Eight things to do in Canberra this weekend

Rachel Ziv 15 August 2016

This weekend is a creative one – promising the best in local food and entertainment, crafts and quilts, virtual realities and giant kites.


The Forage

The Forage
When 5pm-9pm Fri | Where The Melbourne Building, Odgers Lane, Canberra
Enjoy a festive night out at The Forage: an impressive showcase of street food from local cafes, food trucks, wineries and breweries. This Friday’s affair is a scaled-back version of the usual seasonal events, but will still offer a unique night out with loads of yummy food and drink, amidst a fun and social atmosphere of live music and entertainment. Entry is free.

All weekend

Woden Seniors Book Fair
When 11am-6pm Fri, 10am-4pm Sat and Sun | Where Woden Seniors Club, 12 Corinna Street Woden
Woden Seniors is holding its third big book fair over three days at the Club premises. On offer is a huge range of quality books including collectables, children’s books, fiction and non-fiction, magazines, games, vinyl records and DVDs (all for sale at very reasonable prices). The Club coffee shop will be open for morning and afternoon tea. Anything remaining by Sunday at 2pm will be sold at rock-bottom prices. Entry by gold coin donation.

Quilt fair

Craft and Quilt Fair Canberra
When 10am-4:30pm Thur-Sun | Where Budawang Building, Exhibition Park, Mitchell
This week’s Craft and Quilt Fair is a must-see for anyone with a love for arts and crafts. The event offers a stunning range of exhibitions, displays, hands-on activities, guest artists, free demonstrations, workshops and more. Learn new skills, be inspired and discover a huge range of unique products from exhibitors. Tickets are from $15, available at the door or discounted online.


Science in ACTion
When 10am-4pm Sat | Where Old Bus Depot, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston
Science in ACTion is an interactive science and technology exhibition, offering fun for the whole family. Go back in time and learn about Australia’s dinosaurs or Canberra’s archaeology and geology. Then, step into the future and experience a virtual reality, supercomputer, drones, and robots in action. You might even witness a visit from some infamous alien villains! Entry is free.

Unofficial Harry Potter Party
When 9pm Sat | Where Digress Cocktail Bar – 11 Akuna Street, Canberra
If you love the Harry Potter series, you’ll love the chance to dress up and dance the night away at Digress Cocktail Bar’s unofficial Harry Potter Party. The bar will be transformed into a magical wizarding world, with best-dressed attendees judged and awarded for their likeness to the real characters. Please note this is strictly an 18+ event. Tickets are from $17 and can be purchased online.


Giant Kite Spectacular
When 11am-2pm Sun | Where Duncan Sporting Fields, Googong
Take the kids for a treat on Sunday morning to watch a flock of giant kites take to the air between 11am and 2pm. The kites include an enormous dragon, dolphin, cat, teddy, grub and 16m sky whale, all guided by local kite expert Ian Burrell. Bring your own kite or enjoy the free show. There will be a barbeque, or you can pack a picnic lunch. Entry is free.

David Helfgott

David Helfgott in Concert
When 4:30pm Sun | Where Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the film Shine, David Helfgott and internationally acclaimed pianist Rhodri Clarke are performing an arrangement of the ‘Rach 3’ – one of the most technically demanding piano concerti ever written. Tickets are from $85. Bookings online.


Canberra Raiders

Canberra Raiders v. Melbourne Storm When: 7pm Mon | Where GIO Stadium, 21 Battye Street, Bruce
We can’t let you forget Monday’s footy match between the Raiders and Melbourne Storm. It’s set to be a spirited game, with the Storm’s big three – Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater – going up against Raiders’ stars Aidan Sezer, Elliott Whitehead, Lima, Blake Austin, Jarrod Croker and Jack Wighton. Tickets are available through Ticketek.

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