Whether you are visiting Canberra for the first time, a seasoned visitor or passing through whilst you travel around Australia, there is always plenty to do. From music concerts and festivals, comedy events, theatre shows and fine dining to cultural places to see there really is something for everyone. Here is a small selection of just some of the things to do in Canberra this July.

Mt Stromlo Observatory July Public Night
On the 24th July, Canberra Astronomical Society and Mount Stromlo Observatory open their doors for the public observation night. Starting at 7pm until 9pm this is your chance to see the Moon’s craters, star clusters, nebulae and even the rings of Saturn.

Should the weather be against us, as in cloudy, the star gazing will be postponed but the talks will still occur. To check the weather prior to coming along please visit their website all-sky camera here.

When: 24th July 7pm – 9pm
Where: Mt Stromlo Observatory, Mt Stromlo Road, Canberra
Cost: FREE

After Dark Lantern Tours
afterDARK Lantern Tours are a wonderful way to spend a winter evening in the nation’s capital. Participate in a lantern making workshop then embark on a fascinating night tour of the Australian National Botanic Gardens with your own ranger guide. Bookings are essential.

When: 6.30pm Saturday July & August
Where: Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross St, Canberra
Cost: Child: $20.00 (5 and over), Adult: $25.00, Concession: $20.00 (not recommended for under 5 years)

After Dark Lantern Tours Canberra
Photo courtesy of Visit Canberra

Night at the Museum: Mystery
How do you deal with the unexplained, the strange and perplexing? How can you find out what really happened? What if questions remain? Things aren’t always what they seem after dark at the National Museum. Come and experience a night of mystery, art, DJs, bars, talks and the unexpected.

Wear a mask. Be intrigued. Share a secret. Find the truth.

When: Friday 31st July 6pm – 9.30pm
Where: Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, Canberra
Cost: Over 18s Only. $10.00.

Night at the Museum Mystery Canberra
Photo courtesy of National Museum Australia

Skate in the City
Enjoy a winter wonderland in the heart of Canberra and Skate in the City on an open air ice skating rink. This month long event features cultural events, DJ dance parties, professional ice skating performances and dress up nights for the whole family. From a giant winter themed photo frame to a kids snow box, there’s something for everyone.

When: July 2015
Where: Ice Rink, Garema Place, Canberra
Cost: Child (under 5): Free, Child (over 5): $16.00, Adult: $21.00

Skate in the City
Photo courtesy of In The City Canberra

Sacrifice, life and loss in the first world war
Powerful symbolic images, including contemporary works, evoke the emotional intensity of loss. The exhibition opens with declamatory enlistment posters, conscription leaflets and satirical cartoons lampooning both sides of the bitter conscription debates. All that fall: Sacrifice, life and loss in the First World War is the National Portrait Gallery’s contribution to the Anzac centenary.

When: Daily 10am – 5pm
Where: National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Canberra
Cost: FREE

Photo courtesy of National Portrait Gallery

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