Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 30 June & Sun 1 July

10) Midwinter Arts & Crafts Show

Check out this event featuring local artists, crafters and musicians! It’s been delighting visitors for over 35 years with a large array of art and craft, food and entertainment. There’ll be much to see and buy with funds raised to support community programs.

June 29 – July 1

Yarralumla Uniting Church


9) Australian Netball League finals

The Canberra GIANTS finished fourth on the ANL ladder and will play top seed Victorian Fury at the ACT Netball Centre! The winners will meet in the grand final and Super Netball curtain-raiser at the AIS on Sunday. In the Super Netball – GIANTS Netball face the Adelaide Thunderbirds on Sunday. A blockbuster weekend!

June 29, Netball NSW v Tasmanian Magpies at 3pm, Canberra GIANTS v Victorian Fury at 5:15pm (ACT Netball Centre, Lyneham)

July 1, ANL bronze medal match at 9:30am (ACT Netball Centre)

ANL gold medal match, 12:30pm (AIS Arena)

GIANTS Netball v Adelaide Thunderbirds at 3pm (AIS Arena)

Cost: Check Ticketek for prices


8) Queanbeyan Christmas in July - Winter Dream

Get into the festive spirit at Queanbeyan’s mid-year Christmas gathering! Check out over 200 market stalls with Christmas-inspired food, gourmet treats, beer and wine, handmade Christmas gifts, an artificial snow area, Dachshund races and fashion show, an art exhibition, play area, carriage rides, outdoor obstacle course, bubble soccer, Santa pet photos and a giving tree. The big man in red might even make an appearance!

June 29

Queanbeyan Showground

Cost: free!


7) Southern Highlands Pie Festival

What’s better than a hot pie on a cold day? The month-long celebration of the great Aussie pie wraps up this weekend, so be sure to get amongst it! There’s a jam-packed program of pie themed events, tours and activities. Try a range of delicious pies, go on a Pie Cycle Bike tour of the Southern Highlands, try pie cooking classes, pie themed high teas and much more!

June 1 – 30

Southern Highlands (check website for specific locations)

Cost: check website for details


6) Brumbies v Hurricanes

The final regular season match of the campaign sees the Hurricanes sweep into Canberra to take on the Brumbies at GIO Stadium! Our guys will have their work cut out for them, as the New Zealanders have a stack of world class players. The Brumbies Super Rugby hopes were ended at the quarter final stage by the Hurricanes last year, so no doubt the boys will be keen to get one back and end the season on a high.

June 30, 7:45pm

GIO Stadium

Cost: General Admission $26.55 Adult, $20.40 Concession, $12.25 Junior and $56.10 Family


5) National Portrait Gallery’s winter exhibition: So Fine

Check out the 250+ works at the National Portrait Gallery’s winter exhibition ‘So Fine’. Visitors can expect a rich exhibition with a range of artworks including paintings, sculptures, tapestries and much more. There’s even works on possum skins and coconut shells! 10 women artists portray their chosen aspect or theme in Australian history. Two Canberra artists are involved – Nicola Dickson and Valerie Kirk!

June 29 – October 1

National Portrait Gallery


4) Yass Winter Fair

Fun for all – the Yass Winter Fair will include a range of stalls selling gourmet products, arts and crafts, historical displays and refreshments. Located at the Historical former home of Hamilton Hume – Cooma Cottage. Visitors can also try the ever popular horse and cart rides! Take the family out for an adventure!

June 30, 11am – 3pm

Cooma Cottage, Yass

Cost: Adults $10, Seniors & Concessions $7, Families $20


3) Westfield Woden Truffle Market Day

Westfield Woden will celebrate the Canberra Truffle Festival all day on Saturday! There’ll be live cooking demonstrations, wine pairing masterclasses, local market stalls, food sampling, live music and free kids activities like face painting and balloon bending! Also look out for the Pop Inn Wine Bar!

June 30, 9am – 5pm

Westfield Shopping Centre, Keltie St, Phillip

Cost: free entry


2) The Forage

Try Canberra’s best winter street food by local cafes, food trucks, wineries and breweries! The Forage gives local businesses a chance to get creative and showcase their products in a festival style environment. The event also gives local musicians, dancers and models exposure. You won’t be disappointed!

June 30, 2pm – 7pm

The Little National Hotel, Barton

Cost: free entry


1) Skating At Festival

The open-air ice rink offers fun for the whole family with music, rides and delicious food! Ideal for people of all ages and skill levels. Parents can join the kids on the ice or watch from the sidelines with a hot coffee or snack from one of the vendors. For kids who need a bit of help, the world’s first ‘Kanga’ skate aid will help keep them balanced! A great school holiday activity.

