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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!

  • Community Language Schools Day

    Community Language Schools Day

    , Mitchell, Australian Capital Territory, 2602

    20 Oct 2018

    During Children's Week children and adults celebrate the 37 different languages spoken in our community through displays, performances, games, activities and traditional foods for purchase.

  • Vertikal Spring Snow Sport Carnival

    Vertikal Spring Snow Sport Carnival

    Unit 2, Building 3, 1 Dairy Rd Fyshwick ACT 2609, Fyshwick, Australian Capital Territory, 2609

    21 Oct 2018

    The snow might be melting, but spring won't hold us back!
    Want to experience Vertikal for yourself? Bring the family along for...

    Free Snow-cones
    Free Face painting
    Amazing interactive Photo Booth
    Charity Sausage sizzle
    Live DJ set by Mr Michael
    Raffles and giveaways
    Ski and snowboard demonstrations
    Craft and games
    Coffee and epic hot chocolates
    Cold beers on tap

  • ACT Children

    ACT Children's Week Launch and Awards Ceremony

    Lawson Crescent, Acton, Australian Capital Territory, 2601

    24 Oct 2018

    A celebration of children and youth. See and hear the stories of inspiring community groups, organisations, adults and children who receive awards for their contributions to children and others.

  • Canberra Nara Candle Festival

    Canberra Nara Candle Festival

    Flynn Drive, Yarralumla, Australian Capital Territory, 2600

    27 Oct 2018

    Enjoy the spectacular visual of 3,000 shimmering candles at the 16th annual Canberra Nara Candle Festival, as we celebrate the 25th year of the Sister City relationship shared between Canberra and Nara, Japan.

    Visitors will be mesmerised by the sounds of Japanese music and enchanting lighting that highlights the features of the beautiful Peace Park. The festival brings a wide variety of Japanese and Australian culture, with arts and crafts such as calligraphy, lantern making, origami and ikebana.

    The festival features Japanese cuisine, markets and stalls with visitors able to take part in various activities.

  • Halloween Trick or Treat Hunt and Lunch

    Halloween Trick or Treat Hunt and Lunch

    810 Norton Road, Wamboin, New South Wales, 2620

    28 Oct 2018

    The kids are entertained making their Trick or Treat bags and searching for what to put in them, over their kids lunch, while everyone else enjoys a glass of their newly released 2018 Rose, 2010 Merlot, 2010 Shiraz and their new Summer menu.

  • Dragon Dreaming Festival

    Dragon Dreaming Festival

    Lake Burrinjuck, Wee Jasper, New South Wales, 2582

    02 Nov - 05 Nov 2018

    This year is the 10th anniversary of Dragon Dreaming Festival!

    A festival which celebrates art, music, nature, and the freedom of self-expression in a safe, family friendly gathering not far from Canberra. Whether you are coming from around the corner, around the country or around the world, they excitedly look forward to having you joining them for the Dragon Dreaming Festival!

    Dragon Dreaming will dish up a feast of goodness prepared just for you, featuring some of the amazing artistic talent that the region and country has to offer. The journey will be truly delectable and regardless of your tastes, there will be something to satisfy every appetite.

    As many already know, the festival is the art piece and they are all co-creators. Every little part of the event becomes part of the composition: something not just to be seen but to be experienced. Every person who attends helps nurture the dragon's dream.

  • Yass Rodeo

    Yass Rodeo

    Grand Junction Road, Yass, New South Wales, 2582

    10 Nov 2018

    Over 30 years of Rodeo experience up their sleeve at the Leo Buckmaster Rodeo Arena. The Yass Rodeo is rounding up for another great year, come early to get a good seat to see a full day of competition and entertainment.

    You can't miss this full ABCRA Rodeo including Bulls, Broncs and timed events. See you there in November.

    Canteen facilities are on site, tickets are available at the Showground gate. Strictly No Bring Your Own, it is a licensed event.

  • New Year

    New Year's Eve in the City

    180 London Circuit, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, 2601

    31 Dec - 01 Jan 2018

    Ring in the New Year and celebrate the start of 2019 with family friendly celebrations including music, food, entertainment and more in the nation’s capital.

    World-class fireworks displays will also light Canberra skies at 9pm and midnight.

    Full program to be announced shortly.

  • Australia Day in Queanbeyan

    Australia Day in Queanbeyan

    Lowe Street, Queanbeyan, New South Wales, 2620

    26 Jan 2019

    While full details of the 2019 event are still to be confirmed, visitors to, and residents of, Queanbeyan will be treated to a wonderful afternoon of entertainment.

    With an entertainment extravaganza for the entire family, the QPRC Events Team have created a delightful event with fun for kids and grown-ups alike.

  • 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


    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.

  • Yass Community Markets

    Yass Community Markets

    Meehan Street, Yass, New South Wales, 2582

    17 Feb - 02 Feb 2018

    Support the local producers and come to the Yass Community Markets.

    Local wine, jams, sauces and craft items. Oil, baked goods and great coffee or juices. Vegetables and plants too. Home made food, arts and crafts.

    Its a great place to catch up with friends or to take a family and friends, with good weather expect to see the jumping castle and more stalls outside.

    The Yass Community Markets have become a fantastic community event every first and third Saturday of the month.

    Come and have a coffee, relax and enjoy the ambiance and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

  • 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

    Symphony in the Park

    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.