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Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this week!

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HerCanberra and Canberra Outlet Shopping Tour

Join HerCanberra, Canberra Outlet Centre stylist Tracey Davis and Sofia Polak from the Fashion Vault for a shopping tour full of styling tips and tricks.

First up, head to the Lindt Chocolate shop for a coffee or hot chocolate to get you powered up, and then join our shopping tour as Canberra Outlet’s style team takes you through a selection of their favourite stores.

Happening from 9.10 am Saturday 8 December at Canberra Outlet Centre.

See Eventbrite for bookings. Bookings essential.

The Christmas Handmade Market

The Christmas Handmade Market is an indoor event showcasing over 280 Australian creative businesses. All products on sale are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade Market to support Australian designers and find something unique, well priced, where you can meet the maker.

There will be everything from fashion, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, children’s toys and clothing, jewellery and accessories and including our indoor gourmet food and wine pavilion. Perfect for all your Christmas shopping in one place!

The market is held at EPIC, Exhibition Park in Canberra. You can drive to the venue, there is lots of parking including coach parking and a large disabled parking area. ATMs are located on site. There is public transport to the event.

Happening Friday 7 December from 5 pm – 9 pm and Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December from 10 am – 4 pm.

Rome Up Late

Experience Ancient Rome after dark in an adults-only night of events.

Visit the exhibition, grab a drink at the bar, learn some of the grisly details about life in Ancient Rome from our expert speakers and top the night off watching a popular classic film.

Over 18s only, exhibition open 5–8.30 pm. Cost: $35 adult, $30 concession, $25 Museum Friends (includes exhibition, lecture and film)

Happening Wednesday 5 December from 5 – 10 pm at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Canberra. Tickets from $35.

Visit Eventbrite for more details.

The Illusionists: Direct From Broadway

This completely new, mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of eight of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Audiences will witness stunning acts of grand illusion, levitation, mindreading, and disappearance.

The group of world-class performers takes their cue from the showmanship of the great illusionists of the past such as Harry Houdini and pair it with a new and updated contemporary aesthetic, whose set and costumes design lend the genre theatricality and artistry that has rarely been seen before.

Happening 6 – 11 December from various times at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra. Tickets from $45.

Visit the website for more details.

Canberra Christmas Market

The Canberra Christmas Market is one of the capital’s biggest and best. Over two-days, shoppers will uncover wonderful gifts, specialty items, gourmet foods and more. The market has more than 90 stallholders–a one-stop shop for all your Christmas needs.

Gather family and friends and get into the Christmas spirit. Listen to wonderful carols. Meet Santa. Get the kids to help decorate gingerbread houses. Celebrate the most special time of the year. The Canberra Christmas Market is accepting applications from stallholders now. It’s quick and easy to apply online.

Happening 7 – 8 December from 9 am – 3 pm at Exhibition Park, Flemington Road, Canberra. Entry and parking is free.

Visit the website for more information.

An Evening with the Heath Ledger Curator: Dr Allison Holland

The blockbuster exhibition, Heath Ledger: A life in Pictures, has already attracted more than 14,000 visitors since opening at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) in August.

On Saturday 8 December join curator Dr Allison Holland, for a discussion on what it was like to produce the exhibition, sharing stories about Heath learned from family, friends and colleagues.

Developed by the Western Australian Museum, the exhibition includes research journals and hand-written notes, original costumes from films Heath Ledger starred in, his Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Dark Knight, and two of his motorcycles.

Dr Holland also sorted through more than 5000 photographs and 30 hours of film footage while deciding which images captured the life and times of the late actor best. Some were taken by Ledger on set. Others are by renowned photographers Karin Catt, Frances Andrijich, Platon and Anthony Amos.

It was a surprise to Dr Holland that Legend was a prolific photographer, and that he was working towards becoming a grandmaster in chess. He even created journals to help him better understand the characters he portrayed. These are displayed in a glass case, along with memorabilia reflecting Heath’s interest in music videos and directing.

Tickets to Dr Holland’s talk include a welcome drink and a private viewing of the exhibition.

Happening Saturday 8 December from 5.30 pm at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Mc Coy Circuit, Acton.

Purchase tickets here.

Tickets: $20 (includes welcome drink). Adults 18+ 

SUNSET CINEMA

Sink into a beanbag, sip on fine wine…. laugh long and loud.

Sunset Cinema is back at the Botanic Gardens from November til January. Featuring foot-stomping blockbusters, family favourites and VHS classics under the stars.

With full bar facilities and more food than you can poke a fork at, Sunset Cinema is the ultimate way to soak up Summer in Canberra this year.

Feature films include Bohemian Rhapsody, Fantastic Beasts 2 & Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Check the website to see the full program.

Happening 28 November 2018 – 12 January 2019 at the National Botanic Gardens.

See the website for more information.

FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE

A Canberra must-do during spring and summer, Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House is happening again for summer 2018/19!

With seating across Old Parliament House’s gorgeous Senate Courtyard and its adjoining restaurant Hoi Polloi, Friday Night Drinks is an all-weather event, and the expansive venue means that large groups are welcomed, no matter the size. With its Parliamentary Triangle location, lots of parking and regular public transport access it’s also a perfect meeting place.

Happening every Friday from 4 pm until late at Hoi Polloi, inside Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.

Canberra Beer, Wine and Barbeque Festival

This year on Saturday 8 December, local breweries, wineries and all things barbecue will be found at one of the region’s most stunning event venues, Goolabri. Hosting the very first Canberra Beer Wine & Barbeque Festival, “The Wedgetail Pavilion” is the perfect setting.

The Canberra region has some incredible wines and fantastic craft beers, found from Murrumbateman to Fyshwick, Wamboin to Wee Jasper. Take this opportunity to sample the best of what Canberra has to offer, all in one place.

Expect some of the nation’s finest BBQ stalls from a variety of different cultures. Be tantalised by everything from spit roasted and smoked meats all the way down to the humble sausage sandwich and of course some vegetarian options! Beat the heat with ice-creams and cold drinks.

The line-up includes the smooth solo performance of Canberra darling, FELIX, followed by one man band Richard Perso on didgeridoos, acoustic guitars combining electric overdrive, kick drum, tambourine and vocals, and the chilled vibes of Guyy Lilleyman. The energy will build into the evening with the rootsy coastal sounds of The Somedays and the funky bassy rhythms of the legendary Changeable Dan leaving us well sated. Raio de Sol, Canberra’s Community Samba Band tend to pop up at festivals like this, bringing the Carnivale atmosphere with them.

Gather your people for some drinks and a dance or even make a solo mission and enjoy the natural serenity of Goolabri. There will be multiple attractions to suit all ages including activities to keep those kiddies happy!

Happening Saturday 8 December from 12 – 9 pm at Goolabri, 202 Goolabri Drive, Sutton.

Find tickets and more information via the website. The event itself is free entry

It is only 10 mins from inner Canberra so they recommend car-pooling or booking a seat on the shuttle bus so you are free to relax, and enjoy getting home from the event responsibly.

Free Entry.

BREAKING THROUGH: 75 YEARS OF WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT

Why did it take so long for women to get elected? And once they were there, what was their experience within the parliament?

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first women elected to Australian Federal Parliament, Breaking Through exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy explores the journeys of 11 trailblazers who were the first to hold particular parliamentary positions.

These are stories of resilience, perseverance and ground-breaking achievements.

From 1943 when Dorothy Tangney and Enid Lyons were the first women elected to parliament through to today where woman have held the highest positions in all areas of parliament, including Prime Minister.

