10) Makers-Con at the Old Bus Depot Markets
Hobbyists and pop culture fans convene! The Makers Convention will unite stalls and attractions that showcase a range of hobbies. Check out the range of attractions, demonstrations and a cosplay competition will also be lined up. There’ll also be live action role-play, leather makers, corset designers, millinery and medieval recreation.
Sunday September 9, 10am – 4pm
Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston
9) Canberra Forest Cats Club All Breeds Cat Show
The Canberra Forest Cats Club All Breeds Cat Show will feature a range of pedigreed cats being assessed by three judges and vying for Supreme Exhibit in Show. The show has a focus on the Forest Cat Breeds – Maine Coon, Norwegian Forest and Siberian – but also features other breeds including Burmese, Ragdoll, Bengal and Birman.
Saturday September 8, 9:30am – 2pm
Flynn Community Hub, Bingle St, Flynn
Cost: check the website for entry fees
8) Snow Dogs Day Out
Corin Forest is getting ready to welcome our four-legged friends back to the snow for the next two weekends! With their very own snow-play area, this year’s event is set to be even bigger than the last! Last year’s event was loved by more than 500 dogs – so if you’re keen to get involved this year, you’ll need to book quick!
September 8 & 9 and September 15 & 16
Corin Forest, 1268 Corin Dam Rd, Paddy’s River, ACT
Cost: $22 per person, dogs no charge
7) National Threatened Species Week
The National Zoo & Aquarium is raising awareness for national threatened species conservation by conducting a National Threatened Species Week. There’s daily special threatened species zookeeper talks and feeds focusing on Koala’s, Tasmanian Devil’s and other native endangered animals. There’s also a Threatened Species Trail and scavenger hunt as well as loads of kid’s activities.
September 3 – 9
National Zoo & Aquarium, 999 Lady Denman Dr, Yarralumla
Cost: regular entry fees apply
6) Lifeline Bookfair
Book lovers unite! Grab a bargain, or several, and help raise money for Lifeline’s crisis support and suicide prevention service. Lose yourself in the huge range of books, movies, music, games, comics and more!
September 7 – 9 (Sat: 9am – 5pm 7 Sun: 10am – 4pm)
Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell
Cost: entry by gold coin donation
5) Tharwa Bush Fair
Check out this much-loved social event where visitors can see and buy local arts and crafts, view local performances, enjoy market stalls and entertain the kids with sheep shearing, a jumping castle and more. This event is looked forward to by the wider Canberra community!
Sunday September 9, 10am – 2pm
North St, Tharwa
4) Canberra Baby & Beyond Expo
The Expo is playing host to a huge array of entertainment, retail outlets, service providers and support organisations. Parenting guru Pinky McKay will meet local families and present a baby sleep session each day. There’ll also be two big shows – Peppa Pig and PJ Masks!
Saturday September 8 & Sunday September 9 – 9am – 3pm
Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell
Cost: check website for details
3) Bentspoke Start of Spring Carnival
Welcome the new season with an afternoon of fun at Bentspoke! The Cannery in Mitchell will come alive for this free event, with live music, fire drums, food trucks, brewery tours, kid’s entertainment, face painters, AFL and NRL on the big screens, table tennis, giant Jenga and of course, a wide range of beverages!
Saturday September 8, 11am – 10pm
The Cannery Bentspoke, 79 Lysaght St, Mitchell
2) Classic Car Cruise for Camp Quality
It’s nearly that time of year when we see dozens of classic cars cruise around the capital, all for a good cause. The Camp Quality Classic Car Cruise, now in its third year, is open to vehicles 20 years or older, luxury exotic cars, company-branded cars, members of car clubs, motorbikes and trucks. It’s a sight not to be missed, as they travel from Black Mountain Tower on a designated route to Queanbeyan Showgrounds, where there’ll be lots of cars on display, food and drinks, kids’ activities and music.
Sunday September 9 from 9am
Starts at Black Mountain Tower
Cost: $25 to register a motorbike and $50 for all other vehicles
1) Gunning Fireworks Festival
Gunning must be the only place where you can experience a display of fireworks second only to Sydney’s New Year’s Eve with over one hour of fireworks demonstrations! There’ll be amusement rides, market stalls, food stalls, face painting, air brush tattoos, fairy floss, live music and more. The skies fill with every firework at dark. The crackers get bigger as the night gets longer. Celebrate spring with a bang!
Saturday September 8, 3pm – 9pm
Gunning Showground, NSW
Cost: Adult $10, Child $5, Family $25