Monday marks Canberra's 107th birthday, and what's a birthday without a long-weekend's worth of celebrations.
As the Canberra Day long weekend draws near, here's what's on around the capital.
Canberra Day festivities
A big program of live music and entertainment will take over the Parliamentary Triangle on Monday, including a chance to say thanks to the ACT's volunteer firefighters.
The day will start at 10am on Monday with a dragon boat display on Lake Burley Griffin.
Live music from 11.30am will feature several Canberra-based acts. The line up includes: The Beanies, Boots n All Veterans Choir, Rob Jarah, Maxo, Dana Hassall and Rhythm and Girl.
The Canberra Citizen of the Year award presentation will begin at 6pm.
This year, the honour goes to all emergency service workers from the ACT Emergency Services Agency and ACT Parks and Conservation staff who served during the summer's bushfire crisis.
It's been lighting up some of Canberra's biggest attractions for several days, and the Enlighten Festival continues this weekend.
See displays light up the National Library, Questacon as well as Old Parliament House and Parliament House.
There's also several interactive installations throughout the gardens.
Live music will feature on each night of the long weekend.
The lights will run each night from 6-11pm in the Parliamentary Triangle.
Night Noodle Market
All that light watching getting you hungry? Luckily there's plenty of food close by.
The Canberra Times Night Noodle Markets are running until Monday, offering up mouthwatering meals in Reconciliation Place.
Plenty of last year's favourite stalls have returned, including Flying Noodles and Superbao, along with plenty of new offerings.
The markets open from 5pm to 10.30pm on weekdays and from 4pm on weekends.
Her absence has been felt from Canberra for many years, but this Canberra Day, the capital's favourite large inflatable multi-breasted whale returns to the skies.
Skywhale will feature as part of this year's Canberra Balloon Spectacular on Monday, seven years after she was unveiled for Canberra's centenary celebration.
It will be one of many balloons flying as part of the festival, now in its 35th year.
While Skywhale will only appear on the Monday, dozens of other balloons will feature as part of the festival, which starts on Saturday, including a 37-metre high T-Rex hot-air balloon.
The spectacular runs from March 7 to 15 on the lawns of Old Parliament House from 6.15am to 10am each day, weather dependent. Check the Enlighten Festival website and social media pages at 6.15am or call Access Canberra on 13 22 81 for daily information.
Symphony in the Park
The Canberra Symphony Orchestra will step out of the concert hall and onto Stage 88 in Commonwealth Park for a free concert on Sunday.
Led by the legendary George Ellis, the orchestra will bring the music of Fleetwood Mac to life.
There will be plenty of food and drink options available. The event starts from 6.30pm and runs until 10pm.
After Canberra copped more rain in three days than the average for the whole of March, conditions are set to ease across the long weekend.
While a shower or two is forecast for Saturday and a top of 21 degrees, partly cloudy conditions are expected for the remaining two days.
Sunday and Monday will see tops of 21 degrees with some light winds.
The Bureau of Meteorology says there's a slight chance of a shower, most likely in the morning on Monday.
Transport Canberra will be running its normal Sunday timetable on the Canberra Day public holiday.
The rest of the weekend will run to its regular weekend timetable.
Several road closures are in place around the Parliamentary Triangle for the Enlighten Festival and the Balloon Spectacular.
The road closures include:
- King George Terrace between Parkes Place East and Parkes Place West, Parkes
- King Edward Terrace between Parkes Place East and Parkes Place West, Parkes
- National Library of Australia internal loop road, Parkes
- Parliament Square at Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes
- Parkes Place West to Parkes Place East, Parkes (access to National Library of Australia car park only)
- Mall Road West, Parkes (Questacon Bus Loop)
Bus stops 3260 and 3261 in Parkes Place East will be closed before 9am for each day of the Balloon Spectacular.
Passengers are asked to use temporary buys stops on King George Terrace outside Old Parliament House.