Breaking Through exhibition, recognises the significant contribution these women made in Australia’s democracy. Look back on their lives, uncover their motivations and what they view as their greatest achievements.

Told through never before seen portraits, each a unique representation by a young artist, and powerful stories of change-makers breaking through, this exhibition will inspire visitors to think about the role of women in parliament, what it took to get there and whether we’ve come far enough.

Showing until 28 August 2019 from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.

Cellar Door

Cellar Door is a new wine market for Canberra’s wonderful wine scene. Buy wines from local makers every Saturday afternoon in the iconic Nishi Grand Stair, NewActon Precinct. Grab a souvenir glass, taste the latest drops, and buy at cellar door prices.

Wine stalls rotate each week with complementing stalls like flowers, cheese, chocolate and books. Capital City Soul Club are the resident DJs.

Make a day of it with a film at Palace Electric Cinema and NewActon’s leading food and drink destinations.

Happening Saturday 8 December from 3-6 pm on the Nishi Grand Stair, inside the Nishi Building, Philip Law Street, NewActon. See the Facebook event for more details.

ROME: CITY + EMPIRE

Stories of Rome and its vast empire continue to captivate and intrigue people almost 3000 years after their foundation.

Rome: City and Empire brings to Canberra more than 200 of the British Museum’s most engaging and beautiful Roman objects. They tell the story of how Rome grew from a series of small villages to become a mighty empire.

Explore how the empire was won and held, witness the grandeur of Rome and appreciate the rich diversity of its peoples.

Happening until 3 February from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information.

COOK AND THE PACIFIC

Visitors to Cook and the Pacific will follow James Cook’s three remarkable Pacific voyages, and explore this spectacular region through the eyes of the British voyagers and the First Nations peoples they met.

The exhibition takes visitors on a journey to the Pacific 250 years ago, with destinations including Tahiti, New Zealand, the east coast of Australia, Hawaii and even Siberia.

With content drawn from around the world, visitors will be enthralled by maps, manuscripts, rare books, large oil paintings, delicate watercolours by voyage artists, medallions, cartoons and poetry.

Open daily 10 am – 5 pm until 10 February 2019 at the National Library of Australia.

See the website for more information.

Democracy. Are you in?

Your voice, your hands and even your feet have the power to be heard. Our freedoms and our way of life have been built on the foundation of democracy. This living system is sustained through the participation of each and all of us. Democracy is sustained by you. Australian democracy is a work in progress. Curiously, at a time of stability and unparalleled economic growth, confidence in our political and social institutions is at its lowest point in decades. But giving up on them is not the answer. Our democracy needs us. Are you in?

Open daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Find out more at moadoph.gov.au.

BEAUTY RICH AND RARE

An immersive sound and light experience illuminating the natural beauty of Australia through the eyes of Sir Joseph Banks.

Feel the excitement and wonder of Banks and his team of botanists, scientists, and illustrators as they documented Australia’s unique botanical and animal species, astonishing eighteenth-century Europe.

Open daily 10 am – 5 pm until 10 February 2019 at the National Library of Australia.

See the website for more information.

Heath Ledger: A Life In Pictures

Audiences around the world know and love Heath Ledger as a charismatic movie star who pushed boundaries and created iconic roles. Now they have a chance to discover Heath’s creative process and deep passion for the film industry and the visual arts, in a unique exhibition curated in collaboration with his family.

Explore a selection of film costumes and props, Heath’s own character research journals, celebrity portraits and acting awards and more. A Life in Pictures offers a rare insight into the man behind the camera. A program of special screenings and talks will complement the exhibition.

Showing until 10 February 2019 at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Acton. See website for more information.

Trivia Tuesdays at Casino Canberra

Got a brain full of useless facts and information? Make some money off it at Casino Canberra!

Trivia kicks off at 6:30 pm every Tuesday with free entry and cash prizes to be won!

Visit the website for more information.

From 6 – 8.30 pm at Keep Co NewActon.

See Facebook for more information.

PLAYUP

Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too! From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information. Free after museum admission. Open from 9 am to 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Cost: Free.

MathsAlive!

MathsAlive!, the one-of-a-kind interactive maths and science exhibit, that has drawn record-breaking crowds in five countries around the world is coming to Canberra in December!

Experience how maths plays a role in our everyday lives through sports, nature, robotics, design, dancing, movie-making and more. Ride in a live-action snowboard race, control a Mars rover, design your own 3-D animation or capture your image in a 360 freeze-motion video. 

MathsAlive!, a Raytheon Company initiative consists of dozens of immersive interactive exhibits and is suitable for years 3 – 10.

Free admission. Open daily 9am – 5pm (closed 25 December) until 17 March 2019 at East Space, Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Commonwealth Place, Parkes.

More information on the website.

Trivia Tuesdays

Grab your mates, grab a drink and get ready for a good time. MOLO Live will be hosting trivia every Tuesday – and if that wasn’t good enough, the winners get to ‘pluck a duck’ for a chance to win some awesome prizes.

If your team is the brainiest you stand a chance to win a keg, vouchers from Brodburger, Bentspoke or STA Travel and heaps more!

Happening every Tuesday from 5.30 pm at MOLO Live, in the ANU Pop-Up Village on ANU Campus, Acton.

FESTIVE CELEBRATIONS

Extended Trading hours at Canberra Centre

Enjoy Canberra Centre’s extended opening hours this festive season so you can get more done.

For a comprehensive list of opening times, click here.

Happening 8 December 2018 – 2 January 2019 at Canberra Centre.

See the website for more information

Extended Trade at Westfield

Need more time?

With so much to do at this time of year, it feels like there is never enough hours in the day! Westfield Woden and Belconnen will be open longer to make it easy this Christmas. Enjoy extended trading hours at Westfield from Sunday 9th December – Wednesday 26th December.

Plus, this year Westfield will be offering customers the opportunity to shop until Midnight on Wednesday 19 December.

At Westfield Woden you will be able to enjoy a complimentary prosecco bar, live music and sweet treats while you shop!

Happening 9-26 December at Westfield Belconnen and Westfield Woden. Click on the centres now for opening hours.

Elf on the Shelf

The Elf on a Shelf tradition began with one family and is today shared by millions across the world, gain popularity each year. A Scout Elf gets their magic by being adopted/ named by a family. This magic allows the Scout Elf to fly back to the North Pole each evening to help Santa write his naughty and nice list. Before the morning, the Scout Elf flies back from the North Pole, and hides in a new spot, creating a fun hide-and-seek game for children and families

This Christmas, Westfield invite you to share this tradition with their 12 days of Christmas. Each night, the Scout Elf will fly to a new location, ready to be found. Clues to find the Scout Elf will be shared on the Westfield Belconnen and Westfield Woden Facebook pages, and the first family to find him wins!

There are 12 prizes to be won!

Happening until 12 December at Westfield Woden and Westfield Belconnen. Click the centre names to find out more.

Pet Photography at Westfield

Get the purr-fect pet photo this Christmas!

Make sure the entire family is involved in the Christmas photo this year with Santa pet photography! Pet’s are invited to attend Westfield’s Christmas set for their exclusive photo with Santa.

Happening Friday 7 December 6 pm – 9 pm at Belconnen: Level 1, Centre Court at the Santa Set and Woden: Santa Set The Level 1, near JB HiFi.

See more information about Belconnen here and Woden here.

Bookings are essential for pet photography.

SANTA’S ENCHANTED GARDEN at Canberra Centre

Santa arrives in-centre on Saturday 10 November, taking up residence in his brand-new Enchanted Garden. Father Christmas will be available for photos daily up until Christmas Eve…skip the queue and pre-book your ticket online.

