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Australia Day festivities

The annual Australia Day celebrations is upon us – and Canberra is the place to be.

The weekend of festivities kicks off on Friday night with Australia Celebrates Live concert on the lawns of Parliament House.

Headliner Jimmy Barnes will be bringing his Aussie rock styles – and Canberra's own Timomatic will also be taking to the stage with his urban pop tunes and back-up dancers.

Guy Sebastian and The Presets will also be entertaining concert-goers – and with free admission there's no reason not to enjoy the Parliament House grounds.

TV personality James Mathison and actress Kate Ritchie will host the concert.

Gates open from 3pm – and those  arriving early will also be able to watch the Australian of the Year Awards from 6pm before the live music kicks off.


The fun continues on Saturday, with a big Australia Day celebration in Commonwealth Park. It kicks off at 7.30am with a barbecue breakfast - then everyone's favourite big sister Peppa Pig arrives for a series of shows.

The day continues with the flag-raising and 21 gun salute, citizenship ceremony and thoroughbed races before culminating with the annual fireworks spectacular on the shores of the Lake Burley Griffin.

The best vantage points are at Regatta Point and at the Lake Foreshore – it all kicks off from 7pm.

Where to be and when...

What: Australian of the Year Awards

Where: Forecourt of Parliament House

When: From 6pm Friday


What: Australia Day Race Day

Where and when: Thoroughbred Park on Friday from midday to 5.30pm


Saturday, January 26:

What: Flag-raising, flyover and 21 gun salute

Where and when: Rond Terrace, 9am to 9.25am

What: Citizenship ceremony

Where and when: Rond Terrace, 9.25am to 10am

What: Museum on the Move: Family Festival

Where and when: National Museum of Australia, from 10.30am to 2.30pm


What: Australia Day at BAC

Where and when: Belconnen Arts Centre from 10.30am to 4pm


What: Los Chavos

Where and when: Stage 88 at midday

What: Chief Minister's Regatta

Where and When: Canberra Yacht Club, from midday to 5pm


What: Peppa Pig meet and greet

Where and when: Stage 88 at 12.30pm

What: Fireworks spectacular, with food vendors on the banks of the lake

Where and when: Regatta Point, 7pm to 9.30pm

What: Free Australia Day screenings

Where and when: National Film and Sound Archive from 1pm to 9.45pm


What: Fireworks display kicks off

When: Regatta Point, 9pm to 9.15pm