The Nara Candle Festival at Canberra Nara Peace Park in Lennox Gardens.

The Nara Candle Festival at Canberra Nara Peace Park in Lennox Gardens.

01 October 2019

Now that spring is in full swing, it's time to get out and about. Find out what events are happening around the capital in October.

The Socceroos are coming to town

Canberra will host the Caltex Socceroos against Nepal on 10 October.

Get down to the game at GIO Stadium and show your support for Australia’s first match on home soil in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 second round qualifier.

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Around the world without a passport

Experience international culture, flavours and sounds inside Canberra’s embassies and high commissions during Windows to the World.

Enjoy free and ticketed events from 5-20 October including an expo at Floriade, Irish dancing at the Embassy of Ireland, and hockey and lacrosse at the High Commission of Canada.

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Japanese culture shines at Canberra Nara Candle Festival

View the sea of candles, watch martial arts displays, take part in drumming workshops and lantern making, and enjoy Japanese music, food and market stalls.

Join the festivities at Canberra Nara Peace Park in Lennox Gardens on Saturday 26 October from 4pm.

See the full program at

Spring clean for the national Garage Sale Trail

Get ready to clear out your clutter and make some money by joining Australia's biggest weekend of garage sales. The Garage Sale Trail is happening across Canberra and the nation on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October.

Registration is free and your sale will also be listed on a searchable map to help shoppers find you on the day.

Visit for more information.

Experience Floriade's dark side at NightFest

Experience magical nights as Canberra's own floral feast is transformed into an illuminated playground from Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 October with live music and comedians taking to the stage.

Explore all the evening entertainment as this year’s Floriade theme, World in Bloom, infiltrates all aspects of the festival from pop-up performances through to foodie experiences and interactive displays.

The festival will light up each night from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. For more information and tickets visit

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