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This Week In The Can

HerCanberra Team

Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this week!

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17 THINGS NOT TO MISS

Christmas Table Arrangement Workshop with The Floral Society

Gather a bunch of festive friends and join us for a jolly good time as The Floral Society teaches you how to make your very own pastel-coloured, long and low Christmas table arrangement.

Included within the ticket price is champagne (essential), the best grazing station you’ve ever seen, flowers and greenery, Christmas baubles for your arrangement, a florist oasis, tools + materials, tuition.

Happening Saturday 16 December from 10am-12pm at The Social Club, 48 Jardine Street, Green Square, Kingston. 

Cost: $120 per person (including GST). Tickets: thefloralsociety.com.au.

ORI Christmas Celebration

An evening of great Christmas shopping with music, champagne, nibbles, ice-cream and lots of fun and prizes at ORI Braddon.

Happening Thursday 14 December from 5.30 pm – 8 pm in the ORI Building, 30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

See Facebook for more information.

Champagne House Dinner at Pialligo Estate

Join the exclusive Champagne houses – Ruinart, Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot for a luxurious night to remember!

A black-tie event with a five-course degustation menu, this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet with the best in the champagne world.

Dinner includes all wine tastings plus a paired five-course degustation menu from Pialligo Estate.

Happening Thursday 14 December from 6.30pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

$320 per person, includes five-course degustation menu. Pre-booking is essential via [email protected] or (02) 6247 6060.

Please let PE know when booking if you have any specific dietary requirements and they will try to accommodate them as best they can.

Carillon Christmas Concert

Bring a picnic rug and your Christmas cheer to Aspen Island to enjoy the 55 bells of the Carillon being played by six carillonists, including three of the youngest in the world.

Sing along with the Canberra Harmony Chorus as Christmas Carols ring out on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.

Food and drink available onsite, including free popcorn.

For a rare glimpse of the bells and a unique view over Canberra, join a free tour between 4 pm and 5.45 pm.

Happening Sunday 17 December from 6-7.30pm at the Carillon. For more information and to download the program visit www.nca.gov.au.

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE CANBERRA CHRISTMAS PARTY

Come and have a great time at the Alliance Frsancaise annual Christmas Party. Performances all night! Members, Students, Committee members & Staff, frenchie lovers all welcome!

Dinner & Entertainment! If you can sing, dance, play an instrument or act, let us know and you can be included in the program!

Happening Thursday 14 December from 7.45pm at Alliance Française de Canberra, Turner. Tickets $30pp with discount for members, available online.

INFAMOUS! A CABARET CIRQUE SENSATION

Infamous! A Cabaret Cirque Sensation is at Majura Park! This show offers the best of circus with added sex appeal – it’s a Cabaret twist. Please note, this is an adults ONLY show.

Over 18s can enjoy death defying acts, including the wheel of death, flying trapeze whilst the dancers and singer will captivate you with their sultry yet sexy numbers. Be AWARE the drunken clown character will have you in stitches as he stumbles through the crowd and appears along side a flirtatious and unpredictable kitty lady. On offer is a fully licensed bar which opens one hour before the show starts and stay OPEN after the show, so you can have a drink, mingle and photograph with the performers. 

Happening Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8 pm and  Sunday at 7 pm until Sunday 17 December 2017 in the big top at Majura Park Showgrounds, opposite Costco, Majura Park. 

Purchase tickets and find more information at www.infamous.net.au. Please note, this is an adults ONLY show.

COMPLIMENTARY CHAMPAGNE BAR AT CANBERRA CENTRE

For when you want to do your Christmas shopping in style, drop by Canberra Centre’s complimentary champagne bar at Monaro Mall and put a little splash of sparkles on your holiday to-do list. It’s the weekend, after all.

Friday from 5-8pm, Saturday and Sunday from 12-3pm at Monaro Mall, Canberra Centre.

Christmas in Glebe Park

The Christmas celebrations in the city centre will be bigger and better this year than ever before. There’ll be a two-and-a-half-week Christmas in Glebe Park event, kicking off on Friday 8 December. The celebrations will include light displays, a Christmas forest, food and drink options, and a schedule of entertainment for kids and adults until 24 December.

Entry to Glebe Park will be free but some activities will request a small donation to the event’s charity partner, Red Nose.

Happening until 23 December. For full details on all the events click here.

EAT | DRINK | SHOP

Eat | Drink | Shop – sound like the perfect combination? Make Christmas shopping an event this year and ‘til you drop with a 10% discount and free gift wrapping at the Curatoreum gift shop. The Curatoreum features local artists and offers a wide selection of books, home-wares and jewellery – the perfect Christmas gifts.

Enjoy a sensational dinner featuring fresh, local ingredients at the Conservatory Restaurant (bookings essential) or share grazing platters from the bar. Like the personal touch? Get creative with Megalo Print Studio and create your own Christmas card. All this with sensational views and music at the National Arboretum Village Centre.

Happening Wednesday 13 December from 5pm at the National Arboretum, Forest Dr. Free Entry but bookings required if you are staying for dinner.

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT 2017

Canberra’s original Carols by Candlelight is presented for the 73rd time on Wednesday 13 December at 7pm at Stage 88 in Commonwealth Park. The carols will be led by Woden Valley Youth Choir accompanied by Canberra City Band, with guest artists Tina Robinson and Anthony Simeonovic. MC will be Ian McLean and there will be a visit from Santa!!

Auslan interpreters will be signing throughout the evening for members of the Canberra deaf community. Coffee, beer, wine and gelato will be on sale. Picnic hampers can be ordered through the Canberra Southern Cross Club for collection at the event.

10,000 people are expected to attend. Candles and Carol Sheets will be on sale on the night. This year all funds raised will go to Parkinson’s ACT.

Happening Wednesday 13 December from 7pm at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park. Free Entry.

MAMMA MIA!

Set on a Greek island paradise and inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s classic songs, writer Catherine Johnson’s MAMMA MIA! is a heart-warming tale. It tells us of a young bride-to-be on the eve of her wedding, who wants to discover the identity of her father. She brings together three men from her mother’s past, back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

Over 60 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the story and the music that makes MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good musical.

MAMMA MIA! is a global phenomenon, and now, in a stunning new production, you can join the party of a lifetime! A celebration of love, laughter and friendship, MAMMA MIA! is a fabulous night out whatever your age!

Happening Friday 24 November until Sunday 17 December from 7.30pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic. Tickets available online.

Sound and Fury: Arty. Farty. Christmas. Party

Sound and Fury flaunts and fuses the exceptional skills of performance artists in an exciting party format. Expect punchy music, theatre, dance, spoken word and live art. This is a late-night, live art party at its best.

Catch all the madness before the party sails across the ditch to present a huge season at the New Zealand Fringe in March 2018! 

As an extra special treat, Sound and Fury will be set in NewActon’s gorgeous new venue, Makeshift, on the ground floor of Nishi. Let’s get freaky and festive.

Happening Thursday 14 December from 8 pm – late at Makeshift (formerly Max Brenner), NewActon. 

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits

The National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia proudly present a new star-studded exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

Starstruck explores the striking portraits emerging from 100 years of Australian movies. It features famous Australian actors and iconic films, as well as highlighting the lesser-known early years of our film industry. Many items are available for the public to see for the very first time.

Audiences will be treated to rare film posters, 1930s scrapbooks of aspiring actors, and original costumes from iconic movies such as Picnic at Hanging Rock, My Brilliant Career, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Showing from 10 November – 4 March 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

CHRISTMAS AT THE OLD DEPOT MARKETS

Immerse yourself in everything Christmassy! The Old Bus Depot Markets are open every Saturday and Sunday before Christmas in December.

Why visit? Stock up on everything you will need for Christmas. From the large array of unique and handcrafted gifts for loved ones, to items to decorate your home for the festive season.

You’ll find wreaths, table centre pieces, candles, handmade stockings and advent calendars. Purchase a live Christmas tree from St Nicholas Trees. Order a personalised Christmas bauble.

Buy delicious Christmas fare including cakes, gingerbread houses, mince tarts, puddings, shortbread, party dips, farmhouse cheeses, olives and more.

Happening every Saturday and Sunday in December until Christmas from 10 am to 4 pm at Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, Australian Capital Territory.

