What's on in Canberra this March
Canberra is bringing the new season in with a calendar of festivals to delight visitors and locals, along with great exhibitions and activities.
Eat, see, play, explore with Enlighten 2016. See buildings transformed with architectural light projections, try authentic Asian eats at the Night Noodle Markets, hear live music including Augie March and Mansionair and see amazing performances from 4 to 13 March.
The Canberra Comedy Festival is back for its fourth year from 15 to 19 March, with over 50 shows bringing fun and laughs to the nation's capital. See Arj Barker, Kitty Flanagan, Dave Thornton, Matt Okine and more. See Rhys Nicholson and local comedian David Graham perform at NovotelCanberra on Saturday 19 March. Shows include international acts plus a kids program. Book shows online at the Canberra Comedy Festival website. Novotel Canberra is proud to be sponsoring the Canberra Comedy Festival again this year.
The Canberra Balloon Spectacular is considered to be one of the best hot air balloon events in the world. You’ll have to get there early in the morning, but the magnificent sight will be worth it! Held over 9 days from 12 – 20 March. Balloons are inflated from 6:15am with breakfast and entertainment until 10am (weather permitting), on the lawns of Old Parliament House.
Skyfire is a favourite event on Canberra’s yearly calendar. This year will be the 28th event with magnificent fireworks set to a soundtrack simultaneously broadcast on FM 104.7. The event is held from 6 - 9pm on Saturday 19 March at Lake Burley Griffin, with free entertainment before the fireworks.
See famous artworks from the influential landscape painter and portrait artist Tom Roberts at the National Gallery of Australia until 28 March. Explore the world of Spiders with this new exhibition showing at Questacon.
Experience 300 years of Chinese culture and tradition from two of the world’s great libraries with the Celestial Empire exhibition at the National Library of Australia. Tickets to Celestial Empire are free, however, bookings are essential. See rare, early Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects from the British Museum at the Encounters exhibition at the National Museum of Australia until 28 March. This exhibition has free entry, although booking online is recommended.
To make the most of the outdoors, families can enjoy some great playgrounds close to the city such as the amazing Pod Playground at the National Arboretum Canberra. Boundless - The Centenary of Canberra National Playground is Canberra's first all abilities playground located on the north eastern side of Lake Burley Griffin. John Knight Park at Belconnen's Lake Ginninderra has two play areas as well as picnic areas. There are often ducks and swans to be seen and for those people who enjoy walking or cycling, there is a 7km (approx) pathway that circles the Lake. Or, get out and about for a cycle - Canberra is home to a great network of bicycle paths and bikes are available for hire. See VisitCanberra for more information.
For more information about what to do in Canberra this March, post a question on Novotel Canberra's Facebook page call our friendly Concierge team on 02 6245 5000 or check out the VisitCanberra website.