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What's on in Canberra

Not only does Canberra put on some of the nation’s biggest festivals and blockbuster exhibitions, we also have a thriving calendar of foodie events, markets, performances, family-friendly activities, sport, and live music.

Canberra's events and festivals celebrate our four distinct seasons with glorious Floriade in spring, the power of Summernats in summer, Enlighten Festival in autumn, The Truffle Festival in winter, and live music all year round. That’s just a taste – start searching our event calendar to find what’s on in Canberra.

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Detail of scroll depicting four Egyptian  figures with hieroglyphics running along the top section
15 Dec 2023 – 8 Sep 2024

Discovering Ancient Egypt

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A painted portrait of Queen Mary of Denmark, wearing a brown skirt and shirt, looking out a window.
15 Mar – 27 May 2024

Ralph Heimans: Portraiture. Power. Influence.

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Vincent Namatjira in his studio in front of paintings
2 Mar – 21 Jul 2024

Vincent Namatjira: Australia in colour

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Single Use Ocean by Omar Musa
4 May – 2 Jun 2024

All My Memories Are Mistranslations - Solo exhibition by Omar Musa

Humble House gallery, Canberra
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Photograph of "Cancelled" Hong-Kong passport
2 May – 1 Jun 2024

Exhibition: Navigating Histories

PhotoAccess, Griffith
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A landscape is painted in sweeping brush strokes of a formation of hills in greens and blues.
6 Apr – 25 May 2024

Highlights of the QPRC Art Collection - Art Exhibition

Rusten House Art Centre, Queanbeyan
Next on today from 10:00am to 4:00pm
a portrait of a person is sketched in ink over an orange and maroon background
6 Apr – 25 May 2024

Community Connections – A Portrait Story - Art Exhibition

Rusten House Art Centre, Queanbeyan
Next on today from 10:00am to 4:00pm
A landscape done in textiles of a creek, small house and mountains surrounded by trees.
11 Apr – 22 Jun 2024

A Stitch in Time – Quilt Exhibition

Rusten House Art Centre, Queanbeyan
Next on today from 10:00am to 4:00pm
A painted portrait of Queen Mary of Denmark, wearing a brown skirt and shirt, looking out a window.
15 Mar – 27 May 2024

Ralph Heimans: Portraiture. Power. Influence.

National Portrait Gallery, Parkes
Next on today from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Still from Temple showing a Galah
5 Apr – 30 Jun 2024

Temple

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Acton
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Nikki Lam 'the unshakeable destiny'
15 Feb – 24 May 2024

Assembly

Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW), Acton
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Discover more about the change of monarch
15 Apr – 31 Jul 2024

Change: Stories from your Pocket Exhibition

Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra
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Artist working with robot
14 Mar – 28 Jul 2024

Jordan Wolfson: Body Sculpture

National Gallery of Australia, Parkes
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metal bedhead
2 Mar – 21 Jul 2024

Duntroon Estate: Work with all your might

Canberra Museum + Gallery, Civic Square
Next on today from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Vincent Namatjira in his studio in front of paintings
2 Mar – 21 Jul 2024

Vincent Namatjira: Australia in colour

National Gallery of Australia, Parkes
Next on today from 10:00am to 5:00pm
A detailed picture of a historic quilt
16 Mar – 25 Aug 2024

A Century of Quilts

National Gallery of Australia, Parkes
Next on today from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Australian Information Service photographer, John Houldsworth at work, 1987. NAA: A6135. K2/6/87/46
17 Nov 2023 – 10 Jun 2024

Focus: Australian government photographers

National Archives of Australia, Parkes
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copper cylindrical forms with blue tarnish and growths
2 Mar – 20 Oct 2024

Materiality...but not as we know it

Canberra Museum + Gallery, Civic Square
Next on today from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Detail of scroll depicting four Egyptian  figures with hieroglyphics running along the top section
15 Dec 2023 – 8 Sep 2024

Discovering Ancient Egypt

National Museum of Australia, Acton
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Plate, The Australian War Memoial  c. 1965 Dish, Lake Burley Griffin Canberra ACT 1964 – 1970
5 Jan – 23 Dec 2024

Canberra/Kamberri, Place & People

Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra City
Next on today from 10:00am to 4:00pm
tour guide with tour group looking at cartoon images on a wall
13 Dec 2023 – 30 Nov 2024

Behind the Lines

Museum of Australian Democracy, Parkes
Next on today from 9:00am to 5:00pm
image of AI generated art part of the Friend or Foe
24 Jan 2024 – 23 Jan 2025

Friend or Foe – The Rise of Artificial Intelligence Exhibition

Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre, Parkes
Next on today from 9:00am to 5:00pm
painting of a ploiceman upsidedown with his head in the ground and a magpie sitting on his rifle
25 Mar 2024 – 25 Mar 2025

The Nolan Collection

Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra City
Next on today from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Group of people outside pub
7 Aug 2023 – 30 Sep 2024

Smith's Poetry Thing

Smith's Alternative, Canberra
Next on today from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Two girls laughing at interactive letter wall in MoAD’s PlayUP exhibition space
10 Jan 2023 – 30 Sep 2024

PlayUP: The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard

Museum of Australian Democracy, Parkes
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Museum visitors interacting with installation on blue wall within MoAD's Blueprint exhibition
10 Jan 2023 – 31 Dec 2024

Blueprint

Museum of Australian Democracy, Parkes
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Voices / Dhuniai exhibition gallery
1 Jul 2023 – 30 Jun 2025

Voices / Dhuniai: Federation, Democracy and the Constitution

National Archives of Australia, Parkes
Next on today from 9:00am to 5:00pm
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