Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 28 & Sun 29 Oct

10) Fetes & Fairs

If you love home-baked goods, white elephant stalls and all the usual fete goodies – there’s plenty of places to get your fete fix this weekend! Some include the Aranda Twilight Fete, Garden Fete, Kangaroo Waters Fete, Annette’s Place Forest Fete, Latham Primary School Fete, Hughes Primary Food & Wine Extravaganza, French-Australia Pre-School Fete and the Murrumbateman Twilight Country Fair.

Saturday October 28 & Sunday October 29

Various times & locations around the ACT & surrounds


9) Nerf Game Halloween Special

Get those Halloween costumes out for a game of Human vs Zombie! Dress up as vampires, monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, zombies, devils, or whatever scary character takes your fancy. Darts are supplied for a gold coin, or get the $5 deal which covers darts, drinks and a BBQ.

Saturday October 28 11am-2pm

Stage 88, Commonwealth Park West, Canberra

Cost: gold coin for the day


8) Family Fun Day - Celebrating 90 yrs of Guides ACT

Girl Guides ACT are celebrating their 90th birthday with a family fun day! The day will be jam-packed with guide activities, a mobile rock climbing wall, face painting, a sausage sizzle, campfire fun, cupcakes, a jumping castle, tent displays, and of course, birthday cake! Check out what Girl Guides get up to in the ACT!

Saturday October 28 10am-3pm

Kings Park, Lake Burley Griffin

Cost: free!


7) CBR Fair Day

Help celebrate Canberra’s diverse LGBTIQ communities by taking part in a fabulous day of music and performances. There’ll be activities, workshops, delicious food and even a rainbow pet parade! More than 3000 people and 40+ stallholders took part in 2016, and this year’s event is expected to be bigger and brighter!

Saturday October 28 11am-4pm

Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon

Cost: free entry!


6) Canberra Nara Candle Festival

An amazing sight to see – 2000 shimmering candles at the Canberra Nara Candle Festival, celebrating the sister city relationship between Canberra and Nara, Japan. Enjoy Japanese music, calligraphy, lantern making, origami, ikebana, kite flying, Japanese cuisine and markets. Parking is available in the Parliamentary Zone with a free shuttle bus to the park.

Saturday October 28 4pm-9pm

Canberra Nara Peace Park & Lennox Gardens

Cost: free!


5) Canberra Home & Leisure Show

Whether you’re on the hunt for a new caravan or camper, or want to check out the latest in camping or accessories, there’ll be something for you! Local chefs will create gourmet delights showcasing local produce, wines, beer and spirits. Team D-MAX will treat visitors to a trip up and down the ramp at a 45 degree angle and two wheel rides for adults. Other features include interactive family baking demonstrations, a kids play zone, free face painting, competitions, a petting zoo and more!

Saturday October 28 10am-5pm & Sunday October 29 10am-4pm

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

Cost: Adult $15, Concession $12


4) Oktoberfest

Pretzels, beer and German dancing – what could make for a better weekend? Oktoberfest will be bigger and better than ever at its new location – the Queanbeyan Showgrounds. So get your lederhosen and dirndl’s ready for a jam-packed weekend of German food, music, dancing, competitions and drinks! There’ll also be lots of family entertainment and activities on the Sunday.

Saturday October 28 11am-11:30pm & Sunday October 29 11am-5pm

Queanbeyan Showground, Glebe Ave, Queanbeyan

Cost: $10 - $35


3) Rugby League World Cup - France vs Lebanon

Canberra is proud to host 3 of the games in the Men’s 2017 Rugby League World Cup – an international competition featuring 14 teams from around the globe. Watch as France and Lebanon battle it out at GIO Stadium!

Sunday October 29, gates open at 2pm with a 4pm kick-off

GIO Stadium, Battye St, Bruce

Cost: Tickets range from $10-$40.80


2) ESA Open Day

The ultimate day out for kids big and small! Sit in trucks, try out fire hoses, explore the ESA headquarters and meet the people who keep our community safe. There’ll also be firefighting demonstrations, food stalls, kid’s entertainment, face painting, a petting zoo and jumping castles.

Sunday October 29 10am-3pm

ESA Headquarters, 9 Amberley Ave, Fairbairn

Cost: free!


1) Boogong

Boogong is one of the biggest Halloween street parties in Australia! Dress up and get amongst the hordes of ghosts, goblins and zombies! There’ll be muscle acrobats, jugglers, stilt walkers, roving monsters, an eerie light show, giant spiders, live music, more than 20 gourmet food vendors and fireworks at 9pm! More than 15,000 people attended in 2016 with an even bigger crowd expected this year.