See website for more information.

HYPER REAL

A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby, towering giants – welcome to humanity amplified in Hyper Real. This blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia is a compelling chronicle of the cycles of life, our constant need for connection and explores the fundamental question: what makes us human? Featuring uncanny figures with painted silicon skin, glass eyes, human hair and cutting-edge digital art, Hyper Real provokes reflection, fascination, fear and joy. From eerily lifelike sculptures to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this major exhibition charts the evolution of hyper-realism into the 21st century.

Hyper Real presents major works from early American pioneers George Segal, John De Andrea and Duane Hanson, celebrated Australian artists Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks, international masters Maurizio Cattelan (Italy), Berlinde de Bruyckere (Belgium), Evan Penny (Canada), Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (China) and many more.

Showing until 18 February from 10am – 5pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Tickets from $25pp for adults available through event website.

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea! Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head. If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two – $60. One stand including sparkling to begin and tea selection for two – $80

Happening every Friday and Saturday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra.

Bookings required in advance, so to book via 02 6257 7074 or online at casinocanberra.com.au.

 

COLOUR

See colour as you’ve never seen it before! Is your yellow the same as mine? How do pixels and paint differ? Turn a blue butterfly green, visit the Room of Missing Colours and hear fascinating stories from people who see colour when they hear music. Discover Colour at Questacon and see the world in a new light!

Happening from 16 November to 30 September 2018 from 9am-5pm daily at Questacon, Parkes.

Showtime Saturdays

Casino Canberra’s Showtime Saturdays will see different themed performances every fortnight by some of Australia’s best talent. Entertainment starts at 9pm and is completely FREE.

Come see outstanding vocalists such as Robyn Loau (from Australia’s biggest girl band ‘Girlfriend’), M.C. Hayes Loau, Matilda Moran, Ben Palumbo and Dina David. Plus, performances by Hot Disco Dolls and GG Showgirls, just to name a few.

Happening Saturday 11 November – Broadway Nights at 9 PM, 10 PM and 11 PM at Casino Canberra, Binara Street, City.

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CHRISTMAS AT THE OLD DEPOT MARKETS

Immerse yourself in everything Christmassy! The Old Bus Depot Markets are open every Saturday and Sunday before Christmas in December.

Why visit? Stock up on everything you will need for Christmas. From the large array of unique and handcrafted gifts for loved ones, to items to decorate your home for the festive season.

You’ll find wreaths, table centre pieces, candles, handmade stockings and advent calendars. Purchase a live Christmas tree from St Nicholas Trees. Order a personalised Christmas bauble.

Buy delicious Christmas fare including cakes, gingerbread houses, mince tarts, puddings, shortbread, party dips, farmhouse cheeses, olives and more.

Happening every Saturday and Sunday in December until Christmas from 10 am to 4 pm at Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, Australian Capital Territory.

See website for more information.

ORI Christmas Celebration

An evening of great Christmas shopping with music, champagne, nibbles, ice-cream and lots of fun and prizes at ORI Braddon.

Happening Thursday 14 December from 5.30 pm – 8 pm in the ORI Building, 30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

See Facebook for more information.

RED NOSE GIFT WRAPPING AT CANBERRA CENTRE

You can support Red Nose this Christmas by participating in Canberra Centre’s charity gift wrapping campaign.

Simply donate a gold coin to have your gifts wrapped by their friendly volunteers, and all donations will go towards Red Nose’s incredible work.

Happening 11-24 December at Canberra Centre. Click here for full times. 

Play at Santa’s Workshop

Canberra Outlet Centre is making Christmas extra fun for the little ones.

From 14 to 23 December, children will have the opportunity to meet Santa’s friends including Frosty the Snowman, Christmas Tree’s and the elves in Santa’s workshop.

Children will be able to create their own decorations and gifts – helping Santa prepare for the big day.

Santa’s Winter Wonderland will be open from 11am to 2pm at Canberra Outlet Centre, Orin Knob Street, Fyshwick.

EAT | DRINK | SHOP

Eat | Drink | Shop – sound like the perfect combination? Make Christmas shopping an event this year and ‘til you drop with a 10% discount and free gift wrapping at the Curatoreum gift shop. The Curatoreum features local artists and offers a wide selection of books, home-wares and jewellery – the perfect Christmas gifts.

Enjoy a sensational dinner featuring fresh, local ingredients at the Conservatory Restaurant (bookings essential) or share grazing platters from the bar. Like the personal touch? Get creative with Megalo Print Studio and create your own Christmas card. All this with sensational views and music at the National Arboretum Village Centre.

Happening Wednesday 13 December from 5pm at the National Arboretum, Forest Dr. Free Entry but bookings required if you are staying for dinner.

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT 2017

Canberra’s original Carols by Candlelight is presented for the 73rd time on Wednesday 13 December at 7pm at Stage 88 in Commonwealth Park. The carols will be led by Woden Valley Youth Choir accompanied by Canberra City Band, with guest artists Tina Robinson and Anthony Simeonovic. MC will be Ian McLean and there will be a visit from Santa!!

Auslan interpreters will be signing throughout the evening for members of the Canberra deaf community. Coffee, beer, wine and gelato will be on sale. Picnic hampers can be ordered through the Canberra Southern Cross Club for collection at the event.

10,000 people are expected to attend. Candles and Carol Sheets will be on sale on the night. This year all funds raised will go to Parkinson’s ACT.

Happening Wednesday 13 December from 7pm at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park. Free Entry.

A VERY KRANSKY CHRISTMAS

The Kransky Sisters bring you A Very Kransky Christmas. Come and join these off-the-wall siblings as they turn your Christmas into a stuffed ham. With their unusual array of instruments from cheese grater to toilet brush, tuba to musical saw, settle in for what could be your kookiest Christmas party yet.

In a quiet town in the middle of south east Queensland lives a huddle of strange sisters, whom, in between tending ants, knitting egg warmers, and hanging out cane toad skins to dry, travel around the country performing their popular musical shows to a growing following. This oddball musical trio marry curious real life stories with a host of uniquely homemade arrangements of popular songs gleaned from their old wireless in a highly entertaining event.

The Kransky Sisters have been regular guests on television including SBS’s In Siberia Tonight and ABC’s The Side Show and Spicks and Specks and BBC’s Comedy Shuffle.

Happening Wednesday 13 December from 8pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, City. Tickets $55pp available through event website.

STILLE NACHT: CHRISTMAS WITH LUMINESCENCE

Enjoy the sublime sounds of Luminescence Chamber Singers and Children’s Choir for a moving concert of well loved Christmas music for voices and cello, as well as contemporary carols by Australian composers. Also a world premier of a new work by composer Meta Cohen.

Luminescence Chamber Singers is a virtuosic chamber music ensemble comprised of eight young vocalists based in Canberra. Since the ensemble’s earliest iteration in 2013, Luminescence has quickly gained a reputation for presenting exciting and excellent singing.

Happening Friday 15 December from 7.30-9.30pm at the All Saints Anglican Church, Ainslie. Tickets $40pp for adults with concession, student and children rates available through Eventbrite.

SOUND AND FURY: ARTY. FARTY. CHRISTMAS. PARTY

Sound and Fury flaunts and fuses the exceptional skills of performance artists in an exciting party format. Expect punchy music, theatre, dance, spoken word and live art. This is a late-night, live art party at its best.

Catch all the madness before the party sails across the ditch to present a huge season at the New Zealand Fringe in March 2018! As an extra special treat, Sound and Fury will be set in NewActon’s gorgeous new venue, Makeshift, on the ground floor of Nishi. Get freaky and festive.

Happening Thursday 14 December from 8pm until late at NewActon Precinct. Tickets from $29pp available through Eventbrite.

DARREN HANLON 2017 CHRISTMAS TOUR

Hark the herald angels sing! It’s the twelth annual Darren Halon national Christmas tour! It’s business as usual: an intimate and informal solo performance, drawing on songs from his entire catalogue with new songs to share as well. Each night features a surprise musical guest for a duet or two!

