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

10 - Oliver the Musical at The Q

Take the family along to something different these school holidays! Watch as Charles Dicken’s classic story of Oliver Twist comes to life on stage. Fall in love with the strong local cast of talented artists who bring personality and charm to the timeless characters and songs in this production of Lionel Bart’s brilliant musical, Oliver!

September 27 – October 6

The Q, Queanbeyan

Cost: $25 - $50


9 - Craftable Beer Expo

Taste over 100 craft beers, meet the brewers and learn some of the secrets of brewing amazing beer! There’ll be live music, competitions and lots of food trucks. Visitors can also taste some great local spirits and wines, with around 200 products to try!

Saturday September 28, 10am – 6pm

Farrah’s Liquor Collective

Cost: tickets from $28


8 - Canberra Vikings vs Fijian Drua

These two teams are neck and neck on the NRC ladder, and Fijian Drua are coming off a massive win, so it’s set to be a fierce afternoon of rugby! Cheer our guys on as they hit the field for their second home game this season.

Saturday September 28, 12pm – 3pm

Viking Park

Cost: free


7 - ACT Holden Day

On display will be a large range of Holden cars from the early 1950’s to some of the last Holden’s made in Australia. A gold coin will get you in on the day with all proceeds going to Rise Above Capital Region Cancer Relief.

Sunday September 29, 10am – 2:30pm

Queanbeyan Showground

Cost: gold coin entry


6 - Floriade

Floriade is a diverse program of music, cultural celebrations, food and wine, horticultural workshops, market traders, artistic displays, entertainment and recreational activities. With over one million blooms on display, Floriade is the perfect place to experience the beauty of Spring. Lifeline Canberra is also hosting a Family Day on the Saturday and a Bootcamp on the Sunday. Nightfest is also coming up!

September 14 – October 13

Commonwealth Park

Cost: free entry


5 - Tidbinbilla Open Day
Join MC ‘Tim the Yowie Man’ for a fun-filled day of nature-based experiences, kid’s activities, live music, displays, food stalls, demonstrations and more - held in the great outdoors! The theme is ‘Explore, Relax, Recharge’ where visitors are encouraged to explore the Reserve with renewed curiosity and a focus on the many benefits to be gained from spending a day in nature.

Sunday September 29, 10am – 3pm

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Cost: free entry


4 - RSPCA ACT Family Fun Day

There’ll be stacks of activities to enjoy like animal experiences, soft toy microchipping, face painting, enrichment activities, scavenger hunt, raffle, shelter tours and much more! A fun day for the whole family.

Saturday September 28, 10am – 2pm

12 Kirkpatrick St, Weston

Cost: free entry


3 - Yass Railway Museum Picnic Day

The Yass Railway Museum is hosting a Picnic Day to raise awareness about the museum and its history. Families are invited to bring a picnic, rug and enjoy a fun family day out. The day will be jam packed with activities including umping castles, face painting and pony rides for the kids; antique cars and historic trains for the adults.

Sunday September 29, 10am – 4pm

Yass Railway Museum

Cost: free


2 - AFL Grand Final

Lots of local pubs and clubs will have the screens and bars fired up for Saturday’s big AFL Grand Final between the GWS Giants and Richmond! There’s a range of celebrations happening at venues like The Duxton, King O’Malley’s and Bleachers Sports Bar – just to name a few! Kick off is at 2:30pm.

Saturday September 28, 2:30pm

Various pubs and clubs in the ACT and surrounds


1 – Canberra’s Biggest Barn Dance

The Wilko Show with Courts is inviting Canberrans to join them at Canberra’s Biggest Barn Dance! Enjoy a fun afternoon while helping raise money for Rural Aid and drought relief. There’ll be live music, dancing, activities, great food and so much more, with all proceeds going to farming families struggling with the effects of drought. If you pre-purchase tickets, you’ll get free travel on buses and light rail!

Saturday September 28, 3pm – 7pm

Thoroughbred Park

Cost: $10 (kids under 16 free)

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

10 - Big Spring Fete

There’s something for everyone at the Big Spring Fete! Check out the Nerf war, bubble soccer, indoor inflatables, competitions for the kids, cupcake decorating, cake stall, handmade market stalls, bacon and egg rolls, sideshow alley, pre-loved books, toys and much more!

