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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 2018
Floriade 2018

Saturday 15 September – Sunday 14 October 2018

Floriade, Canberra’s annual month-long celebration of spring, returns in September for its 31st year with the theme Pop Culture. 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 the ticketed night event, NightFest. Entry to Floriade is free during the day, however, tickets must be purchased for NightFest. Image ©EventsACT.

Calamity Jane
Calamity Jane

15–19 August 2018

This whip-cracking, rollicking rough-and-ready reimagining shucks off the buckskin and brings a barrelful of dirt and grit to the classic musical, Calamity Jane, showing at the Canberra Theatre Centre this August. Starring Virginia Gay (Channel 7’s All Saints and Winners & Losers) as the magnetic, masculine heroine, joined by a ragtag band of acclaimed comedic actors and musicians who share all the other roles. Featuring timeless standards such as The Deadwood StageJust Blew In From The Windy CityBlack Hills of Dakota, and Secret Love performed with piano and a grab bag of other instruments, this production injects a unique and raucous sense of spontaneity into the world of musical theatre.

Circus Oz Model Citizens
Circus Oz Model Citizens

16–18 August 2018

Circus Oz returns with Model Citizens, featuring an impressive cast of mesmerising aerialists, cheeky characters, daredevil acrobats, cigar box juggling, hula hooping and backyard banter. This show, at the Canberra Theatre Centre, brings a fresh sophistication to the troupe’s larrikin personality, delivering exhilarating family-friendly feats with poise and charm.

Ab[intra]
Ab[intra]

30 August–1 September 2018

Sydney Dance Company’s National Tour of ab [intra] opened to rave reviews in Sydney and is ‘contemporary dance at its most evocative and beautiful’ (Timeout ★★★★). This is a ferociously physical and heartfelt piece that will stay with you long after you leave the theatre. Don’t miss this electrifying journey showcasing Australia’s best contemporary dancers, showing at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

Canberra Universities Open Day
Canberra Universities Open Day

Saturday 25 August 2018

Thinking of studying in Canberra? The universities in Canberra including the Australian National University (ANU), University of Canberra (UC), Australian Catholic University (ACU) and UNSW at the Australian Defence Force Academy (UNSW at ADFA) are opening their doors to allow prospective students to see the courses that are available, have a look at the accommodation options and find out about scholarship and other opportunities. On the same day, the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) will also be open at the Reid campus with opportunities to meet staff, find out about courses and more.

So Fine: Contemporary women artists make Australian history
So Fine: Contemporary women artists make Australian history

29 June – 1 October 2018

So Fine: Contemporary women artists make Australian history is the National Portrait Gallery’s winter exhibition. Featuring works by ten accomplished female artists working in diverse media, the artists reinterpret historical events, people and places, offering new perspectives on old stories.
Image: Dana Bergstorm, Penguin, 2018 By Linde Ivimey

Spilt Milk 2018
Spilt Milk 2018

Saturday 17 November 2018

The huge line-up for Spilt Milk Canberra this year includes headline Childish Gambino, along with local artists Peking Duk, The Wombats from the UK, Vera Blue, RL Grime and many more. Spilt Milk has been a sell-out festival the past two years and is expected to sell out again this year, with tickets on sale in the first week of July. For your Spilt Milk accommodation, stay at Crowne Plaza Canberra and you’ll be only 1.1km walk (10-15 minutes) or 1.8 km drive (5-7 minutes), from the festival venue, Commonwealth Park.

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!

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