June 29 – July 22

Garema Place, Civic

Cost: Adult $25, Child $18, Family $79

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

10 - Trivia Night to save the Orangutans

Test your trivia skills while supporting a good cause! All money raised on the night supports The Orangutan Project’s conservation efforts. Be in with a chance to win some great prizes and silent auction items.

June 23, 6pm – 10pm

Eastlake Football Club, 3 Oxley St, Canberra

Cost: Individual ticket $25


9 - Makers & Shakers Market

An indoor event focusing on beautiful handmade homewares, delicious gourmet foods and great lifestyle products. Chat to the makers and support emerging new talent by visiting the 50 top-notch stalls! The market brings together people who care about where things are from, how they’re made and what they’re made of.

June 23, 10am – 3pm

Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla

Cost: $2 (kids under 12 are free)


8 - 80's themed Singles Bar Hop

Sick of all the online dating apps? Good news is – you can still meet people the old-fashioned way! Meet other singles at the 80’s themed Bar Hop! You’ll get to mingle at Molly, Highball Express and 88MPH! Your ticket gets you VIP entry, free drinks, fun games, speed flirting and more. Ages 18-35. Spots are limited!

June 23, 5pm – 10pm

Molly, Odgers Lane, Canberra

Cost: $60


7 - Guy Sebastian Then & Now Tour

Guy Sebastian’s taken his band on the road, bringing a blockbuster set to the Canberra Theatre! The first winner of Australian Idol has gone on to become the only Aussie male artist to achieve six number one singles and two number one albums. He’s sold over 3.7 million singles and albums. Expect to hear recent releases, old favourites and some newer material to be released later in the year.

June 23, 7:30pm

Canberra Theatre, London Cct, Civic

Cost: $90.50


6 - OzHarvest Dollar Ball

Take part in a night full of fun for a worthy cause! There’ll be plenty of interactive fundraising, loads of prizes and entertainment, including music from Chad Croker. There’ll also be a champagne bar with the chance to win a weekend escape to the Robert Oatleys Vineyards in Mudgee. Ticket includes a 3-course meal, beer, wine and entertainment. Formal dress code. All money raised goes to OzHarvest Canberra – delivering meals to Canberrans in need.

June 23 from 6:30pm

Lanyon Vikings, Heidelberg St, Conder

Cost: Tickets from $99


5 - Fete De La Musique

Enjoy the Canberra edition of this global music event that’s celebrated in over 700 cities across the world! Boasting an eclectic line-up of musical acts and performances, this event promises to make all genres of music freely accessible to the public. Among the performers are Super Rats, the Telopea Park School Big Band, the Canberra Men’s Choir, Agency Dub Collective, DJ Dede Da Cruz, The BRB and Jorge Bontes.

June 23, 6pm till late

Alliance de Francaise de Canberra, 66 McCaughey Street, Turner

Cost: free entry


4 - Australian Girls Choir Open Day

The AGC is being launched in Canberra next month, with an Open Day this weekend for locals to find out more! They’ll initially open a Piccolo, Vivo, Allegro and Prelude class for school-aged girls in Kindy to grade 7. The Open Day gives potential new choristers the chance to try a class, meet staff, find out more information and register. There’ll also be a special performance by the national touring choir!

June 24, 2:30pm – 3:45pm

Canberra Girls Grammar School, 48 Melbourne Ave, Deakin


3 - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the sequel to the 2015 film Jurassic World, and is the fifth instalment of the Jurassic Park film series. When the island’s dormant volcano starts to erupt, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

At cinemas now

Cost: check with your local cinema for session times and ticket prices


2 - The Wedding Singer at The Q

Most of us remember ‘The Wedding Singer’ movie with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. Now it’s being performed as a musical at The Q! It tells the story of a wannabe rock star (aka professional wedding singer) who’s the life of the party until he’s dumped at the altar. A waitress who’s about to marry a Wall Street shark wins his affection, so Robbie must pull off the performance of a decade to win the girl of his dreams!

June 22 – July 1 (various performance times)

The Q, 253 Crawford St, Queanbeyan

Cost: Adults $50, Concessions $45, Groups 6+ $40 and children under 16 $25


1 - CBR Brave vs Melbourne Mustangs

Cheer on CBR Brave as they take on the Melbourne Mustangs in a big double header this weekend! Our guys are at the top of the ladder with 9 wins and only 2 losses so far, so let’s help keep them there! Get amongst all the fun and exciting atmosphere at Phillip Swimming & Ice Skating Centre!

