With yet another long weekend up our sleeve, it’s time to make the most of the amazing events that Canberra has to offer. Enjoy the spring weather and rustle up a group of friends to come along to one of the 10 things to do on the Labour Day long weekend.

FASHFEST at the National Convention Centre
Thursday 29 September – Saturday 1 October

Canberra’s most anticipated red-carpet fashion event is on again this long weekend. Kicking off on Thursday 29 September at the National Convention Centre, the event spans three nights with six distinct shows and delivers one amazing fashion experience. This event is not only about local fashion, it will also showcase local music, film and beauty on the runway.


NightFest at Commonwealth Park
Wednesday 28 September – Sunday 2 October

Experience Floriade in a whole new light with NightFest across this long weekend. The Floriade favourite is set to transport visitors into an illuminated wonderland bursting with outdoor lighting design and production that has been expertly curated and constructed by the team at Mandylights. As well as a fantastic luminous display, NightFest will also provide a fantastic line-up of comedy, live music and roving entertainment.


Beyond Festival at Greenhills
Friday 30 September – Monday 3 October

Australia’s only festival with a focus on justice, music and arts is back in the capital for its second year. The festival takes a different approach to staging a multi-artist event, with the overarching aim being to educate and inspire festival-goers to work for justice in their local communities.


2016 Living Green Festival at Albert Hall
Sunday 2 October

The third Living Green Festival will be held at the Albert Hall this Sunday! The festival will offer free entertainment, activities, cooking demonstrations, talks about the environment, animal protection and health issues, and a broad range of stalls offering food, products and services.


2016 Tradies Murrumbateman Moving Feast
Saturday 1 October – Sunday 2 October

The Tradies Murrumbateman Moving Feast will showcase some of the region’s finest wine, food and views this long weekend. Participating wineries and venues will ‘wow’ you with fine food matched with their nationally and internationally recognised wines, as well as signature dishes, desserts and a souvenir wine glass to take home.


Eden: Wellness and Wellbeing Masterclass with Bianca Cheah at Canberra Centre
Saturday 1 October

Wellness specialist and founder of online lifestyle destination, Sportsluxe, Bianca Cheah, will be helping stressed-out Canberrans find that all important balance between work, socialising and ‘me time’ at her Eden workshop this weekend.


Confluence Festival of India at Commonwealth Park
Sunday 2 October – Monday 3 October

Celebrate the Canberra tier of the Confluence Festival of India at Commonwealth Park this weekend with Pung Cholom. The performance is a highly refined classical dance form characterised by sound modulation from a soft whisper which builds up to a thunderous climax. The dancers play the pung (a tradition Indian drum) and dance while playing in complex acrobatic feats involving jumps and leaps to the changing rhythms.


Zhang Peili: From Painting to Video Exhibition
Monday 3 October

Experience an Australian first through a fascinating exhibition that is intriguing art enthusiasts across the capital. Zhang Peili: From Painting to Video is now showing at the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) featuring the newly-restored and never before exhibited Flying Machine (1994).The oil on canvas painting is the focal point of the exhibition as Zhang progresses from painting to video and media installation art.


A History of the World in 100 Objects at National Museum Australia
All weekend

Peruse this amazing exhibition brought to the National Museum of Australia by The British Museum. The artefacts showcased will explore the history of humanity, how we shaped the world and how the world shaped us.


Queer Screen Film Fest at Arc Cinema Canberra
Saturday 1 October

Queer Screen are very excited to be coming to Canberra for two screenings at the Arc Cinema this Saturday! Don’t miss two of the best LGBTIQ films from around the world – Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four by Deborah S. Esquenazi and Other People by Chris Kelly.


Image from: Living Green Festival