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Did someone say shopping (with complimentary gelato!), theatre, and fine food? 30 things to do this weekend.

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Did someone say shopping, theatre, and fine food? This weekend has plenty of fun on offer.

Don’t believe us? Read on…

Looking for even more to do in Canberra? Check out our new What’s On section to find hundreds of events happening around town.


New Wittner Store Opening (with complimentary gelato!)

Shoe lovers rejoice—Wittner is re-opening in the Canberra Centre! And to celebrate their offering an exclusive 20%  and complimentary gelato from Gelatissimo for all Wittner Co. Members. Run, don’t walk (unless of course you’re wearing your new Wittner heels).

Saturday 6 August, 12 pm – 2 pm | Level 1, Shop EF07, 148 Bunda St | canberracentre.com


When the protagonist stumbles upon a mysterious colony, nothing could prepare her for how swiftly she was ensnared, nor how entangled she could be in their web and ways — especially when she meets their charismatic and commanding dictator.

Intertwined (pictured above) unveils an array of talent cultivated through Dance Central’s elite junior troupe program. This two-evening show is the perfect opportunity to indulge your senses!

Saturday 6 August | Canberra College Performing Arts Centre | dance-central.com.au

The Year of Magical Thinking

An intimate, powerful and deeply personal story, The Year of Magical Thinking is a journey from the comfort and contentment of life into the surreal and dark world of grief, and beyond.  Joan Didion’s celebrated memoir is brought to life by Green Room Award-winning actor Jillian Murray in a critically-acclaimed solo performance that reunites her with director Laurence Strangio.

Saturday 6 August | The Q, Queanbeyan | theq.net.au

The EV Expo

Offering  attendees the chance to learn more about the expanding range of EV models available in Australia as well as demystify topics such as vehicle charging, the EV Expo is in Canberra to explore the world of electric vehicles and sustainable lifestyle initiatives. With the opportunity to speak with leading EV businesses leaders, it’s sure to be a day full of knowledge.

Expo attendees must register online for a free ticket.

Until Sunday 7 August | Exhibition Park, Budawang and Coorong Pavilions | theevexpo.com

Dirrum Festival

An annual festival hosted by year 12 students at Radford College, Dirrum Festival brings together food, music and speakers from around the community. The theme of this year’s festival is Illuminate, where they aim to shed light and bring attention to issues that aren’t talked about enough. Expect Thomas Mayor and Dr John Minns lined  as keynote speakers and Xanthe Campbell (a semi-finalist on the Voice Australia and Canberra local) performing live.

Saturday 6 August, 4 pm – 9 pm | Morison Centre, Radford College | dirrumfestival.org/cbr22

TEDxYouth Canberra

What is the difference between being revolutionary and being rebellious? TEDxYouth@Canberra 2022 is a revolutionary showcase exploring the youth who have taken action against the status quo with great ‘ideas worth spreading’. It’s not to be missed.

Sunday 7 August | Kambri, ANU | ted.com


The Beanies Egg-Straordinary Day

As seen on ABC Kids, The Beanies’ new stage show examines parenting and its challenges using humour, music, and a whole lot of glitter! Laura, Mim and Michael are given the challenge of caring for a baby egg for a whole hour – how hard-boiled can it be?! The trio attempt to solve parenting woes such as discipline strategies, meal planning, Instagram, bedtime and of course sneaky robbers – only to discover they have no idea what they’re doing! Children will leave with a new appreciation for their own parents and a belly full of laughs.

Saturday 6 August | Canberra Theatre Centre | canberratheatrecentre.com

Music in the Fields: Winter

Lovers of classical music and fine food rejoice!

Set in the idyllic Pialligo Estate wend your way to the Estate and be ushered through to our Fields pavilion where you will warm up with a Pialligo Spritz composed of Estate-grown ingredients or a glass of mulled wine, as trays of canapés do the rounds.

After this initial overture – and with the appetite well and truly awakened – enjoy a selection of choice charcuterie from the Estate’s award-winning Smokehouse before tucking into traditional Spanish paella. Listen on as the event climbs towards its crescendo, with a quartet of the CSO’s finest musicians taking to the stage for a performance of winter-themed chamber music. Guaranteed to stir the soul and send the spirits soaring!

Saturday 6 August | Pialligo Estate | cso.org.au

International Blues Music Day

Celebrating 25 years of Canberra Blues Society and International Blues Music Day with eleven acts on two stages, enjoy nine hours of Blues music—as well as speciality market stalls, raffle prizes and more.

Saturday 6 August | Harmonie German Club, 49 Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah | facebook.com/events

The Ten Tenors – Highway Men Tour

Following a 40 city return tour to the United States, The TEN Tenors are coming to Canberra with a new show – featuring new songs and fan favourites. This all new production will feature some of the greatest country music songs alongside fan favourites and classics that audiences know and love such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Nessun Dorma, Unchained Melody and other rock and pop classics. There will also be two exciting new medleys and some new Australian classics, as well as a collection of beautiful arias.

