Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 4 & Sun 5 August

10 - Calisthenics ACT competition

Calisthenics ACT is holding its first teams competition for the year and you’re invited! Check out the range of dance routines choreographed to music. Calisthenics is for girls of all ages and helps develops fitness, co-ordination, grace, poise and teamwork. It teaches from an early age what it means to be a team member and how to develop confidence.

August 4 & 5 from 9am

Erindale Theatre, McBryde Cres, Wanniassa

Cost: free entry


9 - International Blues Music Day

Canberra Blues Society celebrates the 6th annual International Blues Music Day with some of Australia’s best blues outfits, local and interstate. Wolf Mail & Milena Barrett Band, Jan Preston, Tomcat Playground, Christina Crofts Band, Minnie Marks, Julian James, Key Grip, Moondog Blues Band, The Barren Spinsters, Bamford Blues Blues On Tap & The Black Souls. The Hot Rods will be back with another fantastic display & there’ll be some great market stalls & raffle prizes.
Saturday August 4, 1pm – 11:30pm

Harmonie German Club, Jerrabomberra Ave, Narrabundah

Cost: pre-sale general admission $30 or $35 at the door


8 - Light up Lyneham

Head along to help Light Up Lyneham with a Lantern Walk around the Lyneham wetlands! At Lyneham shops there’ll be live music and community stalls. Bring your friends and family, and make sure you rug up! Take a lantern to light your way or make one on the night.

Saturday August 4, 5pm – 8pm

Shops, Wattle St, Lyneham

Cost: free


7 - Luton Charity Ball

Book your ticket to what’s sure to be an amazing night, raising money for Hartley Lifecare, Project Independence and Karinya House. The theme this year is Tokyo. Dress black tie or neon. There’ll also be a Japanese performance drum band, a funky fedoras band, a Sake Bar, Karaoke competition, champagne bar and more!

Saturday August 4 from 6:30pm

AIS Arena, Leverrier St, Bruce

Cost: email for details


6 - Australian Beard and Beer Day

Help celebrate this all-day event with funds raised going to Karinya house and Menslink. Put your best beard forward for your chance to win great prizes and the first prize of $500 CASH for the winner of category 5, The Best Beard 2018. Other categories include long beard, short beard, most creative beard and best moustache. There’ll also be face painting, live music and plenty of beer on tap.

Saturday August 4, 11am – 6pm

King O’Malleys, 131 City Walk, Canberra

Cost: donate a gold coin on the day to register


5 - Muscle Up Charity Fight Night

This is more than just a Fight Night! Head along to help raise much needed funds for locals in the region suffering from Muscular Dystrophy. George Kapean from Fight to Fight will take on Amaeze Enyi from Stockade. There’ll also be boxing and kickboxing bouts – for what’s sure to be an action packed night!

Saturday August 4, 6pm – 10pm

Ainslie Football Club, 52 Wakefield Ave, Canberra

Cost: tickets from $60


4 –   Canterbury State League netball grand final

Canberra will meet Arawang in the 2018 Canterbury State League Grand Final. Canberra have had a consistent season all year, losing only two matches to Arawang. They will come out firing seeking to redeem their grand final loss from 2017. Head along to watch some impressive netball!

Sunday August 5 at 3pm (division one grand final)

SolarHub ACT Netball Centre |435 Northbourne Ave, Lyneham


3 - 46th Annual Malkara Model Railway exhibition

This exhibition has been going for more than 45 years and is a terrific family day out! Enjoy the model train exhibits, great entertainment and yummy food stalls, all while raising money for new equipment for the students at Malkara public school. This is a great event for train aficionados or if you’re just looking for something interesting to do! There’ll be a huge range of model train layouts, miniatures and dolls houses. You can drive the u-drive-it trains, see the boats and submarines in the pool and ride the miniature steam train and merry go round. Stay for a sausage sizzle or hot dog while listening to a great array of performers over the two days.

August 4 & 5, 9am – 4pm

Wisdom St, Garran

Cost:  Adults $10, Children over 5 $5, Seniors $6, Family $25


2 - Gamma Con

GAMMA.CON is a not-for-profit event run by a dedicated group of volunteers focused on supporting the local and interstate anime and gamer community. A two day event dedicated to entertaining fans of TV, anime, movies, books, comics, gaming, technology and collectables. Be sure to check out the largest pop culture event of this kind in the ACT/Southern NSW region.

