Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 1 & Sun 2 Sept

10 – Canberra Kids Market

Discover new, handmade and pre-loved clothes, toys, books, games, accessories, furniture, prams, strollers, equipment for babies, toddlers and young ones! There’ll be heaps of stalls and great bargains. Food and coffee available. Free parking.

Saturday September 1, 9am – 12pm

Fitzroy Pavilion, Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

Cost: $3 entry fee (kids under 12 are free)


9 - #Yoga4Dignity

Over 200 yoga instructors around Australia have donated a class to raise funds for the work Share the Dignity do to help bring dignity to the lives of women affected by homelessness and domestic violence. Enjoy yoga with like-minded women while supporting a worthy cause.

Saturday September 1 (check website for location and session times)

Classes in Bonython, Greenway, Torrens, Phillip, Kingston, Barton, Turner, Bruce & Nicholls

Cost: $20


8 – Father’s Day Beer & Burgers at Hotel Kurrajong

Celebrate dad on Father’s Day at Hotel Kurrajong with Capital Brewing Co. beers, live music by Tom Harrigan, dad sized burgers and loaded fries for the family to share. There’ll be games in the courtyard for the kids, sliders and bubbles for mum to relax and a selection of locally crafted beers for dad.

Sunday September 2, 12pm – 3pm

Hotel Kurrajong, National Cct, Barton


7 – The Rat Bags tribute to Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin

'The Rat Bags' will perform their classy tribute to swing Kings Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin on Father’s day. Start spreading the news. $65 pp Includes a delicious country style roasted dinner, dessert and the The Rat Bags Show. Tickets are limited. They can be purchased at ACT Tyrepower in Belconnen (ask for Neville) or online by emailing

Sunday September 2, 6pm – 9:30pm

Gold Creek Station, Victoria St, Hall

Cost: $65


6 – GoBoat Canberra Drought Fundraiser

100{574d531d5fc467f25e34179971194f57f82ed0fcc8bb5ce3f07badc5570e102e} of proceeds from every GoBoat booked for Saturday the 1st of September will be donated to the One Bucket campaign to support drought-affected families. GoBoat will also donate $20 from every gift voucher purchased up until Father’s Day. If you've been thinking about jumping on board a GoBoat, there's never been a better time, because you'll be having fun and making a difference.

Saturday September 1

Wharf 2, Trevillian Quay, Kingston

Cost: check website for details


5 – 80 Days of Earth Discovery

Geoscience Australia has lots of interesting events planned as part of 80 Days of Earth Discovery! Some of the many events include mineral and fossil collection tours, Earth Science Week, the Australian Geoscience Council Convention and more.

August 1 – October 20

Geoscience Australia, Corner of Jerrabomberra Ave & Hindmarsh Dr, Symonston

Cost: check website for details


4 – Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures

Check out this new free exhibition celebrating the life and work of one of Australia’s most acclaimed and beloved actors. Explore film costumes and props, Heath’s own character research journals, celebrity portraits, acting awards, costumes, a number of rare objects and more! Curated in collaboration with his family, this exhibition offers a rare insight into the man behind the camera.

August 10 – February 10

National Film & Sound Archive, McCoy Cct, Acton

Cost: free (bookings essential)


3 – Canberra Vikings vs QLD Country

The National Rugby Championship kicks off this weekend with the Canberra Vikings to welcome QLD Country in a rematch of the 2017 NRC grand final! The Vikings squad features a core group of Brumbies players, other top local talent and young guns ready to make their debut. Local rugby fans will be able to attend the trio of home matches for FREE in September. Volunteers will be collecting donations for drought relief and Marymead.

Saturday September 1, 5pm

Viking Park, 4 Amsinck St, Wanniassa

Cost: free!


2 – Canberra Raiders Cup finals

There’ll be a new winner of the Canberra Raiders Cup this season as South Canberra rivals Tuggeranong and Woden face off in the Grand Final. Tuggeranong’s never won a First Grade Premiership, while Woden’s last Premiership was in 1996. In the Katrina Fanning Shield (Women’s Tackle) competition, the Yass Magpies and Goulburn Stockmen will attempt to claim the Premiership. The Mawson Club CRC Ladies League Tag will once again be between the West Belconnen Warriors and Goulburn Workers Bulldogs. Elsewhere, the Queanbeyan Blues and West Belconnen Warriors will face each other in the Reserve Grade Grand Final for the second year running. The Blues will also look to claim the Under 18’s Grand Final as they take on the Goulburn Workers Bulldogs.

