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The weather is a bit all over the shop and half of Canberra is unwell or isolating but guess what? As always, there’s still plenty to do!

Below are some of our top picks for how to spend this weekend, and if you want even more, check out our 100 ways to spend 100 days article, which gives you (you guessed it) 100 ways to spend your summer in Canberra and surrounds.

Learn about Canberra’s wine region 

Have you ever wanted to wow someone with your knowledge of wine? Go along to a Pique Nique class and learn some basics of wine and the Canberra Wine region in a fun, friendly environment!

You’ll discover the essential elements of wine, how wine is made, food and wine pairing – and you get to do all this by tasting through a hand-picked selection of quality Canberra wines.

Saturday 22 January from 1 pm | The Canberra Wine House, 2 Badham St, Dickson | Facebook

Count down the hottest tunes of 2021 at Capital Brewing Co.

Tunes, beers and a good time…what else do you need on a Saturday? Join Capital Brewing Co in their expansive outdoor beer garden for a countdown of Triple J’s Hottest 100 Songs and a celebration of GABS Hottest 100 Crafts Beers.

Play countdown bingo, and maybe score yourself a brew or two if they land beers in the top 100.

Saturday 22 January from 11.30 am | Building 3, 1 Dairy Road Fyshwick Facebook

Get fit with Bollyfit Bootcamp 

Fitness and kid-friendly fun can be found at the Bollyfit Bootcamp. Fusing Bollywood with dance fitness, you’re sure to get your sweat on as you boogie the morning away. With limited spots available, make sure to book a ticket!

Saturday 22 January from 9:30 am | 30 Darling St, Mitchell | eventbrite 

Celebrate iconic moments in contemporary Australian film 

Kicking off tomorrow, Friday 21 January, Australians & Hollywood: A Tale of Craft, Talent and Ambition is a Canberra-exclusive exhibition celebrating iconic moments in contemporary Australian film.

This blockbuster exhibition by the NFSA features beloved cinema moments, rare behind-the-scenes footage and costumes and props from the NFSA collection on display for the first time. Discover the creativity and craft that goes into making a classic and get up close with personal treasures from Eric Bana, Paul Hogan, Baz Luhrmann and more.

Until 17 July | National Sound and Film Archive of Australia |

Take in the lake as you’ve never seen it before from The Jetty

The Jetty (pictured above)—summer’s newest pop-up bar from the team at Kingston’s The Dock pub—has docked (sorry) at Commonwealth Place to give you views of the lake like you’ve never seen them before. And with a beer in hand too!

Find out more here.

Thursday to Sunday from 12-9 pm | Commonwealth Place

Take the kids to Magic Beach 

Alison Lester AM’s classic book Magic Beach comes to life on stage this Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 January celebrating the power of the imagination and the differences that make every child special.

Perfect for children aged 3–12 and their adults, it’s a wonderful world of text, song, light, shadow and movement.

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 January | Canberra Theatre Centre | 

Sunset Cinemas

Gather your friends and family, sit back, relax and watch the stars at your new summer local! Open multiple nights each week from 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 |

Immerse yourself in history with Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes

This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition can’t be missed. Showcasing the competitive spirit of the Ancient Greek world through sports, politics, drama, music, and warfare, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes is illuminated by more than 170 objects from the British Museum.

From large marble statues of athletes and gods to richly illustrated pottery and bronze weapons, the exhibition reveals a vibrant and innovative society that endures in its art, culture, and legends.

Until 1 May | National Museum of Australia |  

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

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

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