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35+ events that will have you making the most of July

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We’ve officially made it through half the year and whilst the weather is keeping cool, Canberra is turning up the heat this month with over thirty events to get you out of the house.

It might be tempting to burrow under the blanket and hide away until the sun comes back out to play, but you’ll soon be rolling out of bed every morning to enjoy all this month has to offer.

Looking for even more to do in Canberra? Check out our new What’s On section to find hundreds of events happening around town.

FESTIVALS + SPECIAL EVENTS

PopUp Raclette Melted Cheese Igloo Village

You can bet any night which features nearly two kilos of cheese, along with a mountain of ham, salami and pickles is guaranteed to be a success. Grab some friends and head on down to your own personal igloo where you can leave your thermals at home as you drink mulled wine and toast marshmallows over a fire pit. Read more about this cool (sorry!) experience here.

Until Sunday 3 July | Parkes Place lawns off King Edward Terrace | For bookings, go to christmasinjuly.com.au   

Christmas in July Festival

Igloos and melted cheese aren’t the only things up for grabs at the Christmas in July festival. The perfect time for those ugly Christmas sweaters to actually make a weather-appropriate showcase, across four days you can sing along to Christmas carols, warm your hands over a fire and take a stroll through the Mulled Wine Gardens as you make memories and snap one heck of a selfie for the ‘gram in this European-style Christmas market. Find out more here!

Until Sunday 3 July | Parkes Place lawns off King Edward Terrace | For bookings, go to christmasinjuly.com.au 

Changemakers

A new exhibition at the Australian Museum of Democracy (MoAD) is celebrating the female torchbearers who have played a pivotal role in shaping Australian society, who rallied against limitations, forging new paths, and changing policy, laws, and opinions.

Changemakers will focus on 54 Australian women and shine a light on how the politicians, artists, activists, and sportswomen have shifted the national conversation and changed the future.

From Ash Barty and Chanel Contos to Rosie Batty, Barbara Cummings, and Louisa Lawsone,  Changemakers will give a voice to the women via a series of images, objects, and videos while leading visitors through themes of equality, financial independence, birth and care roles, the challenges of gender and race, and more.

Now showing |  18 King George Terrace, Parkes | moadoph.gov.au

Mid-Winter Nights at Questacon

Igloos are the coolest activity this winter with a light-up option also hitting the Canberra scene at the Mid-Winter Nights event at Questacon. As soon as the sun goes down the fun will go up, at this family-friendly event with a side of science. Learn about our five must-do experiences here.

Wednesday 6 July – Saturday 9 July | King Edward Terrace, Parkes | Tickets via Ticketek

Winter in the City

Skate into the school holidays when Civic Square is converted into an ice skating rink for Winter in the City. A perfect activity for the young (and young of heart) you’ll be racing to lace up your skates and hit the ice. For those looking for something a bit more chill head along to the Winter dRINKs Bar at Canberra Theatre Centre Terrace or get cosy around some fireplaces,while you enjoy some gourmet hot chocolate and toast your own marshmallows. Learn more about this winter fun here.

Friday 1 July – Sunday 17 July | Civic Square | winterinthecity.com

Festival Launch Dinner: The Truffle Festival

A chance to get fancy and enjoy fancy food is here! Truffle season is now upon us and what better way to enjoy it than a multi-course festival launch dinner at Canberra’s five-star Hotel Realm? Meet truffle growers, winemakers and food producers and enjoy all-local produce (including truffle dishes paired with premium wines). This is just one part of an action-packed calendar for the truffle season—you can also go hunting with truffle dogs, head along to cooking demonstrations, growing and storing workshops, signature lunches and dinners, truffle tastings and more!

Friday 1 July |Hotel Realm, Barton | TruffleFestival.com

The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever

If Kate Bush wasn’t already on your radar then I’m sure you’ve heard of her recently as she soared back up the charts thanks to Stranger Things, but you’ll be running up a hill to another of her hits at The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever. Performing Kate Bush’s iconic interpretive dance and singing along to the Emily Brontë-inspired song, it is celebrating its sixth year of raising funds for Domestic Violence Crisis Service in the capital. Learn more about this chance to don your brightest red dress here.

