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Things are changing in Canberra as we work together to keep our community safe.

While restrictions are lifting, we strongly encourage you to keep physical distance between each other when you leave the house and be mindful of the current restrictions.

Let’s stay safe and sensible, Canberra, and we’ll get through this together.


Restrictions may have eased, but your responsibility hasn’t.

Find the most recent information regarding COVID restrictions in the ACT here:

Floriade: Reimagined NightFeast

Beef & Barley’s plant based burger high tea is sure to be a hit with NightFest fans.

Get your stretchy pants out, because Canberra’s biggest NightFeast is almost here.

This year, Floriade’s NightFest has been transformed into Canberra’s Biggest NightFeast; a shared celebration of Canberra’s food scene for one night only on Friday 2 October.

With over 30 venues participating, there will be a tantalising line-up of bespoke, spring-inspired meals and deals.

There are two ways to take part: in person at a delicious variety of venues around town or gather a group together and bring the event to life in your own home. Whichever option you choose, we present the mouth-watering highlights (stretchy pants necessary).

Find out more here.

Happening Friday 2 October at various venues around town—and your home!

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Floriade: Reimagined

Credit: VisitCanberra.

During Floriade’s 33-year history the festival has transformed into Australia’s biggest celebration of spring with approximately half a million guests annually. 2020’s festival not only marks flowers blooming to life after their winter hibernation but also celebrates the community spirit and resilience that Canberrans have displayed during recent challenging times.

In 2020, Floriade has been reimagined with the annual spring celebration moving from its traditional home in Commonwealth Park to bloom across Canberra. One million bulbs and annuals will create a tulip trail through the ACT’s suburbs and city. With floral plantings by the Floriade horticulture team and over 90 Canberra community groups, this year’s festival allows the community to connect safely while public health restrictions are in place.

Floriade: Reimagined offers all the Floriade activities you know and love with a mix of virtual and in-person experiences. From 12 September to 11 October 2020, enjoy Floriade Life featuring workshops, talks, and fitness classes to help keep your gardens green and minds inspired. Stock up on Australian designed products, gardening delights and spring-inspired eats at the virtual marketplace that showcases all your favourite Floriade traders and foodies.

Young Floriade fans can learn about sustainability and the environment, search for gnomes hidden throughout Canberra and uncover new worlds with Floriade Sprouts.


Happening 12 September–11 October from 9.30 am–5.30 pm at various locations around Canberra.

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Nightfeast: Down the Rabbit Hole at QT

Fall down the rabbit hole as QT Canberra transforms into a garden wonderland for Floriade’s dark side, Nightfest.

For one night only, Capitol Bar & Grill’s outdoor deck will come alive with spring magic on Friday 2 October. Indulge in a feast fit for a Mad Hatter with three curated courses matched with the finest local wines.

Roaming entertainment will delight your senses while you sip the night away under the stars.

Executive Chef Josh Smith-Thirkell has crafted a mouth-watering menu of spring spirited pleasures to devour among friends—this is no usual tea party.

View the menu and book here.

Happening Friday 2 October from 6.30–9.30 pm at QT Canberra.


Exciting new director Natsuko Yonezawa explores the world of a youth navigating their way through the contentment and shame of being withdrawn in Mess.

In collaboration with performers Miriam Slater, Christopher Samuel Carroll and with original sound design by Marlene Radice, Belco Arts’ Mess is hybrid physical theatre that plays with the shadows and light found in isolation and self-made mess.

Happening 1-2 October at Belconnen Arts Theatre.

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Exhibition: Pub Rock

Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 (detail) Grant Matthews. Gift of John McLean 2008.

Pub Rock is your backstage pass to 70s and 80s sounds and scenes.

Celebrate the people, places and sounds of Australian pub rock and its enduring impact on our nation’s identity.

Get in amongst the staged portraits, publicity shots and grungy energy of live performance as pioneering acts like The Easybeats, Little Pattie and Johnny O’Keefe share the stage with global players and local favourites. The line-up includes AC/DC, Midnight Oil, Cold Chisel, INXS, Nick Cave, The Bee Gees, Kylie Minogue, Paul Kelly, Yothu Yindi, Marcia Hines and many more.

This vibrant (sometimes sweaty) exhibition of homegrown rock ‘n’ roll, punk and pop features works from the NPG collection alongside images by leading Australian music photographers.

Showing until 12 February 2021 at the National Portrait Gallery.

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Room On The Broom

“How the cat purred and how the witch grinned, As they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind…”

In Room On The Broom, the witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick—until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand. A helpful dog, bird and frog find the witch’s lost things, and they all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK – the broom snaps in two!

When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?

The award-winning team behind The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child return with songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up – and their grown-ups…

This dramatisation of Room on the Broom is based on the picture book Room on the Broom © illustrations 2001 Axel Scheffler and © text 2001 Julia Donaldson published by Macmillan Children’s Books

Happening 2-3 October at Canberra Theatre Centre.

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A Wild Night Out at Tidbinbilla

There has never been a better time to experience Canberra’s iconic wildlife sanctuary than this September/October school holidays with the ultimate family sleepover—A Wild Night Out at Tidbinbilla.

More than just accommodation, the pop up wilderness family camp includes your overnight stay in glamping tents with real beds, four unique day and night ranger activities, dinner, campfire fun under the stars, breakfast as well as a day pass to explore Tidbinbilla after check out.

