Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 31 Aug & Sun 1 Sept

10 - Canberra Fashion Market

Discover new and pre-loved fashion with designer labels and a wide range of styles, more than 1,750 sqm of shopping and more than 100 stallholders. There’s also a growing food and wine component. There’ll be fashion, shoes, bags, jewellery, accessories and beauty products for great prices. It’s ideal for those who want to reduce waste by recycling quality fashion that’s too good to discard.

Saturday August 31, 10am – 4pm

Thoroughbred Park

Cost: free


9 – Monet: Impression Sunrise

From waterlilies to seascapes, city scenes and rural landscapes, experience the beauty of natural light, colour and fleeting moments captured by Monet and other Impressionist artists including Turner, Boudin, Sisley and Morisot. Discover the story behind Monet’s ground-breaking masterpiece, Impression Sunrise, and the artists that influenced him and learn how it inspired a moment.

June 7 – September 1

National Gallery of Australia

Cost: tickets from $17


8 - Shakespeare In Love

Shakespeare in Love won seven Oscars in 1998 when Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes stole our hearts on screen. Now, Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman’s Academy Award-winning script has been transformed by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) into a side-splitting stage comedy with a stirring love story at its heart.

August 22 – 31

Canberra Theatre Centre

Cost: tickets from $69


7 - World Bacon and Beer Celebration
International Bacon Day celebrations typically include social gatherings during which participants create and consume dishes containing bacon. In true Pialligo style, they’re going the extra mile to celebrate their famous bacon! There’ll be 15 minute bacon talks so you can learn tricks of the trade. There’ll of course be plenty of delicious food and for the kids, there’ll be face painting and arm tattoos.
Sunday September 1, 10am – 4pm

Pialligo Estate

Cost: Adult $20, kids $5


6 - 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 and the Canberra Institute of Technology. Chat to staff and students to help work out where to take that next step in your education.

Saturday August 31 from 9am


Cost: free!


5 - Story Time: Australian Children’s Literature

Story Time, an exhibition of Australian children’s literature from the colonial period through to the present day, will appeal to anyone who’s experienced the magic of children’s stories like ‘The Magic Pudding’, ‘The Rainbow Serpent’, ‘Where is the Green Sheep’ and more. It’ll take you on a nostalgic tour through the words of Australian authors and illustrators like Mem Fox, May Gibbs, Emily Rodda, Ethel Turner and more. The exhibition features books, manuscripts, illustrations and ephemera from the library’s extensive collections alongside significant loans.

August 22 – February 9

National Library of Australia

Cost: free


4 - Forest of Light in Haig Park

Haig Park Experiments presents acclaimed light photographer Peter Solness to Canberra for a series of workshops and events in Haig Park. Peter is a multi-award winning photographer, artist, educator and writer who specialises in the photographic method of Light Painting. Register to be a light orb participant and become part of the 'Forest of Light', or if you don't want to participate, you can still go along to watch and enjoy the night-time spectacle!
Saturday August 31, 5pm – 7pm

Haig Park
Cost: free


3 - Father’s Day activities

There’s plenty of ways to celebrate dad this Father’s Day! Take him to Googong Kite Fest or soak up some culture at the last weekend of the Monet exhibition! There’s also lots of delicious Father’s Day events like lunch at Pialligo Estate, The Duxton Meatfest, dad-sized burgers at Chifley’s Bar & Grill, The Lighthouse Dads Day, Novotel B&B package, QT Man Tea and more!

Sunday September 1

Various locations around ACT and surrounds


2 - The Great Wizard's Ball

Join fellow witches, wizards and creatures to mark the last day of winter and the start of a new school year at Hogwarts. Gather, feast, mingle, dance and just be magical! There’ll be roving entertainers, live performances, music, magical creatures and plenty of surprises in store! All funds raised will support The Smith Family’s literacy program. There’ll also be a small wizards ball for families with young kids.

Saturday August 31, 7pm – 11pm

The Abbey

Cost: tickets from $165


1 - Googong KiteFest

Googong's kite festival is back with a host of flying friends including a giant whale shark, dragons, bunny rabbits, a stingray, astronauts and a flying pig! Treat Dad to a Father's Day Capital Woodfired Pizza or Boss Burger and a beer, or you can take a picnic or enjoy a sausage sizzle while the DJ entertains. Take your kite to Rockley Oval for a day of free fun!

