10 – Canberra Fashion Market

Discover new and pre-loved fashion with designer labels and a wide range of styles, more than 1,750 sqm of shopping and more than 100 stallholders. There’s also a growing food and wine component. There’ll be fashion, shoes, bags, jewellery, accessories and beauty products for great prices. It’s ideal for those who want to reduce waste by recycling quality fashion that’s too good to discard.

Saturday August 31, 10am – 4pm

Thoroughbred Park


Cost: free


9 – Monet: Impression Sunrise

From waterlilies to seascapes, city scenes and rural landscapes, experience the beauty of natural light, colour and fleeting moments captured by Monet and other Impressionist artists including Turner, Boudin, Sisley and Morisot. Discover the story behind Monet’s ground-breaking masterpiece, Impression Sunrise, and the artists that influenced him and learn how it inspired a moment.

June 7 – September 1

National Gallery of Australia


Cost: tickets from $17


8 – Shakespeare In Love

Shakespeare in Love won seven Oscars in 1998 when Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes stole our hearts on screen. Now, Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman’s Academy Award-winning script has been transformed by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) into a side-splitting stage comedy with a stirring love story at its heart.

August 22 – 31

Canberra Theatre Centre


Cost: tickets from $69


7 – World Bacon and Beer Celebration
International Bacon Day celebrations typically include social gatherings during which participants create and consume dishes containing bacon. In true Pialligo style, they’re going the extra mile to celebrate their famous bacon! There’ll be 15 minute bacon talks so you can learn tricks of the trade. There’ll of course be plenty of delicious food and for the kids, there’ll be face painting and arm tattoos.
Sunday September 1, 10am – 4pm

Pialligo Estate


Cost: Adult $20, kids $5


6 – Tertiary 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 Canberra Institute of Technology. Chat to staff and students to help work out where to take that next step in your education.

Saturday August 31 from 9am


Cost: free!


5 – Story Time: Australian Children’s Literature

Story Time, an exhibition of Australian children’s literature from the colonial period through to the present day, will appeal to anyone who’s experienced the magic of children’s stories like ‘The Magic Pudding’, ‘The Rainbow Serpent’, ‘Where is the Green Sheep’ and more. It’ll take you on a nostalgic tour through the words of Australian authors and illustrators like Mem Fox, May Gibbs, Emily Rodda, Ethel Turner and more. The exhibition features books, manuscripts, illustrations and ephemera from the library’s extensive collections alongside significant loans.

August 22 – February 9

National Library of Australia


Cost: free


4 – Forest of Light in Haig Park

Haig Park Experiments presents acclaimed light photographer Peter Solness to Canberra for a series of workshops and events in Haig Park. Peter is a multi-award winning photographer, artist, educator and writer who specialises in the photographic method of Light Painting. Register to be a light orb participant and become part of the ‘Forest of Light’, or if you don’t want to participate, you can still go along to watch and enjoy the night-time spectacle!
Saturday August 31, 5pm – 7pm

Haig Park

Cost: free


3 – Father’s Day activities

There’s plenty of ways to celebrate dad this Father’s Day! Take him to Googong Kite Fest or soak up some culture at the last weekend of the Monet exhibition! There’s also lots of delicious Father’s Day events like lunch at Pialligo Estate, The Duxton Meatfest, dad-sized burgers at Chifley’s Bar & Grill, The Lighthouse Dads Day, Novotel B&B package, QT Man Tea and more!

Sunday September 1

Various locations around ACT and surrounds


2 – The Great Wizard’s Ball

Join fellow witches, wizards and creatures to mark the last day of winter and the start of a new school year at Hogwarts. Gather, feast, mingle, dance and just be magical! There’ll be roving entertainers, live performances, music, magical creatures and plenty of surprises in store! All funds raised will support The Smith Family’s literacy program. There’ll also be a small wizards ball for families with young kids.

Saturday August 31, 7pm – 11pm

The Abbey


Cost: tickets from $165


1 – Googong KiteFest

Googong’s kite festival is back with a host of flying friends including a giant whale shark, dragons, bunny rabbits, a stingray, astronauts and a flying pig! Treat Dad to a Father’s Day Capital Woodfired Pizza or Boss Burger and a beer, or you can take a picnic or enjoy a sausage sizzle while the DJ entertains. Take your kite to Rockley Oval for a day of free fun!

Sunday September 1, 11am – 2pm

Rockley Oval, Googong


Cost: free

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