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

10) Big Dance

A free dance event that gives everyone the opportunity to get their groove on! The Big Dance is happening as part of International Dance Day, with hundreds of people performing across Australia. From seasoned pros to amateurs, everyone’s welcome to join in the Big Dance! The routine includes versions to suit varying capabilities. Learn the 5 minute choreography online and register to perform!

April 29, 2:30pm – 3:30pm

National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes

www.bigdance.org.au

Cost: free!

 

9) Africa Party in the Park

Come and taste the best of Africa! Enjoy traditional music, art, dance, fashion and food! A number of DJ’s will also be on stage to get the crowd going with some great Afro beats!

April 28, 11am – 7pm

Lennox Gardens

http://africapartyinthepark.com/

Cost: free!

 

8) Model Car Exhibition 2018

Organisers hope to showcase over 300 model cars, as well as some incredible boats, LEGO, tanks, cranes, planes and more! All ages are welcome. There’ll be sausage sandwiches, soft drinks, tea and coffee.

April 28, 9am-3pm

Reformed Church of Canberra, Rivett Pl, Rivett

http://communityswitch.com.au/events/view/18285/model-car-exhibition-2018/

Cost: free entry!

 

7) MS Walk + Fun Run

Get active and have fun while supporting people with Multiple Sclerosis. Whether you’re a keen runner or prefer something slower-paced, join in to help step towards a future for those affected by MS. The MS Walk + Fun Run isn’t just a must do event on the cardio calendar, it helps raise much needed funds and awareness.

April 29, run at 9am & walk at 10:30

Rond Terrace, Parkes

www.mswalk.org.au

Cost: Adult $60, Child $40 (register on the day)

 

6) Championship Dog Show

The perfect way to get your doggie fix this weekend with hundreds of breeds on show from 9am each day. With over 600 dogs entered, there'll be ample opportunity to see a variety of breeds - some rarely seen in these parts. There'll also be the usual show stoppers like Perfectly Presented Poodles, Cautiously Cute Cattle dogs and Sheepishly Shameless Shepherds!

April 28 & 29 from 9am

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

http://communityswitch.com.au/events/view/18423/championship-dog-show/

Cost: free entry!

 

5) Canberra International Music Festival

There’ll be something for everyone – with 23 ticketed concerts across 10 days! The Festival features a range of music including classical, contemporary, folk, jazz and more. Enjoy performances that are thought-provoking, moving and of the highest quality.

April 27 – May 6

Various locations

http://www.cimf.org.au/

Cost: check website for details

 

4) Free sports day for kids 2-6 yrs

Ready Steady Go Kids is holding a FREE Open Fun day this weekend! Bring your little ones (2-6yrs) to try fun sports and games, have their face painted and take home a balloon. An opportunity for kids and their grownups to try out modified sports equipment, chat to coaches and find out more about the awesome multi-sports program. It's a fun active morning for everyone!

April 28, 10am – 12pm

Tuggeranong Indoor Archery Centre

http://communityswitch.com.au/events/view/18466/free-sports-day-for-kids-2-6yrs/

Cost: free!

 

 

3) Dutch Food and Culture Festival

Enjoy Dutch food, drinks, culture, games, music and fun from the Netherlands! You don’t have to be Dutch to wear orange! There’ll be a food market, face painting, wine-tasting, performances and more! Some of the delicious food includes Dutch pancakes, smoked sausages, pea soup, Dutch cakes – the list goes on.

April 29 from 9:30am

Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla

http://www.oranjefeestcanberra.org/

Cost: free!

 

2) Brumbies vs Crusaders

Cheer on the Brumbies as they take on the reigning champions the Crusaders at GIO Stadium! The Brumbies last defeated the Crusaders in 2009, with the New Zealanders having the upper hand in recent years. But our guys are determined to take the win! It’s the Military Round with the Brumbies to recognise the important part played by the Armed Forces in this country. The curtain raiser match will see ADFA take on RMC.

