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Canberra Long Weekender: What's on in Canberra October 2-5

All Weekend

FLORIADE Canberra's celebration of all things spring continues, with a month of flowers, live entertainment, fitness sessions, kids activities, markets and more at Commonwealth Park. See the full program at

GARDEN FESTIVAL Tuliptop Gardens is open for its annual garden festival, with 10 acres of tulips, daffodils, and other spring flowers. Food and refreshments available. Old Federal Highway, Sutton. Entry $14-15, under 16 free. See:

WINDOWS TO THE WORLD The embassies and high commissions are opening their gates with a whole host of events. Some events ticketed, many are free. See

CONFLUX Canberra's annual speculative fiction convention. Guest talks, workshops, panel discussions and appearances by author Isobelle Carmody and editor Tehani Wessely. Friday to Monday. Registration at

MOVING FEAST Spend the weekend roaming 14 Murrumbateman wineries with local food, desserts and wine. The Murrumbateman Moving Feast means you can choose your own menu. 10am-5pm. See

Friday 2 October


5.30pm THE VINYL LOUNGE Take along your own vinyls or just enjoy the music at the National Film and Sound Archive's Vinyl Lounge. 5.30-6.30pm. Free entry.

7.30pm 104 FLUTES Yes, it's a concert involving 104 flutes. A swirling, walking circle of flutists will surround the audience at the High Court for the immersive performance. It's part of the Australian Flute Festival beind held in Canberra. Free. See

8pm THE RUBENS The alt-rock band perform songs from their new album Hoops as well as old favourites at the ANU Bar. $47-$67+bf. See

8.30pm ALISON WONDERLAND will perform at Academy Nightclub in Civic after original act Childish Gambino cancelled. Childish Gambino tickets purchased through Moshtix will be refunded. 18+.

Saturday 3 October

7.45am BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS Take an early morning guided bird watching expedition of the Australian National Botanic Gardens followed by a hot breakfast at Floresco in the Gardens cafe. Tickets $32-$35 from Not suitable for under 8s. On Saturdays and Sundays until October 11.

10.30am and 1.30pm MEET THE GARDENER The Parliament House gardeners will lead these in-depth tours through the gardens and hidden courtyards of Parliament House, followed by tea in the cafe. Tickets $80 + bf from

11am GOLDILOCKS Take the kids to see the classic children's fairy tale performed at Belconnen Theatre for the school holidays. $10. Also on at 2.30pm or on Sunday at 11am and 2.30pm. See

11am KIDS FLOWER POTS A school holiday program for kids to decorate a flower pot. They'll get their own garden pack with a selection of flowers or herbs and can take the flower pot. Canberra Centre Food Court, near City Walk. Free. 

12pm MARKETS The Made with Love markets will be held at the Weston Creek community centre. Free entry. 

1.30pm DOG CALENDAR The ACT Rescue and Foster organisation launches its 2016 pinup calendar with all the featured dog and puppy models in attendance. Bring your own dog (on a lead, with poop scoop) and cash to buy the calendar. Red Hill Lookout. Free. See

2pm CELLO CONCERT Cellist David Pereira will host a concert in the main hall of the Ainslie Arts Centre, performing alongside fellow artists and students. 2-4pm. Tickets $10-$20.

3pm BRAN NUE DAY A free screening of the 2009 hit musical movie at the National Portrait Gallery. 

3pm FLOWERS AND GLASS Botanica is a series of free creative spring masterclasses at the Bison Homewares workshop in Pialligo. This week floral artist Loulou Moxom from Moxom & Whitney in Braddon talks flowers and launches new glass and ceramic pieces. 

From 5pm COSTUME BALL The National Trust celebrates Cooma Cottage at Yass with an 1840s costume ball - music, opera, dancing (with lessons), readings and plenty of food and wine. Pre-ball drinks from 5pm and the event itself is at 6.30pm. $175. See

8pm BJORN AGAIN Take the parents or grandparents to see a facsimile of their favourite Swedish popstrels. $50-$70 +bf. See

9.30pm LIVE MUSIC The Seven Ups play at The Phoenix. Entry $5 at the door. 18+.

Sunday 4 October

All day BODYBUILDING The INBA Australian Natural Bodybuilding titles are held in Canberra at the National Convention Centre.  Bodybuilding, bikini models and more. $50-$60. See

From 10am LIVING GREEN FESTIVAL The festival turns 5 this year with food demonstrations, a dog cafe, live music, workshops, a kid zone and 80 stalls, all with a green focus. Albert Hall. 10am-4pm. See Free entry. 

From 10am ELECTRIC CARS  Canberra's electric vehicles will be on display in the Treasury carpark on Langton Crescent in Parkes, near Old Parliament House. See

11am DRAWING Get your caricature drawn by cartoonists Andrew Hore or Chris Wilson. Or spend an afternoon drawing while listening to folk songs by Zhi Zhao on accordion and soprano Miriam Rose. Sounds peaceful. Free. National Portrait Gallery.

2pm CELLO CONCERT  Cellist David Pereira performs a program of Hungarian music with pianist Edward Neeman at the Ainslie Arts Centre in Braddon. $10-$20. See

8pm SOUL OF FIRE A play about the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize - the fearsome novelist Bertha von Suttner who led a worldwide peace movement. Also on Friday and Saturday 8pm and a performance in German on Sunday at 4pm. $25-$35. The Street Theatre.

Monday 5 October

8am FUN RUN The Sri Chinmoy organisation holds a 10km and 4km run. The course winds along the lake and afterwards there's a post-race breakfast for all. $10-$30. See

From 10am WORDPLAY This is a new pop-up children's space at the National Library of Australia, where kids can enjoy activities that help them read, write, illustrate and explore language. They have to be accompanied by an adult. Free. 

11am BAT BONANZA A kids art activity with Julia Landford at Floriade - one of the many children's activities on offer at the flower display. Inspiration Hub, Floriade. Free. See

5pm ANNA PETRIDIS The so-called freakshake queen from Patissez speaks to the ANU Marketing and Advertising Society about viral marketing and how her bakery became a social media sensation. Manning Clarke Lecture Theatre 6, ANU. Free. See

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