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How to spend Fathers Day 2017 in Canberra

Mikaela Sergi

Wondering what to do this Father’s Day? That’s this Sunday, 3 September, by the way.

We have you sorted.

Buvette Bistro and Wine Bar at Hotel Realm

Petit Feast. Image: supplied.

Petit Feast. Image: supplied.

Spoil dad with Buvette’s Petit Feast at Hotel Realm. The special brunch incorporates a sample menu of sweet and savoury platters including mini tartlets, profiteroles, crème Brulee, macarons, scones, mini sandwiches, duck, quiches and more. Book now to secure a spot.

Happening Sunday 3 September| Burvette Bistro and Wine Bar, 18 National Circuit Barton| Book now here

Canberra Times Fun Run

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Now in its 42nd year, the Canberra Times Fun Run will be on Father’s Day in 2017. Take the chance to walk or run 14km, 10km or 5km around Lake Burley Griffin, through Canberra’s iconic streets, and finish up lakeside on picturesque Rond Terrace. This year there’s also a 5km Elite Wheelchair Athlete option.

Happening Sunday 3 September from 8am| Woden to Lake Burley Griffin | Register now here

Pod Food

Photography: Tracy Lee Photography.

Photography: Tracy Lee Photography.

Pod Food is hosting The Father’s Day 4-course Breakfast Degustation and 5-course Lunch. A selection of wine is on offer during lunch. Great for the whole family, Pod Food also accommodate for the kids with a children’s menu including all their breakfast and lunch favourites. Bookings are essential.

Happening Sunday 3 September| Pod Food, 12 Beltana Road, Pialligo| Book now here




Join in for a tour of Contentious Character’s wine making facility and a tasting, then sit Dad down for his Herb crusted lamb cutlets, minty peas, roast potatoes and a glass of Reserve Shiraz or Cupitt’s beer, followed by a sticky date pudding and a glass of their winemaker’s very own reserve port. The rest of the family can eat from the regular menu.

Sunday 3 September at either 11.30am or 1.30pm | 810 Norton Road, New South Wales | Book by emailing [email protected] 


Opening AF Classic Film Festival

Is dad a bit of a culture buff? The Alliance Française Classic Film Festival is returning for its anticipated third edition and there are two screenings on Sunday 3 September.

Happening 3 September | Palace Electric Cinema 2 Phillip Law St, Canberra | Purchase tickets and find the full schedule here

Burbury Terrace Breakfast Buffet and High Tea


Enjoy Champagne and High Tea at the Burbury Terrace. Feast your eyes on a menu that offers sweets, sandwiches, champagne, wine and beer whilst overlooking Canberra’s most iconic scenery and landmarks.

Happening Sunday 3 September from 12pm-4.30pm| Burbury Terrace, Burbury Hotel, 1 Burbury Close| Book now here


Ricardos Spring Menu

A very family friendly option, pop into Ricardo’s in Jamison for outdoor seating right next to a playground and a dedicated children’s menu. Their new spring menu has just launched, so there will be something new for everyone, even if you’re a regular.

Open Sunday 3 September from 7.30am-4pm | Jamison Centre, Macquarie | Book now on 6251 2666 


Local legend Tim the Yowie Man’s new coffee-style book Haunted and Mysterious Australia has just been released and on Saturday 2 September he’s having a book signing at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 11am – 1pm.

Detailing 77 mysteries/ haunted places around Oz, it’s the perfect gift for Dads who love a scary story or two. Includes chapters on local places including Collector, Lake George, National Film and Sound Archive, Lake Burley Griffin, Captains Flat, Duntroon House.

Saturday 2 September from 11am-1pm | Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Man Tea at QT Canberra 

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Sit back, relax and indulge in the ultimate high tea for gents, where sandwiches are swapped for grilled wagyu sliders with truffle fries, and cakes for chocolate cigars filled with a Bourbon semifreddo, candied bacon and lemon ash. 

$39 per head without alcohol; $54 per head with a choice of either two select beers, bourbons, whiskies or rum.

