Join the Big Spring Picnic in Haig Park

Released 12/11/2019

Haig Park will become a buzzing hive of spring celebration this Sunday 17 November as the City Renewal Authority hosts its first Big Spring Picnic, as part of the Haig Park Experiments.

The Big Spring Picnic will bring Haig Park to life with four distinct areas to experience and enjoy, each with their own unique programming. The Big Spring Picnic is a celebration of the best that spring has to offer in Canberra – a gorgeous setting, good friends and great times.

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow said the Big Spring Picnic was the next event in line after months of successfully trialling different events, activities and light-touch improvements in Haig Park since June this year.

“Haig Park Experiments continues to make a positive impact on the amenity and perceptions of this iconic green space in the heart of the city,” Mr Snow said.

“The community has responded enthusiastically to the Haig Park Experiments and have actively embraced our revitalisation efforts in this important public space. With a great program of activities occurring across a variety of sites in Haig Park, I look forward to seeing the Big Spring Picnic bring the Canberra community together for a great day outdoors.”

The Big Spring Picnic will run a program of events in four different locations each with a distinct theme. Near Froggatt Street in Turner, the theme is Pets, Piano, Pizza and Pinot, with dog agility equipment, piano performances, woodfired pizzas and a wine bar. Near McCaughey Street in Turner, the Kids Play area is taking root with nature play, slacklining, face painting, garden games, a bike skills track and community BBQ.

At the top of Lonsdale Street in Braddon is the Dance and Picnic Market, where the community can stock up their picnic basket with drinks and snacks from some of Canberra’s favourite vendors, visit the DIY makers village, jive to a jam-packed program of live music, and check out what’s inside the Bubble, the City Renewal Authority’s new inflatable, portable events pavilion.

Last but not least near Torrens Street in Braddon, the area will be devoted to Soul and Social Sports, where the public can participate in a variety of social sports and games including disc golf, hide-and-seek and tug-o-war, listen to soul music performances from a converted 14 ton truck - the Soul Defender, or take a walk through Labyrinth, a public art installation.

Haig Park Experiments program manager Adelaide Rief said the Big Spring Picnic built upon previous successful experiments from the program and provided an opportunity to enjoy different experiences in the park at once.

“There will be something for everyone at the Big Spring Picnic, whether you’re looking to enjoy a picnic with friends, kick around the ball and get active, introduce your kids to nature play, or dance in the sun to live music. It echoes exactly how we see Haig Park - it’s the city’s backyard, and everyone can enjoy it,” Ms Rief said.

The Big Spring Picnic will run in Haig Park from 12pm -5pm on Sunday 17 November 2019. Haig Park Experiments is an initiative of the City Renewal Authority and implemented by a consortium led by the University of Canberra. For more information and to view the program, visit or find Haig Park Experiments on Facebook and Instagram

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