10 – AMB 100 Mountain Bike Marathon

Join locals and mountain bikers from around Australia take on the Stromlo trails on a giant monster circuit! A great way to spend an Autumn morning while taking in Canberra’s spectacular views. There’s a range of lap options and courses to choose from, including 33km, 66km, 100km or 100 miles. If you’re not much of a bike rider, head along to show your support! There’ll also be kids races, activities and yummy food.

April 15 from 5am

Stromlo Forest Park, off Cotter Road

http://rockytrailentertainment.com/events/100-overview.html

Cost: check website for registration details / spectators are free!

 

9 – Canberra Kids Market

Check out the huge range of new, handmade and pre-loved clothes, toys, games, books, prams, accessories, furniture, baby equipment and more at the Canberra Kids Market! There’s plenty of stalls to explore with designer labels and great bargains too. Guaranteed to find something special for the little loves of your life.

April 14, 9am – 12pm

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

https://canberramarkets.net.au/

Cost: free entry!

 

8 – GWS Giants vs Fremantle Dockers

Cheer on the GIANTS as they look to sink Fremantle here in Canberra this weekend! Get the family together for a Saturday afternoon of fun and fast-paced footy. Get there early to enjoy the family entertainment including the Fan Zone, inflatables, merchandise, G-Man and Gigi.

April 14, 1:45pm

UNSW Canberra Oval

www.gwsgiants.com.au

Cost: tickets start from $24 for an adult and $12 for a child

 

7 – 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!

April 14, 9:30am-11am

Mount Stromlo Observatory, Cotter Rd, Weston Creek

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/mt-stromlo-observatory-site-tour-tickets-42408338482

Cost: general admission $5

 

6 – Googong’s A Fishing Fair

Whether you’re a serious angler or just looking for a fun way to get the kids outside – this event’s for you! Fishing Australia’s Rob Paxevanos will team up with local fishing expert and wildlife filmmaker Roman Dicovski and celebrity chef Mark Olive, for a free pond-to-plate experience. A great day for the whole family with lots of free fishing and environment-related activities! Also a chance to learn how to take care of the Googong Dam and still have fun!

April 14, 11am – 2pm

Beltana Park, Beltana Avenue, Googong

http://googong.net/news/news-articles/n3550_googong-fishing-fair-sat-14418

Cost: free!

 

5 – Thank You Canberra – Rainbow Party

Everyone’s invited to this free marriage equality celebration! It’ll feature Australia’s biggest rainbow painted on the grassy Events Terrace, rainbow kites, a live DJ, face painting, gourmet BBQ, food, drinks and more. Plenty of selfie opportunities!

April 14, 10:30am – 2pm

National Arboretum, Forest Drive, Molonglo Valley

https://www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au/visit/whats_on/whatson-full-story/rainbow-party

Cost: free!

 

4 – Canberra Heritage Festival

Be part of 16 days of celebration for the region’s Aboriginal, historic and natural heritage. This year’s theme is ‘My Culture, My Story’. With over 100 events, most free, you can enjoy tours, open days, dances, talks, dinners, markets and more! Hear the stories and celebrate cultural expression.

April 14 – 29

Various locations

http://www.events.act.gov.au/component/events/56b23ae3266140594567dba4/canberra-and-region-heritage-festival?Itemid=320

Cost: contact event organisers for information (most events are free)

 

3 – Auto Italia

You won’t want to miss this annual showcase of Italian automotive design. Hundreds of exceptional cars, motorbikes and scooters will gather in Canberra to celebrate Italian motoring history. If you own a vehicle in this category, or are just passionate about Italian cars, then this is where you need to be this weekend!

April 15, 8am – 3:30pm

Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Canberra

http://www.autoitaliacanberra.com/

Cost: to register, cars are $15 and motorbikes/scooters are $10

 

2 – Canberra Raiders vs Parramatta Eels

The Raiders have won the last seven matches at home against the Eels – let’s cheer them on to their 8th! Our guys are also aiming for their fourth straight win over Parramatta at any venue, and are going for back to back wins after beating the Bulldogs in round five. Get there early and help get the stadium full of green!

April 14, gates open at 5pm with the main game at 7:30pm

GIO Stadium, Battye St, Bruce

www.raiders.com.au

Cost: Tickets from $25 for an adult & $17.50 for a junior

 

1 – Australian Running Festival

Lace up those sneakers – the Australian Running Festival is back in town this weekend! There’s the 5 and 10 kay events on Saturday and the big marathon runs on Sunday. Runners and cheer squads can also enjoy the on-stage entertainment and kids zone! Check the website for road closure details.

April 14 from 7am & April 15 from 6am

Starting line: King George Terrace

www.runningfestival.com.au

Cost: check website for details