Level One, Canberra Centre, Bunda Street, City.

See the website for more information.

Santa Photography at Westfield

Capture the magic of Christmas with your family

What will you ask Santa for this year? It’s time for your annual Christmas portrait with Santa! From Saturday 10th November, Santa will be available for photos every day right up until Christmas so there’s plenty of opportunities to come in and create that lasting memory.

BOOK YOUR SESSION ONLINE

It’s the busiest time of the year so to make it easier to attend your Santa photo, online bookings will be available. Walk-ins are still an option but for the time poor, we can secure your photo time through an online booking form.  

BELCONNEN

Where: Level 1, Centre Court
When: until 24 December
See the website for more information

WODEN

Where: Level 1, Centre Court
When: until 24 December
See the website for more information.

PET PHOTOGRAPHY AT SOUTH.POINT TUGGERANONG

Come down and have a photo taken with Santa and your furry friend!

Happening 7 and 14 December from 7-9pm at Centre Court, South. Point Tuggeranong.

See the website for more information.

SENSITIVE SANTA AT SOUTH.POINT TUGGERANONG

Santa will be holding a session for children with special needs, so they can have their photo taken and enjoy some time with Santa. Sensitive Santa sessions will operate with no background music or flash lighting, and will be wheelchair accessible.
Happening on Thursday 6 December from 6.30 – 7.30 pm at South.Point Tuggeranong.

For bookings email marketing@southpointcanberra.com.au

CHARITY CHRISTMAS WRAPPING AT SOUTH.POINT TUGGERANONG

Gift Wrapping, the not-so-fun part of Christmas.

No need to stress, simply visit South.Point’s gift-wrapping station in Centre Court and have all of your gifts wrapped for $1 each with all funds will be donated to the Lions Club.

Happening until 24 December from 9 am – 5 pm daily at Centre Court, South.Point Tuggeranong.

Kids Christmas Activities

Keep your little elves happy!

Christmas can be a busy time of year so to help keep your little ones entertained, visit Westfield’s kids Christmas activity zone. Every day there is something at the space to help keep the kids entertained. From playing games to storytelling to arts and crafts.

Happening until 24 December. Located in Belconnen: Level 1, next to the Santa Set and at Woden on level 1, next to the Santa Set.

FOOD & DRINK

Canberra Beer, Wine and Barbeque Festival

This year on Saturday 8 December, local breweries, wineries and all things barbecue will be found at one of the region’s most stunning event venues, Goolabri. Hosting the very first Canberra Beer Wine & Barbeque Festival, “The Wedgetail Pavilion” is the perfect setting.

The Canberra region has some incredible wines and fantastic craft beers, found from Murrumbateman to Fyshwick, Wamboin to Wee Jasper. Take this opportunity to sample the best of what Canberra has to offer, all in one place.

Expect some of the nation’s finest BBQ stalls from a variety of different cultures. Be tantalised by everything from spit roasted and smoked meats all the way down to the humble sausage sandwich and of course some vegetarian options! Beat the heat with ice-creams and cold drinks.

The line-up includes the smooth solo performance of Canberra darling, FELIX, followed by one man band Richard Perso on didgeridoos, acoustic guitars combining electric overdrive, kick drum, tambourine and vocals, and the chilled vibes of Guyy Lilleyman. The energy will build into the evening with the rootsy coastal sounds of The Somedays and the funky bassy rhythms of the legendary Changeable Dan leaving us well sated. Raio de Sol, Canberra’s Community Samba Band tend to pop up at festivals like this, bringing the Carnivale atmosphere with them.

Gather your people for some drinks and a dance or even make a solo mission and enjoy the natural serenity of Goolabri. There will be multiple attractions to suit all ages including activities to keep those kiddies happy!

Happening Saturday 8 December from 12 – 9 pm at Goolabri, 202 Goolabri Drive, Sutton.

Find tickets and more information via the website. The event itself is free entry

It is only 10 mins from inner Canberra so they recommend car-pooling or booking a seat on the shuttle bus so you are free to relax, and enjoy getting home from the event responsibly.

Free Entry.

Christmas Breakfast at Pod Food

Indulge at Pod Food’s breakfast degustation series.

For the perfect Christmas breakfast this December, look no further.

Owner John and Head Chef Jack will be getting into the spirit with this festive Christmas themed breakfast. Dishes inspired by Christmas classics along with some of their creative flair will be sure to make for a wonderful morning with the family, work or on your own.

They will also be pairing some non-alcoholic yuletide beverages (or something a little stronger) to add some jingle to your bell.

$50 per person for four courses with matching beverages starting from $20 per person.

Happening Sunday 9 December from 9 am at Pod Food, 12 Beltana Road, Pialligo.

See the website to book and for more details.

The Christmas Handmade Market

The Christmas Handmade Market is an indoor event showcasing over 280 Australian creative businesses. All products on sale are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade Market to support Australian designers and find something unique, well priced, where you can meet the maker.

There will be everything from fashion, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, children’s toys and clothing, jewellery and accessories and including our indoor gourmet food and wine pavilion. Perfect for all your Christmas shopping in one place!

The market is held at EPIC, Exhibition Park in Canberra. You can drive to the venue, there is lots of parking including coach parking and a large disabled parking area. ATMs are located on site. There is public transport to the event.

Happening Friday 7 December from 5 pm – 9 pm and Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December from 10 am – 4 pm.

FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE

A Canberra must-do during spring and summer, Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House is happening again for summer 2018/19!

With seating across Old Parliament House’s gorgeous Senate Courtyard and its adjoining restaurant Hoi Polloi, Friday Night Drinks is an all-weather event, and the expansive venue means that large groups are welcomed, no matter the size. With its Parliamentary Triangle location, lots of parking and regular public transport access it’s also a perfect meeting place.

Happening every Friday from 4 pm until late at Hoi Polloi, inside Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.

Friday Food Fest

Tantalise your taste buds and Friday Food Fest; running for ten Friday evenings during October – December on the grassy shores of the Queanbeyan River at QEII Park.

A range of fabulous food vendors will offer a great variety of dishes and flavours; come on down and enjoy the food, warmer weather and a fantastic atmosphere!

Happening every Friday until 21 December at Queen Elizabeth II Park, Queanbeyan from 5-9pm. Free Entry.

For more information head to qprc.nsw.au.

Cellar Door  

Cellar Door is a new wine market for Canberra’s wonderful wine scene. Buy wines from local makers every Saturday afternoon in the iconic Nishi Grand Stair, NewActon Precinct. Grab a souvenir glass, taste the latest drops, and buy at cellar door prices.

Wine stalls rotate each week with complementing stalls like flowers, cheese, chocolate and books. Capital City Soul Club are the resident DJs.

Make a day of it with a film at Palace Electric Cinema and NewActon’s leading food and drink destinations.

Happening Saturday 8 December from 3-6 pm on the Nishi Grand Stair, inside the Nishi Building, Philip Law Street, NewActon. See the Facebook event for more details.

UNDERGROUND SPIRITS TIPPLE AND TEA

Hosted at the beautiful Hyatt Hotel, Underground Spirits Tipple and Tea is a chance to combine cocktails make from Underground Spirits liquor with traditional and well-loved tea at The Hyatt Hotel. The event is for both guests and visitors to enjoy a mixture of cocktails and tea alongside a traditional afternoon tea by The Hyatt. The menu will feature an unusual yet intriguing blend of cocktails to choose from.

