9 September 2022

Planning a getaway? Here's what's on in Canberra this September

| Aiden Rothnie
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Botanical gardens

The exhibition at the Australian National Botanic Gardens explores the connection between the earth, Australian flora and, in turn, humanity. Photo: Supplied.

There’s plenty happening in the nation’s capital this spring. If you are planning a getaway, here’s a guide to what’s on to help you plan your trip.

Fired Earth: inspired by nature

When: September
Where: Visitor Centre Gallery, Australian National Botanic Gardens
Cost: Free entry.

Fired Earth: inspired by nature explores the connection between the earth and the Australian flora, and in turn humanity. The works focus on the diversity of ecosystems, native plants and aspects of the earth such as boulders, stones and other strata.

Australians & Hollywood Exhibition

When: September
Where: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
Cost: Tickets are from $13 and can be purchased here.

Step into the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia to discover unseen treasures from Australian cinema and find out how our homegrown talent have redefined big-screen spectacle and found success on their own terms.

Australians & Hollywood is a Canberra-exclusive exhibition celebrating iconic moments in contemporary Australian film and the people and stories that brought them to life.

Under the Moon

When: September
Where: Questacon
Cost: Tickets from $24.50 and can be purchased here.

Discover how First Nations peoples have used the moon for keeping time and forecasting weather. See the earliest moon maps and delve into moon stories from across the world. Reflect on the role of imagination in developing space technology and discover Australia’s role in plans to return people to the moon. Or simply pause and marvel at the beauty of earth’s natural satellite.

The Moon Festival is making its way to Canberra. Photo: Huong Ho.

Canberra Moon Festival

When: 9 to 11 September
Where: Canberra City Walk
Cost: Free entry.

The Moon Festival honours harvest and reunion in many Asian cultures. Canberra Moon Festival (aka CMF) will present the concept of “One Community, One World, One Big Family” in this multicultural capital city.

Bianca Del Rio: Unsanitized

Bianca Del Rio: Unsanitized on 9 September at The Canberra Theatre Centre. Photo: Canberra Theatre Centre.

Bianca Del Rio: Unsanitized

When: 9 September
Where: Canberra Theatre
Cost: Tickets from $110 and can be purchased here.

Bianca Del Rio is returning to Australia and New Zealand with her new comedy tour “Unsanitized”! Bianca Del Rio, otherwise known as Roy Haylock, is a dimple-cheeked, larger-than-life drag queen and outrageous comic who isn’t afraid to shock and offend. When it comes to insult comics, Bianca is in a class by herself.

Canberra’s Korean community will celebrate its biggest day of the year at Glebe Park. Photo: File.

Korea Day

When: 10 September (11 am to 3 pm)
Where: Glebe Park
Cost: Free entry.

The Korean community will host Korea Day to celebrate its biggest day at Glebe Park.

There will be a variety of Korean traditional performances, activities and experiences. Capture yourself dressed in traditional Korean dress. Taste sweet and savoury Korean food. Learn to make your own Kimchi. Listen to live music and performances. Meet people who live within this city and share the joy.

Come to Canberra Theatre for RocKwiz Live. Photo: Canberra Theatre.

RocKwiz Live!

When: 10 September at 8 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre
Cost: Tickets from $95 and can be purchased here.

After a couple of years of COVID interrupted stops and starts, the RocKwiz Team are raring to go, excited to get back out on the road and perform for you.

Old Bus Depot Markets

Kingston Old Bus Depot Markets. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Makers-Con at the Old Bus Depot Markets

When: 11 September
Where: Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston
Cost: Free Entry.

The Makers Convention will unite stalls and attractions that showcase a range of hobbies with the high-quality handcrafts that visitors have come to expect. Attractions, demonstrations, and a cosplay competition will also be lined up. The ability is within each maker.

Llewellyn Series – War and Peace. Photo: Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

Llewellyn Series – War and Peace. Photo: Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

CSO: War and Peace

When: 7:30 pm, Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 September 2022
Where: Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music
Cost: $30 – 101, available via CSO.

The CBR 360 Circular Economy Symposium aims to bring people together and discuss energy consumption practises. Photo: CBR360.

CBR360 Circular Economy Symposium

When: All day from 8:30 am, Thursday 15 September
Where: Kambri Cultural Centre, ANU
Cost: Big business $300, medium business $200, small business $100. Click here to purchase tickets.

This spring, the CBR360 Circular Economy Symposium will bring together Canberrans from across all sectors of the city and region to kick off a conversation about a circular economy. It’s time to close the loop on last century’s harmful take-make-waste production and consumption practices.

The Barber Of Seville

The Barber of Seville is a fun new play coming to the Canberra Theatre this September. Photo Canberra Theatre.

The Barber of Seville

When: 15 September to 17 September
Where: Canberra Theatre
Cost: Tickets from $69.00 and can be purchased here.

