The Best Ways To Celebrate Canberra Day

Turns out A.C.T. stands for ‘Awesome Cool Town’

It’s the 11th of March everyone and you know what that means, yep… Canberra Day (air horns). Canberra has turned 106, so all Canberrans need to get out there and celebrate hard.

Now all the snobby people in other states might be thinking to themselves - ‘there’s nothing to do in Canberra… how on earth are they going to celebrate Canberra Day? Drink a six pack of UDLs at the Woolworths car park?’. Well, you are wrong, the fictional snobby person I just created, very wrong.

First off – balloon spectacular! That’s right, not just any balloons, spectacular balloons. Since Saturday, Canberra has been treated to more than thirty hot air balloons drifting delicately through the sky in the early hours of the morning. You can watch the balloons from the lawns of Old Parliament House, or you can actually get in a balloon and feel like an explorer from the 18th century. There’s also live music, hot drinks, and breakfast.  Plus, they’ve banned that racist balloon so that’s good news.

Image credit: Lukas Coch/AAP

But maybe you don’t like balloons, you’re more of a night person and appreciate the inventions of Thomas Edison. Well then, Enlighten Illuminations is the event for you! Get ready to take heaps of Instagram worthy photos of the Neon Angel Wings, Neon Dog Park or the Neon Jellyfish Bloom. There are also installations, projections on Parliament House and food (I assume regular food, not some sort of weird ‘light bulb’ food).

Light House
Image credit: Lukas Coch/AAP

Finally, if you’re the type of person who enjoys music (which is hopefully most people in Canberra) than get on down to Stage 88 for an afternoon of song with some swing from the CBR Big Band, soul with H-Cee Family and hard-hitting beats from Citizen Kay.

So that’s three things you can do to celebrate Canberra Day. And if you’re celebrating the event but can’t actually make it to the ACT, may we suggest going around a roundabout in its honour – but no fireworks out of your car windows! You can’t get them there anymore…