June 23, 5:30pm & June 24, 5pm

Phillip Swimming & Ice Skating Centre, 1 Irving St, Phillip

Cost: Adult $22.50, Child $15, Family $60

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

10 - Neville Bonner Market & Book Fair 

Check out the range of market stalls, a second hand book fair, live entertainment, raffle, reptile display, jumping castle, face painting, BBQ and food stalls, a hot air balloon (weather permitting), garden stall and much more! Head along to join in the fun!

June 16, 11am – 3pm

Neville Bonner Primary School


9 - Bags, Beauty & Bling

If you love your bags then this one’s for you! Check out the auction of celebrity and designer handbags, with other bags on sale too, like pre-loved bags, handbags, travel bags, evening, vintage and backpacks. Leather and diamante, fur and fabulous – all at great prices! Canberra’s top beauty retailers, crafters and jewellery makers will be there for the event supporting Palliative Care ACT.

June 16, 10am – 3pm

Holy Trinity School

Cost: free entry


8 – Tanya Hennessy book signing

Former HIT104.7 breakfast announcer Tanya Hennessy is back in the capital to promote her first book – ‘Am I Doing This Right?’ The YouTube sensation will meet fans and sign copies of the book in Civic. MIX106.3 breakfast announcer Kristen Henry will host the event. Tanya’s YouTube videos have attracted millions of views, so her book is sure to be as equally relatable and hilarious!

June 16, 11am – noon

Robinsons Bookstore, Canberra Centre (Level 1, Monaro Mall)


7 - Canberra Kids Market

The ultimate shopping destination for parents and parents-to-be! Canberra Kids Market is the place to find quality goods for 0-12 year olds at great prices! There’ll be clothes, toys, babycare, prams, cots, strollers, basinettes, car seats, party supplies and more!

June 16, 9am – 12pm

Fitzroy Building, Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

Cost: Adults $3 entry, kids under 12 are free.


6 - Winter Glass 2018

Winter Glass is a chance for kids and adults to explore the technical world of glass, from design to creation, in a relaxed setting. There’ll be demonstrations, talks, tours, workshops, winter markets, kid’s activities and an adults-only after-dark program! There’s something for everyone with a range of interactive classes for different age groups.  Head along for an afternoon of free entertainment or book ahead for one of the paid activities.

June 16, 4pm – 10pm

Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Ave, Kingston Foreshore

Cost: check website for details (free and ticketed events on offer)


5 - Incredibles 2

A superhero film that kids young and old have been eagerly awaiting the release! It’s the sequel to 2004’s The Incredibles. The plot follows the Parr family as they attempt to put superheroes back in the spotlight while dealing with normal life, only to combat a new foe who seeks to turn the general public against all supers. Several of the original actors voice their characters, with some new voices too.

At cinemas now

Cost: check with your local cinema for session times and ticket prices


4 - The Truffle Festival

Indulge in a feast for the senses and beat the Canberra chill at the Truffle Festival! Enjoy heavenly truffle creations at local restaurants, cafes, bars and wineries. Be amazed by the talented truffle dogs as they hunt and learn from accomplished chefs at cooking classes and demonstrations. Choose from a range of events!

June 2 – August 31

Various locations

Cost: check particular event for details


3 – Live screening of France vs Australia Soccer World Cup

Enjoy the big game at the Alliance Francaise de Canberra! There’ll be Petanque, table soccer and juggle tournaments for visitors to test their skills and challenge their friends. The fun starts at 2:30pm with the live streaming of Australia vs France from 8pm. There’ll also be a BBQ, food, drinks and other goodies!

June 16, 2:30pm – 11pm

Alliance Francaise de Canberra, 66 McCaughey Street, Turner

Cost: free!


2 - Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

Australia’s largest comedy festival is coming to Canberra! The Roadshow has it all with stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness and song. The line-up for this year includes Bob Franklin as MC, Andy Saunders, Bev Killick, Daniel Fernandes and Nath Valvo. Get ready for plenty of big belly laughs!

June 16, 8pm

Canberra Theatre, London Cct, Civic

Cost: $46.90


1 - A Pooch Affair

More than 1,000 dogs and 3,000 people are expected to flock to Exhibition Park for this ultimate doggie day out! The event will feature a Doggie Mall, demonstrations, a Tough Mutt Challenge, a Paws and Pose photo booth, High Tea with Dogs, a doggie pamper station, a Doggie Diner serving puppicinos, celebrity dog appearances, presentations on a range of pup-related topics, fun competitions and stacks of entertainment. There’ll also be prizes for best dressed pup, keeping with the Denim and Diamonds theme.

