The best thing about a four-day week is that the weekend seems to arrive much faster. Spend yours at the Gundaroo Music Festival, check out the forest open day at the National Arboretum, or get your literary fix at Tim Winton’s author talk. There’s also the chance to finish the school holidays on a high by getting up close and personal with a life-sized tyrannosaurus rex at Dinosaur Time machine. And of course, Floriade is open every day.
Canberra Latin Dance Festival
When: All weekend | Where: Canberra Rex Hotel
Now in its fifth year, the Canberra Latin Dance Festival is two days and three nights of back-to-back workshops, performances and parties. Some of the best Australian and international artists will perform and teach workshops. Tickets start at $35 for a night party pass, available from event organisers.
Exhibition: Malcolm 30th anniversary
When: 2pm to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday | Where: National Film and Sound Archive
The National Film and Sound Archive is celebrating 30 years of Malcolm with a free pop-up exhibition featuring the getaway car that splits in two. Admission is free.
Canberra Bonsai Society Annual Show
When: 9am to 5pm, Saturday; 9am to 4pm, Sunday | Where: Canberra Grammar School
The Canberra Bonsai Society Annual Show is back for another year. Head down to Canberra Grammar School to see high quality bonsai from members, including some created by local artists currently represented in the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia at the National Arboretum. Admission is $5 for adults at the door.
Dinosaur Time Machine
When: 11am and 2pm, Saturday | Where: The Street Theatre
Buckle up and take a trip in a giant time machine to get up close and personal with a life-sized tyrannosaurus rex. Dinosaur Time Machine present dinosaur facts in a fun and visual way, incorporating circus, puppetry, simple narrative and imaginative play. It’s suitable for kids aged three to nine. Tickets $17 for children, $22 for adults, available from The Street Theatre.
Tim Winton author talk
When: 11.30am to 1pm, Saturday | Where: National Library of Australia
Gain a rare insight of Tim Winton’s imagination at work and play. The Miles Franklin Award-winning author reveals the real characters and events behind his bestselling novels. Tickets are $15, which includes light refreshments and book signing.
Forest Open Day at the National Arboretum
When: 11.30am to 4.30pm, Saturday | Where: National Aboretum
For one day only, visitors can drive around and wander through some of the Arboretum’s most colourful and rare forests, usually closed to public vehicles. Guides will provide free guided tours, including the stories behind forest patterns.
Gundaroo Music Festival
When: 10am to 10pm, Saturday | Where: Gundaroo Park
The Gundaroo Music Festival is a fundraiser for the Motor Neurone Disease Association of NSW. It features live performances from musical talents including Mitch Anderson, Russell Morris, Chasing Giants and the James Southwell Band. Tickets are $30 for adults and $60 for families. Children under 15 are free. Get your tickets from Ticketek, or from the ticket booth at the main gate on the day.
Sundaze at the Museum
When: 3pm to 7pm, Sunday | Where: Museum Bar, National Museum of Australia
The Museum Bar is open for another year. It’s on every Sunday from October 9. The first session of the season kicks off by the shores of Lake Burley Griffin with music from Polographia and Kanion. Entry to Sundaze is free, with food and drink available for purchase. Sunday opening hours for the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum have been extended until 7pm especially for Sundaze.
What are your plans this weekend? Let us know in the comments.