Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 29 & Sun 30 Sept

10 – Sculpture in the Paddock

This great outdoor event features sculptures by talented artists and sculptors – all to celebrate art in our rural landscape! It’ll feature food stalls and entertainment on the weekends. This year’s event partners with Shaw Vineyard Estate in Murrumbateman – a stunning must-see location! A fabulous outing for all, just a short drive from Canberra. Be sure to take your camera!

September 22 – October 7

Shaw Vineyard Estate, 34 Isabel Dr, Murrumbateman

www.sculptureinthepaddock.com.au

Cost: Adults $10, Students/children under 18 are free!

 

9 – Waterways exhibition

Check out this new exhibition of paint, ink, stitch and textile works by five artists exploring the theme of waterways. The locations range from our local waterways, including Lake Burley Griffin, the South Coast and the English seaside. The official opening’s on Saturday September 29 from 2-4pm.

September 27 – November 6

The Link at Ginninderry, 90 Stockdill Dr, Holt

https://ginninderry.com/about/the-link/

 

8 – Bungendore District Car Bike and Truck Show

The Bungendore and District Car, Bike and Truck show is on again! Car and bike entries entered on the day are $20. Can enter from 6am. There’ll also be bands playing all day, the annual drag race, drag cars, kids rides, stalls, food, drinks and more!

Saturday September 29, 8am – 5pm

Bungendore, Kings Highway, NSW

https://www.facebook.com/bungendore.carclub.7/?ref=page_internal

Cost: free for spectators

 

7 - Canberra Vikings vs Melbourne Rising

Cheer on the Canberra Vikings as they take on Melbourne Rising in round 5 of the NRC! Our guys are coming off that 24-17 win over the NSW Country Eagles, hoping to score their 4th consecutive win this weekend!

Saturday September 29, 7pm – 10pm

Viking Park, 4 Amsinck St, Wanniassa

https://www.canberravikings.com/

Cost: free!

 

6 – Murrumbateman Moving Feast

Enjoy a bespoke tasting experience just outside of Canberra! 19 wineries and specialty producers from in and around Murrumbateman plate up mouth-watering dishes paired with the region’s best drops. The perfect way to spend the long weekend!

September 29 – October 1

Various locations across Murrumbateman

www.makersofmurrumbateman.org.au

Cost: Meals priced at $20-$25 including a Riedel wine glass

 

5 – Shrek the Musical

Shrek the Musical by Free Rain Theatre Company tells the story of Shrek and Fiona from the much-loved DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture. See Shrek, Fiona, Donkey and all the fairy tale characters come to life! A must-see for the whole family.

September 28 – October 14

The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 251 Crawford St, Queanbeyan

http://www.theq.net.au/shrek-the-musical/

Cost: Adult $59, Concession $54, Child under 12 $35 & Family $200

 

4 – Labour Day Festival & Union Picnic

Enjoy a day of fun and celebration for the whole Canberra community! There'll be carnival rides, face painting, a petting zoo, sack races, tug of war, food trucks, a BBW, pop-up wine bar and more!

Monday October 1, 10am - 4pm

Eddison Park, Easty St, Phillip

www.unionsact.org.au/labour-day/

Cost: free

 

3 – Floriade

Australia’s favourite Spring festival is back! Visitors are invited to take a trip down memory lane as Floriade celebrates the best of pop culture. NightFest is underway, with Party NightFest on Saturday night and Comedy NightFest on Sunday. Another highlight this weekend is the harmonica workshop, and of course, the million plus blooms!

September 15 – October 14 (every day from 9:30am – 5:30pm)

Commonwealth Park, Canberra

www.floriadeaustralia.com

Cost: entry is free

 

2 – Brickman Experience

The Southern Hemisphere's biggest LEGO exhibition has arrived in the capital, with over 5 million lego pieces! Brickman Experience showcases some of Australia's most detailed LEGO models, including the world's largest LEGO flower! Visitors can also get involved by making their own creations!