Most exciting for 2017 is the fact Hanlon has managed to convince legendary street performer The Space Lady to accompany him on most shows as support for her first trip to Australia. The Space Lady garnered a cult following through busking on the streets of Boston and San Francisco to support her family, who at one stage were even living in a cave at the top of Mt Shasta, California. Playing an accordion she’d found in a junkshop and a cheap Casiotone keyboard, she’d mix songs written by her husband with gloriously celestial covers like Suicide’s Ghost Riders In The Sky, Steppenwolf’s Born To Be Wild, Sweet’s Ballroom Blitz and Steve Miller’s Fly Like An Eagle.

Don’t miss what are now becoming rare chances to see Darren Hanlon play around his homeland!

Happening Friday 15 December from 7.30-11pm at the Ainslie Arts Centre, Braddon. Tickets $27pp available through Eventbrite.

LANYON CHRISTMAS CAROLS AND PICNIC

Lanyon Christmas Carols and Picnic offers an evening of magical Christmas fun. Bring your own picnic to enjoy in the beautiful Lanyon gardens. Sing-a-long with the Sing Australia Choir and Tuggeranong Valley Band as the sun sets over the Brindabella ranges.

The homestead is lit by candles and decorated for a nineteenth century Christmas. Enjoy Christmas ornament-making for children, a sausage sizzle, musical entertainment and carols on the lawns. Presented in association with Sing Australia Choir and the Tuggeranong Valley Band.

Happening Saturday 16 December from 5-9pm at Lanyon Homestead, Tharwa. Entry $10 per car payable at entry.

FOOD & DRINK

Champagne House Dinner at Pialligo Estate

Join the exclusive Champagne houses – Ruinart, Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot for a luxurious night to remember!

A black-tie event with a five-course degustation menu, this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet with the best in the champagne world.

Dinner includes all wine tastings plus a paired five-course degustation menu from Pialligo Estate.

Happening Thursday 14 December from 6.30pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

$320 per person, includes five-course degustation menu. Pre-booking is essential via [email protected] or (02) 6247 6060.

Please let PE know when booking if you have any specific dietary requirements and they will try to accommodate them as best they can.

COMPLIMENTARY CHAMPAGNE AT CANBERRA CENTRE

For when you want to do your Christmas shopping in style, drop by Canberra Centre’s complimentary champagne bar at Monaro Mall and put a little splash of sparkles on your holiday to-do list. It’s the weekend, after all.

Friday from 5-8pm, Saturday and Sunday from 12-3pm at Monaro Mall, Canberra Centre. 

CHRISTMAS BANQUET AT NATURAL NINE

Natural Nine has a festive menu available for lunch and dinner in the lead up to Christmas and on Christmas Day.

Featuring pop-Chinese food with fresh, summer flavours the Christmas banquet has king prawns, crab, salmon, oysters and more.

The 8-course banquet is only $68pp. So grab your family, friends, neighbours, mother’s group, boss, everyone, as you don’t’ want to miss this.

To see the full menu or make a booking visit: natural9.com.au/promotion/christmas-banquet.

SPRING FEAST AT LANTERNE ROOMS

Spring is in the air… and on the plate at Lanterne Rooms!

Come out of hibernation, catch up with friends and family over their Spring Feast banquet – 6 courses! Featuring fantastic new dishes from our freshly bloomed Spring menu. Bookings essential.

Happening until Thursday 30 November at Lanterne Rooms, Shop 3, Blamey Place, Campbell. Cost is $50 per person for a six-course banquet. Minimum of six people.

Check out the website for further information.

Dessert and cocktail degustation

Black Market are jumping head first into the festive season with a dessert and cocktail degustation!

Head underground as they dish up three delectable Black Market cocktails, perfectly matched with three amazing desserts.

Their last dessert and cocktail degustation events have sold out, so book now to secure your spot! Bookings are essential as places are limited. Visit bmbar.eventbrite.com/ to book.

Happening Wednesday 13 December from 7:30pm – 9:30pm at Black Market Bar, downstairs inside A Baker, NewActon Courtyard.

Tickets – $80pp + booking fee. Send them an email at [email protected] if you have any questions or dietary requirements.

YAZZ WINE FEST

What’s the one thing better than a Winery Tour? A Winery Tour with no travel time between the Wineries, enter Yazz Wine Fest. A Dozen Delicious Wineries are coming together for an afternoon of some seriously good Wine tasting.

With over 40 Wines on display, they are super excited to be showcasing some Award Winning Wines as well as some new up and coming Wineries to the Region that are all about pushing the boundaries and making outstanding alternative wine varieties and styles. So join them on their tour of some of this Regions best Wine, Food and Music at Yazz Wine Fest.

All wines will be available for purchase on the day. Perfect opportunity for stocking up for the Holiday Season or for gift ideas.

Happening Saturday 16 December from 12-4pm at Yass Memorial Hall, Yass. Tickets $35pp and include the tasting and a take home tasting glass, available through Eventbrite.

SPRING FEAST AT LILOTANG

Lilotang’s Spring Feast banquet covers five courses featuring delish new dishes from our new menu. Grab some friends, spring on in!

Happening until 30 November at Lilotang, Burbury Close, Barton.

$49.50 per person for five-course banquet. Minimum of 6 persons. Must be pre-booked.

Bookings essential via the website.

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House

Why wait for summer? Spring into action, gather your friends and head to Old Parliament House for Friday Night Drinks. This weekly event is back in 2017 with new themes, great food and entertainment to match.

The season kicks on Friday 22 September 22 and runs until Friday 15 December. Each week will see a different themed event brought to the courtyard of one of Australia’s most iconic buildings. Think Salsa and Sangria, Aperol Sunset Sessions and a Pimms Garden Party.

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House are the perfect way to enjoy the warm weather and kick-start the weekend.

For more information and a full list of weekly themes click here.

Happening on Friday afternoons until 15 December, from 4pm until late at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Pialligo Estate Academy

The Pialligo Estate Academy reflects the diversification and sustainability of the Estate by delivering an array of unique and innovative lifestyle, educational and vocational training programs to enhance personal development, engage social groups, build teams and inspire quality hospitality practices.

The Academy Masters will share their first-hand knowledge, skills, experiences and techniques which will heighten interests, foster passions and enhance lifestyles.

This week the masterclasses on offer include Italian KitchenMini Masters Pies and Pastries for the kids.

Find out more here.

RED NOSE GIFT WRAPPING AT CANBERRA CENTRE

You can support Red Nose this Christmas by participating in Canberra Centre’s charity gift wrapping campaign.

Simply donate a gold coin to have your gifts wrapped by their friendly volunteers, and all donations will go towards Red Nose’s incredible work.

Happening 11-24 December at Canberra Centre. Click here for full times. 

BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS @ HIGHBALL

Highball are freeing the mimosa from being a brunch-only drink and taking them for a night out, Cuban style! Head in on Wednesdays for some fresh and fruity bottomless mimosas and share a charcuterie platter.

– Flight Details –
•  $45 per passenger (4 pax minimum)
•  1.5 hours of service
•  Charcuterie platter to share
•  Wednesdays from 4pm

They’re also letting their mimosas out on the weekends so you can catch them 4-7pm on Saturdays and from 2pm on Sundays.

On every Wednesday from 4pm at The Highball Express. Entry is $45pp, min 4 people. Visit the website for more information.

TIKI THURSDAYS

Start your weekend early at Tiki Thursdays – Highball’s newest weekly social event! Think flaming torches, exotic tropical drinks for only $15 and a sexy Cuban vibe to top it off.

Sip on a Fidel’s Downfall with summer lovin’ peach infused rum, pineapple & mint, or a Highball twist on a Mai Tai. Whatever your flavour, they’ll have the Tiki vibes cruising and the cocktails flowing!

Grab your friends and head to the balcony or a booth with a few $15 tiki cocktails every Thursday from 4pm at Highball, winner ACT Bar of the Year 2017.

On every Thursday from 4pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

SUNDAY SESSIONS WITH A TWIST

Spend your Sunday the way they do in Cuba – sunshine, dominoes, fruity rum punch bowls, tasty Spanish food and live entertainment.

Their fabulous street party style Sunday Session is on every Sunday and it’s fun for all ages – you can even bring your little ones!