Saturday 2 September | QT Canberra, London Circuit, NewActon | Call 6247 1270 for bookings


The High Court by Darren Bradley

The High Court by Darren Bradley

Is Dad a classic music fanatic? Momentum Ensemble, an initiative of the Australian Youth Orchestra, brings together the boundless imagination and talent of Australia’s best young instrumentalists at the High Court of Australia. Fuelled by ambition, passion and creativity, the ensemble takes young artists on a journey through a broad range of repertoire and performance opportunities that challenge them to become masters of their art.

Happening Sunday 3 September from 1.30pm | High Court of Australia, Parkes. Free Entry | Find more information here



Treat dad to a modern Asian dinner with a 7-course degustation for only $70. Try the restaurant’s share plates, desserts and selection of wines and beers. Bookings essential.

Happening Sunday 3 September| 16 Iluka St, Narrabundah| Book now here

The District in Crace



The District is hosting a day of Live Music and Father’s Day lunch from 1pm till 3pm. Bring the family and sing along to music composed by the young Islander band, The Faumuis.

Happening Sunday 3 September| The District, 56 Abena Avenue Crace| Book now here


Puttin On The Ritz

Billed as “a song and dance extravaganza”, Puttin’ on the Ritz will keep all music lover Dads happy.

Travel back to the golden age of Hollywood where melody, rhythm and dance was king! The dazzling theatre spectacle Puttin’ On The Ritz brings to life the music of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin. This is an all-singing, all-dancing celebration of some of the most iconic music of all time. Enjoy Cheek to Cheek, Alexander’s Rag Time Band, Birth of the Blues, Swanee, Night and Day, I Got Rhythm, Easter Parade, Puttin On The Ritz and many more. See the most famous songs of the Golden Age of Hollywood recreated live on stage with award winning singers and dancers in glittering costume.

Happening Sunday 3 September from 7.30pm | Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic| Tickets available here

The Conservatory at National Arboretum Canberra


At The Conservatory in the picturesque National Arboretum, Ginger Catering are serving a two course Lunch experience this Father’s Day. The perfect end to a walk around the grounds.

Happening Sunday 3 September| National Arboretum Canberra The Conservatory, Forest Drive Weston Creek| Book now here

Balloons Aloft

Image: Martin Ollman

Image: Martin Ollman

Take dad and the family on a Balloon Ride this Father’s Day. Experience Canberra at its best overlooking the cities most prominent features. After landing enjoy a buffet breakfast and champagne at the Hyatt Hotel.

Happening Sunday 3 September| Book now here

Hyatt Hotel Canberra



Head to the Hyatt Hotel Canberra for one of Canberra’s most iconic courtyard High Teas.

Happening Sunday 3 September| Hyatt Hotel Canberra, 120 Commonwealth Avenue| Book now here

Three Sixty Fashion Market

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Does Dad love shopping or just need a new wardrobe? Three Sixty Fashion Market is a niche Canberra market dedicated to recycling vintage, retro, handmade and pre-loved fashion. This fashion market is ideal for stylish and discerning shoppers after quality fashionable clothing items.

Three Sixty Fashion Market is committed to sustainable fashion and to creating a market place and an accessible opportunity for people who value ethical choices and ecological sustainability as much as they value style and fun!

Happening Sunday 3 September from 10am-4pm | The Fitters Workshop, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston | Find more information here


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Does your dad love an escape to the country? Poacher’s Pantry (a 15 minute drive away in Hall) is putting on a feast for Father’s Day with two-course brunch for $39 per person or a four-course lunch for $89 per person.

Sunday 3 Septemeber for brunch and lunch | 431 Namina Road, Hall | Book here


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Mikaela Sergi

Mikaela Sergi enjoys all things creative and has recently joined the Her Canberra team. She enjoys music, health and wellbeing, and has a love for food. She is currently studying Journalism and Public Relations at University of Canberra and hopes to pursue a career within the industry. More about the Author

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