April 28, gates open at 6pm with kick off at 7:45pm

GIO Stadium, Battye St, Bruce

www.brumbies.com.au

Cost: tickets from $12.25

 
1) Henry Rolland Park opening

A fun community event to celebrate Canberra’s new lakeside park! Henry Rolland Park at West Basin will be open to the public with live music, fitness classes, games and kids activities that take advantage of the new park’s high-quality facilities. Food and drink vendors will be on site and local businesses that make use of Lake Burley Griffin will also operate from the park for the day.

April 28, 10am – 4pm

Henry Rolland Park, Barrine Dr, West Basin

https://www.facebook.com/events/412334689179662/permalink/420717785008019/

Cost: free!


Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 21 & Sun April

10 – 50th Mauritian Independence Day celebration

A real cultural experience awaits at the 50th Mauritian Independence Day celebration! There’ll be traditional food, a live Mauritian band, raffles, a sweet Mauritian cakes stall, as well as Sega and Afro Brazilian dance performances. Dress in Mauritian colours if you can!

April 21 from 6pm

Northside Community Centre, 2 Rosevear Pl, Dickson

https://www.facebook.com/events/110088676498463/

Cost: Adult $30, Children $20, Under 5’s are free!

 

9 - The Earth Festival

A vegan fundraising event aimed to educate the community on how to be ethical and sustainable to the environment, animals, their health and other people. 80{574d531d5fc467f25e34179971194f57f82ed0fcc8bb5ce3f07badc5570e102e} of profits from ticket sales to be donated to Lucky Stars Sanctuary. There’ll be a huge food court filled with a variety of local vegan foods, workshops, tattoo and henna artists, an activity zone and stalls selling clothes, accessories, make-up, skincare, bags and more!

April 21 and April 22, 10am-4pm

Australian National Botanic Gardens, Acton

https://www.theearthfestival.org/

Cost: Tickets start from $9.95

 

8 – Family Movie Night

A chance for the community to come together for an alcohol-free family event! Take a blanket, picnic and your friends for a movie night under the stars. There’ll also be food vendors selling yummy treats as well as plenty to keep the tribe entertained before the film. Listen to music and share your ideas for community spaces for the future use of the Gold Creek Country Club. The Lego Ninjago movie will be screened at the Open Air Cinema!

April 21 from 5pm

Gold Creek Country Club, 50 Curran Dr, Nicholls

https://reimaginegoldcreek.com.au/event/movie-night/

Cost: free!

 

7 - Pegasus Revival of Vinyl

Enjoy a groovy night out listening to tunes from old vinyl records! Kick it back old school with the Belconnen Bowling Club at their upcoming Vinyl Party! Take your favourite records or just go to listen and dance to the music on offer! Lots of retro fun to be had with door prizes and dress ups!

April 21 from 6:30pm

Belconnen Bowling Club, Beetaloo St, Hawker

http://www.pegasusact.com.au/

Cost: $30 per head with proceeds donated to Pegasus for a 2019 Riding Scholarship

 

6 – Canberra Classic Boatfest

26 boats are taking part in Boatfest, ranging from rowing and sailing craft to putt putt and steam launches, some restored and others new. Saturday is the best day to see them up close, with the boats in and around Lotus Bay from 9:30am. During the lunch break, they’ll be moored at the jetty or pulled up to the shore. On Sunday, the boats will leave Lotus Bay at 10am for the voyage up the lake to Kingston Harbour.

April 21 and 22

Lake Burley Griffin

http://www.tradboatsact.com/events_2018_boatfest.html

Cost: free for spectators

 

5 – Canberra Heritage Festival

Be sure to check out the last couple of days of celebration for the region’s Aboriginal, historic and natural heritage. This year’s theme is ‘My Culture, My Story’. With over 100 events, most free, you can enjoy tours, open days, dances, talks, dinners, markets and more! Hear the stories and celebrate cultural expression.