The event is happening from 16 November until 18 November. For more information and tickets contact mikaela.panting@hyatt.com or 02 6269 8901.

HIGH TEA AT PIALLIGO ESTATE

Showcasing a range of sweet and savoury treats by Pialligo Estate, alongside an impeccable range of tea’s by Canberra based Tea Garden Co.

High Tea at Pialligo Estate is as refined as its setting. Tuck into delicate pastries and cakes, classic finger sandwiches, scones with Estate jam plus a glass of bubbles for extra indulgence.

This High Tea is perfect for celebrations, birthdays, hen parties, dates, family get-togethers and friends wanting something different! Bookings are essential.

Inclusions | Glass of Bubbles, Selection of Tea Garden Co. Teas, Selection of sweet and savoury items.

Happening weekends until Saturday 22 December from 10am at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. From $55. See the website for more information.

TIPSY TEA AT WHITE RABBIT COCKTAIL ROOM  

It’s always time for tea at White Rabbit Cocktail Room, Tipsy Tea that is! Kicking off from two every Saturday and Sunday, Tipsy Tea is perfect for those seeking a little adventure.

Tipsy Tea ($65 pp), in true White Rabbit style combines classic high tea flare with signature concoctions encouraging the curious to explore their senses. To eat, you are greeted by a 3- tier platter with an array of flavoursome bites including; spiced pork sausage rolls, smoked salmon and cream cheese pinwheel sandwiches and semi-dried tomato and caramelised onion tarts. Looking for something a little sweeter? Try the sour rhubarb and marshmallow tarts or the delightful dark chocolate and peanut brownies topped with caramel icing.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 2-5 pm at White Rabbit Cocktail Room, 65 Northbourne Avenue, City.

Book your table via info@whiterabbitroom.com.au or on (02) 6257 7779.

GARDEN BAR HAPPY HOUR  

Select wine, beer, basic spirits, cocktail specials while you enjoy live music from Canberra’s most talented local musicians. Make your Friday happy and relaxing with a various selection of popular drinks.

Happening Friday every week between 5pm – 7pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, inside Hotel Realm 18 National Circuit, Barton.

Cost: $5 wine, beer, spirits.

FRIDAY SOIRÉE AT BUVETTE  

Add a little sparkle to your Friday night with Buvette Bistro’s Friday Soirée. Set outdoors in the Parisian-style Buvette Terrace, celebrate the weekend with this exclusive event. Enjoy VIP service with a personal bartender and select your drink of choice from the special cocktail menu, designed exclusively for Friday Soirée.

Sip on a French 75 or a Lychee Torsadée whilst enjoying fresh oysters, charcuterie or a duck liver parfait.

Every Friday from 4 pm to 7 pm at Buvette, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

HIGH TEA ON THE BURBURY TERRACE  

Designed to blend tradition with innovation, the new Burbury High Tea menu also offers signature favourites with freshly- baked scones, strawberry macaron and finger sandwiches. Burbury Terrace is also proud to introduce a fully-dedicated gluten-free high tea menu. Remaining as innovative as the standard menu, it also includes the traditional sandwiches and indulgent sweets.

$50.00 per person including TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee. $60 per person including a glass of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee.

Available Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 4.30pm at Burbury Terrace, Barton. Find more information here.

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE  

Spoil yourself with a bountiful spread including savouries, charcuterie, cheeses and decadent desserts. Every Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar.

It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch…but it is an indulgent feast for all the senses. The Buvette Petit Feast features freshly made savouries and sweets as well as lavish desserts. In addition to tea and coffee, you can order a Bloody Mary, French Champagne and Rosé.

Available between 11.30am – 2.30pm on select Saturdays at $65 per guest, including a complimentary glass of Rosé.

For $15 guests can add unlimited Mimosas. Buvette is fully licensed and has free parking all weekend, outdoor covered seating and complimentary WiFi.

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email buvette@domahotels.com.au. Find out more at hotelrealm.com.au.

TACO TUESDAY  

Your choice of chicken, pork, or beef in a soft shell taco with cabbage, shallots & coriander. Happening every Tuesday from 1pm-5pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

BURGERS & BEERS  

A selection of Burgers and tap beer. Happening every Wednesday from 5pm-10pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

PIZZA & PALE ALE THURSDAYS  

A selection of housemade Pizza paired with a schooner of James Squire Pale Beer. Happening at 5 pm every Thursday at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

MUSIC, STAGE AND THEATRE

The Illusionists: Direct From Broadway 

This completely new, mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of eight of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Audiences will witness stunning acts of grand illusion, levitation, mindreading, and disappearance.

The group of world class performers takes their cue from the showmanship of the great illusionists of the past such as Harry Houdini and pair it with a new and updated contemporary aesthetic, whose set and costumes design lend the genre theatricality and artistry that has rarely been seen before.

Happening 6 – 11 December from various times at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra. Tickets from $45.

Visit the website for more details.

Rome Up Late

Experience Ancient Rome after dark in an adults-only night of events.

Visit the exhibition, grab a drink at the bar, learn some of the grisly details about life in Ancient Rome from our expert speakers and top the night off watching a popular classic film.

Over 18s only, exhibition open 5–8.30 pm. Cost: $35 adult, $30 concession, $25 Museum Friends (includes exhibition, lecture and film)

Happening Wednesday 5 December from 5 – 10 pm at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Canberra. Tickets from $35.

Visit Eventbrite for more details.

Vempati Narthanam

This captivating classical Indian dance performance features never before seen choreography from the genius Vempati Ravishankar, who sadly passed away earlier this year. Performed by several acclaimed Kuchipudi dancers including Sadhanalaya School of Arts owner Smt Vanaja Dasika.

Vempati Narthanam explores the evolution of Kuchipudi, a classical Indian dance form with an ancient history, through a lineage of masterful choreographers.

Happening Sunday 2 December from 3 – 4:30 pm at Belconnen Community Theatre, Chandler Street, Belconnen. Tickets are $20.

See the website for more details.

Canberra Youth Theatre Company 2019 Launch

Celebrating a successful year, and promoting their 2019 program, the Canberra Youth Centre will be holding a launch at Gorman Arts Centre this week.

This event is supported by Youthcare Canberra and asks its guests to donate a gift for the festive season, for a young person aged 15-25 years.

Happening Friday 7 December from 5:30 pm at Gorman Arts Centre, Ainslie Avenue, Braddon. Entry to the event is free, however RSVP is required.

Visit the website for more details.

Canberra Opera presents Christmas at the Opera

Enjoy a beautiful mix of the “lighter” side of Opera with a mix of all time favourite Christmas songs featuring Canberra Opera soloists and the Canberra Opera Chorus.

Kicking off from 7:30 pm, the event is perfect for all Christmas lovers, young and old.

Happening Friday 7 December from 7:30 pm at St Philips Anglican Church, Cnr Macpherson and Moorhouse Streets, O’Conner. Tickets are $5 per child and $30 per adult.

Buy tickets here.

A Very Musical Christmas with Lightbulb Improv

Canberra’s very own improvised theatre troupe gives a fresh take on comedy each month. This month Lightbulb will turn Christmas traditions upside down. Christmas carols made up on the spot, sketches about Great Aunt Gladys and the … well who knows!?

This will be Lightbulb’s last show of the year so join them for a romp of improvised mayhem inspired by the silly season. They’ll explore the good, bad and ugly sides to Christmas…all through song. And all to make you laugh. Don’t miss out on this cheeky Christmas extravaganza.

Happening Saturday 7 December from 7:3 pm at Smiths Alternative, Alinga St, Canberra. Tickets from $15.