Explore this vast 54.5 square kilometre nature reserve with specially designed ranger-guided activities that offer new and exclusive ways to learn about the diversity of wildlife in this unique landscape. From hi-tech wildlife, behind the scenes at the vet centre to CSI Tidbinbilla, we have created engaging workshop for children ideally aged between five and twelve years. Younger children are welcome by arrangement, this is a family camp with lights out at 10 pm.

Wake up in the wild and experience Tidbinbilla in a whole new light.

Bookings can be made from Friday 25 Sept – Saturday 10 Oct 2020 (Closed Sunday 27 Sept, Monday 28 Sept & Monday 5 Oct 2020) inclusive.

Happening until 10 October at Tidbilbilla.

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Drag Takeover at The Boardwalk Bar and Nightclub

Every Drag Takeover is bringing you a bevy of local Canberran Drag Queens, Drag Kings and queer talent with and multiple stunning performers appearing at every show.

What sickening tricks will these stunning kings, queens, and deities pull to celebrate? Well, you’ll have to come and see for yourself!

Happening Saturday 3 October from 8 pm at Boardwalk Bar and Nightclub, Emu Bank, Belconnen.

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Lunchbox Acoustic

Introducing the City Renewal Authority’s new Lunchbox Acoustic program of​ live performances in the city centre!

The program features talented, local artists performing weekdays at lunchtime (12 pm – 1.30 pm) in Civic and Braddon from September until Christmas.

These live performances will bring life to the heart of the city and encourage people to spend time in our city centre’s outdoor public spaces.

The Lunchbox Acoustic program is a diverse mix of performances by entertainers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, female and non-binary performers, singers and musicians and theatre, poetry and dance artists.

Happening Monday–Fridays until 23 December from 12–1.30 pm in Garema Place, City Walk and Braddon.

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AMB 100 ASYNC Mountain Bike Marathon

Join locals and mountain bikers from all over Australia this October long weekend and conquer the Sparrow Hill and Kowen trails! You can RACE the way you RIDE with Rocky Trail Entertainment in the Capital – it’s Spring, it will be warm, the trails will be spectacular and it will feel so good to put that race plate on your bike, even if it all a bit different this year.

The event features a lap in a figure eight configuration consisting of the Sparrow loop and the Kowen loop, which is 42km in total and the “single lap” distance on offer. Competitors can compete this distance once, twice or three times as part of the marathon challenge.

This event will be organised under a strict Covid-19 Safety Plan and the organisers’ new “async-style” race format means that riders need to pick one of the two race days and start time slots to spread out the field. Entries are limited and spectators are not allowed in the start area or out on track. The race track and timing is set up, so that the athletes can start and stop at the half-way point of the figure eight and in between laps to self-support.

Happening 3-4 October at Kowen Forest.

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Australian Dreams: Picturing our Built World

For over 200 years, painters, printmakers and photographers have been in a creative conversation with the built environment. Reflecting progress, social ideas, understanding of the world and how we have changed over time, the exhibition Australian Dreams: Picturing our Built World shows how, through images, these artists have documented, interpreted, and celebrated a variety of buildings from the Opera House and Flinders Street Station to the inner city terrace and the humble bush cottage.

Sometimes beautiful, sometimes ugly, these buildings are the backdrops to life. They reflect a sense of identity, hopes and dreams, rendered in bricks and mortar.

Drawing exclusively from the collections of the National Library, the exhibition features photographs, prints, drawings and paintings by Augustus Earle, Conrad Martens, S T Gill, Eugene von Guérard, Lionel Lindsay, Harold Cazneaux, Olive Cotton, Mark Strizic, David Moore, Max Dupain, Jeff Carter, Ruth Maddison, Wolfgang Sievers and John Gollings.

Free entry.

Showing until 31 January 2021 at the National Library of Australia, Parkes.

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Australian Love Stories: an amorous online adventure

Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 by Peter Brew-Bevan Photographer, inkjet print on paper, 99.5 cm x 74.5 cm. Collection National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, © Peter Brew-Bevan.

Australian Love Stories is an interactive storybook of Australian devotion, family ties, close friendships, passion and lust, not your usual online exhibition experience, these fascinating portraits and stories become a choose-your-own adventure, where you can navigate your way through the portraits and engage with the stories behind them.

At the end you will be given your own ‘love profile’, based on how and where your love interests lead you.

Featuring famous figures from the NPG collection, Australian Love Stories explores universal themes encompassed by ‘love’ and offers an exhaustive feast of love tales, from drama, lust, devotion, seduction and scandal.

This intriguing, moving, sometimes hilarious love journey is available for you to play online ahead of a major new physical exhibition scheduled for March 2021. Proudly presented by National Portrait Gallery

Happening until 31 October online, thanks to the National Portrait Gallery.

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Endeavour Voyage: The Untold Stories of Cook and the First Australians

Museum curator Shona Coyne in front of an installation of spears made by Rod Mason, Senior Dharawal Elder.

This stunning exhibition takes you on a journey, travelling onboard the ship with Captain James Cook and for the first time hearing the stories from those on the shore.

In looking at our past, we have the chance to join together and imagine a shared future. Explore our new exhibition online or onsite and trace the Endeavour voyage.

Tickets are timed to assist in physical distancing.

Showing until 11 October 2020 at the National Museum of Australia.

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Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020.

In Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe (From my women), Shirley Purdie pays homage to the women in her family, representing herself through collective knowledge, culture and values.

Acquired by the Portrait Gallery in September 2019, this non-representational self-portrait is informed by Aboriginal ways of seeing and understanding the world.

Each panel contains a story, producing a portrait that is a complex kaleidoscope of personal history, identity and connection to country.

Showing until 1 November 2020 at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia.

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