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Canberra weekend guide: What's on March 16-18

Our pick of what to do around town this weekend.


The Enlighten Festival will end with a bang on Saturday night with Skyfire over Lake Burley Griffin. It's Canberra's biggest night of fireworks - and this year the event turns 30. The action on the ground will be at the Patrick White Lawns, in front of the National Library, with kids entertainment, live music from The Potbelleez and food trucks all from 6.30pm. There will also be displays by Australia's Federation Guard at Gallipoli Reach and a RAAF fast jet handling display overhead. Then at 8.30pm, thousands of fireworks will be shot into the sky from multiple points on the lake, set to a carefully curated soundtrack simultaneously broadcast on Hit 104.7. It's all free and all ages. See


The first Handmade Market for the year is on this weekend. Open 10am-4pm both Saturday and Sunday, two halls at Exhibition Hall will be filled with 260 stalls of unique gifts and souvenirs, designer homewares, bespoke fashion and jewellery, and local produce. Parking and entry is free.



Kick off your shoes on Saturday for Tallagandra Hill winery's long lunch and wine stomp. Anyone can stomp the grapes barefoot individually, or teams of eight can compete in the Great Shamrock Stomp Off. Tickets (Adults $62.50/Children 10-17 $30/under 10s free) include a two course buffet lunch by Bella's Feast, and live entertainment. Ticket sales close Wednesday March 14, midnight. The winery is at 1692 Murrumbateman Road, Gundaroo. Tickets at

NCH NEWS - shows honorary winemakers stomping grapes at IronBark Hill vineyard in Pokolbin - shows feet stomping 12th Feb 2011 pic by PETER STOOP

Stomp grapes barefoot at Tallagandra Hill winery on Saturday. Photo: Peter Stoop


New Acton's 'little festival for the arts' is on again Saturday across New Acton, the Shine Dome and the National Film and Sound Archives with exhibitions, performance art, music, installations, wild interventions, a street party, food, and two after parties. 1-7pm. Free. See


After a successful launch last year, the Bungendore Harvest Festival is back March 16-18, showing off some of the best produce from the region. The festival is spread over three days, with special food events, talks, cooking demonstrations, markets and wine tours. On Saturday, Bungendore's Ellendon Street will be filled with stalls, live entertainment and kids activities from 10am-4pm. After selling out by 12.30pm last year, Canberra's Cannoli Brothers will be there again with a stall (and well-stocked), alongside winery Contentious Character who will offer vintage wine tasting flights. And in an added dose of cuteness, the popular dachshund fashion parade wis again on the program. It's on alongside the food and wine from 10.30am on Saturday. Free entry. For the full program see


Stock up on Australian plants at the Australian Native Plant Society's Autumn plant sale this Saturday. It's on in the southern car park of the Australian National Botanic Gardens from 8.30am-1.30pm, but get in early - plants often sell out. You can see what's available at