Released 24/04/2019

The second weekend of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival is once again showing that heritage is not something old and dusty you find in a museum. Grab your friends and family, dust off your vintage regalia, fine-tune your sense of curiosity and get ready to explore our region’s unique Aboriginal, built and natural history.

This year the Festival is exploring the theme ‘S P A C E’, including our region’s space history and the vast spaces of our bush capital.

Saturday events:

  • Dress up for a night of 50s fashion and fun at the National Film and Sound Archive! Get fancy in your finest vintage wear, catch an evening viewing of the Dressmaker Costume Exhibition, see a swing dancing demonstration and boogie to the backdrop of a swinging retro vinyl DJ.
  • Put on an old-time fireman’s hat and checkout a range of historic fire vehicles! Grab the family and head to Canberra Fire Brigade Museum for a display that tracks 100 plus years of fire fighting technology and personnel – all housed in the heritage-listed former Forrest Fire Station.
  • Learn about the patterns of fire history on Black Mountain. Join ecologist Michael Doherty and hear how local flora copes with fire, drought and poor soil.
  • Take a drive out to Wheatfield Gallery just past Braidwood. Marvel at this beautifully restored 19th century buildingand check out the exhibitthe space within’. The gallery is open both Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday events:

  • Enjoy a stroll around Barton with a local guide! Discover the history of one of Canberra's oldest suburbs and share some colourful stories of the suburb's past.
  • Step inside a rarely opened gem that is Parkwood Chapel. Built in 1880 by pioneer Thomas Southwell, this building will contrast greatly to the new nearby suburban development of Ginninderry.
  • Head to All Saints Church for a concert by the Rookwood Ensemble. In addition to hearing some amazing music, this event is also a chance to check out this heritage-listed church in Ainslie.

You can also share your favourite moments and potentially win great prizes by entering the Heritage Festival photo competition.

Bookings are essential for many events. To find out more, visit

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