fashion, art and food collide to create a weekend-long celebration for the party-loving masses. Visitors will have the chance to shop, swap, eat, drink and explore as the precinct comes alive like never before.

Here’s a glimpse at some of those markets…

The Valley 010We didn’t stay for the evening, we had Elizabeth with us. At just 10 years old, she is not yet into hanging around street bars and listening to live music, besides, she had school in the morning.

But it’s during the evenings when this event really comes alive, here’s a photograph I pinched from the Valley Fiesta Facebook page…

Valley at nightWhether or not this truly is Brisbane’s biggest street party I really don’t know, but as you can see, it does get busy at night. Next time I go to this event I think I’ll leave the car behind, arrange a sleepover for Elizabeth and Mrs Bob and I can find out about the night time Valley Fiesta for ourselves.

Here is a great video of last year’s highlights which really does capture the feel of the party atmosphere at The Valley…

If ever you do find yourself in Brisbane during August, this is an event to stick in your diary. Maybe I’ll see you there.


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  • Chris August 28, 2014, 6:08 pm | Link

    Hello Bob, I keep hearing/reading that Brisbane is much hotter than cities further south. The average climate stats don’t seem to back this up though. I understand about the influence of humidity but all up the eastern coast seems to be equally humid, plus southern cities seem more prone to surges in temperature well into the thirties and forties. Would a Brisbane summer really feel noticeably hotter than in Sydney or Adelaide say?

    Great site by the way- really keeping my wife and I going while our visa application is in progress.


    • BobinOz August 28, 2014, 10:15 pm | Link

      Yes, it would, without doubt Brisbane is hotter than Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. I know those cities have their peaks, but let me assure you, Brisbane is hotter. On average, I would say, 5 to 10° hotter although it is possible for, say, Melbourne to have a 40°C scorcher whilst Brisbane is having an average day of 32°C.

      But overall, Brisbane is noticeably hotter.

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