If you are excitedly packing up the car and heading out of town for the long weekend, this article is not for you. This is for all the Canberrans who woke up this morning fist pumping because they just realised that Monday is a public holiday! Get out and about in Canberra with our guide to 20 things to do this weekend.


Handmade Markets at Exhibition Park

Saturday and Sunday 10 & 11 June

Back again at Exhibition Park, the coveted Handmade Markets is offering a wide range of goodies to peruse! From fashion to home wares and many more, this is an event not to be missed this weekend. 

Opening Weekend at Corin Forest

Saturday and Sunday 10 & 12 June

Only a short drive from Canberra is your first taste of snow for this winter season. You can jump in on Corin Forest’s Snow Play session, which can see you ride a toboggan, throw snowballs and create your own snowman, with pricing as low as $18 for two and half hours. Take a road trip out to this winter wonderland this long weekend. 

Queen’s Birthday at Contentious Character, Wamboin

Saturday and Sunday 10 & 12 June

Located 30kms east from Canberra, this winery is putting on a feast this long weekend. Enjoy samples from six vintages of either pinot noir or riesling paired with a food plate for only $40 per head.

HD HR Holden Nationals at Exhibition Park

Saturday 10 June

From 8:30 am this Saturday at Exhibition Park you will see over 100 HD and HR Holdens on show to the public. Then on Sunday, these amazing cars will take off around Canberra to tour some of our favourite tourist attractions so keep your eyes peeled.

Chasing Walt Runner Club at Walt & Burley

Saturday 10 June

At 9am, meet outside Marion’s for a casual 5km Saturday run followed by a bite to eat at Walt and Burley. It will be a great way to meet new people and kickstart your weekend!

Vinnies Blanket Drive at Handmade Markets

Saturday 10 June

Vinnies will be collecting blankets and sleeping bags for the less fortunate this weekend. Drop off your donation to the Handmade Markets at Exhibition Park. When you donate you go into the running to win a $300 hamper.

Making Do: ‘Jugaad’ with Trent Jansen at Nishi 

Saturday 10 June

Australian Designer Trent Jansen is coming to Canberra to give an exclusive talk and workshop around ‘Jugaad’. Focusing on the concept of doing just enough with what you have and improvising. Also along with Jansen is Canberra based sculptor, Jeremy Lepisto, sharing on problem-solving. Tickets start at $55.

David Attenborough’s Virtual Reality Experiences at National Museum of Australia 

Saturday 10 June

Sir David Attenborough’s journey into the deep will truly open your eyes to the underwater world. Open this long weekend, this is a perfect thing for your family or friends to do to beat the winter blues.

Trooping of the Queen’s colours at Rond Terrace 

Saturday 10 June

At Lake Burley Griffin this Sunday to honour the Queen, come along from 10:15am to watch this annual parade from the Australian Army.

Ugg boot Bowls at The Ruc

Sunday 11 June

Lawn bowls in your slippers or your going-out Ugg boots? Sounds like comfortable fun! To make it even better, The Ruc is featuring BBBB; burgers, bowls, beers and bubbles. Make it a new tradition this winter.

Apia Good Times Tour at the Canberra Theatre

Sunday 11 June

Back for the fifth year in a row, the Canberra Theatre will welcome artists such as The Black Sorrows with Vika + Linda Bull, Colin Hay (Men at Work), Mental as Anything and Deborah Conway. Starting at 7:30pm, these Aussie music legends will perform a solo set before coming together for a finale.

Queen’s Bday Warm-up Party at Rose Cottage

Sunday 11 June

Rose Cottage has you got you covered this Sunday night with pizza, schnitzels and beer! Grab your friends and make your way to Rose Cottage where you can also catch its courtesy bus out to the city for a night on the town, or safely home afterwards.

The Sunday Session at Public Manuka

Sunday 11 June

This Sunday, Public in Manuka is offering $10 cocktails from 5pm as well as live music. A perfect addition to your long weekend festivities, come support local music as Public puts on a show.

Metta Space Open Day at Aerial Yoga Canberra

Monday 12 June

From 10:30AM come along and get a taste of Aerial Yoga. Throughout the day you can experience and watch the many types of yoga on offer at this studio. This event is free admission.


Also happening this long weekend…

Full Moon Party at Zaab Street Food – Friday 9 June

Dom Dolla & Torren Foot at Mr Wolf – Friday 9 June

Royal Canberra Poultry Show at Exhibition Park – Saturday 10 June

2017 World Knit in Public Day at Trove – Saturday 10 June

Kids in The Shed at Old Bus Depot Markets – Saturday 10 June

Sunday Sessions at Gungahlin Lakes Club – Sunday 11 June