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

10) Canberra Winter Gemcraft and Mineral Show

Dealers will sell jewellery, rough and cut gemstones, fossils, rocks, mineral specimens, opals, beads and beading supplies, as well as lapidary equipment and supplies. Members’ collections will also be on display with demonstrations of cabbing, faceting and jewellery making. Food and drinks available for purchase.

May 26 & 27, 10am – 5pm

Mallee Pavilion, Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd,  Mitchell

Cost: Adults $5, Family $10, Children/Concession $2



9) The Australian Ballet presents The Merry Widow at Canberra Theatre

Enjoy this light-hearted production filled with tangled affairs and jealous lovers that’ll take you to the ballrooms of Paris. It tells the story of the dashing Count Danilo who must rescue his country on the verge of bankruptcy by marrying a wealthy widow he’d rejected when they were childhood sweethearts. With plenty of wow moments, amazing costumes and spectacular dancing, The Merry Widow is a show you don’t want to miss!

May 25 – 30

Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic

Cost: check website for details



8) Guinea Pig Show

Hosted by the Capital Country Cavy Club, the Guinea Pig Show is not just for the serious exhibitor, but also for those with pets and just love guinea pigs! There’ll be lots of gorgeous guinea pigs to see, chat to experienced exhibitors and help raise money for Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon.

May 27, 10am – 3pm

Scout Hall, Erin St, Queanbeyan

Cost: donations encouraged



7) Winter Souk

Did someone say chocolate, wine and truffles? Enjoy that plus heaps more at the secluded homestead and gardens out at Cuppacumbalong! A market with vendors that create excellent food, art and craft. While some of the goods on sale might be unfamiliar, it’ll be a chance to encounter something exotic and exciting!

May 27, 10am – 3pm

Cuppacumbalong, 21 Naas Rd, Tharwa

Cost: $5 entry, free parking



6) Canberra Toy & Hobby Fair

There’ll be something for collectors, admirers and families at the Toy & Hobby Fair! Items for sale include model cars, trading cards, action figures, posters, figurines, sports collectables, books, magazines, model railways, LEGO, Coca Cola items and much more!

May 26, 9am-3pm

UC High School Kaleen, Baldwin Dr, Kaleen

Cost: Adults $5, Seniors $3, Kids 4-12 $3, Families $15



5) Fame: The Musical

Based on the beloved TV show and motion picture FAME - The Musical tells the story of the High School of Performing Arts in New York where students go to learn acting, music and dance. Featuring a mix of Canberra's up and coming and best loved performers, with a finale that will blow your mind, FAME is a must-see musical of 2018.

May 11 – May 26

The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Crawford St

Cost: tickets from $45



4) Frock Up Canberra Autumn Event

The venue will be full with antique, retro designer and vintage clothing! Everything from ridiculously small Victorian waisted dresses to minis from the swinging sixties! You’ll find Victorian bloomers, flower power numbers from the 70’s, as well as fashion accessories, lace, costume jewellery, fashion scraps and more!

May 26, 10am – 4pm

Griffith Neighbourhood Centre, Stuart St, Griffith

Cost: $2 entry



3) Weber's Circus

In case you missed the action in Canberra – you can still see this spectacular show just outside of the ACT! 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!

May 24 – 27

Cooma Showgrounds, Cromwell St

Cost: check website for details



2) Peppa Pig's Surprise

Peppa Pig, George and their friends are back in Australia in a brand new live stage show! Audiences will enjoy interactive fun, games and, of course, surprises. This charming, colourful new show features new songs and new life-size puppets. PEPPA PIG’S SURPRISE promises to be the perfect theatre show for all pre-schoolers!

May 26, 12pm, 2pm & 4pm – May 27, 10am & 12pm

The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic

Cost: $54.90



1) Reconciliation Day in the Park

Head along to this free community event celebrating Canberra’s first Reconciliation Day public holiday! Busby Marou will perform as the headline act, joined by an array of local bands, singers, Indigenous performers and dancers. Activities include basket weaving, bush tucker talks, storytelling and kids art workshops. There’ll also be a petting zoo, jumping castle, face painting, food trucks and a community BBQ!

May 28, 10am – 2pm

Glebe Park, Civic

Cost: free!

Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 19 & Sun 20 May

10) World Bee Day

Plenty of celebrations happening around the capital for World Bee Day! The official opening kicks off at the Slovenian Embassy at 10am Sunday. The Embassy of Sweden buzzes from 1-4pm with fun activities like Swedish Folk Dancing and honey tasting. Parliament House chefs have been busy baking treats made with honey from their hives for the afternoon tea from 2:30pm. The Embassy of Switzerland will screen the prize-winning documentary “More than Honey” at 5pm at the ANU’s Coombs Theatre, followed by a panel discussion on honeybee health issues. Win’s Creak Meadery at Murrumbateman’s holding a delicious Beekeeper’s Breakfast from 9am and a lunch from 11am!