September 28 - October 14

Fitzroy Pavilion, Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=BRICKEXP18

Cost: between $19.50 and $74.40

 

1 – Shaw Vineyard Estate's new Cellar Door

Visit one of Murrumbateman's premium cool climate family owned wineries! Check out the new cellar door - aimed at creating a wine tasting experience never seen before in the region. It really is a remarkable building! Guests can make their way through the list of award-winning wines, check out the cosy lounge area or take a seat on the outdoor balcony while taking in the picturesque views.

Open 10am - 5pm Wednesday to Sunday

34 Isabel Dr, Murrumbateman

https://shawvineyards.com.au/cellar-door/

Cost: check website for details


Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 22 & Sun 23 Sept

10 – Fetes

You know it’s Spring when all the fete signs start popping up around the capital! There’s several this weekend, including the Majura Primary Spring Carnival Fete, the Sacred Heart Primary School Big Spring Fete and the Duffy Primary Community Fete. Enjoy all the fete favourites like white elephant stalls, second hand books, jumping castles, face painting, homemade cakes, animals, lucky dips, raffles, BBQ’s, toys, entertainment and more!

September 22 & 23

Various schools around Canberra

www.communityswitch.com.au

 

9 - City Walk Art Show

The large Art exhibit features amazing works by members of the Queanbeyan Arts Society. This year they have additional Crafters & Creatives showcasing and selling their handmade treasures! There’ll also be buskers, performances and activities for all ages. Check out what’s on show!

September 22 – September 29

City Walk, Canberra

https://www.facebook.com/QASArtshowCanberra/

Cost: free

 

8 - Car events - National Morris Minor Rally, German Auto Day & All Holden Day

If you’re a car lover – this is your dream weekend! Almost 100 Morris Minors from around Australia will be here for the National Rally. View the best of German engineering from Porsche, BMW, Mercedes, VW, Audi and more at the German Auto Day. Or, check out our region’s finest Holden’s at the All Holden Day, where there’ll also be food and kids entertainment!

September 22 & 23

Check Community Switch for location and time details

www.communityswitch.com.au

 

7 – Canberra Wedding Expo

Learn how to create your perfect wedding day! The Expo brings together the best local suppliers – where you can chat to them and find out all the info you need to make your big day unforgettable! View the latest in bridal fashions, register for great prizes and be inspired!

Sunday September 23, 10am – 3pm

Budawang Pavilion, Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

http://www.exhibitionparkincanberra.com/event/canberra-spring-bridal-expo/

Cost: free entry

 

6 - Tennis Carnivale

Learn all about the great sport that is tennis! Try the latest Tennis Australia programs including ANZ Hot Shots and Cardio Tennis. There’ll also be Pee Wee Mini Tennis, a giant slide, jumping castle, face painting, new equipment to try, a speed serving competition, free social tennis, a BBQ and more! Dress up as your favourite player!

Saturday September 22, 1pm – 4pm

Dillon Close, Weston Creek (opposite McDonalds)

http://www.csot.com.au/

 

5 – ARF Calendar Launch

ACT Rescue & Foster’s 2019 calendar will be launched this weekend. It features dogs rescued from pounds and cared for by ARF volunteers. Many of the photographed stars will be at the launch with their new owners. The event’s supported by Beef & Barley who’ll donate $1 to ARF for every burger sold on the day. Meet the dogs, buy a burger and buy a calendar!

Sunday September 23 from 11:30am

Beer & Barley, Kingston Foreshore

www.fosterdogs.org

Cost: calendars are $10 each

 

4 - Spring into Yass Valley

Yass awakens from its winter clumber as the warmer weather starts to set in, with a range of fabulous Spring events! Whether it’s food and wine, the arts, history or the great outdoors – there’s an event fit for any visitor! This weekend check out Sculptures in the Paddock and the Australian Cool Climate Wine Show.