Saturday October 28 5pm-9pm

Paddock next to the abandoned Googong Woolshed, access via Googong Road.

Cost: free!

Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 21 & Sun 22 October

10) Lifecycle Community Ride

Enjoy a picturesque ride around Lake Burley Griffin while helping raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation John James Village in Garran. A great event for social riders, families and those wanting to achieve a personal distance challenge. You can ride anytime between 8am and 4pm. There’ll also be a jumping castle, food, drinks and the Gecko Gang will be there!

Saturday October 21st from 8am

Rond Terrace, Parkes

Cost: Adult $25, Child under 16 $15, family $65


9) Lyneham Primary School Fete

There’s heaps on offer for kids big and small at the Lyneham Primary “tempting fete!” For the grown ups, there’s craft, books, plants and coffee. For the kids – bubble soccer, a fire engine, box maze, paper plane competition, singing and dancing and maybe even throwing wet sponges at the teachers! Enter the raffle with heaps of prizes on offer like dinner at Parlour, Questacon tickets, art books, an Ikea cooking basket and more!

Saturday October 21 10am-3pm

Lyneham Primary School, Brigalow St

Cost: pay for what you purchase


8) Garage Sale Trail

Dozens of Canberra households have registered for the Garage Sale Trail, selling things like toys, homewares, clothes, plants and more! For sellers, it’s a free and fun way to de-clutter, make some pocket money and meet local people. For shoppers, it’s a great way to snag a bargain and find something unique. To see what’s near you, visit the website.

Saturday October 21 & Sunday October 22

Various locations around Canberra

Cost: pay for what you purchase


7) St Johns Community Fair

What better way to spend your weekend than soak up the atmosphere at a traditional fair? This one’s jam packed full of entertainment, stalls, homemade jams and cakes, craft, books, food stalls, a BBQ, coffee, plants, clothes, trinkets and treasures, white elephant goods, kids activities, pony rides, a jumping castle, face painting, fairy floss and more! Reptiles Inc. will also bring their bearded dragons, blue tongues, shingle backs, pythons, goannas, turtles and tree frogs!

Saturday October 21 9:30am-1:30pm

St John the Baptist Church, 45 Constitution Ave, Reid

Cost: pay for what you purchase


6) The Floriade Fringe

Enjoy three huge days filled with theatre, art, music, food and dancing. A roaring cast of local and interstate artists will perform. You can help make giant puppets, sing along with the Disney Choir, check out the community cook off and dance the night away!

Saturday October 21 1pm-1am

Haig Park

Cost: entry is by donation (all donations go to artists). Tickets to exclusive shows are also available for purchase.


5) Wanderlust 108

A celebration of healthy living! This day is all about community – combining a 5k run/walk, an outdoor yoga experience and a guided meditation. There’ll be DJ’s on the main stage, healthy organic food, local craft vendors and lots more!

Saturday October 21 7am-3pm

Patrick White Lawns

Cost: $30-$65


4) Bachata Spring Halloween Special

Dress up in your best Halloween costume for a night of fun and festivities! Try a $5 bachata lesson, enjoy social dancing and check out the live performances! Be sure not to miss World Bachata Champions Mitch and Ellicia – they’ll perform and run workshops. Funds raised will go to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

Saturday October 21 from 8pm

Kmotion Dance Studios, 54 Northbourne Ave, Civic

Cost: $20 (pay at the door). Blood donors get in for free!


3) Goulburn Toyota Affordable Endurance Classic

A highlight of the motorsport calendar – the Affordable Endurance Classic gives competitors a chance to have a go at circuit racing on a budget with everyday vehicles. There’ll also be transponder timing, professional flag signalling, structured pit stops, awards and trophies. Fun for spectators too! Check the website for vehicle eligibility.

Sunday October 22 7am-5pm

Marulan Driver Training Centre, Prairie Oak Road, Marulan, NSW

Cost: check website for details


2) The Forage

The Forage returns for its Spring showcase of street food by local cafes, food trucks, wineries and breweries. Bringing everything together in one spot, it gives Canberrans a chance to sample what’s happening in our city. On top of the delicious food, local musicians, dancers and models will be there to showcase their stuff in front of a live audience. A highlight is sure to be Get Crackin’s crème brulees!