Visit the website for more information.

A Very Kransky Christmas

Australia’s most loved faux siblings, THE KRANSKY SISTERS, are firing up the 1950 Morris Major in December and hitting the road with their macabrely festive show, A Very Kransky Christmas.

Mourne, Eve and Dawn Kransky will be spreading their signature brand of Christmas cheer at Canberra Theatre Centre on December 9.

Happening Sunday 9 December from 7:30 pm at The Playhouse Theatre, London Circuit, Canberra. Tickets are $60.85.

Trivia Tuesdays

Grab your mates, grab a drink and get ready for a good time. MOLO Live will be hosting trivia every Tuesday – and if that wasn’t good enough, the winners get to ‘pluck a duck’ for a chance to win some awesome prizes.

If your team is the brainiest you stand a chance to win a keg, vouchers from Brodburger, Bentspoke or STA Travel and heaps more!

Happening every Tuesday from 5.30 pm at MOLO Live, in the ANU Pop-Up Village on ANU Campus, Acton.

Trivia Tuesdays at Casino Canberra

Got a brain full of useless facts and information? Make some money off it at Casino Canberra!

Trivia kicks off at 6:30 pm every Tuesday with free entry and cash prizes to be won!

Visit the website for more information.

SUNSET SESSIONS AT THE LAKES  

The perfect way to end your week…Head to The Lakes every Friday from 4pm in the lounge, for your chance to see some of Canberra’s best local musicians!

Happening until Friday 29 March 2019 at Gungahlin Lakes Golf & Community Club, 110 Gundaroo Drive, Nicholls. Free entry. See the website for more information.

FILM  

SUNSET CINEMA

Sink into a beanbag, sip on fine wine…. laugh long and loud.

Sunset Cinema
is back at the Botanic Gardens from November til January. Featuring foot-stomping blockbusters, family favourites and VHS classics under the stars.

With full bar facilities and more food than you can poke a fork at, Sunset Cinema is the ultimate way to soak up Summer in Canberra this year.

Feature films include Bohemian Rhapsody, Fantastic Beasts 2 & Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Check the website to see the full program.

Happening 28 November 2018 – 12 January 2019 at the National Botanic Gardens.

See the website for more information.

LORDS OF DOGTOWN

Lords of Dogtown is the first of a short season of surf and skateboard inspired movies opening at the air-conditioned Arc cinema on 7 December. The film follows surf and skateboarding trends in California during the 1970s. Heath Ledger stars as Skip, mentor to a group of kids at Venice Beach who master the same hard turns they do on surfboards, with skateboards when there is no surf.  What transpires is the beginning of a competitive skateboarding culture.

Happening Friday 7 December from 7 pm at the Arc Cinema, NFSA.

SPINNING AROUND IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS

The Vinyl Lounge Record Fair is returning to the NFSA in time for Christmas, with hundreds of records on sale for the vinyl lovers in your life. All genres of music will be on sale, including Blues, Jazz, Rock, Metal, Hip Hop, Prog, Reggae and Funk. The fair coincides with the Vinyl Lounge, the capital’s favourite monthly gathering of music lovers, in the NFSA theatrette. This will be the final Vinyl Lounge for the year. It will return on 1 February 2019, followed by the first Friday of every month.

Happening 7 December from 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm at National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

AN EVENING WITH THE CURATOR

Join us for an evening in conversation with Dr Allison Holland, curator of the exhibition, Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures. Visiting from Sydney where she curates the Australian Centre for Photography, Holland will share the stories about Heath learned from family, friends and colleagues which helped her shape the exhibition. Tickets include a welcome drink, curator presentation and a private viewing of the exhibition.

Happening 8 December from 5.30 pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

FESTIVALS

Canberra Beer, Wine and Barbeque Festival

This year on Saturday 8 December, local breweries, wineries and all things barbecue will be found at one of the region’s most stunning event venues, Goolabri. Hosting the very first Canberra Beer Wine & Barbeque Festival, “The Wedgetail Pavilion” is the perfect setting.

The Canberra region has some incredible wines and fantastic craft beers, found from Murrumbateman to Fyshwick, Wamboin to Wee Jasper. Take this opportunity to sample the best of what Canberra has to offer, all in one place.

Expect some of the nation’s finest BBQ stalls from a variety of different cultures. Be tantalised by everything from spit roasted and smoked meats all the way down to the humble sausage sandwich and of course some vegetarian options! Beat the heat with ice-creams and cold drinks.

The line-up includes the smooth solo performance of Canberra darling, FELIX, followed by one man band Richard Perso on didgeridoos, acoustic guitars combining electric overdrive, kick drum, tambourine and vocals, and the chilled vibes of Guyy Lilleyman. The energy will build into the evening with the rootsy coastal sounds of The Somedays and the funky bassy rhythms of the legendary Changeable Dan leaving us well sated. Raio de Sol, Canberra’s Community Samba Band tend to pop up at festivals like this, bringing the Carnivale atmosphere with them.

Gather your people for some drinks and a dance or even make a solo mission and enjoy the natural serenity of Goolabri. There will be multiple attractions to suit all ages including activities to keep those kiddies happy!

Happening Saturday 8 December from 12 – 9 pm at Goolabri, 202 Goolabri Drive, Sutton.

Find tickets and more information via the website. The event itself is free entry

It is only 10 mins from inner Canberra so they recommend car-pooling or booking a seat on the shuttle bus so you are free to relax, and enjoy getting home from the event responsibly.

Free Entry.

MARKETS

The Christmas Handmade Market

The Christmas Handmade Market is an indoor event showcasing over 280 Australian creative businesses. All products on sale are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade Market to support Australian designers and find something unique, well priced, where you can meet the maker.

There will be everything from fashion, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, children’s toys and clothing, jewellery and accessories and including our indoor gourmet food and wine pavilion. Perfect for all your Christmas shopping in one place!

The market is held at EPIC, Exhibition Park in Canberra. You can drive to the venue, there is lots of parking including coach parking and a large disabled parking area. ATMs are located on site. There is public transport to the event.

Happening Friday 7 December from 5 pm – 9 pm and Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December from 10 am – 4 pm. 

AIATSIS Indigenous Art Market

The 2018 AIATSIS Indigenous Art Market is bigger and better than ever! Now in its 5th year, there will be art stalls, food, hot and cold beverages.

This is an unparalleled opportunity for our local community to encounter, engage and be transformed by Aboriginal culture from around Australia. When you buy authentic products direct from these community markets, you are supporting Aboriginal people in local and remote communities.

Happening 7 – 8 December from 10 am – 4 pm at The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Lawson St, Canberra. Entry is free.

Visit the website for more information.

Canberra Christmas Market

The Canberra Christmas Market is one of the capital’s biggest and best. Over two-days, shoppers will uncover wonderful gifts, specialty items, gourmet foods and more. The market has more than 90 stallholders–a one-stop shop for all your Christmas needs.

Gather family and friends and get into the Christmas spirit. Listen to wonderful carols. Meet Santa. Get the kids to help decorate gingerbread houses. Celebrate the most special time of the year. The Canberra Christmas Market is accepting applications from stallholders now. It’s quick and easy to apply online.

Happening 7 – 8 December from 9 am – 3 pm at Exhibition Park, Flemington Road, Canberra. Entry and parking is free.

Visit the website for more information.

YASS COMMUNITY MARKETS  

Support the local producers and come to the Yass Community Markets. Local wine, jams, sauces and craft items. Oil, baked goods and great coffee or juices. Vegetables and plants too. Home made food, arts and crafts.

