Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 26 & Sun 27

10 – Red Hill Shops Pop Up Market

Head on down to experience some of our region’s best food, along with cooking demonstrations, live music, over-sized wooden games and free coffee! There’ll be over 20 vendors including Pialligo Edtate, Lulu & Sis, Capital Brewing Co and of course the Red Hill Primary school sausage sizzle and lemonade stand!

August 27 12pm-3pm

Duyfken Place, Red Hill

Cost: free entry!


9 – Canberra Bridal Expo

This is THE place to visit to create your perfect wedding day! Meet with a huge range of suppliers and professionals to ensure you find the right team for your big day. View the latest in bridal fashions, register for awesome prizes and be inspired!

August 27 10am-3pm

Budawang Pavilion, Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

Cost: online tickets are free!


8 – Vegan Sunday

Try a delicious range of mock seafood and meats – strictly vegan only! There’ll also be coffee, soy milkshakes, soft drinks, sugar can juice and ice teas available. Check out the stalls run by Whisker Woods Sanctuary, VeganACT and Dessert Quartets. 10{574d531d5fc467f25e34179971194f57f82ed0fcc8bb5ce3f07badc5570e102e} of the profits from The Fish Shack and Dessert Quartets will be donated to Whisker Woods Sanctuary.

August 27 11am-7:30pm

The Fish Shack, Petrie Plaza, Civic

Cost: pay for what you order


7 – Family Fun Weekend at Amaroo Village

Join in the family fun right across the weekend at Amaroo Village! There’ll be face painting, balloon twisting, giveaways and student performances. On Sunday, kids will also have the chance to meet and greet with Minion Jerry!

August 26 11am-2pm & August 27 11am-2pm

Amaroo Village, Pioneer St, Amaroo

Cost: free!


6 – University Open Days

See what your future may hold and check out the range of courses on offer at the Australian National University, the University of Canberra, the Australian Catholic University and the Australian Defence Force Academy. Chat to staff and students to help work out where to take that next step in your education.

August 26 9am-4pm


Cost: free!


5 – Shimano Mountain Bike Grand Prix Round 5

Watch or join Australia’s best mountain bike endurance racers competing for their choice of 4 or 7 hours on the 10-12 km circuit. There are solo and team races. Bring the family – there’ll be free kids’ races and heaps of activities! What better place to enjoy Canberra’s beautiful surrounds than on your bike at Stromlo Forest Park?

August 26 9am-4pm

Stromlo Forest Park

Cost: Check website for registration costs. Free for spectators!


4 – Swing into Spring - Canberra's Big Band Bonanza

This is an event not to be missed! Hear four of Canberra’s big bands in one place – Connexion, Blamey Street Big Band, In Full Swing and Canberra City Big Band. Grab a drink and some BBQ food while you enjoy some of Canberra’s talented jazz musicians.

August 26 5pm-9pm

John Lingard Hall, Canberra Grammar School, 40 Monaro Cres, Red Hill

Cost: Pre-booked tickets – Adults: $20, Child/concession $10, Family $50. At the door – Adults: $25, Child/concession $12


3 – Baby and Beyond Expo

This popular parenting event is bursting at the seams with all the latest in products, services, support, advice and entertainment for families. A chance for Canberrans to browse, try and buy direct from manufacturers and retailers never before seen in the ACT! Chat to midwives, doulas, sleep and breastfeeding experts and keep the kids happy in the play space. There’s also plenty of entertainment and giveaways! And don’t miss the Bananas in Pyjamas Stage Show!

August 26 & 27 9am-3pm

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

Cost: Adult $10, Concession/senior $6


2 – Throsby Winter Wonderland

This one-day only event has something for everyone! There’ll be an outdoor ice rink with real snow, live music and entertainment, meet Olaf and Elsa from Frozen, or relax with a hot coffee and some delicious treats from one of the local food vans.

August 27 11am-3pm

Cnr of Dragon St & Bettong Ave, Throsby

Cost: gold coin donation
1 – Canberra Writers Festival

This massive event showcases local, national and international writers in venues around Canberra. Don’t miss the chance to hear your favourite author in one of our iconic National Institutions! There’s something for everyone, whether it’s humour-based, or something more serious. Headline talent includes comic writer and Aussie icon Kathie Lette, international bestselling authors Samantha Shannon and Rutger Bregman, alongside Tony Jones, Tracey Spicer and UK journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge, to name a few!

