12 things to do in Canberra this weekend (11 and 12 July 2015)

Amy McPhillips 12 July 2015 5

This weekend’s highlights include a Raiders home game on Friday night and a delicious-sounding coffee and chocolate expo.

What are you planning for the weekend? Let us know in the comments below.


1. Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres multi-arts extravaganza
To celebrate their renovated spaces and renewed focus on cutting edge artistic programming, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres will host a massive, multi-arts extravaganza in the newly renovated Ainslie Arts Centre this Friday 10 July. See some of Canberra’s finest artists, performers and musicians, along with roving entertainment, a bar, food stalls and audio-visual installations. More info.


2. Bangarra Dance Theatre presents Lore
Bangarra takes you on a dance experience of Australia’s homelands, from the enigmatic waters of the Torres Strait Islands to the deeply rooted inland trees – celebrating the past, present and future. It’s on at the Canberra Theatre Centre until this Saturday 11 July. More info.

ceramics market

3. Stepping Up ceramics marketplace
The Australian Ceramics Triennale brought some of the world’s best ceramicists to Canberra this week, but the celebrations aren’t over yet. This Sunday, Canberrans will also have the opportunity to purchase ceramics from more than 30 ceramicists at the National Gallery of Australia. More info.

world curry festival

4. World Curry Festival in the City
Note that this event has been POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Warm up this winter with some amazing curry from the very first World Curry Festival in the City. This two-day event is on all weekend, and will bring colour and flavour into the heart of Canberra City. There will be celebrity chef demonstrations, street food, market stall goodies and eastern entertainment. More info.


5. Roald Dahl’s The BFG at Belconnen Theatre
The BFG is a classic Roald Dahl story about a Big Friendly Giant who catches dream and blows them through windows at nighttime. See Canberra Repertory Society’s interpretation of this magical children’s novel on Saturday at 10.30am or 2pm. More info.


6. Creative Fibre at the Old Bus Depot Markets
Immerse yourself in creativity with the region’s most talented textile artists showcasing and selling their work. Now in its tenth year, Creative Fibre is your opportunity to engage with the region’s textile artists. It’s on Sunday from 10am to 4pm. More info.


7. Canberra Raiders versus Newcastle Knights at GIO Stadium
The Raiders are planning a carnival-style atmosphere this Friday night to provide families with an evening of fun and entertainment these school holidays. Hooker Josh Hodgson says the side is bracing for a different Knights outfit compared to the one they beat in round 13. More info and tickets.

sweet charitea

8. Sweet Chari-Tea – Baby it’s cold outside
Now in its third year, this annual fundraising event is a decadent high tea with entertainment including singing, dancing, burlesque and comedy. Tables are themed and styled by the best party stylists in the business. There will be a live auction, raffles, lucky door prizes and more. All profits support paediatrics and the Canberra Hospital. It’s on Sunday afternoon at The Abbey. More info.

9. Australian Society of Microbiology presents Guts to Great Oceans
Most people know that microbes causes disease, but they may not know that microorganisms are vital to all life on earth. From their role in the human gastrointestinal tract to their role in wastewater treatment, microbes are our modern day life support systems. Head to the Shine Dome this Sunday at 4.30pm for a public lecture by internationally acclaimed microbiologists Janet Jansson, Mike Manefield and Stephen Giovannoni. More info.

naidoc week

10. NAIDOC Week tours at the National Archives of Australia
On the last weekend in NAIDOC week, head to the National Archives for a tour and come face to face with surprising and unexpected Indigenous records. This includes a chance to see a copy of the 1972 Larrakia Petition up close. Multiple tour times on both Saturday and Sunday. More info.


11. Indulge coffee and chocolate expo
If you love chocolate and coffee, this is the event to put at the top of your weekend to-do list. It’s a one-day expo featuring a diverse array of chocolates, coffee and related products, and is on this Saturday at the Old Bus Depot in Kingston. More info.

paperchain snow kimono

12. A cosy afternoon with author Mark Henshaw
Mark Henshaw’s first novel, Out of the Lines of Fire was one of the biggest selling Australian novels of the nineties. His latest novel, The Snow Kimono, is a psychological thriller and meditation on love and loss. Join Mark in conversation at Paperchain Bookstore this Sunday from 2pm. More info.

That’s all from us this week. What have we missed?

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5 Responses to 12 things to do in Canberra this weekend (11 and 12 July 2015)
Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 10:13 am 10 Jul 15

Not sure if you guys have plugged this exhibition at NGA, but it seems worth a look to me…


Maya123 Maya123 1:14 pm 09 Jul 15

vintage123 said :

With the forecast for freezing weather, ice, snow and hail – i am staying in bed.

I will be getting my fire ready for lighting. Nice and warm today, so no heating needed today or tonight, but with several days of rain and cold (and SNOW!!!), and no sun to heat the house, the fire will be welcome.

miska_chick miska_chick 12:36 pm 09 Jul 15

Don’t forget Cross De Capital – the National Cyclocross Round down in Wanniassa! Sure to be exciting viewing with this weekend’s forecast, come along to see the best of the country’s riders get wet and muddy and contend with obstacles. http://www.corc.asn.au/event/cross-de-capital-cyclocross/

vintage123 vintage123 12:15 pm 09 Jul 15

With the forecast for freezing weather, ice, snow and hail – i am staying in bed.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 9:27 am 09 Jul 15

A curry festival and a chocolate expo on the same weekend. Winning!

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