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Celebrate with family fun & live music at Commonwealth Park
Canberra Day is a public holiday on the second Monday of March each year, as a day to celebrate the naming of Canberra in 1913. It is a day for Canberrans to enjoy the festivities around the capital and it is also a day that can confuse visitors to the city, as they cross the border and find the city in the midst of a public holiday party. If by chance you are a visitor reading this and wondering where to go, then Canberra has two major festivals on this long weekend to entertain and delight.
Canberra Day will be celebrated at Commonwealth Park between 2pm and 7pm, with entertainment lined up on Stage 88. If you have ever been to Commonwealth Park for a festival ( such as Australia Day, Floriade or the recent Colour Run) then you know that this large, quiet park lights up for a festival and creates a family friendly, party atmosphere.
Kicking off the day will be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle show for the young ninjas in the crowd. This will be followed by local acts DJ Felixx, The Advocates and the Brass Knuckle Brass Band to get the feet tapping. Don't forget to pack the picnic blanket so you can sit back and enjoy the live music in comfort. In particular, the Brass Knuckle Brass Band may even get you up on your feet, with the street funk brass band describing themselves as "a sweaty late-night party".
At 6pm there will be house music duo The Aston Shuffle, a popular local act who have been touring the USA to rave reviews. Home in Canberra for just a few days, you can also catch them on their weekly radio show Friday Night Shuffle on Triple J.
Also on the day enjoy tempting treats from the food vans and FREE family activities including face painting, crafts, picnic games and an assortment of jumping castles for the young ones. This family area will keep the kids entertained, with different family games and events happening throughout the afternoon. There will also be several rides (paid) including the Flying Chairs, Giant Slide, Cup and Saucer and the Super Cha, for older kids and the young at heart. For the full schedule and times, see the Events ACT website here.
Spend the day celebrating Canberra's birthday with family, friends and the community at this all-ages event and just like a real birthday party - ensure you grab a balloon on the way out.