August 25-27

Various venues around Canberra

Cost: check website for details

Top 10 Things to do in Canberra - 19 & 20 August

10 - ACT 2017 Springtime Antique & Collectibles Fair

Check out the huge range of antiques and collectables at the Fair – all at realistic prices. The Rotary Club’s raising money for CanTeen – supporting young people aged 12-24 living with cancer.

August 19 10am-5pm & August 20 10am-4pm

Albert Hall, Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla

Cost: Adult $8, Concession $6, Kids under 12 are free


9 - Party in the Park

Bring your friends and family for the official public launch of the brand new nature play Tuggeranong Town Park. Check out the new equipment and facilities! Have your face painted and grab a snag at the sausage sizzle!

August 20 10am-12pm

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Cost: free!


8 – Australian Beard Day

Watch as Canberra’s best beard gets decided at King O’Malley’s! Do you know a bloke with a beard? If so, tell them to get in the running – there’s lots of prizes! Categories include longest beard, full beard, styled beard, partial beard, moustache, best beard in costume and Canberra’s Best Beard! There’ll also be live entertainment from 1pm! All money raised goes to White Ribbon Australia.

August 20 11am-9pm

King O’Malley’s, 131 City Walk, Canberra


7 – Kids Cushion Concert

BYO cushion for the little ones to sit on and get ready for a morning of fun and shenanigans! Comedian Sean Murphy will create the party for adults and kids aged 5-12. You’ll laugh till your tummy hurts and learn how to tie a balloon sword! Sean’s show of stand-up and storytelling educates and entertains!

August 19 10:30am-11:30am

Nishi Grand Stair, 2 Phillip Law St, Canberra

Cost: $5-$10


6 - Science Week

There’s still lots to see and do in Canberra for the remainder of Science Week! Among the spectacular events is Strictly Science. This one is just for the adults! Some off Canberra’s most fabulous performers join renowned scientists explaining what on earth – or in space – they are doing. Learn astronomy with Dr Brad Tucker and blowing things up with Dr Graham Walker – to name a couple!

August 19 7:30pm-10:30pm

Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen

Cost: Adult $28, Concession $20


5 - John I Dent Cup Grand Final

The peak of the club rugby season kicks off on Saturday at Viking Park as the 2017 Champions will be decided across six grades. Canberra Royals and Wests will go head to head and play for the John I Dent Cup. There’s also plenty of interest in the lower grade comps! A great day of footy.

August 19, main game kicks off 3:25pm with other games starting from 9:35am

Viking Park, 4 Amsinck St, Wanniassa


4 - Freyja's Footloose Fundraiser
Head along to help raise funds for A Cure for Freyja – A Mother’s Story. Five-year-old Freyja’s family are trying to raise money to send her overseas for urgent cancer treatment. Local artists will provide some great entertainment, including The Voice’s Amber Nichols! Tickets include finger food.

August 19 7pm

Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson St, Weston Creek

Cost: $30


3 - Big Boys Toys - The Ultimate Playground

This is THE event for boys who love their toys! Check out Drone Indoor Racing Action, the Pinball and Arcade Amusement Zone, the Nerf Arena, Shannons Cars and Bikes, the Mini Paintball Firing Range, the Strength Test Hub, the Remote Control Car Racing Track and heaps more!

August 19 & 20 10am-4pm

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

Cost: Adults $20, Children $10, Kids under 6 are free! Tickets at the door only.


2 - Geoscience Australia Open Day

Enjoy the diverse program of free hands-on activities, science displays, talks and fun for all ages! Find out how earthquakes are detected, learn how your smart phone works and talk to real scientists! By the end of it, you may consider a career in geoscience!

August 20 9am-2pm

Geoscience Australia, Cnr Jerrabomberra Ave & Hindmarsh Drive, Symonston

Cost: free!


1 - Raiders vs Panthers

Expect plenty of fireworks when the Panthers take on the Raiders at GIO Stadium! Penrith will be looking for revenge after the Raiders knocked them out of the finals last season. Cheer our guys on as they fight to keep their finals hopes alive! And don’t forget to pick up a FREE bottle of the new Raiders Choc-Mint Milk!

