Ten awesome events in one big weekend

Posted 9 Mar 2017

Story by Visit Canberra

Canberra celebrates its birthday on Monday 13 March, and for a 104 year old city, it shows no signs of slowing down.

Help celebrate all things Canberra by enjoying some of the many activities on offer over the Canberra Day long weekend.

1. Lights! Canberra! Action!


Kick off your long weekend with Lights! Canberra! Action! on 10 March, featuring short films created by local film makers. As you enjoy a picnic under the stars surrounded by the lights of Enlighten (3-12 March), be entertained by the top 12 short films based on a central theme of ‘Right’.

2. Enlighten 2017 presented by Singapore Airlines


Enlighten 2017 (3-12 March) returns in 2017, and besides the jaw dropping light installations on our national attractions, there’s heaps of performances and special events you should check out. Don’t miss Pedaleando Hacia El Cielo (10-11 March), an Australian-first performance that combines music, dance and film. This aerial performance will dazzle the audience as musicians and angels take to the sky. Located in the Parliamentary Triangle, the show will begin at 9pm, giving you plenty of time to check out our other top things to do at Enlighten.

3. Raiders v Sharks

The Raiders’ first home match of the season on 11 March will be against reigning premiers, the Cronulla Sharks. With the rivalry growing year on year between these two teams, you’re guaranteed a show not to be missed. Tickets now on sale via Ticketek.


4. Enlighten Night Noodle Markets


Presented as part of Good Food Month, the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets (3-12 March) promises unique food, a festive atmosphere and more than a few Instagram opportunities. With late opening hours on Friday and Saturday, stay out and make a night of trying something new with family and friends.

5. For the Record

You’ve never experienced arts and craft like this before! For the Record asks participants of all ages to create a piece of craft based on the Hansard records at Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House. Marvel as your creative contributions become a part of a giant installation in King’s Hall for Enlighten 2017.

6. Symphony in the Park


Symphony in the Park is a symphony experience unlike any other. The leafy surrounds of Commonwealth Park will be your auditorium on Sunday 12 March – prepare to unleash your inner dancing queen as the Canberra Symphony Orchestra brings to life the works of ABBA, in conjunction with popular tribute band BABBA.

7. Canberra Balloon Spectacular


You’ll want to make sure the alarm is set for this one! Each day during the Canberra Balloon Spectacular (11-19 March), more than 40 of hot air balloons from across the globe will inflate from the lawns of Old Parliament House, including a hummingbird from the United States and a smurf from Belgium. Experience the thrill of a hot air balloon ride at sunrise or watch them sail across the lake and beyond from one of many amazing vantage points.

8. Retro Depot at Old Bus Depot Markets

handmade market

The award-wining Old Bus Depot Markets hosts the Retro Depot event on 12 March. Now’s your chance to pick up authentic vintage goodies – there’ll be everything from furniture to fashion. Groovy, baby!

9. David Attenborough’s Virtual Reality Experiences

View the world in a new and unexpected way with David Attenborough’s Virtual Reality Experiences at the National Museum of Australia. Take part in the first two natural history documentaries ever designed for virtual reality. This is your chance to see the world as it was at the dawn of life on Earth 540 million years ago, before taking to the seas in a Great Barrier Reef Dive. Please note that David Attenborough’s Virtual Reality Experiences will not be running on 13 March.

10. Canberra Day Celebrations


Happy birthday Canberra! Join in the free festivities as the nation’s capital celebrates its 104th birthday on Monday 13 March. Havana Brown will get the party started before the infamous Hoodoo Gurus rock out on Stage 88, Commonwealth Park.  There’s something for all ages with Shaun the Sheep and Trolls entertaining the little ones from 2pm, before Havana Brown and Hoodoo Gurus get the party started in the evening. Be sure to keep your eyes out from 7pm as the Captain Cook Memorial Jet is switched on and lit up creating a beautiful spectacle. For more information, head to EventsACT.

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