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Spectacular festivals, blockbuster exhibitions, thrilling sports matches and celebrations on a national scale combine for an action-packed autumn in Canberra.


  • Autumn 2014CANBERRA EVENTS

  • ENLIGHTEN SHINESCulture and creativity are set to illuminate the capital as Enlighten brings Canberra to life from 28 February to 8 March. A selection of the capitals finest cultural attractions will open their doors after dark as the Parliamentary Triangle is transformed into a vibrant hub of activity. Each night the whole family can indulge in a variety of free and ticketed events including live performances, fascinating talks, blockbuster exhibitions, exclusive dining events and a host of surprising experiences all set against a backdrop of stunning architectural projections, which will shine a light on some of Australias most iconic attractions.

    HOT AIR BALLOON SPECTACLESee the Lawns of Old Parliament House fill with a flurry of colour and movement from 8 to 16 March, as giant hot air balloons inflate around iconic attractions and slowly drift into the Canberra sky. The Canberra Balloon Spectacular is a one of a kind event and Canberra is one of the few places in the world where hot air balloons can fly so close to houses of government and buildings of national significance. But the action is not just in the sky theres live entertainment each morning and delicious hot breakfast options for the whole family.

    Autumn eventsSpectacular festivals, blockbuster exhibitions,

    thrilling sports matches and celebrations on

    a national scale combine for an action-packed

    autumn in Canberra.

    This page: The Electric Canvas created the artwork projected on the National Library of Australia, EnlightenFront cover: FM 104.7 Skyfire 26, fireworks, Lake Burley Griffin; MOCHE culture, Bead in the form of an owls head, Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipn, Lambayeque, Photograph Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipn, National Gallery of Australia; National Folk Festival; Handmade Market; Anzac Day, Australian War Memorial; The Electric Canvas created the artwork projected on the Museum of Australian Democracy, Enlighten; Canberra Balloon Spectacular; Four Winds Vineyard, Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival; Dave ONeil and Glenn Robbins, Canberra Comedy Festival; Glebe Park; Shaw Vineyard Estate, Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival

    REMEMBERING THE ANZACSCanberras Anzac Day Dawn Service is one of the nations most moving ceremonies. Gather with thousands of Australians in the pre-dawn light on 25 April to commemorate the first military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. Experience the emotion of a lone bugler playing the Last Post. Pay your respects to those who gave their lives in the service of their country. Leave a poppy on the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier. After the ceremony, gain a true understanding of our Anzacs experiences and explore the galleries at the Australian War Memorial.

  • SPORT SEASON STARTSAutumn is the season for great sporting events in the nations capital. Thrill with excitement at the Seppelt Black Opal Stakes and ACTTAB Canberra Cup Race Day on 9 March at Thoroughbred Park. Watch the Brumbies take on the Waratahs at GIO Stadium Canberra on 15 March. Catch the Canberra Raiders when they battle it out against the Gold Coast Titans at GIO Stadium Canberra on 23 March. See the GIANTS go head-to-head against the Western Bulldogs at StarTrack Oval on 12 April in the first of three chances to see the GIANTS play in the nations capital this season.

    FESTIVAL OF LAUGHSAfter a hugely successful inaugural festival in 2013, the Canberra Comedy Festival is back with an even bigger line-up to meet demand. Enjoy six days of comedy performances from some of Australias favourite comedy acts including Tom Gleeson, Hannah Gadsby, local acts the Stevenson Experience and Hamish Hudson. There are also group and sketch comedy shows at various venues from 4 to 9 March.

    NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVALJoin the celebration of traditional and contemporary folk life from 17 to 21 April at the National Folk Festival. The Festival showcases top Australian acts alongside international headliners across 20 venues. With more than 200 acts representing diverse styles such as acoustic, blues, roots, bluegrass, world, Celtic, traditional, gypsy and country in a program including music, dance, spoken word, film, circus and traditional crafts, there is something for everyone.

    BLOCKBUSTER EXHIBITIONSCanberra is the home of blockbuster exhibitions and this autumn you can experience Peruvian treasures and traditional bark paintings. The National Gallery of Australias exhibition Gold and the Incas: Lost Worlds of Peru features more than 200 exceptional objects of the pre-Hispanic cultures of Peru to 21 April.

