10 – Red Hill Shops Pop Up Market

Head on down to experience some of our region’s best food, along with cooking demonstrations, live music, over-sized wooden games and free coffee! There’ll be over 20 vendors including Pialligo Edtate, Lulu & Sis, Capital Brewing Co and of course the Red Hill Primary school sausage sizzle and lemonade stand!

August 27 12pm-3pm

Duyfken Place, Red Hill


Cost: free entry!


9 – Canberra Bridal Expo

This is THE place to visit to create your perfect wedding day! Meet with a huge range of suppliers and professionals to ensure you find the right team for your big day. View the latest in bridal fashions, register for awesome prizes and be inspired!

August 27 10am-3pm

Budawang Pavilion, Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell


Cost: online tickets are free!


8 – Vegan Sunday

Try a delicious range of mock seafood and meats – strictly vegan only! There’ll also be coffee, soy milkshakes, soft drinks, sugar can juice and ice teas available. Check out the stalls run by Whisker Woods Sanctuary, VeganACT and Dessert Quartets. 10{574d531d5fc467f25e34179971194f57f82ed0fcc8bb5ce3f07badc5570e102e} of the profits from The Fish Shack and Dessert Quartets will be donated to Whisker Woods Sanctuary.

August 27 11am-7:30pm

The Fish Shack, Petrie Plaza, Civic


Cost: pay for what you order


7 – Family Fun Weekend at Amaroo Village

Join in the family fun right across the weekend at Amaroo Village! There’ll be face painting, balloon twisting, giveaways and student performances. On Sunday, kids will also have the chance to meet and greet with Minion Jerry!

August 26 11am-2pm & August 27 11am-2pm

Amaroo Village, Pioneer St, Amaroo


Cost: free!


6 – University 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 Australian Defence Force Academy. Chat to staff and students to help work out where to take that next step in your education.

August 26 9am-4pm



Cost: free!


5 – Shimano Mountain Bike Grand Prix Round 5

Watch or join Australia’s best mountain bike endurance racers competing for their choice of 4 or 7 hours on the 10-12 km circuit. There are solo and team races. Bring the family – there’ll be free kids’ races and heaps of activities! What better place to enjoy Canberra’s beautiful surrounds than on your bike at Stromlo Forest Park?

August 26 9am-4pm

Stromlo Forest Park


Cost: Check website for registration costs. Free for spectators!


4 – Swing into Spring – Canberra’s Big Band Bonanza

This is an event not to be missed! Hear four of Canberra’s big bands in one place – Connexion, Blamey Street Big Band, In Full Swing and Canberra City Big Band. Grab a drink and some BBQ food while you enjoy some of Canberra’s talented jazz musicians.

August 26 5pm-9pm

John Lingard Hall, Canberra Grammar School, 40 Monaro Cres, Red Hill


Cost: Pre-booked tickets – Adults: $20, Child/concession $10, Family $50. At the door – Adults: $25, Child/concession $12


3 – Baby and Beyond Expo

This popular parenting event is bursting at the seams with all the latest in products, services, support, advice and entertainment for families. A chance for Canberrans to browse, try and buy direct from manufacturers and retailers never before seen in the ACT! Chat to midwives, doulas, sleep and breastfeeding experts and keep the kids happy in the play space. There’s also plenty of entertainment and giveaways! And don’t miss the Bananas in Pyjamas Stage Show!

August 26 & 27 9am-3pm

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell


Cost: Adult $10, Concession/senior $6


2 – Throsby Winter Wonderland

This one-day only event has something for everyone! There’ll be an outdoor ice rink with real snow, live music and entertainment, meet Olaf and Elsa from Frozen, or relax with a hot coffee and some delicious treats from one of the local food vans.

August 27 11am-3pm

Cnr of Dragon St & Bettong Ave, Throsby


Cost: gold coin donation
1 – Canberra Writers Festival

This massive event showcases local, national and international writers in venues around Canberra. Don’t miss the chance to hear your favourite author in one of our iconic National Institutions! There’s something for everyone, whether it’s humour-based, or something more serious. Headline talent includes comic writer and Aussie icon Kathie Lette, international bestselling authors Samantha Shannon and Rutger Bregman, alongside Tony Jones, Tracey Spicer and UK journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge, to name a few!

August 25-27

Various venues around Canberra


Cost: check website for details

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