April 14 – 29

Various locations

http://www.events.act.gov.au/component/events/56b23ae3266140594567dba4/canberra-and-region-heritage-festival?Itemid=320

Cost: contact event organisers for information (most events are free)

 

4 - Short + Sweet Theatre Canberra

Thirty 10 minute plays, more than half written by locals, are produced and performed by local artists over two weeks at the Canberra Theatre! See Canberra’s creatives at their best, with professional writers, directors and actors doing their thing alongside talented amateurs, to impress the judges. If you don’t like what you’re seeing, you don’t have to wait more than 10 minutes for the next play to start!

April 17 – 28

Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, Canberra

https://shortandsweet.org/festivals/shortsweet-theatre-canberra-2018

Cost: check website for details

 

3 - Webers Circus

Take you and your family on a Wild West adventure with death defying acrobats, funny clowns, trick dogs and miniature ponies, Russian swing, jugglers, dancers and much more! Be prepared to be wowed by the super talented acts, one as young as 8 years old! A fun event for the whole family, particularly in the school holidays.

April 12 – 29 in Monash and May 3 – 20 in Belconnen (check website for session times)
Clive Steele Ave in Monash and Diddams Close in Belconnen (Ginninderra)

https://www.weberscircus.com/

Cost: check website for details

 

2 - School holiday activities

There’s heaps to keep the kids busy in Canberra this school holidays! Among the places offering school holiday programs are the AIS, Warehouse Circus, Canberra Youth Theatre, Kids Pantry and more. There’s also lots of events happening at Questacon, the Portrait Gallery, the War Memorial, the National Museum, Parliament House, Belconnen Arts Centre, the National Gallery, the National Zoo and Aquarium, the National Dinosaur Museum – the list goes on. There’s also some great kids films at the cinemas, like Peter Rabbit, Sherlock Gnomes, Early Man and A Wrinkle In Time.

Various locations around Canberra

Google your favourite event/location for details!

 

1 - Brumbies vs Jaguares

History will be made when the Brumbies welcome Argentine outfit the Jaguares to GIO Stadium for their first ever clash in Canberra. They’ve only met once before, with the Brumbies winning 39-15 in Beunos Aires. Get to the stadium early with lots of freebies and fun activities for the kids! With fans on the field at full time, it’s the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

April 22, gates open at 2:15 with kick-off at 4:05pm

GIO Stadium, Battye St, Bruce

www.brumbies.com.au

Cost: Take advantage of the FREE junior ticket offer – receive a free kids ticket with every GA Adult or Concession ticket purchased ($26.55 adult general admission)


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

10 - AMB 100 Mountain Bike Marathon

Join locals and mountain bikers from around Australia take on the Stromlo trails on a giant monster circuit! A great way to spend an Autumn morning while taking in Canberra’s spectacular views. There’s a range of lap options and courses to choose from, including 33km, 66km, 100km or 100 miles. If you’re not much of a bike rider, head along to show your support! There’ll also be kids races, activities and yummy food.

April 15 from 5am

Stromlo Forest Park, off Cotter Road

http://rockytrailentertainment.com/events/100-overview.html

Cost: check website for registration details / spectators are free!

 

9 - Canberra Kids Market

Check out the huge range of new, handmade and pre-loved clothes, toys, games, books, prams, accessories, furniture, baby equipment and more at the Canberra Kids Market! There’s plenty of stalls to explore with designer labels and great bargains too. Guaranteed to find something special for the little loves of your life.

April 14, 9am – 12pm

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

https://canberramarkets.net.au/

Cost: free entry!

 

8 - GWS Giants vs Fremantle Dockers

Cheer on the GIANTS as they look to sink Fremantle here in Canberra this weekend! Get the family together for a Saturday afternoon of fun and fast-paced footy. Get there early to enjoy the family entertainment including the Fan Zone, inflatables, merchandise, G-Man and Gigi.

April 14, 1:45pm

UNSW Canberra Oval

www.gwsgiants.com.au

Cost: tickets start from $24 for an adult and $12 for a child

 

7 - Mt Stromlo Observatory Site Tour

Learn about one of Canberra’s oldest sites that’s rich in history. The Mount Stromlo Observatory has been carrying out astronomical observations for over 100 years and has grown into one of the great observatories. It’s weathered two devastating bushfires and earned a Nobel Prize!

