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Four huge reasons to head to Haig Park’s Big Spring Picnic this weekend

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This Sunday, Braddon’s Haig Park will come to life with not one, but four distinct areas to explore.

Braddon’s Haig Park had traditionally been something of a forgotten pocket of the city—until this year’s Haig Park Experiments brought new life to the precinct.

Across the last six months, Haig Park Experiments—presented by City Renewal Authority and led by a consortium of local experts—has trialled dance parties, pet days, kids’ activities, live music, in-conversation events and more to the heart of Braddon, giving the park a new lease on life.

And this Sunday 17 November, the park will host its biggest event yet— the Haig Park Big Spring Picnic.

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow says the Big Spring Picnic was a natural choice after months of successfully trialling different events, activities and ‘light-touch improvements’ in Haig Park since June.

“Haig Park Experiments continues to make a positive impact on the amenity and perceptions of this iconic green space in the heart of the city,” says Malcolm.

“The community has responded enthusiastically to the Haig Park Experiments and have actively embraced our revitalisation efforts in this important public space. With a great program of activities occurring across a variety of sites in Haig Park, I look forward to seeing the Big Spring Picnic bring the Canberra community together for a great day outdoors.”

With not one, not two but four distinct areas to explore across the whole of the park, each location will be programmed separately, with music, dance, food, drinks and interactive activities for all ages and tastes.

Near Froggatt Street in Turner you’ll find Pets, Piano, Pizza and Pinot. Expect dog agility equipment, piano performances, woodfired pizzas and a wine bar. As if anyone needs an excuse to combine vino and doggos.

A little way across the park near McCaughey Street in Turner, the Kids Play Area will boast nature play, slacklining, face painting, garden games, a bike skills track—all for free—as well as a community BBQ. All ages welcome.

At the top of Lonsdale Street in Braddon you’ll see (and hear) the Dance and Picnic Market, where visitors can fill their picnic baskets with drinks and food from some of Canberra’s most delicious vendors.

As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also be able to pop into the special DIY makers village, boogie to some live music and step inside the futuristic ‘Bubble’—the City Renewal Authority’s new inflatable, portable events pavilion.

Last but certainly not least, near Torrens Street in Braddon, you can expend some extra energy (or learn a new skill or two) at the Soul and Social Sports area.

We’re talking disc golf, hide-and-seek and tug-o-war alongside live soul music DJs on the Soul Defender—a converted 14 ton truck—or take a stroll through Labyrinth, a public art installation.

Haig Park Experiments program manager Adelaide Rief says the Big Spring Picnic provides an opportunity to enjoy different experiences in the park at once.

“There will be something for everyone at the Big Spring Picnic, whether you’re looking to enjoy a picnic with friends, kick around the ball and get active, introduce your kids to nature play, or dance in the sun to live music,” says Adelaide.

“It echoes exactly how we see Haig Park – it’s the city’s backyard, and everyone can enjoy it.”

the essentials

What: The Big Spring Picnic
When: Sunday 17 November from 12–5 pm
Where: Haig Park, Braddon
Website: For more information and to view the program, head to the FB event, visit or find Haig Park Experiments on Facebook and Instagram

Haig Park Experiments is an initiative of the City Renewal Authority and implemented by a consortium led by the University of Canberra.  

Photography: Martin Ollman

HerCanberra is a proud sponsor of Haig Park Experiments 2019.

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