The Canberra International Film Festival pride themselves on offering a wide range of films and…
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.
Stage + Screen
I liked it, but… I didn’t know what the f#!k it was about
Joel Bray is going to teach us all HOW TO LOVE CONTEMPORARY DANCE. And better still, he’ll do it over a free drink and with a house band (Jess Green/Pheno). So you never have to say, ‘I liked it, but… I didn’t know what the f#!k it was about’.
This is Joel. Joel is a very serious, very important performance artist. Joel makes very important “works” about issues that you should definitely care about. Please, please come and see Joel’s very important show.
No-one needs that. I liked it, but… I didn’t know what the f#!k it was about goes where few “experimental contemporary immersive performance” works dare to tread…out of the theatre and into the bar to see what passes the “pub test”.
Your ticket comes with a free drink and some yarns about the craziest, weirdest, most confusing stuff Joel’s ever had to see on and off of a stage. Expect very silly stories about very serious people, served with tongue firmly in cheek. Together, we’ll try and work out how stuff even gets made, and why we should care.
Happening 30 July–1 August at Canberra Theatre Centre.
See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/i-liked-it-but for more information.
Film screening: Some Like It Hot
Billy Wilder’s 1959 classic Some Like It Hot is a screwball romantic comedy that is undoubtedly one of the best of all time. Starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, you’ll enjoy its charm, glitz, glamour and wit.
Two musicians (Curtis and Lemmon) witness a gangster’s revenge (inspired by real-life events of 1929) but are seen fleeing the scene. To escape, they dress in drag and join the all-female band Sweet Sue and Her Society Syncopators, bound for Miami. When they meet the band’s sultry singer, Sugar ‘Kane’ Kowalczyk (Monroe), the film really starts to sizzle!
Don’t miss this chance to see the incomparable Monroe, larger than life, at the National Archives in the Parliamentary Triangle. Ticket includes a drink on arrival.
Runtime: 121 minutes
Screened in association with Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties, a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums.
This program is presented in line with COVID-19 regulations and guidelines.
Happening Saturday 31 July at the National Archives of Australia.
See naa.gov.au/visit-us/events-and-exhibitions/some-it-hot-film-screening for more information.
Food & Wine
Farrah’s Liquor Collective is turning the terrible twos and will be celebrating with its biggest birthday sale ever.
From Friday 30 July to Sunday 1 August, you’ll be able to shop in-store and online for three massive days of exclusive offers perfect for stocking up your wine or beer fridge this winter.
You don’t even need to shop in-store to access these amazing deals like buy any 12 bottles of wine or more and get 20% off all wines and buy any 4 pack or 6 pack of beer and get 20% off. They’ll even deliver it free to your door, anywhere in Canberra.
Farrah’s innovative business model works closely with the smaller producers of Australia and cuts the prices by dealing direct and cutting out all the middlemen.
Happening Friday 30 July –Sunday 1 August at Farrah Liquor Collective, 8 Townsville Street, Fyshwick.
See farrahsliquorcollective.com for more information.
Shake off the winter blues and make your way to Bottomless Brunch.
There’ll be all your breakfast favourites, from eggs and bacon, freshly baked pastries and our seductive range of Smokehouse meats, fresh fruits and granola. And what’s more, they’ll be eagerly replenished, seconds are highly encouraged.
Take in the glorious view from the Estate Glasshouse and reconnect with your friends and family all while enjoying bottomless mimosas.
Brunch lovers rejoice, it’s brunch like you’ve never had at Pialligo.
Included | Breakfast bar for 2 hours, Bottomless mimosas, Tea, coffee and juice
Additional | Beer, Wine and Spirits from list
Bookings | Bookings are essential. No refunds are available after purchase.
Dietaries | Please advise of dietary requirements when booking and we will do our best to accommodate. (Limited Vegan and Gluten-free options are available).
Happening Sunday 1 August at Pialligo Estate.
See thepialligoestate.com.au/bottomless-brunch 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 31 July and Sunday 1 August.
Find out more at thepopinn.com.
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.
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.
Bohemian Symphony The Music of Queen Orchestrated
Bohemian Symphony is an Orchestral Tribute to one of the biggest stadium-rock bands in the world, QUEEN.
A 24 piece symphony orchestra Conducted by internationally-renowned George Ellis will perform Queen’s Greatest Hits including ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’, ‘I Want to Break Free’, ‘Radio Ga Ga’, ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘We Are the Champions’, ‘Somebody to Love’, ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ and more.
Featuring special guest vocalists iOTA, Virginia Lillye, Reece Mastin and Bobby Fox.
Experience a breathtaking celebration of Queen’s Greatest Hits as rock meets classical for this spectacular concert event!
Happening 31 July–1 August at the Canberra Theatre Centre.
See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/queen-orchestrated for more information.
David Helfgott in concert
A performance by the internationally acclaimed Australian pianist, David Helfgott OAM.
