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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.

Featured events

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

Discovering Ancient Egypt

Next on today
A gallery entryway with a wall of paintings and signage that reads 'Emily Kam Kngwarray'
2 Dec 2023 – 28 Apr 2024

Emily Kam Kngwarray

Next on today
National Library Illuminations
1–11 Mar 2024

Enlighten Illuminations

Next on tomorrow
HDO
2 Mar 2024

Harvest Day Out 2024

Next on 2 Mar 2024
Fos12
2–3 Mar 2024

Canberra Festival of Speed

Next on 2 Mar 2024
Balloons over lake
9–17 Mar 2024

Canberra Balloon Spectacular

Next on 9 Mar 2024
Canberra Comedy Festival Gala
13–24 Mar 2024

Canberra Comedy Festival

Next on 13 Mar 2024

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Promotional image Last of the Red Hot Lovers
22 Feb – 9 Mar 2024

Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Canberra REP Theatre, Acton
Next on today from 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Table still life, fruit and Eucalyptus - oil on linen, 61 x 91cm
29 Feb – 16 Mar 2024

Crispin Akerman - paintings

Beaver Galleries, Deakin
Next on tomorrow from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Midwinter echoes IV - stoneware, rutile patina, porcelain slip, glaze, 22 x 12.5 x 12.5cm
29 Feb – 16 Mar 2024

Ulrica Trulsson - 'Midwinter echoes', ceramics

Beaver Galleries, Deakin
Next on tomorrow from 10:00am to 5:00pm
100x100cm
15 Feb – 10 Mar 2024

Radiant by Gatya Kelly

Grainger Gallery, Fyshwick
Next on tomorrow from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Night street scape of an isolated Canberra bus stop. The street lights and signs glow quietly.
22 Feb – 17 Mar 2024

'New Work'| M16 Artspace Exhibition

M16 Artspace, Griffith
Next on tomorrow from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Three pink figures stand in front of a flat blue horizon. Dark eyes the only detail on their faces.
22 Feb – 17 Mar 2024

Absurd Frontier | M16 Artspace Exhibition

M16 Artspace, Griffith
Next on tomorrow from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
A woman standing in the dark is blurred into three descending frames superimposed over each other.
22 Feb – 17 Mar 2024

CAPTCHA | M16 Artspace Exhibition

M16 Artspace, Griffith
Next on tomorrow from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Six brightly coloured triangles sit symmetrically on a chopping board next to a stripy larger wedge.
22 Feb – 17 Mar 2024

Cold Collations| M16 Artspace Exhibition

M16 Artspace, Griffith
Next on tomorrow from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Oil painting of a bend in the Murray River, showing thin tree trunks in the background
28 Feb – 24 Mar 2024

Valda Johnson - Meandering around the Murray

Strathnairn Arts Association, Holt
Next on tomorrow from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Solidity by Julie Simmons
3 Feb – 3 Mar 2024

Elemental - exhibition by Mellissa Read-Devine and Julie Simmons

Humble House gallery, Fyshwick
Next on tomorrow from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Emerging Contemporaries Exhibition
16 Feb – 16 Mar 2024

Emerging Contemporaries Exhibition

Craft + Design Canberra, Canberra
Next on tomorrow from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Seeing and Knowing
16 Feb – 16 Mar 2024

Seeing and Knowing: New Perspectives in Furniture  Exhibition

Craft + Design Canberra, Canberra
Next on tomorrow from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Watercolour artwork of a Chequered Cuckoo Bee (Thyreus caeruleopunctatus)
29 Feb – 1 Apr 2024

A Charm of Native Bees Exhibition Cheryl Hodges

Australian National Botanic Gardens, Acton
Next on tomorrow from 9:30am to 4:30pm
Whirlpools (detail) by Natalie Hill
16 Feb – 24 Mar 2024

Emergence of Materials and Self | Natalie Hill

Generator Gallery, Belconnen Arts Centre, Belconnen
Next on tomorrow from 10:00am to 4:00pm
In and Through 1 (detail) by Patsy Payn
16 Feb – 28 Mar 2024

Lines of Sight by Patsy Payne and John Pratt

Pivot Gallery, Belconnen Arts Centre, Belconnen
Next on tomorrow from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Structure for reflected light by Francis Kenna
16 Feb – 28 Mar 2024

atmo-spheres | Francis Kenna

Generator Gallery, Belconnen Arts Centre, Belconnen
Next on tomorrow from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Jeremy Barrett, Untitled, acrylic on canvas. Image courtesy of the artist
8 Feb – 28 Mar 2024

Recent Prints and Monoprints Exhibition at Tuggeranong Arts Centre

Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Greenway
Next on tomorrow from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Basil Hall in Studio One, printing Naminapu Maymuru White’s lino triptych Nyapilingu (1995).
8 Feb – 28 Mar 2024

Prints from Studio One: From the Collection of Basil Hall Exhibition

Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Greenway
Next on tomorrow from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Josephine Townsend, Among the Trees (2023) Ceramics.
7 Feb – 28 Mar 2024

Seeing the Forest and Trees Exhibition at Tuggeranong Arts Centre

Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Greenway
Next on today from 10:00am to 5:30pm
Twilight Sessions Musicians
29 Feb – 6 Jun 2024

Twilight Sessions

Amici Wine Bar & Deli, Canberra
Next on today from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Nikki Lam 'the unshakeable destiny'
15 Feb – 24 May 2024

Assembly

Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW), Acton
Next on today
Louise Pandella (born 1957), Ngangi’wumirri people, Season of the Barramundi, 1996, Parliament House
16 Dec 2023 – 21 Apr 2024

Reflections exhibition at Parliament House

Australian Parliament House, Canberra
Next on today
BW photo of singer Madonna
14 Oct 2023 – 3 Mar 2024

Madonna40: A Celebration

Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra City
Next on tomorrow from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Artist working with robot
9 Dec 2023 – 28 Apr 2024

Jordan Wolfson: Body Sculpture

National Gallery of Australia, Parkes
Next on tomorrow from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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