Top 10 Things to do in Canberra May 27 & 28

10 - Aeoncademy's Winter Open Day

There’ll be something for everyone from pre-schoolers to parents! Play with clay, paint with watercolours, check out students’ work, draw, get crafty and more! There’ll also be delicious food from Scrumpers Garden for a gold coin donation. The Winter Holiday Program will also be released. Meet the Aeonacademy team and learn all about education through creativity. There’ll also be a raffle to raise money for 5-year-old Freyja who’s battling cancer.

May 27 10am-4pm

Aeonacademy, Loftus St, Yarralumla

Cost: free entry!



9 - The Makers and Shakers Market

Check out the dozens of stalls selling a range of items like homewares, furniture, food, flowers, stationary, photography, fashion, jewellery and more. The Market gives talented makers an affordable and fun place to show and sell their wares and it’s also a great chance for shoppers to pick up some wonderful treasures.

May 27 10am-3pm

Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla

Cost: $2 entry fee



8 - Winter Gemcraft and Mineral Show

If you love sparkly gems and collecting rocks, you’ll be in heaven at the Canberra Lapidary Club’s Winter Gemcraft and Mineral Show! Check out the wide variety of rough and cut gemstones, jewellery, minerals, fossils, opals, crystals, beading supplies and lapidary equipment. Members’ rock collections will also be on display!

May 27 & 28 10am-5pm

Mallee Pavilion at Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

Cost: Adults $5, Family $10, Children/concession $2



7 - YMCA Canberra Half Marathon

This race is a big annual event in the running calendar, attracting local and interstate runners. The Half Marathon gets underway at 9am on Sunday, with 1.6km and 5km fun runs on Saturday. Get the kids involved! If you haven’t already signed up, entries will also be taken on Saturday from 1pm-3pm.

May 27 from 1:30pm & May 28 from 8am

Lennox Gardens, Flynn Dr, Yarralumla

Cost: Half Marathon: $60 for YCRC members & $80 for non-members

Saturday races: Free for YCRC members & $10 for non-member adults/$5 for U18s.



6 - Radford Art Show

View the range of works by 74 artists including paintings, glass, ceramics, woodwork and sculpture! Those attending the show can vote for their favourite piece and a ‘People’s Choice’ award will be announced before the show closes on Sunday. Demand for the artworks is likely to be strong!

May 27 & 28 10am-4pm

Radford College, TB Millar Hall, 1 College St, Bruce

Cost: gold coin entry



5 - Googong Display Village Open Day

Check out Canberra’s biggest new home display village opening at Googong! 15 of 20 new homes will be open for inspection, with a host of exciting new ideas from the ACT’s leading builders. There’ll also be a family fun element, with live music, face-painting, a glitter tattoo stall and the “tong masters” from the Jerrabomberra Rotary Club will cook up a storm on the barbies! Kids will also have a ball in the new Gumnut Park playground.

May 27 – May 31 11am-4pm. Family fun on the Saturday 11am-2pm

Aprasia Avenue, Googong, NSW

Cost: free! (gold coin donation for BBQ)




4 - National Capital Rally

See international motor sport stars in action! On Saturday the rally will be held at Kowen Forest and spectators can view the rally from the Hibernian Gate Spectator Point at 9:50am and 1:40pm. There’ll also be more rally action and free activities at the Kennards Hire Rally Village from 11am-12:30pm. The action’s at Paddy’s River on Sunday with spectator points along Paddy’s River Road at 10:15am and 10:20am followed by a 4pm presentation at Majura Park.

May 26-28

Kowen Forest & Paddy’s River

Cost: free for spectators!



3 - National Botanic Gardens Open Day

Celebrate the Botanic Gardens with craft activities, face painting, behind-the-scenes tours, botanic art demonstrations, yoga and massage and more! Learn how staff there are helping save threatened plants. What better way to spend the last Sunday of Autumn?

May 28 10am-2pm

Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross St, Acton

Cost: free entry!



2 - Red Shield Appeal doorknock

Volunteers will knock on doors around Canberra this weekend to raise money for The Salvation Army. The Red Shield Appeal is the Salvos major annual fundraiser to finance their work helping Canberrans in need of services like counselling and homelessness support. Locals are encouraged to volunteer their time or give generously to this important cause.

