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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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Dempsey’s People: A folio of British street portraits 1824 – 1844
Dempsey’s People: A folio of British street portraits 1824 – 1844

Thursday 29 June – Sunday 22 October 2017

John Dempsey created portraits that bring to life the street sellers, chimney sweeps and town-criers of 19th century Britain. A remarkable collection of compelling watercolours, the portraits highlight those who are often overlooked by history.

Showing at the National Portrait Gallery. Tickets $10 adults, $8 children.

Image: Orange man, Colchester 1823 by John Dempsey. Collection: Tasmanian Museum and Gallery

Winter Festival at the National Portrait Gallery
Winter Festival at the National Portrait Gallery

Sunday 6 August 2017

Warm your cockles at the National Portrait Gallery’s annual Winter Festival! Join us for a day of wintery fun including ice sculpting, wool weaving, performances, and special guests The Tjanpi Desert Weavers all the way from the Northern Territory. All ages are welcome and all activities are free. 10.00am-4.00pm Image: National Portrait Gallery Winter Festival 2016

Eat Canberra Food Tours
Eat Canberra Food Tours
Make your trip to Canberra even better by joining an Eat Canberra Food Tour. You will restaurant hop your way around 6-7 different venues over 4+ hours, discovering some of Canberra’s best food and drink spots and hidden gems, while exploring the streets of Canberra by foot. Private tours can be organised for groups of more than 6 people. With more than 13,500 followers on social media, Eat Canberra is Canberra’s walking, talking food guide!
The Truffle Festival
The Truffle Festival

June – August

The Truffle Festival Canberra and Region is a celebration of the harvest of the black winter truffle grown in the Canberra region. Each year from June to August more than 250 individual events are held across the region offering the opportunity to taste and experience the prized winter Canberra truffle. Events range from gourmet degustation dinners, cooking classes and demonstrations, to wine tastings and matchings, farmers markets, truffle hunts and more.

Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia!

Tuesday 21 November – Sunday 17 December 2017

Set on a Greek island paradise and inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s classic songs, over 60 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the story and the music that makes MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good musical. A celebration of love, laughter and friendship, MAMMA MIA! is a fabulous night out for audiences of all ages. Tickets online from the Canberra Theatre Centre.

David Attenborough’s Virtual Reality Experiences
David Attenborough’s Virtual Reality Experiences

Immerse yourself in the first two natural history documentaries ever designed for virtual reality. After a sell-out season in London, this virtual reality experience comes to the National Museum of Australia.

Join David Attenborough as he travels back through time to see the first glimmerings of life on earth, or dive into a breathtaking underwater tour of the Great Barrier Reef, all using the latest in VR technology. This is a feast for the senses! Admission costs apply. Visit the website for session times and to book your ticket.

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