Sunday September 2, first game at 9:20am with main game at 3:30pm

Seiffert Oval, Queanbeyan

Cost: $10 Adults, $5 Pensioners and Free Entry for Children Under 16


1 – Flying High in the Googong Sky

A colourful free event that attracts hundreds of kite flyers and spectators every year! With the event landing on Father’s Day, it’s the perfect opportunity for a great family day out. The visual feast will include a giant jellyfish, a humpback whale, flying bunnies, piglets and the family favourites, while local chef Harish Chocha will be feeding the crowd with some of the best burgers in town.

Sunday September 2, 11am – 2pm

Rockley Oval, Rockley Parade, Googong

Cost: free! Take your kite and picnic rug.

Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 25 & Sun 26 August

10 – Collectable Sunday

Fancy yourself as a collector? On the fourth Sunday of the month, the Old Bus Depot Market highlight collectables – anything from records, to furniture, antiques, vintage clothing, ceramics, glassware, china, vinyl records and more. If it’s worth collecting, you’ll find it there!

Sunday August 26, 10am – 4pm

Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston

Cost: free entry


9 - Canberra Bird Club Annual Sale 

There’ll be stacks of birds for sale like parrots, finches, budgies and more. No poultry allowed. There’ll also be trade tables there with a large variety of bird related products for sale. Buyers and sellers welcome!

Sunday August 26, 10am – 1pm

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell


8 - Luis and the Aliens

There’s a new kid’s film coming out at the cinemas and you have a chance to catch it early! Luis and the Aliens is an animated adventure comedy about an 11-year-old boy that makes friends with three loveable aliens who crash their ship into his house.

Sunday August 26, 10:30am

Hoyts Woden, Hoyts Belconnen, Event Cinemas Manuka & Dendy Canberra Centre

Cost: check preferred cinema for ticket prices


7 - Mystery Box Rally Fundraiser

Help support the cancer council for the ugg boot bowls extravaganza! Meet the Canberra teams participating in the Mystery Box Rally in October. Raffles, lucky door prizes & plenty of beers to be had! Tell your mates, pack your uggies and get down to Weston Creek Labour club to support this amazing cause. Don’t forget your gold coins!

Saturday August 25, 1pm – 4pm

Weston Creek Labor Club, Teesdale Close, Stirling

Cost: $20 per head or $50 per family
6 – Alpacas & Llamas in the Mist

A rare opportunity – meet over 200 alpacas and llamas, learn about them, feed them and take some selfies with them! Take your own picnic breakfast and mingle with these gentle and inquisitive animals. Warning – they will capture your heart! Wear warm and comfy clothes with sturdy shoes. Well supervised children are welcome! Bookings essential.

Sunday August 26, 8:30am – 10am

Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Rd, Sutton

Cost: $40


5 - The Truffle Festival

Indulge in a feast for the senses and beat the Canberra chill for the last week of 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


4 - All Japanese Car and Bike Show

The All Japanese Car and Bike Show 2018 is here for its 4th year! It’s promised to be the biggest AJCBS ever complete with amazing Japanese cars and bike, awards, entertainment and family friendly activities.

Sunday August 26, 10am – 3pm

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

Cost: $10 per vehicle and general public is gold coin donation


3 - Latin American Film Festival

The LAFF returns with a selection of 14 movies representing Latin America at its finest! The Embassies of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela have partnered once again to bring the biggest festival of its kind to Canberra. The ANU Film Group’s on board to offer the best viewing experience.

August 9 – August 27

ANU Film Group (Coombs Theatre), Corner Garran and Fellows Roads, Acton

Cost: free!


2 – Raiders vs Rabbitohs

You won’t want to miss this – the last home game for the season! It’s Members Appreciation Round, with lots of activities, including a post-match signing session. There’ll be 3 live matches this week, so plenty of footy action! Souths will be a dangerous side to take on, so our guys will need as much support as they can get!

Saturday August 25, gates open at 10:45am with the main game at 3pm

GIO Stadium, Battye St, Bruce



1 - Tertiary Open Days

See what your future may hold and check out the range of courses on offer at the Australian National University, the University of Canberra, the Australian Catholic University, the Canberra Institute of Technology and the Australian Defence Force Academy. Chat to staff and students to help work out where to take that next step in your education.

Saturday August 25 from 9am


Cost: free!

Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 18 & Sun 19 August

10 - Gungahlin Sri Lankan Food Fair

Enjoy authentic delicious food cooked with Sri Lankan spices. There’ll be samosas, rice with traditional curries, pan rolls, egg hoppers and much more. All proceeds go towards a new Buddhist temple in North Canberra.

Saturday August 18, 10:30am – 2:30pm

Gungahlin Community Centre

Cost: nothing over $9


9 - CBS Youth Blues Jam

Each August, the Canberra Blues Society runs its Youth Blues Jam to promote younger musicians to wider audiences. The Bundah Blues Band from Narrabundah College will do the opening set, following by several fine musicians, ending with Muddy Wolfe – a Canberra-based blues/rock band. Enjoy a fun afternoon of live music!

Sunday August 19, 2pm – 5:30pm

Harmonie German Club of Canberra

Cost: CBS members $3, General Admission $5, Kids under 12 are free


8 - Psychic & Lifestyle Expo

Be amazed by Australia’s best Psychic Mediums live on stage, PLUS over 100 fantastic stalls of spiritual products, readers, artists and practitioners, 2 stages with 3 days of continual live presentations and entertainment.

August 17, 18 & 19

AIS Arena

Cost: $15 one day or $30 for a 3-day pass. Kids under 14 are free


7 - Antique & Collectables Fair

23 recognised antique dealers will exhibit and have for sale quality furniture, maps, prints, jewellery, dolls, fine books, china, pottery, clocks, watches, glassware and bric-a-brac. There’ll be a raffle of a collector’s item, to be drawn at 3pm on Sunday. Proceeds will go to local charity CanTeen.

August 17, 18 & 19

Albert Hall

Cost: Adult $10, Concession $8, Children under 14 are free


6 - National Science Week

There’s a couple of days of National Science Week left – with plenty to see and do! On Saturday at 1pm at Mt Stromlo, Dr Jonathan Fraine, who’s working on building NASA’s new space telescope, will talk about measuring the atmospheres of exoplants. At Questacon, there’s also a unique telling of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity but with a twist – jokes, a piano and a guest rapper!

August 11 – 19

Various locations

Cost: check website for workshop costs. Many are free!


5 – Fireside Festival

Warm your soul and fill your hearts with fine wine and food beside a roaring fire this winter at Canberra District’s Fireside Festival! There’ll be heaps to see and do during the two-week program of wine, food, music and fire. It runs around the region at selected member venues.

August 18 – September 2

Various locations

Cost: check website for details


4 - CBR Brave vs Sydney Ice Dogs

It’s the final CBR Brave home game of the year – so be sure not to miss out! It’s the purple jersey charity game – helping support Menslink. Get amongst the exciting atmosphere and enjoy an afternoon at the ice hockey!

Sunday August 19, 5pm

Phillip Swimming & Ice Skating Centre

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


3 – Circus Oz

The Circus Oz production of ‘Model Citizen’ explores what it means to be a ‘model citizen’ in Australia today through satire and amazing acrobatics. Be wowed by mesmerising aerialists, daredevil acrobats, cigar box juggling, hula hooping and more.

August 16 – 18

Canberra Theatre Centre

Cost: tickets start from $45


2 - Raiders vs Roosters

The green machine plays at home again this weekend, hoping to defeat the Roosters! The team will wear special themed jerseys designed by local kids, as part of the #AutismWellbeing round. The jerseys will be auctioned off online after the game, to help raise money for the Ricky Stuart Foundation. Help cheer our guys to victory while enjoying a great afternoon at the footy!

Sunday August 19, gates open at 2:55pm with main game at 4:10pm

GIO Stadium

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


1 - Canberra's Biggest Barn Dance

Kristen & Wilko are hosting Canberra’s Biggest Barn Dance to help raise money for drought relief. There’ll be live music, dancing, a petting zoo, rides, great food and much more! Don’t miss this chance to unite with other Canberrans while raising money for a great cause. Kristen & Wilko will be broadcasting live!

Saturday August 18, 3pm – 8pm

Thoroughbred Park

Cost: entry costs one bale of hay through the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners

Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 11 & Sun 12 August


10 – Craft & Quilt Fair
This is the perfect opportunity for the knitting, needle and creative craft enthusiast to meet manufacturers, dealers, publishers, mail order specialists and designers covering hand and machine knitting, cross stitch, tapestry, patchwork, quilting, sewing, embroidery as well as other needle crafts and various creative crafts.

