This weekend’s highlights include Floriade, 50 years of the ANU School of Music, the Lifeline Canberra bookfair and a Scrabble competition. What are your plans?
1. Co-lab: Science meets street art at Westside
Come to Westside Acton Park this Saturday from 10am to 6pm to see what happens when science meets street art. Co-lab is a creative collaboration between Canberran street artists and early career scientists. Five local street artists have paired up with five PhD Science students from ANU to take inspiration from their research, discoveries and concepts integral to their field. More info.
2. Craft ACT artist-in-residence open day at Namadgi National Park
Lovers of art and the great outdoors, this one’s for you. Meet Craft ACT’s 2015 artists-in-residence for an insight into their art and the influence of nature on their work at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage in the Namadgi National Park this Saturday 19 September. It’s on from 9am to 2pm. More info.
3. Green Savvy Sunday returns to the Old Bus Depot Markets
Discover the latest in green technology for the home, buy specialist green/sustainable products and speak to a variety of agencies and companies about what programs, assistance and products they provide to the community at Green Savvy Sunday. It’s on at the Old Bus Depot Markets this Sunday from 10am to 4pm. More info.
4. Sydney Theatre Company’s The Wharf Revue at Canberra Theatre Centre
In 2015, The Wharf Revue turns 15. Or is it 16? Everyone is getting too old to care about birthdays, but we do care about satire. So, once more unto the political breach step Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott with their signature style of seriously side-splitting satirical silliness and musical mayhem. Catch it on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. More info.
5. Scrabble competition at Gungahlin Library
Scrabble ACT, the National Library of Australia and Libraries ACT invite you to participate in a Scrabble competition this Saturday from 11am to 2pm. The first rounds are held in public libraries throughout September, with the grand final round to be held at the National Library next month. Open to competitors aged 8 years and over. More info.
6. Autolyse Juice Bar market day
Come and find some great stuff at Autolyse Juice Bar’s market day this Saturday from 10am to 4pm. There will be clothing, shoes and a drink stand. Head to Autolyse Juice Bar on Lonsdale Street in Braddon. More info.
7. Picnic at our Place at Belconnen Arts Centre
Celebrate all things Belco at Belconnen Arts Centre this Saturday from 4pm to 8pm. There will be markets, entertainment, workshops, exhibitions and more. More info.
8. Trivia night raising funds for Canberra Cat Fix
You can’t teach your cat about safe sex, but you can help support low income families desex their feline friends. Canberra Cat Fix is run by RiotACT’s Alexandra Craig, and it’s hosting a trivia night this Friday from 7pm at the Woden Tradies. Tickets are $30. More info.
9. Celebrate 50 years of the ANU School of Music
ANU’s School of Music celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion it is hosting several free performances and exhibitions this Sunday from 1pm. Head to Llewellyn Hall, the ANU Courtyard Stage, the ANU School of Music foyer and ANU Cafe to catch the action. More info.
10. Public talk: Lasers can do anything
Lasers are in factories, hospitals, at home, up in space and in the ground powering the internet. This is an exciting show with fun demonstrations about the invention of the laser. Explore how lasers work and how they improve our lives. Presented by Patrick Helean and Professor Hans Bachor at the Shine Dome this Sunday at 11am. More info.
11. Lifeline Canberra’s biggest ever bookfair
With over 120 tonnes of books, CDs, DVDs, comics, puzzles, games and more, there’s something for everyone at this weekend’s Lifeline Canberra bookfair. It’s on all weekend at Budawang Pavilion at EPIC, and if you head down on Saturday there will be a jumping castle, face painting and balloon modelling for the kids. Read more.
12. Drop in flower crown workshop at The Makers’ Hub
Come and learn how to make flower crowns this Saturday between 10am and 1pm at The Makers’ Hub. Classes are $55 per person. More info.
13. Duffy Primary School fete
For fun, games and refreshments, the Duffy Primary School fete is the place to be this Sunday from 10am to 2pm. There will be reptiles, second hand books, SES and fire brigade displays, cultural dance performances, face painting, a plant stall, putt putt golf, a jumping castle and special appearances by the Brumbies, Capital Football and the Canberra Capitals. More info.
14. ACT Legislative Assembly open day
Ever wanted to know more about your Assembly? Come to the open day this Sunday from 10am to 2pm. There will be tours of the Assembly building, art tours, a Magna Carta debate, choral performances, and BBQ lunch served by your MLAs. More info.
15. Malaysia Fest Canberra 2015 at the Malaysian High Commission
Enjoy a sumptuous variety of popular Malaysian cuisines and delicacies including chicken satay, nasi lemak, teh tarik and more at Malaysia Fest Canberra this Saturday from 10am to 4pm. There will also be a traditional cultural costume parade, Malaysian games and a guided High Commission tour. More info.
As always, let us know what we’ve missed in the comments below. Have a good weekend!