Floriade, a 26-hour cycling fundrasier and plenty of other ways to fill your week!


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That’s right, Canberra—our city’s annual celebration of spring will open this weekend!

But aside from beloved Floriade there are also plenty of other things to do around town—like raise money for Lifeline Canberra by joining a cycling team for 26 hours and hopping aboard a whisky bus (probably best to space these activities out…).

Here’s our curated guide to what’s on this week in Canberra!

Looking for even more to do in Canberra?

Check out our What’s On section to find hundreds of events happening around town.

Special Events and Festivals

Floriade 2023

Floriade, Australia’s Biggest Celebration of Spring, returns to Commonwealth Park.

Floriade is a flower and entertainment festival held annually in Canberra’s Commonwealth Park on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. It features extensive displays of flowering bulbs with integrated sculptures and other artistic features.

The theme this year is Floral Wonderland and visitors are encouraged to be inquisitive as they see and experience Floriade from a different perspective, escaping for a moment into their own wonderland as they explore the magical charm of over one million blooms.

15 September–15 October | Commonwealth Park |

hiit republic’s HIIT26 Ride for Lifeline

Get ready to take on the ultimate fitness challenge that will truly make a difference in people’s lives. Introducing hiit republic’s hiit26: a 26-hour bike ride like no other. Starting at 12 pm on September 16th, head to hiit republic Gungahlin for an extraordinary endurance event that will test your limits and leave a lasting impact on mental health in our community.

Gather a team of 4 to 10 individuals to ride for Lifeline for 26 hours. Over the course of 26 hours, you will not only push your physical boundaries but also raise vital funds to support Lifeline’s important work.

Saturday 16 September for 26 hours from 12 pm | hiit republic Gungahlin |

Irish and Celtic Music Festival

Come join the Craic in Yass! There will be over 60 performers and bands in many venues all around the town, something for everyone; music, singing, sessions, poetry, a junior fleadh, dancing, Celtic Markets, workshops and so much more!

Featuring this year are some of the favourite performers, poets and bands from previous years and many new performers and bands.

Full weekend tickets, single day tickets, single evening tickets. Adult, concession, youth and child passes available. Tickets available here.

Friday 5 pm 15 September to Sunday 5 pm 17 September | Various venues in Yass |

The Dyara Indigenous Arts Hub at National Museum of Australia

The Dyara Indigenous Arts Hub features a wide range of handmade products sourced from around Australia. Dyara is the Ngunnawal word for bowerbird – a name chosen to reflect the hub’s eclectic collection of items.

You’ll find paintings, jewellery, weavings, sculpture, homewares and fashion by First Nations artists and designers, including Judy Watson, Cedric Varcoe and Alma Nungarrayi Granites.

Come and explore the range today.

Until the end of November | National Museum of Australia | 

Heading down the coast? Don’t miss…

River of Art Festival

Blend arts and awe this Spring in the beating heart of the South Coast with River of Art, a n arts festival that stretches from Bateman’s Bay to Bermagui.

Discover more than 100 events over 10 days and 100 kilometres of inspiring coastline—and don’t miss the art after dark festival finale, Luminous at Moruya Showground on Saturday 23 September

15-24 September | Various locations along the Eurobodalla Coast |

DJ Sue at The Durham

DJ Sue is a runaway hit, having great DJ sets on everything from The Big Bash Cricket at Manuka all the way through to Australia’s Got Talent!

Everyone is super excited for her to spin the decks at The Durham for the first time!

Free entry for you to dance the night away! Book early if you want to grab a meal before the show.

Saturday 16 September | The Durham |

Mid-Autumn Festival at Westfield Woden

The Mid-Autumn Festival has arrived at Westfield Woden, with delicious food offers, cultural experiences, and traditional lantern decorations taking over the Asian dining precinct on Corinna Street.

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is a cultural festival celebrated across China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and other countries throughout East and Southeast Asia. It is a time to celebrate the harvest and encourages families to come together and connect.

Throughout September, Westfield Woden will come to life with customers able to get involved in a lantern riddles competition and moon cake tasting as well as a range of food and beverage offers.

Until end of September | Westfield Woden | Find out more here

Food and Drink

Glenfiddich Whisky Wanderer Bus at Molly

Well, pour me a wee dram and call me Nessie—your spring is looking decidedly Scottish. That’s right—the adorable Glenfiddich Whisky Wanderer bus is back after a sell-out 2022 season for another round. Parked outside Canberra’s own whisky wonderland, Molly, in Odgers Lane, the Whisky Wanderer will be open to give you a drinking experience straight out of the Scottish Highlands. And yes—they do private functions.

Until Sunday 24 September | Melbourne Building, Odgers Lane, Canberra City | Book here.

Stage and screen

Bron Lewis – Probably

Award winning stand-up comedian Bron Lewis is bringing her highly acclaimed new show ‘Probably’ to Canberra. Her last show ‘YEP!’ sold out as quick as a flash last year, so she has upgraded to the dizzying heights of The Street Theatre to meet demand, and to tick off a Canberran childhood dream of hers.

