This weekend, you have a multitude of options. But we’ve selected the top five that are must-see. First up, and running all weekend, is the ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show: take a ride on a ferris wheel, buy a showbag, take a turn down Sideshow Alley, view one of the 5000 animals, or visit a trade display, there is something for everyone. I’d also recommend the 12th National Australian Plants as Bonsai Exhibition at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, and the Color Run on Sunday where you’ll be guaranteed a new colourful Facebook profile picture.
ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show
Where: Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), Flemington Road, Mitchell; When: from 8.30am; Tickets: $25 per adult including bus travel.
Get ready to be entertained, excited and educated at the ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show. The award-winning ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show features more than 150 attractions, 5000 animals, 450 trade displays and 1500 competitors. Stay for the day; play under the night-lights; get in fast to buy your favourite show bags. There’s something for everyone in the family.
12th National Australian Plants as Bonsai Exhibition
Where: Australian National Botanic Gardens (Crosbie Morrison Building), Clunies Ross Street, Canberra City; When:9.30am to 4.30pm; Tickets: from $5.00.
Canberra Bonsai Society and the Australian National Botanic Gardens will present the 12th National Exhibition of Australian Plants as Bonsai. See over 30 bonsai from Canberra-based and interstate artists that showcase the breadth and diversity of the use of Australian plants in the art of bonsai. Demonstrations will be held at 2pm each day, showcasing the techniques used and considerations needed, when training Australian plants as bonsai. Take a guided walk through the Gardens, visiting full sized versions of species represented in the Exhibition. Tours depart at noon daily.
NAB Challenge: Giants vs Western Bulldogs
Where: StarTrack Oval (Manuka Oval), Manuka; When: kick off at 7.10pm; Tickets: Adult from $20.00
Don’t miss the opportunity to see AFT action at its finest, right here in our home town. The Giants take on the Western Bulldogs at StarTrack Oval in Round 1 of the 2016 NAB Challenge. Tickets are available online for the blockbuster game tonight.
Where: Beijing Garden, Lennox Gardens, Flynn Place, Yarralumla; When: 6.00pm-8.30pm; Tickets: free
Experience the final event of Chinese New Year in the capital at the Lantern Festival. See the site in the new Beijing Garden decorated with a multitude of Chinese Lanterns and lights. Watch performances of Chinese traditional music, children’s dances, martial arts and the lion dance. Take part in the hand-made lantern competition and a lantern parade. Bring your own lanterns or buy one there. Prizes for best hand-made lanterns. Please note, in the event of wet weather, the festival will be cancelled.
The Color Run
Where: Stage 88, Commonwealth Park, Canberra; When: from 8am; Tickets: Adult $66.00
Get yourself a new Facebook profile picture by joining in this colourful dash. Wear some white (that you don’t mind colouring up), get your ticket, grab some friends and family, and make your way to the end of this 5k fun run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet. Tickets are available online, then on Sunday make your way to Stage 88 in Commonwealth Park to join in the colourful festivities.
Are you going to something that we haven’t mentioned? Make sure you let us know about it in the comments.