Saturday September 21, 11am – 3pm

Sacred Heart Primary School


9 - Canberra Unscripted Festival

Canberra’s being treated to a variety of quality improvised shows from the city's best improvisers. With three performances showing most nights you can see as few or as many as you like. It all wraps up with the Canberra Impro Challenge!
September 19 – 22

The Street Theatre

Cost: standard full night pass $45, concession $39


8 - ANU + CYO Collaboration Concert

The Canberra Youth Orchestra and the ANU School of Music will present a unique collaboration concert! The Canberra Youth Orchestra will present a series of compositions written by several members of the ANU School of Music community, including Kim Cunio, Frank Millward, Chris Sainsbury, Alec Hunter and Chloe Sinclair.

Saturday September 21, 7:30pm

Llewellyn Hall

Cost: Family $90, Student/Concession $20, Adult $30


7 - Foodie Night Markets in Yass

What a perfect way to wrap up the weekend! This awesome food truck festival has food and dessert stalls, retail stalls, kids amusements, live music and lots of family fun! There’ll also be free face painting from 4pm-7pm.

Sunday September 22, 4pm – 9pm

Yass Showground

Cost: $2 entry + free onsite parking


6 - Tennis Carnivale

Have a great time while helping raise money for Ronald McDonald House Canberra! There’ll be free adult and junior coaching clinics, a dress up comp, prizes and giveaways, jumping castle, face painting, Wilson racquet demo, speed serving competition, social tennis, a BBQ and more! The 24 Cardio Tennis Challenge is also on till 4pm Saturday, also raising funds for RMHC.

Saturday September 21, 1pm – 4pm

Weston Creek Tennis Club


5 – Thai Food and Cultural Festival

Immerse yourself in Thai culture by tasting Thai culinary delights and experience Thai traditional dance! There’ll also be Thai arts and a kids corner with fun activities.

Sunday September 22, 10:30am – 5pm

Royal Thai Embassy

Cost: free


4 – Snow Dogs

Corin Forest welcomes our four-legged friends back to the snow! Pooches and their owners can frolic in the snow and enjoy the Spring sunshine. It’s very popular, so if you’re keen to get involved, you’ll need to book quick, especially since this is the last weekend!

Saturday September 21 and Sunday September 22

Corin Forest

Cost: check website for details


3 - Big 3 Car Show and American Car Nationals

For those who love the roar of a finely tuned engine, sleek paint, glistening chrome and appreciate automotive art, old and new, then the BIG 3 car show and American Car Nationals is the place to be! There’ll be a vast display of Chrysler's, Fords, Holden’s and American cars. If you have a car that is Ford, Holden, Chrysler or American, take it along and show everyone your pride and joy, at no extra charge. With the Queanbeyan Swap Meet on at the same venue this event is a must for all car enthusiasts.

Sunday September 22, 10aam – 2pm

Queanbeyan Showground

Cost: $4 per person


2 - Southern Cross Club Family Fun Day

The free community event promises a day of fun, good food, and festivities for families. There’ll be food stalls, fun activities for the kids, live entertainment, free lake cruises and more! A share of proceeds will go to Karinya House. Everyone is welcome!
Sunday September 22, 11am – 4pm
Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club

Cost: free


1 - Floriade  

Floriade is a diverse, ever expanding program of music, cultural celebrations, food and wine, horticultural workshops, market traders, artistic displays, entertainment and recreational activities. With over one million blooms on display, Floriade is the perfect place to experience the beauty of Spring. Head along to celebrate the 32nd year of Floriade with the theme World in Bloom.

September 14 – October 13

Commonwealth Park

Cost: free entry

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

10 – Chifley Preschool Spring Fair

Head along to the Chifley Preschool Spring Fair for some family fun! There’ll be activities for the kids including a jumping castle, face painting and a visit from the fire truck as well as cakes, second-hand books and toys, a coffee cart and sausage sizzle. There will also be a silent auction with heaps of great prizes up for grabs!