Saturday 2 July | National Portrait Gallery | facebook.com

Champions Of Change Film Festival

Technically these are a little out of Canberra but each one is well worth the drive. Featuring five films created by local emerging filmmakers these screenings also come along with a Q&A session where you can tap into the behind-the-scenes knowledge and expertise of these local people sharing local stories.

Friday 8 July – Sunday 10 July | Crookwell, Gundaroo and Dalton |  southerntablelandarts.com

Trivia Night with Recycled Racehorses

Dust off your pop culture and obscure geographically knowledge because the charity Recycled Racehorses is having a trivia night. It’s time to assemble the perfect team to take home a range of prizes including signed items and experiences whilst raising money to retrain and rehome ex-racehorses. Tickets can be purchased individually or bring a table of approximately 10 people. You’re ticket also comes with a three-course meal to help keep the hangry at bay and your trivia brain racing.

Saturday 9 July | Gungahlin Lakes Club | recycledracehorses.com

A Pooch Affair

The ulti-mutt (sorry) activity for you and fur babies has arrived. This Gatsby themed event is your excuse to buy that adorable bow tie you’ve been eyeing off for your puppy and get dolled up yourself. Serving im-paw-sibly good food, drinks and puppachinos whilst raising money for organisations like the RSPCA you’re barking mad to miss it.

Saturday 9 July | Budawang Pavilion, Exhibition Park | eventscanberra.com

Christmas in July at QT Lounge

The weather outside is frightful, but the wine is so delightful at QT Christmas in July. Serving up a mouth-watering three-course meal with views of Canberra and the lake, who says Christmas only has to be celebrated once a year?

Saturday 16 July | QT Lounge, London Circuit | Tickets via Eventbrite

Scandinavian Film Festival

Showcasing the best new cinema from the Nordic region, the Carlsberg Scandinavian Film Festival returns this July with a line-up designed to warm the coolest of seasons. From comedies to crime thrillers there is something to tempt everyone to check out some of these international hits. Popcorn anyone?

Wednesday 13 July – Sunday 7 August | Palace Electric | palacecinemas.com

Christmas in July at Parliament House

Indulge yourself with a three-course Christmas feast with your family and friends while seated at the Queen’s Terrace Café, enjoying sweeping views of Canberra. You’ll enjoy Christmas classics reimagined by the Executive Chef, including pork fillet mignon, and panettone bread and butter pudding with eggnog custard.

Thursday 14 July – Friday 22 July | Queen’s Terrace Café, Australian Parliament House | Tickets from Humantix

Lifeline Bookfair

You’ll need to hit the gym in the build-up to the Lifeline bookfair in order to carry all your latest reads home. It’s Southside’s turn for this much-loved fundraiser where you will lose hours sorting through the piles to find your next must-read.

Friday 15 July – Sunday 17 July | Tuggeranong Southern Cross Basketball Stadium | lifelinecanberra.org

Choices in Childbirth

Are you expecting? Have you considered a doula? The Canberra Doulas are holding monthly information sessions for all those expecting to find out more about what a doula is and all that they can offer during pregnancy, birth, and beyond. Learn how a doula can support you in preparation for your birth and how they can also assist you once you bring your baby home.

10 am- 12 pm Saturday 23 July | Tulips Cafe, Piallago | Facebook.com

A Night of Laughs with Jimmy Rees

Following sold-out shows across the country Jimmy Rees (yes that Jimmy Rees from ABC kid’s TV Giggle and Hoot) is finally coming to Canberra. But this event isn’t for your little ones—Jimmy shot up in popularity for adults during the lockdown when his comedic skits about the pandemic and Australia went viral on social media, providing some much-needed hilarity to everyone.

Find out more about this night where you won’t stop laughing here.

Saturday 24 July | Canberra Theatre Centre | CanberraTheatre.com

Domestic Violence Crisis Service Midwinter Ball

Dance the night away to music from the Baker Boys Band and DJ set as you enjoy a three-course meal at Hotel Realm in Barton for this Midwinter Ball raising money for the Domestic Violence Crisis Service. Pull out your fanciest attire and enjoy a wonderful for an excellent cause working to ensure everyone lives a life free of violence.