Saturday October 21 2pm-7pm

Little National Hotel Canberra, National Circuit, Barton

Cost: pay for what you purchase


1) Murrumbateman Field Days

A country experience for the whole family! This year is the 39th year – with lots to see and do like a special under 5’s area with pony rides, face painting, a petting zoo and bubble soccer. The RFS will also be there teaching kids important skills! Check out the huge range of animals, food, wine, farm machinery, shearing, live music, helicopter rides and more! Profits go back to the region’s community groups. Last year, around 22,000 people attended with over 500 exhibitors!

Saturday October 21 8am-5pm & Sunday October 22 8am-4pm

Murrumbateman Recreation Ground, Barton Highway, NSW

Cost: Online tickets - Adult $16, Concession $10, Child $5

Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 14 & Sun 15 October

10 – ANU Toddler’s Prom

A concert for children aged 2-8 that gives kids a chance to experience music performed by a live ensemble in a fun and interactive way, including the opportunity to conduct a real orchestra or try a musical instrument. There’ll be plenty of well-known tunes to get everyone up on their feet!

Sunday October 15, doors open 12pm for a 12:30pm start

Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera St, Braddon

Cost: $7.26 - $27.12



9 – Capital All Ford Day

Ford lovers unite! There’ll be plenty to see and do at the Capital All Ford Day at its new location! There’ll be a Show N Shine, category trophies, kids entertainment, trade stalls, prizes and refreshments!

Sunday October 15 from 9am

Queanbeyan Showgrounds, Glebe Ave

Cost: free entry for spectators



8 - Strictly Ballroom the Musical

Watch the 1992 film come to life in this spectacular musical by the Canberra Philharmonic Society! It tells the story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies the rules and follows his heart, to end up finding his true calling and his true love. It features songs like “Love is in the Air”, “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps” and “Time After Time”. Listen carefully and you’ll also hear a surprise cameo by one of the film’s original stars! Tickets will sell quickly, so book now!

October 12 – October 28

Erindale Theatre, McBryde Cres, Wanniassa

Cost: $25-$55




7 - UC Capitals vs Melbourne

The UC Capitals kicked off their season with back to back wins, let’s cheer them to their 3rd straight victory! Our girls are back at their new home again this week, and they’d love nothing more than to play in front of a packed crowd.

Sunday October 15 3pm

Royal Theatre, National Convention Centre

Cost: Adult $21, Junior $11, Concession $16, Family $53



6 - Gundaroo Music Festival

Be part of this celebration of music with 12 hours of non-stop entertainment. There’ll also be a fireworks display, wine tasting, food stalls, local arts and crafts, a kids zone, mechanical bull, roaming entertainment and more! The Superjesus will perform as the headline act. Raising funds to help those dealing with Motor Neurone Disease.

Saturday October 14 10am-10pm

70 Cork St, Gundaroo

Cost: Adult $30, Concession $20, Family $70, kids under 11 are free



5 - Oktoberfest Parklands

Don your lederhosen or dirndl and celebrate Oktoberfest like never before! Enjoy a lakeside celebration of the world’s largest beer and food festival with Craft Beer Halls, Bavarian Food Truck Village, Oompah bands, DJs, traditional dancers, side show alley and lots of other entertainment! Think kranski, pork knuckles, pretzels and steins of beer!

Saturday October 14 12pm-10pm

Parliamentary Triangle

Cost: $55.33



4 – Festa Italiana

Experience all things Italian, celebrate the culture and check out the wonderful grounds of the Italian Embassy. Enjoy traditional food and drinks, music and entertainment!

Sunday October 15 11am-4pm

Italian Embassy Gardens, 78 National Cct, Deakin

Cost: free entry



3 - Canberra Vikings vs Sydney Rays

Head along to support not only the Canberra Vikings against the Sydney Rays but also a good cause! As part of the charity round, the Vikings are supporting the Leukaemia Foundation by fundraising and raising awareness on game day, so be sure to keep an eye out for the donation buckets! Post-match, the littlies will also get the chance to run on the field and meet their favourite player.

Sunday October 15 – Act Veterans Rugby Club v Australian Parliamentary Sporting Club XV curtain raiser kicks off at 12:30pm with the main game at 2:30pm

4 Amsinck St, Viking Park, Wanniassa

Cost: Tickets are $12 & under-18 year old’s are free



2 - Tennis Carnivale

Get involved in free coaching clinics for juniors and adults! There’ll also be heaps of other activities like a giant slide, face painting, a BBQ, jumping castles, a speed serving competition, sideshow alley, as well as a showcase of the latest tennis equipment. Court hire is free throughout the event! Come dressed as your favourite player! Help support Ronald McDonald House Canberra.

Saturday October 14 1pm -4pm

Weston Creek Tennis Club, Dillon Close, Weston

Cost: free!