August 9 – 12

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

Cost: Tickets start from $16 for an adult (check website for full price list)


9 - Canberra Unscripted Festival

Six shows, one weekend, no script! Canberra Unscripted is a festival of unscripted theatre featuring improvised music, comedy and genre shows. Multiple show packages are available at discount prices. There’ll be something for everyone with a range of improv shows, from one looking at behind the scenes of a wrestlers world to another about the thrill and fears of escape room antics.

August 10 – 12

The Street Theatre, 15 Childers St, Canberra

Cost: check website for costs & session times


8 - Taste of Two Regions 2018

Tastes of Two Regions sees Rutherglen and the King Valley wine regions hit the road to visit Canberra to showcase their award-winning wine and produce. Sip, sample and savour more than 200 wines and dozens of local foods from more than 25 regional artisans! Enjoy masterclasses, tastings, live music, food, coffee and plenty more.

Sunday August 12

Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Rd, Pialligo

Cost: check website for details


7 - GWS Giants vs Adelaide Crows

Saturday night footy returns to Canberra with the GIANTS taking on the Crows! Don’t miss your last chance to see GWS in the capital this regular season. Get there early to enjoy all the family entertainment including the Fan Zone, inflatables, merchandise, G-Man and Gigi. Wear your orange and don’t forget your footy for all the fulltime fun of Kick to Kick!

Saturday August 11, 7:25pm (gates open at 4:30pm)

UNSW Canberra Oval, Manuka Cir, Griffith

Cost: Adult general admission tickets start from $24


6 - Brick Expo

Kids big and small will love this entertaining and interesting exhibition of rare and unique LEGO creations by interstate and local collectors and modellers. Check out the hundreds of static, moving and robotic models in themes like Star Wards, Trains, Planes, Space Ships, Racing Cars, Monuments and Sculptures. Funds raised will go towards medical equipment for Paediatrics at Canberra Hospital.

August 10 - 12

The Hellenic Club of Canberra, Matilda St, Woden

Cost: Child $6, Concession $6, Adult $12, Family $24 or $30


5 – Heath Ledger: A Life In Pictures

Check out this new free exhibition celebrating the life and work of one of Australia’s most acclaimed and beloved actors. Explore film costumes and props, Heath’s own character research journals, celebrity portraits, acting awards, costumes, a number of rare objects and more! Curated in collaboration with his family, this exhibition offers a rare insight into the man behind the camera.

August 10 – February 10

National Film & Sound Archive, McCoy Cct, Acton

Cost: free (bookings essential)


4 - Light Rail Ready event at Gungahlin Village

You’re invited to Canberra’s first ever Rail Safety Week celebration. The Light Rail Ready Event at Gungahlin Village aims to draw attention to the behaviours that could lead to incidents on the light rail system. There’ll be Brumbies and Canberra GIANTS Netball autograph signings, a drawing table, fun rail safety activities, you can meet a light rail driver and more!
Sunday August 12, 10am – 2pm

Gungahlin Village

Cost: free


3 - Raiders vs West Tigers

Cheer on the green machine as they return to Canberra after three weeks on the road, to face the Wests Tigers at GIO Stadium! No doubt the boys will be looking forward to playing in front of a home crowd during this family friendly time slot. Round 22 is the Women in League Round, giving the Raiders the chance to recognise the amazing contribution women have made to the NRL and Rugby League in Canberra. There’ll be a stack of activities to celebrate women in league and the players will wear a special jersey too!

Sunday August 12, 2pm (gates open at 11:30am)

GIO Stadium, Battye St, Bruce

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


2 - National Library Open Day

Celebrate 50 years since the Library building opened with a party on the podium, fun for kids and adults, music, yummy snacks and of course, balloons and cake! Don't miss your chance to explore behind the scenes, discover rare collections and learn fascinating library facts. You can even go underground and meet the robots who live deep within the stacks. Kids will be spoiled for choice with an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, craft activities and storytelling, while grown-ups can see the Library with new eyes through tours, talks and film screenings.

Sunday August 12, 10am – 4pm

National Library, Parkes Pl, Parkes

Cost: free


1 - National Science Week

There’s lots of ways to get involved in Science Week whether you’re a science nerd or not! There’ll be workshops on things like getting to know spiders, creating your own cheeky neuron character, robotics, whisky making, the fascinating world of plants, Dr Graham’s explosions and much more!

August 11 – 19

Various locations

Cost: check website for workshop costs. Many are free!