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What’s on in Canberra this weekend? Our Weekend Edit has you covered.

As we enter a COVID-normal era, we’re fortunate to enjoy most of the things that make our life in Canberra so wonderful.

Help keep Canberra safe and strong by checking in with Check In CBR, physically distancing, practising good hand and respiratory hygiene, staying home if unwell and getting tested if you have symptoms.


Taste Local festival at Canberra Centre

After the year that has been, Canberra Centre wanted to give the opportunity to local businesses to showcase their talents to its customers.

The Taste Local festival is a month-long celebration of local producers and talents at Canberra Centre. Enjoy unique experiences of blending workshops, tasting adventures, masterclasses, live music and more.

Canberra Centre has partnered with local wineries and distilleries to offer you the opportunity to discover their produce at Canberra Centre.

Pop-Up bars

Every Friday evening throughout the month of May enjoy a complimentary drink and nibbles in Canberra Centre’s cosy set-up before finishing your late-night shopping in the centre.

Sip on a local wine or a freshly made cocktail and relax in their exclusive pop-up bar while enjoying live music from local artists.

Every Friday evening from 5-8 pm | Cost: Free


Whether you’re a bonafide oenophile, a cocktail lover or a cheese enthusiast, make sure you book your spot to one of Canberra Centre’s workshops to experience Canberra’s regional produce scene like never before.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 7-30 May | Please visit the Canberra Centre website for the full program | Cost: $20 per workshop, includes tasting, food and giveaways

Happening 7-30 May at Canberra Centre, Ground Floor, City Walk, next to R.M Williams.

See for more information.

Mother’s Day 2021 at Marketplace Gungahlin

Marketplace Gungahlin is saying thank you to all the mums and mother figures out there for another wonderful year.

From getting us out of bed to cheering us on at our sporting carnival events, our thank yous will be endless—and here’s another way to say how much we appreciate everything they do.

This year, Marketplace Gungahlin is offering two ways to treat mum—with a free gift for mum offered in-centre*, and the chance to win one of three Mother’s Day hampers.

Win a hamper for mum this Mother’s Day

Win one of three Mother’s Day hampers from PricelineLaser Clinics Australia and Poetry in Flowers.

How to enter

  • Visit Marketplace Gungahlin’s Facebook or Instagram and find the giveaway post, commencing Tuesday 27 April 2021.
  • Follow the prompts on the post for your entry and a chance to win.

View Terms and Conditions here.

Mother’s Day: Free gift for Mum*

Spend $35 in centre and collect a free gift for mum!

Gifts include:

  • Sterling Silver Earrings from Prouds
  • Jasper & Myrtle Chocolates from Poetry in Flowers
  • Small Coffee and Mini Cupcake from The Creamery & Co
  • Mother’s Day Card from Nextra Newsagency
  • $20 Voucher from Crystal Nails Spa
  • $10 Marketplace Gungahlin Gift Voucher

How to claim your free gift

  • Spend $35 in Centre (excluding in major stores) for your free gift for Mum.
  • Visit Marketplace’s Gungahlin activation site from Wednesday 5 May to Sunday 9 May between 10 am – 2 pm at Centre Court, Outside BIG W.
  • Sign up to The Hub. As part of The Hub you will receive early access, exclusive offers and be the first to know about our events and more!
  • Show your proof of purchase to Marketplace’s friendly team.
  • Receive your gift.

Please note: Whilst stocks last, varied products and designs.

View Terms and Conditions here.

Mother’s Day at Haig Park Village Markets

On Sunday 9 May, Braddon’s favourite food and produce market, Haig Park Markets, will be all about mum, featuring handmade jewellery, candles, fashion and beauty stalls.

Live music and a pop-up bar will create a gorgeous ambience to treat Mum to a Sunday morning in the park.

Sunday 9 May 8 am – 2 pm | Haig Park, Braddon |

Climb, Create and Celebrate: Canberra Tree Week at Haig Park

It’s time to celebrate the trees by weaving amongst them, learning about them and creating with them. Have some fun amongst the trees in Haig Park as part of Canberra Tree Week!

Test your balance slacklining between the park’s towering trunks, make your own charcoal tree art with Naomi Zouwer, put your brain and body to the test tree climbing with the help of Australia’s #1 climber Maja Blasch, write letters to the trees, and keep an ear out for what they say back with Constance Spry. Or simply listen to music under the canopy with a wine in hand from the Pop Inn bar.

This event is part of Canberra Tree Week 2021 — an opportunity for Canberrans to celebrate the unique trees that surround and fill our wonderful city.

Climb, Create, Celebrate Canberra Tree Week at Haig Park is supported by the City Renewal Authority, University of Canberra and produced by Dionysus.

Cost: Free

Saturday 8 May from 1 pm – 4 pm, Haig Park Braddon, around Lonsdale Street and Mort Street.

