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Event: 28/07/2012 - 29/07/2012
Brisbane, prepare to be rocked. In a good way, that is. The western suburbs' largest annual entertainment extravaganza, Centenary Rocks! Festival, returns for 2012 on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July 2012 at the popular Rocks Riverside Park.
Poster from Centenary Rocks! Festival Facebook page.
The Centenary Rocks! Festival is one of Brisbane's best examples of a highly successful, grass roots, community-driven festival and in 2009 it won an Australia Day award as Community Event of the Year. It is organised by the hardy and generous band of volunteers at Centenary Community Connections, whose aim is to raise community consciousness and celebrate the ties that bind the community together. Rocks Riverside Park, one of Brisbane's largest, most well-appointed and popular family parks, is the perfect venue for all the fun.
This is one festival that really has it all – music, markets, side show alley, a bar and cafe, rides for the kids, food stalls, an eco precinct, a car show (Sunday only), an animal farm, historical displays and fireworks. And this year you can even take to the skies with helicopter joy flights.
Festival Details When: Saturday 28 July from 10am to 6.30pm and Sunday 29 July from 10am to 4pm. Where: Rocks Riverside Park, 5 Counihan Road, Seventeen Mile Rocks. Cost: Entry and most entertainment is free. Food, drinks, rides and market items for sale. More information: On the Website here or the Facebook page here.
Musical Entertainment Local and international acts will perform live and this year is an Aussie rock legend extravaganza. Highlights include former Australian Idol finalist and emerging singer/songwriter Casey Barnes and his band, and Australian singer Peter Cupples, together with his former Stylus band member Ron Peers, one of Australia's finest guitarists. Former members of some of Australia's most iconic rock groups (The Models, The Angels, Rose Tattoo) will also grace the main stage with Tangled Up in Bob, their tribute to Bob Dylan.
Food Whatever rocks your tastebuds, the Festival has it covered. It's all there with food stalls selling a range of cuisines from Thai to Turkish, baklava to burgers and pizza to poffertjes. The licensed bar has EFTPOS facilities, a dining area and a place to watch the Olympics action.
Helicopter Rides Pterodactyl Helicopters (love that name - makes me think of the Flintstones) will be providing short joy rides that will give you a unique perspective of Rocks Riverside Park and the surrounding suburbs. Cost is $60 for adults and $55 for children under 12.
Fireworks The Fireworks display will be the finale to Saturday's entertainment. It will light up the sky at 6.30pm so bring a blanket, chairs and your winter woollies and sit back and enjoy the show.
Fireworks at last Year's Festival. Image from Festival Facebook page.
If the sound of a roaring engine, the smell of petrol fumes or the sight of glistening car chrome pushes your buttons then Sunday's Carfest will be the Festival highlight. For $10 entry fee you can register your own mean machine in the showcase event. Download the information here. Or else you can just wander and enjoy the cars on display.
Awesome automobiles will be on show at Sunday's Carfest. Image from Festival website.