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Join the community in celebrating Canberra.

14 February 2024

On Monday, 11 March, celebrate this wonderful city with the Canberra Day celebration.

There’s a full schedule of activities on offer.

Here’s your guide to the day:

Begin with the Canberra Balloon Spectacular

As part of the Canberra Balloon Spectacular from 9-17 March, early risers can start the day watching the launch of over 40 balloons from Patrick White Lawns.

You can also enjoy a hot breakfast from one of the many food trucks and coffee carts.

The balloons can also be seen from vantage points across the city including the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, National Arboretum and Mount Ainslie.

Support your community with the Canberra Day Appeal Fun Run

From 10am Canberrans can support their community by entering the Canberra Day Appeal Fun Run (organised in partnership with the Stromlo Running Festival).

Choose from a 2km, 5km or 10km run or walk around Lake Burley Griffin to raise funds for local charities through Hands Across Canberra.

You can register to participate in the Fun Run here.

Head to Commonwealth Park for a day of entertainment

Enjoy a day of entertainment and fun activities for the family at Commonwealth Park from 10am to 5pm.

In the morning, live music and family entertainment will be the focus on Stage 88.

In the afternoon ARIA award winner, Coodjinburra artist Budjerah, will take centre stage. He has received rave reviews supporting Ed Sheeran on his recent Australian tour, and his first-ever appearance on Triple J’s Hottest 100 landed him in the top 20 this year.

Eat, drink and support local traders

A Local Food and Makers Market will offer street food cooked fresh by Canberra’s regional vendors. There will be cuisine from Italy, Croatia, Mexico, Burma, modern Australia and more.

Canberrans love to picnic so ‘grab a picnic’ options will be available with pre-orders and a collection point. You can also support traders who will be selling locally made crafts and products at the market.

For more information visit enlightencanberra.com.

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