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Summer days across the ACT range from comfortably warm to uncomfortably hot, though the temperature doesn’t often top 40ºC. Winter days here are invariably cool and sometimes gloriously sunny, with little wind, and often kick off with early morning frost and fog – winter nights hover around 0ºC during July.



Summernats Car Festival Revs up over three days in January at Exhibition Park.

Australia Day Live The annual 25 January live concert on the lawns of Federal Parliament featuring the hottest names in Australian music.


National Multicultural Festival Celebrated over 10 days in February.

Royal Canberra Show The country meets the city at the end of February.


Celebrate Canberra The city’s extended birthday party, with a day-long food, drinks and arts festival.

National Folk Festival One of the country’s largest folk festivals.

Anzac Day National holiday held on April 25, commemorating the armed services. Dawn services and marches held at the Australian War Memorial.


National Capital DanceSport Championships Competition ballroom dancing at its glitziest best.


Vivid National Photography Festival Exhibitions, conferences and events throughout the city, include giant images projected onto the city’s landmark buildings.


Canberra International Film Festival A 10-day international film festival held in October/November.

Floriade Held in September/October and dedicated to Canberra’s spectacular spring flowers.

SCOTT Largest mountain bike race in the southern hemisphere, held over two days in early to mid-October.

Stonefest Big-time two-day music festival staged at the end of October at the University of Canberra.