– Live entertainment
– Bottomless mimosas
– $70 punch bowls
– $5 Coronas
– Plenty of Dominoes sets to share

The Highball Express will be at your service from 2pm every Sunday over Spring / Summer. On every Sunday from 2pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea! Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head. If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two – $60. One stand including sparkling to begin and tea selection for two – $80

Happening every Friday and Saturday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra.

Bookings required in advance, so to book via 02 6257 7074 or online at casinocanberra.com.au.

Friday Soirée at Buvette

Add a little sparkle to your Friday night with Buvette Bistro’s Friday Soirée. Set outdoors in the Parisian-style Buvette Terrace, celebrate the weekend with this exclusive event. Enjoy VIP service with a personal bartender and select your drink of choice from the special cocktail menu, designed exclusively for Friday Soirée.

Sip on a French 75 or a Lychee Torsadée whilst enjoying fresh oysters, charcuterie or a duck liver parfait.

Every Friday from 4pm to 7pm at Buvette, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

HIGH TEA ON THE BURBURY TERRACE 

Designed to blend tradition with innovation, the new Burbury High Tea menu also offers signature favourites with freshly- baked scones, strawberry macaron and finger sandwiches.

Burbury Terrace is also proud to introduce a fully-dedicated gluten-free high tea menu. Remaining as innovative as the standard menu, it also includes the traditional sandwiches and indulgent sweets.

$50.00 per person including TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee. $60 per person including a glass of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee.

Available Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 4.30pm at Burbury Terrace, Barton. Find more information here.

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

Spoil yourself with a bountiful spread including savouries, charcuterie, cheeses and decadent desserts. Every Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar.

It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch…but it is an indulgent feast for all the senses. The Buvette Petit Feast features freshly made savouries and sweets as well as lavish desserts. In addition to tea and coffee, you can order a Bloody Mary, French Champagne and Rosé.

Available between 11.30am – 2.30pm every Saturday at $65 per guest, including a complimentary glass of Rosé. For $15 guests can add unlimited Mimosas. Buvette is fully licensed and has free parking all weekend, outdoor covered seating and complimentary WiFi.

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email [email protected]. Find out more at hotelrealm.com.au.

TWILIGHT RIDE 

Burnelee Excursions, Poachers Pantry and Eden Road Wines are working together to stage an exciting and adventurous night. Starting the evening will be a twilight horseback ride by Burnelee seeing the beautiful landscapes of the countryside, followed by Smoked meats tasting by Poachers Pantry and wine tasting by Eden Road wines. 5:00pm Arrival for a 5:30pm – 7:30pm Ride.

Happening until 16 December at Burnelee Excursions on Horseback, 320 Dicks Creek Road, Nanima. Find more information here.

TACO TUESDAY

Your choice of chicken, pork, or beef in a soft shell taco with cabbage, shallots & coriander. Happening every Tuesday from 1pm-5pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

BURGERS & BEERS

A selection of Burgers and tap beer. Happening every Wednesday from 5pm-10pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

PIZZA & PALE ALE THURSDAYS

A selection of housemade Pizza paired with a schooner of James Squire Pale Beer. Happening at 5pm every Thursday at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

MUSIC & STAGE

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MAMMA MIA!

Set on a Greek island paradise and inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s classic songs, writer Catherine Johnson’s MAMMA MIA! is a heart-warming tale. It tells us of a young bride-to-be on the eve of her wedding, who wants to discover the identity of her father. She brings together three men from her mother’s past, back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

Over 60 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the story and the music that makes MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good musical.

MAMMA MIA! is a global phenomenon, and now, in a stunning new production, you can join the party of a lifetime! A celebration of love, laughter and friendship, MAMMA MIA! is a fabulous night out whatever your age!

Happening Friday 24 November until Sunday 17 November from 7.30pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic. Tickets available online.

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT 2017

Canberra’s original Carols by Candlelight is presented for the 73rd time on Wednesday 13 December at 7pm at Stage 88 in Commonwealth Park. The carols will be led by Woden Valley Youth Choir accompanied by Canberra City Band, with guest artists Tina Robinson and Anthony Simeonovic. MC will be Ian McLean and there will be a visit from Santa!!

Auslan interpreters will be signing throughout the evening for members of the Canberra deaf community. Coffee, beer, wine and gelato will be on sale. Picnic hampers can be ordered through the Canberra Southern Cross Club for collection at the event.

10,000 people are expected to attend. Candles and Carol Sheets will be on sale on the night. This year all funds raised will go to Parkinson’s ACT.

Happening Wednesday 13 December from 7pm at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park. Free Entry.

A VERY KRANSKY CHRISTMAS

The Kransky Sisters bring you A Very Kransky Christmas. Come and join these off-the-wall siblings as they turn your Christmas into a stuffed ham. With their unusual array of instruments from cheese grater to toilet brush, tuba to musical saw, settle in for what could be your kookiest Christmas party yet.

In a quiet town in the middle of south east Queensland lives a huddle of strange sisters, whom, in between tending ants, knitting egg warmers, and hanging out cane toad skins to dry, travel around the country performing their popular musical shows to a growing following. This oddball musical trio marry curious real life stories with a host of uniquely homemade arrangements of popular songs gleaned from their old wireless in a highly entertaining event.

The Kransky Sisters have been regular guests on television including SBS’s In Siberia Tonight and ABC’s The Side Show and Spicks and Specks and BBC’s Comedy Shuffle.

Happening Wednesday 13 December from 8pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, City. Tickets $55pp available through event website.

STILLE NACHT: CHRISTMAS WITH LUMINESCENCE

Enjoy the sublime sounds of Luminescence Chamber Singers and Children’s Choir for a moving concert of well loved Christmas music for voices and cello, as well as contemporary carols by Australian composers. Also a world premier of a new work by composer Meta Cohen.

Luminescence Chamber Singers is a virtuosic chamber music ensemble comprised of eight young vocalists based in Canberra. Since the ensemble’s earliest iteration in 2013, Luminescence has quickly gained a reputation for presenting exciting and excellent singing.

Happening Friday 15 December from 7.30-9.30pm at the All Saints Anglican Church, Ainslie. Tickets $40pp for adults with concession, student and children rates available through Eventbrite.

SOUND AND FURY: ARTY. FARTY. CHRISTMAS. PARTY

Sound and Fury flaunts and fuses the exceptional skills of performance artists in an exciting party format. Expect punchy music, theatre, dance, spoken word and live art. This is a late-night, live art party at its best.

Catch all the madness before the party sails across the ditch to present a huge season at the New Zealand Fringe in March 2018! As an extra special treat, Sound and Fury will be set in NewActon’s gorgeous new venue, Makeshift, on the ground floor of Nishi. Get freaky and festive.

Happening Thursday 14 December from 8pm until late at NewActon Precinct. Tickets from $29pp available through Eventbrite.

DARREN HANLON 2017 CHRISTMAS TOUR

Hark the herald angels sing! It’s the twelth annual Darren Halon national Christmas tour! It’s business as usual: an intimate and informal solo performance, drawing on songs from his entire catalogue with new songs to share as well. Each night features a surprise musical guest for a duet or two!

Most exciting for 2017 is the fact Hanlon has managed to convince legendary street performer The Space Lady to accompany him on most shows as support for her first trip to Australia. The Space Lady garnered a cult following through busking on the streets of Boston and San Francisco to support her family, who at one stage were even living in a cave at the top of Mt Shasta, California. Playing an accordion she’d found in a junkshop and a cheap Casiotone keyboard, she’d mix songs written by her husband with gloriously celestial covers like Suicide’s Ghost Riders In The Sky, Steppenwolf’s Born To Be Wild, Sweet’s Ballroom Blitz and Steve Miller’s Fly Like An Eagle.

Don’t miss what are now becoming rare chances to see Darren Hanlon play around his homeland!

Happening Friday 15 December from 7.30-11pm at the Ainslie Arts Centre, Braddon. Tickets $27pp available through Eventbrite.

LANYON CHRISTMAS CAROLS AND PICNIC

Lanyon Christmas Carols and Picnic offers an evening of magical Christmas fun. Bring your own picnic to enjoy in the beautiful Lanyon gardens. Sing-a-long with the Sing Australia Choir and Tuggeranong Valley Band as the sun sets over the Brindabella ranges.

