Raise your hands if you’re ready for a better 2022!
The organizers of the city’s biggest events are certainly following nearly two years of cancellations and shattered hopes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With ACT’s most popular events on the way back, here’s a look at all the key ones that will adorn the national capital next year.
The first cabin from the rankings is Summernats.
It takes place from the 6.-9. January and features a 500-car cruise down Northbourne Avenue as well as a new fringe festival in Braddon with live music and entertainment.
The celebration of Australia Day begins in Canberra from 23 January 2022 with the theme “Reflect, Respect and Celebrate”.
On January 25, there will be a series of campfires, sand circles and small scenes at Reconciliation Place, in Parkes, while on Australia Day, January 26, new citizens will be welcomed with a Welcome to the Country and flag raising.
The Canberra Fair takes place on February 6, 2022 to showcase local businesses, innovation, weddings and events – from wedding dresses and suits to cakes and venues.
Royal Canberra Show
Another fixture on the Canberra event calendar, the Royal Canberra Show, takes place from the 25th-27th. February 2022.
The event was hit hard by bushfire smoke in 2020 and was canceled in 2021, so it’s good to have it back.
SummerSalt takes place on February 26, 2022 in Commonwealth Park, with its music selection including Missy Higgins, Birds of Tokyo, The Waifs and Pete Murray.
The event will also feature local market stalls, food trucks and a wide range of beverages.
In the weekend 4.-6. March 2022, Civic and Braddon will be transformed into the ACT urban art festival Surface.
Fifteen artists will use graffiti, murals, light sculptures and more to bring the city to life.
The Enlighten Festival takes place from the 4th to the 20th. March 2022. Lighting and events will take place throughout Canberra and there will be something for everyone.
The Wine Machine Festival takes place on March 19, 2022 in Commonwealth Park with lots of fine drops plus performances by PNAU, Benee, The Presents and Thundamentals.
After three false starts due to COVID-19, the handmade markets have set a date for the weekend of April 29 to May 1, 2022 to return to EPIC.
Founder Julie Nichols says all fingers and toes are crossed that the event can return to its pre-pandemic size and glory.
Christmas in July
Originally scheduled to arrive in Canberra in July 2021, Christmas in July markets and outdoor cinema will now take place from 1-3. July, 2022.
It will be a celebration of all that is Christmas and French food, including cheese (much of it).
At present, there is not much information on what Floriade will look like in 2022. Although we know it is scheduled to continue from September 17 to October 16, 2022.