It’s a great place to catch up with friends or to take a family and friends, with good weather expect to see the jumping castle and more stalls outside.

The Yass Community Markets have become a fantastic community event every first and third Saturday of the month. Come and have a coffee, relax and enjoy the ambiance and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

Happening until Saturday 2 February 2019 from 10am-1pm at St Augustines Church, Meehan Street, St Augustines Church. $2 entry. See the website for more information.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS  

Get along to the Southside Farmers Markets every Sunday morning and pick up the finest fruit and vegetables and produce our region has to offer.  There are over 50 stalls made up of farmers and producers who sell their food direct from their farm or kitchen.  Many farmers are out picking their produce the night before the market and you can certainly taste the difference.

Talk to the farmer direct and find out where your food is being grown, how they grow it, and even how they best like to cook it.  Not only do they provide us with fresh food every week but they are a wealth of information on the food that nourishes week in week out.

What’s in season this week?  Annual herbs, beans, peas, beetroot, capsicums, carrots, chillies, corn, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, garlic, onion, radishes, rhubarb, squash, zucchini, melons, stonefruit, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes and more!

Every Sunday from 8.30am to 11 am at Canberra College, 2 Launceston Street, Phillip. Entry is free, visit the website for more information.

MARKET GARDEN PRODUCE STALL  

Selling fresh, clean, chemical-free vegetables, preserves and baked goods in the Courtyard of 56 Wallace Street, Braidwood every Saturday morning from 8.30am until 12.00 or sold out. Wynlen House is a small urban micro-farm specialising in offering a broad range of seasonal vegetables all year round.

They also run workshops to show people how to grow vegetables, garlic, and raise small farm animals on a large suburban block and offer slow food events to showcase the benefit and deliciousness of produce grown locally, without chemical inputs and picked fresh.

On every Saturday from 8.30am – 12 pm, at The Courtyard, Braidwood. For more information visit the website.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

Courtesy of the National Museum of Australia. © Trustees of the British Museum

 

Rome Up Late

Experience Ancient Rome after dark in an adults-only night of events.

Visit the exhibition, grab a drink at the bar, learn some of the grisly details about life in Ancient Rome from our expert speakers and top the night off watching a popular classic film.

Over 18s only, exhibition open 5–8.30 pm. Cost: $35 adult, $30 concession, $25 Museum Friends (includes exhibition, lecture and film)

Happening Wednesday 5 December from 5 – 10 pm at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Canberra. Tickets from $35.

Visit Eventbrite for more details.

HerCanberra and Canberra Outlet Shopping Tour

Join HerCanberra, Canberra Outlet Centre stylist Tracey Davis and Sofia Polak from the Fashion Vault for a shopping tour full of styling tips and tricks.

First up, head to the Lindt Chocolate shop for a coffee or hot chocolate to get you powered up, and then join our shopping tour as Canberra Outlet’s style team takes you through a selection of their favourite stores.

Happening from 9.10 am Saturday 8 December at Canberra Outlet Centre.

See Eventbrite for bookings. Bookings essential.

 

An Evening with the Heath Ledger Curator: Dr Allison Holland

The blockbuster exhibition, Heath Ledger: A life in Pictures, has already attracted more than 14,000 visitors since opening at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) in August.

On Saturday 8 December join curator Dr Allison Holland, for a discussion on what it was like to produce the exhibition, sharing stories about Heath learned from family, friends and colleagues.

Developed by the Western Australian Museum, the exhibition includes research journals and hand-written notes, original costumes from films Heath Ledger starred in, his Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Dark Knight, and two of his motorcycles.

Dr Holland also sorted through more than 5000 photographs and 30 hours of film footage while deciding which images captured the life and times of the late actor best. Some were taken by Ledger on set. Others are by renowned photographers Karin Catt, Frances Andrijich, Platon and Anthony Amos.

It was a surprise to Dr Holland that Legend was a prolific photographer, and that he was working towards becoming a grandmaster in chess. He even created journals to help him better understand the characters he portrayed. These are displayed in a glass case, along with memorabilia reflecting Heath’s interest in music videos and directing.

Tickets to Dr Holland’s talk include a welcome drink and a private viewing of the exhibition.

Happening Saturday 8 December from 5.30 pm at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Mc Coy Circuit, Acton.

Purchase tickets here.

Tickets: $20 (includes welcome drink). Adults 18+

BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE  

Discover the stories behind the building on a special tour of Parliament House. Learn how the building’s impressive architecture is symbolic of our national identity and gain a rare view into private areas.

These tours run only on non-sitting days (except Christmas Day and when seasonal tours are running). We recommend that you arrive at least 20 minutes before your tour or event for screening and check-in as places are limited to 10 participants. tours operate for 55 mins. For security purposes, all participants must present photo identification and ticket confirmation to join any behind the scenes tours or events. If you do not have these, you will be unable to participate.

Participants on a paid tour can take advantage of a 10% discount on any purchase from The Parliament Shop on the day of the tour.

Happening until March 2019 at Australian Parliament House, Parliament Drive, Capital Hill. See the website for more information.

GUIDED TOURS OF THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA  

Visiting the National Library of Australia? Take a tour and see a side of the Library most visitors never experience. Whether this is your first visit or the next of many, you can learn more about the Library and its exhibitions by joining a free guided tour. Tours are offered by trained Volunteer Guides who have a passion for sharing their knowledge of the Library and its collections. Your Guide will welcome the opportunity to introduce you to the National Library, its collections and the stories of Australia.

Treasures Gallery – Daily at 11.30am
Take a tour and come face-to-face with some of the Library’s greatest treasures and Australia’s greatest stories.

Behind The Scenes – Thursdays at 2 pm
Take a tour to visit enormous stacks where the books are stored and learn about strange curiosities in the Library’s collection that have been acquired over more than a century of collecting.

Discover your National Library – Saturdays at 2 pm
. Join a Library guide for a journey around the building and discover the stories in the Reading Rooms and public spaces.

For more detailed information visit the website.

ART FOR LUNCH  

Drop into 30-minute weekly talks or creative activities interpreting works of art in the NGA’s collection. Check our website for further details. This event is free but bookings are essential.

Happening every Thursday until November 29 2018 from 12.45pm–1.15pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes. See the website for more information.

STEPPING FORWARD: COMBINING SOCIAL INTERACTION WITH LIGHT EXERCISE  

This free group is suitable for women wanting to reconnect socially with other women after domestic violence. The group gets together each fortnight to go for a relaxed 30-minute walk and catch up at a local café. Guest speakers are invited to join providing information about topics of interest in the group. This group is an open group, making it easy for new members to join throughout the term. This group is organised and run by the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT.

On fortnightly in Tuggeranong on Wednesday mornings and fortnightly in Gungahlin on Friday mornings, during school terms only. Children not yet at school are welcome to attend. Complete the online contact form to register.

THE SCIENCE OF US  

The 2018 Canberra Speaker Series held across the year at the iconic Shine Dome. The series will investigate the science of our lives and our health, from the moment of conception through to death, focusing on some of the issues we face during our lives and what science is doing to resolve them.

We’ll feature leading experts in the areas of reproduction, embryo development, personalised medicine, addiction, mental health, aging and more.

Happening until Tuesday 11 December from 5.30pm at The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, Acton. $10. See the website for more information.

SPORT

WNBL Championship–UC Capitals V Bendigo Spirit 

Watch the UC Capitals take on the Bendigo Spirit in Round 9 of the Chemist Warehouse Womens National Basketball League Championship at the National Convention Centre.