Saturday 30 July |  Hotel Realm, Barton | Tickets via Trybooking

Dairy Road Market

The Dairy Road Market brings together wine tastings by Cellar Door, a selection of art and crafts by CraftACT, local produce, handmade objects, second-hand clothing, live music and Play Dairy Road facilitated by Green Hat Workshop.

Entry is free or $12 with a Cellar Door wine glass (which includes a wine tasting!).

Sunday 3 July | Dairy Road, Fyshwick | Humanitix.com

The Alice – An Immersive Cocktail Experience

Fall down the rabbit hole and come along on a 90-minute topsy-turvy journey into the magical realm of Wonderland. Brought to you by the interactive team behind The Wizard’s Den, Beyond Cinema, and A.K Wregg, this immersive cocktail adventure is the tea party to end all tea parties.

Join them for a theatrical, alternate reality experience that will take you down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass! Across 90 minutes you will create two bespoke Wonderland cocktails, solve riddles and challenges just like Alice, devour “Eat Me” cakes and cookies, paint the roses red and much, much more.

*Disclaimer – No flamingos will be hurt during the course of this adventure*

Until Saturday 31 Dec | Zoo Bar, London Circuit | Tickets $49.50pp via explorehidden.com

MUSIC+ DANCE

Unravel

UNRAVEL is an original full-length contemporary dance work inspired by the traditional ballet “Romeo and Juliet”. The original plot has been deconstructed to reveal a dark and moody tale of love, chaos and vengeance. Choreographed by the award-winning Canberra-based choreographers, Bonnie Neate and Suzy Piani, this will be a production like no other.

Friday 22 July – Saturday 23 July | Erindale Theatre | Tickets via Sticky Tickets

Los Chavos + The Decideds

Make sure you bring your dancing shoes to this performance by two bands that know how to get you up and out of your seat. Come along to a night featuring original music blending Latin, Gypsy, Disco and Swing—you’ll be dancing the night away.

Saturday 2 July | Live at the Polo | facebook.com

Deep in the Fallow Album Tour

Just off the road from supporting Paul Kelly throughout regional Australia, and simultaneously celebrating 10 years of her own touring brand, ‘The Country Halls Tour’, Fanny Lumsden and her band The Pack are bringing fallow out on its last hurrah in her notoriously entertaining live show. A family-friendly show perfect for anyone who wants to walk away with a little warmth and renewed hope in the world.

Saturday 9 July | Street Theatre | StreetTheatre.org

George Alice at UC Hub

Catch this Adelaide legend at the UC Hub. With a triple J Unearthed High winning debut ‘Circles’ in her stride and a splash follow-up single ‘Stuck in a Bubble’, 2020 was been a big year for 17-year-old George Alice who climbed to #1 on Australia’s viral chart. She’s since gone on to open for Broods, Vera Blue and Tash Sultana but it’s now George’s time to shine here in Canberra.

Wednesday 27 July | UC Hub | Tickets via Moshtix

West Thebarton at UC Hub

Get your rock on with West Thebarton—a seven-headed rock hydra from Adelaide, South Australia. They’ve been nominated for an ARIA for best rock record and won Best Band, People’s Choice, Best Song and Best Release at the South Australia Music Awards and are sure to get your head banging at their Canberra performance.

Thursday 28 July | UC Hub | Tickets via Moshtix

Jack River at UC Refectory

It’s a jam-packed three days for UC with Jack River also hitting the stage. With over 66 million streams, a Platinum, and multiple Gold singles, Jack River is a force to be reckoned with. Her debut album Sugar Mountain earned 3 x ARIA Award nominations, including Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Best Pop Release and Engineer of the Year, an AIR nomination for Best Independent Pop Album, and saw Holly nominated for Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year at the APRA Awards. The result is a heady, electrifying mix of warped guitars and stomping drums that capture “the feeling of our times, like a folk song laced with acid” as River describes it.

