Skip to content Skip to site navigation

Upcoming events

Here are a few things happening around town that we thought you and your family might be interested in. Enjoy!

  • KFC Sydney Thunder Big Bash League & Rebel Women’s Big Bash

    KFC Sydney Thunder Big Bash League & Rebel Women’s Big Bash

    Manuka Circle, Barton, Australian Capital Territory, 2600

    21 Dec 2018

    The Sydney Thunder are taking yet another double header to the ACT this season. The W / BBL teams are coming to visit their regional Members and fans in the ACT. Some of the world's best cricketers will be showcasing their abilities in this double header, with spectators being treated to an electrifying atmosphere with a result that will likely come down to the final overs.

    1.50pm – Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes - WBBL
    7:15pm – Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars – BBL

  • New Year

    New Year's Eve in the City

    180 London Circuit, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, 2601

    31 Dec - 01 Jan 2018

    Kiss goodbye to 2018 and ring in the New Year with music, food and fireworks in Civic Square.

    From 6pm, dance the night away with a free all ages concert. World-class fireworks displays will light up Canberra skies in the city at 9pm and midnight at this alcohol free event.

    Party till late and ride home safe with Transport Canberra’s Late Night Rapid Services operating until 2am.

    Full program will be announced shortly.

  • Snakes Alive!

    Snakes Alive!

    Clunies Ross Street, Acton, Australian Capital Territory, 2601

    14 Jan 2019 - 20 Jan 2018

    Be charmed by live displays of snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs and more at the Australian National Botanic Garden's Snakes Alive!

    Snakes Alive! is one of the most diverse displays of reptiles in Australia. Get up close and see feeding demonstrations of over 30 different species of reptiles. Feeding times are at 11am, 1pm and 2pm.

  • Australia Day in the Capital

    Australia Day in the Capital

    Regatta Place, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, 2600

    26 Jan 2019

    Sit back and relax as the perfect live soundtrack fills the air at Regatta Point. Justice Crew will headline the Australia Day in the Capital concert with their legendary moves and epic beats. Crowd favourites Jess & Matt and popular locals Tuchasoul will also take to the stage, showcasing their stunning vocals and much loved lyrical style.

    If a picnic setting is what you’re after, bring family and friends to Patrick White Lawns, where there will be plenty of entertainment for children on offer. Kids can challenge themselves with a game of cricket, get an adrenaline rush on a giant slide, live out fairy tales with face paint and bounce their way through Australia Day on jumping castles.

    Indulge your inner foodie at our marketplace featuring local food trucks before an impressive pyrotechnic display lights up the night sky at 9pm. Marvel as this colourful show bursts to life. Bring a camera and capture the perfect shot of the fireworks reflecting off the lake.

  • Australia Day in Yass Valley

    Australia Day in Yass Valley

    259 Comur Street, Yass, New South Wales, 2582

    26 Jan 2019

    Celebrate Australia's National Day with celebrations in the Yass Valley at Coronation Park. The Rotary Club of Yass provide breakfast in the park from 8am.

    Face painting, jumping castle, playground to keep the children entertained! A lovely atmosphere so bring the whole family.

    Yass Valley Australia Day Citizen Awards are to recognise outstanding individuals and groups who make a real contribution and difference to their community.

    The Australia Day Ambassador will also address the audience. The winners of the Australia Day awards are announced in the park at 9.15am.

    Entry is free so head along and enjoy a true Australia Day like no other in the Yass Valley.

  • Yass Touch Knockout

    Yass Touch Knockout

    Merriman Drive, Yass, New South Wales, 2582

    26 Jan 2019 - 28 Jan 2018

    *** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    Held on the long weekend of January, with almost 1,200 competitors, the Yass Touch Knockout weekend event is not to be missed!

    Now in its third decade, the annual Yass Touch Football Knockout. Last year 104 teams participated in the knockout which meant there were eight divisions - two Women's divisions; three Men's divisions and three Mixed divisions.

    Competitors come from all over Australia, New Zealand, Japan and England for the biggest and best touch knockout competition which makes this the largest touch knockout tournament in Australia.

    Join in and play at the touch knockout or just come along for the weekend to watch some extremely talented touch teams travelling from all over the world to be noticed, all with the same aim of being the winner of the biggest touch knockout in Australia!

    Come along and watch these amazing players battle it out!

