Top 10 Things to do in Canberra - Easter Weekend

10 - Cambodian Food Fair

Enjoy a wide array of traditional Cambodian street food! There’ll be market stalls, live music, displays and dance demonstrations too. Immerse yourself in the Cambodian culture! Everyone’s welcome.

March 31 from 11am till late

Buddhist Temple, 1 Ross Smith Cres, Scullin

https://www.khemararangsi.org/

Cost: free admission

 

9 - F-Truck Round Up

The show is open to all F series Ford trucks and broncos with free entry for cars and spectators! It’ll be the biggest All F series show ever held in Australia with miniature trains also on display taking passengers around the show. Food and drinks available.

March 31, 12pm-5pm

End of Jerrabomberra Ave, Symonston

http://communityswitch.com.au/events/view/18213/f-truck-round-up/

Cost: free entry

 

8 – Skye Park National Carriage Driving Championships

Enjoy a family day out in the country over Easter! Experience a carriage driving spectacular including Dressage, Marathon and Cones events. There’ll be food and coffee with great cakes, sandwiches and drinks. Situated on the Kings Highway between Bungendore and Braidwood.

March 30 – April 1

“Witwood”, 8903 Kings Highway, Mulloon, NSW

https://www.facebook.com/events/1932550790333590/

Cost: free for spectators

 

7 - Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit has made the jump from the beloved Beatrix Potter storybook character to the big screen! This film tells the classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden. A great film to take the kids to over the Easter long weekend!

At cinemas now

Various locations around Canberra including Hoyts, Event Cinemas, Limelight Cinemas & Palace Electric

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Rabbit_(film)

Cost: check cinema for ticket prices

 

6 - National Folk Festival

This year, there’s more than 900 hours of entertainment across 20 stages. Whether it be music, dancing, food or other fun activities, there’s heaps to see and do! The line-up includes 27 international acts who’ve come to Canberra to perform. Highlights include Scottish powerhouse Elephant Sessions and Aussie girl group All Our Exes Live in Texas.

March 29 – April 2

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

http://folkfestival.org.au/

Cost: check website for full list of ticket prices

 

5 - Easter events

There’s plenty happening around Canberra to celebrate all things Easter – including the Tuggeranong Lions Easter Egg Hunt, the Adults Only Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Sunday at the Hall Markets, an Easter Eggstravaganza, the Great Corin Forest Easter Egg Hunt and more! Take the kids out for a whole lot of fun – you might even catch the Easter bunny!

Various times & locations around Canberra

Check the Community Switch or Google which event you’re interested in to find out more!

 

4 - Holden Nationals Show ‘n’ Shine

From Nationals HQ the cars will drive in convoys to Hall Showground. There’ll be food vendors and shuttle buses to nearby shops. Everyone’s invited to check out the range off FE and FC Holdens – some of the top show cars from across the country!

March 31, 10am – 3pm

Hall Showground, Gladstone St, Hall

http://fefcholden.club/nats17/

Cost: free!

 

3 - Cartier Exhibition

It’s all glitz and glamour at the National Gallery’s Cartier Exhibition. Check out the 300+ pieces, including the famous tiara Kate Middleton wore at her wedding, Grace Kelly’s engagement ring and Elizabeth Taylor’s ruby and diamond necklace! It’s the most significant jewellery collection to ever visit Australia.

March 30 – July 22

National Gallery of Australia

https://nga.gov.au/cartier/

Cost: Adult $27 (check website for full range of prices)

 

2 - Brumbies vs Waratahs

The Brumbies will welcome their arch rivals the NSW Waratahs to GIO Stadium for a big Super Rugby clash, with the Dan Vickerman Cup up for grabs. Don’t miss out on what’s sure to be an epic encounter and help cheer our guys to victory!

March 31, kick off at 6:45pm

GIO Stadium, Battye St, Bruce

www.brumbies.com.au

Cost: $26.55 adult general admission

 

1 - The Great Easter Egg Trail

17,000 Easter eggs will be on offer – the most in the event’s history! Join the thousands of families as they explore the Museum of Australian Democracy while solving clues and cracking codes. There’ll be activities in the courtyards, a BBQ and loads of yummy eggs!

April 1, 8am-1:30pm

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

Moadoph.gov.au/easter

Cost: free (bookings essential)


Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 24 & Sun 25 March

10 - Alpaca Magic Open Day

Enjoy the llamas and babies as they roam amongst the guests! Everyone’s welcome to get up close with the animals and give them hugs, feed them carrots and take lots of selfies! Take a picnic basket and stretch out in the garden or grab a sausage sandwich for a gold coin donation. There’ll also be spinning demonstrations and a stall selling carrots, llama pens, llama key rings and llama plush toys.