June 16, 10am – 4pm

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

Cost: Entry tickets available at the door. Adults $15, Children under 12 are free and dogs are a gold coin donation

Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 9 & Sun 10 June.

10 - Lah Lah 10th Birthday Party

Party with the stars of ABC KIDS Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band, as they celebrate their 10th birthday! Enjoy an hour of singing and dancing fun, packed with Lah-Lah hits and laughs! Everyone gets to meet the band and check out the instruments after the show.

June 9, 10am

Canberra Southern Cross Club, 92-96 Corinna St, Woden

Cost: $27.80, under 12 months free!


9 - Insane Championship Wrestling: Chill Factor

ICW returns to the Belconnen Community Centre to present: Chill Factor! Featuring ICW Champion Nick Maltino, Rob Mezzenger, Nyx Jade, S.T.A, Mike Kelly, Chris Shadows and more! All ages welcome – fun for the whole family!

June 9, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, Belconnen

Cost: Adults $10, Kids $5, Under 5 free


8 - For Queen and Country - Country Music Festival

Get your flannies and boots ready for a great night of entertainment! Among the amazing country acts performing are the Col Finley Band (feat. James Southwell) and Golden Guitar winner Christie Lamb. It’s set to be one of the biggest Country Music Festival’s Canberra’s ever seen! There’ll be fire pits to keep you warm and plenty of beers on tap.

June 10, 12pm – 11pm

The George Harcourt Inn, 3 Gold Creek Rd, Nicholls

Cost: $33


7 - Australian National Rope Skipping Championships

Canberra’s own Jazzy Jumpers are co-hosting this year’s National Championship with Skipping Australia at the AIS. 300+ skippers from around Australia are coming to Canberra for three days of skipping action! Events range from singles, teams, freestyle and double dutch. Watch the competitors aged from 5 to 18+ display a sport that requires so much skill.

June 9, 10 & 11

AIS Arena, Leverrier St, Bruce


6 - World Wide Knit in Public Day

Trove Canberra wants to fill Garema Place with knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners and stitchers of all kinds on World Wide Knit in Public Day. Bring your own project or help knit squares to make a blanket for Wrap With Love Inc. There will be marquees, heaters and tea and coffee (please bring your own cup). Bring your needles and hooks and join in the fun!

June 9, 1pm-4pm

Garema Place, Canberra City

Cost: free!


5 - Braidwood Book Fair

Calling all book worms! The ever-popular Braidwood Book Fair is back! There’s a huge variety of books, DVD’s, CD’s, records and magazines – lots of treasures to be found. A local community event organised by the Anglican Parish of Braidwood.

June 9 & 10 9am – 4pm & June 11 9am – 2pm

National Theatre, Wallace St, Braidwood


4 - APIA Good Times Tour

The APIA Good Times Tour returns for its 6th year with its biggest line-up of Aussie music legends, including Brian Cadd, Marcia Hines, Russell Morris, Leo Sayer and John Paul Young! A once-in-a-lifetime concert experience. Each artist performs a solo set of their hits before joining in an extraordinary finale with all five sharing the stage.

June 10, 7:30pm

Canberra Theatre Centre, London Cct, Civic

Cost: $99.95


3 - Kids in the Shed at Old Bus Depot Markets

Take the whole family to this fun day out at the markets! There’ll be a jumping castle, clown show, reptile show, fire truck for the kids with a ‘smoking house’, kids rides and heaps more! Check out the huge range of products that kids love like handcrafted toys, kids’ room accessories, artworks and lots of clothes.

June 10, 10am – 4pm

Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston


2 - Australian National Broomball Championships

Teams from the ACT, NSW and SA are competing in a range of men’s, women’s and mixed categories. Broomball is like a cross between ice hockey and field hockey, only the players don’t skate, they run on the ice! Goals are scored by getting a small soccer sized ball past the goalie by whacking it with the sticks (brooms). Head along to support the Canberra teams!

June 6 – June 10

Phillip Swimming & Ice Skating Centre, Irving St, Phillip


1 - Queen's Birthday celebrations

Royal celebrations will be in full swing at the Museum of Australian Democracy with a range of regal activities! Visitors can visit the craft table to create their own royal corgi and wearable crafty crown. Curl up with a selection of books about royal adventures or dress up as the Queen! Museum goers can also marvel at a giant LEGO picture of the Queen on the steps of Old Parliament House or get hands on with LEGO designs channelling all things royal. Dress up in royal attire and snap a selfie in King’s Hall!