Check the website for the full list of events, dates, locations, etc

https://www.yassvalley.com.au/spring/

 

3- Canberra Moon Festival

The Canberra Moon Festival promises family fun and entertainment in celebration of one of Asia’s most important traditional festivals. Up to 60,000 visitors are expected over the 3 days! There’s a huge program with a Cosplay party and contest, an attempt to make Australia’s Biggest Mooncake, cultural performances, a talent show, ferris wheel, carnival games, pony rides, lantern making, clay crafts, international food and more!

September 21 – 23

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

http://www.canberramoonfestival.com.au/

 

2 - Canberra Times Fun Run

Entries close this Saturday so if you’re keen to take part, register now! Join thousands of others as they walk, jog or run the 1km, 5km, 5km Paw Parade or the 10km courses. Rally the little ones and fur babies and set a new goal!

Sunday September 23 from 7am

Parkes (check website for different starting points)

www.canberratimesfunrun.com.au

Cost: check website for registration costs

 

1 - Floriade 

Australia’s favourite Spring festival is back for another year and this one’s set to be bigger and better than ever! Visitors are invited to take a trip down memory lane as Floriade celebrates the best of pop culture. Key highlights include Nightfest which kicks off on the 26th, Greenhouse Workshops, Pialligo Urban Café, Dogs Day Out and of course, the huge array of stunning flowers. Nutie Donuts, who brought us Glownuts at Enlighten, are bringing a dessert paradise to Floriade – including their vegan cookie dough sundaes!

September 15 – October 14 (every day from 9:30am – 5:30pm)

Commonwealth Park, Canberra

www.floriadeaustralia.com

Cost: entry is free


Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 15 & Sun 16 Sept

10 - Queanbeyan Swap Meet

This family friendly event is must for car enthusiasts and collectors. Last year there was about 500 sites and goods sold ranged from all eras of car parts to collectables, books, magazines and antiques. Site holders travel from all over Eastern side of Australia to sell their goods. The Big 3 Car show (incorporating the American Car Nationals) will be held on Sunday.

Saturday September 15 from 6am & Sunday September 16 from 8am

Queanbeyan Showground, Glebe Ave, Queanbeyan

http://www.qbnswap.net/

Cost: entry is $4 per day and children under 14 are free!
9 - Canberra Short Film Festival

The Canberra Short Film Festival is recognised as one of Australia’s oldest and best film competitions. Attracting an audience from all over Australia, the festival is known for selling out every session. CSFF represents the boundless talent that makes up Australia’s film industry and exposes guests to the best of short cinema from home and all over the world.

September 9 – 16

https://www.csff.com.au/

Check website for location & cost details

 

8 - BMX National Series Round 6

A thrilling series with seven rounds, more racing and more riders. From riders as young as five all the way through to Masters riders, current stars and future talents hoping to one day follow in the footsteps of Aussie Olympian Caroline Buchanan, when the series lands in the ACT, it will be captivating for competitors and spectators alike!

Saturday September 15 & Sunday September 16

Tuggeranong BMX Club, Sulwood Dr, Kambah

http://bmxaustralia.com.au/event/2018-bmxa-national-series-round-6/

 

7 - Community Sports Gala

Ginninderra Athletics has partnered with Belconnen Community Service, UC Sport, the Capitals, Brumbies, Canberra Raiders, and the Canberra Cavalry to deliver a Community Sports Gala. Visitors can participate in the many sporting challenges being run around the field. Meet sporting stars, challenge yourself to an obstacle course or take on the Sprint Zone, firies will be there with their truck, there’s a Mascot Race, cheer on your local school in the Primary Schools Team Challenge or grab a bite to eat and enjoy a massage!

Saturday September 15, 9am – 12pm

Charnwood District Playing Fields

http://www.ginninderra.com/2018/09/community-sports-gala-set-to-take-off/

Cost: free for spectators

 

6 - Snow Dogs Day Out at Corin Forest

Corin Forest will welcome our four-legged friends back to the snow for the final weekend this year! Pooches and their owners can frolic in the snow and enjoy the Spring sunshine. Last weekend’s event was loved by more than 400 dogs – so if you’re keen to get involved, you’ll need to book quick!

