What’s Happening in Canberra This November


We know it’s only November, but we’re already feeling pretty festive. After all, it’s hard not to get excited by all the awesome stuff going on this month!

Melbourne Cup Race Day

Date: 1 November

Location: Thoroughbred Park, Lyneham

The Melbourne Cup is an annual highlight for people across the country, so you’ll want to make sure you’ve got a good place to catch the action! And in Canberra, there’s no better spot to catch all the horseracing action than Thoroughbred Park. This luxurious venue is pulling out all the stops this year, with loads of champagne and canapés to indulge in, and big screens ensure you won’t miss a thing. Plus, there will be heaps of fun events around the grounds to keep the atmosphere buzzing well into the evening!


Beer Day Out

Date: 5 November

Location: Thoroughbred Park, Lyneham

The incomparable Beer Day Out is back for another round, and this year’s festival promises to be better than ever! It’s one of those awesome events that’s exactly what it sounds like, featuring 24 of Australia and New Zealand’s greatest breweries and over 150 beers and ciders to wet your whistle. There’s also truckloads of food, exclusive beer demonstrations, beer activities, the chance to meet the folks behind the breweries, and even a beer quiz! If you’re a lover of lager, this is one event you definitely can’t miss.


The Sunset Cinema

Date: 11 November – 16 December

Location: Australian National Botanical Gardens, Acton

Watching a film is one thing, but watching a film in the warm summer air amidst the stunning surrounds of the National Botanical Gardens is something else entirely. The Sunset Cinema runs for nearly a month, giving you the opportunity to catch all the latest blockbusters (The Magnificent Seven, Dr Strange), comedies (Masterminds, Bridget Jones’s Baby), family adventures (The Secret Life of Pets, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) and dramas (Cafe Society, The Light Between Oceans) like never before. A trip to the movies has never been so refreshing!


The Suitcase Rummage

Date: 27 November

Location: NewActon, Canberra

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and you know what that means – it’s time to buy presents! And what better place to do so than the Suitcase Rummage? This is a marketplace with a twist. The idea is that everybody fills a suitcase to the brim with knickknacks, homewares, artworks, clothing, records, jewellery, toys – basically anything that someone else might want – and brings it along for a day of haggling, browsing, hawking and exploring. You never know what you might find, and you’re bound to have a great time doing so!


Image credit: Beer Day Out

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