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The Floriade Fringe

Floriade Fringe will feature a roaring cast of local and interstate artists and performers, presented by Australia’s beloved travelling bohemian festival, The Village.

Enter through the intricate gateway façade, and discover an alternative utopian environment where experimentation is the norm. The site is dotted by caravans and containers workshopping the ideas of the future. In colourful tents, experience a groundswell of artistic exuberance and expression.

Held Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 October at Haig Park. Times vary. Entry is by donation with ticketed shows available.

The Forage

The Forage is a showcase of street food (and other food products) by our local cafes, food trucks, wineries and breweries. Our mission is to give our local businesses an opportunity to get creative and showcase and feed our community in a festival style environment.

Held Saturday 21 October at The Little National Hotel 2pm to 7pm.

Wanderlust 108

Wanderlust 108, the world's only mindful triathlon, is coming to Canberra. Wanderlust 108 combines three mindful activities – running, yoga, and meditation. Patrick White Lawns will come alive with celebration of the mindful movement, a chance to ground down so you can rise to even greater heights.

Held Saturday 21 October at Patrick White Lawns from 7am to 4pm.

St John’s Community Fair

St John's Community Fair has been a regular feature in the Canberra calendar since the 1930's. It's a traditional community fair which is jam packed full of entertainment, stalls, homemade jams and cakes, craft, books, food, plants, white elephant goods, plus lots more.

Held Saturday 21 October at 45 Constitution Avenue, Reid from 9:30am to 1:30pm.

Lifecycle Community Ride

Lifecycle Community Ride a picturesque ride around the central basin (‘two-bridges’) and/or west basin loop of Canberra’s iconic Lake Burley Griffin, whilst taking in the event HQ atmosphere. Great for social riders, families, and those aiming to achieve a personal distance challenge.

Held Saturday 21 October at Rond Terrace from 8am to 4pm. Proceeds will go to the Leukaemia Foundation.

Step Up! For Down Syndrome

Join members and friends around Australia as we walk for Down syndrome awareness and celebrate the achievements of people with Down syndrome.

There will be lots of fun family activities, music, dancing, a sausage sizzle, cold drinks, coffee, ice-creams and lots more, so come along and enjoy the day in very good company.

Held Sunday 22 October at Rond Terrace from 10am to 1pm. 



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Filmed on a mobile phone from inside Manus Island detention centre.

2017 Canberra International Film Festival

Arc Cinema - National Film and Sound Archive

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A black and white photograph of Indigenous rights activist Ray Peckham standing at a podium

A Change Is Gonna Come

National Museum of Australia

Inspired by the 1964 civil rights song of the same name, this exhibition invites visitors to consider the 1967 referendum and the 1992 Mabo decision within the context of their time, through events...

29 Oct 17
Canberra Recorder Orchestra in rehearsal

ACT Churchill Fellows’ Association presents the Canberra Recorder Orchestra: Excellence and Passion

High Court of Australia

Join the Canberra Recorder Orchestra (CRO), the Wayfarers’ Choir and other ACT Churchill Fellow musicians as they exploit the acoustic beauty of the High Court of Australia. This unique concert...

26 Oct 17
Heritage Heroes covers

Animals in Children's Literature

Tuggeranong Arts Centre

As part of ACT Children’s Week, Dr. Stephanie Owen Reeder joins us for a special edition of our Literary Lounge series, Animals in Children’s Literature. Reeder is the author and illustrator of...

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2016 Apis Canberra International Women's Champion Risa Ozaki (JPN) with ballkids

Apis Canberra International

Canberra Tennis Centre

Watch world class tennis, right here in Canberra! Part of the Australian Pro Tour, the Apis Canberra International, a $75,000 ATP Challenger and $60,000 ITF Women’s Futures event is the perfect...

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