August 4 & 5

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

Cost: One day pass $27.54 (check website for other ticket prices)


1 - Braidwood Country Music Festival

Country Rocks Under the Stars is Australia’s newest music festival. This event offers a unique experience for fans of live music. Featuring headline performances by legendary Aussie artists James Blundell and Tania Kernaghan, Golden Guitar winner Christie Lamb, Toyota Starmakers Rachael Fahim and Brad Cox, Country Rock’s own Ben Ransom, local favourites Brewn and many others. Up and coming artists will also be featured. Enjoy three days of a full festival experience, with craft beers, gourmet food trucks, local market stalls, kids rides, acoustic fireside performances, full bar facilities and wonderful community spirit.

August 3, 4 & 5

Mona Farm, Kings Hwy, Braidwood, NSW

Cost: tickets from $29

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

10) Canberra Wedding Fair

With over 70 exhibitors on site, you'll find everything you need under one roof to plan that perfect wedding. Whether it's flowers, suits, dresses, photography, venues, makeup or simply creative inspiration, you'll find it at the Canberra Wedding Fair.

Sunday July 29, 10am – 3pm

AIS Arena, Leverrier St, Bruce

Cost: $10 per person on the day


9) Queanbeyan Christmas in July Market Day

Enjoy over 200 unique market stalls, belly filling foods and a whole lot of community love. The day includes Christmas-inspired food, gourmet treats, beer and wine, handmade Christmas gifts, an artificial snow area, Daschund races and fashion show, an art exhibition, a play area for your elves, carriage rides, outdoor obstacle course, bubble soccer, Santa pet photos and a giving tree. There is even a special appearance from the big man in red!

Sunday July 29, 10am – 4pm

Queanbeyan Showground, Glebe Ave, Queanbeyan

Cost: donations encouraged


8) RSPCA Cupcake Day launch

Over 1000 amazing cupcakes will be on sale at South.Point Tuggeranong to launch RSPCA Cupcake Day! There’ll be free face painting, a jumping castle and cupcake decorating for the kids – a fun way to raise much-needed funds for the RSPCA in Canberra. The fundraising goal is $4000.

Saturday July 28, 11am – 2pm

Centre Court, South.Point, Tuggeranong


7) Canberra Miniature Railway Family Fun Day

You’re invited to ride on the miniature trains at the Symonston track! They’ll also be hosting another display from the Canberra & District Historic Engine Club for your entertainment. The canteen will have refreshments all day. Access is via Jerrabomberra Avenue south from Hindmarsh Drive.

Sunday July 29, 10am – 2:30pm

Jerrabomberra Ave, Symonston

Cost: Entry and parking is free. Train rides are $3 with an all day ride ticket for $15


6) Santa Speedo Shuffle

Dozens of Canberrans will brave the cold and run around Lake Burley Griffin on Sunday in their speedos to raise money for locals living with cystic fibrosis. While registrations have closed for the speedo run, locals can still sign up for the crazy Christmas jumper walk! Organisers hope to raise close to $200,000!

Sunday July 19 from 10am

Southern Cross Yacht Club, Lake Burley Griffin

Cost: $35 for the Crazy Christmas Jumper Walk


5) Canberra Big Band Winter Wonderland

If you love watching or grooving along to the sound of a big band, then this event is for you! There’ll be plenty of entertainment, featuring Twilight Big Band, Spectrum Big Band and In Full Swing Big Band. Dancers are welcome – take your friends! Food and drinks available at the venue (cash only).

Saturday July 28, 6pm – 9pm

Canberra City Band Hall, 49 Phillip St, Watson

Cost: Adult $25, Concession/student $17, Child $10, Family $60


4) Westfield Belconnen Truffle Festival Market Day

Enjoy the mouth-watering line up of events with family and friends! A great way to celebrate the famous truffle with live cooking demonstrations. Cocktail masterclasses, local market stalls, live music and free kids activities! 2016 Masterchef winner Elena Duggan will also be there!

