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What’s on in Canberra this weekend? Our Weekend Edit has you covered.
In search of inspiration? Look no further—we’ve curated a selection of our favourite things to do.
Food & Wine
The Canberra Region Truffle Festival
Beat the Canberra chill and indulge in a feast for the senses at The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region, a taste of mid-winter magic.
The festival celebrates the seasonality of this special ingredient and runs throughout the entire truffle season. So come along and choose from a range of events and experiences and satisfy your taste for life’s finer things.
Taste and experience the magic of these highly-prized gems. Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles, before learning recipes and experiencing them first hand.
The Truffle Festival is the ultimate foodie festival and a fabulous celebration of winter in the Canberra region.
Happening until 29 August across various venues in the Canberra region.
See trufflefestival.com.au for more information.
The Pop Inn
The Pop Inn is at Queen Elizabeth Terrace this weekend—pull up a table for two and enjoy a glass of wine and a charcuterie platter.
Popping up from 1 pm to 6 pm Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 July.
Find out more at thepopinn.com.
Truffle-infused Winter Weekends at Mount Majura Cellar Door
Truffle season is upon us and Mount Majura are excited to include truffles at their cellar door as part of the winter tasting experience.
Come into the cellar door at Mount Majura Vineyard to taste a flight of wines matched with truffled brie. Combining a deliciously rich and creamy brie with truffles from neighbour Jayson at The Truffle Farm.
Happening every Saturday and Sunday until 29 August 2021.
See mountmajura.com.au/truffle-infused-weekends-supporting-raw-potential-canberra for more information.
You’ve never seen The Bard like this! Based on a single suggestion from the audience, the Lightbulb Improv company creates two fully improvised Shakespearean masterpieces right before your eyes.
Nothing has been planned or written in advance for the comedy and drama about to unfold.
Each performance is a completely new work, inspired by Shakespearean words, intrigues and themes. All dialogue is devised on the spot, all characters created as you watch. All the stage is a world not yet explored!
Experience two plays every night, and witness a new tragedy and comedy performed back-to-back by Canberra’s premier improvised theatre company.
Coming from their last sold-out season of “The Door”, the Lightbulb players will embrace the laughs, love and tragedy found in the Shakespearean world.
As an antidote to our often predictable and routine lives, Lightbulb creates spontaneous entertainment to bring you the unexpected.
Lightbulb is known for delighting audiences with their unique flavour of warm, funny and surprising unscripted theatre.
Since 2016, Lightbulb has performed in comedy festivals and international festivals and love bringing their improvised magic to Canberra.
Lightbulb creates shows with a strong sense of play and honesty that keeps audiences coming back. Learn more at lightbulbimprov.com.
How much: $25 concession; $35 general admission plus booking fee
Happening Thursday 1 July, Friday 2 July, Saturday 3 July from 7.30 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Courtyard studio.
See canberraticketing.com.au for more information.
Drag Takeover at Boardwalk Bar
Every Drag Takeover is bringing you a bevy of local Canberran Drag Queens, Drag Kings and queer talent with and multiple stunning performers appearing at every show.
What sickening tricks will the stunning kings, queens, and deities pull to celebrate? Well, you’ll have to come and see for yourself!
Happening Friday 2 July at Boardwalk Bar and Nightclub, Emu Bank, Belconnen.
See phishandphreak.com for more information.
This brand-new addition to The Harmonie Club musical menu is bound to have you Wiggling in your seat! Fronted by charismatic frontwoman Lizzie Mack and her brother in Soul, guitarist (and ex-Red Wiggle) Murray Cook.
The Soul Movers include legendary bass player Tony Mitchell (Sherbet), Marko Simec on keys (Waiting For Guinness) plus the magical Matt Crawford on second guitar and bass with drummer to the stars, Luke Herbert.
Murray Cook’s Soul Movers musical recipe combines 1960s-style funky soul with a sprinkling of pop all laid down with a classic rhythm and blues feel.
Their latest album, “Evolution” was recorded at Rancom St Studios with producer Garth Porter (Sherbet) at the helm.
The first set of the night features 2019’s “Bona Fide” and was recorded across eight legendary American Studios including Sun and Royal Studios!
The Soul Movers shows are all about creating an unforgettable, soul-moving evening that stays with audiences long after the last encore.
Don’t miss this dynamic 80-minute show (format: two sets of 40 minutes and a short intermission) it will surely be a night to enjoy and remember, forever!
Happening Friday 2 July at the Harmonie German Club, 49 Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah.
See Eventbrite for more information.
Live music Fridays at Blackbird
Every Friday night a different artist will play. Drop-in for amazing cocktails in a great cosy and candlelit atmosphere, with some amazing talent on stage every Tuesday and Friday night.
Happening Friday evenings at Blackbird, 114 Alinga Street, Canberra City.
See blackbirdbar.com.au for more information.
Sesame Street Circus Spectacular
The enormously popular Sesame Street Circus Spectacular, ready to wow Canberra audiences of all ages, has extended its season by two weeks and will now run through until 2 August!