Sunday May 20

Various locations around the region

Cost: check each event for details


9) Canberra Wool Expo

Wool is not just for the nannas! A great weekend to meet wool producers, craftspeople and artists, view hand spinning, learn about hand felting and watch weaving. There’ll also be crochet and knitting workshops! If it can be created in wool – it’s likely you’ll find it at the markets! Browse and buy designer knitwear, millinery, weavings, beanies and farm label knitwear. Also check out the vast array of yarns!

May 19 & 20, 10am – 4pm

Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston

Cost: free!


8) Royal Wedding celebrations

Royal wedding fever will fill the living rooms of many Canberra homes this weekend as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot! Several Canberra venues are broadcasting the much-anticipated royal wedding with plenty of bubbles and cake to get viewers in the spirit. Among them – the George Harcourt Inn, Young and Frisky, Hale + Mary and The District.

May 19 from 6pm

Various Canberra venues – check their Facebook pages for details


7) World Nordic Walking Day

Why just walk when you can Nordic Walk! Help make history at Australia’s first ever Nordic Walking Race! Join Canberra’s growing community of Nordic Walkers and learn why they have taken up one of the world’s fastest growing and easy to learn health activities! Take part in the 7km Invitation Challenge or the leisurely Social Nordic Walk. Non-pole users also welcome! A fun-filled morning with loads of prizes and delicious Finnish food! Feel how Nordic walking uses over 90{574d531d5fc467f25e34179971194f57f82ed0fcc8bb5ce3f07badc5570e102e} of your muscles – much more than regular walking, running and cycling!

May 19, 9am – 12pm

Embassy of Finland, 12 Darwin Ave, Yarralumla

Cost: free!


6) Radford Art Show

More than 300 beautiful works including paintings, ceramics, glass, sculpture and woodwork will be on display and for sale at the 34th Annual Radford P&F Art Show! This year’s first prize, sponsored by the Radford Collegians, will be named in honour of Jonquil Mackey, Radford’s much-loved media and photography teacher who recently died. Those attending can vote for the 'People's Choice' award, to be announced just before the show closes on Sunday.

May 19 & May 20, 10am – 4pm

Radford College, TB Millar Hall, 1 College St, Bruce

Cost: gold coin entry


5) Battle of the States - ACT vs NSW Weightlifting

Enjoy a fun-filled family day out and watch over 40 of the best weightlifters in the ACT and NSW go head to head at the state championships here in Canberra! Expect to see plenty of personal bests and standing records smashed in a range of categories. There’ll also be special guest appearances by Commonwealth Games VIP’s and ex athletes! Which state will get the ultimate bragging rights?

May 19, 8am – 5pm

Charlesworth Theatrette, AIS, Leverrier St, Bruce

Cost: free!


4) Autumn Revel Festival

Revel in art, dance, performance, music, local food, design and Autumn! Check out Canberra’s free family festival featuring live bands, public art, kids dance classes, food stalls, makers market, art exhibitions, scavenger hunt, instrument making and more! Plenty of local food, wine and beer on offer too.

May 19, 11am – 4pm

Gorman Arts Centre, Ainslie Ave, Braddon

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

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


2) Canberra MS 24 Hour Mega Swim

This fantastic event is celebrating it’s 10-year anniversary! Over the years, it’s seen thousands of people participate and fundraise $788,266 for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). Canberrans are still as motivated as ever, especially one man! 17-year-old David Allen will swim the entire 24 hours solo – an event normally swum in teams!

May 19 from 12pm through to May 20 at 12pm

AIS, Leverrier St, Bruce

Cost: Adult $45, Junior $35


1) Million Paws Walk

There’s heaps to see and do at the Million Paws Walk this year! Take part in the Guinness World Record attempt for the largest gathering of people dressed as dogs! The main walk and Mini Paws Walk kick off at 11am. There’ll be retail stores selling pet friendly items, delicious food, dog-friendly activities, live music and a ‘dress like your dog’ dress up competition! Have fun while helping raise much needed funds for the RSPCA.

May 20 from 9am

Patrick White Lawns, Parkes

Cost: check website for details

Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 12 & Sun 13 May

10 - YMCA Belconnen Fete

A relaxed morning with coffee, food, market stalls and games! A great chance for current families to spend time together and new families to check out the YMCA service. The fete will feature food stalls, fresh coffee, face painting, balloon animals and much more.