    At the National Museum of Australia you can see the cultural attractions first ever exhibition of bark paintings throughout autumn at Old Masters: Australias great bark artists.

    WINE HARVEST FESTIVALCelebrate all that is the harvest and a new vintage with stunning cool climate wines, entertainment and great food at the Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival on 5 to 6 April. Meet some of the makers of the Canberra Districts nationally and internationally recognised wines at their own cellar door and enjoy guided tours of vineyards. Taste the latest wines from a region renowned for its diversity of geography and variety, as our wineries open their doors for tasting adventures, entertainment and delicious food.

    OUTDOOR CELEBRATIONSVisit the National Arboretum Canberra for their first birthday celebrations on 8 March. Activities include live music, tree planting workshops, storytelling and face painting.

    Enjoy an amazing day for the whole family in the beautiful setting of Sheedys Picnic area for the Tidbinbilla Extravaganza. Tidbinbilla nature reserve is home to a wide variety of Australian animals including koalas, kangaroos, platypus, potoroos, wallaroos, possums, wombats, echidnas, emus, lyrebirds and many other birds and reptiles. Once a year, Tidbinbilla adds in music, entertainment, talks and massive amounts of fun. On 13 April why not pack a picnic and invite your favourite people to join you for a great day out?

    EXPLORE THE FORESHOREThe Kingston Foreshore is transforming into a vibrant waterfront precinct with a strong arts, cultural, recreation and dining presence. Home to the iconic Old Bus Depot Markets and the Canberra Glassworks, the area recently welcomed a variety of new restaurants and cafes. C Dine and Bar was the first of many restaurants to make their home at the promenade, and has since been joined by La Rustica and Morks. The Foreshore version of the popular Lonsdale Street Roasters, Remedy, opened recently. Coffee lovers can also enjoy a cup at 38 Espresso, while Max Brenner will satisfy any sweet tooth.

    Gourmet Traveller WINE magazines Winemaker of the Year, Tim Kirk, Clonakilla; National Arboretum Canberra; Commonwealth Park

  • Canberra Balloon Spectacular, credit Paul Chapman; Anzac Day, Australian War Memorial; Happy and glorious, Museum of Australian Democracy, credit National Library of Australia

    ANZAC VOICESAUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIALThe compelling voices of the Anzacs echo through their letters and diaries marking the Centenary of the First World War.

    OLD MASTERS: AUSTRALIAS GREAT BARK ARTISTS NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIADont miss seeing 120 specially selected barks which celebrate the genius of Australias master bark artists. The Museum holds the biggest collection of bark paintings in the world.

    AFGHANISTAN: THE AUSTRALIAN STORYAUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIALDiscover the extraordinary efforts of Australians in Afghanistan through the words of our veterans and their families.

    GARDEN OF THE EAST: PHOTOGRAPHY IN INDONESIA 1850S1940S NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIAAdmire beautiful, distinctive, rich-toned and detailed prints of Jakarta and colonial Indonesia by inventor Walter Woodbury and James Page.

    ON COUNTRY: WORK, CONNECT, CELEBRATENATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA Be inspired by contemporary Indigenous land and sea management practices strengthened through caring for country, being on country, and celebrating country.

    TREASURES GALLERYNATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIABrowse new additions when you come face to face with some of the Librarys greatest treasures and Australias best known stories.

    MINT CONDITIONROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINTDiscover how coins are made, see the robots in action and learn the history of coins. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Parliament House, the Mint is revealing its spare key, along with related collectable coins, tokens and medallions.

    BEHIND THE LINES 2013 MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRACY AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSELook back on the controversies, crises and sometimes unintentional comedy of the 2013 political year through the eyes of Australias best cartoonists. 02 6243 4211 6208 5000 02 6243 4211 02 6240 6411 6208 5000 6202 6999 02 6262 1111 02 6270 8222

    Throughout Autumn

    Whats on

    HAPPY AND GLORIOUS MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRACY AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSECelebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth IIs first visit to Australia in 1954. Come and see her dressing room and Crown Jewels reproduced under official royal 02 6270 8222

  • Australian Institute of Sport; Canberra Glassworks; With high school sweetheart, Barbara July 4, 1956 Alfred Wertheimer. All rights reserved, Elvis at 21, National Portrait Gallery; Measure Island, Questacon The National Science and Technology Centre; MOCHE culture, Portrait head stirrup vessel, Museo