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Dog parties and wine bars: Haig Park activations return for spring

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Free dog agility courses, concerts and kids parties in the heart of the city…

It sounds too good to be true, but those who experienced 2019’s Haig Park Experiments will know different.

A calendar of free events presented by the City Renewal Authority that brought new life to Braddon’s Haig Park, the Experiments, well, experimented with ways to activate this under-used space.

And now, the results are in and the most successful of those experiments are back for the warmer months—along with a host of fresh, COVID-safe events, activities and installations, presented in partnership with the University of Canberra’s Faculty of Arts & Design.

Children playing with bubbles at the Kids Outdoor Play Day in Haig Park earlier in the year.

You don’t have to wait for an event to check it out. Semi-permanent installations include colourful Floriade: Reimagined flowerboxes, dog agility equipment and new outdoor furniture. But if you are getting out your diary, here’s what to put in it.

The Pop Inn and Live Music

Canberra’s favourite travelling wine bar is back to serve up a glass of something cold—and some live music on the side.

Saturday 19 September, 1 pm – 6 pm | End of Lonsdale Street | For more information click here

Flight of the Fancies Installation

A trail of colourful discovery will pop up across Haig Park, created by Wellspring Arts & Design.

Monday 28 September–Wednesday 25 November | Near corner of Wise Street and Henty Street | act.gov.au/cityrenewal/places/haig-park/haig-park-activations

Fairy Garden Workshop

Recommended for ages 4-10, this workshop will supply loose parts, natural items and special treasures to those who believe in fairies so they can create a special garden. Perfectly timed for the school holidays!

There will even be a real-life fairy from Madeleine Tranter Creative and you’ll even get to write a letter to the fairies.

We need you to bring your imagination, creativity and playfulness to help us build fairy homes and gardens around the trees.

Remember to bring water, snacks, and something to sit on—and feel free to dress up as a fairy too!

Tuesday 29 September, 10 am – 1 pm | Next to nature play area in Turner | For more information click here.

Movement Month: Outdoor Classroom Program

A calendar of free fitness, just for you. More details coming soon, keep an eye on act.gov.au/cityrenewal/places/haig-park.

Selected weekend dates in October | Various locations

Haig Park Paw Party: Pawsitivity

World Mental Health Day on 10 October will be celebrated in a pawsome fashion in Haig Park, with a very special Paw Party.

There will be everything you need to take great care of your best friend—inside and out— with a dog agility course, dog trainer, dog nutritionist and dog treats and even soothing music from a pooch pianist.

Feeling left out? There’ll also be a (human) coffee cart.

Register for a free ticket through Humanitix.

Saturday 10 October, 10 am – 12 pm (World Mental Health Day) | End of Mort Street | For more information click here.

Pop Inn, Democracy BBQ and DJ

Stay tuned for more details at act.gov.au/cityrenewal/places/haig-park/haig-park-activations.

Saturday 17 October, 1 pm – 6 pm | End of Lonsdale Street

Haig Park Paw Party: Furry Fashion

Otherwise known as Ru Paw’s Drag Race, Haig Park is inviting their furry friends back to strut the runway on Saturday 14 November.

There will be a dog photo booth, Fashion Parade (Best Dressed) with loads of prize giveaways, as well as dog treats, (dog)walk music from the pooch pianist and coffee cart.

Register for a free ticket through Humanitix.

Saturday 14 November, 10 am – 12 pm | End of Mort Street | For more information click here.

Intercultural Craft Circle

Haig Park’s Intercultural Craft Circle will feature a diversity of artists and arts facilitators from the Canberra region.

A wonderful opportunity to learn or improve your craft skills, make some new friends and share some stories with the community.

Saturday 21 November, 10 am – 1 pm | End of Lonsdale Street | For more information click here.

Paw Party 4: Santa Paws

Finally, a festive event for our furry friends!

Get into the spirit of the season with the final Haig Park Paw Party for the year, which will feature canine carols and even Santa Paws himself!

Saturday 12 December, 1 pm – 3 pm | End of Mort Street | For more information click here

Pop Inn

Cap off a brilliant few months of Haig Park Activations with one last round of drinks at the Pop Inn.

You provide the picnic rugs, they’ll provide the rosé.

Saturday 12 December, 1 pm – 6 pm | End of Lonsdale Street | act.gov.au/cityrenewal/places/haig-park/haig-park-activations

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