Beyond haircuts and beard trims, this canny barber is the city’s matchmaking maestro! Almaviva is wealthy, stealthy and head over heels. Rosina is witty, pretty and just as smitten. She’s also inconveniently betrothed. They need a plan.

Floriade is back once again in Canberra. Photo: Region Media.


When: From 17 September to 16 October
Where: Commonwealth Park
Cost: Free entry.

Floriade will celebrate its 35th year in 2022, and for 30 days across September and October, Commonwealth Park in Canberra comes alive with beauty, colour and vibrancy.

The theme this year is the Sounds of Spring, and visitors will enjoy a vibrant display of over a million blooms set to a soundtrack of diverse live musical performances in an exciting program offering a range of activities, workshops, talks, food and wine, and entertainment.

Disenchanted: A Cabaret of Twisted Fairy Tales

When: 18 September
Where: The Street Theatre
Cost: Tickets from $35 and can be purchased here.

Why was the wolf in Grandma’s bed? Did Sleeping Beauty consent? Were the Ugly Sisters’ feet really that big? And how does a goose inspire a revolution? To find out, be transported to a 17th-century Parisian Salon hosted by vivacious, real-life (with a splash of artistic licence) Madame d’Aulnoy, where disgruntled fairy tale side-characters assemble to tell you the truth and nothing but the twisted truth.

Youtube superstars Superwog are coming to Canberra to put on a show. Photo: Canberra Theatre.

Superwog – Mad Dogs Tour

When: 23 September
Where: Canberra Theatre
Cost: Tickets are from $69.90.

Following on from the success of season two of their hit TV Series, SUPERWOG are bringing their brand new live show, MAD DOGS TOUR, around the country.

With an incredible 364 Million YouTube views and more than two million subscribers, Superwog is constantly at the top of the YouTube Comedy Charts and one of the hottest names in Australian comedy.

Postmodern Jukebox will be performing at Lleweleyn Hall. Photo: Australian National University.

Postmodern Jukebox

When: 23 September
Where: Llewellyn Hall, ANU
Cost: Tickets from $89 and can be purchased here.

Postmodern Jukebox makes its grand return! The famed time-twisting musical collective that puts pop music in a time machine will bring The Grand Reopening Tour to stages across the country.

Question Time – Trivia night at MoAD

When: 23 September
Where: Museum of Australian Democracy
Cost: Tickets from $25 and can be purchased here.

Know your Hawkes from your Howards? Your bonking bans from your sports rorts? Prove it at Question Time, MoAD’s trivia night with a difference.

Join comedian and TV personality Emma Holland for a night of hysterical laughter, friendly competition, and mystery prizes.

Japanese Hydrangeas

Cressida Campbell Japanese Hydrangeas 2005 Private collection. Photo: Cressida Campbell.

Cressida Campbell Exhibition

When: From 24 September
Where: National Gallery of Australia
Cost: Tickets from $22 and can be purchased here.

Cressida Campbell is among Australia’s most significant contemporary artists working with painting and printmaking. Directly inspired by her surroundings, for over 40 years the Gadigal/Sydney-based artist has transformed commonplace experiences from her life into single-edition prints and painted woodblocks.

Whitefella Yella Tree

Whitefella Yella Tree. Photo: Canberra Theatre.

Whitefella Yella Tree

When: Wednesday 28, 29 and 30 September and Saturday 1 October, 7 pm. Matinee performances on Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October, 1 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: $57, plus transaction fee. Tickets via Canberra Theatre Centre.

Once in a blue moon, in the middle of nowhere, two teenage boys meet under a lemon tree. After a rough start, a fragile friendship fruits into a heady romance. Ty and Neddy fall madly in love, as teenagers are going to do.

Floriade ferris wheel

Floriade returns to Canberra this September. Photo: Floriade.

Floriade Night Fest

When: From the 29 September to 2 October
Where: Commonwealth Park
Cost: Tickets from $25 and can be purchased here.

Explore Floriade’s Dark Side from 29 September to 2 October, when from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm the park will be illuminated with colour and filled with roving entertainment, stalls and fantastic food.

Come and unwind with chilled out sounds, a massage and a glass of wine on RELAX nights on Thursday 29 September and Sunday 2 October. Then, dial up your weekend a notch on INVIGORATE nights on Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October and experience the electric and energetic party vibe.


Savage on 29-30 September at the Canberra Theatre Centre. Photo: Supplied.


When: 29 and 30 September, 7:30 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: $79 plus transaction fee. Tickets via Canberra Theatre Centre.

A brand-new work by Australian Dance Theatre’s newly appointed Artistic Director Daniel Riley, SAVAGE will explode with the collective energy of bodies and voices fuelled by the stories of our national identity.

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