Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 30 Sept & 1 Oct

  1. Living Green Festival

Enjoy plant-based cuisine from around the world! Take your pick from unique Malaysian and Japanese dishes to fresh Italian pasta and hot Aussie pies. There’ll also be raw cuisine, fresh juices, cakes, smoothies, coffee, ice-cream and a dog cafe! Market stalls will sell and promote sustainable and cruelty-free products and services. Kids can enjoy rock climbing, face painting, craft and fames!

October 1 10am-4pm

Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla

Cost: free!

  1. Charity Garage Sale

Charity Garage Sales are back! Check out the huge range of baby, kids, adult and household items, all at bargain prices. There’ll be books, toys, games, craft, stationary, clothing, DVDs, kitchenware and much more! Proceeds raised help fund projects that promote sustainability in poor communities.

September 30 8am-12pm

5 O’Grady Pl, Wanniassa

Cost: pay for what you purchase


  1. Harry Potter Movie Marathon.

20 straight hours of Potter! Is that something you could survive? Starting Saturday at 10am, Palace Cinemas will screen all eight Harry Potter films. Plus they will also show Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, all in a row. There be themed Harry Potter activity and fun between the films. Dress up if you want - Muggles and Wizards are all invited.

Tickets at


  1. Murrumbateman Moving Feast

What better way to spend your weekend than roving from winery to winery, indulging in delicious food and wine while taking in the beautiful countryside. Wineries and venues in Murrumbateman will tempt you with fine food matched with their winning wines.

September 30 & October 1

Various locations in Murrumbateman

Cost: check website for details

  1. Canberra International Horse Trials

Eventing, or horse trials is an equestrian event where a single horse and rider combination compete against other combinations across the three disciplines of dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. Watch on as history is made at the Canberra International one day event and see who will be crowned the winner for 2017!

Saturday 30 September

For more information about this event, call 0403200341 or visit

Cost: Free


  1. The Art and Science of Beekeeping Workshop

Bindaree Bee Supplies and Wins Creek Meadery are offering a 2day Art and Science of Beekeeping experience. Covering bee genetics, biology and disease control you’ll also have a  hands on experience constructing the frames and hives.

Four-course dates are offered with a limit of 10 people per course. Course attendees get priority bookings for honey bee colonies to start their new adventure.

Where: 10am-4pm at Win’s Creek Meadery, 18 East Street, NSW.

When: Check the website for details -

Cost: $290pp


  1. Canberra Moon Festival

Enjoy six hours of cultural performances from Chinese lion dance and classical music instruments to Korean pop dance. Canberran and ‘The Voice’ contestant Lucy Sugerman will also take to the stage. Kids will love the jumping castle. Visitors encouraged to bring a can of food to donate to OzHarvest on site.

October 1 1pm-8pm Canberra Theatre Centre forecourt

Cost: gold coin entry


  1. Zoocation Holiday Program

Zoocation offers a unique experience for primary aged children. During a fun-filled day, children will get up close and personal with many of the zoo’s animals, play games, make toys for the animals, and maybe even learn something along the way. Staffed and developed by the experienced and qualified Education Guides of the National Zoo and Aquarium, this program prides itself on delivering a program like no other. For tickets visit events page.

Happening Tuesday 26 September to Friday 6 October from 9am – 4pm at the National Zoo & Aquarium, Lady Denman Drive, Weston Creek

See the website for more information:


  1. Bungendore and District Car and Bike Show

A day for the whole family to enjoy cars, bikes, food, drinks, live music and entertainment for the kiddies! All proceeds go to local Bungendore charities.

September 30 8am-10pm

Bungendore Car Club, 34 Gibraltar St, Bungendore

Cost: free entry for spectators


  1. Nightfest

Nightfest is back at Floriade again, after a successful first round! Commonwealth Park lights up with impressing sound and light displays. There’ll also be roving entertainment, pop-up performances, an aerial fire show, comedians, food, and of course, flowers!

September 29 - October 1, 8pm-11pm each night

Commonwealth Park, Albert St, Canberra

Cost: Adult $31.70, Junior & Concession $16.40, Family of 3 $58.20 & Family of 4 $83.65

Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 23 & Sun 24 September

10 – Circus Skills Workshop

During the first week of the school holidays, there’ll be free circus workshops at Gungahlin Marketplace, outside Big W! Kids can test their skills and learn to juggle, stilt walk, plate spin and enjoy circus games.

