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Xmas in July, Winter in the City and a plant giveaway: 20+ things to do this week

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A Christmas market in July, ice-skating in the city and a free plant giveaway! What’s not to love about this week? 

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


Changemakers celebrates the activists, icons and allies behind 120 years of women’s rights in Australia.

Australian women were the first in the world to achieve both the right to vote and to stand for election. Yet they still faced inequality at home, in the workplace and in society.

This exhibition explores the remarkable stories of activists and trailblazers from many walks of life, from Edna Ryan’s campaign for equal pay in 1974 to Nyadol Nyuon’s advocacy for refugee women today.

Discover the many ways changemakers transform policy, opinion, standards and rights; see the first pamphlets organising women to protest, the hand-embroidered banners of craftivist Tal Fitzpatrick, Julie Bishop’s red shoes and more.

Showing now | Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House | moadoph.gov.au

The Xmas in July Festival

That’s right—dig out your cutest mittens and berets, mon cherie, because from 30 June to 3 July, Parkes Lawn West (opposite Questacon) will come to life as a European-style Christmas Market, complete with festive food and wine for The Xmas in July festival.

From mulled wine and falling snow to melted cheese (raclette!) stations, real Christmas trees, wooden huts, hot chocolate, Christmas lights and live music, it’s all about celebrating the magic of Christmas…in July. Across four days, 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. Meet you under the mistletoe?

Thursday 30 June until 3 July | Parks Lawn West | christmasinjuly.com.au

Skate into the school holidays with Winter in the City

It’s the most winterful time of year and Winter in the City is here to make school holidays an even cooler experience. That’s right, it’s time to break out your ugly jumpers and grab your ice skates as the City Renewal Authority’s Winter in the City festival takes over Civic Square from Friday 1 to Sunday 17 July.

With unique experiences that capture the essence of winter, the city will come alive with exhibitions, pop-up bars and cosy spaces for all ages including our beloved outdoor ice skating rink, gourmet hot chocolate (and flames to toast your own marshmallows), winter dRINKs Bar at Canberra Theatre Centre Terrace and more.

Friday 1 July until Sunday 17 July | Various locations across Civic | winter.inthecity.com.au

The Truffle Festival

Enrich your senses with the Truffle Festival this winter, opening your mind to the world of the winter solstice! Presented by Doma Hotels, The Truffle Festival is ready to ignite your passion for the fungi. With tastings, markets, growing workshops, cooking classes, and—best of all—a multi-course truffle dinner celebrating local food and wine, you’re sure to love them just as much as the fury friends that discover them.

Friday 1 July |  Hotel Realm, Canberra | trufflefestival.com.au

Verity Lane Market’s Truffle Week

I’m sorry, did you say truffles and some very strong drinks? Verity Lane’s Truffle Week is back! This year it will see vendors showcase a week of exclusive truffle-infused dishes across all four kitchens including potato, truffle, and prosciutto pizza from Pizza Artigiana, truffled spaghetti carbonara from Pasta Artigiana, shoyu truffle ramen from Ramen Daddy and so much more.

Run, don’t walk.

Until Saturday 2 July | 50 Northbourne Ave, Canberra | veritylanemarket.com.au

The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever

Calling all Canberra Cathies: it’s time to grab your reddest dress and don your greenest eyeshadow, the biggest celebration of Brontë and Bush is back.

Performing Kate Bush’s iconic interpretive dance and singing along to the Emily Brontë-inspired song, The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever (TMWHDE) is celebrating its sixth year of raising funds for Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) in the capital. Taking place at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) where the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery London is currently taking center stage, dancers will be commemorating the only surviving group portrait of the Brontë sisters. And while it may not be a wily, windy moor, the proximity to the painting of the Brontë sisters makes this year’s performance even more unique.

Saturday 2 July, 10:30 am – 11:00 am | The National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes | facebook.com

‘Paste Your Place’ pop-up placemaking event at Kingston Arts Precinct

Team Paste Your Place (Kate Matthews and Fred McGrath Weber) are charging their cameras and stirring the glue for a fantastic free community event visualising the public spaces of the future Kingston Arts Precinct and its surrounds.

During a free Saturday workshop, locals will photograph what they love about their public spaces, and then create a collaged photographic mural of the neighbourhood. This is a free event, with no required knowledge, anyone is welcome. Registrations essential here.

On Sunday, at the famous Old Bus Depot Markets, Kate and Fred will set up a portraiture booth, inviting passers-by to join in the fun and add their face to the mural. Why don’t you come down and make your mark? It’s free, no need to register!

