Raise your hand if you’re more than overdue for another long weekend. Thought so.
Whether you plan on staying in bed for the best part of the Queen’s birthday public holiday or want to cram as much as possible into the next few days, our weekend guide has you sorted. Here’s what looks interesting in Canberra and surrounds this weekend:
1. Learn how to make ice cream with Mr Frugii
Indulge in a very rare opportunity to learn how to make ice cream from Canberra’s most celebrated ice cream maker, Mr Frugii (you can read our profile on Mr Frugii, also known as John Marshall, here). Tickets cost $80 and include a tub of handmade ice cream to take home. It’s on Saturday 6 June from 10am to 12pm at the YMCA Bush Capital Lodge. More info.
2. Handmade Markets at EPIC
Shop an eclectic mix of clothes, jewellery, home wares, foods and more at the Handmade Markets, which run from 10am to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Entry is free, though a gold coin donation to one of the market’s local charities is appreciated. More info.
3. Weekend brunch truffle hunt and cook
Love truffles? Join Canberra Truffles for an exhilarating truffle hunt this Saturday morning followed by a three-course brunch of truffle-infused dishes prepared by Chef Andrew Haskins. Canberra Truffles runs weekend brunches and lunches every Saturday and Sunday throughout the truffle season. More info.
4. Storm Boy at Canberra Theatre Centre
Colin Thiele’s Storm Boy is one of Australia’s best loved stories. Whether you’re an adult keen to revisit childhood memories or want to introduce a new generation of children to the story, head to the Canberra Theatre Centre on Friday (11am and 7pm sessions) or Saturday (1pm and 6pm) to savour the wonder of this uniquely Australian classic. More info.
5. The Art of Sleeping at Transit Bar
Supported by Jesse Davidson and Sunbeam Sound, The Art of Sleeping will play at Transit Bar on Friday night from 8pm as part of their Voodoo national tour. More info.
6. Last chance to see the James Turrell retrospective at the National Gallery
I liked this exhibition so much I went twice. If you haven’t seen what all the fuss is about yet, head to the National Gallery of Australia before the exhibition wraps up on 8 June. More info.
7. Canberra Roller Derby League’s Quad Save the Queen
Canberra Roller Derby League presents an explosive, colony-wide roller derby tournament on the June long weekend. Two tracks, three days and twelve teams makes this a roller derby spectacular not to be missed. More info.
8. Learn how to play harmonica
Do you nurse a burning desire to pick up a harmonica and play some wailing blues riffs? Here’s your chance. Tony Maguire is hosting a half-day beginner workshop at the Statesman Hotel in Curtin this Sunday 7 June. More info.
9. Linda Marigliano at Mr Wolf
Catch Triple J’s Linda Marigliano DJ-ing at Mr Wolf this Sunday 7 June from 10pm, supported by Dinah Rose, Cheese and Eldred. More info.
10. 80s tribute night at The Basement
Enjoy covers of Metallica, Michael Jackson, Guns N Roses, INXS, Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Cyndi Lauper, Skid Row and Blondie at The Basement’s 80s tribute night on Friday 5 June. Tickets $25 at the door. More info.
11. Queen’s Birthday Wakefield Park track day
What better way to celebrate the Queen’s birthday than with a track day at Wakefield Park? Driver training and official Natsoft timing included, cost is $235 per driver, $80 per second driver and $30 per passenger. It’s on Monday 8 June from 8.45am. More info.
12. BentSpoke’s big birthday bike ride
Meet at BentSpoke at noon on Sunday for the launch of its new dark IPA, then head to the Carillon for a free barbeque. Don’t forget your helmet! More info.
13. Canberra Theatre Centre family fun open day
Come along to the Canberra Theatre Centre this Saturday 6 June from 11am to 6pm to celebrate its 50th anniversary. There will be face painting, puppet making workshops, balloons and more. More info.
14. Jazzamattazz for kids 2-8 years old
Treat your kids to a morning of jumping, jiving jazz. Jazzamattazz is a jazz-crafted experience especially for kids aged two to eight. Led by opera singer and actress Ali McGregor, this hour of jazzy beats and early 90s references will get your kids twisting and dancing. It’s on Saturday 6 June from 11am at The Street Theatre. More info.
15. Medieval Fest at the Museum of Australian Democracy
Immerse yourself in the middle ages and find out what life was life in the 13th century. There will be combat demonstrations, live music and dance, medieval craft activities for the kids, juggling lessons, games, food and more. Medieval Fest is on Monday 8 June from 10am to 3pm. More info.
What are your plans for the long weekend? Let us know in the comments below.