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Like any city, Canberra has a number of events throughout the year.
Canberra Festival The festival is held every March to celebrate the founding of the city. Events include:- hot air ballooning, unique art and craft exhibitions, classical modern theatre, dance performances, spectacular musical productions, jazz and rock concerts, and lots more.
Australia Day: Like the rest of Australia, Canberra's citizens spend the 26th of January holding barbeques and raising a glass to the first day of Australian settlement.
Summernats: A huge car festival that is central to the Australian car calendar, the Summernats occurs in January every year. Although testosterone levels are high at this event, there's plenty of fun for any car enthusiast, with a show of street machines on display, stunt shows, burnout competitions and displays of airbrush car art.
Christmas and New Year's Eve: As with any Australian city, Canberra features a long list of community events around the change of the calendar year, including 'Carols by Candlelight', a traditional Australian event where crowds gather in parks to sing carols by the glow of candles.
Chinese New Year: There is a large Chinese population in every Australian city, and Canberra is no exception. Chinese New Year provides a chance for everyone to enjoy a spectacular multicultural festival.
These are just some of the events that take place in Canberra yearly. Check with the Australian Capital Territory Government's website for details of events before you visit.