28 October 2022

Things to do in Canberra this week (28 October - 3 November)

| Evelyn Karatzas
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Grinspoon on stage

Grinspoon is coming to Queanbeyan to perform alongside a Canberra-only lineup of musicians. Photo: Grinspoon.

There’s so much to do in Canberra this weekend, especially with Halloween creeping up on Monday and a certain horse race in Melbourne.

If you’re looking for Halloween events, check out our Halloween What’s On, and if you’re looking for places to watch the Melbourne Cup, we’ve got you sorted too!

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Lollipop’s Halloween Weekend Spooktacular, on 28, 29 and 31 October. Image: Lollipop’s Playland Canberra.

Lollipop’s Halloween Weekend Spooktacular

When: Friday 28 October and Saturday 29 October from 5 pm and Monday 31 October from 9:30 am to 5 pm
Where: Lollipop’s Playland and Café Canberra, Majura Park Shopping Centre, Spitfire Avenue, Canberra
How much: Friday and Saturday, from $17. 95. From $10.90 for normal entry prices on Monday.

Join Lollipop’s Playland Canberra for a weekend full of Spooktacular fun as they turn their Playland into a family-friendly Halloween House! There will be best-dressed competitions, discos, party games, craft activities, face painting and the Lollipop’s Cat will make a special appearance. A meal for the little ones is included.

OFF Season Comedy 2022 - Comedy ACT

Off Season Comedy Local Showcase on Friday 28 October at Canberra Theatre Centre. Image: Supplied.

Off Season Comedy Local Showcase

When: Friday, 28 October at 6 pm, 7:45 pm and 9:30 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Cct
How much: $20 plus transaction fee. Purchase your tickets here.

Come along to a showcase of some of Canberra’s best comedy talent, featuring six comedians presenting some of their finest material in three one-hour shows.

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Come along to see the Photographic & Cultural Exhibition at the Ainslie Football & Social Club from the 28 to 30 October. Image: Derek Jiang.

Photographic & Cultural Exhibition

When: Friday 28 to Sunday 30 October
Where: The Ainslie Football & Social Club, 52 Wakefield Ave, Ainslie
How much: Free entry.

The Photographic & Cultural Exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of formal diplomatic relations between Australia and China.

The photographs displayed in the exhibition will positively reflect significant markers in the 50-year relationship between the two countries, including the areas of tourism, mining industry, trade, international students and cultural exchange.

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Don’t miss out on all the fun at Grinspoon Under The Big Top. Image: Harmonie German Club.

Grinspoon Under The Big Top (18+)

When: Friday 28 October 2022 from 6 pm
Where: Queanbeyan Showgrounds, Glebe Avenue Queanbeyan
How much: Tickets are from $85.04, book here.

Australian Rock legends Grinspoon will headline an all-Canberra lineup at the Queanbeyan Showground, including Hands Like Houses, Young Monks, Sputnik Sweetheart and Sesame Girl. This epic show will sell out so don’t miss your chance to see this incredible lineup.

Flowers of Peace concert

Flowers of Peace brings you Prisoners of War requiem. Photo: Graham Tidy.

Flowers of Peace: Prisoners of War Requiem

When: Saturday 29 October, 1 pm
Where: Llewellyn Hall, Acton
How much: Tickets from $70 and can be purchased here.

Created by some of Australia’s leading composers and performed by Susannah Lawergren, Andrew Goodwin, Riley Lee, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and choirs, these stories from captivity will include those from the Fall of Singapore, the use of POW and Asian forced labourers, construction of the Thai Burma Railroad, local stories around the internship of German, Italian and Japanese civilians in Australia. Some of the songs from the ‘Changi Songbook’ will demonstrate how entertainers kept up morale. The astounding Women’s Vocal Orchestra of Sumatra will be sublime, ending with a history of Japanese Australian reconciliation in the penultimate movement, the Tears of Forgiveness.

If you saw or heard about the ‘Vietnam Requiem’, this concert will be equally emotional, heartfelt and memorable. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.


Oktoberfest – it’s important to stay ‘hydrated’. Photo: Liv Cameron.


When: Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October, from 11 am
Where: Queanbeyan Showgrounds, Glebe Avenue, Queanbeyan
How much: General Admission Saturday $43.07, General Admission Sunday 16.84, General Admission Weekend Pass $53.56, Child (Minor) Saturday $11.58 and Child (Minor) Sunday Free. Tickets available here.