March 25, 11am-3pm

2771 Sutton Rd, Sutton

https://www.facebook.com/events/311770775986802/

Cost: free entry!

 

9 – Canberra Harvest Festival

There’ll be something for everyone at the 2018 Canberra Harvest Festival! The Environment Centre will cook gourmet, organic food made from local produce with local producers showcasing their harvest. There’ll also be free sustainable living workshops, live music and some of Canberra’s delicious local tipples! If your child is growing some exciting things, why not enter the Kids Fruit and Vegetable Growing Competition, with awesome prizes up for grabs! Kids can also paint, draw and play games.

March 24, 2pm-6pm

Canberra Environment Centre, Corner of Lennox Crossing and Lawson Crescent (near National Museum)

https://www.canberraenvironment.org/harvest/

Cost: free!

 

8 - Connect and Participate (CAP) Expo

A chance for people of all ages and abilities to connect with social, recreational, cultural, artistic and sporting groups around Canberra! Check out the ‘come and try’ opportunities and chat to key people from interest groups and organisations. Whether you’re into sport, music, craft or performing arts for example – there’ll be something for everyone!

March 24, 11am-4pm

Old Bus Depot, 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston

http://www.communityservices.act.gov.au/wac/community/connect-and-participate-expo

Cost: free!

 

7 – GWS Giants vs Western Bulldogs

AFL footy returns to Canberra with the GWS Giants’ premiership season kicking off against the Western Bulldogs this weekend! Get there early to enjoy the family entertainment including a Fan Zone, inflatables, merchandise, G-Man and Gigi. Wear orange and warm up those vocal chords to help cheer GWS to victory!

March 25, 1:10pm

UNSW Canberra Oval, Manuka Cir, Griffith

http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=GIANTS0118

Cost: Tickets start from $24 for an adult & $12 for a child

 

6 - AusIndia Fair

An event bringing Australia and India together, showcasing the values both countries share! There’ll be something for everyone, with food, culture, dancing, a live band, yoga, sports and more. Enter the raffle to be in with a chance to win a return ticket from Canberra to India! There’ll also be an ACTION Flexibus ferrying people to Commonwealth Park from 11am-7pm.

March 24, 11am-5pm

Stage 88, Commonwealth Park

www.ausindiafair.com

Cost: free entry!

 

5 – Relay for Life

A fun and moving overnight experience raising vital funds for the Cancer Council ACT’s research, prevention, information and support services. A chance for the local community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost and to raise money to help save more lives.

March 24, 11am through till March 25 11am

AIS Athletics Track, Bruce

http://fundraising.cancer.org.au/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=5202

Cost: $50 per person for onsite registrations

 

4 - Canberra Beerfest

The Festival is set to be the biggest yet, featuring breweries from across Australia along with live bands, food, entertainment and kid’s activities. An ideal outing for beer and cider enthusiasts – from beginners to budding craft brewers. Over 200 beers and ciders will be available for tasting!

March 24, 11am – 6pm

Mercure Hotel, Limestone Ave, Braddon

http://www.canberrabeerfest.com.au/

Cost: $15 online, $22 at the door

 

3 – The Canberra Model Railway Expo

This Expo is now one of the biggest in Australia! Head along to discover why model railways are the world’s greatest hobby. Enjoy over 50 operating model railways, clinics and trade stands. A fun day out for the whole family!

March 24 9am-5pm & March 25 9am-4pm

The University of Canberra High School, 104 Baldwin Drive, Kaleen

http://cmrci.info/expo-2018/

Cost: Adults $10, Children $5, Seniors $8, Families $25

 

2 - Canberra Comedy Festival

There’s heaps to see and do at the Canberra Comedy Festival, with tickets selling fast for a number of the remaining shows! Among the must-sees are Dave Thornton, Nath Valvo, Dave Hughes and Claire Hooper. Be sure to also check out Festival Square – with food, drinks, live music and comedy to turn Civic Square into party central!

March 19 – 25

Various venues

http://canberracomedyfestival.com.au/

Cost: check website for details

 

1 - Raiders vs Warriors

The green machine is back at GIO Stadium this week, as they prepare for a big clash against the Warriors! The opposition will be hungry for a win, after failing to beat our guys in 2017. Don’t miss the Viking Clap and the unveiling of the green machine’s new female mascot!

March 24, gates open at 10:45 am with kick-off at 3pm

GIO Stadium, Battye St, Bruce

www.raiders.com.au

Cost: Tickets from $25 for an adult & $17.50 for a junior


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

10 – Easter in Queanbeyan

The 1000-egg hunt is on again in the Queanbeyan Town Park! Take the kids to meet the Easter bunny, play giant lawn games and check out the boutique handmade and homegrown market stalls!