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Academy Award-winning, Australian film, “Shine”, which was nominated for an astonishing seven Academy Awards, The 74 year old is a national treasure, awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his service to the performing arts, following a career spanning seven decades.
After Having performed at prestigious venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall this is Canberra’s chance to witness this amazing talent live in concert.
Happening Friday 30 July at the Canberra Theatre Centre.
See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/ for more information.
Diesel Greatest Hits: Alone with the blues
With the recent release of his studio opus to life “in the burbs” and the human condition, ‘Sunset Suburbia’, Diesel is ready to hit the road once again to perform in solo mode.
Playing everything himself and paying homage to some of his all-time favourite blues songs, along with a recently discovered but long-forgotten songwriting collaboration by Australian blues and roots pioneer Ross Wilson, ‘Alone With Blues’ showcases Diesel’s blues DNA on a macro level, in the process, showing new facets to an artist known for his diversity.
The set will be littered with hits that span his 30+ years in music, including Tip Of My Tongue, Cry In Shame, Don’t Need Love, 15 Feet of Snow plus many more.
The evening promises to showcase his unique blending of rock, soul, r&b, and blues, a blend that mixes seamlessly with the ‘Alone with Blues’ tracks that he’ll be previewing for the very first time on the night.
Don’t miss a chance to celebrate 30+ years of hits and a love of blues!
Happening Friday 30 July at Canberra Theatre Centre.
See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/diesel-greatest-hits 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 until 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.
Workshops, Tours + Talks
ANU 75th Anniversary
The Australian National University will launch their year-long 75th Anniversary celebrations by coming together as a community to celebrate on Sunday 1 August.
The day will include a series of fun and informative in-person community events in the Kambri precinct on their Acton campus.
There’s something for everyone including informative talks, tours, science shows and arts and crafts for the kids! These in-person events are free of charge, and the University invites all members of the Canberra community to attend.
Spaces are limited so registration is essential.
Happening Sunday 1 August at Kambri Precinct from 11 am-5 pm.
See anu.edu.au/news/all-news/anu-turns-75 for more information.
Winter Wonderland at the Haig Park Village Markets
Discover the magical winter wonderland at the Haig Park Village Markets, Braddon.
On 1 and 8 August, from 9 am to 2 pm, the Haig Park Village Markets will turn into a wonderland of wintery excitement! With twinkling lights, a mulled wine and hot cider garden, festive workshops, children’s roving entertainment, roasted chestnuts and the smell of spices on the air—an overall magical winter experience amongst the pines of Haig Park.
Liven up your frosty morning with an African Drumming and Dance experience or warm up in their festive mulled wine garden listening to the sounds of live musicians.
The winter-themed market stalls will delight your senses with delicious cuisines, tasty treats, fresh produce, artisan products, crafts, jewellery and more.
In collaboration with Elite Event Technology, Southern Generators and Electrical and Innovative Metalworx, come join them and enjoy the festive atmosphere!
Happening Sunday 1 August at Haig Park, Braddon.
See Facebook for more information.
Haig Park Village Markets
The Haig Park Village Markets are about creating a vibrant farmers market filled with fresh, nutritious, quality produce and products at reasonable prices, with the added bonus of supporting and promoting our regional farmers and businesses.
Rosie and Alex are born and raised Canberrans who love all things markets. Their markets will be an evolving collaboration of many farmers, bakers, artisans and talented people, seeking to share their crafted specialties. They want to support local creative talent and nurture local businesses.
Working together with regional growers and local business they can create a lively and community-driven market that seeks to become a destination for locals and visitors alike.
Happening Sundays from 8 am at Haig Park, Braddon.
See Facebook for more information.
Capital Region Farmers Market
Sample the region’s freshest produce at the Capital region farmers market
The Market is a community project run by the Rotary Club of Hall, the only rural Rotary Club in the ACT.
Find your way to the Market with our directions to EPIC. We have over 100 stallholders each week who bring their freshly picked, grown and handcrafted produce to the Market.
Speak to a stallholder and ask them where their produce comes from—you’ll be surprised what you’ll learn and pick up cooking, storage and usage tips. Find your favourite stallholder in the directory.
Happening every Saturday from 7 am– 11.30 am at Exhibition Park in Canberra.
See capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au for more information.
Ruth Lane-Poole: A Woman of Influence
Ruth Lane-Poole’s articles on interior decoration in popular magazines in the mid-1920s introduced many homemakers to her ideas on good taste and practical design.
Such was her standing, that when the Federal Capital Commission was faced with the challenge of furnishing Canberra’s two official residences – Government House and The Lodge – in time for the opening of Parliament House in 1927, it was Ruth Lane-Poole that they engaged to work with the architects on matters relating to interior furnishing.
This exhibition brings together items never exhibited before outside the official residences, and which explore the inspirations for her design philosophy and the rich legacy of her Irish family associations.
Showing from 10 July until 23 October 2021.
See cmag.com.au/exhibitions/ruth-lane-poole-a-woman-of-influence 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.