Sunday September 15, 10am – 1pm

Chifley Preschool

Cost: free


9 - Sri Lankan Food Fair

Do you love traditional Sri Lankan food, or have always wanted to try it? Then visit the Sri Lankan Buddhist Temple in Kambah this weekend for a delicious Food Festival. Take your appetite and enjoy a lunch of hoppers & egg hoppers, thosa, samosa, rice and curries, short-eats, pan rolls, wade and much more! There will also be free tea and coffee.

Saturday September 14, 11am – 2:30pm

30 Jenke Cct, Kambah


8 - Dreamworks Animation: The Exhibition

Go behind the scenes of DreamWorks Animation’s most popular films. Join your favourite characters — Shrek, Toothless and Po — in a rare glimpse into the studios collaborative, artistic and visionary approach to animation. Explore more than 400 objects from the studio’s archive, including original artworks, storyboards and scale-models, as well as immersive and interactive digital experiences.

September 12 – February 2

National Museum of Australia

Cost: Adult $20, Concession $16, Child $12, Family $50, Museum Friend $14, MKids free


7 - Australian Cool Climate Wine Show

The Australian Cool Climate Wine Show is dedicated to benchmarking the unique wine styles produced from Australia’s cool climate wine regions. Take part in a public tasting journey through sparkling, Riesling, Traminer, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, Rosé, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Shiraz Viognier and dessert wines. Or indulge at the Long Table Luncheon and be there when the 2019 winners are announced!
Saturday September 14, 11am – 4:30pm

Murrumbateman Recreation Hall

Cost: check website for details


6 - Lifeline Bookfair

Help raise money for Lifeline Canberra’s local crisis support service, by buying some great books at bargain prices! There’s a range of fiction and non-fiction books, including rare books and collectables, children’s books, textbooks and foreign language books. You’ll also find magazines and pamphlets, sheet music, comics, maps and atlases, talking books, records and CDs, DVDs, games and jigsaws.

September 13 - 15

Exhibition Park

Cost: gold coin donation entry


5 - Canberra Vikings vs Brisbane City

The Canberra Vikings hope for a strong crowd at their first home clash of the NRC season! Our guys are coming off the back of a loss to Queensland Country – their first loss of the season. Head to Viking Park and help cheer our guys to victory!

Saturday September 14, 2pm – 4pm

Viking Park

Cost: free


4 - Canberra Moon Festival

This year’s Canberra Moon Festival is bigger and better than ever! This year's theme is 'one community, one world, one big family'. Over 3 days, enjoy professional and community performances, a disco night, exotic and local food and drink stalls and family friendly activities. There’ll also be plenty of surprising wow factors!

September 13 - 15

City Walk Centre

Cost: free entry


3 – Snow Dogs at Corin Forest

Corin Forest welcomes our four-legged friends back to the snow this year! Pooches and their owners can frolic in the snow and enjoy the Spring sunshine. It’s very popular, so if you’re keen to get involved, you’ll need to book quick!

Saturday September 14 and Sunday September 15

Corin Forest

Cost: check website for details


2 – Raiders vs Storm in XD

Watch the mighty green machine take on the Melbourne Storm in Week 1 of the NRL finals on the big screen! Take your flags and wear your Raiders gear, to cheer on the boys in their m arch towards the Grand Final!

Saturday September 14, 4:45pm for a 5:30pm kick-off

Limelight Cinemas, Tuggeranong

Cost: free entry but RSVP is essential


1 - Floriade

Floriade is a diverse, ever expanding program of music, cultural celebrations, food and wine, horticultural workshops, market traders, artistic displays, entertainment and recreational activities. With over one million blooms on display, Floriade is the perfect place to experience the beauty of spring. Head along to celebrate the 32nd year of Floriade with the theme World in Bloom.

September 14 – October 13

Commonwealth Park

Cost: free entry

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10 - Canberra Kids Market

The Canberra Kids Market is the place to find quality goods for our 0-12 year olds, with a whole stack of clothes, toys, babycare, prams, cots, strollers, basinettes, car seats, party supplies, etc! A great alternative to mall shopping, with a huge range of items at budget prices!

