This weekend in CBR

Usually when we give you the lowdown on what’s happening in our beautiful city during the Handmade weekend, we have to do our research. For the weekend of March 18 & 19 however, no research is required. The question should really be “what ISN’T there to do in Canberra this weekend?”

On possibly the biggest weekend in Canberra’s calendar, your trip to the Handmade Market can be combined with any number of other activities which will make you fall in love with it even more.


The beautiful sight of dozens of hot air balloons floating over Lake Burley Griffin at dawn is something that everyone should witness at least once. Pilots start inflating their balloons at around 6.15am, weather permitting, and music and breakfast is available in front of Old Parliament House.


Last year, over 100,000 people flocked to the edge of the lake to see Canberra’s spectacular fireworks set to amazing music. With displays by the Federation Guard and Navy Squirrels, along with performances and fun on stage, this is a family event that starts at 5pm (just time to get there from EPIC), with fireworks from 8.30pm. Head over the Hit 104.7 website for more.


With live art going on at a number of Canberra venues, Art Not Apart is taking place on Saturday 18th March from 1pm until 7pm. Events include exhibitions, performance art, numerous music stages, installations, street food, cafes and a dance party. Join in and be inspired.


Head over to the Mercure for the 10th anniversary of this Canberra event. The festival will feature breweries from across Australia along with live bands, food, entertainment and kids activities. Meet the brewers and taste their produce, listen to guest speakers and learn about food matching. Tickets can be bought from the website.


Choose from AFL at Manuka Oval on Saturday, where the women’s team, The Giants takes on the Western Bulldogs. Head over to the AIS Arena on Sunday for the super netball match between the Giants and the Adelaide Thunderbirds, or check out the NRL game at the GIO Stadium between the Canberra Raiders and the Wests Tigers.

Or of course, you could stroll through the North Quarter, Braddon, New Acton, Kingston Foreshore, Manuka or any of Canberra’s foodie areas, grab a meal and take in the unique atmosphere of Canberra. Over to you, but make sure you check us out at EPIC, 10am until 4pm both days. See you there!

Balloon image by Visit Canberra. Artist image by Art Not Apart.



Caroline Leevers is responsible for the Handmade brand, including the website, Handmade Style, the newsletter and the online magazine. When she's not hanging out with the lovely Handmade team, she runs Callie & Co Design, a Canberra graphic design studio that crafts brands for small businesses. Her favourite things about Canberra are the seasons (especially Autumn), the big sky, the coffee and the great events.


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