In this special edition, we cover this weekend and the Australia Day celebrations early next week. Our picks include: the National Museum’s Continuing Culture Australia Day Festival, the Australian of the Year Awards and Concert, the Great Aussie Day Breakfast and the CBR Hottest 100 Beach Party.
Where: National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, New [...]
A proposed plaza between the Sydney and Melbourne Buildings in Civic would help Canberrans reclaim the iconic art deco landmarks and revitalise the precinct, according to ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.
Mr Barr has today invited Canberrans to have a say on a Government strategy to create a series of “urban villages” at key points on [...]
[ 18 September 2015 at 9:00 am; 19 September 2015 at 9:00 am; 20 September 2015 at 10:00 am; ]
Join us at Exhibition Park this Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the BIGGEST ever Lifeline Canberra Bookfair! With over 120 tonnes of books, CDs, DVDs, comics, puzzles, games and more – there’s something for everyone.
Our full range of fiction and non-fiction books, including rare books and collectables, children’s books, textbooks and foreign language books. You’ll also [...]
[ 22 August 2015 at 10:00 am; 23 August 2015 at 10:00 am; ]
Are YOU Canberra’s best pinball player?
The inaugural ACT Pinball Championship is coming up this weekend at Exhibition Park In Canberra (EPIC).
Qualifying commences Saturday week (22nd of August) from 10:00am and continues until 4:00pm. The top 2 highest scoring players on each of the 12 qualifying pinball machines will go through to the finals the next [...]
Do you go to one of Canberra’s farmers’ markets? As far as I’m concerned, Saturday morning at the Capital Region Farmers Market in EPIC is the best thing about Canberra. We are very blessed to have such high quality produce available each week, bringing a wide array of locally produced fruit and vegetables, meat and seafood, eggs, [...]
The Capital Region Farmers Market that has been going for 10 years now, is again not running this weekend.Why? Because the Agricultural Show is on.
Come again? The best of what rural producers have is on show but we don’t have any actual produce to buy? Something that we have every week otherwise?
The EPIC showgrounds, facility [...]
[ 6 December 2013; ]
The Vans Warped tour is, thank god almighty, coming to Exhibition Park here in Canberra!
And look at that lineup!
The Centenary of Canberra Rally doesn’t appear to be a race, which is a shame.
A procession of cars will be driving at reasonable speeds from Jervis Bay to Old Parliament House, and probably none of them will be going sidewards at any point.
That being said if looking at old cars is you thing, you [...]
The Small Brewers Beer Festival took off this afternoon at EPIC in the teeth of the AFL Grand Final and I have to say I found it immensely rewarding.
I’ll admit Loose Brown and I were a touch underwhelmed when we turned up to find the event was essentially being held in a car park.
But the [...]
Drink beer, talk about beer, drink beer AND talk about beer with people who make beer.
If you like beer, then this is probably the event for you.
Head down to EPIC this Saturday at about 11.30 and partake!
The beer war has turned into a beer crusade! The second Small Brewers Beer Festival has captured the attention [...]
Andrew Barr has let it be known that Exhibition Park has been schuzzed:
Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) is now better placed to attract even more events and exhibitions with more than $600,000 in upgrades now complete.
Today the ACT Government-funded refurbishment of the Conference Centre and Parkes Room at Exhibition Park was revealed, which are crucial [...]
[ 13 July 2013 to 14 July 2013. ] It had to be said.*
Canberra’s coldest gaming convention is coming up this weekend, so dust off your Space Orks and grab your Nerf Gun, this weekend is Wintercon.
Wintercon 2013 will be held on Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th of July 2013.
Venue: Fitzroy Pavilion, EPIC. Near the McDonalds.
The venue will open from 8:30am each [...]
The ABC has a strange complaint about the Saturday Farmers Market getting too many punters in which is somehow bad for business:
Beef and lamb producer Phil McCormack, from Crookwell on the NSW Southern Tablelands, says his market sales have fallen by 25 per cent in the last 18 months.
Mr McCormack says the weekly event [...]
[ 13 April 2013 to 14 April 2013. ]
Word reaches us that the Canberra Lapidary Club is holding their Rock Swap this weekend at EPIC:
The Canberra Lapidary Club’s Rock Swap is a fun day out for all the family.
It will be held on 13-14 April 2013 from 8.30am to 5.00pm at Wagtail Way, EPIC.
Entry is FREE!
Sieve for sapphires, pan for [...]
Summernats 26 broke a Guinness World Record for the most amount of cars in simultaneous burnout on January 4, 2013 in Canberra, Australia. When the massive blanket of smoke eventually cleared, Chris Sheedy from Guinness World Records told the 10,000 plus crowd that exactly 69 cars had managed to complete a 30 second burnout. Sixty [...]
