Lest we forget.
Whether you prefer to commemorate our brave soldiers in a traditional dawn service or by sharing a cold beer with your family and friends on Anzac Day, here’s where and how to join in this April.
Anzac Day Poppy Making | Tuesday, April 18 – Monday, April 24
Try your hand at paper poppy making at various Brisbane City Council libraries. Lessons will be held at Kenmore, Everton Park, Stones Corner, Grange, Nundah, Annerley, Mitchelton, Mount Coot-tha, Holland Park, Carina and Ashgrove libraries.
Toowong Cemetery Anzac Commemoration | Friday, April 21 – Saturday, April 29
Toowong Cemetery will be holding free theatrical tours to commemorate our soldiers. Walk through the Soldier’s Corner as you hear stories of the Anzacs buried in the area and admire the accompanying lighting displays.
Anzac Cottages | Saturday, April 22
From 2-3pm, join Dr Carmel Black from Brisbane City Council’s City Architecture and Heritage team for a journey through the history and importance of the Anzac cottages. Located at Brisbane Square Library on George Street, this event requires a booking.
In Remembrance Concert | Sunday, April 23
From 5-6pm, enjoy this free event for the whole family. At Toowong Cemetery’s Canon Garland Place, the performance by a Brisbane Regional Youth Orchestra ensemble will honour the sacrifice of those who served in the Australian Defence Force during the Great War.
Brisbane Anzac Day Dawn Service | Tuesday, April 25
At 4.28am, the Anzac Day Commemoration Committee will hold Brisbane’s traditional Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Shrine of Remembrance, Anzac Square. Carefully schedule your beauty sleep the night before – Brisbane City Council recommends arriving early for a good vantage point.
The Regatta Hotel Anzac Day Commemoration | Tuesday, April 25
Open from 5.30am for the Dawn Service early risers, the Regatta Hotel will be serving breakfast with fresh Anzac biscuits alongside the seasonal menu.
For lunch, you can mosey on over to the courtyard where local artist BenJam will be playing as you enjoy an all-day BBQ of beef brisket, and a pavlova stand. The traditional two-up games will commence at 1pm, hosted by Triple M’s Ben Dobbin.
Anzac Day Under the Bridge | Tuesday, April 25
The Story Bridge Hotel will be open for breakfast from 6.30am for hungry Anzac patrons. Traditional celebrations such as two-up will be held all afternoon and the band Lawrence and the Machine will be live from 5pm-9pm in the Corner Bar.
Anzac Day Parade | Tuesday, April 25
From 10am-12pm, Brisbane’s brass and pipe bands will march in the annual Anzac Day Parade, starting from the corner of Adelaide and George Streets in the city. Bands marching include South Brisbane Federal Band, Brisbane Pipe Band, Queensland Irish Association Pipe Band and Brisbane City Temple Salvation Army Band.
Anzac Day at the Fox Hotel | Tuesday, April 25
From 10am, the Fox Hotel is hosting an uplifting Anzac Day celebration. Try your luck out with Brisbane’s biggest two-up ring as you raise a beer to our diggers. And why not have a few? 50 cents from every beer will be donated to Brisbane Legacy House.
Anzac Day at The Glen Hotel | Tuesday, April 25
The Glen Hotel will be commemorating Anzacs past and present with lunch and Anzac food specials available from 11am. From 1pm, you can head out to the deck to join in the fun of two-up and maybe win a fiver or two.
Anzac Swing – Bands in Parks | Tuesday, April 25
Enjoy the free family event Bands in Parks from 1-2pm at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha. Bring a picnic basket and rug and listen to the Brisbane Symphonic Band. Want to stretch your legs? Free tours of the National Australia Remembers Freedom Wall will also be running from 10am-1pm.
Anzac Day at the Shafston Hotel | Tuesday, April 25
In support of Mates 4 Mates, the Shafston Hotel is throwing an Anzac Day tinnies and two-up event. There will be food trucks, live entertainment and (of course) beer available from 1pm.
Redcliffe RSL Anzac Day Service | Tuesday, April 25
If you can’t make it to the city, each year the Redcliffe RSL hosts a range of Anzac Day services for you and your mates or the whole family. Events range from dawn services and marches to the traditional gunfire breakfast and outdoor two-up games.
Movie on The Green – Gallipoli | Saturday, April 29
At 7.30pm, Toowong Cemetery will be hosting a free screening of the 1981 Anzac classic Gallipoli at Canon Garland Place.