April 14, 9:30am-11am

Mount Stromlo Observatory, Cotter Rd, Weston Creek

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/mt-stromlo-observatory-site-tour-tickets-42408338482

Cost: general admission $5

 

6 - Googong's A Fishing Fair

Whether you’re a serious angler or just looking for a fun way to get the kids outside – this event’s for you! Fishing Australia’s Rob Paxevanos will team up with local fishing expert and wildlife filmmaker Roman Dicovski and celebrity chef Mark Olive, for a free pond-to-plate experience. A great day for the whole family with lots of free fishing and environment-related activities! Also a chance to learn how to take care of the Googong Dam and still have fun!

April 14, 11am – 2pm

Beltana Park, Beltana Avenue, Googong

http://googong.net/news/news-articles/n3550_googong-fishing-fair-sat-14418

Cost: free!

 

5 – Thank You Canberra – Rainbow Party

Everyone’s invited to this free marriage equality celebration! It’ll feature Australia’s biggest rainbow painted on the grassy Events Terrace, rainbow kites, a live DJ, face painting, gourmet BBQ, food, drinks and more. Plenty of selfie opportunities!

April 14, 10:30am - 2pm

National Arboretum, Forest Drive, Molonglo Valley

https://www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au/visit/whats_on/whatson-full-story/rainbow-party

Cost: free!

 

4 – Canberra Heritage Festival

Be part of 16 days of celebration for the region’s Aboriginal, historic and natural heritage. This year’s theme is ‘My Culture, My Story’. With over 100 events, most free, you can enjoy tours, open days, dances, talks, dinners, markets and more! Hear the stories and celebrate cultural expression.

April 14 – 29

Various locations

http://www.events.act.gov.au/component/events/56b23ae3266140594567dba4/canberra-and-region-heritage-festival?Itemid=320

Cost: contact event organisers for information (most events are free)

 

3 - Auto Italia

You won’t want to miss this annual showcase of Italian automotive design. Hundreds of exceptional cars, motorbikes and scooters will gather in Canberra to celebrate Italian motoring history. If you own a vehicle in this category, or are just passionate about Italian cars, then this is where you need to be this weekend!

April 15, 8am – 3:30pm

Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Canberra

http://www.autoitaliacanberra.com/

Cost: to register, cars are $15 and motorbikes/scooters are $10

 

2 – Canberra Raiders vs Parramatta Eels

The Raiders have won the last seven matches at home against the Eels – let’s cheer them on to their 8th! Our guys are also aiming for their fourth straight win over Parramatta at any venue, and are going for back to back wins after beating the Bulldogs in round five. Get there early and help get the stadium full of green!

April 14, gates open at 5pm with the main game at 7:30pm

GIO Stadium, Battye St, Bruce

www.raiders.com.au

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

 

1 - Australian Running Festival

Lace up those sneakers – the Australian Running Festival is back in town this weekend! There’s the 5 and 10 kay events on Saturday and the big marathon runs on Sunday. Runners and cheer squads can also enjoy the on-stage entertainment and kids zone! Check the website for road closure details.

April 14 from 7am & April 15 from 6am

Starting line: King George Terrace

www.runningfestival.com.au

Cost: check website for details


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

10 – Flying Fruit Fly Circus

Check out this exciting new family show and meet the play-loving kids who live behind a junkyard! Australia’s world famous national youth circus has had sell-out seasons in Sydney and Melbourne. Watch as they transform household trash into a magical landscape of thrilling circus adventure! JUNK features jaw-dropping acrobatics, magical shadow puppetry and amazing circus stunts from kids as young as 10! Limited tickets left.

April 7, 11am & 2:30pm

Canberra Theatre, London Cct, Civic

https://canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/junk/#

Cost: standard ticket $35

 

9 – Cerebral Palsy Alliance Ignite Walk

Experience Canberra in a whole new light at night and be wowed by live entertainment, neon light installations and music as you glow in the dark! Choose from two distances: 5km Family Bridge to Bridge or 21km Halfie Dusk to Dark Walk. Grab a bite to eat from the food stalls, indulge in glow in the dark fairy floss and get your face painted with glow in the dark face paint!

