Looking forward to the 2022 calendar of what’s happening in Canberra

Car makes burnout at Summernats

Whether you love it or hate it, Summernats will be one of the first major events to take place in Canberra in 2022. Photo: Fil.

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.

Australian flag, Australian Aboriginal Flag and Torres Strait Islands flag

Australia Day 2022 is all about reflection and respect. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Australia Day

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.

People sitting outside in the park

The Canberra Fair will showcase local businesses, innovation, weddings and events in February. Photo: Fil.

Canberra Fair

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.

Man chopping at the Royal Canberra Show

The Royal Canberra Show has something for everyone, including the popular wood carving. Photo: Included.

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.

Summer salt

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 National Library lit up the Enlighten Festival

Canberra residents traditionally show up in large numbers to see the lights of the Enlighten Festival. Photo: Ben Appleton.

Enlighten Festival

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.

Roasting of glass at Wine Machine festival

Raise your glasses to return to the Wine Machine Festival. Photo: Included.

Wine machine

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.

Shoppers in the Handmade Markets stall

After three cancellations due to COVID-19, the handmade markets are more than ready to welcome Canberrans back to EPIC. Photo: Handmade markets.

Handmade markets

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 markets

Canberrans can experience the magic of Christmas in July in 2022. Photo: Christmas in July.

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).

Floriade tulips

Floriade’s colors return in 2022. Photo: Fil.


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.

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