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What's on in Canberra!

Events ACT is your guide to what's on in Canberra this week. Here are 9 events you shouldn't miss! Why not sign up to our newsletter and get our weekly wrap up sent straight to your inbox? 

Hurly Burley Winter Fair

Celebrate winter with the Hurly Burley Winter Fair. Enjoy delicious locally made food to warm the belly. Browse the marketplace to the sound of live music. Discover stunning sculptures under a sea of fairy lights. Perfect the art of roasting marshmallows over a fire pit. Remember to rug up warm and head down for a memorable evening.

Held Friday 30 June at Hobart Place from 4pm to 9pm.

Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac is the play that brought the word ‘panache’ into the English language. An original and finely crafted romantic comedy; this is the tale of the beautiful Roxanne and the man who would love her, but for his outrageous nose.

Held Wednesday 28 June to Saturday 1 July. Times vary.

The Forage

The Forage is a showcase of street food 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. Bringing everyone together in one location, gives our Canberra community an opportunity to sample what is happening in our foodie city.

Held Saturday 1 July at The Little National from 2pm to 7pm.

AfterDARK Firefly Lantern Tour

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Australian National Botanic Gardens' native Australian flora by night.Start the evening with a delicious hot chocolate before trying your hand at lantern making.Your tour leader will then take you on a fascinating after dark discovery of the Gardens using your 'firefly lantern light' to help guide the way.

Held Saturday evenings from 1 July to 12 August. Times vary.

Dinosaurs in the Gardens

They're back! Dinosaur herds, ancient petrified wood, living fossil plants and flying winged creatures will be on display throughout the Botanic Gardens.Step back in time and become an intrepid explorer. Remember to keep an eye out for dinosaur footprints as you set off on your adventure.

Held Saturday 1 July to Sunday 16 July at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Times vary.

Raiders v Cowboys

Since their premiership breakthrough in 2015, the North Queensland Cowboys have been one of the benchmark teams in the NRL. With a plethora of representative players in their side, this rugby league game against the Raiders is shaping up as one of the biggest of the year.

Held Saturday 1 July at GIO Stadium from 7:30pm.

Skating At Canberra

Garema Place will be transformed into a winter wonderland featuring an ice rink, a giant ice slide, jumping castle and a giant inflatable slide. Experience world-class on ice entertainment, magical lighting and killer tunes to heighten the adventure. Get the family together for an extra-ordinary outing. Spoil that special someone with an out of the box date night experience, or get your mates together for an exciting adventure on the ice!

Held Friday 23 June to Sunday 16 July at Garema Place. Times vary.

Superhero Masterclass at MoAD

Do you enjoy wearing capes? Are you good at helping people? Discover your inner superhero in our hands-on workshop. Design and make your own superhero costumes out of recycled materials, then you will be ready to save the world! Once you have discovered your super powers, try them out with our Superhero museum trail!

Held Monday 3 July to Friday 7 July at the Museum of Australian Democracy from 9:30am to 11am.

The Truffle Festival

Indulge in a feast of the senses with The Truffle Festival. Taste and experience the magic of these highly-prized gems. Join a hunt and see for yourself how talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class, or pop along to a market and pick up some truffle delights for yourself.

We can’t wait for a truffle infused winter weekend at Mount Majura Vineyard. Can you imagine anything better than truffles, wine and cheese?

Held from Thursday 1 June to Thursday 31 August 2017 at various locations in the Canberra region.


Events to look forward to…

Australian Bridge National Championships

The country's best bridge players are descending on the nation's capital. Take the opportunity to sit beside any table and see top level players in action.Meet players from clubs around Australia and to learn about this fascinating game and how to participate. Did we mention it’s free for spectators to attend?

Held Saturday 15 July to Thursday 27 July at Thoroughbred Park Function and Convention Centre from 10am to 6pm. 

31 May 17
30 Jan 18
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...

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...

2 Apr 17
9 Jul 17
Tiered cake stand with Afternoon Tea treats

Afternoon Tea at The Conservatory

The Conservatory Restaurant

Book now to enjoy a special Afternoon Tea at The Conservatory Restaurant and magnificent views over Canberra. Located in the Village Centre at the National Arboretum Canberra, The Conservatory...

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...

12 Sep 15
30 Jul 17
Four ceramic ground parrots


Canberra Museum and Gallery

Aviary presents a gaggle of bird sculptures, paintings, prints and drawings drawn largely from the CMAG collection, which will be flocking into the gallery and nesting for several months. Artists...

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