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What's on in Canberra

Plan your visit to the national capital to coincide with one of the many exciting events taking place around the city. From festivals to concerts, sporting matches, exhibitions, live performances, gala celebrations and more, Canberra’s events calendar is always jam-packed year round.

Floriade 2017
Floriade 2017

Saturday 16 September – Sunday 15 October 2017

Floriade, Canberra’s annual month-long celebration of spring, returns in September for its 30th year. In addition to the one million flowering bulbs on show in Commonwealth Park, enjoy a program of events and activities including markets, workshops, guided tours, live performances, amusement rides, family activities and more. Entry to Floriade is free. Image © VisitCanberra.

Rodel Tapaya: New art from the Philippines
Rodel Tapaya: New art from the Philippines

Until 20 August 2017

Exciting new talent Rodel Tapaya draws inspiration from Filipino folklore and contemporary events in an exhibition of recent mural-sized painting, sculptural installation and works on paper. On show at the National Gallery of Australia. Free entry. Image: Rodel Tapaya in his studio, 2013. Photo: MM Yu.

Defying Empire: National Indigenous Art Triennial
Defying Empire: National Indigenous Art Triennial

26 May – 10 September 2017

This major exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia surveys the diverse contemporary practice of 30 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, responding to the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum. Free entry. Image: Judy Watson the names of places 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery.

NightFest 2017
NightFest 2017

22 – 24 September and 29 September – 1 October 2017

NightFest is Floriade’s ticketed night event, this year held across two fun filled weekends.  See Commonwealth Park in a different light, with illuminated installations and light displays.  Enjoy a program of events and activities including comedians, entertainment, food stalls and more. Tickets will be on sale closer to the event. See the website for details. Image © VisitCanberra.

Truffle Hunts at The Truffle Farm Canberra
Truffle Hunts at The Truffle Farm Canberra

From 3 June 2017

Book a truffle hunt at The Truffle Farm Canberra, located in the Majura Valley only 14km (around 14 minutes drive) from Crowne Plaza Canberra. Join in the excitement as the truffle dog searches for a black truffle. Learn all you want to know about black truffles and experience the unique taste of this prized delicacy. Book directly with The Truffle Farm Canberra. For your Canberra weekend accommodation, view our packages here. Image: The Truffle Farm Canberra. 

Canberra Times Fun Run
Canberra Times Fun Run

Sunday 3 September 2017

Now in its 42nd year, the Canberra Times Fun Run invites you to run, jog, walk or stroll one of the three courses –5km, 10km, and 14km on Father’s Day. Participants will have the chance to chase their personal bests and enjoy the music, energy and fun from live DJs, bands, cheerleaders, and dancers at this year’s event. Online registrations are open now.

FASHFEST 2017
FASHFEST 2017

Thursday 28 September to Saturday 30 September 2017

Love a great social night out, with new fashion, new music and new film? FASHFEST 2017 is the place to be. This is the capital’s annual red-carpet fashion event—six shows over three nights. FASHFEST features collections by more than 30 fashion designers, live music, DJs and heaps of fun. Book a back-stage experience and enjoy lively after parties. For tickets and more information, visit FASHFEST online.

Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks
Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks

28 July until 8 October 2017

Love LEGO and looking for something the whole family can enjoy? Visit Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks at the National Museum of Australia and see 20 amazing skyscraper models of international building icons constructed by the Southern Hemisphere’s only certified LEGO professional, Australian Ryan McNaught. Create your own ‘tower of tomorrow’ with more than 200,000 loose brocks in our construction areas. Book your tickets now online. Image: © James Horan, Sydney Living Museums

Behind the Lines 2016: The year’s best political cartoons
Behind the Lines 2016: The year’s best political cartoons

Now showing

Behind the Lines 2016: The year’s best political cartoons, on show at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MOAD) at Old Parliament House, celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power that their drawings have in contributing to our daily political and social discourse.

Hyper Real
Hyper Real

20 December 2017 until 18 February 2018

See astonishing lifelike sculptures and cutting-edge digital art at Canberra’s summer blockbuster Hyper Real. Exclusive to the NGA in Canberra, this exhibition is not to be missed. Open daily, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm, closed Christmas Day.  Book our Hyper Real accommodation package, including exhibition tickets.

Image: AES+F Inverso mundus 2015, HD video installation © AES+F | ARS New York. Courtesy the artists, MAMM, Anna Schwarz Gallery and Triumph Gallery.

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