1 - Floriade

There’s heaps to see and do during the last weekend of Floriade 2017. One of the highlights being ‘Dogs Day Out’ where visitors can bring their pooches to sniff the tulips, roll in the grass and have fun with other dogs. You and your furry friend can check out the photo booth, Pooch Café and Dogs’ Day Out Market, all while enjoying the flowers and sunshine!

September 16 – October 15 10am-7pm

Commonwealth Park, Canberra

Cost: free entry!

Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 7 & Sun 8 October


10 – Above and Beyond & Towers of Tomorrow

Be sure to check out 2 of Canberra’s biggest and coolest interactive exhibitions which wrap up this weekend! Explore all things aviation and space at Questacon’s Above and Beyond Exhibition. And bring back the kid in you at the National Museum’s Towers of Tomorrow lego exhibition!

Both wrap up on Sunday October 8

Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Parkes –

National Museum of Australia, Lawson Cres, Acton Peninsula, Canberra –


9 – Room on the Broom

A chance for the kids to see Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s beloved book Room on the Broom come to life on stage! The team behind The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child return with songs, laughs and scary fun for kids aged 3 and up – and their grown-ups!

Saturday October 7 at 10am, 12pm & 3pm

Canberra Theatre, Civic Square, London Cct, Civic

Cost: $29


8 – Canberra Bonsai Society Annual Show

Check out a range of high quality bonsai with both traditional exotic plant species and Australian species on display. There’ll also be demonstration sessions at 11am and 2pm covering how to design and maintain bonsai, as well as ‘Bonsai Basics’ sessions at 10am and 1pm.

Saturday October 7 9am-5pm & Sunday October 8 9am-4pm

University of Canberra High School Kaleen, Baldwin Drive, Kaleen

Cost: Adults $5, Concessions $3, kids under 12 are free!
7 – UC Capitals vs Adelaide Lightning

Cheer on the UC Capitals as they take on Adelaide Lightning at their new home in the city! With a host of fan favourites and new players including American imports Jordan Hooper and Mistie Bass, the squad is ready to come out firing!

Sunday October 8 3pm (doors open at 1:30pm)

National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Ave, Canberra

Cost: Adult $21, Junior $11, Concession $16, Family $53


6 - RFS Community Day at Googong

Fire trucks are cool for kids big and small and now’s the chance to get a good look under the hood! Climb the ladders and try the giant hoses with the help of volunteers. Meet local heroes, try their gear on and hear about their adventures. There’ll also be live music, a jumping castle, sausage sizzle and truck loads of free family fun! And get some tips on how to stay fire safe.

Saturday October 7 10am-2pm

Beltana Park, Beltana Ave, Googong

Cost: free!


5 - Capital Collab: A Taste of 2 Cities

An event not to be missed – with Canberra and Wellington chefs, brewers, barista, musicians and bike designers coming together at NewActon. Your ticket gets you a taste of the 13 wineries (over 45 wines) and a take-home tasting glass. Wine, beer and food – what more could you ask for?

Saturday October 7 12pm-5pm

NewActon, Marcus Clarke St, Canberra

Cost: $25 (cash recommended at the door)


4 – Operation S**t Your Pants

A truly spine chilling event – with a 200-acre pine plantation transformed into a horror set from hell! It’ll be packed full of zombies, the walking dead, special effects and scary surprises. A course route guides you through the forest and a series of horror stations. Dress as a member of the walking dead or in straight human form.

Saturday October 7 & Sunday October 8

Paintball Sports ACT, 600 Pialligo Ave, Canberra

Cost: $67


3 - Government House Open Day

The Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove will host the 2017 Government House Open Day. A great opportunity to tour the historic residence and have a picnic on the lawn. Food and drinks will be available for purchase! A fun day out for the family.

Saturday October 7 11am-2pm

Government House, Dunrossil Dr, Canberra

Cost: free!


2 – Floriade

There’s lots to see and do at Floriade with all the beautiful blooms, kids activities, workshops, demonstrations, delicious food and more! Make sure you plan your trip and take your camera!

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

Commonwealth Park, Canberra

Cost: free entry!


1 - Canberra Highland Games

It’s time to get Scottish again! The highland gathering is a fun family event that’s more than just bagpipes. Enjoy a full day of Scottish entertainment featuring Pipe Band competitions, Scottish Heavy Athletics with the Tartan Warriors, Highland dancing, Scottish country dancing, market stalls, Scottish food, face painting, a jumping castle and more!

Saturday October 7 10am-5pm

Kambah Oval, Kambah

Cost: free!