Saturday September 15 & Sunday September 16

Corin Forest, 1268 Corin Dam Rd, Paddy’s River, ACT

http://www.corin.com.au/

Cost: $22 per person, dogs no charge

 

5 – Irish and Celtic Music Festival

Enjoy traditional Irish and Celtic music plus Australian folk, Celtic markets, a Poets Soiree, heaps of entertainment and special workshops. Yass has a long Irish history of Irish settlement which is the inspiration behind this festival. Held throughout many of the venues within Yass.

September 14, 15 & 16

Various venues within Yass

https://irishcelticmusicfestival.weebly.com/

Cost: check website for details

 

4 - Mexican Fiesta Independence Day

Don't miss one of the best parties and renowned Mexican events of the year! Celebrate through the sound of music, folklore, dancing and delicious traditional food. Wear a traditional Mexican costume and you may be eligible for a surprise!

Saturday September 15, 6pm – 11pm

37 Constitution Ave, Reid

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/canberras-grand-mexican-fiesta-tickets-48903244922

Cost: Tickets at the door $20, kids under 12 are free

3 - Canberra Vikings vs Western Force

NRC action is back in Canberra this weekend! Cheer on the Canberra Vikings as they take on the Western Force at Viking Park. Our guys are coming off a big win over the Sydney Rays.

Sunday September 16, 3pm – 6pm

Viking Park, Amsinck St, Wanniassa

https://www.canberravikings.com/

Cost: free!

 

2 – Big 3 Car Show & American Car Nationals

This family friendly event is must for people who love cars. If you have a Ford, Holden, Chrysler or American you’re invited to bring it along and show your pride and joy. There are a wide range of trophies on offer. No extra charge to enter your car in the show. Judging commences at 10:30am. It’s part of the Queanbeyan Swap Meet.
Sunday September 16, 10am – 2:30pm

Queanbeyan Showground, Glebe Ave, Queanbeyan

http://www.qbnswap.net/big-3-car-show.html

Cost: $4 per day and children under 14 are free

 

1 – Floriade

Australia’s favourite Spring festival is back for another year and this one’s set to be bigger and better than ever! Visitors are invited to take a trip down memory lane as Floriade celebrates the best of pop culture. Key highlights include Nightfest, Greenhouse Workshops, Pialligo Urban Café, Dogs Day Out and of course, the huge array of stunning flowers.

September 15 – October 14 (every day from 9:30am – 5:30pm)

Commonwealth Park, Canberra

www.floriadeaustralia.com

Cost: entry is free


Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 8 & Sun 9 Sept

10) Makers-Con at the Old Bus Depot Markets

Hobbyists and pop culture fans convene! The Makers Convention will unite stalls and attractions that showcase a range of hobbies. Check out the range of attractions, demonstrations and a cosplay competition will also be lined up. There’ll also be live action role-play, leather makers, corset designers, millinery and medieval recreation.

Sunday September 9, 10am – 4pm

Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston

obdm.com.au/makers-con

Cost: free!

 

9) Canberra Forest Cats Club All Breeds Cat Show

The Canberra Forest Cats Club All Breeds Cat Show will feature a range of pedigreed cats being assessed by three judges and vying for Supreme Exhibit in Show. The show has a focus on the Forest Cat Breeds - Maine Coon, Norwegian Forest and Siberian - but also features other breeds including Burmese, Ragdoll, Bengal and Birman.

Saturday September 8, 9:30am – 2pm

Flynn Community Hub, Bingle St, Flynn

http://www.canberraforestcats.net/

Cost: check the website for entry fees

 

8) Snow Dogs Day Out

Corin Forest is getting ready to welcome our four-legged friends back to the snow for the next two weekends! With their very own snow-play area, this year’s event is set to be even bigger than the last! Last year’s event was loved by more than 500 dogs – so if you’re keen to get involved this year, you’ll need to book quick!