The homestead is lit by candles and decorated for a nineteenth century Christmas. Enjoy Christmas ornament-making for children, a sausage sizzle, musical entertainment and carols on the lawns. Presented in association with Sing Australia Choir and the Tuggeranong Valley Band.

Happening Saturday 16 December from 5-9pm at Lanyon Homestead, Tharwa. Entry $10 per car payable at entry.

Showtime Saturdays

Casino Canberra’s Showtime Saturdays will see different themed performances every fortnight by some of Australia’s best talent. Entertainment starts at 9pm and is completely FREE.

Come see outstanding vocalists such as Robyn Loau (from Australia’s biggest girl band ‘Girlfriend’), M.C. Hayes Loau, Matilda Moran, Ben Palumbo and Dina David. Plus, performances by Hot Disco Dolls and GG Showgirls, just to name a few.

Happening every Saturday at 9PM, 10PM and 11PM at Casino Canberra, Binara Street, City.

FLUX CAPACITOR PARTY BAND – A VERY 80S CHRISTMAS

A Very 80s Christmas is on again. You’re invited to join party band Flux Capacitor (the 80s band you can dance to all night long) at The Basement Belconnen.

Dress up and dance to your favourite pop tunes from the 80s including hits from Madonna, Billy Idol, Roxette, Duran Duran, Pat Benatar and Wham!

On 15 December from 8pm at The Basement, 2 Cohen Street Belconnen. Entry is $15 if pre-purchased or $20.00 at the door. Visit the website for more information: www.stickytickets.com.au/59346/

CALWELL COMMUNITY CAROLS

This event is coordinated by local Churches and everyone is most welcome.  Join in with your favourite carols – song booklets provided.

On 15 December from 6pm at the Calwell Shopping Centre.

FILM

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IMB SUNSET CINEMA

IMB Bank Sunset Cinemas will return to Canberra for the 2017 season, with a new look and feel, “The Summer Local”, encouraging Canberrans to make Sunset Cinema their local outdoor summer movie destination.

Open multiple nights each week until 23 December at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. The season is packed with new release blockbusters, quirky comedies, award-winning features and cult classic – perfect for a date night, girls’ night out or some family fun.

The season will kick off with the screening of popular drama film, Patti Cake$, followed by other favourites like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Emoji Movie and Logan Lucky.

This year, the IMB Bank Sunset Cinema will partner with three local charities, asking moviegoers to vote for their favourite cause with a grant allocated at the end of the season.

Happening until 23 December. Tickets are available now via the website: www.sunsetcinema.com.au/canberra.

FESTIVE DIE HARD SCREENING AT DENDY

Dendy Cinemas across all locations are gearing up to host a series of festive retro screenings themed to feature food, drink and moments reminiscent of those in the movies.

This December, for one night only, Dendy Canberra is set to host screenings of the epic Christmas film Die Hard. Dendy Cinema-goers can attend a 6:30pm session with both Christmas drink & cookie, and maybe some mistletoe too!

Don’t miss a chance to celebrate the end of the year Bruce Willis style!

Happening Monday 11 December from 6.30pm at Dendy Cinema, Canberra. Ticket $18pp available online.

THE TRACKER + Q&A WITH ROLF DE HEER

Acclaimed director Rolf de Heer will introduce this screening of his 2002 film and participate in a Q&A session after the screening. This scorching colonial-era drama stars award-winning actor David Gulpilil.

Part of the National Film and Sound Archive’s Starstruck program (curated to complement the exhibition on display at the National Portrait Gallery).

On 15 December at 6pm at the National Film and Sound Archives. Tickets range from $8-$10. Visit the website for more information: www.nfsa.gov.au/events/david-gulpilil-double

THE LAST WAVE

In The Last Wave (1977), Richard Chamberlain plays a lawyer defending five Indigenous men accused of a ritual murder.

Screening will be followed by a discussion on Indigenous representation on screen with Dr Jeanine Leane, a Wiradjuri writer, teacher and academic from south-west New South Wales.

Part of the National Film and Sound Archive’s Starstruck program (curated to complement the exhibition on display at the National Portrait Gallery).

On 13 December at 7pm at the National Film and Sound Archives. Tickets range from $8-$10. Visit the website for more information: www.nfsa.gov.au/events/last-wave

 

FESTIVALS

ORI Christmas Celebration

An evening of great Christmas shopping with music, champagne, nibbles, ice-cream and lots of fun and prizes at ORI Braddon.

Happening Thursday 14 December from 5.30 pm – 8 pm in the ORI Building, 30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

See Facebook for more information.

MARKETS

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS AT THE OLD DEPOT MARKETS

Immerse yourself in everything Christmassy! The Old Bus Depot Markets are open every Saturday and Sunday before Christmas in December.

Why visit? Stock up on everything you will need for Christmas. From the large array of unique and handcrafted gifts for loved ones, to items to decorate your home for the festive season.

You’ll find wreaths, table centre pieces, candles, handmade stockings and advent calendars. Purchase a live Christmas tree from St Nicholas Trees. Order a personalised Christmas bauble.

Buy delicious Christmas fare including cakes, gingerbread houses, mince tarts, puddings, shortbread, party dips, farmhouse cheeses, olives and more.

Happening every Saturday and Sunday in December until Christmas from 10:00am to 4:00pm at Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, Australian Capital Territory.

See website for more information.

COMMUNITY MARKET

Meeting Place and Diversity ACT have come together to put on a series of community markets in Kambah.

There will be handmade stalls, live music, food and drink. Located right next to the adventure playground, bring the kids for a play, grab some snacks, and do some shopping.

Happening each Saturday until 20 January 2018 at Diversity ACT, 8 Laidlaw Place, Kambah. Entry is free.

See the website for further information.

ORI Christmas Celebration

An evening of great Christmas shopping with music, champagne, nibbles, ice-cream and lots of fun and prizes at ORI Braddon.

Happening Thursday 14 December from 5.30 pm – 8 pm in the ORI Building, 30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

See Facebook for more information.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

Get along to the Southside Farmers Markets every Sunday morning and pick up the finest fruit and vegetables and produce our region has to offer.  There are over 50 stalls made up of farmers and producers who sell their food direct from their farm or kitchen.  Many farmers are out picking their produce the night before the market and you can certainly taste the difference.

Talk to the farmer direct and find out where your food is being grown, how they grow it, and even how they best like to cook it.  Not only do they provide us with fresh food every week but they are a wealth of information on the food that nourishes week in week out.

What’s in season this week?  Annual herbs, beans, peas, beetroot, capsicums, carrots, chillies, corn, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, garlic, onion, radishes, rhubarb, squash, zucchini, melons, stonefruit, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes and more!

Every Sunday from 8.30am to 11am at Canberra College, 2 Launceston Street, Phillip. Entry is free, visit the website for more information.

MURRUMBATEMAN VILLAGE MARKET

Murrumbateman Village Market is a friendly market close to Canberra and Yass on the Barton Highway, specialising in local fresh food and crafts.

The market sells a wide range of local crafts, pottery and handmade goods, as well as organic vegetables, local produce from local gardens, plus breads, cakes, pastries, jams, honey, sauces, chillies, a range of meats, olives and olive oil, native plants, local winemakers and more.

Experience a great ambience at the Village Green, Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

Happening each week until 9 December 2017 at Murrumbateman Village Market, Barton Highway.

Find more information on the website.

CAPTAINS FLAT COUNTRY MARKETS

The Captains Flat Country Markets are friendly, relaxed markets held the first Saturday of each month (except January and this April when Easter Saturday falls on the same date) selling craft, homemade jewellery, local produce, handcrafted timber goods, plants, homemade cakes, slices biscuits, pre-loved goods, and much more.

The Markets’ Cafe provides fresh tea and real coffee and various community groups provide a barbecue. The Captains Flat Country Markets are run by the Captains Flat Community Association (CFCA – a not-for-profit organisation), for the benefit of the local community. Funds raised go towards supporting a variety of community initiatives.

Don’t forget to talk to the Community Association representatives on their regular stall to find out more about local events and activities, including local businesses and services.

Happening until Saturday 2 December 2017 at Captains Flat Community Hall. Open from 10am – 2pm.

Find more information on the website.