August 20, gates open 11:30am with the main game kicking off at 2pm

GIO Stadium, Battye St, Bruce

Cost: from $15

Top 10 Things to do in Canberra August 12 & 13

10) Queanbeyan & District Preschool Association Trivia Night

Join in the fun and help raise funds for the Preschool! Money will go towards things like an outdoor stage for the kids, a sensory garden, smart boards, new fences and other resources. A child free event.

August 12, doors open from 6pm with trivia kicking off at 7:30pm

Queanbeyan Kangaroo Football Club, cnr Richard Ave & Stuart St (search: Queanbeyan Preschool Trivia)

Cost: $15


9) Breakfast with the Alpacas

Meet over 200 alpacas and llamas and feed them treats (bring finely sliced carrots)! Bring your own picnic breakfast and mingle with these gentle and inquisitive animals. Bookings essential.

August 13 from 8am

2771 Sutton Road, Sutton

Cost: $25 for 4-6 people & $30 for 1-3 people


8) Science in ACTion

As part of Science Week, learn about the future of our Earth, ecosystems, technology and energy. Discover secrets of the past from an archaeologist or forensic scientist. Walk inside a virtual plant cell, meet scientists who conserve our plants and animals and learn how renewable energies can protect the earth’s climate. There’ll also be puzzles, microscopes and slime!

August 12 10am-4pm

Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston

Cost: free!


7) Big Book Fair

The Woden Seniors’ BIG Book Fair is set to be the biggest one yet! Check out the huge range of fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, magazines, puzzles, postcards, vinyl records, DVDs, CDs and games! The President’s table will feature old and collectable books.

August 11-13 10am-4pm

12 Corinna St, Phillip

Cost: entry by gold coin donation


6) Brick Expo

One for all the lego lovers! A must-see exhibition of rare and unique Lego creations by interstate and local collectors and modellers. There’s hundreds of static, moving and robotic models in themes like Star Wars, trains, planes, space ships, racing cars, monuments and sculptures. Get inspired for your next creation!

August 11 1:30pm-6pm, August 12 9am-6pm & August 13 9am-4:30pm

Hellenic Club, Matilda St, Woden

Cost: Adult $12, Concession $6, Child $6, Family (1 adult + 3 kids) $24, Family (2 adults + 2 kids) $30


5) All Breeds Cat Show

Meet many different breeds of cats and their breeders at the Cool Country Cat Club’s inaugural Championship Cat Show! Check out the enormous Maine Coon to the popular Birman to the rare Peterbald and many more! Judges from NZ, QLD & NSW and Olympian Alicia Coutts will look over the perfectly presented cats and kittens to find the best!

August 12 10:30am-3pm

Harmonie German Club, Jerrabomberra Ave, Narrabundah

Cost: entry by gold coin donation


4) Tastes of Two Regions

This event brings the wine and food of King Valley and Rutherglen to Canberra! There’ll be lots happening at the festival, with over 200 wines to taste, entertainment, masterclasses and lots of food. Meet producers, find a new favourite wine and enjoy the top cuisine.

August 13 10am-5pm

Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Rd, Pialligo

Cost: $35pp


3) Flying High in the Googong Sky

Check out the host of new flying friends including a giant whale shark, dragons, a stingray, bunny rabbits, astronauts and a flying pig! Bring a kite and join in the fun! Enjoy a sausage sizzle or your own picnic while a DJ provides the entertainment!

August 13 11am-2pm

Rockley Oval, Googong

Cost: free!


2) Canberra Craft & Quilt Fair

This fair has everything you can think of for crafters with a range of exhibits, workshops, classes and displays. It has everything from knitting, patchwork, beading, sewing and heaps more! Take your shopping bags and go nuts!

August 10-13 10am-4:30pm

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

Cost: Tickets range from $9-$61


1) Science Week

There’s a stack of events happening in Canberra for Science Week! Check out student projects, a range of workshops, lectures and exhibitions. Learn about a range of topics like the physics of beer, astronomy and what research is happening at the Arboretum. Learn how to play basketball with leaf blowers and race water rockets! There’s something for everyone.

August 12-20

Various locations around Canberra

Cost: check website for details