September 8 & 9 and September 15 & 16

Corin Forest, 1268 Corin Dam Rd, Paddy’s River, ACT

http://www.corin.com.au/

Cost: $22 per person, dogs no charge

 

 

7) National Threatened Species Week

The National Zoo & Aquarium is raising awareness for national threatened species conservation by conducting a National Threatened Species Week. There’s daily special threatened species zookeeper talks and feeds focusing on Koala’s, Tasmanian Devil’s and other native endangered animals. There’s also a Threatened Species Trail and scavenger hunt as well as loads of kid’s activities.

September 3 – 9

National Zoo & Aquarium, 999 Lady Denman Dr, Yarralumla

http://nationalzoo.com.au/threatened-species-week/

Cost: regular entry fees apply

 

6) Lifeline Bookfair

Book lovers unite! Grab a bargain, or several, and help raise money for Lifeline’s crisis support and suicide prevention service. Lose yourself in the huge range of books, movies, music, games, comics and more!

September 7 – 9 (Sat: 9am – 5pm 7 Sun: 10am – 4pm)

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

https://www.act.lifeline.org.au/Bookfair/lifeline-canberra-bookfairs

Cost: entry by gold coin donation

 

5) Tharwa Bush Fair

Check out this much-loved social event where visitors can see and buy local arts and crafts, view local performances, enjoy market stalls and entertain the kids with sheep shearing, a jumping castle and more. This event is looked forward to by the wider Canberra community!

Sunday September 9, 10am – 2pm

North St, Tharwa

https://www.facebook.com/events/212520692673948/

Cost: free

 

4) Canberra Baby & Beyond Expo

The Expo is playing host to a huge array of entertainment, retail outlets, service providers and support organisations. Parenting guru Pinky McKay will meet local families and present a baby sleep session each day. There’ll also be two big shows - Peppa Pig and PJ Masks!

Saturday September 8 & Sunday September 9 – 9am – 3pm

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

https://www.babyandbeyondexpo.com.au/

Cost: check website for details

 

3) Bentspoke Start of Spring Carnival

Welcome the new season with an afternoon of fun at Bentspoke! The Cannery in Mitchell will come alive for this free event, with live music, fire drums, food trucks, brewery tours, kid’s entertainment, face painters, AFL and NRL on the big screens, table tennis, giant Jenga and of course, a wide range of beverages!

Saturday September 8, 11am – 10pm

The Cannery Bentspoke, 79 Lysaght St, Mitchell

https://www.facebook.com/events/1649985938457471/

Cost: free

 

2) Classic Car Cruise for Camp Quality

It’s nearly that time of year when we see dozens of classic cars cruise around the capital, all for a good cause. The Camp Quality Classic Car Cruise, now in its third year, is open to vehicles 20 years or older, luxury exotic cars, company-branded cars, members of car clubs, motorbikes and trucks. It’s a sight not to be missed, as they travel from Black Mountain Tower on a designated route to Queanbeyan Showgrounds, where there’ll be lots of cars on display, food and drinks, kids’ activities and music.

Sunday September 9 from 9am

Starts at Black Mountain Tower

https://fundraise.campquality.org.au/

Cost: $25 to register a motorbike and $50 for all other vehicles

 

1) Gunning Fireworks Festival

Gunning must be the only place where you can experience a display of fireworks second only to Sydney’s New Year’s Eve with over one hour of fireworks demonstrations! There’ll be amusement rides, market stalls, food stalls, face painting, air brush tattoos, fairy floss, live music and more. The skies fill with every firework at dark. The crackers get bigger as the night gets longer. Celebrate spring with a bang!

Saturday September 8, 3pm – 9pm

Gunning Showground, NSW

http://www.gunningfireworksfestival.com.au/

Cost: Adult $10, Child $5, Family $25