MARKET GARDEN PRODUCE STALL

Selling fresh, clean, chemical free vegetables, preserves and baked goods in the Courtyard of 56 Wallace Street, Braidwood every Saturday morning from 8.30am until 12.00 or sold out.

Wynlen House is a small urban micro-farm specialising in offering a broad range of seasonal vegetables all year round.

They also run workshops to show people how to grow vegetables, garlic, and raise small farm animals on a large suburban block and offer slow food events to showcase the benefit and deliciousness of produce grown locally, without chemical inputs and picked fresh.

On every Saturday from 8.30am – 12pm, at The Courtyard, Braidwood. For more information visit the website.

KINGSTON FRIDAY NIGHT MARKETS

A weekly food market with a focus on local and organic produce, amazing street food and boutique beer wine and spirits. Do your weekly shop, grab some dinner sit down and relax while you enjoy a cold drink at the end of a hot week! The Kingston Friday Night Markets are on every Friday from 4pm to 8pm at the Former Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Visit the Facebook page for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

Christmas Table Arrangement Workshop with The Floral Society

Gather a bunch of festive friends and join us for a jolly good time as The Floral Society teaches you how to make your very own pastel-coloured, long and low Christmas table arrangement.

Included within the ticket price is champagne (essential), the best grazing station you’ve ever seen, flowers and greenery, Christmas baubles for your arrangement, a florist oasis, tools + materials, tuition.

Happening Saturday 16 December from 10am-12pm at The Social Club, 48 Jardine Street, Green Square, Kingston. 

Cost: $120 per person (including GST). Tickets: thefloralsociety.com.au.

Pialligo Estate Academy

The Pialligo Estate Academy reflects the diversification and sustainability of the Estate by delivering an array of unique and innovative lifestyle, educational and vocational training programs to enhance personal development, engage social groups, build teams and inspire quality hospitality practices.

The Academy Masters will share their first-hand knowledge, skills, experiences and techniques which will heighten interests, foster passions and enhance lifestyles.

Find out more here.

BURNELEE EXCURSIONS ON HORSEBACK: TWILIGHT RIDE

Burnelee Excursions, Poachers Pantry and Eden Road Wines are working together to stage an exciting and adventurous night.

Starting the evening will be a twilight horseback ride by Burnelee through the beautiful landscapes of the countryside, followed by smoked meats tasting by Poachers Pantry and wine tasting by Eden Road wines.

Happening until 16 December 2017 from 5.30pm-7.30pm at Burnelee Excursions on Horseback, 320 Dicks Creek Road, NSW. Cost is $130pp.

See the website for more information.

Stepping Forward: Combining social interaction with light exercise

This free group is suitable for women wanting to reconnect socially with other women after domestic violence.

The group gets together each fortnight to go for a relaxed 30-minute walk and catch up at a local café. Guest speakers are invited to join providing information about topics of interest in the group. This group is an open group, making it easy for new members to join throughout the term. This group is organised and run by the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT.

On fortnightly in Tuggeranong on Wednesday mornings and fortnightly in Gungahlin on Friday mornings, during school terms only. Children not yet at school are welcome to attend. 

Complete the online contact form to register.

SPORT & RECREATION

UC CAPITALS 2017/18 SEASON

The 2017/18 WNBL is set to be another bumper year of basketball for the UC Capitals. With many fan favourites and plenty of fresh faces joining the team, the UC Capitals need your support.

They have a new home stadium, the National Convention Centre and we would love nothing more than to pack the stands each and every week.

Games scheduled until 29 December 2017. Click here for the full schedule.

Yoga in the Monaro Mall

Yoga is the perfect morning workout for the mind, body and soul. It can help increase energy levels, improve your mental clarity, circulation and posture, and tone your muscles.

The best way to get started is in a group class where an experienced instructor can help you learn the basics, or hone your existing knowledge.

Every Thursday from 7.15am–8am, in the event space opposite Endota Spa, Lululemon will be hosting complimentary yoga classes. Led by local yoga instructor Alex Ball, the classes will focus on Vinyasa flow yoga and is suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Yoga mats will be provided for all attendees— just bring your own towel, water bottle and zen spirit!As the class is outside regular Centre trading hours, the entry point into Canberra Centre will be off Petrie Plaza.

Happening every Thursday from 7.15am–8am opposite Endota Spa in the Monaro Mall, Canberra Centre.

Sessions are complimentary and no bookings are required.

Live footy screenings at Ostani

Watch the AFL, NRL and Super Rugby live from Ostani’s big screens. Don’t miss a match on the two big screens, plus enjoy Happy Hour every Friday from 5pm-7pm.

Happening at Ostani Lounge Bar and Restaurant, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

COME & TRY DAY AT JOHN KNIGHT MEMORIAL DISC OLF COURSE

Come check out Canberra’s newest disc golf course at John Knight Memorial Park! This beginner friendly course is comprised of metal baskets, signs and concrete teepads and is completely free to play; all you need is a disc! We will have discs available to lend out for free, can provide instruction, and will have discs for sale as well. The John Knight course is a perfect place to see what the sport is all about. Great for kids, teenagers, parents, grandparents, anyone!

The course features nine baskets, with a short and long tee for each hole, and also has two locations for each basket (A and B position). This allows for 36 unique ways to play the course! The course is fully signed to navigate from hole to hole and has a practice basket at the start to warm up your putt.

There will also be the ACT Disc Golf Club’s End of Year social with a BBQ sizzle happening around lunch time! By donation.

On 16 December from 10am to 3pm at John Knight Memorial Disc Golf Course
Entry is free. Visit the event page for more information: www.facebook.com/events/202359493658627/

OUTDOORS

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Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House

Why wait for summer? Spring into action, gather your friends and head to Old Parliament House for Friday Night Drinks. This weekly event is back in 2017 with new themes, great food and entertainment to match.

The season kicks on Friday 22 September 22 and runs until Friday 15 December. Each week will see a different themed event brought to the courtyard of one of Australia’s most iconic buildings. Think Salsa and Sangria, Aperol Sunset Sessions and a Pimms Garden Party.

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House are the perfect way to enjoy the warm weather and kick-start the weekend.

For more information and a full list of weekly themes click here.

Happening on Friday afternoons until 15 December, from 4pm until late at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

IMB SUNSET CINEMA

IMB Bank Sunset Cinema will return to Canberra for the 2017 season, with a new look and feel, “The Summer Local”, encouraging Canberrans to make Sunset Cinema their local outdoor summer movie destination.

Open multiple nights each week between November 16 – 23 December at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. The season is packed with new release blockbusters, quirky comedies, award-winning features and cult classic – perfect for a date night, girls’ night out or some family fun.

The season will kick off with the screening of popular drama film, Patti Cake$, followed by other favourites like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Emoji Movie and Logan Lucky.

This year, the IMB Bank Sunset Cinema will partner with three local charities, asking moviegoers to vote for their favourite cause with a grant allocated at the end of the season.

Tickets are available now via the website: www.sunsetcinema.com.au/canberra.

KIDS

Visit Santa at his Woodland Forest

Santa and his helpers will be at the Canberra Outlet Centre every weekend in December and daily from the 9-24 December.

Families will have the chance to meet Santa and his deer, bunnies and helpers between 11am and 3pm. For a gold coin donation, customers are also welcome to snap their own photos with Santa in his Woodland Forrest, located across from Monkey Mania.

Make sure to tell Santa your wishes before Christmas! All proceeds from the gold coin donation will go directly to Marymead.

Play at Santa’s Workshop

Canberra Outlet Centre is making Christmas extra fun for the little ones.

From 14 to 23 December, children will have the opportunity to meet Santa’s friends including Frosty the Snowman, Christmas Tree’s and the elves in Santa’s workshop.

Children will be able to create their own decorations and gifts – helping Santa prepare for the big day.

Santa’s Winter Wonderland will be open from 11am to 2pm at Canberra Outlet Centre, Orin Knob Street, Fyshwick.

COLOUR

See colour as you’ve never seen it before! Is your yellow the same as mine? How do pixels and paint differ? Turn a blue butterfly green, visit the Room of Missing Colours and hear fascinating stories from people who see colour when they hear music. Discover Colour at Questacon and see the world in a new light!

