28 August 2019

Extend your stay in Canberra this spring. From exhibitions that will excite your inner child to world-cup class football, we’ve got all bases covered to inspire you to see more and do more while in town. We suggest 72 hours to make the most of Canberra’s diversity – or longer if you can swing it. Take your pick from these fantastic events and ideas to build your itinerary.

Dream a little dream

Opening on 12 September, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and many more memorable characters will appear in DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition – Journey from Sketch to Screen at the National Museum of Australia. This is an exciting celebration of 25 years of incredible animated stories, where you’ll see original sketches, interviews and interactive displays.

Gamers unite

Win or lose, you’ll want to play your way through the internationally loved Game Masters: The Exhibition when it opens at the National Film and Sound Archive on 27 September. With joysticks, arcades, competition, colour and movement, this exhibition has already toured globally to acclaim with its showcase of five decades of video game history.

Sports lovers

Our Socceroos take on Nepal on 10 October in a qualifier match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar™ 2022. You can be there to cheer on the teams at GIO Stadium on Thursday night. For T20 cricket fans, see the Aussies take on Pakistan in the second of a three-match series. The T20 International is on Tuesday 5 November under lights at Manuka Oval.

Wine and dine

Gain exclusive insights into home grown cooking, wine tasking and pasta making at the Trafalgar Food and Wine Event hosted by celebrity chef Adam Swanson at Pialligo Estate on 15 October. Head to historic Albert Hall on 19 October to sample 500 Rieslings (though we suggest you don’t sample them all!). The Canberra International Riesling Challenge is the largest single varietal wine show in the Southern Hemisphere.

Bloody long walk

What a perfect way to see the beauty of Canberra while also supporting the Mito Foundation. The Bloody Long Walk Canberra is a 35-kilometre trek through Canberra’s bush surrounds, plus you’ll pass Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial. Start your training – a bloody big effort is required on 13 October.

Theatre, darlings

Canberra is spoilt for choice this spring with music, ballet and theatre. Just try staying in your seat for the greatest musical of all time, West Side Story, which runs from 10–20 October, or experience Bell Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing starring Zindzi Okenyo from 11–19 October – both at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

You can even spend an evening with Sir Michael Parkinson at Llewellyn Hall on Saturday 12 October on his farewell tour.

Windows to the World

As the national capital of Australia, Canberra is home to nearly 80 embassies and high commissions. See the stunning architecture and gardens, and explore the cultures of Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa through food, performances and tours. Windows to the World runs from 12-13 & 19–20 October.

To market

Head to Kingston for the Old Bus Depot Markets every Sunday, with special themes each week including a big 25th anniversary celebration on 29 September. All the vibrancy we’ve come to know and love will be on display from 10am to 4pm.

Spring’s Handmade Markets Canberra is a must for finding distinctive craft, fashion, jewellery, art, as well as gourmet treats. Featuring more than 270 Australian designers and producers, theses popular markets are on 7–8 September at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

More for the kids

Immerse in nature at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve’s annual Open Day on 29 September. Filled with great activities, live music and demonstrations, the theme is ‘Explore, Relax, Recharge’, so the whole family can get involved.

There are also loads of school holiday activities planned at the national attractions this spring – check their websites for details.