10 top things to do around Brisbane this month

1. Brisbane Comedy Festival

119 Lamington Street, New Farm, running until March 28.

The eighth annual Brisbane Comedy Festival is the biggest yet with more that 66 comedians across four weeks performing at two major venues.Brisbane Powerhouse will be bursting at the seams with the funniest people in the country, so we've expanded to four locations within the stunning Brisbane City Hall to host some of the most hilarious international and national laugh-makers. . Don't hold back; take in as much comedy as possible, and remember what Steve Martin said: "Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke.”

Book now: brisbanecomedyfestival.com

2. Brisbane Irish Festival - St Patrick's Day Parade

Alice Street, Brisbane City, March 11.

The Brisbane Irish Festival is a long-standing annual event that promotes and celebrates the occasion of St Patrick's Day, Irish culture and its contribution to the state of Queensland. The St Patrick's Day Parade has been held around the streets of Brisbane city for the past 28 years, flooding the inner-city district with a colourful convoy of more than 80 floats and displays representing Irish culture that provide free community-oriented entertainment for all ages

3. World Science Festival Brisbane - ROBOTICIST'S APPRENTICE

QUT Gardens Point, March 21- 24.

If a robot could use the world we live in as a canvas to paint on? Throughout history, artists and scientists have worked together to imagine a better world. Sometimes - as in the case of Leonardo Da Vinci - artists have also been scientists, exploring the possibilities of new forms of technology. You will get an opportunity to program a one-of-a-kind CubeBot to drive around. Capacity limit of 30 per session, participants must be aged 15 and over, covered footwear is essential. School and international study groups must be accompanied by a teacher. Basic scientific English language skills are essential.

4. World Science Festival Brisbane

Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, March 22-26.

The World Science Festival Brisbane will once again bring together the world's best thought leaders to produce a stunning program of live and digital content that connects Asia-Pacific audiences of all ages with the concepts, challenges, discoveries and advancements that are shaping our world. The luminaries of the science world will present the beauty, complexity, and importance of science through diverse, multidisciplinary programming that is the World Science Festival signature. The World Science Festival Brisbane will take place between 22 and 26 March 2017 and is presented by the Queensland Museum and the Queensland Government, in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing.

5. South Bank : What's On World Science Festival Brisbane - THE HATCHERY: Showcasing and Supporting Turtle Conservation

March 22, 9am - 4pm.

Visitors will once again have the opportunity to view baby Loggerhead Turtles hatching from eggs that are incubated onsite and timed to emerge during the festival. Our Reptile Curator, Patrick Couper, will be on hand to oversee this project, which is designed in collaboration with Dr Colin Limpus, an internationally renowned turtle biologist. Following the festival, the Loggerhead hatchlings will be transported to the Sunshine Coast and released 20km offshore. There will also be post-hatchling Flatback Turtles which will later be fitted with transmitters to track their early life movements.

6. Southbank: Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

Runs until 7 April.

Featuring over 200 contemporary artworks exploring light, space, architecture and the senses. From brand-new immersive works to large-scale visitor favourites, Sugar Spin reflects our complex connections to the natural world with an explosion of colour, sensation and spinning delights.

7. War-time Quilts

Ipswich Art Gallery, March 18 - 25 June.

The history of military conflict and the soldier's life is retold through the "war quilts" of this very rare collection curated by leading quilt historian Dr Annette Gero. While quilting is often considered as the domain of women, this exhibition casts a different spin on the production of quilts during war-time, and shows how the hands of men turned to quilting as a past-time in the midst of the extreme conditions of war.

8. Brisbane Explorer

Post Office Square , Brisbane.

Explore Brisbane with a 24 or 48-hour ticket aboard the Brisbane Explorer's open-top double-decker buses. See all the main sights as you hop on and hop off at 15 conveniently located stops around the city. All tours offer an informative and entertaining commentary in eight languages. Spend as much or as little time at places of interest before hopping aboard for the next stop - the choice is yours.Operating seven days a week, the 90-minute tour starts from Stop 1 at 9am with the final departure at 5.15pm. Keep an eye out for the additional tour to Mt Coot-tha, beginning August 1, which is included in the ticket price.Info: www.visitbrisbane.com.au

9. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket, Hours: 9am-5pm daily.

Admission: Adult: $36; Youth: $22.

Opening its doors in 1927, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is Australia's first koala sanctuary and the largest in the country, with over a hundred koalas in residence. Dedicated to the conservation of all native Australian animals, visitors to the park can observe koalas and spot native Aussie creatures, including kangaroos, wombats, emus, dingoes, Tasmanian devils, and platypus. The sanctuary offers zookeeper talks to educate visitors about each animal's individual characteristics, as well as additional supervised activities, such as lorikeet feedings, sheep dog displays, and raptor flight shows performed by experienced park handlers. You also have the chance to feed local barn animals through the sanctuary, which works under the regulations of the Queensland National Park and Nature Reserve Office.

10. Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha

Located on Mt Coot-tha Road at Toowong.

Visit the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha for great events and workshops for kids and adults You can also sign up for photography workshops and classes or check out the displays and exhibitions. Every week, the Brisbane Botanic Gardens hosts: free guided walks - 11am and 1pm Monday to Saturday, excluding public holidays and Easter Sunday free mini-bus tours - 10.30am Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. The gardens are recognised as Queensland's premier subtropical botanic gardens , displaying distinctly different gardens arranged in thematic and geographical displays. Founded in 1970 and officially opened in 1978, the 56 hectare botanic gardens are open every day of the year between 8am-5.30pm from September to March and 8am-5pm from April to August. Gates are closed to vehicular access within the gardens on weekends, public holidays and from 4pm on weekdays. Entry to the gardens is free. Dogs are not permitted in the gardens.

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