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What’s On: Canberra in January

The capital city is kicking off the New Year with a range of fabulous events to ensure 2019 is an absolute cracker for Canberrians. 

From perfecting your photography skills or relaxing at the outdoor cinema to a festival for rev-heads, Canberra has it all. Check out our top picks for Canberra in January 2019.


Bit of a film buff? Then this one’s for you! The National Film & Sound Archive of Australia will be showcasing 5 iconic films highlighting the greatest Aussie cinematic anti heroes and villains we’ve grown to love. And lucky for us, they’ve included two Heath Ledger classic performances. Mad Max: Fury Road, The Legend of Ben Hall, Animal Kingdom, Two Hands and Candy will be shown, plus a Q&A with filmmaker, Matthew Holmes at The Legend of Ben Hall screening.

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The National Film & Sound Archive of Australia 02 - 06 Jan 10+


Love the outdoors, picnics and films? How about all together, thanks to the continued Sunset Cinema Sessions at the stunning Botanic Gardens. Not only can you melt into a beanbag and enjoy cult classics and family favourites you can indulge in full bar facilities and a wide spread selection of scrumptious food to truly complete your outdoor cinema experience. Expect to see new flicks like Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Second Act, accompanied by classics such as the Lion King.

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Eucalypt Lawn, Australian National Botanic Gardens 02 - 12 Jan 5 - $40


Car Maniac? The annual Street Machine Summernats is Australia’s biggest horsepower party in the Southern Hemisphere. If you’re into modified cars and automotive lifestyle festivals, then all your dreams have just come true! Summernats will feature the world’s greatest burnout competition, a vibrant city car cruise and the craziest cars you’ll ever see. You’ll also be entertained by a huge music line up including Wolfmother, Thundamentals and 28 Days- however just beware, you’ll be celebrating your love for cars with 100,000+ other Aussie fans, so get in quick and get your tickets for the 4 day extravaganza.

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Exhibition Park, Canberra 03-06 Jan $14 - $140


Love a vintage find? If you enjoy perusing through a variety of high quality antiques and collectables, you can’t look past the Portobello Road Markets organised by the Old Bus Depot Market group. You’ll discover beautiful decorative art and fine silver to restored furniture, vintage jewellery and quirky knick knacks.

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21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston 13 Jan Free


Consider yourself a photographer? Or maybe you’d just like to sharpen your skills. Well now you can, thanks to Irene Lorbergs from the Canberra School of Photography and her exclusive three hour guided night photography workshop in the gardens. You’ll delve into the lush rainforest and capture shots of the native wildlife and flora. The focus of the evening is to showcase how to ‘paint with light’ during sunset, dusk and the dark of night.

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Crosbie Morrison Amphitheatre, Australian National Botanic Gardens 18 Jan 120


Love wine & Australia? Combine your two loves by celebrating Australia Day with The Contentious Character Vineyard team! You’ll experience a delicious Aussie inspired BBQ of locally grown and produced food, sprinkled with native herbs and spices amongst the lush vines. Your lunch will also be paired with the team’s new summer range of wines including the stunning 2017 Come the Raw Prawn Riesling and 2018 Rosé. Believe it or not, the wine filled afternoon is also child friendly with an array of games for the kids. And for the big kids, expect a sneaky tasting of the new Dry as A Dead Dingoes Donga 2018 Riesling which is set to be released next year. How Aussie is that?!

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810 Norton Road, Wamboin 26 Jan TBA


Have a case of the good ol’ basketball fever? If you’re in the mood for some classic testosterone, skill and sport for Australia Day, then look no further. The Illawarra Hawks are descending upon Canberra to take on the Cairns Taipans at AIS arena. Expect a thrilling game of basketball, skill envy and an overall enjoyable day out for the family.

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Australian Institute of Sport, Leverrier Crescent, Bruce 26 Jane 20+