Showing until 30 September 2018 from 9am-5pm daily at Questacon, Parkes.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AT THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT

Want to keep your kids active and entertained over the school holidays in a safe environment? School holidays at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has a focus on participation and having a good time. These programs are suitable for primary school aged children and will have your child exploring a world of fun, activity and adventure.

Choose from the Pre-School Holiday Program, Soccer, Tennis, Cricket, Swim Intensive Camps and a general Sports Vacation Program.

All programs are based around children having fun, learning new skills, working as a team and keeping active. There will also be activities in Sportex, the interactive sports experience.

Full day or weekly programs available.

Happening from 18 December 2017 until 2 February 2018, Tuesday to Friday 8am-5.30pm at Australian Institute of Sport, Bruce. Prices from $64pp for a daily fee, discounted rates available for weekly and fortnightly available.

LLAMAS IN THE MIST  

On a misty morning watch the mist rise revealing a tranquil vista of paddocks and rolling hills, with dozens of alpacas and llamas peacefully grazing… or on a frosty morning watch the frost on their whiskers and fleece become steam rising from their bodies as they amble up the paddock for their breakfast. 

This is a rare opportunity and one not to be missed – meet over 200 alpacas and llamas, learn about them, and take wonderful “selfies” with them. 

Happening until Saturday 11 November from 8:30 am – 10 am at Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road, New South Wales. 

For bookings and more information visit the website.  

KOALAS IN THE CANOPY

Search for Koalas in the Canopy and enjoy a ranger guided walk through the tall eucalypt forest at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Hear the ranger’s story or two about these fascinating marsupials. Meet at the Eucalypt Forest car park.

Normal entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required for Koalas in the Canopy.

Arrive an hour early and see the pelicans being fed at Pond 4 at 1.30pm. Hear insights about pelicans and the other remarkable inhabitants of the wetlands from a Tidbinbilla ranger.

Saturdays 2.30pm – 3pm until Sunday 12 May 2018 at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Find more information on the website.

PLAY UP

Play Up pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off. Stand up, muck up, dress up, make up, think up and step up in a fabulous space that has turned the traditional idea of what goes on in museums completely on its head.

The exhibition has been developed with children and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Play Up celebrates the important role children have in the cultural life of our communities. Most importantly Play Up is a place for fun.

Open from 9am to 5pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY

Your local library is a treasure trove…not only are there free books and resources, there are regular amazing events! Giggle & Wiggle with your little ones (up to two years) and help them learn through language play using interactive rhymes, songs, games and stories.

Looking to improve your English and make new friends, then head along to your local library for one of the informal English conversation groups. For more events and info check them out here.

STORYTIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS

Take your little ones along to the Australian National Botanic Gardens for some fun with stories, songs, rhymes and creative activities brought to life by the ACT Storytellers. An engaging treat for pre-school children, parents and carers.

First Friday of the month (different theme each month) and commences at 10am (duration one hour). Tickets are $5 per child and bookings are not required. Visit www.anbg.gov.au for more information.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

RED NOSE GIFT WRAPPING AT CANBERRA CENTRE

You can support Red Nose this Christmas by participating in Canberra Centre’s charity gift wrapping campaign.

Simply donate a gold coin to have your gifts wrapped by their friendly volunteers, and all donations will go towards Red Nose’s incredible work.

Happening 11-24 December at Canberra Centre. Click here for full times. 

CHARITY GARAGE SALE

Find a bargain for all the family at the next Charity Garage Sale in Wanniassa.  Browse through a huge range of baby, kids, adult and household items, all at affordable prices.  Plenty of new items every month.  All proceeds go towards funding projects that promote sustainability and self-reliance in poor communities.

On 2 December from 8am-12pm at5 O’Grady Place, Wanniassa. Free entry, find out more via Facebook.

EXHIBITIONS

BEHIND THE LINES 2017: THE THREE RING CIRCUS 

Roll up, roll up to Behind the Lines 2017 and marvel at the political cartooning spectacle that is The Three-Ring Circus. 

Showcasing the year’s best political cartoons, The Three-Ring Circus captures a world where fact and fiction collide and ringmasters, jugglers and acrobats have all stepped into the political Big Top. 

From postal votes and citizenship chaos to penalty rates and constitutional recognition, 2017 was a tumultuous year in politics. Its cavalcade of political characters and sensational events provided rich material for our nation’s cartoonists who continue to look behind the lines of the daily political sideshows to capture the spirit of our democracy in all its passion, scepticism and humour.

Behind the Lines 2017 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Open 9 am – 5 pm. For more information, visit the website.

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits

The National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia proudly present a new star-studded exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

Starstruck explores the striking portraits emerging from 100 years of Australian movies. It features famous Australian actors and iconic films, as well as highlighting the lesser-known early years of our film industry. Many items are available for the public to see for the very first time.

Audiences will be treated to rare film posters, 1930s scrapbooks of aspiring actors, and original costumes from iconic movies such as Picnic at Hanging RockMy Brilliant Career, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Showing until 4 March 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

‘New Documents’ by Bartolomeo Celestino

New Documents (all true things are equal)’ is an exhibition by Bartolomeo Celestino that presents formally and poetically charged sequences of abstract natural constructs as part of a larger meditative practice. The title takes its cues from the 1967 MoMA exhibition of relatively unknown photographers that had a lasting influence on modern photography. This abstract survey details the elusive relationships and primitive responses that we all have with discovery and the natural world.

On exhibition until Sunday 28 January at Nishi Gallery. Free entry.

Find more information at hotel-hotel.com.au/calendar/new-documents-by-bartolomeo-celestino.

SONGLINES: TRACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

Immerse yourself in the epic saga of the Seven Sisters. Take a journey into the heart of Australia, with intrigue, desire, drama, passion and beauty – and connect with the songlines of the Seven Sisters.

This Aboriginal-led exhibition shares an ancient way of holding culture and telling stories written in the land.

See the stories embedded in rock art inside a state-of-the-art digital dome, or visit our vibrant art centre where artists create works you can take home.

Showing until 25 February 2018 at the National Museum of Australia. Find more information on the website.

UNIQUE FINLAND-INSPIRED ART EXHIBITION AT THE EMBASSY OF FINLAND

As part of Finland’s centenary of independence celebration, the Embassy of Finland in Canberra welcomes everyone to view a unique art exhibition combining the artwork of three different artists inspired by Finnish nature, landscape and architecture. The exhibition can be viewed during the Embassy’s opening hours and is free of charge for everyone.

Päivi Arvonen is a Finnish photographer and journalist. The silence and beauty of the Finnish nature is especially close to her heart. Her photo exhibition “Soul of the Forest” highlights the beauty of untouched Finnish nature in North-Eastern Finland. Steve Salo is an Australian contemporary painter. His “Paintings from Finland” series of expressionist landscape paintings portrays the impact of the evocative Finnish landscape on human emotion. The artworks were created during an artist residency in Hämeenkyrö, Finland.

Happening from November 28 2017 until 31 Janurary 2018 at the Embassy of Finland, Yarralumla. Free entry.

HANNAH GASON: OVER AGAIN

“One day I sat alongside a river, waiting for low tide so i could cross.I was drawn to create a line of grass fronds,working methodically from the sand until i reached the edge of the water”. Hannah Gason.

Glass artist Hannah Gason seeks to recreate those fleeting moments of truly contemplative experience. She uses glass to explore and extend these moments. In this exhibition Hannah uses glass to create long coloured strands, which mimic tall grass fronds, catching the light, gently swaying and overlapping.

On until 17 December from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday (view through window outside these hours. On at Cox Gallery, Cox Architecture, 1/19 Eastlake Pde Kingston. Entry is free, visit the website for more information: www.coxarchitecture.com.au

SMALL WORKS 2017

Painters, printmakers, sculptors, ceramicists and glass artists have created exquisite and often challenging small works for their annual exhibition.

Included artists are Annette Blair, Joungmee Do, Sara Freeman, Shannon Garson, Holly Grace, Rona Green, Daehoon Kang, Ben Landau & Lucile Sciallano, Hayley Lander, Dai Li, Nikki Main, Meg Morton, Ruth Oliphant, Jenny Orchard, Isobel Rayson, Nick Stranks, Wendy Teakel, Sarah Tomasetti, Graeme Townsend, Wayne Viney, Max Lawrence White.