Happening Sunday 9 December from 2 pm at National Convention Centre, Constitution Avenue, Canberra. Tickets from $10.

Freestyle Fridays at Vertikal

Vertikal is hosting a discounted ski/snowboarding session with cheap acres every Friday afternoon for the rest of the summer including:

  • $40 ski/snowboarding session on the slopes
  • Cold Jindabyne Brewing beers on tap
  • Canberra Distilling Co & Underground Spirits
  • Music and amazing indoor snow machines

Happening every Friday until 9 February from 3 pm at Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports, Unit 11, 1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick.

See Facebook for more information.

OUTDOORS 

Yarralumla Does Christmas 2018

Get down to Weston Park for a concert and picnic to celebrate the festive season and end of the year!

There will be bubble blowing, tree decorating, coffee, ice cream, prize for best-decorated bike (or trike) and more. BYO picnic and blanket for a relaxed afternoon at Weston Park .

Happening Saturday 8 December 5 pm – 7:30 pm at Weston Park, Weston Park Road, Yarralumla. This event is free.

Visit the website for more information.

ACT PARKS CRITTERS OF THE EUCALYPT FOREST  

Every Saturday take a short walk with a ranger and learn about the potoroos and other important inhabitants of the Eucalypt Forest and get back in time for “Koalas in the Canopy”. Meet at the koala enclosure in the Eucalypt Forest.

Normal entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required.

Happening until Saturday 16 February 2019 from 2pm-2.45pm at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Tidbinbilla Reserve Road, Paddys River. See the website for more information.

ACT PARKS KOALAS IN THE CANOPY  

Every Saturday you can search for koalas and enjoy a ranger guided walk through the tall eucalypt forest at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Hear a ranger’s story or two about these fascinating marsupials. Meet at the Eucalypt Forest car park.

Normal entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required for Koalas in the Canopy. Happening until Saturday 16 February 2019 from 2.45pm-3.15pm at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Tidbinbilla Reserve Road, Paddys River. See the website for more information.

KIDS

MathsAlive!

MathsAlive!, the one-of-a-kind interactive maths and science exhibit, that has drawn record-breaking crowds in five countries around the world is coming to Canberra in December!

Experience how maths plays a role in our everyday lives through sports, nature, robotics, design, dancing, movie-making and more. Ride in a live-action snowboard race, control a Mars rover, design your own 3-D animation or capture your image in a 360 freeze-motion video. 

MathsAlive!, a Raytheon Company initiative consists of dozens of immersive interactive exhibits and is suitable for years 3 – 10.

Free admission.

Happening daily from 9 am – 5pm (closed 25 December) until 17 March 2019 at East Space, Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Commonwealth Place, Parkes.

More information on the website. 

Red Nose Christmas Lights

This December, ‘Red Nose’ Christmas Lights will be on display at the Canberra Miniature Railway in Symonston, A.C.T. You can experience Canberra’s very own Christmas extravaganza with amazing lighting displays and miniature railway rides, culminating in a spectacular light show.

Entry includes unlimited train rides, live entertainment on stage, fantastic light displays and for the kids, use of a giant train themed jumping castle/slide and the opportunity to meet Santa in his all new Grotto.

There are only limited tickets and can be bought online for a great saving.

Happening at various times between 7 and 23 December at Canberra Miniature Railway, Jerrabomberra Avenue, Symonston. Tickets from $15.

See website for more details.

Mini-Minties – Christmas at the Mint 2018

Celebrating the last Mini-Minties for 2018, this event will see children between 4-6 planting ‘money tree’ succulents, decorating Christmas cards and exploring the gallery.

All children must be accompanied by an adult and bookings are essential as places are limited followed by complimentary coffee for parents and guardians.

Happening Friday 7 December from 10:30 am – 11:15 am at the Royal Australian Mint, Denison Street, Deakin. Tickets from $10.

Visit the website for more details.

PlayUP 

After an exciting transformation, the imaginative family space in the Museum of Australian Democracy has all-new hands-on activities to educate, excite and challenge young minds.

This creative exhibition space celebrates the role of children in our community and provides a welcoming environment for families to engage in the rights and responsibilities of children through imagination, discovery, role-play and fun.

Happening 2 – 4 December from 10 am – 5 pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy, King George Terrace, Parkes. Entry costs vary.

Visit the website for more details.

HEADHUNT

Headhunt is a brand-new interactive Gallery experience for visitors aged 7-15 (and their adults!) connecting participants with each other and our portraits. The experience encourages kids to take the lead and independently explore the Gallery, to look closely at the portraits that intrigue them and to delve into the artistic elements of the work and the stories of the people featured.

Happening until Monday 24 December. For more information call 02 6102 7080.

LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY  

Your local library is a treasure trove…not only are there free books and resources, there are regular amazing events! Giggle & Wiggle with your little ones (up to two years) and help them learn through language play using interactive rhymes, songs, games and stories.

Looking to improve your English and make new friends, then head along to your local library for one of the informal English conversation groups. For more events and info check them out here.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE 

Stock up for Christmas Stall 

On Saturday, 8th December & Sunday, 9th December in the Charity Space at the Fyshwick Markets (located within the Niche Markets) the Bold Bandannas’ Relay for Life Team) will be selling homemade preserves, lemon butter, shortbread, rocky road, Christmas puddings and cakes.

Plus, a range of hand sewn & knitted items, including children’s dress up, doll’s clothes, 2nd hand books & bric-a-brac will also be available for purchase. They will be raising funds for Cancer Research.

Happening 8-9 December from 8 am – 5 pm at the Fyshwick Market, Mildura Street, Fyshwick. Entry is free.

For more information, please contact 6231 0761.

Clean-up Lake Burley Griffin Day

Most Canberrans can agree on the fact that Lake Burley Griffin is an important local resource.  Unfortunately, rubbish regularly flows from stormwater drains and other sources into the Lake.  This not only causes havoc on wildlife and anyone that tries to swim or play in the water, but frankly, it looks horrible too.

Therefore, on Sunday, 9 December, community lake user groups will be doing a clean-up of Lake Burley Griffin by land and by water, and they are asking for Canberrans to join them!

Happening Sunday 9 December from 9 am – 12 pm at Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra. The event is free.

To register as a volunteer for the event or for more information, visit the event page.

EXHIBITIONS

 

Female statue head, possibly of Artemis. Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli, Italy, 2nd century CE, marble. © Trustees of the British Museum. © Trustees of the British Museum, 2018. All rights reserved.

ROME: CITY + EMPIRE

Stories of Rome and its vast empire continue to captivate and intrigue people almost 3000 years after their foundation.

Rome: City and Empire brings to Canberra more than 200 of the British Museum’s most engaging and beautiful Roman objects. They tell the story of how Rome grew from a series of small villages to become a mighty empire.

Explore how the empire was won and held, witness the grandeur of Rome and appreciate the rich diversity of its peoples.

Showing until 3 February from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information.

COOK AND THE PACIFIC

Visitors to Cook and the Pacific will follow James Cook’s three remarkable Pacific voyages, and explore this spectacular region through the eyes of the British voyagers and the First Nations peoples they met.

The exhibition takes visitors on a journey to the Pacific 250 years ago, with destinations including Tahiti, New Zealand, the east coast of Australia, Hawaii and even Siberia.

With content drawn from around the world, visitors will be enthralled by maps, manuscripts, rare books, large oil paintings, delicate watercolours by voyage artists, medallions, cartoons and poetry.

Open daily 10 am – 5 pm until 10 February 2019 at the National Library of Australia.

See the website for more information.