Friday 29 July | UC Refectory | Tickets via Moshtix

STAGE+FILM

The Sound Of Music

Can you hear that? That’s right, the hills are alive again in Canberra. Set against the historical backdrop of the Nazis’ rise to power and ultimate occupation of Austria, The Sound Of Music is a time-honoured story of love and patriotism, not to mention a soundtrack filled with all the classics. We won’t blame you if you are tempted to burst into song next time you are up on Mount Ainslie.

Until Sunday 3 July | The Queanbeyan Arts Centre | theq.net.au

Roger Knox with Jerikye Williams

A dream duo is coming to Queanbeyan. Uncle Roger Knox has uplifted and entertained audiences from across the world with his beautiful honeyed voice for more than four decades and whilst Jerikye Williams is newer to the scene, at just 20 years old he is an entertaining and enthralling performer that crosses all age groups and genres. Watch this dynamic pair at their free performance at the Q in Queanbeyan.

Saturday 2 July | Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre | theq.net.au

The Year of Magical Thinking

An intimate, powerful and deeply personal story, The Year of Magical Thinking is a journey from the comfort and contentment of life into the surreal and dark world of grief, and beyond.  Joan Didion’s celebrated memoir is brought to life by Green Room Award-winning actor Jillian Murray in a critically-acclaimed solo performance that reunites her with director Laurence Strangio.

Thursday 7 July – Saturday 9 July | Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre | theq.net.au

Bandaluzia Flamenco 

The Spanish soul is fiery and best expressed by Flamenco music and dance!

Acclaimed modern flamenco ensemble Bandaluzia led by ARIA nominated flamenco guitarist Damian Wright, present a spectacular new show that showcases contemporary flamenco dance and music whilst displaying the essential characteristics of the flamenco tradition. A journey through this unique and incredible artform by some of Australia and Spain’s most revered flamenco artists.

Friday 8 July | Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre | theq.net.au

Satinder Sartaaj: Australian Rejuvenation Tour

This four-hour show stopper by multi-talented songwriter, singer, composer, poet and actor, Satinder Sartaa will be an experience worth staying up a bit later for. Since he started performing in 1999, he has released 24 albums and sold millions of albums worldwide, capturing millions of hearts with his hit song Sai you will love all he has to offer.

Sunday 10 July | Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre | theq.net.au

Friends! The Musical Parody

Hallelujah! Friends! The Musical Parody has finally made it to Canberra. Join your six favourite friends at their favourite café for a night of unstoppable laughs with a new musical that lovingly lampoons the beloved NBC sitcom. Friends! The Musical Parody celebrates the misadventures of our favourite group of 20-something pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in 1990s Manhattan.

Wednesday 13 July – Friday 15 July | Canberra Theatre Centre | eventscanberra.com

Urinetown the Musical

After COVID ruined its first release date, Canberra’s newest semi-professional Musical Theatre company are finally bringing Urinetown the Musical to the stage.

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage caused by a 20-year drought has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens are forced to use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs.

This hilarious musical satire takes the piss out of the legal system, capitalism, bureaucracy, and musical theatre itself!

Thursday 14 July – Sunday 24 July | Canberra Theatre Centre | canberratheatrecentre.com.au

This Changes Everything

What would the world look like if everyone was equal? Would wars evolve? Would climate change still exist? Would we still have money? Would people still be hungry? What kind of world would you like to live in? How could we change the world? Should we? Where do we start?

A group of disillusioned young people have disappeared. On a platform out at sea, they have formed The Community – a new type of society and a better way of living. But how can you change the world if you’ve taken yourself out of it?

Friday 22 July – Saturday 30 July | Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre | theq.net.au

EXHIBITIONS

Connection

Yes, that’s right, the creators and producers of the multi-sensory spectacular that was Van Gough alive are back and back with a vengeance. Connection is reinventing visual storytelling, giving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists a voice through 360-degree, large-scale projections and cutting-edge light and sound technology. A powerful and captivating exhibition that seeks to bind together spiritual connections to land, water, sea and sky through a vibrant and multi-sensory symphony of sound, light, and colour, it’s an important and much-needed tonal shift that we all should be popping on the top of our must-see June lists.

