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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.

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

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.

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.

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 ©EventsACT.

Hyper Real
Hyper Real

20 October 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.

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.

For a memorable weekend stay in Canberra, book our Unforgettable Moments package, which includes two tickets to the exhibition.

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

Nicholas Harding: 28 Portraits
Nicholas Harding: 28 Portraits

Friday 1 September – Sunday 26 November 2017

The National Portrait Gallery presents 28 fascinating portraits by accomplished Sydney artist Nicholas Harding. The exhibition, featuring works from private collections as well as the Portrait Gallery’s own collection, presents Harding’s textured paintings alongside some of his lesser-known drawings. Free entry.

Image: Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving) 2011 by Nicholas Harding. Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Purchased with funds provided by the Liangis family 2012

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!
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.

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