See Facebook for more information.

A Gorgeous Excuse to Catch up with the Girls is finally hitting Canberra!

FINALLY! We can gather our besties and come together for A Gorgeous Excuse to catch up!

After twelve months on hold due to COVID-19, we are delighted we can finally bring you all together for morning brunch or afternoon tea with accompanying wines and entertainment!

Your experience: With a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, shop through the design stalls listening to our live musicians. Then enter the ballroom where your experience will include tapas-style food with accompanying wines (courtesy of Naked Wines), Birdsnest’s fashion styling show, guest speakers, and leave with a small gift bag as a memento of your day!

Cost: $99 per person, bookings essential via TryBooking. PLEASE use codeword CANBERRA when booking to reduce the ticket price to $79. Limited time to book until 2 April 2021

Happening Saturday 8 May with two sittings at 11 am and 2 pm at the Hyatt Hotel, 120 Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra.

Purchase tickets via TryBooking or at

2021 Canberra International Music Festival

William Barton and Veronique Serret. Credit: Anthony Browell.

Vienna. The city where Schubert and Strauss were born. The place where Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven made history. The opera house that Mahler transformed for the 20th century. The circles where Schonberg foreshadowed the tragedy of two world wars.

In 2021, the Canberra International Music Festival brings the music of Vienna to Canberra, performed by an exceptional cast of Australian artists.

Over ten glorious autumn days, music becomes your guide to Canberra’s cultural treasures. Open your heart to our cool little capital.

Happening until 9 May 2021 at various venues across Canberra.

See for more information.

Jack Biilmann: Full Circle Tour

Jack Biilmann. Image supplied.

After the launch of a new rock project, a global pandemic and a truck load of inspiration Jack Biilmann is back on the road with his 3rd solo record Full Circle. The record sees Biilmann in his true element of blues/roots but also wanders into the folk, soul, Americana and soul genres into by far the most complete record to date.

This tour will showcase new & old favourite songs, his trademark honesty, soaring lyrics, guitar mastery and the signature wit + likeability everyone has come to expect from his shows. The adopted Canberran has sold out his four last Canberra performances and this show at The Street is not to be missed.

Featuring special guests Hope Wilkins, Tom Dunlop + Steve Allen.

Happening Saturday 8 May at The Street Theatre.

See for more information.

The Canberra Snow Sale

The Canberra Snow Sale has been running for almost 30 years and is a great opportunity to buy and/or sell new and pre-loved snow sports equipment.

All proceeds from the event go toward supporting local ACT snow sports programs and events.

Happening Saturday 8 May from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm at EPIC – Exhibition Park in Canberra.

See for more information.

What if scientists ruled the world?

Can finding the right words save the world? In this unique interactive theatre performance, experience an intriguing alternate world where science just might save humanity, or destroy it, depending on how it is used.

The performance will follow a ‘Forum Theatre’ format, where the audience’s words shape what will happen on stage. The performance will be live streamed, and both online and offline participants will be able to interact with the performers. A co-production of Falling Walls Engage and the Australian Academy of Science, this event is directed by Rebus Theatre in Canberra, with the participation of Science Engagers—part of the Falling Walls Engage Hub Australia.

Children are welcome, but the performance is best suited for teenagers and adults. Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided at intermission. Runtime: Approximately 120 minutes.

Cost: $10 to attend in person, free to attend online

Happening Saturday 8 May 2021 from 7 pm – 9 pm at the Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, Canberra (or online at

See Eventbrite for tickets and more information.

Paintings on Silk by Carole Osmotherly: A Solo Exhibition

Carole Osmotherly, Forest Mood 2.

Local artist Carole Osmotherly will be exhibiting her new body of work in a Solo Exhibition in the dedicated Gallery space at Humble House gallery.

This recent body of works have been created to reflect her fascination with trees.

Carole’s intent is to encourage viewers to experience the many shapes, colours and textures of trees through her carefully considered silk paintings and hangings.

The process of painting on silk is complex and needs a considerable amount of pre-planning. To create the work Carole stretches silk across a wooden frame and applies colour in layers systematically fixing them with hot wax until the silk is completely covered. Once completed the work is steamed. This steaming process fixes the colour and removes the wax. To add depth and colour many of the works in this exhibition have been overpainted and steamed several times.

Paintings on Silk, a Solo Exhibition by Carole Osmotherly opens April 28 and runs through to May 16.

Online Catalogue available

Cost: Free, with free laneside parking

Showing until 16 May at Humble House gallery, 93 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick.

Gallery Hours: 10 am to 4 pm Wednesday to Sunday

See, email or call (02) 6228 1988 for more information.

Building Blocks, a Photography Exhibition by Sarah Annand

Credit: Prue Hazelgrove.