BEAUTY RICH AND RARE

An immersive sound and light experience illuminating the natural beauty of Australia through the eyes of Sir Joseph Banks.

Feel the excitement and wonder of Banks and his team of botanists, scientists, and illustrators as they documented Australia’s unique botanical and animal species, astonishing eighteenth-century Europe.

Open daily 10 am – 5 pm until 10 February 2019 at the National Library of Australia.

See the website for more information.

EUROVISIONS: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM THE GOLDBERG COLLECTION

This exhibition at The Canberra Museum and Gallery encompasses a vibrant cross-section of leading tendencies in contemporary European art from the collection of Lisa and Danny Goldberg OAM. Conceptual approaches, innovative thinking and a sense of history inform artists’ practices among the most important and influential today including Anish Kapoor, Urs Fischer, Antony Gormley, Isa Genzken, Katharina Grosse, Ugo Rondinone, and Rachel Whiteread.

Many of the works of art have been produced only in the last five years and are on view publicly for the first time in Australia.

The exhibition is happening until Sunday 24 February. For more information go to CMAG.

All shook up: Snow domes from the collection of Sally Hopman.

Spring is here but snow is still falling at CMAG. View Sally Hopman’s collection of over 500 snow domes, from the classic to the kitsch and everything in between.

Happening until March 17 2019 from 12 pm – 5 pm daily at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

After the war exhibition, Australian War Memorial

After the war is a new exhibition exploring the personal stories of hope, loss, and love of ordinary Australians whose lives have been altered by war, from those who have served to loved ones left behind. Take an intimate journey of the personal costs and consequences of war, unfolding over 100 years from 1918 to 2018.

Entry is free as always, and this event runs until 11 July 2019. For more information, check out the War Memorial website.

BREAKING THROUGH: 75 YEARS OF WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT

Why did it take so long for women to get elected? And once they were there, what was their experience within the parliament?

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first women elected to Australian Federal Parliament, Breaking Through exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy explores the journeys of 11 trailblazers who were the first to hold particular parliamentary positions.

These are stories of resilience, perseverance and ground-breaking achievements.

From 1943 when Dorothy Tangney and Enid Lyons were the first women elected to parliament through to today where woman have held the highest positions in all areas of parliament, including Prime Minister.

Breaking Through exhibition, recognises the significant contribution these women made in Australia’s democracy. Look back on their lives, uncover their motivations and what they view as their greatest achievements.

Told through never before seen portraits, each a unique representation by a young artist, and powerful stories of change-makers breaking through, this exhibition will inspire visitors to think about the role of women in parliament, what it took to get there and whether we’ve come far enough.

Showing until 28 August 2019 from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.

Heath Ledger: A Life In Pictures  

Audiences around the world know and love Heath Ledger as a charismatic movie star who pushed boundaries and created iconic roles. Now they have a chance to discover Heath’s creative process and deep passion for the film industry and the visual arts, in a unique exhibition curated in collaboration with his family.

Explore a selection of film costumes and props, Heath’s own character research journals, celebrity portraits and acting awards and more. A Life in Pictures offers a rare insight into the man behind the camera. A program of special screenings and talks will complement the exhibition.

Showing until 10 February 2019, National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Acton. See website for more information.

Democracy. Are you in?  

Your voice, your hands and even your feet have the power to be heard. Our freedoms and our way of life have been built on the foundation of democracy. This living system is sustained through the participation of each and all of us. Democracy is sustained by you.

Australian democracy is a work in progress. Curiously, at a time of stability and unparalleled economic growth, confidence in our political and social institutions is at its lowest point in decades. But giving up on them is not the answer. Our democracy needs us. Are you in?

Open every day at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Find out more at moadoph.gov.au.

After the war exhibition, Australian War Memorial

After the war is a new exhibition exploring the personal stories of hope, loss, and love of ordinary Australians whose lives have been altered by war, from those who have served to loved ones left behind. Take an intimate journey of the personal costs and consequences of war, unfolding over 100 years from 1918 to 2018

Happening until 11 July 2019 at the Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell

See website for more information

ART + SOUND  

A fortnightly series showcasing playlists curated to specific galleries by various personalities. This event is brought to you by NGA and Yamaha.

No bookings required.

Happening until Saturday 2 February 2019 from 1pm-2pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

HALL WW1 COMMEMORATIVE EXHIBITION  

“When Hall Answered the Call” – Visit the small community of Hall’s School Museum and see their moving exhibition to commemorate the district’s contribution to World War 1 as part of the ANZAC Centenary.

The exhibition features photos, medals, letters, and other memorabilia that tell the story of the boys and men from the district who went off to fight in WW1. Learn about the support provided by their families, the local community and Welcome Home celebrations.

Happening Thursdays until Thursday 21 February 2019 from 10am-1pm at Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre, Victoria Street, Hall. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

RE-DISCOVERING GINNINDERRA  

For half a century during the 1860s, Ginninderra flourished and in its prime boasted a church, two schools, store, Police Station, post & telegraph office, school of arts, nursery, farmers union hall, annual show, sports team and hotel. By 1915 Ginninderra was finished. Find this out and more by visiting the Re-Discovering Ginninderra exhibition.

Happening until Thursday 21 February 2019 at Former Hall Primary School, Victoria Street, Hall. Free entry. See the website for more information.

ARTISTS’ FACES AND PLACES  

Peek behind-the-scenes with this fascinating display of portraits of artists and their studios, drawn entirely from the national collection at the National Gallery of Australia. Comprised of artists’ self-portraits, artists’ portraits of other artists, and representations of the places in which they work, the exhibition explores the way artists see themselves, the way they are viewed by their friends and contemporaries, the shared world artists inhabit, and the centrality of the studio to their creative endeavours.

In particular, Roy de Maistre’s Studio Interior 1959, painted the year before his retrospective at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, captures the artist’s strong connection to the location of decades of work.

Happening until Monday 31 December at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes. Free entry. See the website for more information.

A TALE OF TWO VILLAGES – AN EXHIBITION  

A Tale of Two Villages tells the story of the Hall-Ginninderra district from Aboriginal times, through the early pioneer farming settlement at Palmerville and then Ginninderra, to the establishment of the village of Hall from 1881.

See the website for more information or drop by the Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre, Victoria Street, Hall.

ART DECO  

Comprised entirely of works selected from the National Gallery of Australia’s collection, Art Deco presents superb examples of Australian vitalism, capturing Art Deco’s fascination with the meeting of art, architecture, and technology.

In the 1920s, Australian artists rebelled against the austerity of World War I to create images of an abundant nation filled with strong, youthful figures, capturing the vitalism of a nation reborn.

Technological advancements and urbanisation influenced the emergence of Art Deco: a new aesthetic in art, architecture, design and fashion.

Art Deco presents superb examples of Australian Vitalism, including Rayner Hoff’s architectural frieze Deluge – stampede of the lower gods 1927, Jean Broome-Norton’s Abundance 1934 and Napier Waller’s painting, I’ll put a girdle round about the earth 1933, which captures Art Deco’s fascination with the meeting of art, architecture and technology.

Showing until Monday 31 December 2018, 7 days from 10am-5pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

For more information, see the website.

EMERGING CONTEMPORARIES  

Emerging Contemporaries is the Craft ACT National Award Exhibition for early career artists. This exhibition plays a pivotal role in supporting and transitioning artists into professional practice and placing Australian artists in view of the national cultural collecting institutions, business and industry, and audience.

On display at CraftACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building. Email craftact@craftact.org.au or call 6262 9333 for more information.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS  

Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups. For full details visit the NGA website.

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