How do you plan to spend this weekend? There’s plenty on in Canberra to keep you busy over the next few days, including the Westside Sunday markets, a ping pong jam and Bungendore’s first made by hand markets.
1. Westside Sunday markets
The Sunday markets are on again at Westside shipping container village from 10am this Sunday 5 July. There will be clothing, homewares and accessories for sale, as well as kids’ activities, plants and flowers, food, drink, a jumping castle and live music. Sounds like a pretty good way to spend a weekend. More info.
2. Improvision party at NewActon
New Acton is hosting a fabulous and free party this Saturday from 10pm. The theme is improvision (Eurovision with some of the world’s best improvisation actors). This is the gala afterparty of Improvention, Australia’s premier festival for improvised theatre and comedy. Dress over-the-top, dance or just hide on a couch with a bottle of bubbles. More info.
3. Homegrown hip hop at Zierholz UC
Head to Zierholz at the University of Canberra this Saturday night to catch the girls from Coda Coduct, supported by Jimmy Pike and Jedbril. Doors open at 6, the fun kicks off at 7pm, and since entry is free we recommend getting in early before it reaches capacity. More info.
4. Ping pong jam at the Polish Club
The Canberra Musicians Club invites ping pong freaks, musos and the general public to an evening of jamming, Polish beer and a bloodthirsty table tennis tournament to the death, or near death, or until there’s a clear winner, or midnight, whichever comes first. It’s on this Friday at 7.30pm. More info.
5. Thoroughbred Park truffle lunch
Thoroughbred Park has teamed up with 3seeds chef Andrew Haskins to present a truffle lunch with a difference this Sunday. The four-course, truffle-inspired luncheon will showcase local growers’ black truffles. More info.
6. Alana Valentine’s Head Full of Love at the Street Theatre
The annual Alice Springs Beanie Festival is approaching and Tilly Napuljari is running out of time to finish her new creation and enter it for judging. Meanwhile, Nessa Tavistock has run away to the Red Centre to escape her own problems. Head Full of Love is a story of an unlikely but inspiring friendship, a beanie festival and a track to positive reconciliation. See it at the Street Theatre from 3 to 4 July 2015. More info.
7. Artsound winter book and music fair
Pick up a bargain at Artsound’s winter book and music fair, this Sunday 5 July from 9am to 3pm at Manuka Arts Centre. There will be fiction and non fiction books for sale, as well as CDs, DVDs and vinyl records. More info.
8. Rockabilly by Day, Swing by Night at Albert Hall
Saturday is a huge day for celebrating the best of American culture on American Independence Day. Head to Albert Hall for local and interstate stall holders, a giant slide for the kids, bands and dance demos, and loads of yummy food. This is shaping up to be a huge day! It’s on from 10am to 4pm at Albert Hall. More info.
9. Made by Hand @ Bungendore
Made by Hand @ Bungendore is the first Bungendore market devoted entirely to products that are handmade by the stallholder. Browse through a wide variety of stalls selling everything from candles, jewellery, pet toys and beds to preserves, clothing and artwork. It’s on this Saturday from 9am to 3pm at the Bungendore War Memorial Hall. More info.
10. NAIDOC Day at the National Museum of Australia
Celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples this Sunday at the National Museum of Australia. The festival day includes tours, entertainment and activities for the whole family, including performances by Indigenous singer/songwriter Warren H Williams, Alinta Barlow and Majik Honey. More info.
11. Mister Maker at Canberra Theatre Centre
Is Mister Maker the next generation’s Art Attack? If it comes close to Art Attack’s brilliance, this is definitely worth taking the kids to see. Since his debut in 2007, Mister Maker has gained international success with his unique ability to encourage children to use their imaginations in fun and creative ways. He’ll be performing at the Canberra Theatre Centre this Saturday. More info.
12. The Australian Burlesque Festival at The Abbey
The Australian Burlesque Festival is two nights of glamorous classic tease and modern neo-burlesque to dazzle, delight and stimulate the senses. Celebrate traditional Bump n’ Grind, vintage-flavoured tease, sizzling cabaret and variety entertainment! Be delighted, tantalised and pleasantly entertained as you experience jaw-dropping glamour and high quality shows from leading stars of the stage. It’s runs on both Friday and Saturday. More info.
13. Harts at Transit Bar
Australian one-man music making machine”Harts is performing at Transit Bar this Saturday night. Darren Hart plays all the instruments, writes all the songs and even records and produces everything himself. More info.
That’s all from us this week. Let us know your weekend plans in the comments below.