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It’s an Action-Packed Month in Canberra this March

It’s an Action-Packed Month in Canberra this March
It’s an Action-Packed Month in Canberra this March

Canberra offers something for everyone this March with a diverse range of events, exhibitions, shows, festivals and markets to experience. #CBR31Days #ExploreLikeALocal

On Monday 13 March, Canberra will celebrate its 104th birthday. Visitors and locals are invited to explore the diverse selection of activities on in Canberra throughout the first month of autumn that highlight the energy and vibe of the nation’s capital, with many popular events returning better than ever.

“March in Canberra really does present a catalogue of different experiences for locals and visitors to enjoy,” Brand Canberra Manager Debra Surman said. “There is a new activity on every day of the month, so it’s a fantastic time to get out in Canberra and really experience our amazing city and region.”

Save up to 35%* on accommodation when you book our special offer for stays between 24 March and 30 April 2017. The sale ends on 15 March 2017.


Enjoy the magnificent displays of Enlighten over 10 nights from Friday 3 March until Sunday 12 March, where Canberra will be seen in a different light as six of its most iconic buildings are lit up after dark. And while you are wandering along the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, don’t miss out on the vast array of food on offer at the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets.

Enlighten Festival Canberra 2017

Image: Enlighten © VisitCanberra

Canberra Balloon Spectacular

Set your alarm a bit earlier from 11-19 March and enjoy the hot air balloons rising during Canberra’s beautiful sunrise at the world-renowned Canberra Balloon Spectacular.

Canberra Balloon Spectacular

Image: Canberra Balloon Spectacular © VisitCanberra

Art and Culture

Versailles: Treasures from the Palace continues to run throughout March, exclusive to the National Gallery of Australia. Click here to find out about our accommodation package, which includes two exhibition tickets.

Until 13 March, see The Popular Pet Show exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. This exhibition expresses the joy and warmth that many of us derive from our animal companions, comprising exuberant recent Australian paintings of famous and obscure Australians and their pets by contemporary artists including Nicholas Harding, Lucy Culliton, Ken Done and more. Our Unforgettable Moments package includes exhibition tickets, breakfast and more.

The Popular Pet Show Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery Canberra

Image: Gallery dog, Brisbane 2014 by Noel McKenna, Private Collection, Brisbane, Courtesy of Heiser Gallery, Brisbane.

The popular David Attenborough’s Virtual Reality Experiences at the National Museum of Australia allows participants to join David Attenborough as he travels back through time. 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 and an experience not to miss!

Art Not Apart will also return to the New Acton Precinct on 19 March with exhibitions, performance art, numerous music stages, installations, strange interventions, street food, cafes and a dance party.

Canberra Comedy Festival

If you are after a night of belly laughter, the fifth Canberra Comedy Festival runs from 20 – 26 March, with a jam-packed program of shows from Australian and international comedians to be held at the Canberra Theatre Centre. The line-up includes shows from Jimeoin, Dave Hughes, DAAS, Tommy Little, Stephen K Amos and more. There’s even a comedy show for kids by Josh Earl.

Handmade Canberra Market

On 18 and 19 March 2017, the quarterly Handmade Canberra Market is back at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC). With around 240 stalls to shop at, discover all Australian handmade items including fashion, homewares, gourmet produce, gifts and souvenirs.

And with the Black Opal Stakes, Amy’s Big Canberra Bike Ride and Skyfire, along with a range of other activities, there’s lots of good reasons to visit Canberra this March.

You can find out more about everything happening during March in Canberra.

To book your Canberra CBD accommodation, visit our packages page to find a great Canberra hotel deal.

Save up to 35%* on accommodation when you book our Easter Sale offer for stays between 24 March and 30 April 2017. The sale ends on 15 March 2017.

Balloon image: © 2010 Steve Keough

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