Saturday 6 August | Canberra Theatre Centre | canberratheatrecentre.com

Hetty Kate + Creswick

Hetty Kate and Creswick (f.k.a Liam Budge) join forces for an unforgettable double bill, combining their artistry in an evening of Jazz. With experience performing at clubs and festivals from New York to Paris, these two masterful and contrasting vocalists are sure to delight. Both vocalists will be supported by two brilliant rhythm sections for this unique concert at the Street Theatre. Expect a warm and unforgettable winter night of jazz and storytelling.

Saturday 6 August | The Street Theatre | thestreet.org


Canberra MS Mega Swim

Love to swim?  This month you can freestyle, backstroke, butterfly or doggy-paddle for 24 hours, to raise vital funds to support people living with MS. A fun swim relay, where teams of up to 15 swimmers are sponsored by family, friends and colleagues, swimmers  of all ages and abilities are welcome – swim one lap or fifty, for ten minutes or four hours! You just need one team member in the pool at all times.

Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 August | Australian Institute of Sport | msmegachallenge.org

NRL: Raiders V Panthers

The Raiders will be taking on the reigning Panthers at GIO Stadium for one of the biggest games of the season. With a 5.30 pm kick off, it’s perfect for families who are looking for a way to enjoy their weekend. Soak up the atmosphere. Secure your tickets today.

Saturday 6 August | GIO Stadium | raiders.com


‘A Boy Called Sailboat’ film screening

Join for an unforgettable screening of the award-winning film “A boy Called Sailboat” with acclaimed guitarists, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan performing the soundtrack live.

This heart-warming movie was written and developed by Melbourne-based creative team Andrew Curry and Cameron Nugent (who will be available for a Q&A session after the film). Grab your popcorn and go.

Sunday 7 August | National Museum of Australia | nma.gov.au

Scandinavian Film Festival

Showcasing the best new cinema from the Nordic region, the Carlsberg Scandinavian Film Festival returns this July with a line-up designed to warm the coolest of seasons. From comedies to crime thrillers there is something to tempt everyone to check out some of these international hits. Popcorn anyone?

Until Sunday 7 August | Palace Electric | palacecinemas.com


EASS exhibition – “Perseverance”

From Tuesday 2 to Friday 19 August, seven ANU School of Art & Design artists will be exhibiting their work at the Alliance Francaise of Canberra. Winners of the EASS (Emerging Artist Supporting Scheme) award, these artists will showcase paintings, photographs, glass works, furniture and more in the exhibition space at the Alliance.  Offering wine and cheese on the opening night, ‘Perseverance’ reflects on the artists’ resilience and patience.

Until Friday 19 August | 66 McCaughey Street, Turner | afcanberra.com

Gardens Near and Far

The botanic gardens are welcoming a new exhibition for August. Gardens near and far feature artworks from Ruth Dodd. The exhibition depicts flora and landscapes inspired from visits to public, private and overseas gardens and from the artist’s local region of Yass, NSW.

Ruth’s art is representational, working from close observation and the use of colour to dramatise essential elements.

Until Thursday 28 August | Australian National Botanic Gardens | parksaustralia.gov.au

 If not now, then when?

Remember those eery pinks skies of summer 2019/2020? Lisa Cahill’s new exhibition, If not now, then when? is a call for action in response to the 2019/2020 bushfires – a major event almost immediately obliterated by a pandemic. Her work is a testimonial to the smoke, devastation and trauma of living through that summer, reminding us of the skies, the smoke and the footage of ravaged landscapes.

Until Friday 19 August | 1/19 Eastlake Parade, Kingston | lisacahill.com

On Stage: Spotlight On our Performing Arts

This exhibition brings Australia’s performing arts history into the limelight, also providing a backstage pass to the action behind the scenes, showcasing perspectives on stage direction, costume design, scripts, contracts and musical scores used by performers.

Presented together for the first time and drawing exclusively from the collections of the National Library, the exhibition features items that have never before been on display. Other highlights include the earliest surviving Australian printed document, selections from the JC Williamson theatre archives, and other contemporary live music and theatre posters.

Until 7 August | National Library of Australia | nla.gov.au


Canberra Potters Gallery brings the (in)tangible works of five emerging artists who delve into the explorative themes of mental health and well-being, through the act of making. Each of the works aims to portray the emotional connect of normalising the ongoing impact and experience of mental health, opening the discussion and compassion toward the impact it causes. The pieces reflect the physical outcome, conveyed as a tangible viewpoint, challenging the perspectives of the outside world.

