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What's on in Canberra!

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

Alliance Francaise French Film Festival

The nation’s most captivating film event, is now returning for its 28th annual season. It is not only the biggest film festival in Australia; it is also the biggest festival of French films outside of France. Word to the wise, on the closing night of this festival you can enjoy an evening of French wine and cheese before tucking into one final film.

Held from Thursday 9 March to Tuesday 4 April at the Palace Electric Cinema. 

Ladies in Black

The swankiest new home-grown musical since Priscilla was queen, Ladies in Black is a whirling, toe-tapping trip back in time. Based on a novel by Madeline St John, it’s a uniquely Australian fashion-forward fairy tale with all the shine and sparkle of Broadway.

Held Monday 27 March to Sunday 2 April at the Canberra Theatre Centre. Tickets are available now.

Canberra District Wine Week

A week of autumn sunshine, delicious local wine and quality time with friends. What could be better? How about a week that goes for 10 days? Yes, that’s right – Canberra District Wine Week will be bringing a 10-day program of wine tastings, food matchings and tours culminating in the annual Harvest Festival. In their defence it’s a little hard to count to 7 after a few wine tastings...

Held Friday 31 March to Sunday 9 April in various locations in the Canberra Region.

Harvey Sutherland + Bermuda

Music meets art this Friday night. Think 808 rattle mixed with double disco clap. This evolving, synthetic boogie exploration will have your feet moving and your heart pumping. Keep an ear out for the occasional Janet Jackson cover!

Held on Friday 31 March at the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre from 8pm to 11pm. Tickets are available now.

Raiders v Eels

The Raiders and Eels won one game each when they met last season, so expect both teams to head into this match keen to secure the win. The Parramatta Eels had a tumultuous season in 2016 but they will be a tougher prospect for NRL teams this year following some new signings.

Held Saturday 1 April at GIO Stadium from 5:30pm to 7pm.

Arboretum Canberra: Opening of the Gallery of Gardens

You are invited to celebrate the opening of four new gardens – the Open Gardens Australia Celebration Garden, The Labyrinth Garden, the AIDS Garden of Reflection and Mununja the Butterfly Garden. We’ve had a sneak peek at the gardens and they are stunning! Enjoy free live music, make and decorate a kite for $10, or indulge in a picnic as you take in the views.

Held Sunday 2 April at the National Arboretum Canberra from 12pm to 3pm.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Open Day

Have you ever seen a koala munching on some lunch? Made liquid nitrogen rockets? Met a reptile? The kids can enjoy all this on Sunday at Tidbinbilla while you soak up some sunshine, relax to live music and indulge in some delicious local food.

Held Sunday 2 March at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve from 10am to 3pm. 


Events to look forward to...

National Folk Festival

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 a world of diverse styles is explored - everything from bluegrass to gypsy through to country music. Enjoy performances featuring music, dance, spoken word, film, circus and traditional crafts.

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.

Held Thursday 13 to Monday 17 April 2017. 

You Are Here

Popping up in shopfronts, alleyways, cafes, car parks, galleries, museums and even cars You Are Here will be everywhere you don’t expect. This 5 day festival features a playfully curated showcase of independent and experimental arts created by trained professionals, brilliant amateurs and passionate creative communities.

Held Wednesday 5 to Sunday 9 April at various locations across Canberra.

Australian Running Festival

Long-distance runners from around Australia are set to converge on Canberra for the iconic Australian Running Festival. Set yourself a new bucket list challenge or just celebrate a full weekend of healthy lifestyles, fitness and fun across the scenic course that showcases the best of the nation’s capital. You can choose between a 5km, 10km, Half Marathon and Ultra Marathon.

Get your running shoes ready for Saturday 8 to Sunday 9 April at Old Parliament House. 

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
Stallholders and shoppers at the ACT Autumn 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...

9 Mar 17
4 Apr 17
Promotional image for the film festival of a girl walking on cobblestones

Alliance Française French Film Festival 2017

Palace Electric Cinema

The nation’s most captivating film event, is now returning for its 28th annual season. It is not only the biggest film festival in Australia; it is also the biggest festival of French films outside...

18 Nov 16
31 May 17
George Coates, “Australian official war artists 1916-1918”, 1920 (detail), Australian War Memorial

Artists of the Great War

National Gallery of Australia

Artists of the Great War explores the horrors of the First World War, palpably expressed in the work of Australia’s official war artists and their combatant and non-combatant peers. This...

30 Nov 16
16 Jul 17
Portrait of Dawn Didrickson

Athol Shmith Fashion Photographs

National Library of Australia

Enter the elegant, bold and often glamorous world of Melbourne photographer Athol Shmith (1914–1990). A selection of stunning black and white prints from the National Library of Australia's large...

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