Saturday September 7, 9am – 12pm

Exhibition Park, Mitchell

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


9 – Canberra Forest Cats All Breeds Cat Show

Meet impressive forest cats like the Maine Coon, Norwegian Forest, Siberian and other pedigreed cats including Burmese, Ragdoll, Bengal and Birman, all vying for Supreme Exhibit in Show! There is something for everyone at the show from watching the judging and meeting the cats and their owners.
Saturday September 7, 8:30am – 3pm

Flynn Community Centre

Cost: $2 - $10

8 - Tharwa Bush Fair

The annual Tharwa Bush Fair is a much-loved social event where visitors can see and buy local arts and crafts, enjoy local performances and market stalls and entertain the kids with sheep shearing, a jumping castle and more! A perfect outdoor event to embrace Spring too!

Sunday September 8, 10am – 2pm

Tharwa Preschool

Cost: free


7 - BentSpoke Start of Spring Carnival

The BentSpoke Cannery is opening its doors to the public again for the Annual Start of Spring Carnival! Enjoy a free and interactive day while helping raise funds for the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary – in honour of Threatened Species Day. There’ll be threatened species themed colouring in for kids, meet and greet with Brian the Bettong, a silent art auction, brewery tours, live music, delicious food, a 12-tap bar and more!
Saturday September 7, 11am – 8pm

The Cannery Bentspoke

Cost: free


6 - Gunning Fireworks Festival

Experience a display of fireworks second only to Sydney’s New Year’s Eve with over one hour of firework demonstrations! Highlights include amusement rides, market stalls, food, 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.

Saturday September 7, 3pm – 9pm

Gunning Showground

Cost: Adults $10, Children $5, Family $25


5 - Possum Magic

For more than 30 years, Mem Fox’s Possum Magic has captivated and enchanted young people all over Australia. Possum Magic takes us on a whimsical journey to cities around Australia to find the food that makes Hush visible again. Joined by an extraordinary creative team, Monkey Baa brings to life the characters, journey and love that has made Possum Magic the most-loved and best-selling Australian picture book of all time.

Saturday September 7, 10am and 12:30pm

Canberra Theatre Centre

Cost: tickets from $21


4 - Zero Waste Festival

Run by Zero Waste Revolution, there’ll be stalls, talks and workshops demonstrating practical ways for families to live with zero waste. Learn from discussions on topics like plastic free living, waste management and sustainable fashion. Take your own zero waste finger food and share in the zero waste picnic. Be part of the first Australian trial that’ll transform running shoes into park benches, by taking your old runners  - any brand, any size!

Saturday September 7, 11am – 3pm

National Museum of Australia

Cost: free


3 - Country Rocks the Capital

Country Rocks is hosting ‘The girls of Country Rock’. Check out headlining performances by Aussie country stars Kirsty lee Akers, Hayley Jensen and Tori Darke. Kora Naughton, Abbie Ferris, Chloe Styler and Chelsea Berman will also take to the stage. Enjoy non stop music in beautiful surroundings with great food and drinks on tap.

Saturday September 7, 2pm – 10pm

Rose Cottage

Cost: General admission $40, kids under 12 free


2 – The Handmade Market

Showcasing over 270 businesses, all products are Australian made and designed. Support Aussie designers, find something unique and meet the makers. You’ll find everything from fashion, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, children’s toys and clothing, jewellery and accessories and a whole pavilion dedicated to food & drinks.
Saturday September 7 and Sunday September 8, 10am – 4pm

Exhibition Park

Cost: entry free (gold coin donation encouraged)


1 - Raiders vs Warriors

You won’t want to miss this – the green machine’s last game of the regular season, with lots happening on and off the field! The Raiders are coming off a thrilling golden point win over the Sharks. They’ll need the win this week to cement third position on the ladder, with the Sea Eagles and Rabbitohs not far behind.

Saturday September 7, gates open 12:30pm, main game 3pm

GIO Stadium

Cost: tickets from $20