The ACT Government urges horse owners to be ready to implement their Bushfire Survival Plan tomorrow, Saturday 12 January, 2013, during the EXTREME weather conditions.
In the first instance you should keep your horse/s where it is and follow your paddock bushfire survival plan, or float it out to a pre-arranged safer place.
If you do not [...]
The ACT Government urges horse owners to be ready to implement their own Fire Plan today during the EXTREME weather conditions.
In the first instance you should keep your horse/s were it is or float it out to a pre-arranged safer place.
If neither of those options work, Exhibition Park in Mitchell is now open [...]
The ABC has a story on some sensible sounding changes to the National Folk Festival:
Organisers are shifting the performance venues from the Federal Highway side of Exhibition Park to the Flemington Road area to help rein in the budget.
Mr Flynn says there are several benefits.
“Not being near a residential area [of Watson] it gives [...]
The EPIC Farmers Markets are a religion to many of you. So it’s of vital importance to those people that the opening hours are being extended.
So if you want to get in first for the good stuff it’s now a 7:30am start.
Canberra’s popular Saturday morning market, the Capital Region Farmers Market at Exhibition Park in [...]
Andrew Barr has announced FreeSpirit Management Group, has won the tender to build low-cost tourist accommodation at Exhibition Park.
The site, approximately 14 hectares in size and adjoining EPIC, is located on the corner of the Federal Highway and Wells Station Road.
This development will be a significant boost for EPIC, Canberra’s major event complex. The target [...]
Playing the media like a violin today’s budget pre-announcement is $605,000 from Andrew Barr for Exhibition Park:
The works will significantly upgrade the existing ageing facilities and help to attract more events and exhibitions to EPIC.
The Conference Centre and Parkes Room are crucial to hosting larger events as they link the Budawang and the Coorong, EPIC’s [...]
The Capital Region Farmers Market is conducting a survey and it would help us here at RiotACT out if as many of you as possible give it a whirl (and list us in your media consumption):
Is there a particular type of product you’d like to see more of at the Capital Region Farmers Market? How [...]
The Summary of Cabinet Outcomes for 20 February is once again telling us very little.
But it does have a shiny list of appointments:
ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Sexual Health, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and Related Diseases
– Re-appoint as members Mr Andrew Burry and Ms Jane Sharman; and
– Appoint as members Mr John Didlick, Ms Joanne Smith [...]
If you were planning to stock your ark with local produce we have bad news.
The Farmers Market at EPIC has been cancelled due to the bad weather.
Canberra’s popular Saturday morning market, the Capital Region Farmers Market, will be closed this coming Saturday 3 March due to the current weather conditions being experienced in the ACT.
[ 9 December 2011 to 11 December 2011. ] For those with the chrimbo bug I’ve had a media release in which is likely to intrigue:
Immerse yourself in everything festive from 9-17 December 2011 at the Capital’s first ever Christmas Markets, to be held at Exhibition Park in Canberra.
For the first time, Canberrans will be able to celebrate Christmas in the spirit of Europe’s [...]
The Canberra Car Fair has been forced to shut down by EPIC, leaving this note:
Exhibition Park Management has refused renewal of our lease and as such the Carfair is unable to reopen after the Easter break.
Whilst we are continuing to look for suitable location the Carfair is now CLOSED indefinitely. [...]
Easter and Anzac Day collide on the weekend of 22 April this year, which for the last 45 years has meant the National Folk Festival will be taking place at EPIC.
The hard core will be thrilled to learn the program is now up.
The Multicutural Festival held over the weekend can only be described as a raging success with some estimates that there were over 100,000 people in Civic on Saturday.
But has it grown too big?
The crowds were packed in pretty tight, if something had caused a panic (and with all that fire, booze, and people this is [...]
I ended up going to Octoberfest at EPIC because an Austrian friend felt the need to get back in touch with her roots.
$20 gets you in, $16 gets you a stein ($8 for future refills) a belt is required for looping the stein glass through when dancing or urinating, and the obligatory silly hat costs [...]
[ 29 October 2010; 30 October 2010; ]
Some nights one might prefer to read a book sipping red wine.
On other nights drinking beer from huge mugs in an enourmous barn packed with sausage eating drunks trying to do the chicken dance is in order.
This weekend it’s the latter as the Harmonie Club informs us that Octoberfest is going back to Exhibition [...]
[ 12 November 2010 to 14 November 2010. ]
You might not have noticed that Canberra had a “Canberra Country Music Festival” last year. (motto: “Music Dance Utes Horses – It’s A Lifestyle! Seriously Having A Good Time!”).
The World Best Festivals blog has this to say of that effort:
The inaugural Festival was held in 2009 at Tuggeranong Homestead in the southern suburbs of Canberra, [...]