17 March 2022

Ten things to do in Canberra this week (18 - 24 March)

| Ben Arnedo
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Emo Parsonson

Damn it! Canberra comedy legend Emo Parsonson’s show is sold out, but there’s plenty more at the Comedy Festival to make you happy. Photo: Emo.

Enjoy the good weather and witness as many outdoor events as you can because, as Lord Eddard Stark once said, “Winter is coming!”

A number of indoor activities have begun to appear on our radars as audiences are feeling more confident about gathering inside. Highly anticipated live shows are making their way to Canberra’s venues, giving the capital a renewed sense of life. From comedy, music and dancing, sipping and drinking to uncovering a giant bird sculpture in the heart of the city, there’s certainly something interesting to do almost every day of this week, so grab your chips and enjoy!

All week

Canberra Comedy Festival 2022 logo

The Canberra Comedy Festival has an explosive line-up of comedians. Image: Canberra Comedy Festival.

Canberra Comedy Festival 2022 Gala

When: Wednesday 16 to Saturday 26 March various times
Where: Various locations
Cost: $7-140, plus booking fee. Get tickets here.

An explosive line-up of comedians is here for the 2022 Canberra Comedy Festival. This 10-day festival features comedy superstars Ronny Chieng, Stephen K Amos, Aaron Chen, Kirsty Webeck and Geraldine Hickey. But don’t forget the local favourite, Chris Ryan. For details, visit the official website.

All weekend

The ACT Seasonal Antique and Collectable Fair is back for Autumn 2022

The ACT Seasonal Antique and Collectable Fair is back for Autumn 2022! Image: Rotary Club of Canberra East.

ACT Seasonal Antique and Collectable Fair

When: Friday 18 to Sunday 20 March, various times
Where: Albert Hall, Yarralumla
Cost: $10 entry, $8 concession. Cashless event. For more information, visit the event page.

The ACT Seasonal Antique and Collectable Fair is back for 2022. Over 20 recognised antique exhibitors will be present with an excellent stock of quality furniture, pints, jewellery, dolls and more for sale. The proceeds will go to the MyHome charity to provide safe and supported accommodation for people with an enduring mental illness who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.


Delta Goodrem

Delta Goodrem’s stage presence, vocals and energy have captivated millions of fans. Photo: Supplied.

Delta Goodrem Tour

When: Friday 18 March, 8 pm
Where: Royal Theatre, National Convention Centre, Canberra
Cost: From $102. Get tickets here.

Delta Goodrem is preparing to begin her Bridge Over Troubled Dreams Tour. Her amazing stage presence, live vocals and high energy have captivated millions of fans around the world for almost two decades. Delta has achieved multi-platinum sales with nine #1 singles, five #1 albums, 12 ARIA Awards and three World Music Awards. Brisbane’s Sheppard will join her as a special guest.


Mmmm ... beer

Taste a delicious beer or cider from one of the vendors. Photo: CCBCF.

2022 Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival

When: Saturday 19 March, from 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Mercure Canberra
Cost: $20 online or $30 on the day. Children under 18 years free. Get your tickets here.

A day where beer and cider enthusiasts can enjoy a broad range of craft offerings – surely one day isn’t enough? Mercure Canberra provides an ideal setting for breweries to display their wares. Tickets include entry into the festival, access to 40-plus of the best local and interstate craft breweries, gourmet food vendors, live music and other festival activities. Check out the full program at their official website.

Horse and rider

The Yass Show 2022 is on Saturday 19 March from 8 am. Photo: Yass Show.

Yass Show 2022

When: Saturday 19 March, 8 am to 5 pm
Where: Yass Showground, 16 Grand Junction Road, Yass
Cost: $10 adults, $5 children 5 years and over. Tickets available online at TryBooking.

The 2022 Yass Show will be going ahead at the Yass Showground. A fun day out for the whole family! View the entire schedule.

Magpie scuplture

Big Swoop was funded by a Placemaking Grant from the City Renewal Authority and made by Yanni Pounartzis. Photo: Supplied.

Eat Hot Chips with Big Swoop

When: Saturday 19 March, from 12 pm to 2 pm
Where: Garema Place, City Walk
Cost: Free.

Canberrans are invited to Garema Place to welcome Big Swoop, a large-scale magpie sculpture due for installation mid-week. Between 12 noon and 2 pm, free hot chips will be served in celebration of his imminent arrival. Measuring 2.4-metres high and 3.5-metres long, the oversized magpie was made possible by a Placemaking Grant from the City Renewal Authority. Created by Canberra-based artist Yanni Pounartzis, Big Swoop reminds us that humans are not the only residents in the area. The giant bird is asserting his territory and reminding humans who is the boss of Garema Place.

READ MORE Meet the Canberra artist behind the massive magpie that’s about to swoop into Civic

Wine Machine

Wine Machine is a day full of wine, food and live music, celebrating Australia’s most picturesque wine regions and showcasing local music talent. Photo: Wine Machine.

Wine Machine 2022

When: Saturday 19 March, from 3 pm to 11 pm
Where: Commonwealth Park
Cost: $99. Get your tickets here

This is a day-long celebration of wine, food and live music, showcasing the beauty of our nation’s most picturesque wine regions and showcasing talented Australian musicians. Acts include The Presets, PNAU, Thundamentals, Babe Rainbow and Art vs Science.


Man with cannoli

Old Bus Depot Markets are reopening on Sunday, 20 March. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Old Bus Depot Markets Reopens

When: Sunday 20 March, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Where: 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston
Cost: Free entry.

After two long years, the Old Bus Depot Markets is reopening! With some renovations and changes in place, the stallholders are very excited to welcome everyone back.


Head to Capital Brewing Co on Sunday to watch your favourite local talents such as Citizen Kay, and Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Front Yard Fest

When: Sunday 20 March, 12 pm
Where: Capital Brewing Co.
Cost: Free. More information here.

Supported by the ACT Government’s Amp It Up Program, Capital Brewery is throwing a party to properly celebrate the return of dancing and live music events. Have a few beers, try the famous Brodburger, and listen to talented local acts, including Citizen Kay, Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers, Endrey, Brass Knuckle Brass Band, Apricot Ink, and many more! Bare Bones BBQ will also be there to treat you with delicious smoked meats.

Canberra Multicultural Community Form alongside the Rotary Club of Canberra and Canberra Burley Griffin invite you to celebrate Harmony Day with unveiling of Peace Pole.

You’re invited to celebrate Harmony Day with the unveiling of the Peace Pole. Photo: Canberra Rotary Peace Bell.

Harmony Day 2022 Peace Bell Ringing Ceremony

When: Sunday 20 March, 2 pm to 4 pm
Where: Canberra Nara Peace Park, Flynn Drive, Yarralumla, Opposite Hyatt Hotel Canberra.
Cost: Free.

To celebrate Harmony Day 2022, eight languages bearing the same message have been added to the Peace Pole 100: Bengali, Farsi, Hindi, Nepali, Sinhalese, Swahili, Ukrainian and Urdu.

Wear your national costumes or something orange, ring the Peace Bell, share your friendship and appreciate the language.

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