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Here’s what February is serving up.
By The Water concert with Dami Im
National Museum of Australia
Experience Eurovision royalty with an unmissable performance by The X Factor winner, Dami Im, at By The Water.
Chill out to the relaxed country strains of ARIA chart-topper Caitlyn Shadbolt as the sun sets over the city. When the stars come out, enjoy Dami’s unique contemporary style while enjoying local food van fare and drinks from the cash bar.
Stage 88, Commonwealth Park
Castaway Festival makes its Canberra debut with an all-Aussie electronic line up for the ages including The Presets, What So Not, Slumberjack, Motez, Touch Sensitive and Banoffee. A must for live music fans.
Rupaul’s Drag Race: Werq The World 2020
Canberra Theatre Centre
The Official RuPaul’s Drag Race World Tour is coming to Canberra!
Mission leader Michelle Visage is on a journey to save the universe with the help of her intergalactic queens including Aquaria, Kim Chi, Monet Exchange, Plastique Tiara, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Violet Chachki and Season 11 winner Yvie Oddly. Get set for a wild ride!
International Cricket Action
Manuka Oval plays host to a great range of affordable games this summer, bringing teams from across the globe to Canberra. Don’t miss these matches!
- Women’s T20I – India v England – 31 January
- Women’s T20I – Australia v England – 1 February
- Women’s T20I – Australia v India – 2 February
- ICC WT20 World Cup – England v Thailand– 26 February
- ICC WT20 World Cup – West Indies v Pakistan– 26 February
- ICC WT20 World Cup – Australia v Bangladesh– 27 February
- ICC WT20 World Cup – Sth Africa v Thailand– 28 February
- ICC WT20 World Cup – England v Pakistan– 28 February
Grapes of Wrath
13 to 29 February
Canberra REP Theatre, 3 Repertory Lane, Canberra City
The Grapes of Wrath tells the powerful story of the Joad family’s trek from the dust bowl of Oklahoma to the promise of a new life in California. An epic story which explores human desperation and determination, it is every bit as relevant today as it was when John Steinbeck wrote it in 1939. Canberra REP brings this classic tale to life with an impressive local cast.
Shakespeare by the Lakes III – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
14 to 23 February
Tuggeranong Town Park
Shakespeare by the Lakes III: A Midsummer Night’s Dream brings one of Shakespeare’s most loved comedies to Tuggeranong in a free, enjoyable, family-friendly event for all ages. Wander down, find a place, grab a glass of champagne, a cup of coffee and some delicious food from the onsite food trucks—or get a big group together, bring your picnic blankets and baskets, and soak up the serenity.
BeerFest, Australia’s longest running and original craft beer festival, is coming to Canberra for the first time! More than 20 craft brewers, cider makers, wine makers and distillers will set up in Commonwealth Place to share craft brews, complemented by great local produce. More than just a celebration of artisan crafted beer, festival-goers can also expect a huge line-up of entertainment from comedy acts and live music.
15 + 16 February
Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC)
The ShowRoom is Canberra’s fresh new home show jam-packed with design, build and lifestyle goodness. Showcasing professional and quality design, build and lifestyle products and services, it’s a great free day out for the whole family featuring 20 talks, live displays, fabulous food and unlimited inspiration.
American Express Openair Cinema Canberra
Until 16 February 2020
Patrick White Lawns, near National Library of Australia
If you’re looking for a romantic, sunset-filled evening for date night, drama and laughs for a girl’s night out or some family fun, American Express Openair Cinemas is a must-do to add to your list this summer. Featuring a wide range of movies, and food and drink to tantalise your tastebuds, you’ll be entertained from start to finish.
National Multicultural Festival
21 to 23 February
Eat, drink, laugh and dance around the world at the 2020 National Multicultural Festival. Celebrate difference, share traditions, enjoy live music, dancing, performance art, a cornucopia of food, street parties and more!
The World According to Kevin McCloud
Canberra Theatre Centre
BAFTA award winning broadcaster, TV host, writer, environmentalist, amateur balloonist and storyteller Kevin McCloud is coming to Canberra Theatre Centre for an intimate evening which will include a Q&A session and Kevin’s musings on everything from 1960s wallpaper to the Space Programme, McMansions, community and the planet.
28 February to 15 March
Over 17 days in March the nation’s capital will shine bright with culture and creativity. There’s so much to eat, see and explore at Enlighten Festival, transforming the Parliamentary Triangle and city precinct into a vibrant arts precinct with free performances and exclusive events.
See the Parliamentary Triangle come to life after dark with stunning architectural projections that shine a light on some of Australia’s most iconic attractions, marvel over a sky full of colourful hot air balloons, settle back and enjoy Symphony in the Park, or grab a picnic blanket on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin for Hit 104.7 Skyfire.
ACTEWAGL Royal Canberra Show
28 February to 1 March
Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC)
The ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show honours the country heritage of Australian agricultural shows with competitions, horticulture and produce and craft entries in the pavilions, Flyball, dog show and cat shows and more.
No show is complete without showbags and rides, the thrilling entertainment on the main arena and around the grounds, a cuddle with the animals in the Farmyard Nursery, plenty of tasty food and fireworks.
Game Masters: The Exhibition
Until 9 March
National Film and Sound Archive
The National Film and Sound Archive has transformed into Australia’s biggest video game arcade with the world’s greatest designers, characters and 80 playable games. An interactive journey through five decades of video game history, Game Masters offers both a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of the world’s most popular characters and franchises, and a chance to play them.
Hugh Ramsay at the NGA
Until 29 March
National Gallery of Australia
Delve into the paintings, portraits and sketchbooks of seminal Australian artist Hugh Ramsay, whose brilliant career was cut short at just 28. The young artist shot to fame when four works were selected for the New Salon in Paris in 1902, a feat unheard of in expatriate circles. Revel in his insights into the human condition as the National Gallery reveals his paintings, drawings and works on paper from around Australia.
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Feature image: Martin Ollman for Visit Canberra.