  • Colour

    Colour

    King Edward Terrace, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, 2600

    16 Nov 2017 - 01 Feb 2018

    See colour as you’ve never seen it before! Is your yellow the same as mine? How do pixels and paint differ? Turn a blue butterfly green, visit the Room of Missing Colours and hear fascinating stories from people who see colour when they hear music. Discover Colour at Questacon and see the world in a new light!

    End dates to be confirmed, please see our website for details.

  • School Holidays at the Australian Institute of Sport

    School Holidays at the Australian Institute of Sport

    Leverrier St, Bruce, Australian Capital Territory, 2617

    02 Jan 2019 - 01 Feb 2018

    Want to keep your kids active and entertained over the school holidays in a safe environment? School holidays at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has a focus on participation and having a good time. These programs are suitable for primary school aged children and will have your child exploring a world of fun, activity and adventure.

    Choose from the Pre-School Holiday Program, Swim Intensive, Soccer, Cricket, Tennis, Dance and a general Sports Vacation Program.

    All programs are based around children having fun, learning new skills, working as a team and keeping active. There will also be activities in Sportex, the interactive sports experience.

    Full day or weekly programs available.

  • 2019 Summer Sounds Concert Series

    2019 Summer Sounds Concert Series

    Clunies Ross Street, Acton, Australian Capital Territory, 2601

    02 Feb 2019 - 10 Feb 2018

    As the sun goes down over the Gardens, enjoy live music, dancing and delicious food and drink in the picturesque Eucalypt Lawn setting.

    Bring family and friends for a picnic or enjoy the onsite catering including wine and beer.

  • ACT Parks Critters of the Eucalypt Forest

    ACT Parks Critters of the Eucalypt Forest

    Tidbinbilla Reserve Road, Paddys River, Australian Capital Territory, 2620

    24 Feb - 16 Feb 2018

    Every Saturday take a short walk with a ranger and learn about the potoroos and other important inhabitants of the Eucalypt Forest and get back in time for “Koalas in the Canopy”.

    Meet at the koala enclosure in the Eucalypt Forest.

    Normal entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required.

  • ACT Parks Koalas in the Canopy

    ACT Parks Koalas in the Canopy

    Tidbinbilla Reserve Road, Paddys River, Australian Capital Territory, 2620

    24 Feb - 16 Feb 2018

    Every Saturday you can search for koalas and enjoy a ranger guided walk through the tall eucalypt forest at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Hear a ranger's story or two about these fascinating marsupials.

    Meet at the Eucalypt Forest car park.

    Normal entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required for Koalas in the Canopy.

  • Gunning Show

    Gunning Show

    Copeland Street, Gunning, New South Wales, 2581

    17 Feb 2019

    *** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    This is a fun country show that has plenty to offer families, with free kids events and lots to see and do!

    Come along to see the horses, dogs, shearing, alpaca and cattle competitions. This year they are showcasing free skateboard demonstrations and lessons as well as chainsaw demonstrations and reptile shows.

    For the kids, they have free facepainting and candle making, not to mention the patting paddock and the smoke house maze.

    They are really proud of everything the region has to offer, which is showcased in the pavilion, filled with local produce, wool, arts and crafts and photography.

    Only 45 minutes from Canberra, the Gunning Show is not like some of the bigger events, they offer a great day out with friendly and fun locals. Go and visit them, you won't be disappointed!

  • ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show

    ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show

    Flemington Road, Mitchell, Australian Capital Territory, 2911

    22 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2018

    Get ready to be entertained, excited and educated at the ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show!

    The award winning ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show features more than 150 attractions, 5000 animals, 450 trade displays and 1500 competitors.

    Stay for the day. Play under the night lights. Get in fast to buy your favourite show bags. There's something for all the family.

    Check their website for full details.

  • Yass Picnic Races

    Yass Picnic Races

    Gums Lane, Yass, New South Wales, 2582

    02 Mar 2019

    *** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    A race meeting has been held in Yass since 1901. This is a fantastic venue to bring the family and enjoy the picturesque racecourse with the beautiful Thoroughbreds, the Bookmakers, and Fashions on the Field.

    The annual Yass Picnic Races is held at the historic Marchmont Racecourse on Gums Lane. A six race card with the first race at 12.30pm. Interstate races and bookmakers on course.

    Bring your own eski with a picnic lunch and refreshments available. Buses leave from the Royal Hotel, in Yass, between 11am and 1pm, taking people out to the racecourse.