May 12, 8:30am – 12pm

YMCA Belconnen Early Learning Centre, Joy Cummings Place, Belconnen

Cost: free!


9 – Flick, Bubbles and Pop!

Experience a private screening of the 2017 romantic comedy “Finding Your Feet” with all the money raised to go to Love Your Sister for cancer research. Take your partner, bestie, sister, brother, mum, dad, or whoever you fancy sharing an uplifting movie with! Tickets include popcorn, glass of bubbles and goodie bag. Special lucky door prizes and raffles too!

May 12, 4pm – 7pm

Palace Electric Cinema, Phillip Law St, Canberra

Cost: $50


8 – The Mint’s Rascals & Ratbags Roadshow

The Mint is taking the minting experience to towns and cities around Australia on its Rascals & Ratbags Roadshow! Before the team leave Canberra, they’re hosting a launch event on Saturday! It’ll feature pop-up stalls where the public can strike a special counterstamp onto a $1 uncirculated coin, swap existing coins or cash for freshly minted coins and browse a selection of commemorative coins. The tour theme ‘Rascals & Ratbags’ commemorates Australia’s convict era.

May 12, 10am – 4pm

Royal Australian Mint, Denison St, Deakin

Cost: free!


7 - Paw Patrol LIVE!

It’s Pirate Day in Adventure Bay and Mayor Goodway is getting ready for a big celebration! But first, Ryder and his team of pirate pups must rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. When they do, they also discover a secret pirate treasure map! The PAW Patrol set out over land and sea to find the treasure for Mayor Goodway’s celebration before Mayor Humdinger finds it first! The pups will need all paws on deck for this pirate adventure, including some help from the newest pup Tracker!

May 12, 10:30am, 1:30pm & 4pm

AIS Arena, 26 Leverrier St, Bruce

Cost: tickets from $29.90


6 – Midnight Oil 1984

This film is an up close and personal look at the iconic rock band whose music inspired a generation of young Aussies. Midnight Oil 1984 gives you an Access All Areas pass to see the band behind the scenes. It also features the biggest hits from some of their most legendary shows. Feel the energy on stage and learn of the band members personal struggles. See it all on the big screen for the first time!

May 12 & 13 (various session times)

Dendy Canberra, Palace Electric Canberra, Limelight Cinema & Event Cinemas Manuka

Cost: check ticket prices at your preferred choice of cinema


5 - MRA ACT Blanket Run

Be part of this community event for a good cause! Bring donations of blankets, non-perishable food and cash for the Salvation Army. Everyone’s welcome! Invite friends and family to watch the host of riders depart and return to Old Parliament House.

May 12, meet from 8:30am for a 10am departure

Old Parliament House

Cost: donations encouraged


4 - Fame the Musical

Based on the beloved TV show and motion picture FAME - The Musical tells the story of the High School of Performing Arts in New York where students go to learn acting, music and dance. Featuring a mix of Canberra's up and coming and best loved performers, with a finale that will blow your mind, FAME is a must-see musical of 2018.

May 11 – May 26

The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Crawford St

Cost: tickets from $45


3 - Brumbies vs Rebels

The Australian Conference clash between the Brumbies and the rejuvenated Rebels could have a huge bearing on the outcome of the final Conference positions and the hosts will be keen to assert their dominance over the team from Melbourne. Last season the Brumbies secured top spot and the Australian Conference trophy. Could history repeat?

May 12, kick-off at 7:45pm

GIO Stadium, Battye St, Bruce

Cost: $26.55 adult general admission


2 - Raiders vs Sharks

The two sides have had a strong rivalry in recent seasons which looks set to continue this year! Cheer on the green machine to victory as they look to make it three consecutive wins! As the weather gets cooler, this Sunday afternoon game is a great opportunity to head to GIO Stadium for some great arvo footy action!

May 13, gates open at 2:55pm with the main game at 4:10pm

GIO Stadium, Battye St, Bruce

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


1 - Mother's Day Classic

Walk or run 5km or 10km on Mother’s Day to help raise funds for breast cancer research. There’ll be talks on the main stage, warm-up aerobics, award presentations, face painting, jumping castles, roving performers, free massages, a sausage sizzle and more! Take part or cheer on the participants!

