What’s on Canberra – February & March 2019

February 5, 2019 / By Claire Atteia

Looking for arts and culture? Unique events to brag about on your Instagram account?  Pack the car, jump on a plane or bus  . . .  and get yourself to Canberra in February & March for some great happenings. Here's just a taste of what's on offer! 

Shakespeare by the Lakes - 21–24 February (above)

After a hugely successful run last year, Shakespeare by the Lakes is returning – this time with the romantic comedy Twelfth Night. With performances all over Canberra, it's a free-for-all community event. Grab your friends and loved ones, bring a picnic blanket and basket (there's also is a chair zone if you need it), and settle in for a great night out!

When: 21–24 February, 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm
Where: Various locations around Canberra 
How much: Free Tickets: via Eventbrite 

Summer Sounds Concert Series - 2 & 3, 9 & 10 February

Bring your family and friends to the Australian National Botanical Gardens in the first two weekends of February for the Summer Sounds concert series. Watch the sunset and listen to live music from some of Canberra’s favourite musicians – from jazz to big band grooves and everything in between. Bring your picnic rug and esky for a cracker evening under the stars, or for those of us who don’t fancy carrying all that, there's onsite catering to make sure we're taken care of.   

When: 2 & 3, 9 & 10 February, 5.00 pm - 7.30 pm
Where: Eucalypt Lawn, Australian National Botanical Gardens
How much: Early bird ticketsfrom $3 available, tickets also available at the gate

Enlighten festival - 1 - 17 March  (above)

In the first few weeks of March, Canberra transforms into a wonderland of colour, lights and sound with the popular Enlighten festival. Be sure to set the alarm early and get down to the lawns of Old Parliament House to see dozens of hot-air balloons take to the skies as part of the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. And at night, the city will be a buzz with light projections onto buildings throughout the Parliamentary Triangle, with the National Gallery of Australia and Old Parliament House as particular favourites. The fun doesn’t stop there, with the Enlighten festival also bringing together the short-film festival, Lights! Canberra! Action!, Symphony in the Park and Skyfire as well. That's some serious fun!!

When: 1-17 March
Where: Various locations
How much: A range of free and ticketed events

‘One’ by Tairiku Teshima - 8 - 13 March 

One by Tairiku Teshima is a contemporary Japanese calligraphy exhibition. Be enthralled by modern symbolic calligraphy, known as shōsho, by renowned Japanese artist Tairiku Teshmina. Inspired by nature, creation and beauty, most of the 28 ink on paper works have been created specifically by Teshima for this exhibition.  

When: 8 – 31 March. 9.00 am - 4.00 pm 
Where: National Arboretum
How much: Free

Art, not apart - 16 March (above)

Art, not Apart considers itself a little festival for contemporary Canberra arts. Works by local artists fill the NewActon Precinct, and extend into the Shine Dome and National Film and Sound Archives nearby. This year's theme is Soul and Mortar. It's one day filled with exhibitions, performance art, music and installations that's bound to impress. 

Where: NewActon and Acton, Canberra
When: 16 March, 
How Much: Free entry  

Beginner bonsai workshops - 25, 26 & 27 March

Fancy creating your own bonsai? Learn from the best! The curators of the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia are running a workshop that covers all the key essentials for creating, styling and maintaining your very own bonsai. Everything you need is included and you’ll get to take home a potted bonsai of your own at the end of the workshop! 

When: 25, 26 & 27 March, 2.00 –3.30 pm
Where: National Arboretum
How much: $85pp Book via Sticky Tickets

Top image by Photo by EshPhotography

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