Sunday September 1, 11am – 2pm

Rockley Oval, Googong

Cost: free

Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 24 & Sun 25 August

10 - CPW: Indestructible 2019

Capital Pro Wrestling returns to the Canberra PCYC to present: Indestructible. Watch wrestling stars compete like Adrian Axton, Addicus Slain, Benny Whiplash, Dozer, Gimpy, John Crossfire, Luna Flare, Mike Kelly, Nyx Jade, CPW Champion Rex, Rob Mezzenger, Sam Driver, Tank, Wrath, Xander Bolt and more. All ages are welcome – fun for the whole family!

Saturday August 24, doors open 6:30pm, show starts 7pm

Canberra PCYC Erindale Centre

Cost: Adults $10, Kids $5, under 5’s free


9 - Harry Potter Family Yoga

Head along to a fun and memorable yoga class for the whole family! The lighter side of yoga will be explored and participants can feel its impact on our minds and hearts with those closest to us – our family. The theme for this class is Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, with the class combining traditional yoga practices with games and imaginative play.
Sunday August 25, 9am – 10am

Yogasana Fitness, Belconnen

Cost: $12 (book online)


8 - Canberra Writers Festival

The Canberra Writers Festival program has something for everyone, with a stellar line-up of 160 local, national and international authors gathered under the festival themes of Power. Politics. Passion. Get involved in a range of events like exciting panel discussions and in-depth conversations with a great line-up of thinkers and provocateurs.

August 21 – 25

Various Canberra venues

Cost: check online program for details


7 - Master Builders Open Day

Master Builders ACT invites you to experience the many benefits of working in the construction industry. Check out the Open Day and experience a range of activities, demonstrations, tours and presentations. Meet trainers, industry experts, local builders, apprentices and suppliers of the industry.

Saturday August 24, 10am – 3pm

Master Builders Skills Centre, Fyshwick

Cost: free


6 - Alpaca National Show

This flagship event will see the best of Australian breeding and alpaca products judged by top judges. The show is open to members of the public and all visitors are welcome. Enjoy 3 days of everything alpaca including trade stands and displays, Alpaca of the State announcement, National Fleece Show, AAA National Show, alpaca fibre and yarn craft demonstrations and information sessions, camel rides, fashion parade and much more.

August 23 – 25

Exhibition Park

Cost: free


5 - Kambri Family Film Fest

Each weekend throughout July and August, gather family and friends and swap a day on devices for an adventure at ANU Kambri – Canberra’s newest community precinct, with everything you need for a fabulous day out. Watch recent and classic films, with ‘Sgt Stubby An American Hero’ and ‘Mamma Mia Here We Go Again’ screened this weekend.

Saturday August 24 and Sunday August 25

ANU Cultural Centre

Cost: $11.54


4 - Legally Blonde

A fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances - this musical is so much fun!

August 22 – September 7

Erindale Theatre

Cost: Adult $55, Concession $45, Group $50, Child $25, Family $35


3 - Swingin Circus Cabaret

Step right up to Swingin’ Circus Cabaret, a circus variety show set to live jazz and swing music! Inspired by the 20’s, this cabaret hosts a talented cast of Canberrans performing acrobatics, unicycling, juggling and belly dancing, accompanied by Spectrum Big Band. Saturday night will be a classy affair with a Dinner and Show Package, raffle and more. Sunday afternoon is an opportunity to see the same show at a family friendly time. There will be plenty to keep the kids busy with close-up magic, stilt walking, face painting and balloon twisting!

Saturday August 24 and Sunday August 25

The Abbey

Cost: tickets from $30


2 - Festival of the Forest

Say goodbye to winter with Haig Park’s Festival of the Forest! The diverse program celebrating the transition from winter to spring includes live music and performances by local Canberra talent across 3 stages, activities, light installations, local food and drink stalls and more!

Saturday August 24, 1-7pm

Park area between Northbourne Avenue and Torrens Street

Cost: free


1 - Raiders vs Manly

The Raiders and Manly have produced nail bitting contests in recent times with a number of those heading towards golden point. With the season reaching its climax you can expect an absolute thriller at GIO Stadium! With a big crowd expected and three matches, members and fans are encouraged to get to the ground early to avoid any queues or delays prior to kick-off.

Sunday August 25, gates open 11:30am, kick off 4:05pm

GIO Stadium

Cost: tickets from $20

Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 17 & Sun 18 August

10 - Canberra Small Business Market

Support local small businesses by shopping! There will be over 45 different local stalls selling everything from fashion, beauty, homewares, foods, toys, crafts, food & drinks, mens wares and more!