11am – 3pm Saturday 2 July and 9.30 am – 3 pm Sunday | Former Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston | 

Magic Camp School Holiday Program

Get ready to take an amazing adventure into the exciting world of magic! The perfect a school holiday program full of fun and inventive activities, Magic Camp not only teaches magic but exposes campers to outdoor activities, secrets to illusions, improvisation, magic performances and a variety of games! What sounds better than that?

Monday 27 June – Friday 1 July | Canberra Girls Grammar School, Alexandrina Drive, Yarralumla | magicacademy.com.au

Plant and Flower Giveaway

The City Renewal Authority plant and flower giveaway is back! Calling on Canberrans to help them rehome the existing plants throughout Braddon and the City as they makeover their flower displays, you’ll have the chance to take home something special.

Choose from hebe annie winters wonder, burgundy and candy yellow nemesias, blue limonium perezii, white gaura, poinsetta, pink diascia yellow argyathemums and more. The giveaway will commence at 12 pm, but remember it’s first-in, first-served.

Wednesday 29 June | Latin American Plaza, 38 Childers Street | facebook.com

A sonnet for Sondheim

Enjoy an evening of the highest highs and the lowest lows with an exploration of poetry by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson alongside the music of Sondheim thanks to the team that brought you Songs & Sonnets.

A sumptuous evening of Sondheim songs in a tribute to language and lyrics, enjoy sounds in poetic and sung form.

Wednesday 29 June – Saturday 2 July | The Theatre, Belconnen Arts Centre | belcoarts.com.au/sonnet-sondheim

Songs and Dances – Popular Standards for Classical Guitar

On Wednesday 29 June head to the the Wesley Music Centre to enjoy the return of four outstanding young classical guitarists in an exciting program of works by J.S. Bach, Albeniz, Llobet, Dyens and others! There is no better place to hear the classical guitar played by talented performers.

Wednesday 29 June, 12.40 pm -1.20 pm| Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest | wesleycanberra.org.au

Every voice counts: Suffrage in Australia Exhibition

Ever wanted to know more about suffrage in Australia? In celebration of the 120th anniversary of the Commonwealth Franchise Act 1902, Parliament House is proud to present the Every voice counts: suffrage in Australia exhibition. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the trailblazers who forged new pathways for women’s political participation at the amazing exhibition.

Thursday 20 June – Sunday 6 November | Parliament House | aph.gov.au

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 October | National Portrait Gallery | portrait.gov.au

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

Get in quick, it’s the final weeks of this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition! 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 and you can view them right here in Canberra.

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

Ash Grunwald

One of Australia’s most successful blues musicians ever, Ash Grunwald is coming to Canberra to deliver his most personal album yet with Shout Into The Noise. Working with Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Lachlan Bostock from Mansionair, Ash has crafted the finest album of his career.

Friday 1 July | The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street | thestreet.org.au

Emily-Rose & the Wild Things with Two if by Sea

Traversing the boundaries of folk, jazz, songwriter, ‘world’, classical and electronic, this is truly a special double bill. Head to Smith’s Alternative for an evening that’s sure to inspire you and fill your cup.

Friday 1 July – Monday 1 August | Smith’s Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, Melbourne Building | smithsalternative.com

Decadence and Debauchery Canberra

Vintage striptease, circus performances, fan dancing, live music, comedy and more: Canberra’s favourite variety show is back!

The incredible and eclectic cast supports diversity in the burlesque world by bringing together women of colour, queer performers as well as intergenerational and intercultural artists in a high-quality, professional production. Audiences can expect a night of sideshow acts, comedy, drinks, and the art of tease all in the one place with powerhouse interstate headliners in all shapes and sizes. See you there?

Saturday 2 July | Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed St N, Greenway | Tickets here

Bravehearts 777 Marathon

Encouraging locals to take on the physical challenge in a bid to prevent child sexual abuse, the iconic Bravehearts 777 Marathon is back for its eighth year. Join Bravehearts’ 777 Marathon when it lands in Canberra on Saturday, 2nd July! Registrations are now open for individuals or teams to run or walk the 7km, 14km, 21.1km, or 42.2km distances.

Saturday 2 July | On the lake at Rond Terrace, Parks Way, Acton | bravehearts.org.au

MEGAFauna afterDARK

Experience a night like no other in an immersive, illuminated and cultural event that offers a rare opportunity to see the Botanic Gardens after dark.

Be enchanted with a local Gurulidj (Bunyip) story and song by a First Nations storyteller and enjoy a light supper of damper-style roll with pumpkin soup by Pollen as you meet the megafauna.