September 25-29 11am-2pm

Big W Mall, Gungahlin Marketplace

Cost: free!



9 - Quota Fashion Parade Fundraiser

The Quota Club of Canberra’s holding a fashion parade of Postie fashions to raise much needed funds for 3 local charities – PANDSI, HOME and The Shepherd Centre. Watch the parade, have some afternoon tea, enjoy the entertainment and help support the fundraising efforts!

September 24 2pm-4pm

Kangara Waters, 2 Joy Cummings Place, Belconnen

Cost: $20



8 - Inflatable World Kambah - Adults Only

Tickets get you a fun-filled three hours of bouncing fun with your friends, as well as entry into optional competitions and games and a $5 drink voucher. There’ll also be food and a DJ! This is an adults only event.

September 23 7pm-10pm

Inflatable World, 6 Jenke Cct, Kambah

Cost: $25 pre-sale or $30 at the door



7 - Bachata Spring - Dancing for Charity

A charity event series with dancing, performances and entertainment! Funds raised will go to the Stella Bella Little Stars Foundation. Emily Glubb from New Zealand is a dancing extraordinaire who’ll be performing and teaching a 3-hour workshop. Enter the silent auction for some amazing prizes!

September 23 from 8pm

Kmotion Dance Studio, 54 Northbourne Ave, Civic

Cost: $15 (pay at the door)



6 - Finland Centenary Crazy Games

A celebration of all things Finnish you won’t want to miss! There’ll be N-oar-dic walking, wife-carrying, hobbyhorse racing and an evening air guitar contest to top it all off! Throw your hat in the ring or watch others compete. Visitors can also enjoy delicious Finnish food, embassy tours, dance workshops and more!

September 23 & 24 10am-4pm

Embassy of Finland, 12 Darwin Ave, Yarralumla

Cost: free!



5 - Health Fitness Wellness Expo

A chance to learn about Canberra businesses that sell products or provide services relating to health, fitness and wellness. There’ll be stalls, goodie bags, exercise classes and healthy cooking demonstrations. Learn how to get healthy today!

September 23 & 24 8am-5pm

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

Cost: Adults $8, children & concession card holders are free!



4 - ACT Holden Day

Several Holden car clubs are coming together to put on a show with models ranging from 1948 to the latest commodore! There’ll also be a jumping castle, face painting, a food van, drinks and Prime Possum will make an appearance! Proceeds from gold coin donations will go to the Endeavours Foundation.

September 24 9:30am-3pm

Hall Showground, Hall

Cost: $20 to enter a car



3 - Canberra Colour Fest

Enjoy a fun-filled day with non-stop music and dance, and plenty of colour! You don’t want to miss this family friendly festival that combines colour, music, great food and kids rides. People paint themselves with various colours and throw colourful powder in the air – how fun!

September 24 11am

Thoroughbred Park, Randwick Rd, Lyneham

Cost: Adults $25, Children & Concession $15 & Family $70



2 - Family Fun Day

The perfect event to mark Family and Community Day! Free activities include egg and spoon races, face painting, market stalls, jumping castles, seed bomb making, giant games and a roving magician! There’ll also be food trucks, carnival rides, a petting zoo and more!

September 25 10am-2pm

Patrick White Lawns, Parkes Place West (next to the National Library)

Cost: free!



1 – Nightfest

There’s heaps happening for the second week of Floriade, including Nightfest! Commonwealth Park lights up with impressing sound and light displays. There’ll also be roving entertainment, pop-up performances, an aerial fire show, comedians, food, and of course, flowers!

September 22-24 & September 29 - October 1, 8pm-11pm each night

Commonwealth Park, Albert St, Canberra

Cost: Adult $31.70, Junior & Concession $16.40, Family of 3 $58.20 & Family of 4 $83.65


Top 10 Things to do in Canberra - Sat 16 & Sun 17 September


10 - Junior World Quizzing Championships

Could you be the best under 18 quizzer in Canberra? Put your skills to the test! Compete with others across the globe to find out your world ranking. You’ll get asked random questions like what is the maximum number of characters allowed in a single tweet on Twitter? Or, which singer performed the official theme song for the Bond movie ‘Skyfall’?