Sunday August 18, 9am – 3pm

Canberra Fitters Workshop, Kingston

Cost: free entry and parking



9 - Tales of Lake George

What are your tales of Lake George? Did you once swim in the lake? Have you seen anything particular? Do you know a story about the speed race? Take your tales and any photographs to the session! Head along for a fun family morning with Tim the Yowie Man and hear a few of his ‘tales’.

Sunday August 18, 10am – 12pm

Lake George Winery

Cost: Adults $20, kids free


8 – Craft & Quilt Fair

The Craft & Quilt fair is returning to EPIC for 2019! See a range of crafters and their products, demonstrations and have a go yourself in the workshops. Meet your friends, spend the day seeing it all while taking time for the things you love to see.

August 15 – 18, 10am – 4pm

Exhibition Park

Cost: tickets range from $7 - $44






7 - Rutherglen in the City

Rutherglen in the City offers wine lovers the chance to taste more than 100 rare and boutique wines from one of Australia’s most undiscovered and alternative wine regions. Discover something different at each pop-up cellar door and get up close and personal with 16 wine producers to find a new favourite! Expand your wine knowledge and palate at masterclasses, or sit-back and enjoy live music and artisan food before stocking up on wine to take home.

Sunday August 18, 10am – 5pm

Pialligo Estate

Cost: $35 pre-purchased ticket


6 - Dirrum Festival

The Dirrum Festival, organised by Radford College Year 12 students, sees world class speakers at the top of their field joined by young voices practising small, effective acts of social change. The annual event has become so popular, it’s been moved to a bigger venue! Among the speakers – Caitlin Figueirido, Simon Illingworth, Ahed Tamimi, Ian Chubb, Melissa Breen, Kevin Hines, Valerie Browning and Sophia Hamblin Wang. There’ll also be pop-up markets, food, fashion, live music and art!

Saturday August 17, 1 – 9pm

Boiler House Lecture Theatre, University of Canberra

Cost: check website for details













5 - Kids and Families Bike Riding Day

Haig Park Experiments and the Physical Activity Foundation invite kids and their families to bring their bikes and helmets for a free fun-filled day at the temporary bike skills track in Turner Parklands. There’ll be free bike maintenance checks, free bike riding safety sessions, you can chat with local bike riding experts and try out the track!
Saturday August 17, 10am – 2pm

Turner Parklands

Cost: free



4 - CBR Brave vs Newcastle Northstars

A game not to be missed – CBR Brave’s last home game before the boys go to the 2019 Australian Ice Hockey League Finals! Get amongst all the excitement at the Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre!

Saturday August 17, 5:30pm

Phillip Swimming & Ice Skating Centre

Cost: Adult $22.50, Child $15, Family $60, Taste of Braddon $40



3 – National Science Week

Science Week wraps up this weekend with lots to see and do around the capital! Among the events – a science-themed Treasure Hunt, science pub trivia, an art class with a science twist and new science from the tombs inside the Great Pyramids of Egypt.

August 10 – 18

Various locations

Cost: check website for details






2 - Canberra Wines Fireside Festival

To celebrate one of the best times of year to enjoy award-winning cool climate wines, head along to the New Acton precinct! You can meet the makers, sample their wines, graze on food, groove to some tunes and purchase bottles to take home. Among the extensive line-up – Contentious Character Winery, Lerida Estate Wines, Mount Majura Vineyard, Murrumbateman Winery and Pankhurst Wines, just to name a few!
Saturday August 17, 3pm – 6pm

Nishi Grand Stair and Makeshift, New Acton

Cost: free


1 - A Chequered Past – National Museum Vehicles

Some of the Museum’s most significant vehicles will hit the track at Wakefield Park Raceway. This is a rare opportunity to see the vehicle collection in action. It’s also your chance to get up close to rarely displayed iconic vehicles, including the Model-T Ford truck used to promote Aeroplane Jelly and the 1948 Daimler landaulette, used by the Queen during the 1954 Royal Tour. Don’t miss out on this family-friendly celebration of Australia’s motoring history!

Saturday August 17, 10am – 3pm

Wakefield Park Racetrack, Goulburn

Cost: free

Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 3 & Sun 4 August 2019

10) Neville Bonner Primary School Book Fair

Head along to the annual Neville Bonner Primary School Book Fair! There will be something for everyone, from second hand books, to a cake stall and sausage sizzle! Rain, hail or shine, check it out and grab a bargain book!