May 27 & 28 across Canberra

Cost: donations encouraged



1 - Raiders vs Roosters

Expect plenty of fireworks in what’s sure to be a physical encounter at GIO Stadium on Sunday! The Raiders will wear special jerseys to promote the #AutismWellbeing message – raising money for the Ricky Stuart Foundation. Eden Dance Academy will also provide the pre-game entertainment. Our guys haven’t played at home in over a month, so they’d love a strong home crowd!

May 28, gates open 1:30pm with main game at 4pm

GIO Stadium, Battye St, Bruce

Cost: Tickets from $15

Top 10 Things to Do in Canberra May 20 & 21

10 - St Anthony's Parish Primary School Fete

This fete has loads of fun activities like bubble soccer, fire trucks for the kids to explore, market stalls, cake stalls, trash and treasure, yummy food, a book stall and heaps more!

May 20 10am-2pm

161 Wheeler Cres, Wanniassa

Cost: free!


9 - Canberra Antiques & Vintage Fair

Check out a huge range of antiques and collectables from all time periods. Dealers from across Australia come to Canberra to bring you the best in antiques, vintage and retro – at a wide range of prices. There’ll be jewellery, glass, silver, ceramics, weaponry, vintage fashion, toys, teddies, dolls and furniture! And a $500 lucky door prize!

May 20 10am-5pm & May 21 10am-4pm

92-96 Corinna St, Phillip

Cost: Adult $12, Pensioner $10, children are free!


8 – Mega Charity Garage Sale

It’s the second last Mega Charity Garage Sale before they close down for winter, so there’s plenty of bargains to be snapped up like kids clothes, toys, books, dvds, kitchenware, homewares and heaps more! All proceeds go to charities that help poor communities.

May 20 8am-1pm

5 O’Grady Pl, Wanniassa

Cost: free!


7 - Heart Foundation Gala Dinner

Help raise funds for the Heart Foundation ACT at a great evening with fine dining, entertainment and special guest performers, including David Campbell! Presented by Maria Selleck Properties, & Canberra Weekly. A fun night not to be missed!

May 20 6:30pm

National Gallery, Parkes Place East, Parkes

Cost: Single tickets $295, Table of ten $2950


6 – A Celebration of Wool

With winter just around the corner, this is the perfect time to learn about all things wool and knitting! Speak to craftspeople, wool producers and artists, learn about hand felting, weaving and hand spinning. Check out the huge range of designer knitwear, millinery, weavings, beanies, farm label knitwear and heaps more!

May 20 & 21

Old Bus Depot Markets, Wentworth Ave, Kingston

Cost: free!


5 - Giro d'Canberra charity bike ride

Register for this ride and help make a difference for Ronald McDonald House Canberra. Participants can treat it as a fun day out or a chance to achieve a personal best, while fundraising for a good cause. The 130km ride starts and finishes at Stromlo Forest Park. It’s not a race – just ride at your own pace.

May 21 6:30am for a 7am start

Stromlo Forest Park

Cost: $120


4 - Wee Jasper Reserves Bonfire & Fireworks Night

Who doesn’t love a good bonfire? And fireworks! There’ll also be food stalls and entertainment with funds raised to be donated to the Yass and District Hospital and Red Kite in honour of 20-year-old Duncan Waters who lost his fight with cancer in 2014.

May 20 5pm

Billy Grace Reserve, Wee Jasper, NSW

Cost: $5 per person, under two’s are free!


3 – Landcare for Singles

You’ve heard of speed dating, well this is speed planting! Plant a new plant with a different person every 10 minutes then come together to mingle over a free BBQ lunch. Even if you don’t meet that special someone, you’ll have still had fun and helped the environment!

May 20 9:30am-1:30pm

Cotter Road, Stromlo

Cost: free!


2 - Red Shield Day at the Hyperdome

Help raise funds for the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal. There’ll be loads of fun activities like face painting, a jumping castle, balloon modelling, canvas painting, cookie decorating, a games area and performances by local artists including Kulturebreak.

May 20 11am-2pm

Tuggeranong Hyperdome, Anketell St, Greenway

Cost: gold coin donations encouraged


1 - Million Paws Walk

Walk to fight animal cruelty at Australia’s biggest dog walk! More than 3000 dogs will take part this year, with all dogs welcome regardless of breed, size and age. There’ll be live entertainment, stalls, delicious food, giveaways, activities with your pooch and more! Funds raised will help the RSPCA care for animals in need.

