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What’s on This Month in Canberra: Your Guide to June Events

Itching to get out of the house, even when Canberra reaches freezing point? Don’t worry, we’ve got you.

As Canberra’s temperature drops to below zero, the capital’s events calendar really starts heating up. Despite the freezing winter temps, locals still love to get out and about and explore everything Canberra has to offer – which is a lot.

From digging for truffles to exploring the city’s galleries, here are the best things to in Canberra this June.

Canberra Fashion Market
Canberra Fashion Market
Canberra Fashion Market

Markets are a staple in Canberra, with events taking place both weekly and throughout the year. The Canberra Fashion Market is an absolute must-visit, with new, designer, vintage and pre-loved clothing, shoes, bags, accessories and jewellery on offer. There’s also food and wine available so you can fuel up before a full day of browsing.

Sunday 26th June, from 10am-3pm

The Fitters Workshop, Printers Way, Kingston

The Truffle Festival
The Truffle Festival
The Truffle Festival

The Truffle Festival is one of the biggest events on Canberra’s annual calendar – and for good reason. Local restaurants bring out exciting and inventive menus incorporating the fancy funghi, there are lots of fun events to attend, and you can even forage for truffles yourself on one of the regular truffle hunts.

The festival kicks off in June with a bunch of truffle hunts taking place across the region, plus a cocktail evening in Sydney.

June - August 2022

Ticket prices vary between events

Locations across Canberra

Pilliago Estate
Pilliago Estate
Cooking Workshops at Pilliago Estate

Not only is Pilliago Estate one of Canberra’s best places to eat and drink, but it’s also a great spot to try your hand at mastering new dishes and cuisines. The venue hosts a bunch of awesome cooking workshops throughout the year, but winter is always the best time to learn about (and load up on) delicious food.

In June, the roster includes all kinds of fabulous workshops including Baguettes & Brioche, Just Desserts, Indian Kitchen and Thai Kitchen.

$119-149 per person

Pilliago Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo

Parlour Dining
Parlour Dining
Australia vs The Mediterranean Wine Dinner

We already know Australia produces a fantastic array of wines, but how well do they stack up against drops from Europe? Find out at the Australia V The Mediterranean Wine Dinner, which pairs sparkling, whites and reds from both regions with a delicious three-course dinner.

Alongside the food and drink, the event promises lively (but friendly) debate about each of the wines – so this is definitely one to attend if you consider yourself a vino connoisseur.

Friday 17th June from 6pm-9.30pm

$115-155 per person

Parlour, 16 Kendall Lane, Acton

Barrel & Batch

Prefer whisky over wine? Head to Barrel & Batch at the Novotel to taste a generous selection of whiskies from Australia and around the world. The line-up includes seven different Scotch, Irish, Australian and Bourbon whiskies, paired with a cheese and charcuterie board featuring produced sourced from the Canberra region – the perfect way to keep warm and well-fed on a cold winter evening.

Wednesday 15th June, from 6.30pm

$129-149 per person

Novotel Canberra, 65 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra

National Portrait Gallery
National Portrait Gallery
Portrait Prizes at the National Portrait Gallery

A list of Canberra events wouldn’t be complete without mentioning one of the city’s galleries. June is the month to visit the National Portrait Gallery, which is hosting the Darling Portrait Prize and National Portrait Prize exhibitions. The former recognises painted portraits, while the latter is awarded to photographers. Regardless of your preferred medium, you’ll no doubt be wowed by the array of stunning artworks on display.

Saturday 25th June - Sunday 9th October

$15 per person (includes entry to both exhibitions)

National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes

National Film & Sound Archive
National Film & Sound Archive
Australians & Hollywood

Discover the fascinating world of Australian cinema – including the actors, directors and films that make it so great – at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s Australians & Hollywood exhibition. You can view costumes, props and other memorabilia from famous films, check out unseen behind-the-scenes film footage and learn about some of our nation’s biggest stars.

Friday 21st January - Sunday 17th July

$14.50 per person

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton

Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery

One of our favourite Canberra galleries, the National Portrait Gallery is in the middle of a truly awesome exhibition choc full of awesome art from their sister gallery across the pond – the National Portrait Gallery London. Over 80 treasures have landed down under offering Aussies the chance to see epic portraits of famous faces from the sixteenth century to today. We’re talking The Beatles to the Brontës, Shakespeare to Sheeran, Darwin to Dickens, Winehouse to Warhol, Beckham to Bowie and oh-so-many more!

Until Sunday 17th July

Tickets $10-$25

National Portrait Gallery

Ovolo Nishi x Monster Kitchen and Bar make the move to veggie-led dining

One small step for vegetables, one giant leap for sustainable eating. Ovolo, one of our favourite designer hotel chains, is becoming the world’s first hotel brand to commit to a vegetarian-led offering with meat being removed from the menu for a second year in a row. This trail-blazing effort focuses on the chain’s commitment to the ‘eating good to feel good’ ethos. Their new drinks menu from Andrea Gualdi (formerly of Maybe Sammy) focuses on inventive and ethical drops. Monster Kitchen & Bar’s Executive Chef, Matthew Bentley, is incorporating pickling and fermenting into the menu.

Ovolo Nishi, 25 Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra

King Living
King Living
Make the most of the sales with King Living

With up to 50% off a major range of their most popular products, we’re so excited to shop the King Living sale. Our homes are our palaces and we think it’s time they got a little upgrade! If you’re looking for more style inspo check out our guide to creating the ultimate cosy home to curl up in through the colder months or check out our tips for apartment living (remember, good things come in small packages) and maximising storage at home. Credit cards at the ready, we think it’s time for some retail therapy.

Head here to shop the King Living sale

Roaming the city attending Canberra’s top June events is hungry work. While you’re in the city, check out one of Canberra’s best restaurants or put together a complete weekend itinerary with our foodie’s getaway guide to Canberra.