After a long hiatus, the people’s festival is finally locked and loaded. Expect authentic German bier, traditional German food, German music and dancing (see a theme yet?), Beardmeister, Miss Oktoberfest, Strong Man, Fingerhakeln and free amusement rides for the kids. It’ll be Wunderbar!


Your conductor is ready to collect your ticket. Photo: Canberra Miniature Railway.

Halloween spooky train rides

When: Saturday 29 October, Sunday 30 October, 5: 30 pm to 9 pm
Where: Canberra Miniature Railway, Southern end of Jerrabomberra Ave, Symonston
How much: Children under two enter free. Tickets are $15, and can be purchased here.

Bring the kids and come along to a fright night at the Canberra Miniature Railway Station this weekend for Halloween. Set across two evenings, you’re invited to hop on the train (if you’re game) and enjoy a spooktacular evening.

There will also be a canteen with hot and cold food, drinks, and coffee.

Diwali at Ginninderry

Halloween isn’t the only major cultural festival this week – there’s also Diwali. Photo: Eventbrite.

Diwali at Ginninderry

When: Saturday 29 October, 4 pm to 6 pm
Where: Paddys Park, Asimus Avenue Asimus Avenue, Strathnairn
How much: Free entry, register here.

Come along to a special celebration of Diwali, aka the Festival of Lights, this Saturday afternoon. Partnered with Ginninderry, this event will feature Diya making and decorating, Rangoli making, henna, garland making, plenty of food and lots of fun.

There will also be Indian music and dance performances. After the event, people are invited to go on a night walk across the suburb to see the Diwali lights.

Children with faces painted

MollyCoddle Parties will be doing free face painting for kids. Photo: MollyCoddle Parties.

Belconnen Community Fair

When: Sunday 30 October, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Margaret Timpson Park
How much: Free entry.

Belconnen’s very first Community Fair is taking place this weekend. It’s set to feature more than 45 local community stall holders selling a range of local and handmade items, with anything from pet items, candles, children’s items, clothes, plants, art, rugs, spices, jewellery, collectables and so much more.

Chris Marlton

Chris Marlton – Muesli Balloon on Saturday 29 October at Canberra Theatre Centre. Photo: Supplied.

Chris Marlton – Muesli Balloon

When: Saturday, 29 October at 7 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Cct
Cost: Tickets from $20.00 and can be purchased here.

Chris Marlton is returning to the Canberra Theatre Centre this October, delivering an innovative brand of comedy with bravado, precision and charisma. Muesli Balloon is a colourful show with uniquely hilarious characters. Packed full of sharp observations, flawlessly performed accents and surprising conclusions, Chris will take you on a journey without having to leave your seat.

Luke Bernie

Luke Bernie – Lukkake Party on Saturday 29 October at Canberra Theatre Centre. Image: Supplied.

Luke Bernie – Lukkake Party

When: Saturday 29 October at 9 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Cct
How much: $20 plus transaction fee. Get tickets here.

For the final time in Canberra, Luke Bernie invites you to the Lukkake Party!

Be part of history and witness line after line of English language abuse as Luke delivers over 300 heavy-hitting gags.

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Get ready, Market Day is coming to Goodwin Village Farrer! Photo: Goodwin Aged Care Services, Facebook.

Market Day at Goodwin Village Farrer

When: Saturday 29 October, 10 am – 1: 30 pm
Where: Goodwin Village, 22 Marshall Street, Farrer
How much: Free entry.

If you’re looking for somewhere to go this Saturday morning, why not check out the markets at Goodwin Village?

There will be vintage and electric cars on display and plenty of stalls selling things like arts, crafts, childrens items, plants and pots, cakes, preserves, books, CDs, jewellery, white elephants and more. Cafe Nina will also be open and a sausage sizzle will be available too.

Thoroughbred Park

Where will you go to watch the Melbourne Cup this year? Photo: Thoroughbred Park, Facebook.

For Melbourne Cup, check out all our events here.

There’s events at Thoroughbred Park, the Vibe Hotel, Bleachers Sports Bar, The Alby, Ostani Bar and Restaurant, Siren Bar and Restaurant, Canberra Southern Cross Club, QT Canberra, Eastlake, Hotel Realm, Canberra Southern Cross Club and Rydges Canberra – so there’s no excuse not to get your heart racing!

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