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Top events in Canberra these September Holidays include Floriade Festival

What's on these September school holidays in Canberra

Visiting Canberra these school holidays? There's plenty on during September for both adults and kids alike. From the annual flower festival, Floriade, to Fashfest 2017, you'll be sure to find something to entertain the whole family. 

2017 Canberra Times Fun Run

Sunday, 3 September

Set to attract over 5,000 runners, the Canberra Times Fun Run is back for its 42nd year, on Sunday, September 3rd. Aiming to raise $125,000 in funds for hundreds of various charities, including the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, BeyondBlue and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. People of all fitness levels are encouraged to sign up for the event, with three options of course available on the day, the 5km, 10km or 14km, all equally scenic, with views of the Parliamentary Triangle and Lake Burley Griffin.


16 September - 15 October, Commonwealth Park

Think you’ve seen it all before? Think again. In celebration of its 30th year, Floriade 2017 is set to be the biggest and best version of itself thus far. With the addition of a twilight concert, sculptural surprises throughout the festival, a dog’s day out (free photo booth, Pooch cafe, awards for best-dressed dog!) and extended Nightfest hours, Floriade is set to really wow. Of course, you can expect the usual Floriade experiences, including the markets, Floral Emporium, kids activities, live performances and more.

Floriade Nightfest

22 - 24 September and 29 September - 1 October, Commonwealth Park

For the first time, Floriade Nightfest takes over two weekends, from the Friday, September 22nd to Sunday, September 24th and Friday, September 29th to Sunday, October 1st, from 8 pm until 11 pm nightly. Enjoy live music, performances from some of Australia’s top comedians including the likes of Tripod and Nazeem Hussain, food tasting at The Tasting Plate and more!

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Twilight Concert @ Floriade

Friday, 15 September, Commonwealth Park

For the first time ever, experience a twilight concert like no other, with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra teaming up with The Ziggy Band, a David Bowie tribute act. Get amongst the Floriade fun early, and see the festival before it officially opens the next morning, with your tickets allowing you into the gates at 4.30pm. Sing and dance along to your favourite Bowie hits from 5.15pm.

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Marble & Grain Fathers Day Lunch

Saturday, 9 September, Marble & Grain, 25 Mort Street, Braddon

Stuck for what to do for dad on Father’s Day? Why not treat him and the family to a three-course lunch at Marble & Grain in Braddon? Enjoy a specially curated menu including delicious dishes like slow cooked lamb shoulder with salsa verde & lemon, roast pork belly with fennel salt rubbed crackling & cider jus and bombe Alaska with sticky date ice cream, banana & salted caramel.

$70 per person. Bookings available between 12.30pm and 2.30pm, via 6246 9555.

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Marble & Grain Beer Masterclass

Saturday, 16 September, Marble & Grain, 25 Mort Street, Braddon

Treat yourself or someone special to a Beer Masterclass at Marble & Grain, presented by The Beer Diva. Enjoy an insightful masterclass where you’ll learn about all things beer related, plus enjoy a five-course tasting menu with matching beers.

$135 per person. Bookings essential, via 6246 9555.


Saturday, 16 September,  Canberra Theatre Centre

Returning to the Canberra Theatre on Saturday, September 16th, TEDxCanberra’s flagship annual event ‘MOMENTUM’ boasts a full day program with outstanding local speakers and performers. MOMENTUM was chosen as the theme for 2017 to reflect on the ever growing nature of Canberra, as both a city and community. Speakers will share their ideas, insights, research and dedication, to truly examine the meaning of momentum within ourselves and the greater community.

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28 September - 30 September, National Convention Centre Canberra

Over three big nights, Canberra’s ultimate red carpet fashion event, FASHFEST, is back for another year from September 28th-30th. Celebrating arts, culture and fashion, the event consists of a 7 pm and 9 pm show each night, showcasing over 40 designers on the catwalk. Local, national and international designers are provided the ultimate platform to promote their brand, alongside live music and original short films.

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