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Another drizzly weekend, Canberra? No worries!

With so much happening across our shops (helloooo Black Friday sales!), theatres and cinemas—who wants to be outside? Not us!

Black Friday Weekend at Canberra Centre

Photography: Ben Calvert.

One of the most popular shopping days on the retail calendar, Black Friday marks the unofficial launch of the Christmas season, with retailers slashing their prices for shoppers wanting to bag a pre-Christmas bargain! Um, yes please? And this year, shoppers can expect discounts of up to 50% on offer across Canberra Centre from Friday 26-Sunday November 2021.

Shop some of your favourite big-name brands over the long weekend event, with over 100 retailers participating in the Black Friday bonanza, including the likes of Zara, Sass & Bide, Cos, Nike, Country Road and H&M.

Happening Friday 26-Sunday 28 November | Canberra Centre 

2022 Italian Film Festival

Say ciao! to the rain and snuggle up at Palace Electric in NewActon for a dose of sunny Italy courtesy of the Italian Film Festival.

With plenty of options, including retro classics, the latest blockbusters, arthouse cinema and more, there’s something for everyone.

Until 12 December |

Christmas Bar at Canberra Centre

Photography: Ben Calvert.

Sorry—did someone say free drinks to help ease your Christmas shopping challenges?

Kicking off tonight at 5 pm, shoppers can recharge from their Christmas present endeavours with a Ginger Beer, Vodka or Gin on the house at Canberra Centre’s Christmas Bar. But be quick—reserve your spot for free via Eventbrite.

Friday 26 November from 5 pm–8 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm – 3 pm | Canberra Centre | Register your spot via Eventbrite

Be Nurtured at DESIGN Canberra presents Nurture

Girl Nomad Ceramics. Credit: 5 Foot Photography.

Earlier this year, the dedicated team behind Canberra’s premier arts festival, DESIGN Canberra, made a heartbreaking decision to cancel their 2021 festival due to COVID-related concerns.

In its place, however, has sprung a new offering—Nurture—a month-long program of virtual and small-group events and workshops designed to support wellbeing and creativity after a difficult 24 months for Canberra.

Designed to give Canberra a COVID-safe dose of the arts, Nurture will use art, design, creativity and mindfulness to instil a sense of calm creativity in the Canberran community as well as platforming and supporting DESIGN Canberra’s artist and maker community until 28 November.

Handmade’s Online Markets

A previous Handmade Market.

Knock out your Christmas shopping and support small by joining Handmade Canberra online this weekend.

After a brief name change, Handmade Canberra is back doing what it does best—connecting customers with handmade Australian-made products with their in-person and online markets.

With access to hundreds of makers, Handmade Canberra’s online market will showcase some of the country’s best handmade Australian-made products including art and design, food, body products, fun things for children, fashion, indoor plants, homewares, jewellery and accessories, and paper goods. The market can be accessed through the Handmade Canberra website and will be open on 27 November from 9 am to 9 pm.

Saturday 27 November 2021, 9 am – 9 pm |

Kerri’s Gingerbread House Decorating Fundraiser Day

106kg of delicious lollies of all colours and varieties, 15 boxes of gingerbread house kits, 120 bags of icing, 500 twinkling lights, 110 attendees and 100 gingerbread people, 50 gingerbread trees and 50 gingerbread stars to decorate!

That’s what you can expect at Kerri’s Gingerbread House Decorating Fundraiser Day at The Hellenic Club this Sunday 28 November—Mr Willy Wonka himself is even going to be at the door to greet guests as they arrive and there will be a raffle with over $2000 worth of prizes!

Organiser Kerri is the proud recipient of a double lung/heart transplant and the fundraiser will benefit the St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, where she received the transplants.

Sunday 28 November with two sessions from 10 am – 1 pm or 2 pm – 5 pm | Apollo Room Hellenic Club Woden

Say hullo to the British Film Festival

Bringing you the cream of cinema from the British Isles, the annual British Film Festival is brimming over with session times at NewActon’s Palace Electric until 3 December.

With films featuring the likes of Judy Dench, Clare Foy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jamie Dornan, Helen Mirren and Michael Caine (to name just a few), did someone say ‘the perfect way to spend a rainy weekend’?

Until 3 December |

Snap a photo with Santa at Canberra Centre

That’s right—the big man in red has landed at Canberra Centre and Santa Photo sessions are now open!

With COVID-safety front of mind, the crew at Canberra Centre have designed a safe and fun experience for kids big and small, including Sensitive Santa photo sessions.

Experience Austen at The REP’s Sense and Sensibility

The Canberra REP presents a playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters, shortly after their father’s sudden death.

Set in gossipy 18-century England, with a fresh female voice, the play is full of humour, emotional depth and bold theatricality. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?

18 November – 4 December 2021 |

Canberra Kids Market

The Canberra Kids Market is back, selling new, handmade and pre-loved items for babies, toddlers and young ones. Market-goers will find clothing, toys, books, games, accessories alongside furniture, prams, strollers and other equipment for sale, with plenty of bargains to be had.

Sunday 28 November from 10 am–3 pm| Fitter’s Workshop, Kingston















Feature image: Ben Calvert

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