Saturday July 28, 10am – 4pm

Westfield Belconnen, Benjamin Way, Belconnen

Cost: check website for details


3) CBR Brave vs Adelaide Adrenaline

Cheer on CBR Brave as they take on Adelaide Adrenaline in a big double header this weekend! Our guys are at the top of the ladder with 15 wins and only 4 losses so far, so let’s help keep them there! Get amongst all the fun and exciting atmosphere at Phillip Swimming & Ice Skating Centre!

Saturday July 28 at 5:30pm & Sunday July 29 at 2pm

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

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


2) 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!

Saturday July 28 & Sunday July 29, 10am – 4pm

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

Cost: free entry (donations encouraged to support Anglicare)


1) Rugby League the Musical

A hilarious blend of stand-up comedy and musical satire that takes aim at Rugby League and its many controversies and characters. Produced and performed by sports satirist Denis Carnahan, Rugby League the Musical is coming to Canberra with entertaining new material based on the current season, along with old favourites. You may’ve heard of Denis through his State of Origin song that went viral – “That’s in Queensland”.

Sunday July 29, 7:30pm

The Street Theatre, 15 Childers St, City West

Cost: $35

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

10 - Gungahlin Sri Lankan Food Fair

What better way to warm up on a winter’s day than with a delicious hot curry? Try a range of yummy food cooked with Sri Lankan spices. There’ll be hoppers, samosas, finger foods, rice with traditional curries, pan rolls and more! Proceeds to help the new Buddhist temple in North Canberra.

Saturday July 21, 10:30am – 2:30pm

Gungahlin Community Centre, 47 Ernest Cavanaugh St, Gungahlin

Cost: nothing over $9!


9 - Bungendore Sheep Dog Trials

See Sheepdogs in action! This trial combines elements of the Australian and New Zealand Sheepdog Trial rules. The mid-winter trial with big frosts and waiting for the fog to lift before the start is a true test of handler, dog and sheep against the elements.

July 19 – 22 from 7:30am

Bungendore Showground, Matthews Lane, Bungendore

Cost: free for spectators


8 - Guinea Pig Show

Capital Country Cavy Club is holding a Guinea Pig Show, raising money for Dementia Australia. Wear teal in support of this great cause! The family will love it – with lots of guinea pigs on display, a fun public pet show, as well as guinea pigs and accessories for sale.

Sunday July 22, 10am – 3pm

Erin St, Queanbeyan


7 – The Souq – a Festival of Culture

A vibrant festival brimming with authentic flavours, sights and sounds inspired by Islamic culture. The Bearded Bakers will be one of the main attractions – an insta-famous singing, dancing group who serve Jerusalem Street Food from a custom shipping container. There’ll also be arts and crafts, musical performances and more!

Sunday July 22, 11am – 3pm

National Museum of Australia, Lawson Cres, Acton

Cost: free entry


6 - Ultimate Women's Weekend Expo

A weekend for the ladies with over 90 free seminars and workshops on nutrition, fitness, wellbeing, personal development, business development and more! There’ll also be free showbags for the first 2000 through the door. Check out the 100+ exhibitors from a range of industries with something to do and try at each site. Enjoy free pampering in the Relaxation Zone and hear from incredible guest speakers.

Saturday July 21 & Sunday July 22, 9am – 4pm

Budawang Pavilion, Exhibition Park, Mitchell

Cost: Adults $12, Students, seniors & concession $10, Children over 12 $8, kids under 12 are free!


5 - Subsdance Open Day

Thought about learning to dance but not sure what style to try? Or just keen to get warm on a cold winter day? Head along to the Subsdance Open Day where you can try ALL their dance styles for free! There’ll be half hour taster classes back to back, with something for everyone from Samba to Dancehall to Salsa – just to name a few! Participants who enrol on the day get 15{574d531d5fc467f25e34179971194f57f82ed0fcc8bb5ce3f07badc5570e102e} off their term fees. Classes are taught at beginner level and everyone’s welcome!

Saturday July 21 from 10am

Subsdance Dance Studio, Eyre St, Kingston

Cost: free!


4 - Christmas in July at Mona Farm

A great day out with friends or family – there’ll be snow, Christmas carols, Santa, miniature steam train rides, market stalls, Christmas lunch, mulled wine and antiques! A great chance to get a sneak peek at the work being done in Mona’s heritage gardens and view sculptures by renowned artists Robert Barnstone and Stephen King.

