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Events ACT is your guide to what's on in Canberra this week. Here are 7 things you shouldn't miss!

Luminous Botanicus III

For four nights only immerse yourself in the Australian National Botanic Garden’s illuminated landscape. From the magical rainforest through to the starry grass trees to the fiery Red Centre the gardens will be picture perfect as dynamic lighting transforms the flora and fauna. Enjoy cocktails, delicious dishes and live music amongst the glowing gums.

Held 2, 3, 9 & 10 March at the Australian National Botanic Gardens from 7:30pm to 10:00pm.


See Canberra in a new light this autumn as the capital is lit up by an array of exclusive events and surprising experiences. Over ten illuminated nights the whole family can enjoy spectacular architectural projections, international installations, live performances and music as the capital is transformed into a nocturnal playground.

As the lights go on across the Parliamentary Triangle visitors can tuck into fun, authentic Asian eats, from dumplings to dosa, Pad Thai to gyoza at the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets.

Enlighten will be held Friday 3 to Sunday 12 March in the Parliamentary Triangle and at several satellite locations. The Enlighten Night Noodle Markets will open from 5pm until late each night, whilst projections will light up the capital from 8pm onwards.

Find out more at Enlighten is also on Facebook and Instagram

Industrial Illumination

High security meets high-vis and black lights at the Mint’s dark electronic dance party. Back by popular demand and for one night only, DJs Robot Citizen and Black Temple, along with performances by Jazida’s Fabulous Fan Veil Dancers and Obsidian Bellydance, will transform the high-security, factory production corridor of the Royal Australian Mint into an underground, alternative dance music scene.

Held Friday 3 March at the Royal Mint of Australia 7:30pm to 10:30pm.

Neon Night

Experience a night of neon magic as talented artists Harriet Schwarzrock and Steven Cole explore the beautiful techniques of making contemporary neon art, straight from the hotshop floor. Enjoy light refreshments neon inspired games, or book into make you own light bulb. Word to the wise, you could win a beginner’s workshop to master the basics of neon art just by attending this fabulous night.

Held Friday 3 March at the Canberra Glassworks from 6pm to 8pm. Tickets are available now.

Canberra Battlefield Challenge

Challenge yourself with a 7 km run full of military obstacles. Think army fatigues, mud pits, crawling under barbed wire and the coolest code names. Test your mental grit, team work and ability to push on with a smile.

Held on Saturday 4 March and Sunday 5 March from 10am onwards at Paintball Sports ACT.

Black Opal Stakes Canberra Cup Race Day

Now in its 45th year the Canberra Cup Race Day features eight races throughout the day. Dress to impress and soak up the sunshine at this day on the green. If you’re not a race fanatic why not enter the Myer Fashions on the Field Competition? The competition is fierce so make sure to bring your a-game.

Held Sunday 5 March 11am to 6pm at Thorough Bred Park. 

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Canberra Balloon Festival

More than 30 giant hot air balloons from across the globe will take to the skies in Canberra this autumn as part of the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. 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 with a flurry of colour, sound and movement complemented by the delicious hot breakfast available for purchase from the Belconnen Lions Club.

Weather permitting 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. What a perfect way to start the day!

Held Saturday 11 March to Sunday 19 March 2017 from 6:15am, weather permitting.

Find out more at The Balloon Spectacular is also on Facebook and Twitter

Symphony in the Park

We guarantee this is not your standard symphony experience. Framed by the tree lined landscape of the iconic Commonwealth Park sit back and relax as the Canberra Symphony Orchestra brings the work of a well known band, ABBA, to life.

The natural amphitheatre provides the perfect backdrop for what is a magical experience as ABBA tribute band, BABBA, transport you back to the 70’s. The Canberra Symphony Orchestra have outdone themselves this year, perfecting a new interpretation on music we all know and love. Bring a picnic, blanket and popcorn or enjoy a bite to eat from the traders as you watch the sun set.

Free to attend, Symphony in the Park is the perfect way to spend your Sunday evening before celebrating Canberra Day on the Monday. Join us from 7:00pm to secure your spot before the concert kicks off at 7:30pm.

Symphony in the Park is also on Facebook and Twitter

Canberra Day

Canberra is turning 104 this year! Join in the celebrations with a program bursting to the seams with live music and entertainment for all.

Kids will dance, play and laugh as Shaun The Sheep and Trolls take to the stage. Then the air will fill with music as Canberra’s talented bands, String Elephants and Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers, perform. Havana Brown’s imaginative beats will get your heart pumping and your feet moving before the Hoodoo Gurus headline the concert with all your favourite songs.

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. There’s something for everyone this Canberra Day.

Canberra Day will be held Monday 13 March 2pm to 7pm. Find out more on Facebook and Twitter.

3 Mar 17
12 Mar 17
Enlighten Night Noodle Markets

2017 Enlighten Night Noodle Markets

Reconciliation Place

It’s all about noodles, music and Insta moments! Among the illumination of the Enlighten Festival are the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets, offering a unique fusion of food, music and lights....

5 Mar 17

2017 Mercedes-Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes and Canberra Cup Race Day

Thoroughbred Park

The Group 3 Mercedes-Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes is Canberra's premier race day. The inaugural Black Opal Stakes in 1973 was won by Rich Reward. Now, in its 45th year, the day is one of the more...

26 Mar 17
View of Telstra Tower through Autumn leaves

A Seasonal Journey through Voice, Violin and Viola

Tuggeranong Arts Centre

Take a Seasonal Journey through Voice, Violin and Viola. Three well known and highly experienced Australian musicians – Sarahlouise Owens – voice, Andrew Lorenz – violin/viola and Wendy Lorenz...

25 Mar 17
23 Jul 17
A family viewing the ocean from above on a big screen

Above and Beyond

Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre

Visit Questacon and join the epic journey into the sky and beyond! Above and Beyond is the ultimate interactive and multi-sensory flight exhibition celebrating the power of innovation to make...

31 Mar 17
2 Apr 17
Stalls at the ACT Antiques and Collectables Fair

ACT Autumn Antiques and Collectables Fair 30th anniversary

Albert Hall

The 2017 ACT Autumn Antique and Collectables Fair, at the historic Albert Hall attracts 23 antique dealers from around Australia. The fair is the perfect opportunity for collectors and those just...

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