Until Thursday 7 August | Canberra Potters Gallery | canberrapotters.com

Romeo and Juliet

Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene….it’s the timeless story we all know and love and now William Shakespeare’s  Romeo and Juliet is opening at the Canberra REP Theatre on Friday 29 July.

This tale of star-crossed lovers has endured—retold, re-imagined and played many ways since it was written – it remains powerful and relevant, filled with some of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters and poetry. And co-directors Kelly Roberts and Christopher Zuber, promise a production that’s fresh for those familiar with the text and thrilling for those coming to it new.

Until Saturday 13 August | Canberra REP Theatre, (Theatre 3), 3 Repertory Lane, Acton | Tickets here.

Here’s looking at you Canberra

Spending the past two years locked into Canberra Val Johnson has created a stunning exhibition featuring the Canberra area through paintings and mosaics. The paintings are not photographic versions of the landscape but as she sees it- shape, colour and pattern, and she also uses linear lines which run through the composition. Val’s mosaics also follow her style of painting, to form works of places around Canberra. She calls her mosaics ‘freestyle’ as she uses a non-conventional way of working.

Until Sunday 21 August | Strathnairn Arts | strathnairn.com.au


Yes, that’s right, the creators and producers of the multi-sensory spectacular that was Van Gough alive are back and back with a vengeance. Connection is reinventing visual storytelling, giving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists a voice through 360-degree, large-scale projections and cutting-edge light and sound technology. A powerful and captivating exhibition that seeks to bind together spiritual connections to land, water, sea and sky through a vibrant and multi-sensory symphony of sound, light, and colour, it’s an important and much-needed tonal shift that we all should be popping on the top of our must-see June lists.

Until Sunday 9 October | National Museum of Australia | nma.gov.au/whats-on/connection

The Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize

Head along to the National Portrait Gallery of Australia to view the 2022 Darling Portrait Prize and the National Photographic Portrait Prize. Your ticket gets you into both, so what are you waiting for?

Until Sunday 9 Oct | National Portrait Gallery | portrait.gov.au

Reception this way: motels – a sentimental journey with Tim Ross

Travel around Australia revisiting your memories of the classic Aussie motel, from family holidays and long road trips to continental breakfasts and mid-century mod-cons.

In a land where the car has provided us with the ultimate freedom to hit the road and explore, it is no surprise that Australians wholeheartedly embraced the American concept of the motel. When motels began springing up in the 1950s, they represented a new, stylish and sophisticated way to travel.

Join National Archives and Tim Ross on a driving holiday through the quintessential Australian experience of staying in a motel. And find out why these images are part of the National Archives’ collection.

This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

Until Sunday 4 Sep 2022 | National Archives of Australia | naa.gov.au

An Aboriginal Culinary Journey

See First Nations objects from the National Museum of Australia’s collection alongside a newly commissioned range of appliances featuring stunning designs from contemporary artists in An Aboriginal Culinary Journey: Designed for Living.

Part of the Breville Art Series, this exhibition is a partnership between First Nations peoples, Breville and the National Museum of Australia, producing objects for the heart of the home that celebrate contemporary design and reflect 65,000 years of ongoing Indigenous culture.

Until Sunday 18 September | National Museum of Australia | nma.gov.au

Belonging: Stories from Far North Queensland

The first in a three-part series, this exhibition captures generations of cultural knowledge shaped by the diverse First Nations peoples who live there and their connection to Country. Enjoy the established and emerging artists from across Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait as they explore art using new materials and techniques as they share what it means to belong.

Until Sunday 12 February 2023 | National Museum of Australia | nma.gov.au

And then of course there are the markets…

Old Bus Depot Markets

With more than 100 stalls (including your old favourites), you’ll have the chance to shop for a brilliant variety of Australian-made, handcrafted and premium products. Sneak a walk around the foreshore while you’re down there.

9.30 am – 2.30 pm Sunday | Wentworth Avenue, Kingston | obdm.com.au

Capital Region Farmers Markets

With more than 100 stallholders each week, the Capital Region Farmers Market at EPIC Park has endless options when it comes to freshly picked, grown and handcrafted produce.

Fill the garden using their great selection of native and landscape plants, fruit trees, seedlings and shrubs or fill your stomach with freshly baked bread, cakes, macarons and croissants.

7 am–11.30 am Saturday | Exhibition Park in Canberra | capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au

Southside Farmers Markets

This village market is located at Canberra College, making it the perfect place to duck in to grab what you need (and maybe a few things you don’t). Order an egg and bacon roll to start the morning as you explore the best of fresh seasonal veggies, handmade pasta and pet treats.

8 am–11.30 am Sunday | 2 Launceston Street, Phillip | facebook.com

Feature image: Ben Calvert.

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