10 – 50th Mauritian Independence Day celebration

A real cultural experience awaits at the 50th Mauritian Independence Day celebration! There’ll be traditional food, a live Mauritian band, raffles, a sweet Mauritian cakes stall, as well as Sega and Afro Brazilian dance performances. Dress in Mauritian colours if you can!

April 21 from 6pm

Northside Community Centre, 2 Rosevear Pl, Dickson

https://www.facebook.com/events/110088676498463/

Cost: Adult $30, Children $20, Under 5’s are free!

 

9 – The Earth Festival

A vegan fundraising event aimed to educate the community on how to be ethical and sustainable to the environment, animals, their health and other people. 80{574d531d5fc467f25e34179971194f57f82ed0fcc8bb5ce3f07badc5570e102e} of profits from ticket sales to be donated to Lucky Stars Sanctuary. There’ll be a huge food court filled with a variety of local vegan foods, workshops, tattoo and henna artists, an activity zone and stalls selling clothes, accessories, make-up, skincare, bags and more!

April 21 and April 22, 10am-4pm

Australian National Botanic Gardens, Acton

https://www.theearthfestival.org/

Cost: Tickets start from $9.95

 

8 – Family Movie Night

A chance for the community to come together for an alcohol-free family event! Take a blanket, picnic and your friends for a movie night under the stars. There’ll also be food vendors selling yummy treats as well as plenty to keep the tribe entertained before the film. Listen to music and share your ideas for community spaces for the future use of the Gold Creek Country Club. The Lego Ninjago movie will be screened at the Open Air Cinema!

April 21 from 5pm

Gold Creek Country Club, 50 Curran Dr, Nicholls

https://reimaginegoldcreek.com.au/event/movie-night/

Cost: free!

 

7 – Pegasus Revival of Vinyl

Enjoy a groovy night out listening to tunes from old vinyl records! Kick it back old school with the Belconnen Bowling Club at their upcoming Vinyl Party! Take your favourite records or just go to listen and dance to the music on offer! Lots of retro fun to be had with door prizes and dress ups!

April 21 from 6:30pm

Belconnen Bowling Club, Beetaloo St, Hawker

http://www.pegasusact.com.au/

Cost: $30 per head with proceeds donated to Pegasus for a 2019 Riding Scholarship

 

6 – Canberra Classic Boatfest

26 boats are taking part in Boatfest, ranging from rowing and sailing craft to putt putt and steam launches, some restored and others new. Saturday is the best day to see them up close, with the boats in and around Lotus Bay from 9:30am. During the lunch break, they’ll be moored at the jetty or pulled up to the shore. On Sunday, the boats will leave Lotus Bay at 10am for the voyage up the lake to Kingston Harbour.

April 21 and 22

Lake Burley Griffin

http://www.tradboatsact.com/events_2018_boatfest.html

Cost: free for spectators

 

5 – Canberra Heritage Festival

Be sure to check out the last couple of 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)

 

4 – Short + Sweet Theatre Canberra

Thirty 10 minute plays, more than half written by locals, are produced and performed by local artists over two weeks at the Canberra Theatre! See Canberra’s creatives at their best, with professional writers, directors and actors doing their thing alongside talented amateurs, to impress the judges. If you don’t like what you’re seeing, you don’t have to wait more than 10 minutes for the next play to start!

April 17 – 28

Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, Canberra

https://shortandsweet.org/festivals/shortsweet-theatre-canberra-2018

Cost: check website for details

 

3 – Webers Circus

Take you and your family on a Wild West adventure with death defying acrobats, funny clowns, trick dogs and miniature ponies, Russian swing, jugglers, dancers and much more! Be prepared to be wowed by the super talented acts, one as young as 8 years old! A fun event for the whole family, particularly in the school holidays.

April 12 – 29 in Monash and May 3 – 20 in Belconnen (check website for session times)
Clive Steele Ave in Monash and Diddams Close in Belconnen (Ginninderra)

https://www.weberscircus.com/

Cost: check website for details

 

2 – School holiday activities

There’s heaps to keep the kids busy in Canberra this school holidays! Among the places offering school holiday programs are the AIS, Warehouse Circus, Canberra Youth Theatre, Kids Pantry and more. There’s also lots of events happening at Questacon, the Portrait Gallery, the War Memorial, the National Museum, Parliament House, Belconnen Arts Centre, the National Gallery, the National Zoo and Aquarium, the National Dinosaur Museum – the list goes on. There’s also some great kids films at the cinemas, like Peter Rabbit, Sherlock Gnomes, Early Man and A Wrinkle In Time.

Various locations around Canberra

Google your favourite event/location for details!

 

1 – Brumbies vs Jaguares

History will be made when the Brumbies welcome Argentine outfit the Jaguares to GIO Stadium for their first ever clash in Canberra. They’ve only met once before, with the Brumbies winning 39-15 in Beunos Aires. Get to the stadium early with lots of freebies and fun activities for the kids! With fans on the field at full time, it’s the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

April 22, gates open at 2:15 with kick-off at 4:05pm

GIO Stadium, Battye St, Bruce

www.brumbies.com.au

Cost: Take advantage of the FREE junior ticket offer – receive a free kids ticket with every GA Adult or Concession ticket purchased ($26.55 adult general admission)