May 21 9am-2:30pm

Stage 88, Commonwealth Park West, Canberra

Cost: Online – Adult $25, Child $13, Family $60 & Concession $16

On the day – Adult $30, Child $15, Family $65 & Concession $18

Top 10 Things to do in Canberra May 13 & 14

10 - Gungahlin Jets Family Fun Day

Enjoy free entry to local footy and experience a great community club! There’ll be 7 junior footy games, side show alley, a netball shootout, white elephant stall, a BBQ and cake stall, raffles, the ACT Rural Fire Service truck will be there, and heaps more!

May 13 10am-2pm

Amaroo District Playing Fields, Horse Park Dr, Amaroo

Cost: free!


9 - GIANTS Netball vs Melbourne Vixens
Watch GIANTS Netball take on the Melbourne Vixens in Round 12 of 2017 Suncorp Super Netball at the AIS! There’ll be plenty of entertainment on and off the court, so get there early to make sure you don’t miss out on the fun!

May 14, fan fun begins at 12pm with the game starting at 1pm

AIS Arena, Leverrier Cres, Bruce

Cost: from $26


8 - Toddlers' Prom - Kids & Family Concert

Kids aged 2-8 can experience live ensemble music, learn about instruments and even have a go at conducting! The ANU Music Society’s Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra bring much-loved tunes like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star! A fun time for kids and parents!

May 13 10:30am-12pm

Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera St, Braddon

Cost: Child $6, Adult $10, Family (of 4) $25


7 - Canberra Kids Market

There’ll be a huge range of goods on display with everything from clothes to cots, prams, bassinets, bikes, strollers, toys, and accessories galore. There’ll be around 100 stalls offering everything you need for the little ones!

May 13 9am-12pm

Fitzroy Pavilion, Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

Cost: $4 (kids are free!)


6 - Mother's Day Classic

Walk or run 5km or run 10km to help raise funds for breast cancer research. There’ll also be stacks of activities for kids and adults including warm-up aerobics, roving performers, a food court, free massages, a kids activity area, face painting, a jumping castle and more! There’ll also be coffee carts and a sausage sizzle! A great day out for a good cause.

May 14 from 7am

Rond Terrace, Commonwealth Park

Cost: Entry fees range from $30-$170


5 - Canberra Royals Polocrosse Club Women's Carnival

An action-packed event raising money for the Breast Cancer Network Australia and Ovarian Cancer Australia. It’s sure to be fun for the whole family – everyone is welcome. Compared to being rugby on horseback, this sport is great fun to watch! There’ll also be a fundraiser dinner and live music.

May 13 & 14 from 8:30am

Bungendore Showground and Camping/Caravanning Park, Mathews Lane, Bungendore, NSW

Cost: spectator entry is free!


4 - Campbell 5 Community Festival

Head along to see the progress of the C5 precinct, help raise funds for Solider On and enjoy a glass of wine and wood-fired pizza. Yum! There’ll be heaps of family activities like face painting, live music, Kristen and Rod from MIX 106.3 will be there from 10am-1pm, as well as Brumbies players!

May 13 11am-3pm

Hassett Park, 6 Chowne St, Campbell

Cost: free!


3 – Comedians at Canberra Theatre: Anh Do – The Happiest Refugee Live AND Akmal – Trial and Error

Comedian Anh Do brings his best-selling memoir ‘The Happiest Refugee’ to life in a moving stand-up show combining humour, real life stories, photos and filmed pieces. Accomplished comic Akmal also brings his new show to Canberra where he canvasses topics like his Arabic heritage, religion and immigration in his usual fresh and funny way!

Anh Do: May 13 7:30pm, Adult tickets: $54.90

Akmal: May 13 8pm & May 14 8pm, Adult tickets: $15

Canberra Theatre, Civic Square, London Cct, Canberra


2 - Motorcycle Blanket Run

The Blanket Run is an annual event to raise money and goods for those in need of support during winter. Organisers are calling for donations of new warm blankets, cash, non-perishable foods and used riding jackets for the Salvation Army. Families invited to watch riders depart and return to Parliament House. Food and drinks available.

May 13 meet at 8:30am for a 10am departure

Old Parliament House, King George Terrace, Parkes

Cost: donations encouraged


1 – Happy Birthday Telstra Tower

Celebrate Telstra Tower turning 37! There’ll be lots of activities like face painting, glitter tattoos, fairy floss, popcorn and much more! A celebration the whole family will enjoy.

May 14 10am-2pm

100 Black Mountain Drive

Cost: free entry from 10am-12pm, $3 per person for the rest of the day

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