Showing until 24 December at Beaver Galleries, Deakin. Free Entry.

SILENT WITNESSES: AN EXHIBITION OF ARTWORKS BY MARTIN ROWNEY

This exhibition features sculptural pieces created with original fittings from one of the Australian National University’s most significant buildings. Early Bakelite switches and power points, Negretti & Zambra thermographs, pressure gauges, fans and bells were salvaged during the refurbishment of the John Curtin School of Medical Research.

Martin Rowney has repurposed these objects to reflect upon the dichotomy between the significant nature of the research undertaken at the John Curtin School, and the relatively ordinary nature of everyday objects that were silent witnesses to these important events.

Showing until 19 Janurary 2018 at Australian Centre on China ANU, Acton. Free entry.

MIDAWARR | HARVEST: THE ART OF MULKUN WIRRPANDA AND JOHN WOLSELEY

Midawarr | Harvest, two artists, two completely different approaches, but one abiding passion – to depict the natural bounty to be found in northern Australia.

For almost a decade, renowned artists Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley have met at midawarr, the harvest season, to seek, eat and paint the edible plants of Yolŋu country in north-eastern Arnhem Land. Together they have created an unforgettable suite of works.

Showing until 18 February 2018 at the National Museum of Australia, Acton. Free entry.

COLLEGE EXPRESS 9

Young artists in Years 11 & 12 from colleges in the north Canberra region explore the world around them through photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, textiles and new media in College Express 9. This will be the ninth annual College Express exhibition; Ray White Belconnen sponsors both the $1,000 Art Prize and the $500 People’s Choice Award.

Showing until 28 January 2018 at Belconnen Arts Centre, Belconnen. Free entry.

EIRENE MORT: A LIVELIHOOD

The story at the heart of this exhibition is that of Eirene Mort; a prolific artist, collaborator, teacher, writer, family historian and a ‘new woman’ pursuing a profession in the arts at the beginning of the 20th Century.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Eirene Mort’s death at the age of 98, a fitting time to consider her life and work. View numerous artefacts from Mort’s art practice made possible thanks to a generous gift to Canberra Museum and Gallery from her heirs.

A self-described woman of independent means, Mort was an advocate and proponent of the use of Australian materials and motifs in decorative arts. Her translation of the English Arts and Crafts movement to an Australian context coincided with the creation of the Australian Commonwealth in 1901 and helped define a burgeoning national identity.

Showing until 25 February 2018, from 12-5pm at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra City. Free entry.

HYPER REAL

A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby, towering giants – welcome to humanity amplified in Hyper Real. This blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia is a compelling chronicle of the cycles of life, our constant need for connection and explores the fundamental question: what makes us human? Featuring uncanny figures with painted silicon skin, glass eyes, human hair and cutting-edge digital art, Hyper Real provokes reflection, fascination, fear and joy. From eerily lifelike sculptures to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this major exhibition charts the evolution of hyper-realism into the 21st century.

Hyper Real presents major works from early American pioneers George Segal, John De Andrea and Duane Hanson, celebrated Australian artists Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks, international masters Maurizio Cattelan (Italy), Berlinde de Bruyckere (Belgium), Evan Penny (Canada), Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (China) and many more.

Showing until 18 February from 10am – 5pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Tickets from $25pp for adults available through event website.

CIT Diploma of Visual Art Graduation Exhibition 2017

On exhibition is a collection of graduating students works, a brilliant display of creative and conceptual skills across disciplines, incorporating ceramics, textiles, sculpture, paintings, drawings, digital and installation works of art.

David Broker, Director, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, will officially open the exhibition at 6pm Thursday 7 December. The exhibition will then open for visiting during the day 10am-4pm on 8, 9 and 11-14 December.

Showing from 7 December at DesignSpace, CIT Reid. Entry is free. Visit the event page for more information: facebook.com/events/1734184353556049.

Custom Limited Edition

Thinking about Christmas? Custom Limited Edition is a popup shop that will open on for two weeks in December. It will showcase the work of 20 emerging artists and designers specializing in different media including, glass, jewelry, furniture, textiles and ceramics.

The shop will sell unique locally produced and finely crafted home wares: candelabra, planters, T shirts, earrings, drawer sets and more.

Showing until 23 December from 10am – 8pm daily at The Front Gallery and Cafe. 1 Wattle Pl, Lyneham.

A CHANGE IS GONNA COME

Inspired by the 1964 civil rights song of the same name, A Change Is Gonna Come invites visitors to consider the 1967 referendum and the 1992 Mabo decision within the context of their time, through events that led to and followed these significant moments. Has change truly come, or is it coming still?

Showing until 30 January 2018 daily from 9am-5pm only at the National Museum of Australia, Acton Peninsula, Canberra. Entry is free.

Check the website for more information.

TRACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

Immerse yourself in the epic saga of the Seven Sisters and take a journey into the heart of Australia. Intrigue, desire, drama, passion and beauty – connect with the songlines of the Seven Sisters.

This Aboriginal-led exhibition shares an ancient way of holding culture and telling stories written in the land. See the stories embedded in rock art inside a state-of-the-art digital dome, or visit our vibrant art centre hub where artists create works you can take home.

Don’t miss out—this exhibition is a journey like no other.

Showing until 25 February 2018 from 9am – 5pm daily at the National Museum of Australia. Visit nma.gov.au/songlines for details and booking costs.

FINDERS KEEPERS: COLLECTORS AND THEIR STORIES

Peek into the personal collections of five fascinating collectors. Diverse, rich and often surprising, these collections are brimming with stories. From cherished mementoes of political careers, to well-worn protest T-shirts, each collection takes us on a journey through Australia’s democratic history.

Finders Keepers asks why do people collect, why do museums collect and what do our collections say about us? With 269 objects on display, the most in the history of the museum, Finders Keepers unveils the collector in us all and invites you to share your own collection story.

Families can explore the exhibition and discover what makes collectors tick with the Museum’s fun, hands-on Finders Keepers Collector Kits.

Showing daily until Sunday 24 December 2017 from 9am-5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Find more information on the website.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, the Museum of Australian Democracy is launching a new, collaborative exhibition. Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum explores the journey of Australia’s most successful referendum campaign and asks what this far-reaching change means today. 

This is a joint exhibition by the Museum of Australian Democracy, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Reconciliation Australia.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum is open now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9am – 5pm daily.

For more information visit the website.

Emerging Contemporaries

Emerging Contemporaries is the Craft ACT National Award Exhibition for early career artists.

This exhibition plays a pivotal role in supporting and transitioning artists into professional practice and placing Australian artists in view of the national cultural collecting institutions, business and industry, and audience.

On display at CraftACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building. Email [email protected] or call 6262 9333 for more information.

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 

Old Parliament House was once brand new. What was it like to be a spectator at the opening ceremony? 

This new exhibition marks the 90th anniversary of the opening of Old Parliament House and tells an important story in Australia’s democratic history from the perspective of onlookers in the crowd. Follow The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 around the corridors and discover the pomp and pageantry, humour and tragedy of this historic day.

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9am – 5pm daily. For more information visit: moadoph.gov.au

Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers  

Visually arresting, humorous and thoughtful, Canberra-based artist Alison Alder reinterprets and reinvigorates portraits of the first eight prime ministers in Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers, a contemporary art exhibition.

See intense patterned wallpaper honouring the prime minister’s wives and a Term-O-Meter animation tracking the changing political hues of individuals and governments. Through the portraits Alder gives us a sense of Australia’s history that is lively, dynamic and parallels the present day.

Showing until 24 February 2018 daily from 9am to 5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

For more information visit the website.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups. For full details visit the NGA website.

PEACE, LOVE AND WAR: THE DENMANS, EMPIRE AND AUSTRALIA, 1910-1917 

Lord Thomas Denman was Australia’s fifth Governor-General. He and his wife, the irrepressible Lady Gertrude Denman, resided in Australia from July 1911 to May 1914. This exhibition examines the political, cultural and Imperial interests of this imposing power couple – and those they influenced – in the context of rapidly evolving social values, against a backdrop of a Europe on the brink of World War.

Happening weekdays from 10am-5pm and weekends 12pm-5pm at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, London Circuit, Canberra. Find more information: www.cmag.com.a

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