Canberra is buzzing with activity this week as spring is in full bloom. From the vibrant Floriade festival to whiskey tasting on the Glenfiddich Whisky Wanderer bus, and private tours of Parliament House gardens, there’s something for everyone. Here are some highlights:
Floriade Floral Wonderland is the theme of Canberra’s annual spring festival, Floriade. Enjoy circus performances, cabaret, and the adorable Dogs’ Day Out throughout the month. Don’t miss it!
Glenfiddich Whisky Wanderer Bus at Molly Experience a taste of Scotland with the Glenfiddich Whisky Wanderer bus parked outside Molly in Odgers Lane. They offer private functions too.
Spring Courtyards of Parliament House Tour Explore the colorful gardens of Parliament House during a private walking tour. Discover beautiful plant combinations and the architect’s vision for the precinct.
Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House Relive the good old days with after-work drinks at Old Parliament House. They’ve partnered with Capital Brewing Co. for a fantastic evening.
Open House at Gorman House Discover the talents of Canberra’s artists, makers, and arts organizations at Gorman House. Enjoy theater, dance, workshops, wine tastings, and live music.
Grow Your Garden Plant Fair Kickstart your spring garden with talks, workshops, and activities at this fair. From plant stalls to a kids’ zone, it’s a perfect way to nurture your garden.
Garden Gather Up This market is a paradise for garden lovers. Find bonsai, seedlings, homemade tea, candles, and more. Learn about self-watering garden beds too!
Your Local Wedding Guide Expo Planning a wedding? Explore a wide range of wedding industry suppliers at this expo. Discover new products, get ideas, and win great prizes.
Tidbinbilla Open Day Enjoy food, live music, and the wonders of Tidbinbilla valley during this family-friendly event. Best of all, entry is free!
Playful Endeavour Spring school holidays are here, and Playful Endeavour returns to Glebe Park. Let your kids enjoy open-ended, self-directed play.
Paws Party: Tulip, Tails & Trails Celebrate spring with your four-legged friends at Haig Park. There will be a spring photo set-up, live music, and free treats for your pets.
Mid-Autumn Festival at Westfield Woden Experience the Moon Festival at Westfield Woden with food offers, cultural experiences, and lantern decorations.
The Dyara Indigenous Arts Hub at National Museum of Australia Explore a wide range of handmade products by First Nations artists and designers at the Dyara Indigenous Arts Hub.
River of Art Festival Head down the coast for the River of Art Festival. Discover more than 100 events over 10 days along the Eurobodalla Coast.
Sport: Giants v Crows AFLW fans, don’t miss the clash between the Giants and Adelaide Crows this Saturday.
Fox Superflow Sealed by Stan’s Join this mountain biking event for riders of all levels. Race on various tracks and enjoy a day of riding.
Stage and Screen: Yes Yes Yes This theater show tackles topics of healthy relationships, desire, and consent for young adults. It’s an interactive and informative performance.
Possum Magic Experience the beloved picture book Possum Magic on stage. A live experience for kids and their families.
The Focus on Ability Film Festival Celebrate the abilities of people with disabilities through short films and documentaries.
Phil Rosenthal: An Evening with Phil Rosenthal The creator of Everybody Loves Raymond and Somebody Feed Phil, Phil Rosenthal, brings his live tour to Canberra. Get ready for laughter.
Dr. Jason Leong: Brain Drain Malaysian comedian Dr. Jason Leong returns to Australia with his hilarious show Brain Drain.
Tom Ballard—Yes/No: A Comedy Lecture Tom Ballard explores Australian referenda in this comedic lecture. It’s unrelenting and uproarious.
Music: “The Canberra Men’s Choir presents ‘Golden Oldies'” Enjoy a lunchtime concert featuring the Canberra Men’s Choir, singing popular songs from the 1940s to the 1980s.
Play of Light An evening of intricate and enchanting music, featuring works by various composers.
Friends of the ANU School of Music: Jazz Concert Groove along to live jazz music performed by the ANU Jazz Orchestra and the School of Music Recording Ensemble.
Victor Valdes: Viva Mexico Tour Experience Mexican music with Victor Valdes and his Big Mariachi Band. A night of Mariachi, Boleros, Banda, and more.
Exhibitions: Slow Looking Explore the creativity of slow looking in the artwork of Elisa Crossing at the Nancy Sever Gallery.
How Cities Work Discover the secret workings of urban centers in this interactive family exhibition at Canberra Museum and Gallery.
Island Welcome A group exhibition highlighting contemporary jewelry as a gesture of welcome while addressing asylum seeker issues.
N’Zassa: Making Things Work Explore the transformation of traditional forms related to identity, power, and prestige through personal material symbolism in this exhibition.
Backwash Artists grapple with excessive mass consumption and globalization in this exhibition, addressing the abject beauty of waste.
Desert, Sea, Moon An exhibition honoring cloth and slow-stitch, invoking natural forms like landscapes, the sky, and water.
Shadow Play: Solo Exhibition by Hilary Warren Hilary Warren’s exhibition explores the concepts of light and shade through etched plate art.
Workshops, Webinars, and More: Shakespeare the Reader Delve into Shakespeare’s influences and his link to the books that inspired him in this lecture-performance at the National Library of Australia.
A Night with Adventure Paddler Richard Barnes at Capital Brewery Join Richard Barnes for a discussion about his epic 2,000km journey from Australia to New Zealand.
Plan your week ahead and make the most of Canberra’s vibrant spring offerings. For more details on these events and additional happenings in the region, check out our “What’s On” section. Enjoy the season of blossoms and sunshine!
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