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Canberra Events – What’s On in the National Capital

Canberra Events – What’s On in the National Capital

Canberra is a vibrant city with a drawcard status as a ‘must see’ tourist destination for domestic and international visitors. Famed not only for its numerous historical and cultural attractions, lively arts scene, natural wonders, and vivacious dining precincts; Canberra also boasts an exciting event calendar teeming with annual festivals, markets, exhibitions, sporting events and trade fairs.

Last year the ACT welcomed 1.95 million domestic overnight visitors, 1.72 million day visitors, and close to 200 thousand international visitors. Canberra events are arguably a key factor in driving tourism, with the city’s strong reputation for hosting world class exhibitions and events recognised by locals and visitors alike.

From one-day events to weekend and weeklong celebrations, there’s something to appeal to every taste and interest. To highlight the diversity and inclusivity, here’s a taste of what you can expect from Canberra events this year:

  • The Truffle Festival:  Over 60 venues participate across the Canberra region to celebrate the local truffle harvest. Celebrity chefs, cooking classes and dining experiences across a number of restaurants all showcasing the sumptuous delicacy. June to late August. www.trufflefestival.com.au
  • Rugby League at GIO Stadium: Be part of the crowd and watch all the action at a Canberra Raiders home match. Nothing beats the excitement of a live game! Tickets are available for various matches throughout the season. www.ticketek.com.au
  • Old Bus Depot Markets: A Canberra institution, the markets are a staple for lovers of handcrafts and giftware, local seasonal produce, vintage jewellery and clothing and food stalls. Sundays 10am-4pm. www.obdm.com.au
  • Floriade Night Fest: Canberra’s annual celebration of Spring over five magical evenings featuring live music, comedy acts, night markets and illuminated gardens. 23-27 Sept, 2015 www.floriadeaustralia.com
  • Canberra Latin Dance Festival:  Leading national and international talent perform, teach and celebrate Latin dance with workshops, breathtaking performances and amazing dance parties. 16-18 Oct, 2015 www.canberradancefestival.com.au
  • The Front Room / National Film & Sound Archive: Explore Australia’s TV, radio and music collection in The Front Room, the latest experience from the National Film and Sound Archive. Discover the history of sound, music and broadcast; listen to radio broadcasts on a 1950s radiogram, watch classic TV in the lounge space or play CDs on one of the listening posts. Runs 22 June – 31 Dec, 2015 9am-5pm www.nfsa.gov.au

Additionally, many of Canberra’s landmark destinations such as Parliament House, Questacon, Royal Australian Mint, National Museum of Australia, Australian War Memorial, and the National Portrait Gallery hold in-house exhibitions and events throughout the year. For an overview of upcoming exhibitions, visit www.visitcanberra.com.au/attractions

With such a prolific calendar of Canberra events, many plan their trip with a focus on timing and location to ensure they maximise their visit. Canberra accommodation is a primary consideration with a focus on convenience.

The ibis Styles Canberra Eaglehawk is a popular choice, located just fifteen minutes from Canberra’s CBD and ten minutes from the airport. The ibis Styles Canberra Eaglehawk enjoys a unique setting surrounded by tranquil bushland, and is ideal for families, school and sporting groups, or as a well-appointed conference and meeting venue. For details on accommodation, facilities and special packages, visit www.ibiscanberra.com.au

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