Celebrating its 10th anniversary, The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region is the first and largest festival of its kind in Australia. Events are held across the Canberra region from June until August highlighting the Black Winter Truffle. Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration or pop along to a farmer’s market.

Canberra will inspire your creativity this winter as it welcomes exhibitions, performances and festivals that celebrate the arts.  

Make time to experience the glitz and glamour of Cartier: The Exhibition showcasing exclusively at the National Gallery of Australia until 22 July. Immerse yourself in more than 300 spectacular items from the astonishing Cartier collection including royal tiaras, necklaces, brooches and earrings.

Cartier London Halo tiara 1936, lent by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Collection Trust/All Rights Reserved
Cartier London Halo tiara 1936, lent by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Collection Trust/All Rights Reserved

View intriguing objects in the National Museum of Australia’s So that you might know each other: Faith and Culture in Islam. From clothing and ceremonial hangings to musical instruments, armour, precious manuscripts, ceramics and jewellery, the exhibition celebrates the achievements of Muslim people across the world, their daily lives, traditions and spirituality until 22 July.

Another impressive exhibition to add to your calendar is the National Gallery of Australia’s American Masters 1940-1980, opening 24 August. From Abstract Expressionism, Colour Field, Pop, Neo-Dada and Photo-Realism, to Conceptual, Land and Performance Art, American Masters examines how a generation of young Americans challenged local traditions and reinvented modern art.

The Parliament House exhibition Crafting the House on the Hill, opening 7 July, is part of the 30th anniversary celebrations. It reveals the stories behind some of the building’s major art, craft and design commissions and explores how these works connect one of Australia’s most intriguing public building with its first people, landscape, creative spirit and the principles of democracy.

The Canberra Glassworks is hosting a special Winter Glass Market on 16 June, which is a free community celebration of glass and glass-making, revealing the power of glass and light.

Glass-making at the Canberra Glassworks
Watch and participate in glass-making at the Canberra Glassworks’ Winter Glass Market.

To celebrate the National Library of Australia’s 50th, they are throwing open the doors for an incredible open day on 12 August. It’s your chance to explore deep behind the scenes (watch out for the robots), and to take in rarely viewed collection items.

The Canberra Writers Festival returns 23-26 August with a jam-packed program of authors with works spanning genres and the globe. The popular festival brings together the national capital's literary, academic, business and political communities and celebrates national and international authors across both fiction and non-fiction genres.

Opera aficionados, symphony orchestra enthusiasts and chamber choir fanatics will be spoiled for choice as a series of galas and performances take place in awe-inspiring locations including the High Court of Australia, National Gallery of Australia and Llewellyn Hall at The Australian National University.

Expect the high calibre of performances to continue on stage as the Canberra Theatre Centre brings world-class performance to the nation’s capital, including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Dark Emu and Sydney Dance Company’s ab [intra].

Head out and explore the bush capital over winter. Corin Forest is Canberra’s home of snow – just a 45-minute drive from Canberra and you’ll be able to enjoy tobogganing and more – an experience the whole family can enjoy (snow conditions permitting). 

The National Arboretum Canberra will also brighten up the cool winter with the largest knitted installation in the world, Warm Trees, from 30 June until 29 July.

GWS Giants supporters take to UNSW Canberra Oval in Manuka
GWS Giants supporters cheer on their team at UNSW Canberra Oval in Manuka

And sports fans, there’s plenty for you to get excited about. The Canberra Raiders are set to continue a stellar season with winter home matches at GIO Stadium as the Panthers, Cowboys, Tigers, Roosters and Rabbitohs come to town. The stadium will also see the Plus500 Brumbies take on the Sunwolves and Hurricanes in June.

GWS Giants hope to continue their fantastic run at UNSW Canberra Oval when they face the Crows at Manuka on 11 August. And the AIS Arena will see the GIANTS Netball take on the Thunderbirds on 1 July which is sure to be an exciting game.