Saturday July 21, 10am – 5pm

Mona Farm, Kings Highway, Braidwood

Cost: Tickets from $10


3 – Timomatic concert

Canberra’s own multi-platinum entertainer Timomatic will wrap up his National Regional Tour here in his home town! In this new chapter, Timomatic steps into his true role of singer, songwriter, producer and entrepreneur. Supporting Timomatic will be artists and dancers from Legs Dance Studio, Elevate Academy and Kulturebreak.

Sunday July 22 from 3pm

Street Theatre, 15 Childers St, City West

Cost: $30


2 - Skating At Festival

It’s the last weekend so be sure to check it out! 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


1 - Cartier exhibition

It’s all glitz and glamour at the National Gallery’s Cartier Exhibition which wraps up this weekend. 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 (open till 6pm both nights this weekend)

National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Pl, Parkes

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

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

10 – Abstractions

Renowned and diverse local photographer, Martin Ollman presents a unique view of Canberra through close ups, nature, people and places. Abstractions is on display in Gallery 1 until 28 July – so go in to see his striking images!

July 6 – 28

Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street, Greenway


9 - Truffles, Wine and Jazz

Back again for the 3rd year – the delicious and entertaining Truffles, Wine and Jazz Night! Enjoy wine tastings from local wineries such as Mount Majura Vineyards, Lerida Estate and Long Rail Gully Wine. The Chef's menu has been inspired by Macenmist Truffles with a range of options available. To top off the night, live music from Jazz Band Tilt Trio Band. Family Friendly event.

July 14, 4:30pm – 9:30pm

Mercure Canberra, Corner of Ainslie & Limestone Ave, Braddon

Cost: free!


8 - 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!

July 14, 9:30am – 11am

Mount Stromlo Observatory, Cotter Rd, Weston Creek

Cost: General Admission $5



Head along for a 1920’s inspired evening of speakeasy cocktails and casino gaming for prizes at this charity dance event. Dress up for a night of amazing performances, fun activities and plenty of dancing. Funds raised will go Pets in the Park, Daintree Rainforest Trust and Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin projects.

July 14 from 6:30pm

Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla

Cost: general admission $41.35, Concession $26.03


6 - Mid Winter Nights at Questacon

Explore Questacon after dark! Celebrate winter with tasty food, stargazing, winter crafts and science shows in addition to the eight action-packed galleries. Immerse yourself in the ultimate winter activity these July school holidays with Mid-Winter Nights @ Questacon!

July 14, 5:30pm – 9pm

Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Parkes

Cost: Adult $15, Concession $10, Child (4-16) $10, Child under 4 FREE, Family $40


5 - EPIC Day Out

A great day out for the family! There’ll be a nerf arena, reptile farm, magician, bubble artist, mirror maze and more! Graze the Indulge Coffee and Chocolate booths, enjoy live music and the Demonstration Stage. Or if you’re feeling decadent, book a spot in the High Coffee Lounge! Also in the Rustic Room – there’ll be wine and beer samples, dried meats, olives and oils, hobbies and crafts – even a caricaturist!

July 14 – 15, 10am – 4pm

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

Cost: Adult $20, Child $15, Under 6 are free, Family $60


4 - 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



3 - Lifeline Bookfair

Grab some bargains and help Lifeline Canberra raise money for it’s crisis support service! There’ll be over 250,000 items for sale with a wide range of books, magazines, comics, maps, records, DVDs, CDs, games, puzzles and more!

July 13 – 15, Sat 9am – 5pm, Sun 10am – 4pm

Southern Cross Basketball Stadium, Pitman St, Greenway

Cost: entry by gold coin donation


2 - World Curry Festival

The World Curry Festival is back for its fourth year – dishing out a wide variety of curries and cultural performances, as well as a chilli eating competition! There’s an exciting program of entertainment lined up to accompany the array of warming dishes, including Bollywood dancers, the African Orchestra and even a flash mob!

July 13 – 15, Sat 11am – 10pm, Sun 11am – 5pm

City Walk, Canberra

Cost: free entry


1 - Raiders vs Cowboys

The Raiders return to GIO Stadium for the first time in over a month on Saturday night, to take on the Cowboys! Our guys need a win to keep their finals hopes alive, so they’d love as many fans there cheering them on as possible! There’ll be heaps happening on and off the field, including your chance to win a signed Raiders jersey and cap!