June 9, 10 & 11

Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes

Cost: free after admission. Adults $2, Children $1, Kids under 5 and concessions are free, Family $5

Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 2 & Sun 3 June.

10 - Sense and Sensibility at Canberra Theatre

Kate Hamil’s adaptation of Sense and Sensibility has been described as Jane Austen on theatrical steroids! A night at the theatre you won’t want to miss. It’s about the newly widowed Mrs Dashwood who must move herself and her daughters from their grand family home to a modest cottage. Suitors circle and gossip swirls as the Dashwoods try to find their place in the world.

June 2, 2pm & 6pm

Canberra Theatre Centre, London Cct, Civic

Cost: tickets from $45


9 – Sly Fox Community Market

Join in for fun with something for everyone at the Sly Fox Community Market! A day of market stalls, flea markets, food, friends, coffee, music, community and excitement!

June 2, 10am – 4pm

Bike Path at Sly Fox Coffee, MacArthur Ave, O’Connor

Cost: pay for what you purchase


8 - Marist College presents The Addams Family

Check out Marist College Canberra’s hilarious production of The Addams Family! Support the cast from schools including Marist College, Merici College, St Clare’s College and Canberra Girls Grammar, who are being supported by a great crew and orchestra!

June 2, 7pm

Marist College Senior School Hall, Marr St, Pearce

Cost: Adult $25, Concession $20, Family $75, Staff $25


7 - Warm Soup, Cool Jazz

For the third year running, warm up this winter with warm soup and cool jazz! Your evening is sorted with a hot soup bar, mulled wine, great entertainment and local wine tasting.

June 2 from 5pm

Mercure Canberra, Limestone Ave, Braddon

Cost: free!


6 - National Capital Rally

Watch the action up close and see the drivers tackle the massive Kowen Jump and make their way through super tight bends! Check out the improved spectator facilities and the return of the classic rally stages. First cars will be through at 1pm, but head along early to enjoy the atmosphere, grab some food and enjoy the activities. There’ll be jumping castles, the reptile zoo and face painting for the kids.

June 1 – 3

Kowen Forest, ACT

Cost: free for spectators!


5 - Berridale Family Fun Day

Take the family along to enjoy a great day out supporting a worthwhile cause. The Fun Day’s been organised to raise money for a Berridale family who’s 6-year-old daughter Kyla has a rare degenerative neurometabolic disorder that affect about one in 40,000 kids worldwide. It’s a disease for which there is no cure. There’ll be raffles, a silent auction, face painting, a jumping castle, food and market stalls, kids obstacle course, craft, a petting zoo, live music and more!

June 2, 11am – 4pm

Berridale Community Hall, NSW


4 - Reuse, Remake, Recycle: World Environment Day

Celebrate upcoming World Environment Day and learn more about this year’s theme: Beating Plastic Pollution! Find out how to do a bin audit in your home, how to reduce waste, how to avoid single use plastics and living plastic free.

June 2, 12pm – 2pm

Belconnen Library, 12 Chandler St, Belconnen

Cost: All programs are free. Bookings required.


3 - Hurley Burley Winter Fair

Celebrate the start of winter at the Hurley Burley Winter Fair! There’ll be live music, markets, food, fire, film, dance, marshmallows, carousel rides, theatre, storytelling, poetry and more! Celebrate the diversity our home offers in the heart of our city centre – Garema Place.

June 2, 12pm – 10pm

Garema Place, Civic

Cost: free entry


2 - The Truffle Festival

Indulge in a feast for the senses and beat the Canberra chill at the Truffle Festival! Enjoy heavenly truffle creations at local restaurants, cafes, bars and wineries. Be amazed by the talented truffle dogs as they hunt and learn from accomplished chefs at cooking classes and demonstrations. Choose from a range of events!

June 2 – August 31

Various locations

Cost: check particular event for details


1 – Brumbies vs Sunwolves

Sunday arvo footy returns to GIO Stadium as the Sunwolves make the trip from Japan for the Family Round clash. It’s only the second time the Japanese club has visited Canberra, with our guys smashing them last time. If the Brumbies get 15,000 fans there, the club will donate $15,000 to 3 charities! Head along for what’s sure to be another exciting game at a family friendly kick-off time!

June 3, kick-off at 4:05pm

GIO Stadium, Battye St, Bruce

Cost: General Admission $26.55 Adult, $20.40 Concession, $12.25 Junior and $56.10 Family