Until Sunday 9 October | National Museum of Australia | nma.gov.au/whats-on/connection

The Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize

Head along to the National Portrait Gallery of Australia to view the 2022 Darling Portrait Prize and the National Photographic Portrait Prize. Your ticket gets you into both, so what are you waiting for?

Until Sunday 9 Oct | National Portrait Gallery | portrait.gov.au

Reception this way: motels – a sentimental journey with Tim Ross

Travel around Australia revisiting your memories of the classic Aussie motel, from family holidays and long road trips to continental breakfasts and mid-century mod-cons.

In a land where the car has provided us with the ultimate freedom to hit the road and explore, it is no surprise that Australians wholeheartedly embraced the American concept of the motel. When motels began springing up in the 1950s, they represented a new, stylish and sophisticated way to travel.

Join National Archives and Tim Ross on a driving holiday through the quintessential Australian experience of staying in a motel. And find out why these images are part of the National Archives’ collection.

This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

Until Sunday 4 Sep 2022 | National Archives of Australia | naa.gov.au

While You Were Sleeping Volume 2

Back for its second instalment While You Were Sleeping Volume 2 brings together a showcase of contemporary First Nations artists from multi-disciplinary backgrounds including street art, fine art, photography, illustration, digital, sculpture, film and more. The art explores the joys and despair of the quest to secure recognition, equality and respect for the First Nations culture, heritage and people.

Until Sunday 31 July | Kambri Precinct ANU | ambushgallery.com

Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London

From Shakespeare to Winehouse, Darwin to Dickens, the Beatles, Brontë sisters and Beckham, the National Portrait Gallery London holds the world’s most extensive collection of portraits. While they undergo the largest renovation of their building in 125 years, more than 80 treasures from their collection are on show in Canberra for this exclusive exhibition.

The exhibition will be open for extended hours, 9 am – 7 pm on its final two weekends, Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 July, and Thursday 14 to Sunday 16 July. The café and bookshop will also be open.

Until 17 July | National Portrait Gallery | portrait.gov.au

Fourth National Indigenous Art Triennial: Ceremony

Ceremony remains central to the creative practice of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. From the intimate and personal to the collective and collaborative, ceremonies manifest through visual art, film, music and dance. This immersive exhibition and program of events will challenge and unsettle; animate and heal.

Through the work of 35 artists from around Australia, Ceremony reveals how the practice of ceremony is at the nexus of Country, culture and community.

Until 31 July | National Gallery of Australia | nga.gov.au

An Aboriginal Culinary Journey

See First Nations objects from the National Museum of Australia’s collection alongside a newly commissioned range of appliances featuring stunning designs from contemporary artists in An Aboriginal Culinary Journey: Designed for Living.

Part of the Breville Art Series, this exhibition is a partnership between First Nations peoples, Breville and the National Museum of Australia, producing objects for the heart of the home that celebrate contemporary design and reflect 65,000 years of ongoing Indigenous culture.

Until Sunday 18 September | National Museum of Australia | nma.gov.au

Between You and Me: Eggpicnic Solo Exhibition

From the design duo that brought us the sulphur-crested Cockatoo balloon Instagram filter  comes a solo exhibition celebrating the undeniable bond humans have with animals. Eggpicnic’s first solo exhibition in Canberra, it includes large-format flocks of hand-painted birds, sculptures in different mediums, original sketches, over 30 new prints, augmented reality and animation.

Until Saturday 16 July | 10 Mildura St, Griffith | thors.com.au/exhibitions/eggpicnic

On Stage: Spotlight On our Performing Arts

This exhibition brings Australia’s performing arts history into the limelight, also providing a backstage pass to the action behind the scenes, showcasing perspectives on stage direction, costume design, scripts, contracts and musical scores used by performers.

Presented together for the first time and drawing exclusively from the collections of the National Library, the exhibition features items that have never before been on display. Other highlights include the earliest surviving Australian printed document, selections from the JC Williamson theatre archives, and other contemporary live music and theatre posters.

Until 7 August | National Library of Australia | nla.gov.au

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