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Finally! A summer weekend with a great forecast.

Given the sun will be shining on down, we’ve got a special focus on outdoor events. Fingers crossed the weather holds!

Get local at the markets

Ah yes, the humble market—the perfect outdoor, COVID safe way to get your ‘doing something’ fix without being indoors.

Northsiders can head to the Capital Region Farmers Market at EPIC in Mitchell from crack of dawn on Saturday for their fix while Southsiders can sleep in Saturday and have their turn Sunday when the Southside Farmers Markets descend on Canberra College on Sunday.

Sundays also mean the Haig Park Village Markets (perfect for both northsiders and southsiders).

Get cosy as you catch a flick under the stars

Cinemas freaking you out but desperate to see all the new releases? Meet the perfect answer: Sunset Cinema Canberra.

With plenty of new releases and seating that consists of spaced out BYO picnic arrangements and comfy bean bags, open air cinema never looked so good (or COVID safe).

Get popped at The Pop Inn and House of Bubbles

Catching up with friends or keen to head out with your mates or special someone? Why not pull up a picnic rug at one of this weekend’s outdoor bars?

Canberra classic The Pop Inn will be popping up (sorry) at The Carillon from this weekend (check their Facebook for times) and champagne-focused newbie (with the cutest truck ever) the House of Bubbles (feature image) will be in the Kingston Forshore’s Norgrove Park this Sunday.

Get cultural at the National Museum of Australia’s Greek Culture festival

Join the festivities at the Agora — bringing the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of Greece to the Museum.

Much more than a market, the agora was the centre of athletic, social, spiritual and political life in Ancient Greece. Taste delicious food, browse market stalls, join a debate or sit back and take in music and dance performances.

As evening closes in, enjoy the Cellar Door Market. Please note, some activities may have a fee.

Saturday 12 February 10.30 am–4.30 pm | National Museum of Australia | nma.gov.au/exhibitions/ancient-greeks/agora-greek-cultural-festival

…and don’t miss Canberra’s Cellar Door Market

As part of the NMA’s Greek Culture Festival, Cellar Door presents the next event in their popular series at the National Museum.

From 5–7 pm, purchase a tasting glass and sample the best imported Greek wines and produce of local growers.

Non-drinkers and under 18s free. Tasting glass: $15 adult, $12.50 concession, $10 Museum Friends

Please note this event will be managed in line with the Museum’s Covid-19 safety plan and is subject to change at short notice.

Saturday 12 February 5–7 pm | National Museum of Australia | Facebook

Get creative at an interactive cocktail class

Admit it: you’ve always fantasized about getting behind the bar and whipping up your own cocktail. Well, now’s your chance. In this interactive session at NewActon’s High Jinks bar, you’ll learn how to whip up the perfect cocktail while enjoying exclusivity of the private venue.

A night of food, fun and mixology, see the website for more information.

Saturday 12 February | High Jinks, NewActon | highjinks.bar

Get laughing at Mono: A Three Person One Man Show

Described as “a comedy tour de farce from three of Australia’s best-loved performers”, Mono features Noeline Brown (The Naked Vicar Show), Max Gillies (The Gillies Report) and John Wood (Blue Heelers) as the cast of Mono; the brand new classic comedy by Angus FitzSimons (Senior Moments).

Ready to have some giggles in 2022? This is where you need to be.

Saturday 12 February | Canberra Theatre Centre | canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/mono-a-three-person-one-man-show

Get thinking at Jess Cochrane’s new exhibition, Mixed Signals

Mixed Signals is a powerful new exhibition from Jess Cochrane, one of Australia’s fastest rising art stars. Opening at aMBUSH Gallery Canberra on 10 February 2022, it’s an exploration of perceptions of beauty and the polarising and often binary ways we view people.

Featuring over a dozen works created specifically for the exhibition, Cochrane’s stylised photographic portraits are embellished with rough, gestural mark-making using acrylic paint, to make the viewer question the intent of the original image and what truly lies beneath the surface.

10 February—15 March | aMBUSH Gallery Canberra (Kambri at ANU) |  ambushgallery.com 

Get celebrating the Lunar New Year in Dickson

Woolley Street in Dickson will come alive with the Lunar New Year Festival in a COVID-safe kaleidoscope of colour, sound, tastes and aromas over three consecutive long weekends.

Dickson will light up with a beautiful stage, roving performances, dancing, live music and workshops to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

The outdoor festival will extend to Thursday 3 to Saturday 5 February and Thursday 10 to Saturday 12 February. Entertainment is scheduled between 6-8 pm, plus a daytime component on Saturdays.

Want even more ways to celebrate Lunar New Year? Click here.

Until Sunday 13 February | Woolley Street, Dickson | act.gov.au/cityrenewal/places/dickson/lunar-new-year

Get to the good stuff at Armada Bar

Have you visited summer’s hottest bar? The vibe: Elevated lakeside chic.

It’s the second summer of The Boat House’s outdoor offshoot, Armada Bar, and there are plenty of cocktails to go around—not to mention their phenomenal menu of snacks and share plates designed by The Boat House’s talented team of fine dining chefs.

Read more here hercanberra.com.au/food-drink/food-wine/summers-coolest-outdoor-bar-is-back-for-2021

Feature image: High Jinks

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