April 7, 4pm-10pm

Patrick White Lawns, Parkes

https://www.ignitewalk.com.au/

Cost: Registration starts from $40

 

8 – Canberra District Wine Week

With more than 40 events hosted in Canberra and the surrounding region, this is something not to be missed! There’ll be wine tastings, wine dinners, grape stomping, winemaker meet and greets, wine trivia, a sparkling wine event, art exhibitions, scarecrow making, live music in the vines and more!

April 5 – 15

Various locations across the Canberra region

http://www.canberrawines.com.au/

Cost: check website for details

 

7 - Braidwood Rodeo

Are you tough enough to wear pink? Braidwood Rodeo Club is supporting the Pink Ribbon Foundation. See the cowboys and cowgirls try their luck with the bulls, broncs and barrels. A great day out for the whole family – just an hour from Canberra! There’ll also be market and food stalls, a full car, camping, live music, dinner and dancing. An action packed outing!

April 7, 7:30am-11:30pm

Braidwood Showground, Kings Highway

https://www.facebook.com/Braidwood-Rodeo-483349421725306/

Cost: check Facebook event

 

6 - Brumbies vs Reds

It’s another big derby round in the Australian conference as the Reds come to Canberra to compete for the Rod Macqueen Cup! Last season, the Brumbies saw off the Reds in convincing style as we claimed the Australian title. Will it be more of the same this year or will Brad Thorn and his team claim victory? Also cheer on the Brumbies women as they take on WA in the Super W pre-match.

April 7, kick off at 7:45pm

GIO Stadium, Battye St, Bruce

www.brumbies.com.au

Cost: $26.55 adult general admission

 

5 - Canberra Walking Festival

The 27th Canberra Two Day Walk aims to foster and promote walking as a worthwhile, fun activity. Participants may walk one or both days, choosing their distance(s) from set routes. Saturday's walk is around Lake Burley Griffin and Sunday's walk is along the Centenary Trail.

April 7 – 8

Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Ave, Canberra

http://aussiewalk.com.au/cwf/

Cost: $25 for a one day adult ticket purchase online (check website for full list of prices)

 

4 - Kick 2 Kick 4 a Cause

Help raise money for Menslink while taking part in an unofficial world record attempt for the longest ever game of kick to kick. The goal is a continuous 24 hours! The community will be invited to participate. It’s all about encouraging men to come together, talk and share what they’re going through.

April 7, 2:10pm

Deakin sports fields, Makin Place

https://www.kick4acause.net/

Cost: check website for details

 

3 - National Dinosaur Museum's 25th Birthday Party

To celebrate this milestone, the Museum’s throwing a big party over the whole weekend! With extended opening hours, free entry for kids and exciting events each day, it’ll be great fun for the whole family! Questacon’s DinoScience Show will also be there!

April 7 – 8

National Dinosaur Museum, 6 Gold Creek Rd, Nicholls

https://www.facebook.com/events/539295516456995/

Cost: Tickets for the DinoScience Show are $5

 

2 - The Forage

Enjoy street food by local cafes, food trucks, wineries and breweries! A chance to showcase local businesses and the deliciousness they create. Among them, Get Crackin’s delicious crème brulees! There’s something for everyone including the kids, so grab some friends and get amongst Canberra’s best street party!

April 7, 2pm – 7pm

Little National Hotel Canberra, National Cct, Barton

www.theforage.com.au

Cost: free entry

 

1 - Canberra Airport Open Day

See planes of all shapes and sizes from the past and present, including aircraft from Qantas, QantasLink, Virgin Australia and the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, as well as Charlie the helicopter. Check out thrilling aerobatic displays, great food, and entertainment and kids rides/activities!

April 8, 9am – 3pm

Canberra Airport

https://www.canberraairport.com.au/travellers/latest-news/canberra-airport-open-day-2018/