Saturday 2 July – Saturday 9 July | Australian National Botanic Gardens | parksaustralia.gov.au

Hand to Earth

Telling stories of the stars, fire and cooling rain, join Yolnu songman Daniel Wilfred and Korean jazz vocalist Sunny Kim in an Australian Art Orchestra musical collaboration. Performing for one night only, Hand to Earth is a beautiful invitation to share culture and learn from each other.

Sunday 3 July | National Museum of Australia | nma.gov.au

Bottomless Brunch

Love a cheeky morning mimosa and bottomless brunch? Head to Pialligo Estate to enjoy dizzying array of your breakfast favourites including farm fresh eggs and Australia’s best bacon, freshly baked pastries and pancakes, the entire range of Pialligo Estate Smokehouse meats, fresh fruit, granola and plenty more.

Sunday 3 July | 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo | thepialligoestate.com.au

NAIDOC in the North

A celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture through story, song, art dance and ceremony, NAIDOC in the North welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds to learn from our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community through workshops, performances, activities and entertainment.

Saturday 2 July – Saturday 9 July | Multiple locations | belcoarts.com.au

The Sound of Music

In a convent in 1930s Austria, free-spirited postulant Maria Rainer is found ill-suited to life as a nun, and is sent to serve as governess to the seven children of Captain von Trapp, a widower and decorated Naval Officer.

Upon her arrival, Maria discovers the seven children living grim lives in a strict and regimented household, run by a father who has forgotten how to love. Soon, however, Maria’s zest for life, love and music infects not only the von Trapp children but Captain von Trapp himself.

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, including such classic and well-loved songs as “My Favourite Things”, “Sixteen Going On Seventeen”, “Climb Every Mountain” and “So Long, Farewell”.

Until Sunday 4 July | The Q | theq.net.au


Yes, that’s right, the creators and producers of the multi-sensory spectacular that was Van Gogh 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

American Independence Day celebration

Uncle Sam Wants YOU to celebrate American Independence Day with an Aussie twist! The Australian American Association (Canberra Division) is presenting its annual American Independence Day celebration at King O’Malley’s Irish Pub on Sunday 3 July 2022 from midday!

King O’Malley’s will have specials on all your favourite American-style food including burgers, pizza, buffalo wings and beer and there will be a special food stall in the beer garden serving up the Banana Split Bubble Waffle delights.

Plus enjoy the vibrant community atmosphere, meet new friends and there will also be a few special guests popping in for fun photo opportunities! The little ones can enjoy FREE crafts too.

All are welcome to come along and join in the fun – especially our mates from the multicultural community!

12 noon – 4 pm, Sunday 3 July | King O’Malley’s Irish Pub, 131 City Walk, Civic | events.humanitix.com 

Catherine Rogers: Evidence and the Visible

Curiosity, humour, erudition and strong aesthetic motivations: these are the things that make Catherine Rogers’s photographs so iconic. Beginning her photographic practice in the 1970s,  her copious yet relatively little-known body of work is surveyed at Drill Hall Gallery for the first time.

Until Sunday 14 August | Drill Hall Gallery | dhg.anu.edu.au

The Modern Object: Tapio Wirkkala for Venini.

Explore 26 modernist, handcrafted pieces of glass objects from the works of Wirkkala. The range showcases the engraved pieces produced for Iittala in the 1950s, to the later incalmo and filigrana works undertaken by the master glassmakers at Venini in the 1960s and 1970s. Explore the divine and vibrant collection at exhibition.

Until Sunday 24 July |  1 Dairy Rd, Fyshwick | @the_modern_object

Kate Nixon: On Reflection

Your rubbish bin won’t look the same after experiencing Kate Nixon’s latest installation in the Smokestack Gallery. This talented artist’s creativity is firing on every cylinder, working on multiple fields of experimentation at once. Fascinated by the physical experience and repetitive nature of mosaic and utilising the transformative properties of glass, mirror and light, Kates act of covering every visible surface of garbage bins with mirror mosaic challenges our preconceived notions of preciousness, domestic obligations and arts and crafts in the home. Experience it this weekend and give a moment of humble adoration for your household bin.

Until  Monday 15 August | Canberra Glassworks | canberraglassworks.com

Annette Blair: Quietly Spoken

Exploring our perception and relationship with everyday objects and how they can hold memories and meaning beyond their function. Annette Blair’s new exhibition at the Canberra Glassworks tells a unique visual story. Working  with hot glass and enamels to recreate familiar everyday things (like hand tools, used spray cans, knitting needles and paintbrushes), her complex installations encourages us to look closely at each object amongst the mass and to think about the things we collect and keep and the stories they tell.

Until Sunday 14 August | Canberra Glassworks | canberraglassworks.com

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