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Upcoming events

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

  • After Dark: Ghost Hunters Tour

    After Dark: Ghost Hunters Tour

    18 King George Terrace, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, 2600

    21 Feb 2019

    The Ghost Hunters Tour is a torchlight tour illuminated with genuine stories of death, mysterious occurrences and dastardly deeds at Old Parliament House.

    Help solve the mystery of the ghostly encounters that have been experienced here after the sun goes down.

    Back by popular demand for a limited summer season.

  • ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show

    ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show

    Flemington Road, Mitchell, Australian Capital Territory, 2911

    22 Feb - 24 Feb 2019

    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.

  • Canberra Night Noodle Markets

    Canberra Night Noodle Markets

    King Edward Terrace, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, 2600

    01 Mar - 10 Mar 2019

    As the Illuminations light up iconic attractions around the Parliamentary Triangle, visitors can tuck into authentic Asian eats. Work up an appetite exploring the performances and architectural projections before enjoying Insta-worthy dishes that will push conventional flavour boundaries, creating an experience for all your senses. Remember to leave room for a bespoke dessert and a delicious drink or two.

    Foodies featured at the Canberra Night Noodle Markets include Hoy Pinoy, Chur Burger, Churken, Shallot Thai, Mr Bao, Bangkok Street Food, What the Pho, Bao Brothers, May’s Malaysian Hawker, Twistto, Flying Noodles, Little Kyoto, Waffleland, Wok Master, Satay Brothers, Donburi Station with many more to be announced soon.

  • 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 - 17 Mar 2019

    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 - 17 Mar 2019

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

    Held over the first17 days of March, 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 11 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 more.

  • Canberra Walking Festival

    Canberra Walking Festival

    100 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla, Australian Capital Territory, 2600

    29 Mar - 31 Mar 2019

    Challenge yourself by walking from 5 to 42 km on the Canberra Walking Festival weekend.

    Enjoy a walk along the Centenary Trail and/or around the picturesque Lake Burley Griffin.

    A non-competitive event, the Canberra Walking Festival is open to walkers of all ages. The festival is all about fun, fitness, fellowship and personal challenge.

    Check the Aussiewalk website for details of this event and other walks.

  • National Folk Festival

    National Folk Festival

    Corner Flemington Road and Federal Hwy, Mitchell, Australian Capital Territory, 2911

    18 Apr - 22 Apr 2019

    Join the celebration of traditional and contemporary folk life at the National Folk Festival with high-end entertainment and a program designed to inspire, enliven and entertain.

    With over 200 acts representing diverse styles such as acoustic, blues, roots, bluegrass, world, Celtic, traditional, gypsy and country in a program including music, dance, spoken word, film, circus and traditional crafts, there is something for everyone.

    The National Folk Festival showcases top Australian acts alongside international headliners across 20 venues.

    Take advantage of food and beverage outlets, browse the festival market place and enjoy an exciting mix of entertainment.

  • Southern Harvest - Bungendore Harvest Festival

    Southern Harvest - Bungendore Harvest Festival

    Various Locations, Bungendore, New South Wales, 2621

    26 Apr - 28 Apr 2019

    Bungendore Harvest Festival is a celebration of cold-climate food - how it grows, where it grows, where to get it, how to prepare it and how to eat it. In the last weekend in April the region comes alive as the three-day event brings visitors to the region to celebrate the town’s primary produce. Restaurants create special menus and offer live music, a street festival bring producers together to offer tastings and demonstrations and farm, winery and garden trails and tours are offered to encourage visitors to explore the region.

  • ACT Parks Critters of the Eucalypt Forest at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

    ACT Parks Critters of the Eucalypt Forest at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

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

    24 Feb 2018 - 29 Jun 2019

    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.

    This wildlife walk is suitable for all ages, there are no bookings required and the cost is included in the Reserve entry fee.

  • ACT Parks Koalas in the Canopy

    ACT Parks Koalas in the Canopy

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

    24 Feb 2018 - 29 Jun 2019

    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.

  • ACT Parks Wetland Wonders at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

    ACT Parks Wetland Wonders at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

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

    17 Feb - 30 Jun 2019

    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.

  • Floriade

    Floriade

    Regatta Place, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, 2600

    14 Sep - 13 Oct 2019

    Developed in 1988 as a grand, one off floral tribute to mark Australia’s Bicentenary and Canberra’s 75th anniversary, Floriade has become Canberra’s most iconic annual tourism event and Australia’s premier spring festival.

    The floral display of more than a million bulbs and annuals planted across 8,000 square metres of inner city parkland is more than just a flower show. Floriade is a diverse, ever expanding program of music, cultural celebrations, food and wine, horticultural workshops, market traders, artistic displays, entertainment and recreational activities.

    For further Floriade 2019 information, stay updated via the official Floriade website and social media accounts.

  • PlayUP: The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard

    PlayUP: The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard

    18 King George Terrace, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, 2600

    15 Dec 2018 - 30 Apr 2019

    The imaginative family space has all-new hands-on activities to educate, excite and challenge young minds.

    Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too! From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

    Don't miss the free craft activity every day from 10am to 12pm!