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11 things you can’t miss this Spring

Helena Game

The days are getting longer, the blossoms are out, and the sun is finally doing its job again!

Spring has arrived and for the next few months, our beautiful city is packed full of activities to get you out and about, after months of hibernation.

Here’s 10 things you can’t miss this Spring:


Back for another year at the Botanic Gardens, the Sunset Cinema is a great way to relax with family and friends and enjoy the warmer evenings.

Bring a picnic blanket or a couple of deckchairs, and sit back in the beautiful Eucalypt Lawn at the gardens.

Take your pick from some of the big movies of the year, such as Bad Mom’s, or throw it way back with classics like Dirty Dancing. There are plenty of choices for kids as well, such as The Secret Life of Pets.

Sunset Cinema runs until 16 December. For tickets and more information, visit hwww.sunsetcinema.com.au/canberra


Ship of Fools - Ann McMahon

Ship of Fools – Ann McMahon

A public art festival, Contour 556: Interventions in the Landscape will feature art in its many forms, from dance, sculpture, song, textiles and poetry, to installations from found objects such as steel and wood.

Based along the Kingston Foreshore, the project will look at the role of human intervention in Canberra’s history, over the last 50,000 years.

The event is free and runs from 21 October to 13 November. For more information visit tfy.im/GINhXCgW


Image by Tim Bean Photography

Image by Tim Bean Photography

Our mouths are already watering knowing that we’re approaching The Forage – the quarterly showcase of tasty local offerings held at the Little National Hotel.

Created by HerCanberra Events Coordinator Belinda Neame, The Forage gives our local food industry a platform. It lets us connect with the best of Canberra’s food producers and sample their unique street food, fresh produce, beverages, baked goods and more.

Happening Saturday 22 October at Little National Hotel, Barton. Find more information here: theforage.com.au.



Spring in Canberra isn’t complete without at least one visit to Floriade: Life in Bloom at Commonwealth Park.

Now in its 29th year, Floriade is always a perfect outing for people of all ages. Aside from the stunning flowerbed arrangements, the festival is also packed with food, entertainment, and shopping.

Local food and drinks, local bands, and roving entertainment are just a few of the options available.

Don’t forget that Floriade also come alive after hours, with NightFest. See the flowers in a new way, listen to DJ’s on Stage 88, and catch some comedy at The Parlour.

Floriade runs from 17 September to 16 October. For tickets and more information, visit www.floriadeaustralia.com



Explore the history of the world with this international exhibition from the British Museum.

Covering two million years, each stunning artifact represents a different point in our history, and the way it has shaped our present.

The exhibition runs until 29 January. For opening hours and ticket info, visit www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/history-of-the-world



Local ceramic specialist Bisonhome’s annual Spring festival is a blend of beautiful ceramics and our region’s stunning floral displays in one.

Featuring an exhibition by Tiffany Brown and masterclasses offered by both local and national stylists, this is a chance to get some great design tips and pick up some lovely pieces.

For more information, visit www.bisonhome.com



Discover Eden with the Canberra Centre’s health and wellness classes designed to help you take care of yourself.

None of us are strangers to stress, and the Eden experience is offering classes in meditation and mindfulness to help you take a breath and treat yourself to some peace.

Eden runs until 30 October. For more information, visit blog.canberracentre.com.au for more information.


Helm Winery

Helm Winery

Now in it’s 17th year, the Canberra International Riesling Challenge is a chance to sample some of the best Rieslings from around Australia, and the world.

The largest event of it’s kind in the southern hemisphere, competitors will be up against around 500 contestants, in their bid to be the Best Wine of the Challenge.

Events include a Riesling masterclass on 14 October, and a Seminar on Riesling Excellence.

For more information, visit www.rieslingchallenge.com


Experience the best that local and international film have to offer this year at the 20th annual Canberra International Film Festival (CIFF).

From dark humor and moving documentaries to an epic a sci-fi filmed in Canberra, there’s something for everyone. Click here to read more about the festival.

The CIFF will run from 27 October until 6 November at the National Film and South Archive and will include a selection of events, including an appearance from Richard ‘Cleaver Greene’ Roxburgh.



Indulge yourself with the decadent displays of Murrumbateman’s best wineries at the Murrumbateman Moving Feast. Sample a main meal and/or a dessert from each winery, as well as matched wine.

This is a great chance to meet the people behind our region’s great wines, and to try some delicious food.

This event will run on October 1 and 2. For more information visit hwww.makersofmurrumbateman.org.au/moving-feast.aspx


Braddon Block Party poster

Celebrate Spring in Canberra’s centre of cool, at the first Braddon Block Party.

With street races, pop-ups, markets, food and music, it’s sure to be a day (and night) packed with more than enough to get amongst.

Go along to support our local businesses, and to celebrate Spring like a true hipster.

The event will run on 29 October. Click here for more information.


Spring tea2

This is a rare opportunity to see the courtyards of Parliament House in their Spring best.

The courtyards are painstakingly landscaped and maintained by Parliament House staff, and are beautifully calm spaces to catch a glimpse of.

There will be 60-minute tours on scheduled dates.

For more information visit www.canberraticketing.com.au


Helena Game

Helena is a wannabe journalist studying Communications and Journalism at the University of Canberra. Canberra born and bred, she is hopelessly in love with writing, stories and travel. She recently wrote her way around Japan for a creative writing study tour, and spent another two weeks in the Middle East on a journalism exchange, both of which have left her with a proper case of the post-travel blues. While she plots her next adventure, Helena is hoping to gain as much industry experience as humanly possible, and somehow finish her degree at the same time. More about the Author