July 14, gates open 6:15pm with main game at 7:30pm

GIO Stadium, Battye St, Bruce

Cost: tickets from $25 for an adult and $17.50 for a junior

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

10 - Tuggeranong Bulldogs Charity Round

The Tuggeranong Bulldogs are hosting a community charity round to raise money for the Miracle Babies Foundation – supporting premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them. Keep an eye out for the ‘Bucket Shakers’ walking around or throw in a gold coin to have a turn in the Disco Dome jumping castle, to get your face painted or to participate in the Girls Only AFL Skills Clinic. A great day out with heaps of footy and lots of fun!

July 7, 9am – 4pm

Midge St, Gordon

Cost: donations encouraged


9 - Sri Lankan Food Fair

Enjoy the huge variety of traditional foods like Sri Lankan rice and curries, hoppers, koththu, biriyani, roti, dosai and finger foods like rolls, cutlets and samosas. A relaxed environment to try some delicious food and support the community by raising money to maintain the temple. Free tea and coffee!

July 7, 11am – 2:30pm

30 Jenke Cct, Kambah


8 - MoAD Superhero Masterclass

The perfect event for those with little ones who love wearing capes and helping people! This exciting event helps littlies discover their inner super hero by using recycled materials to design their own costume. Suitable for kids aged 5 and over with an accompanying adult.

July 9 through to July 13, 10am – 11:30am

Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House    

Cost: $10 per child and $2 per accompanying adult (includes museum entry)


7 - Christmas in July at Rose Cottage

Get in the festive spirit at the Christmas in July fundraiser at Rose Cottage! There’ll be a delicious buffet dinner, live and silent auctions, raffles and some exciting entertainment! Helping raise money for HHH (Heavy Horse Heaven) in Yass.

July 7 from 6pm

Rose Cottage, Isabella Dr, Gilmore

Cost: $65 per head


6 - 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


5 - Gungahlin Eagles Charity Day

Help the Gungahlin Eagles Rugby Club raise money for Menslink at their annual charity day! There’ll be plenty of rugby games, a big raffle, auction of limited-edition jerseys and more! There’ll also be plenty of buckets going around for people to throw some cash into. Head along for some fun and help the club smash their $5,000 fundraising target!

July 7 from 11am

Nicholls Enclosed Oval, Clarrie Hermes Dr

Cost: donations encouraged


4 - Telstra's PlaySmart Program

A fun session designed to empower 12-16 year olds by providing important skills around cyber bullying and playing sport as part of a team. Raiders captain Jarrod Croker will share how being an elite athlete doesn't make you immune from the power of bullies – online and offline – but through the support of their team, they are able to ignore the negativity. There’ll also be a one hour football skills session and a one hour cyber safety workshop with Project Rockit.

July 9, 4 – 7pm

Raiders Club, Hardwick Cres, Holt

Cost: free!


3 - EPIC Advanced Dog Sports Extravaganza

This three-day event includes three conformation shows and several dog sport activities – bringing together hundreds of dogs, owners and breeders from across Australia. They’ll all compete for the highly prized title of ‘Best in Show’. Dog enthusiasts and the public are welcome to head along to enjoy the entertainment and indoor/outdoor activities!

July 7 through to July 9, 9am – 4pm

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

Cost: free entry


2 - Circus Winter Wonderland

Be sure to take the kids to this family circus extravaganza! A 45-minute show packed with amazing acrobatics and stunts - perfect for children aged 3+ and the young at heart. This high energy circus show has been performed to massive crowds all over the country. Fun for the whole family!

July 7 through to July 22 (check website for session times)

La Petite Grand, Garema Place, Civic

Cost: Adult $27.50, Child $22, Concession $22


1 - Kanga Cup

The Kanga Cup is an annual calendar highlight for young footballers from Australia and around the world! The week long event involves busy days of football and a great social program for male and females from Under 9 through to Under 18 teams. There’s 3 divisions to cater for elite and social teams.

July  8 – July 13

Various venues around Canberra

Cost: Spectators can watch for free!