Saturday August 3, 10am – 4pm

Neville Bonner Primary School

Cost: free


9) Calisthenics ACT competition

Calisthenics is a fun team dance sport which develops co-ordination, confidence, grace and poise. Cali ACT is hosting the Preliminary Team Competition - an excellent opportunity for locals to see what Calisthenics has to offer. There’ll be plenty of entertainment on stage and a canteen on site too!

Saturday August 3, 9am – 9:30pm and Sunday August 3, 9am – 9pm

Erindale Theatre

Cost: free entry


8) Kambri Family Film Fest

Each weekend throughout July and August, gather family and friends and swap a day on devices for an adventure at ANU Kambri – Canberra’s newest community precinct, with everything you need for a fabulous day out. Watch recent and classic films, with ‘Small Foot’ and ‘A House with a Clock in its Walls’ being screened this weekend!

Saturday August 3 and Sunday August 4, 11am

ANU Cultural Centre

Cost: $11.54


7) International Blues Music Day

The Canberra Blues Society celebrates the 7th International Blues Music Day with seven fantastic acts! There’ll be over 8 hours of live music, a Hot Rod Display, market stalls, raffle prizes and more! Among those performing - Flynn Gurry, Electric Tommy Johnston, Queen Juanita & The Zydeco Cowboys, The Kate Lush Band, Blue Tone Specials, RAMBAL and The Bellhops.

Saturday August 3, 12pm – 10pm

Harmonie German Club

Cost: tickets from $20


6) CBR Brave vs Adelaide Adrenaline

There’s only 5 home games left before the boys go to the 2019 Australian Ice Hockey League Finals! Our guys would love another vocal home crowd to cheer them to victory in their big double header against Adelaide Adrenaline!

Saturday August 3 at 5:30pm and Sunday August 4 at 4:30pm

Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre

Cost: Adult $22.50, Child $15, Family $60, Taste of Braddon $40


5) Giants Netball vs QLD Firebirds

The GIANTS are back in the capital this weekend, as they gear up to take on the Firebirds at the AIS on SUNDAY in the Super Netball. The scene is set for another Canberra sell-out, with the GIANTS determined to maintain their unbeaten record at the AIS! Wear your Orange and get your family and friends out to experience the world’s best netball league in the ACT in 2019.

Sunday August 4, doors open 12pm, game starts 1pm

AIS Arena

Cost: tickets from $20


4) Let It Be

One of the most important song writing partnerships of the 20th century Paul McCartney and John Lennon wrote 23 number 1’s! Aussie music legends John Paul Young, Russell Morris, Glenn Shorrock, Doug Parkinson and Jack Jones, accompanied by a 12 piece Day Tripper band, will perform two hours of the most popular Lennon/McCartney songs including Yesterday, Norwegian Wood, Let It Be, Dear Prudence, Eleanor Rigby, Come Together, Hey Jude and more. Don’t miss this great night of music!

Saturday August 3, 7:30pm

Canberra Theatre Centre

Cost: tickets from $79


3) Taste the Craft of Smoking and Curing

An opportunity to expand your culinary skills with some of Canberra’s best in the business! Start the afternoon listening to Pialligo Estate’s Smokehouse Manager and expert, Alex Petryk, taste platters of delicious smoked meats and enjoy a three-course meal, while learning how the magic happens!

Sunday August 4, 12pm – 3pm

Pialligo Estate Glasshouse

Cost: check website for details


2) 47th Annual Malkara Model Railway Exhibition

Whether you’re a train aficionado or just looking for something interesting to do, there’s something for everyone! There’ll be a huge range of model railways, trains to buy, miniature live steam train rides and you can even drive your own train! There’s also Big Boys Toys including remote controlled vehicles, model boats and submarines operating in the school’s hydro pool! There will be great food and entertainment all day too, with school bands and live performers playing up a storm!

Saturday August 3, 9am – 5pm and Sunday August 4, 9am – 4pm

Malkara Specialist School

Cost: $25 per family, $8 concession, $10 adults and $5 kids



Head along to Canberra's own pop culture festival that celebrates all things cosplay, anime, games and comics! There’ll be shows, panels, workshops, showcases, competitions, free games, trivia and more! Loads to do for pop culture fans of all ages! Saturday is the special 18+ event, with a bar, stage shows and mature rated video games.

Saturday August 3 and Sunday August 4, 10am – 5pm

Exhibition Park

Cost: tickets start from $25