May 13 from 7am to 12 noon

Rond Terrace, Commonwealth Park

Cost: registration fees start from $25

Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 5 & Sun 6 May

10 - Kippax Monster Garage Sale

Snap up a fantastic bargain and stay for a cup of tea and scones! You’ll find bargains in furniture, plants, toys, art, haberdashery, homemade sweets and preserves, kitchenware, books, clothes, linen, jewellery and fine china. There’ll also be face painting and a sausage sizzle. Guaranteed you won’t leave empty handed! Money raised helps those in need in our community.

May 5, 8am – 1pm

Uniting Church, Hardwick St, Kippax

Cost: free entry


9 – CraftAlive

Head along for a weekend of learning, creating, shopping and inspiration! Get hands on with the experts with two jam packed workshop areas featuring card making, new patchwork techniques and more. There’s something for the whole family with local and national exhibitors. Shop until you drop and stop for a bite to eat at the café.

May 3 – 6, 9:30am – 4pm

Thoroughbred Park Convention Centre

Cost: At the door - Adults $15, Concession $12, Kids (6-15) $5, Kids under 5 are free!


8 - Blanc de Blanc

A sassy soiree under the Spiegeltent on the forecourt of the Canberra Theatre Centre. Definitely one for the adults – a performance described by reviewers as a fine French cabaret transformed into a raunchy dance party. Bringing the finest cabaret and acrobatic talent from around the world into a wild night with big moves, great tunes, lots of skin and more than a few surprises!

April 26 – May 20

Fortuna Spiegeltent, Canberra Theatre Centre forecourt

Cost: Tickets from $65


7 – Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo

The youngest man to step foot on the moon is in Canberra to share his memories! Charlie Duke and Apollo flight director Gerry Griffin are visiting for the tour of the film “Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo.” They both star in the production and will take part in a Q&A session with the audience.

May 5, 7:30pm

Llewellyn Hall, Building 100, William Herbert Place, Canberra

Cost: Tickets from $76.35


6 - Raiders vs Titans

Cheer on the green machine as they hope to get one back on the Titans, after their narrow loss in round one. The Gold Coast have a new coach in Garth Brennan and their players will aim to impress early on, so it’s expected to be a competitive match! A Saturday afternoon game – perfect to take the family out to GIO Stadium for a fun arvo at the footy!

May 5, gates open at 12:30pm, Mounties vs Warriors at 12:45pm with the main game at 3pm

GIO Stadium, Battye St, Bruce

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


5 - Tree Climbing Championships

Featuring climbers from the Canberra region, interstate and overseas, it’s the ultimate test of tree climbing skill. The competition is made up of two parts – the preliminary events and the Masters events. The categories include work climb, secured footlock, speed climb, throwline and aerial rescue. A great spectator sport for the whole family!

May 5 & 6

Australian National Botanic Gardens, Acton

Cost: free for spectators


4 - Handmade Markets

Three halls at EPIC will be packed with unique designs and local produce so head along to try, taste, shop and relax at Canberra’s creative market. If you’re looking for unique gifts and souvenirs, designer homewares, fashion or jewellery, the Handmade Markets are for you, with 260 stalls! Also, be sure to stop in at the gourmet food hall!

May 5 & 6

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

Cost: free entry


3 - PANDSI Cake-Off

Over 50 Canberrans have rolled up their sleeves to bake for Sunday’s PANDSI Cake-Off! This year’s theme is #AussieBigThings – so you’ll see cakes like the Big Prawn, the Big Ugg Boot, Uluru, Cotter Dam, the Great Barrier Reef, the Big Merino – the list goes on! Money raised goes towards PANDSI – an organisation that supports over 300 local families experiencing perinatal depression or anxiety.

May 6, 2 – 4pm

Hyatt Hotel, Canberra

Cost: $10 entry (bookings essential)


2 - Pegasus Open Day

Head out to Pegasus farm and learn about the life-changing horse-facilitated therapy Pegasus has provided to people living with a disability for over 40 years! There’ll be heaps of fun activities like horse demonstrations and parades, music and entertainment, yummy food, stalls, tractor rides, kids activities and more!

May 5, 10am – 3pm

119 Drake Brockman Dr, Holt

Cost: entry by gold coin donation


1 - Collector Village Pumpkin Festival

There’s heaps of fun to be had at the Collector Pumpkin Festival, with over 120 market stalls, crazy scarecrows, a giant hay bale maze, pony rides, a rock climbing wall and the petting zoo. Plenty of delicious food too – like pumpkin soup, pumpkin scones, pumpkin pies and more. Enjoy the array of entertainment while enjoying a delicious pumpkin treat. Get amongst it as people come from everywhere to have fun and celebrate pumpkins!

May 6, 10am – 4pm

Bourke St, Collector, NSW

Cost: Adults $10, Seniors $5, Children 15 and under are free!