10) Fetes & Fairs

If you love home-baked goods, white elephant stalls and all the usual fete goodies – there’s plenty of places to get your fete fix this weekend! Some include the Aranda Twilight Fete, Garden Fete, Kangaroo Waters Fete, Annette’s Place Forest Fete, Latham Primary School Fete, Hughes Primary Food & Wine Extravaganza, French-Australia Pre-School Fete and the Murrumbateman Twilight Country Fair.

Saturday October 28 & Sunday October 29

Various times & locations around the ACT & surrounds



9) Nerf Game Halloween Special

Get those Halloween costumes out for a game of Human vs Zombie! Dress up as vampires, monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, zombies, devils, or whatever scary character takes your fancy. Darts are supplied for a gold coin, or get the $5 deal which covers darts, drinks and a BBQ.

Saturday October 28 11am-2pm

Stage 88, Commonwealth Park West, Canberra


Cost: gold coin for the day


8) Family Fun Day – Celebrating 90 yrs of Guides ACT

Girl Guides ACT are celebrating their 90th birthday with a family fun day! The day will be jam-packed with guide activities, a mobile rock climbing wall, face painting, a sausage sizzle, campfire fun, cupcakes, a jumping castle, tent displays, and of course, birthday cake! Check out what Girl Guides get up to in the ACT!

Saturday October 28 10am-3pm

Kings Park, Lake Burley Griffin


Cost: free!


7) CBR Fair Day

Help celebrate Canberra’s diverse LGBTIQ communities by taking part in a fabulous day of music and performances. There’ll be activities, workshops, delicious food and even a rainbow pet parade! More than 3000 people and 40+ stallholders took part in 2016, and this year’s event is expected to be bigger and brighter!

Saturday October 28 11am-4pm

Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon


Cost: free entry!


6) Canberra Nara Candle Festival

An amazing sight to see – 2000 shimmering candles at the Canberra Nara Candle Festival, celebrating the sister city relationship between Canberra and Nara, Japan. Enjoy Japanese music, calligraphy, lantern making, origami, ikebana, kite flying, Japanese cuisine and markets. Parking is available in the Parliamentary Zone with a free shuttle bus to the park.

Saturday October 28 4pm-9pm

Canberra Nara Peace Park & Lennox Gardens


Cost: free!


5) Canberra Home & Leisure Show

Whether you’re on the hunt for a new caravan or camper, or want to check out the latest in camping or accessories, there’ll be something for you! Local chefs will create gourmet delights showcasing local produce, wines, beer and spirits. Team D-MAX will treat visitors to a trip up and down the ramp at a 45 degree angle and two wheel rides for adults. Other features include interactive family baking demonstrations, a kids play zone, free face painting, competitions, a petting zoo and more!

Saturday October 28 10am-5pm & Sunday October 29 10am-4pm

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell


Cost: Adult $15, Concession $12


4) Oktoberfest

Pretzels, beer and German dancing – what could make for a better weekend? Oktoberfest will be bigger and better than ever at its new location – the Queanbeyan Showgrounds. So get your lederhosen and dirndl’s ready for a jam-packed weekend of German food, music, dancing, competitions and drinks! There’ll also be lots of family entertainment and activities on the Sunday.

Saturday October 28 11am-11:30pm & Sunday October 29 11am-5pm

Queanbeyan Showground, Glebe Ave, Queanbeyan


Cost: $10 – $35


3) Rugby League World Cup – France vs Lebanon

Canberra is proud to host 3 of the games in the Men’s 2017 Rugby League World Cup – an international competition featuring 14 teams from around the globe. Watch as France and Lebanon battle it out at GIO Stadium!

Sunday October 29, gates open at 2pm with a 4pm kick-off

GIO Stadium, Battye St, Bruce


Cost: Tickets range from $10-$40.80


2) ESA Open Day

The ultimate day out for kids big and small! Sit in trucks, try out fire hoses, explore the ESA headquarters and meet the people who keep our community safe. There’ll also be firefighting demonstrations, food stalls, kid’s entertainment, face painting, a petting zoo and jumping castles.

Sunday October 29 10am-3pm

ESA Headquarters, 9 Amberley Ave, Fairbairn


Cost: free!


1) Boogong

Boogong is one of the biggest Halloween street parties in Australia! Dress up and get amongst the hordes of ghosts, goblins and zombies! There’ll be muscle acrobats, jugglers, stilt walkers, roving monsters, an eerie light show, giant spiders, live music, more than 20 gourmet food vendors and fireworks at 9pm! More than 15,000 people attended in 2016 with an even bigger crowd expected this year.

Saturday October 28 5pm-9pm

Paddock next to the abandoned Googong Woolshed, access via Googong Road.


Cost: free!

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