March 17 from 9am

Queanbeyan Park, Lowe St

https://www.facebook.com/events/1848604882103565/

Cost: free!

 

9 – St Patrick's Day

Join in on the biggest Irish celebration of the year – St Patrick’s Day! Canberra’s largest Irish pub is the place to be with live Irish music, Irish dancing and the freshest Guinness and Kilkenny going around!

March 17, 11am till late

King O’Malleys, Civic

http://kingomalleys.com.au/events/st-patricks-day/

Cost: free!

 

8 – Australian Plants as Bonsai Exhibition

Check out the display of over 30 bonsai by local and interstate artists! There’ll be a raffle and demonstrations at 2pm each day – showcasing the techniques involved in training Australian plants as bonsai. Join guided walks and visit full sized versions of species represented in the exhibition.

March 17 9:30am-4:30pm & March 18 9:30am-4pm

Australian National Botanic Gardens

http://www.cbs.org.au/

Cost: Adults $5, Concession $3, children under 12 are free!

 

7 - Bungendore Harvest Festival

There’s heaps to see and do at the Bungendore Harvest Festival! Visitors can enjoy food, farming and fibre related activities designed to promote all the great things our region has to offer! There’ll be wine tastings, cannoli, cooking demonstrations, farm tours, a dachshund fashion parade and more!

March 16 - 18

Various locations in Bungendore

https://southernharvest.org.au/harvest-festival/

Cost: free!

 

6 – Canberra Balloon Spectacular

Enlighten wraps up this weekend – with the Canberra Balloon Spectacular one of the highlights! More than 30 hot air balloons take to the skies of Canberra, including Kermie the frog and a colourful hummingbird. Pilots will inflate their balloons from 6:15am each day, weather permitting, on the lawns of Old Parliament House. Spectators can also enjoy a delicious hot brekkie on site from the Belconnen Lions Club.

March 10 – 18 from 6:15am

Lawns of Old Parliament House, King Edward Terrace, Parkes

Cost: free for spectators!

 

5 - Art, Not Apart 2018

A free festival packed with performance art, music, installations, a street party, mash ups of art and science and after parties! The festival theme “Climax” will see an outburst of culture at several locations including NewActon, the Shine Dome and NSFA. Organisers have also stepped up the food and drink offerings, with some big names on board like Bar Rochford, Morks and the Cannoli Brothers, to name a few!

March 17 from 1pm

NewActon, the Shine Dome, NFSA and surrounds

Cost: free, with some events ticketed

 

4 - Yass Show

The 2018 show will once again feature the usual favourites like antique farm machinery, shearing competition, yard dogs, woodchopping, vintage and veteran cars, show jumping, PBG bullride, a magician and lots of baby animals! You can also take your pets for the Pet Competition!

March 17 & 18

Yass Showground

https://www.yassshow.org.au/2017-show

Cost: Adults $20 for Saturday & $15 for Sunday, Children 5-18 $5

 

3 - Handmade Markets

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!

March 17 & 18

Exhibition Park

www.handmadecanberra.com.au

Cost: free! Gold coin donations encouraged.

 

2 – Raiders vs Knights

The Raiders kick off the NRL season in Canberra with a big clash against the Knights! Newcastle’s recruited heavily for this season and our guys are fired up, so it’s set to be a tough clash. Help cheer our guys to victory!
March 18, gates open at 5:15pm with kick off at 6:30pm

GIO Stadium, Battye St, Bruce

www.raiders.com.au

Cost: tickets from $17.50

 

Brumbies vs Sharks

Support the Brumbies as they take on the Sharks in their first home game of the season! Our guys will have their work cut out for them, as the South Africans have a side jam-packed with quality talent. A clash you don’t want to miss!

March 17, 7:45pm

GIO Stadium, Battye St, Bruce

www.brumbies.com.au

Cost: tickets from $12.25

RAIDERS & BRUMBIES COMBO TICKETS – Adult double pass $40

 

1 – Skyfire

Skyfire celebrates 30 years as Canberra’s best attended, free outdoor community event! There’ll be plenty for the family to see and do, including great on-stage performances, food vans, the Family Fun Zone, displays by Australia’s Federation Guard at Gallipoli Reach, a RAAF fast jet handling display overhead and the spectacular fireworks display! An event not to be missed!

March 17 from 2pm

Lake Burley Griffin

http://enlightencanberra.com/program/skyfire/

Cost: free entry


Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 10 & Sun 11 March

10 - Upcycle Origami Easter Workshop

Embrace your creativity and learn how folding paper can help you take a short meditative journey! Makiko will teach you how to make an origami egg stand, an origami rabbit and an origami box – all Easter themed. Take your own recycled paper or use what’s provided. All skill levels and ages welcome!

