What's On

What's on

Civic Hustle urban treasure hunt

On Saturday 25 May, an urban treasure hunt is coming to Civic. In similar style to the television show The Amazing Race, entrants will explore Civic on foot, answering questions, solving puzzles, interacting with businesses and completing challenges to be the ultimate winner.

Playful Endeavour 2019

These April school holidays, the City Renewal Authority is bringing a different kind of play experience to Glebe Park.

Pic & Mix Pop-up Picnic

The Pic and Mix pop up picnic is in City Walk, Glebe Park and Latin American Plaza. Catch up with a friend, take a bite to eat or have a coffee as you sit back and relax.

Past Events

Free yoga with JogaYoga

Look after your body and mind with free yoga classes in Civic starting today. The classes will be run by Joga Yoga with the support of a City Grant, each Tuesday and Thursday for the next 12 weeks.

Enlighten in Civic 2019

Haig Park and the Sydney and Melbourne Buildings will be in the spotlight during Enlighten 2019 as the festival comes to Civic for a second year.

Cygnus Atratus photographic exhibition

Contemporary artist Dr. Genevieve Swifte presents Cygnus Atratus, Wild Swans Urban, a photographic project documenting the black swans of Canberra's urban environment. Native to Ngunnawal country and a constant presence at locations where the urban and natural environments entwine, the project aims to connect the city with the lake, and the community with our native wildlife.

ANCA Art Bus

Visit an art gallery with a twist this spring in Canberra’s city centre – the ANCA Art Bus. Experience an iconic Canberra Action Bus repurposed into a mobile gallery space that will play host to exhibitions by local contemporary artists.

Mindful drinking in Canberra city

Non-alcoholic beverage maker Altina Drinks, is doing research in Civic and Braddon to find out how “mindful drinking” activities, experiences and events are created and what the Canberra community feel they need more of in relation to non-alcoholic offerings.

Multicultural Festival: Useful information for businesses

The National Multicultural Festival is back for its 23rd year of celebrating Australia’s cultural diversity, with live entertainment and more than 300 community, food and beverage stalls. If you’re a business owner in Civic, we’ve put together some handy information to make sure you are well informed about the festival.

Culture Loop Shuttle Bus connecting Civic to Canberra’s cultural institutions

A new, free bus loop has been launched that connects Civic to Canberra’s cultural institutions. The Culture Loop Shuttle Bus runs seven days a week from 9am to 5pm with nine stops, at some of Canberra’s main attractions.

What's Next Braddon

Come to our free event on Thursdya 31 January from 6-8pm to find out what's in the Braddon Place Plan that has been recently released. Hear from ourselves as well as the Town Team Movement.

Get out and about with Getaboutable

Getaboutable aims to give people with disabilities the confidence to get out and about. Earlier this year they received a City Grant to help start the Accessible Canberra Project, aimed at encouraging businesses within Civic to be more inclusive through increasing accessibility information.

HEAT Latin Fiesta Festival 2019

The first Latin American Festival in Canberra is almost here. Grab a picnic rug, bring your family and friends, and enjoy a super friendly day at Glebe Park!

Celebrate New Years Eve in Civic

Celebrations to ring in the new year will be held in Civic Square to encourage Canberrans to enjoy an evening in the city centre with family, friends and fellow citizens.The free New Year’s Eve event will feature an all-ages party and two fireworks displays to light up the night, at 9pm and midnight. Entertainment includes some amazing Australian musicians headlined by Paces. Pop-up performers and a variety of local food offerings will also be on offer.

Christmas in Civic

The city centre will have its own 12 days of Christmas this year with festive activities for the whole family from a Christmas forest in Civic through to backyard cricket in Glebe Park.

Spring into Zumba

Dance, laugh and get active as lunchtime Zumba in the city begins next week. Co-ordinated by the Spanish Speakers Association, through the provision of a City Grant, lunchtime Zumba classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday until mid-November.

Merry & Bright - Christmas in Civic preview

On Wednesday 12 December we held a sneak preview of Merry & Bright – Christmas in Civic and invited all business and building owners within the City Centre Marketing and Improvements Levy area to celebrate our shared achievements in 2018.

Keep Collective

Keep Collective landed in the New Acton Precinct this November with their pop-up workshops and creative work space. Visual artists, crafters, illustrators, writers and anything in between could hire a short-term studio or office to get their work done.

