This weekend’s highlights include Fashfest, Transit Bar’s ninth birthday celebrations and an x-rated science night for adults at Questacon. What are your plans?
1. Fashfest, Wednesday 13 May to Saturday 16 May
Canberra’s largest annual red carpet fashion event, Fashfest, kicked off earlier this week and continues until Saturday evening. This year, over 30 fashion designers will launch their collections on the catwalk over four big nights. Can’t make it? RiotACT’s Heather Lansdowne will be bringing us the highlights over the coming days.
2. RSPCA Million Paws Walk, Sunday 17 May
The biggest doggy event of the year is back again for 2015. At this year’s Million Paws Walk, RSPCA ACT will also be attempting the Guinness World Record for most dogs wearing bandannas. The day starts at 9am with stalls and entertainment at Stage 88, with the 5km walk around Lake Burley Griffin at 11am. More info.
3. Domestic Violence Crisis Services’ Blue & White Gala Ball, Saturday 16 May
Join Rosie Batty, Kate Ceberano, Jane Caro and DJSal to raise awareness of domestic violence and funds for services assisting those subjected to domestic violence in the ACT. Tickets are $200 per person and include a three-course meal, wine, beer and soft drink. It’s on from 6.30pm at QT Canberra. More info.
4. Canberra Roller Derby League: Black ‘n’ Belles versus Brindabelters, Saturday 16 May
Canberra Roller Derby League teams are back for a jam packed 2015 season. In the second home game of the season, the Black ‘n’ Belles take on Brindabelters at Southern Cross Stadium. Last year it came down to a nail biting finish where the Belters took out the win by just a few points. Who will win this time around? More info.
5. Canberra Repertory presents Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Saturday 16 May
This Classic drama directed by Jordan Best presents a powerful and timeless depiction of how intolerance and hysteria can intersect and tear a community apart. Catch it at Theatre 3 every night from 8pm until Saturday. More info.
6. Charity screening of Home to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Network Australia, Saturday 16 May
Palace Electric is hosting a special charity screening of Dreamworks’ latest flick, Home, to benefit BCNA. More info.
7. SciNight – X-rated science for adults, Friday 15 May
Be seduced by science at Questacon’s next SciNight as it delves into some cheeky, adults-only topics for one night only. Is the Y chromosome disappearing? What’s the science behind who you’re attracted to? Why is latex so useful… and when is it not? More info.
8. Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be – The Story of Bon Scott, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May
Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be celebrates the music, the heartbreak and the life of Bon Scott – a quintessential rock and roll story that ended far too soon. The show tells of Scott’s childhood, his family, his secrets and the life of Bon that came before his rise to fame with AC/DC. It’s on at 8pm both nights at The Playhouse. More info.
9. Ian Moss performs at the Street Theatre, Saturday 16 May
Respected as one of Australia’s most iconic musicians, five time ARIA winner Ian Moss will be performing all of the classic hits from his solo career, as well as all the Cold Chisel classics, performed as only Ian can. More info.
10. International Museum Day at the National Portrait Gallery, Sunday 17 May
Go behind the scenes of the National Portrait Gallery on International Museum Day and explore how their exhibitions are planned. More info.
11. Old Bus Depot Markets – A Celebration of Wool, Sunday 17 May
Meet craftspeople who work with wool from Canberra and the region at the Old Bus Depot Markets this Sunday. Speak to wool producers, craftspeople and artists. You’ll also find hand felted garments and accessories, designer knitwear, millinery, weavings and more. Stock up on woollen items in time for winter. More info.
12. Transit Bar turns 9, all weekend
Transit Bar is celebrating its 9th birthday with a week of fun for Canberra. Free entry before 9pm. Lineup is here.
13. Thundamentals at UC Refectory, Friday 15 May
Thundamentals are supported by Canberra’s rap darlings, Coda Conduct. More info.
What are your plans? Let us know in the comments below, and have a good weekend!