Forget candlelit dinners—all the cool kids will be spending Valentine’s Day at the movies. Palace…
What’s on in Canberra this weekend? Our Weekend Edit has you covered.
In search of inspiration? Look no further—we’ve curated a selection of our favourite things to do.
Stage + Screen
Christmas in July at NFSA, with Gremlins!
How are you spending Christmas in July? As the weather gets colder in Canberra there’s no better time to come together to watch a great film set during a white and snowy Christmas.
A gadget salesperson finds a special Christmas gift for his son Billy (Zach Galligan) at a mysterious shop in Chinatown.
The shopkeeper only sells him the ‘mogwai’ if he agrees to follow three simple rules. But when those rules are inevitably broken, the unusual gift brings chaos to Billy’s idyllic American small town.
Come along, wear your ugly Christmas sweater and enjoy a complimentary glass of mulled wine.
Happening Saturday 24 July at the National Film and Sound Archive.
Seetickets.nfsa.gov.au/Events/GREMLINS for more information.
Food & Wine
Christmas in July at Pialligo
Bring the family, call your friends, put on your winter coat and head to Pialligo Estate for a Christmas in July feast. While they can’t promise actual snow, they can promise the old-world atmosphere as they invite you to the Pialligo winter wonderland at the Glasshouse.
Mulled wine on arrival, antipasto from their Estate Smokehouse, long banquet tables, shared platters and Christmas carols. Whether it’s a cheery chilly night with friends or a family lunch, Pialligo has you covered with a weekend of festivities.
Prices include 3 courses and drinks. The location is Pialligo Estate Glasshouse.
Bookings are essential. No refunds after purchase.
Happening 23 until 25 July at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.
See thepialligoestate.com.au/christmas-in-july-1 for more information.
The Pop Inn
The Pop Inn is at Telopea Park this weekend—pull up a table for two and enjoy a glass of wine and a charcuterie platter.
Popping up from 1 pm to 6 pm Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July.
Find out more at thepopinn.com.
The Canberra Region Truffle Festival
Beat the Canberra chill and indulge in a feast for the senses at The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region, a taste of mid-winter magic.
The festival celebrates the seasonality of this special ingredient and runs throughout the entire truffle season. So come along and choose from a range of events and experiences and satisfy your taste for life’s finer things.
Taste and experience the magic of these highly-prized gems. Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles, before learning recipes and experiencing them first hand.
The Truffle Festival is the ultimate foodie festival and a fabulous celebration of winter in the Canberra region.
Happening until 29 August across various venues in the Canberra region.
See trufflefestival.com.au for more information.
Truffle-infused Winter Weekends at Mount Majura Cellar Door
Truffle season is upon us and Mount Majura are excited to include truffles at their cellar door as part of the winter tasting experience.
Come into the cellar door at Mount Majura Vineyard to taste a flight of wines matched with truffled brie. Combining a deliciously rich and creamy brie with truffles from neighbour Jayson at The Truffle Farm.
Happening every Saturday and Sunday until 29 August 2021.
See mountmajura.com.au/truffle-infused-weekends-supporting-raw-potential-canberra for more information.
Vive la Révolution!
Rebel against the chilly Canberra winter and discover the highlights of French Culture. From gooey Raclette cheese, to delectable Beef Bourguignon and finishing with a cracking crème brulee these timeless French dishes will have you smiling all the way to your new beret.
With three classic French dishes to savor, along with paired wines from the Savoie region, you’ll be taken to France at a time where getting there is that little bit harder.
Bonne fête de la Bastille!
Happening Saturday 17 July at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.
See thepialligoestate.com.au/bastille-day for more information.
Dami Im-Piano, Songs, & Stories
Dami Im brings her first-ever solo tour for a special and intimate evening of Piano, Songs & Stories.
On the show, Dami said “I have had such an amazing time with the Piano, Songs & Stories tour so far. The intimacy of the shows and being able to feel the connection with the audience has been so special, something that is not possible in a full band setup. Being able to talk about the experiences and share my honest thoughts behind my songs seem to resonate with the audience.”