March 11, 10:30am-12pm

Trove Canberra, 70 Bunda St, Civic

https://www.trovecanberra.com.au/

Cost: Adult $25, two adults $40, one adult & one child $30

 

9 - Disney Classics Film Festival

The old school Disney classics are coming to the big screen until March 18 at Event Cinemas in Manuka! The Festival features all the favourites, including 101 Dalmatians, Bambi, Dumbo and The Lion King. This long weekend, Dumbo will be screened! Head along for some nostalgia and tunes!

February 14 – March 18

Event Cinemas, Manuka

https://www.eventcinemas.com.au/EventsFestivals/DisneyClassicsFestival#cinemas=13&date=2018-03-10

Cost: $8

 

8 - GWS Giants vs Western Bulldogs

The AFL Women’s comp is back with all of the best talent from across Australia! For a fun family day out, cheer on the GWS Giants when they take on the Western Bulldogs at Manuka Oval! There’ll be food and drinks, as well as entertainment and activities for the kids!

March 10, 7pm-10pm

UNSW Canberra Oval, Manuka Circle, Forrest

http://www.afl.com.au/womens

Cost: free!

 

7 - Andrew Strong at Canberra Theatre

Andrew Strong returns to Australia to perform The Commitments classic soundtrack in full! Get ready for hits like Mustang Sally, Try A Little Tenderness, Chain of Fools, Take Me To The River, In the Midnight Hour and more! There’s very limited seats left, so book your ticket now!

March 11, 7pm

Canberra Theatre, Civic Square, London Cct, Canberra

www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Cost: Platinum $119.90 & Gold $79.90

 

6 - Charny Carny

The Charny Carny is back, bigger and better than ever this weekend! There’ll be all the usual crowd favourites, like carnival rides, market stalls, sideshow alley, a bubble table for the littlies, a petting zoo, reptiles, delicious food and more! Have fun while supporting the West Belconnen community.

March 10, 11am-4pm

46 Lhotsky Street, Charnwood (oval next to the school)

https://www.facebook.com/events/142879349711794/

Cost: free!

 

5 - Twilight on the Savannah

As part of Enlighten, the National Zoo & Aquarium is open after hours for this exclusive event! This year’s event features the classical string quartet, Mostly Mozart, performing well known movie and musical tunes. Take a picnic, enjoy a glass of wine, explore the grounds and enjoy the ambience!

March 10, 5:30pm-7:30pm

National Zoo & Aquarium, 999 Lady Denman Dr, Yarralumla

http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=SAVANNAH18

Cost: Family $93.85, Adult $36.80, Adult member $26.60, Child $21.50, Child member $11.30

 

4 - Black Opal Stakes

Get frocked up for Canberra’s premier race day! There’s a jam-packed program with 8 races and plenty of action off the track too. Enter Fashions on the Field for some great prizes! Categories are Classic Ladies Race Wear, Classic Mens Race Wear, the Millinery Award and Lady of the Day. There’ll also be free kids entertainment including a jumping castle, face painting and petting zoo!

March 11, 11am-6pm

Thoroughbred Park, Randwick Road, Lyneham

http://www.thoroughbredpark.com.au/races/black-opal-stakes

Cost: Tickets from $5 - $25

 

3 - Enlighten

Enlighten transforms Canberra into a hive of activity with a jam-packed program of free and ticketed events! Visitors will see stunning large-scale projections on some of the capital’s iconic buildings, with roving entertainers, art installations, live music and dazzling performances. You can also get amongst all the deliciousness at the Night Noodles Markets, showcasing the best street food! Be sure to check out the glow in the dark donuts too!

March 2 – 18

Various locations around Canberra

Cost: check website for details

 

2 - Canberra Balloon Spectacular

Over 9 days, more than 30 hot air balloons from across the globe will take to the skies of Canberra! Keep an eye out for the special shaped balloons, like Kermie the frog and a very colourful hummingbird. Pilots will inflate their balloons from 6:15am each day, weather permitting, on the lawns of Old Parliament House. Definitely a sight to see! Spectators can also enjoy a delicious hot brekkie on site from the Belconnen Lions Club.

March 10 – 18 from 6:15am

Lawns of Old Parliament House, King Edward Terrace, Parkes

Cost: free for spectators!

 

1 - Canberra Day 2018

Canberra is turning 105 this year! Join in the celebrations with a jam-packed program of live music and entertainment for the whole family. There’ll also be rides, delicious food and face painting – all with the stunning backdrop of Commonwealth Park. Taking to the stage is Lah Lah’s Big Live Band, Lucy Sugerman, Ali Barter, Nicole Millar and Sheppard!

March 12 from 2pm

Commonwealth Park in the city

http://enlightencanberra.com/canberra-day/

Cost: free!