March is such a good month to be in Canberra. The weather is turning from too-hot to “why can’t it stay this way all year?” The mornings are crisp and the skies are that special Autumn shade of blue. Balloons feature on the horizon each morning, the trees are putting on a show and morning coffee seems to taste (even) better.

It’s events month in Canberra, and to celebrate, the March Handmade Market is all about our capital. Stalls will be selling vintage maps, bus shelter accessories and souvenirs that are a cut above. Photographs and artworks of Canberra will be on display and food & drink for the local region will be in abundance.

So, the Handmade market is the best place to be next weekend, especially now that Enlighten, The Noodle Markets and The Balloon Spectacular are over. But head up Northbourne Avenue towards EPIC and you’ll find a number of other things to do in the area North of Canberra.

Image: Scott Leggo


Canberra is very good at suburban hideaways known only to the locals and there are hidden gems in each. The Inner North suburbs scattered each side of Northbourne Avenue all have little parades of shops. Take in the restaurants and bars in Ainslie or try the shops at O’Connor for a suburban treat. Have a wander around Dickson after the market to find an eatery just begging to be discovered. Or try Watson’s The Knox, run by locals and now featuring a delectable on-site bakery – the pastries have to be seen to be believed!


In Mitchell, adjacent to EPIC, there is nowhere better than La Sable Patisserie for your eggs Benedict. Once you’ve had breakfast (but before you head to EPIC) why not stop and play with the kids? Mitchell’s Riddle Room is a great Escape Room experience. There is a Flip Out trampoline venue, and even the  VR Canberra games hub, so you can wear them out before hitting the Handmade Gourmet Food Hall.


Gungahlin is a short hop North, and home to some wonderful little cafes. Sunday in Canberra is a lovely place to stop for a while, as is Le Bon Melange (with more delicious pastries!) You can head out in Gungahlin for dinner after a hard day’s shopping too. And with the Autumn colour just starting to show, you don’t need to head down into Canberra for a lake walk. Yerrabi Pond is a beautiful place to kick through the fallen leaves and tick off your steps.  Although with 270 stalls to visit at the market, you’ll be getting pretty close to your target already!


With the election happening on Saturday in NSW, make sure you’ve organised your vote before coming to Canberra. Once you have, you can relax and take in a new area of Canberra away from the main drag. And of course, you can indulge in Canberra’s biggest indoor market. See you on 23 & 24 March, 10am – 4pm at EPIC.