Piano, Songs & Stories provides a unique insight into a remarkable performer and her experience as she brings new life to her chart-topping hits and fan favorites. Through the unique stripped-back arrangements matched with soaring vocals and her honest and candid storytelling, Dami has taken off the mask and allows us to see an incredible talent and discover the side of the artist we haven’t witnessed before.
Happening Friday 23 July at Canberra Theatre Centre.
See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/dami-im-piano-songs-stories for more information.
Live music Fridays at Blackbird
Every Friday night a different artist will play. Drop-in for amazing cocktails in a great cosy and candlelit atmosphere, with some amazing talent on stage every Tuesday and Friday night.
Happening Friday evenings at Blackbird, 114 Alinga Street, Canberra City.
See blackbirdbar.com.au for more information.
Brahms German Requiem
Presented by: Canberra Choral Society & National Capital Orchestra
Emerging from the enforced hibernation of 2020, the Canberra Choral Society and National Capital Orchestra are incredibly pleased to continue their traditional annual collaboration with the performance of Johannes Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem.
This is Brahms’s most personal work—a true masterpiece that established his unmistakable musical voice and timeless reputation.
Brahms was an innovator in a traditionalist context who inspired many subsequent composers. This beautifully constructed piece for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra transcends the genre of a requiem.
Featuring German text selected by the composer from the Luther Bible and initially conceived as a “human requiem”, the text follows an uplifting emotional journey and is a wonderful evocation of comfort and hope for the living.
Join us to delight in this sensational music for an unforgettable performance conducted by Leonard Weiss featuring Song Company soprano Amy Moore and baritone Hayden Barrington, with chorus master Dan Walker.
Happening Saturday 24 July at Llewellyn Hall, ANU.
See nationalcapitalorchestra.org.au for more information.
Sesame Street Circus Spectacular
The enormously popular Sesame Street Circus Spectacular, ready to wow Canberra audiences of all ages, has extended its season by two weeks and will now run through until 2 August!
With new COVID-19 protocols in place, and in close coordination with government agency guidelines, live performances will commence in Majura Park on 25 June.
This 90-minute Circus spectacular features incredible performers from Argentina, Switzerland, Brazil, Morocco, Spain, Africa and Australia, plus all your favourite Sesame Street characters under the big top, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie and Super Grover.
In an extraordinary circus performance, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Super Grover and the Sesame Street characters all work to find their own personal and unique talent at the circus and join daredevils and a host of other incredible performers in this must-see show.
Every element within the show was newly developed for the tour, which was written and produced locally and includes the original Sesame Street voices that were recorded in New York especially for this production.
Happening until Monday 2 August Majura Park, Majura Park Shopping Centre (opposite Costco), Spitfire Avenue, Majura Park
See ticketmaster.com.au/artist/837678. Tickets can also be purchased with the circus direct: 0413 880 044.
Workshops, Tours + Talks
Building a Micro-Forest Movement: Edwina Robinson, The Climate Factory
“My mission is to empower people to plant the planet”
Edwina founded The Climate Factory in 2019. Since then multiple projects are well on their way to reduce temperatures in the public realm by thoughtful planting and designing a climate-ready landscape.
Come to hear Edwina talk about her Micro-Forest Movement in Canberra and stay for light refreshments afterwards.
MCH members $10; concession and full-time students $12
Happening Sunday 25 July 2021 at 2.30pm at Baptist Church Hall, 34 Groom Street, Hughes.
Booking via trybooking.com/BRZNK
Love Local Markets
This Winter, enjoy treats both toasty and tasty at the Love Local Markets at The Plot 12 Beltana Road, Pialligo on Sunday, July 25.
Come and delight your taste buds with a huge collection of Canberra & Region boutique products. Savour mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and other winter goodies, or let the kids loose in our playground wonderland. Best of all, do it while supporting your local community!
You’ll also have the chance to check out the Pialligo Market Grocer, the Farm Shop Café, as well as interior designer and homewares shops, Wren & Rabbit Interiors and Pink Flamingo Interiors, Bison & Crusoe & Co.
Happening Sunday 25 July at The Plot, Pialligo.