With new COVID-19 protocols in place, and in close coordination with government agency guidelines, live performances will commence in Majura Park on 25 June.
This 90-minute Circus spectacular features incredible performers from Argentina, Switzerland, Brazil, Morocco, Spain, Africa and Australia, plus all your favourite Sesame Street characters under the big top, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie and Super Grover.
In an extraordinary circus performance, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Super Grover and the Sesame Street characters all work to find their own personal and unique talent at the circus and join daredevils and a host of other incredible performers in this must-see show.
Every element within the show was newly developed for the tour, which was written and produced locally and includes the original Sesame Street voices that were recorded in New York especially for this production.
Happening Friday 25 June – Monday 2 August Majura Park, Majura Park Shopping Centre (opposite Costco), Spitfire Avenue, Majura Park
See ticketmaster.com.au/artist/837678. Tickets can also be purchased with the circus direct: 0413 880 044.
Free school holiday fun at Marketplace Gungahlin
Not sure where to take the kids for School Holidays? Marketplace Gungahlin has wrapped up the ultimate FREE School Holidays Program for The Hub Members from 26 June–11 July!
Enjoy daily workshops, face painting and get glitz’d! All you have to do is job The Hub, Marketplace’s free membership.
Click here to join and access these great free school holiday activities!
Get excited—we promise they will look as good as they taste too! Let the Marketplace team take you on an adventure as we create a yummy, fun and extravagant donut.
From sprinkles to marshmallows the only question is: how many toppings are too much?
Friday 2 July – Tuesday 6 July | 11 am-1 pm | Centre Court, Outside Big W | marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/school-holiday-sdonut-decorating
DIY Herb Jars
Do you have a green thumb? Or want to help Mum, Dad and the family by growing your own herbs for your meals? Let’s get creative and decorate your very own DIY Herb Jars.
Take them home, give them some love and watch them grow!
Wednesday 7 July – Sunday 11 July | 11 am–1 pm | Centre Court, Outside Big W | marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/school-holiday-s-diy-herb-jars
Face Painting & Get Glit’zd
Marketplace also has Face Painting and the Getz Glitz station for you these School Holidays.
Let the kids transform into their favourite character and get their glitz on with our hair and face glitter station.
Be ready for the tiger that will be roaring at you or the glitzy Princess ready for her royal ball!
Saturday 10 July, Sunday 11 July | 2–5 pm | marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/school-holiday-face-painting
Kidchella School Holiday Event
Canberra Outlet is bringing you Kidchella—the hottest children’s festival this Winter!
Join Canberra Outlet for festival fun these July school holidays, daily activities include making;
- Rainbow Wands
- Painting your own Cactus cookie
- Keychan tassels
- DIY Tote Bags and more…
There will also be a ball pit, photo booths including a Kombi and Cactus garden.
Fairy floss and sparkle stations will also be available on weekends.
Happening until Sunday 11 July daily from 11 am – 2 pm at Canberra Outlet in the atrium space between Caffe Cherry Beans and Supergrocer.
See canberraoutletcentre.com.au/news/kidchella-school-holiday-event for more information.
Celebrate the season
Lace up your skates. It’s the most winterful time of year!
Canberra’s most coveted winter attraction, Wintervention is back for 2021, turning Civic Square into an open-air ice-skating arena from Friday 25 June until Sunday 11 July for the school holiday period.
Take a moment to enjoy the true joys of winter and embrace the frost around entertainment, activities, food, and market stalls. The rink is open 10 am to 8 pm from Sundays to Thursdays, and 10 am to 9 pm Fridays and Saturdays. Visitors are required to book in for their skate sessions.
The markets will run across two weekends (Friday 25 to Sunday 27 June and Friday 2 to Sunday 4 July). Stars on Ice will keep the crowds entertained with live performances on Fridays and over the weekend. Throughout the week skate sessions, music performances and hot drinks and food stalls are available.
Whether you’re a skater or a spectator, get down to Civic Square for the ultimate winter fun and capture the season in all its glory at this family-friendly event.
Happening 25 June–11 July at Civic Square, City.
See wintervention.com.au for more information.
Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties
Unique and captivating photographs of the 1920s criminal underworld capture the zeitgeist of an era. These mugshots, known as ‘Specials’, are unexpectedly candid and intriguing portraits of suspects in custody, and they are unlike any elsewhere in the world.
Bosses, bruisers, plotters, drug pushers, addicts, sly-grog purveyors and petty crims are all captured by the camera as they stare down the lens into history. But more than simple mugshots, these portraits, and the stories of the sordid sorts they portray, also convey the rise and fall of trends such as the flapper and illustrate the post-war movement of people between Sydney and other cities such as New York and London.
The hit BBC series Peaky Blinders found inspiration in this unique photographic archive, as have artists, academics and designers such as Ralph Lauren and Karl Lagerfeld. What will you take from them?
A travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums.
Showing until 24 October at the National Archives of Australia.
See naa.gov.au/visit-us/events-and-exhibitions/underworld-mugshots-roaring-twenties for more information.