Canberra District Wines laneway festival

The Canberra Wines Laneway Festival brought the best of Canberra district’s wines to the heart of Civic across the weekend of 23 and 24 November 2018.

Play, Creativity and Wellbeing Symposium

The third annual Play Symposium was on at the National Museum of Australia on 22 and 23 November 2018.

Design Canberra in Civic

The DESIGN Canberra Festival, with support from the City Renewal Authority’s City Grants Program, presented a newly curated program of city-based festival activity in November. Image: Varial Studio.

Spring OUT community picnic

An inclusive picnic day to celebrate Canberra’s diverse LGBTIQ community was  held at  11am on Sunday 25 November in Glebe Park.

Garema Plant Giveaway

We gave away free plants in Garema Place on Wednesday 7 November 2018. Thanks for helping us find a new home for the plants as we refreshed our current planter boxes.

Playful Endeavour

To nurture creative play, the City Renewal Authority brought a pop-up play space to the city centre in the October school holidays. The Playful Endeavour was  located in Civic Square, in front of Canberra Theatre, from 29 September to 14 October.


Situate was a week-long dance and music residency in Civic, hosted by the Australian Dance Party. The performances  focused on drawing on, not imposing on, the sites that they were interacting with.

Making art in public spaces

A two day collaborative, hands-on workshop to take advantage of the possibilities of making art in and for public spaces.

Renewing Haig Park

On Wednesday 1 August and Sunday 5 August, we were in Haig Park to chat to you about the place plan and to hear which improvements you most want to see in place in the park first.


Ice skating  returned to the city centre this winter to headline Wintervention, an events program to keep people active and entertained during the chillier months. Wintervention included a mix of old favourites and new activations.

Hello Braddon!

It’s about time we all got together to celebrate the best of our area and say hello to our neighbours. Most importantly, we want to know your big ideas for the future of Braddon. How can we better use public spaces in the area?

ACT Young Planners Pocket Park

the ACT Young Planners' Pocket Park created a small, temporary park in one of Canberra’s favourite places, Lonsdale Street. This has been made possible with support from the City Renewal Authority’s City Grants program.

Hurly Burley Winter Fair 2018

Highlighting Canberra’s beauty with a 100% local festival of music, dance, theatre, film, poetry, comedy, food, markets,  storytelling and lots more. Hurly Burley Winter Fair has been funded with support from the City Renewal Authority's City Grants program.

Dickson Ideas and Actions Workshop

A free community workshop on brought together stakeholders with an interest in improving the Dickson centre. The workshop  helped to shape a place making strategy to guide the renewal and activation of public spaces at the Dickson Group Centre.

Henry Rolland Park Opening Day

Henry Rolland Park at West Basin opened to the public on Saturday (28 April) and the City Renewal Authority held a party to celebrate. The day featured free live music, fitness classes, games and children's activities.

Dickson Community Party

A community street party on Friday 27 April in Dickson, with food, drinks, live music and children's activities doubled as an opportunity for the community to help inform a new place making plan for the area.

Peak Stuff

Peak Stuff was in Civic Square for a day on Saturday 7 April 2018. People could feel, play with and see it up close as it moved from the Alinga St footbridge to Civic Square, in front of the Canberra Theatre.

Enlighten in the City

Enlighten extended to the city centre for 2018. People were able to create, see and play with light right across the city.

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The Lawns at Civic Square

In March 2018, The Lawns was the perfect destination to kick back and relax.

colour and fun to our citys public spaces

Bringing colour and fun to the city's public spaces

Colourful street furniture was popping up around town as part of the City Renewal Authority's agenda to brighten up city spaces.

Christmas in Glebe Park

The ACT Government celebrated Christmas in Glebe Park in December 2017.

Play (Creativity and Culture) Symposium

Making our city centre more fun and engaging for Canberrans both young and old was  the focus of a two-day forum in Canberra in November 2017 enjoy.

Property Council Thought Leadership series presentation

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow today gave a presentation to members of the ACT's property industry as part of the Property Council of Australia ACT's Thought Leadership Series.

Hurly Burley Winter Fair 2017

Canberra’s City West precinct hosted a celebration of all things wintery with the capital’s first Hurly Burley Winter Fair on Friday June 30.

Getting home safely thanks to the CBR NightCrew

As the sun falls in the city, the CBR NightCrew sets up for the night ahead. The dedicated team of volunteers is always prepared for a busy night, having helped more than 7000 people get home safely since beginning their operations in December 2016.