10 – Australian National Fencing Championships
A chance to see Australia’s best fencers in action, as well as competitors from New Zealand, Asia and Europe! Men and women’s events are run for Epee, Foil and Sabre for open age groups and veterans. Cheer the ACT to victory in the team competitions and see who wins the big prizes: The Cyclone Cup for the Best State in the Opens and The Centenary Shield for the Best State in the Veterans.
December 8 – 12
AIS Arena, Bruce
9 – Christmas events
There’s plenty of ways to get your Christmas cheer on this weekend, whether it be picking up some great gifts or singing carols! Some of the many events include the Christmas Market at EPIC, Christmas at the Old Bus Depot Markets, Joyeux Noel, a German Christmas concert, the Salvos Christmas Carols and more!
December 9 & 10
Various locations around Canberra
8 – Hyper Real
This blockbuster exhibition has certainly sent tongues wagging! Check out the range of sculptures, some of which are eerily lifelike to others that are out of this world. They challenge audiences to look beyond what’s skin deep and explore the question: what makes us human? It’s definitely like nothing else you’ve seen before!
October 20 2017 – February 18 2018
National Gallery of Australia
Cost: Adult $25, Concession/student $22.50, Children under 16 are free, NGA member $20
7 – Music in the Park
It’s time to party! Organised by North CBR Music, this event has a great line up of music, including The Filters, Ultra Violet, Sally Davis, Georgie Murray and Counterfeet, to help you dance the night away! As usual, it’s BYO everything. Everyone is invited!
December 9, 3pm-9pm
Bragg St, Hackett
Cost: gold coin donation for a local charity
6 – RSPCA 12 Barks of Christmas Carols
Bring your whole family and four-legged friends to kick off the festive season with the RSPCA’s 12 Barks of Christmas Carols! Sing along to choirs and bands and enjoy delicious food! Also, why not treat your pooch to some cute Christmas gifts from the retail stall! All proceeds go to the RSPCA to help animals in need.
December 10, 4-7pm
RSPCA shelter, 12 Kirkpatrick St, Weston
Cost: Adult $30, Concession/students $20, Child (3-17) $15, family $75
5 – Canberra Cavalry vs Melbourne Aces
The Canberra Cavalry are back home this week for their four game series against the Melbourne Aces, which continues this weekend! Our guys would love a strong home crowd at Narrabundah Ballpark to cheer them on!
December 7 – 10
MIT Ballpark, Goyder St, Narrabundah
Cost: check website for details (costs vary depending on which match you attend)
4 – GoBoat Canberra
You can now have a picnic on Lake Burley Griffin! GoBoat Canberra is offering self-operated Scandinavian picnic boats for hire, leaving from the Kingston Foreshore pier. You don’t even need a boat licence! So whether you’re keen to hit the water with colleagues for after work drinks, or you want to plan a romantic date for two, there’s something to suit every occasion.
Every day, 7 days a week
Wharf 2, Trevillian Quay, Kingston
Cost: One hour $95, two hours $169, three hours $239, $70 per additional hour
3 – Handmade Christmas Markets
A fantastic event showcasing over 260 Australian creative businesses and their handmade designs. Find something unique and well-priced – and chat to the maker too! They’ve got everything from fashion, furniture, ceramics, kid’s toys, clothes, jewellery, an indoor gourmet food pavilion and more! You may even pick up some beautifully handmade Christmas gifts.
December 8 – 10
Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell
Cost: free entry, gold coin donations encouraged.
2 – The Commons Street Feast
The food truck festival at Commonwealth Park brings over 20 of Australia’s best food trucks to one spot, as well as craft beer and wine bars, the Pimms Garden, a butler service, Dogs Day Out, roaming performers, a visit from Santa, face painting, games, trivia and more! Try the street food, woodfired pizza, slow-cooked meats, burgers, loaded fries, fried chicken, wings, chip on a stick, yummy platters and delectable desserts!
November 30 – December 10
Commonwealth Park, Canberra
Cost: free entry!
1 – Christmas in Glebe Park
There’s a huge program planned for the first weekend of Christmas in Glebe Park! There’ll be something for everyone with inflatable rides, a nerf arena, jumping castles, light displays, visits from Santa and Nomad the Magician, a live Christmas Tree forest, painted gingerbread cubby houses, roving carollers, delicious food and more! The perfect way to get into the festive spirit!
Three packed weekends from December 8 – 23
Glebe Park, Canberra
Cost: free entry!