  • Symphony in the Park at Enlighten Festival

    Symphony in the Park at Enlighten Festival

    Commonwealth Park, Canberra City, Australian Capital Territory, 2601

    10 Mar 2019

    Symphony in the Park is not your standard symphony experience. Set in the tree lined landscape of the iconic Commonwealth Park, the natural amphitheatre provides the perfect backdrop for what is a magical experience. Sit back and relax as the Canberra Symphony Orchestra brings the work of a well known band to life.

    Watch the sun set to a beautiful soundtrack at this quintessential outdoor event. Bring a picnic, blanket and popcorn or enjoy a bite to eat from the traders.

    The Canberra Symphony Orchestra has outdone itself this year, perfecting a new interpretation on music we all know and love. This free event will entertain the whole family.

  • Canberra Day at Enlighten Festival

    Canberra Day at Enlighten Festival

    Commonwealth Park, Canberra City, Australian Capital Territory, 2601

    11 Mar 2019

    Join in the celebrations with a program bursting to the seams with live music and entertainment for all.

    The stunning landscape of Commonwealth Park will provide the perfect backdrop for your family day out. Enjoy the thrill of amusement park rides or indulge in a tasty treat from local traders. Snap a cute photo after visiting the face painting station or relax with a picnic to the sound of live music.

    Music will fill the air later in the afternoon, getting your heart pumping and feet moving as you sing and dance the day away.

  • Skyfire at Enlighten Festival

    Skyfire at Enlighten Festival

    Various locations around Central Basin, Acton, Australian Capital Territory, 2601

    16 Mar 2019

    Skyfire 2019 delivers a magnificent display of fireworks set to a soundtrack simultaneously broadcast on Hit 104.7. Canberra lights up on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin's central basin.

    See great free live entertainment at Regatta Point before the fireworks explode!

    Check the website for performance times and all other details closer to the event.

    Please note that fireworks displays are always dependant on the weather.

  • Canberra Balloon Spectacular at Enlighten Festival

    Canberra Balloon Spectacular at Enlighten Festival

    King Edward Terrace, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, 2600

    09 Mar 2019 - 17 Mar 2018

    Wake up to the view of hot air balloons floating across the city during the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. This mesmerising view is best appreciated from the lawns of Old Parliament House. Held over nine days, more than thirty hot air balloons from across the globe are expected to take to our skies this autumn. Remember to keep an eye out for the special shape balloon.

    Each day from 6:15am pilots will begin inflating their balloons on the lawns of Old Parliament House before ascending into the sky and creating a picturesque backdrop for Canberra’s national attractions.

    Passengers can experience the thrill of hot air ballooning over Canberra at sunrise while spectators on the ground are treated to an experience of the senses. Flurries of colour, sound and movement complemented by live music and a delicious hot breakfast available for purchase from the Belconnen Lions Club will make your morning one to remember.

    Balloon flights are weather dependant. Call Canberra Connect, follow us on Enlighten on Facebook, visit the Enlighten Canberra website or tune into local radio stations from 6:15am for daily information.

  • Enlighten Festival

    Enlighten Festival

    Various locations, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory,

    01 Mar 2019 - 17 Mar 2018

    Eat, see and explore as Canberra transforms for the annual Enlighten Festival!

    Held over 17 days and nights from Saturday March 1, the city will be a hive of activity with a range of free and ticketed events combining to make the Enlighten Festival a highlight on Canberra’s 2019 events calendar.

    In addition to the ever-popular 10 nights of architectural projections in the Parliamentary Triangle (1-11 March), Canberra’s Enlighten Festival is now a true celebration of culture and creativity, bringing together the Canberra Balloon Spectacular (9-17 March), Lights! Canberra! Action! (8 March), Symphony in the Park (10 March), Canberra Day (11 March) and Hit 104.7 Skyfire (16 March), plus activations in the city precinct and the Australian National University, and more.

    Visit the website for details!

  • ACT Parks Wetland Wonders

    ACT Parks Wetland Wonders

    Paddys River Road, Paddys River, Australian Capital Territory, 2620

    07 Oct - 31 Mar 2018

    Take a walk with a ranger through Tidbinbilla’s wetlands to learn about its amazing inhabitants and if you are lucky catch a glimpse of an elusive platypus

    Entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required.

    Arrive early to explore the rest of the sanctuary or the eucalypt forest.