September 16 10:30am-1pm

Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, Belconnen

Cost: $15


9 - Bowls Premier League Cup

Check out some of the best bowlers in the ACT as they compete in a knock out competition to become the ACT qualifier for a place in the final in QLD. A team can consist of 6 players that can be subbed during a game. The matches are guaranteed to be 60-75 minutes of fast and furious bowls action!

September 16 & 17 from 5pm

Vikings Lawn Bowls Club, 80 Athllon Drive, Greenway

Cost: $50 per team


8 - Canberra Bulldog Funday

Enjoy a fun family afternoon with others who love bulldogs too! There’ll be a BBQ, raffles, drinks/treats for humans and dogs, competitions, as well as a kids area with face painting, tattoos, colouring in, lucky dips and more! All bulldog breeds are welcome and they must be on a leash. Funds raised will be donated to ARF & Minis Bulldog Rescue.
September 17 12pm-3pm

Tuggeranong Dog Training Club, Rowland Rees Cres, Greenway

Cost: $5 per dog entry fee & $2 per competition


7 – Wall to Wall: Ride for Remembrance

A chance to pay homage to and remember police officers who’ve died as a result of their service to the community. The service will start at the National Police Memorial in Parkes, then riders depart for the Police Force Academy in Goulburn, before finishing up at Exhibition Park in Mitchell. Funds raised support policing legacy organisations and charities.

September 16 from 9am

Starts at National Police Memorial, Kings Park, Parkes


6 - German Auto Day

Don’t miss one of Canberra’s Premier Motor Shows, showcasing old and new cars from all German motor manufacturers. Check out popular new and collectable classics from BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, VW, Audi and more. All proceeds collected in favour of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and gold coin collections for Rural Fire Services.

September 17 10am-3pm

Pialligo Estate Garden Pavilions, 18 Kallaroo Rd, Pialligo

Cost: free admission


5 - Thai Food Festival

Why not treat yourself to some delicious Thai food, followed by a traditional massage? You can also watch Thai cooking demonstrations, experience traditional dances and arts and really immerse yourself in the culture!

September 17 10:30am-5pm

Royal Thai Embassy, 111 Empire Cct, Yarralumla

Cost: pay for what you purchase


4 - Southern Cross Club Family Fun Day

A day of fun, food and festivities for the whole family! Highlights include live music from midday, free kids entertainment with the Gecko Gang, a petting zoo, free lake cruises, pop up food stalls and more! A great community event.

September 17 10am-4pm

Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club, Lotus Bay, Mariner Place, Yarralumla

Cost: free!


3 – The Handmade Market

This fantastic event brings together over 260 talented artists, designers and producers from all over Australia to Canberra to showcase their handmade designs. Find something unique and well-priced. There’s everything from fashion, furniture, ceramics, sculpture, kid’s toys and clothes, jewellery, accessories and more. And of course, the gourmet food and wine pavilion!

September 16 & 17 10am-4pm

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

Cost: gold coin donations encouraged


2 - Wallabies vs Argentina

Rugby fans – you don’t want to miss this! Watch the green and gold descend on Canberra for the first time in 7 years as the Wallabies take on Argentina at GIO Stadium. There’s a number of Brumbies players in the squad, so make sure you cheer them on too!

September 16 8pm

GIO Stadium, Battye St, Bruce

Cost: Tickets range from $26-$126


1 – Floriade

Spring is here and the blooms are out which means one thing – Floriade! This year’s theme is ‘rejuvenation’ – celebrating renewal, revival, growth and change that Spring brings. Enjoy flowers galore, after work drinks, Nightfest, sculptures, workshops, demonstrations, performances, kid’s activities, a dog’s day out, delicious food and heaps more!

September 16 - October 15, 10-7pm every day (weather permitting)

Commonwealth Park, Canberra

Cost: free entry!


Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 9 & Sun 10 September

10 - Green Savvy Sunday

Want to know how to live more sustainably? Head to the Old Bus Depot Markets this weekend! Green Savvy Sunday brings together products and community groups focused on domestic green sustainable living. Discover the latest in green technology for your home, buy specialist products and speak to people in the industry.

September 10 10am-4pm

Old Bus Depot Markets, Wentworth Ave, Kingston

Cost: free!



9 - Canberra Fashion Market

The Canberra Fashion Market is the place to find new and vintage clothing, accessories and treasures. A great event for those wanting to update their Spring/Summer wardrobe! Bring your purses and get your shopping on!

September 9 10am-3pm

Fitzroy Pavilion, Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

Cost: $3 entry (kids are free)



8 - Australian Cool Climate Wine Show

Take a journey through Australia’s cool climate wine regions by sampling sparkling, Riesling, Traminer, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, dessert wines and many more! Enjoy a five-course gourmet meal at the Presentation Long Table Luncheon, mingle with the judges and be there when the 2017 winners are announced!

September 9 10am-4:30pm

Murrumbateman Recreation Hall, East St, Murrumbateman

Cost: Wine tasting $30pp & the luncheon is $90pp. Check the website for package deals.



7 – Calisthenics ACT 2017 Championship Teams Competition

Watch some of the best Calisthenics competitors from Canberra and interstate compete in the final Calisthenics ACT comp for the year! Watch tinies, juniors, intermediates, sub-juniors and seniors combine exercise and gymnastics, marching, singing, ballet, folk and modern dance.

September 9 & 10 from 9am

Erindale Theatre, McBryde Cres, Wanniassa

Cost: free entry!



6 - Dogs Day Out at Corin Forest

If you love dogs and snow – then this is for you! Corin Forest is hosting a Dogs Day Out where snowgoers can bring their furry four-legged friends to the snow for free! It shouldn’t just be the humans having all the fun, right? It’s expected to draw big crowds, so make sure you book your spot online!

September 9 & 10 (check website for session times)

1268 Corin Dam Road, Paddy’s River

Cost: dogs are free with the purchase of a Snowplay ticket ($18 per guest)



5 - Charity Clothing Swap

A chance to raid multiple other wardrobes all in one place for a good cause! Take your clothes and swap them for something new, or come along empty-handed and pick up some new outfits! There’ll be cake tasting, makeovers and a stylist on hand to offer advice. Money raised goes to Karinya House, supporting mums and babies.

September 10 10am-3pm

A Flick of Hares, Level 1, Cusack Centre, 27 Eyre St, Kingston



4 - Tharwa Bush Fair

Check out this much loved social event in Canberra’s south! There’ll be arts and crafts, local performances, market stalls, a petting zoo, jumping castle and more!

September 10 10am-2pm

North St, Tharwa

Cost: free admission



3 - Camp Quality Classic Car Cruise

Be part of the Cruise Pack as they tour from Mawson Playing Fields to the Treasury Carpark. The general public will then get to view the classic and beautiful cars, grab a bite to eat and enjoy the kids activities. Help support kids impacted by cancer and their families.

September 10 - Registrations commence at 9am with the Cruise leaving at 10am

Mawson District Playing Fields, Beasley St, Mawson

Cost: Entry fee is a minimum fundraising target of $25 for motorcycles and $50 for cars, trucks & luxury vehicles



2 - Lifeline Canberra Bookfair

This is THE largest gathering of book-lovers in Canberra! Check out the huge range of books, movies, music, games, comics and more at low prices. Help raise money for Lifeline’s crisis support service.

September 9 9am-5pm & September 10 10am-4pm

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

Cost: entry is by gold coin donation



1 - Gunning Fireworks Festival

Experience a display of fireworks second only to Sydney’s New Year’s Eve, with over one hour of fireworks demonstrations! There’ll be amusement rides, markets, food stalls, face painting, fairy floss, live music and more! The crackers get bigger as the night gets longer. Make sure you rug up!

September 9 3pm-9pm

Gunning Showground, Lerida St, Gunning

Cost: Adults $10, Children $5, Family $25

Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd September

10 – Three Sixty Fashion Market

A niche market dedicated to recycling vintage, handmade, retro and pre-loved fashion. It’s THE place for shoppers interested in sustainable and stylish fashion. Check out the range of designer bargains and op shopping!