See theplotatpialligo.com.au/love-local-markets for more information.
Haig Park Village Markets
The Haig Park Village Markets are about creating a vibrant farmers market filled with fresh, nutritious, quality produce and products at reasonable prices, with the added bonus of supporting and promoting our regional farmers and businesses.
Rosie and Alex are born and raised Canberrans who love all things markets. Their markets will be an evolving collaboration of many farmers, bakers, artisans and talented people, seeking to share their crafted specialties. They want to support local creative talent and nurture local businesses.
Working together with regional growers and local business they can create a lively and community-driven market that seeks to become a destination for locals and visitors alike.
Happening Sundays from 8 am at Haig Park, Braddon.
See Facebook for more information.
Capital Region Farmers Market
Sample the region’s freshest produce at the Capital region farmers market
The Market is a community project run by the Rotary Club of Hall, the only rural Rotary Club in the ACT.
Find your way to the Market with our directions to EPIC. We have over 100 stallholders each week who bring their freshly picked, grown and handcrafted produce to the Market.
Speak to a stallholder and ask them where their produce comes from—you’ll be surprised what you’ll learn and pick up cooking, storage and usage tips. Find your favourite stallholder in the directory.
Happening every Saturday from 7 am– 11.30 am at Exhibition Park in Canberra.
See capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au for more information.
For a good cause
Every day 200 Australians attempt suicide. It is the leading cause of death of Australians between the ages of 15-44 years.
The annual Black Tie Suicide Awareness Ball and awareness-raising campaign was founded by two Registered Nurses working in The Canberra Hospital Emergency Department.
It allows the community to come together to show that everyone and anyone can make a difference. The goal is to raise much-needed suicide awareness and increase knowledge especially about the role each part of our society can play in prevention AND raise funds for research to provide a strong evidence base for change.
The 2021 Suicide Awareness Ball’s recipients will be the local organisation OzHelp and the Black Dog Institute.
OzHelp was founded by the mother of a young Canberra apprentice, David O’Bryan, who died by suicide in 2000.
OzHelp and the Black Dog Institute design programs to assist in promoting health, well being and suicide prevention across all age groups.
Tickets: $125 per person or $1200 per table (10).
- Two course meal
- Five-hour drinks package
- Live band
- Silent and Live Auctions
Happening Saturday 24 July 2021 from 6.30 pm at The National Convention Centre.
Ruth Lane-Poole: A Woman of Influence
Ruth Lane-Poole’s articles on interior decoration in popular magazines in the mid-1920s introduced many homemakers to her ideas on good taste and practical design.
Such was her standing, that when the Federal Capital Commission was faced with the challenge of furnishing Canberra’s two official residences – Government House and The Lodge – in time for the opening of Parliament House in 1927, it was Ruth Lane-Poole that they engaged to work with the architects on matters relating to interior furnishing.
This exhibition brings together items never exhibited before outside the official residences, and which explore the inspirations for her design philosophy and the rich legacy of her Irish family associations.
Showing from 10 July until 23 October 2021.
See cmag.com.au/exhibitions/ruth-lane-poole-a-woman-of-influence for more information.
Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties
Unique and captivating photographs of the 1920s criminal underworld capture the zeitgeist of an era. These mugshots, known as ‘Specials’, are unexpectedly candid and intriguing portraits of suspects in custody, and they are unlike any elsewhere in the world.
Bosses, bruisers, plotters, drug pushers, addicts, sly-grog purveyors and petty crims are all captured by the camera as they stare down the lens into history. But more than simple mugshots, these portraits, and the stories of the sordid sorts they portray, also convey the rise and fall of trends such as the flapper and illustrate the post-war movement of people between Sydney and other cities such as New York and London.
The hit BBC series Peaky Blinders found inspiration in this unique photographic archive, as have artists, academics and designers such as Ralph Lauren and Karl Lagerfeld. What will you take from them?
A travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums.
Showing until 24 October at the National Archives of Australia.
See naa.gov.au/visit-us/events-and-exhibitions/underworld-mugshots-roaring-twenties for more information.