Friday 15 September | The Street Theatre |

Hobba & Hing’s Last Show Ever*

triple j’s Hobba & Hing are saying au revoir and thanks to you, one last time! Come farewell them in style as they wrap up a stellar innings on triple j Drive.

While their departure marks the end of an era, triple j is giving the guys a huge send-off with Hobba & Hing’s Last Show Ever*. The victory lap tour will take place in venues across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Bendigo and Newcastle. They’ll be joined by special guests you know and love from triple j Drive as they relive some of their greatest moments and say goodbye.

Saturday 16 September | Canberra Theatre Centre | Tickets here

Mr Bennet’s Bride

Set in country England, 25 years before Pride and PrejudiceMr Bennet’s Bride is a romantic tragicomedy that reveals a backstory for the greatly-loved, but ill matched, Mr and Mrs Bennet. All we can reveal is Mr James Bennet is determined to choose a wife on his own terms until he finds himself suddenly, irrationally in love with Miss Emily Gardiner. You’ll have to go along to how the story plays out on the stage…

Until Saturday 23 September | Canberra REP Theatre, 3 Repertory Lane, Acton | Book here.


DJ Sue at The Durham

DJ Sue is a runaway hit, having great DJ sets on everything from The Big Bash Cricket at Manuka all the way through to Australia’s Got Talent!

Everyone is super excited for her to spin the decks at The Durham for the first time!

Free entry for you to dance the night away! Book early if you want to grab a meal before the show.

Saturday 16 September | The Durham |

Immortal Bach

The Canberra Choral Society (CCS) is delighted to present ‘Immortal Bach’, a program of Bach’s heavenly choral music conducted by Dan Walker, CCS Music Director, in the intimate and historic setting of All Saints Anglican Church, Ainslie.

They are especially pleased to feature Canberra’s talented Luminescence Children’s Choir, and accomplished musicians Anthony Smith (Organ) and Lindy Reksten (Continuo).

Saturday 16 September from 6 pm | All Saints Anglican Church, Cowper Street, Ainslie | TryBooking


How Cities Work

From sewers to skyscrapers, How Cities Work at Canberra Museum and Gallery is an interactive family exhibition reveals something you might have never thought about—the secret workings of our busy urban centres.

Bringing to life the best-selling book of the same name, what makes How Cities Work extra fun is visitors big and small will be able to traverse a spectacular cityscape full of tactile and sensory activities, including a lively hands-on construction site, a futuristic design station, and a towering two-metre-high cityscape.

Until Sunday 8 October | Canberra Museum and Gallery, Corner London Circuit and Civic Square, Canberra City |

Island Welcome

This is a nationally touring group exhibition exploring the use of contemporary jewellery as a gesture of welcome. Seeking to bring attention to asylum seeker issues, each artist has made a neckpiece, lei, or garland interpreting the theme of welcome whilst considering current Australian immigration policies.

Until Saturday 21 October | Craft + Design Canberra, North Building, 1, 180 London Circuit, Canberra City |

N’Zassa: Making Things Work

N’zassa, like all patchwork traditions, is borne of necessity, seeking to make the best of what is available. In this exhibition, Peter McCarthy seeks to inspire positive social transformation by subverting familiar traditional forms related to identify, power and prestige re-imaging them through his own personal material symbolism.

Until Saturday 21 October | Craft + Design Canberra, North Building, 1, 180 London Circuit, Canberra City |


This group of artists seek to grapple with a tide of excessive mass consumption and an ever intensifying globalisation by readdressing its residues. Including works by Robert Bittenbender, Isabella Darcy, George Egerton-Warburton, Sarah Goffman, Spencer Lai, Marian Tubbs, and Philadelphia Wireman,  these artists are also attuned to the poetic plasticity of their materials and seek to break the trajectory of waste by addressing its abject beauty.

Until Sunday 22 October | Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street, off Barry Drive, Acton |

Desert, Sea, Moon

Desert, Sea, Moon is a textile exhibition honouring cloth and slow-stitch (as well as the simplicity and patience that goes into it). Invoking forms found in the natural world, such as landscapes, the sky, and the water, it offers a collection of simple yet intricate pieces that intend to call in feelings of both reverence and delight.

Until Sunday 24 September | M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith |

Shadow Play: Solo Exhibition by Hilary Warren

With a background as an artist and printmaker in this exhbition Hilary Warren uses her practice to explore the concepts of light and shade. Beginning with an observation captured as a digital image, she then processes it and translates it into an etched plate. The result is stunning.

Until Sunday 1 October | Humble House Gallery, 93 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick |

Workshops, markets and more

Spring Garage & Plant Sale

Come along to a Spring Garage and Plant Sale. There will be a variety of high-quality plants, bric-a-brac, toys, clothes, homewares, handbags, jewellery and accessories, as well as a huge variety of fiction and non-fiction books.

Saturday 16 September, 9 am – 1 pm | 255 Goyder Street, Narrabundah | More information here

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