September 3 10am-3pm

Fitters Workshop, Printers Way, Kingston

Cost: free!


9 – Capital Pro Wrestling: Indestructible

CPW returns to the Canberra PCYC to present Indestructible! Featuring CPW Champion Warpath, Crofty, Rex, Chris Shadows, Luke Watts and many more. Fun for the whole family! All ages welcome.

September 2 5:30pm-8pm

Canberra PCYC Erindale Centre, 17 Grattan Court, Wanniassa

Cost: Adults $10, Kids $5, Under 5’s are free!


8 – Father’s Day in Canberra

There’s plenty of places in Canberra to take dad for Father’s Day! For something different, QT Canberra is hosting a Man Tea! You could have a hit of mini golf at Yarralumla Play Station and take advantage of their $20 golf and burger deal! Enjoy all you can eat at the Burns Club in Kambah! Or take him back to his childhood at the Towers of Tomorrow lego exhibition at the National Museum!

September 3

Various locations around Canberra

Simple google “Father’s Day Canberra 2017” to find out more!


7 - Canberra Kids Market

This market is the place where parents can recycle their unused, un-needed and outgrown kids clothes, accessories, toys, furniture, strollers and anything to do with kids! Ideal for parents and grandparents looking for quality kids goods at the right price.

September 2 9am-12pm

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

Cost: $3 entry fee (kids are free)



6 - Repco 5th Annual Show and Shine

Check out the range of street machines, classic vehicles, muscle cars, motorsport vehicles and some wild drag cars that must be seen to be believed! There’ll also be food, drinks and giveaways. A fantastic family event.

September 2 10am-1:30pm

Repco Tuggeranong car park, 58 Athlon Drive, Greenway

Cost: free!


5 – Hartley Hall Markets

Everyone’s invited to the Hall Markets to help celebrate their 30th birthday with a big party! The official ceremony kicks off at 11am with the unveiling of a commemorative sign before the fun continues with live entertainment, kids activities and rides, a best dressed stall competition, a flash mob, fire trucks, the Morris Dancers, plus all the usual market goodies like clothes, toys, local produce, plants, furniture, baked goods and more!

September 3 10am-3pm

Hall Village Showground, off Victoria St, Hall

Cost: entry by gold coin donation


4 – Canberra Raiders Cup Grand Final

Watch the Queanbeyan Kangaroos take on the Queanbeyan Blues at Seiffert Oval for the big Canberra Raiders Cup Grand Final! Both teams are expected to come out firing as the Blues try to win their third premiership in four seasons!

September 3, kick off at 3:30pm

Seiffert Oval, Queanbeyan


3 - Spring Dog Party

Murrumbateman Winery’s special dogs Mollie and Tannin are hosting a Spring Dog Party to launch their new wines! The girls can’t wait to introduce you to their new vintages – Mollie’s Block Fume Blanc and Tannin’s Wild Pinot Grrr-is. Friendly dogs and their owners are invited! There’ll be food, celebrity dog trivia, dam adventures and a collection for the ACT RSPCA.

September 2 10am-5pm

Murrumbateman Winery, 131 McIntosh Cct, Murrumbateman

Cost: free entry!


2 - Bentspoke's Start of Spring Party

A great opportunity to check out the production brewery, have fun and enjoy some beer! The family fun day will celebrate the end of winter with live music, pigs on spits, kids events, beer, food trucks and roller racing! There’ll also be plenty of fires and marshmallows for roasting.

September 2 12pm-10pm

Bentspoke Cannery, Lysaght St, Mitchell

Cost: free admission


1 - The Canberra Times Fun Run

Take the chance to walk or run 14km, 10km or 5km around Lake Burley Griffin while taking in some of Canberra’s spectacular views. To celebrate Father’s Day, they’re also giving away prizes across all events in categories like the fastest grandfather, father and child team, the faster father and child team and the fastest pram in each distance. There’ll also be some great on site entertainment! Road closures and changed traffic conditions kick in at 6am, with the last roads re-opening from 12pm.

September 3 from 7am

Check website for start locations & times

Cost: Registrations range from $40-$130