CBR 31 DAYS: Canberra lights up in March

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Those living in our nation’s capital will be spoilt for choice in March when the city celebrates its birthday by holding a show, exhibition, event or activity every single day of the month.

March is not only Canberra’s birthday, but the start of autumn, a beautiful season in the ACT where the trees begin to turn and fall colours emerge in abundance.

“The weather is traditionally lovely and mild in March,” Brand Canberra Program Manager, Debra Surman said. “So it is a great time to get outside with friends and family and have some fun.”

The major events taking place in Canberra during the CBR 31 Days festival includes the popular and highly-acclaimed Enlighten. Over nine nights, six of the city’s iconic buildings, including Australian Parliament House and Old Parliament House, will be lit up with displays designed by leading artists.

National institutions will also open their doors after dark to host an array of exclusive events and surprising experiences, such as blockbuster exhibitions, showings of rare films, or live music performances.

For those who just want to relax and enjoy great food, the Night Noodle Markets are not to be missed. If a microbrew is more your thing, then get down to the Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival.

“Throughout March, there will be something for everyone,” Ms Surman enthused. “We have the unmissable balloon spectacular where the skies of Canberra come alive every morning with colour; Canberra Comedy Festival; the Black Opal Stakes; and the amazing firework display which is Skyfire.”

In addition, the National Folk Festival is on again. This is the 50th year of the Festival and it draws world-class performers and visitors from around the country.

There are also powerful exhibitions on at the Australian War Memorial, National Museum of Australia and Museum of Australian Democracy. The kids will get a kick out of Spiders at Questacon and March is the last opportunity to view the amazing Tom Roberts Exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia.

“During March, we’d love to see people share with the world how truly wonderful Canberra is and how much there is to do in our city,” Ms Surman said. “We are encouraging people to use #31Days to tell us about what they love most about living in Canberra, what 31 Days events they are most looking forward to, or what they have attended and enjoyed during the month.”

You can find out more about everything happening during March at canberra.com.au/31days