What's on in Canberra

Canberra is an eventful capital. Our festivals, national celebrations and events offer you a full year of variety, colour and spectacle. Visit for national festivals and performances, blockbuster exhibitions, food and wine events, sporting and special interest activities or stay regularly to see an ever changing range of displays in our national attractions. 

Visit for our food and wine festivals to tantalise your tastebuds. Taste the region and Canberra district produce across our four distinct seasons. Take part in national Australia Day celebrations, see your nation's capital in a whole new light during ENLIGHTEN. Canberra also welcomes spring each year during Australia's largest celebration of the season at Floriade. Start planning your stay now, there's always something great to see and do in Australia's capital city.

Visitors admire and photograph a fire display leading along the promenade in front of the High Court of Australia during the annual Enlighten Festival in Canberra

Major events

Canberra is an eventful capital city. Playing host to national celebrations and major annual festivals, book ahead and mark your calendar with events that reflect our four distinct seasons and the things we all love and seek to invigorate, refresh and inspire mind, body and soul.

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Community Events

Canberrans love a good reason to celebrate. Join them at a range of community events held throughout the year designed to entertain, educate and delight.

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Visitors peruse a blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. The gallery has been the venue for numerous international art exhibitions drawing many visitors to the nation's capital.

Exhibits and displays

Canberra is the home of the Australian story. The nation's galleries, collecting institutions, museums and archives all feature regular exhibits from their own collections in addition to major blockbusters and international exhibits. Canberra also has a thriving local gallery scene, expos, displays and presentations to discover and explore. 

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A family draws together in front of national artworks during a family activity offered at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia in Canberra

Family friendly

From regular family learning opportunities and playtime activities at our national attractions to the fun and festivities of festivals and events, Canberra is ideal for families with children of all ages. Browse through what's on across entertainment, educational, cultural and outdoor events. You'll have a hard time chasing your kids with this selection!

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National Folk Festival performer in cultural costume on stage in front of crowd at Exhibition Park in Canberra


Festivals are a way of life in Canberra. From national celebrations to music, local produce and harvests, multicultural celebrations, heritage and history to niche interests, there is something for all seasons and all tastes. Get into the spirit of celebration and plan to visit one of our many festivals. 

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Matched food and wines on tasting plates at the Capital Wines Epicurean Centre in Gundaroo

Food and wine

With four distinct seasons and a cornucopia of ingredients flowing from paddock to plate, the Canberra region produces some of the nation's finest cool climate produce. Reconnect to life and the land through our food and wine events that celebrate harvest times and feature prized ingredients through tastings, menus and gatherings. Grab your friends and feast on the delights of the region.

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A young child looks in wonder and excitement at sweets being served on a plate at a market stall during the Hustle and Scout Markets held periodically in Canberra


To market, to market. Plan a trip to browse and shop our markets. Get among the excitement and bustling range of award-winning weekend wonders, regional fresh produce, seasonal markets of handmade and artisan goods, art and design, pop up collectives, upcycling and street food among the calendar of markets in the Canberra region. 

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Band playing inside the Spiegeltent

Music, Theatre and Films

Canberra culture centres around performances and screenings in our national attractions, theatres, cinemas and performance venues. Spend an evening listening to world class music, engaging with local and touring theatre and dance performances or watch independent, Australian, mainstream and international festival film screenings.

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Manuka Oval under lights during a sporting match


Canberra has the highest participation rate of people in sport and recreation in the nation. Our venues retain an intimate atmosphere keeping you up close to the action. Catch regular fixtures of national leagues for AFL, NRL, ARU, baseball, basketball, cricket, ice hockey, volleyball, football and more. Canberra hosts national youth sport tournaments, athletic meets and is home to the Australian Institute of Sport. Come play or watch your favourite sport in the nation's capital. 

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Meeting happening in the senate of the Old Parliament House at the Museum of Australian Democracy in Canberra

Talks and workshops

Canberra is the meeting place of the nation. Home to national attractions, conferences, meetings and expos, there is a regular and vibrant range of workshops and talks ranging from professional, recreation and education interests. Visit Canberra to broaden your interests or deepen your knowledge by attending a talk or workshop.

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