Working primarily to produce textile designs, ACT-based Sarah Annand transforms architectural images into patterns for interiors.

Building Blocks, on show at PhotoAccess until Saturday 8 May, presents a visual study of the artist’s intricate process which incorporates photography, painting and digital processing.

Annand dissects our built environment through a sculptural aesthetic drawing on distinctive modernist and brutalist architectural styles.

Her practice balances the documentation of architectural history with an exploration of new forms and compositions, producing engaging artworks that speak to nostalgia, preservation and abstraction.

Cost: Free, free parking at the Manuka Pool next door.

Showing until Saturday 8 May at PhotoAccess. 30 Manuka Circle, Griffith. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 4 pm.

See for more information.

Harriet Schwarzrock: Spaces between movement and stillness

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‘The heart is often regarded as our emotional centre. Working with this form allows me to contemplate many aspects of being.’

Luminous alone, the myriad tones and permutations of spaces between movement and stillness also echo the boundless forms of love in the autumn-winter exhibition, Australian Love Stories, at the National Portrait Gallery.

Harriet Schwarzrock’s new work explores notions of emotional processes and their physical manifestations. ‘From the subtle yet essential electricity within our bodies, I am fascinated by this interplay between the invisible and the visible, between our extraordinary similarities and differences.’

In spaces between movement and stillness, the artist has embraced science and experimentation to create visual wonders: glass, inert gases, and electricity combine into an array of organic forms, producing a captivating field of colour and movement. ‘Sometimes they have a warm glow, much like an aurora contained in a bottle; in others there are lightning-like lines meandering around the form. Although the gases are invisible, when excited by electricity they reveal subtle effects and differences.’

The creation draws reflections on the role of the human heart as our central, exquisitely responsive ‘engine’. When we’re relaxed, the heart beats at a slow and steady rhythm; when excitement takes hold – for example, in the first throes of true love – the cadence might crank with the beat of a wilful, wild machine.

Showing until 1 August 2021 at the National Portrait Gallery.

See for more information.Raiders vs Eels

Australian Love Stories

Wesley Enoch and David McAllister, 2020 by Peter Brew-Bevan.

Family, friends, fanatics and foes (and everything in between!).

Reconnect and reflect with a new major exhibition, Australian Love Stories (in real life!) and explore love, affection and connection in all its guises. From the enduring to the forbidden, romantic to platonic, the unrequited, obsessive, scandalous or creative. Swoon over more than 200 artworks from across photography, painting, works on paper, small sculpture and an immersive glass installation.

Showing until 1 August 2021 at the National Portrait Gallery.

See for more information.

Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery

Jacopo Tintoretto. The Origin of the Milky Way. c. 1575. © The National Gallery, London.

Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London draws exclusively from one of the greatest collections of European paintings in the world.

This unprecedented exhibition includes 500 years of art in 60 paintings and comprises the largest group of works ever to travel outside of Britain in the National Gallery’s 192-year history.

Botticelli to Van Gogh features 55 of the world’s most famous and admired artists from the fifteenth to the turn of the twentieth century, including Botticelli, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Turner, Constable, Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh.

Exclusive to the National Gallery of Australia—only in Canberra

Showing until 14 June at the National Gallery of Australia.

See for more information.

Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion

Seedpods dress, 2019, Grace Rosendale, silk organza, elastic and sequinned fabric, Hopevale Arts and Cultural Centre and Queensland University of Technology. Model: Magnolia Maymuru. Photo: Bronwyn Kidd.

This stunning exhibition shines a light on Australia’s leading First Nations creatives and a design movement that is fast becoming a national fashion phenomenon.

Featuring the work of Indigenous artists and designers from the inner city to remote desert art centres, Piinpi highlights the strength and diversity of the rapidly epanding Indigenous fashion and textile industry.

Exhibition organised by Bendigo Art Gallery.

Showing until 8 August 2021 at the National Museum of Australia.

See for more information.

Magic of Marion: 150 Years of Marion Mahony Griffin

Happy Birthday Marion Mahony Griffin! Join the National Capital Authority and other National Cultural Partners as they celebrate a year of Marion Mahony Griffin in the national capital.

This year marks Marion’s 150th Birthday, a woman that played such in integral part in architectural designs across two continents.

Marion is known to have produced some of the finest architectural drawings in Australia and America but was also instrumental in the award-winning design plans with her husband Walter for the design of Australia’s Capital, Canberra.

From walks to lectures, launches to talks, see the full program at

Various events happening until 10 August.

See for more information.

Make Your Own at Canberra Glassworks

Create your own artwork with one-on-one guidance from a highly skilled Teaching Artist at the Canberra Glassworks.

Make your own paperweight, bird, tumbler or vase in a short one-on-one session from 20 to 40 minutes long.

Saturday or Sunday sessions available at Canberra Glassworks. Book online at

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