One of the best parts of living in Canberra is experiencing the range of seasons. There are however, some days in winter when the temperature stays in single digits, so it can be handy to have some ideas on where to go to warm up from the inside. Of course there are the local art galleries, museums and usual indoor rainy day ideas, but it is the winter events which get the Canberra community together to celebrate the winter season. Although it may be tempting to stay on the couch in front of the heater, why not get out and about more this winter? You may be surprised by what is waiting out there...
Roast marshmallows and celebrate winter at the Hurley Burley Winter Fair. Image: Original photos from Little Dove Theatre Facebook
1/ The Canberra Truffle Festival is held between June and August each year, to celebrate the Black Truffle that grows in the Canberra Region. Across the three months there are events to taste a truffle, go on a truffle hunt, enjoy a degustation meal using truffles and even taste truffle beer, cheese, ice-cream and other creative uses of the black fungi! See here for details.
2/ The Hurley Burley Winter Fair will be held on Saturday, 2nd June in the centre of the city, to get the community outdoors and celebrating winter! Roast marshmallows, listen to live music, enjoy belly-warming food, be entertained by storytelling and spend the evening by the fireside. See here for details.
3/ Corin Forest Mountain Retreat is located 50 minutes from Canberra's city centre and has snow play, tobogganing, skiing and a roaring fire to warm up by! The opening weekend is 9th and 10th June and bookings are now open for snow session times all the way to September. Wear your waterproof ski gear - the temperatures are at least 5 degrees colder up in the mountains! See here for details.
Winter fun at Corin Forest! Image: Corin Forest Facebook
4/ Kids in the Shed will be held at the Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston, on Sunday 10th June. This indoor market is ideal for winter and kids will enjoy the petting zoo, jumping castle, pony rides, clown show, reptile show and more. See here for details.
5/ The Winter Glass Market will be held at the Canberra Glassworks on Saturday, 16th June. This popular winter event attracted thousands of locals last year, with free kids activities, bead making, glass blowing demonstrations, market stalls, hot food and much more. This year they will have a range of ticketed events for kids and adults. See here for details.
6/ A Pooch Affair is a doggie event at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) on Saturday, 16th June. Dogs and their owners will have a fun day together indoors with markets, play areas, shows for dogs and even a doggie High Tea! See here for details.
7/ The Forage is a foodie market that is held seasonally throughout the year. The next market for winter will be held on Saturday, 30th June in the car park of the Little National Hotel in Barton. Warm up by the fire drums and enjoy a wide range of locally-produced food from food trucks, gourmet food producers, wineries, breweries and more. Stay for awhile and enjoy the lawn games and live music. See here for details.
Warm up with good food and good friends at The Forage. Image: The Forage Facebook
8/ Skating At - Outdoor Ice Skating will be held in the centre of Canberra in Garema Place between 30th June to 22nd July. An outdoor ice skating rink will be set up outdoors so locals and visitors can ice skate under the stars. This rink is popular with families during the day and couples at night. Whilst there, also buy some coupons for a variety of rides and a jumping castle for the kids. See here for details.
9/ Christmas in July events will be held all over the Canberra region, so that locals and visitors can warm up by the fireplace and feast on turkey, pudding and a few mulled wines! As well as the dinners, there will also be markets, open days and events to celebrate the festive period - half-way through the year! See here for details.
10/ Warm Trees is a knitting installation at the National Arboretum, that begins on 9th July. Volunteers from all around the country have been knitting scarves and designs to wrap around the trees in the forests to keep them warm! This colourful display is a highlight of winter, with kids enchanted by the range of colours on display. See here for details if you would like to knit some scarves and here for event details.
Colourful and cosy at Warm Trees, the National Arboretum. Image: Original photos from National Arboretum Facebook
11/ Lifeline Canberra Book Fairs are a great opportunity to grab a few second-hand books at great prices and then curl up for the afternoon and enjoy them! The next event will be held at Tuggeranong Southern Cross Stadium between 13th and 15th July - you will be surprised by how huge it is! See here for details.
12/ Epic Day Out (Featuring the Indulge Coffee and Chocolate Expo) will be held on the weekend of 14th and 15th July. It is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend a cold winters day - inside and enjoying a wide range of decadent comfort food! As well as the food markets, there will also be a kid's area, samples and activities. See here for details.
13/ The Play School Show is touring around the country and will be in Canberra between 20th and 22nd July. This is the perfect indoor activity for toddlers and pre-schoolers, with songs, dancing and stories! See here for details.
14/ Handmade Market will be held at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) on the weekend of 28th and 29th July. Shop for local handmade wares and designer pieces, inside the warmth of the EPIC. See here for details.
15/ Craft & Quilt Fair will be held at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), between 9th to 12th August. Spend the day inside the exhibition halls and learn new techniques and shop for the latest products. See here for details.
These are just some of the events happening around the Canberra region this winter - check back with Weekendnotes for more events when advertised. There is so much to do this winter, there is no time to stay indoors!
Indoor fun for pre-schoolers for the Play School Show at Albert Hall. Image: Kids Promotions Facebook