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Live music, repair cafés and champagne bars—here’s how to spend this weekend in Canberra

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There’s nothing happening over summer in Canberra, right? Wrong.

Check out our suggestions for how to spend the second weekend of the year—and if you need even more, why not read our 100 ways to spend 100 days article, which gives you (you guessed it) 100 ways to spend your summer in Canberra and surrounds.

See some live music

There are plenty of gigs happening around town if you’re keen to catch a set or two—including a bunch happening at cafes, restaurants and bars. Schooner and a song, anyone?

Tonight, head to The RUC in Turner to see Luke Olsen or Smith’s Alternative in the city to catch Northbourne and Friends while on Saturday there are some big names in town like Hooligan Hefs and Hot Dub Time Machine for Summernats as well as a kid-friendly set by Lulu and the Tantrums at Inflatable World in Kambah.

On Sunday, chill out with DJs and live sets at Assembly in Braddon and vibes from Sarah Soukieh at Queenies in Kingston or head to Molly from 6 pm for live jazz from their house band.

Bring what’s broken to the Repair Café

If you haven’t heard of a Repair Café before, it’s kind of what it says on the label—a place for broken things to be mended. Although usually there aren’t any lattes to be had.

This weekend, a free Repair Cafe is being offered by the Repair Cooperative and Canberra Environment Centre at the latter’s headquarters on the Acton Peninsula.

Make sure to book a spot in advance by clicking here

Pop some fizz at the House of Bubbles

Weekend afternoons done right! Right? Kick back and relax with a glass of champagne at Bowen Park when The House of Bubbles pops up this Sunday,

Chairs, tables and rugs provided—just gather your mates! Bookings preferred for larger groups.

Sunday 19 December from 2pm | Norgrove Park, Kingston|

Get cultured at Jeffrey Smart

The year 2021 marks one hundred years since the birth of acclaimed Australian artist Jeffrey Smart. The National Gallery of Australia’s major exhibition celebrates and commemorates this significant centenary.

One of Australia’s most celebrated artists, Smart sought inspiration from the world around him – looking to the environment of urban and industrial modernity – which he transformed through his imaginative sense of theatre and intimate understanding of geometry and composition. These potent and intriguing images have become emblematic of 20th and 21st-century urban experience.

Showing until 15 May 2022 | National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes |

Check out some chrome at Summernats 34

Whether you love it or love to hate it, Summernats 34 kicked off yesterday and this weekend there’s a big line up of live music (for those who want their cars with a side of entertainment).

Until 9 January | Exhibition Park in Mitchell | Facebook

Flex those creative muscles

Care to etch a sketch? Maybe you’re more of a painter?

There are opportunities for both this weekend, with Paint Pinot’s Picasso Portrait class on Saturday and Urban Sketchers Canberra’s Beer, Burgers and a Sculpture event on Sunday.

Sunset Cinemas

Gather your friends and family, sit back, relax and watch the stars at your new summer local! Open multiple nights each week in November through to February at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

The season is packed with new release blockbusters, quirky comedies, award-winning features and cult classics—perfect for a date night, girls’ night out or some family fun.

Until 26 February | Australian National Botanic Gardens |

Lerida By The Lake

Join Lerida Estate at the Canberra Visitors Centre at Regatta Point for a one-hour personal wine tasting for two people with delicious antipasto and the best views in town—the only way to spend summer, in our opinion.

One of the team will guide you through five different wines whilst you graze on meats and cheeses. When your wine tasting session concludes, grab a seat in the wine bar and relax with award-winning wine and views over Lake Burley Griffin.

Various times and dates | Canberra Visitors Centre, Regatta Point | Tickets via

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2021 (final weeks!)

Audience favourite, the National Photographic Portrait Prize, is back bigger and for longer this year at the National Portrait Gallery. Selected from a national field of entries, this iteration incorporates photographs from the maelstrom that was late 2019 and 2020.

Accordingly, they’ve called it Living Memory to acknowledge a time like no other. This exhibition always reflects the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

Until 16 January | National Portrait Gallery |

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