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
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.
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.
Canberra is spoilt for choice this spring with music, ballet
and theatre. Just try staying in your seat for the greatest musical of all
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.
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.
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.
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
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
attractions this spring – check their websites for details.