17 May 2018

Eight things to do around Canberra this weekend (18–20 May)

| Zoe Pleasants
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Wool Expo

Be winter-ready this year with a trip to the Canberra Wool Expo this weekend. Photo: Old Bus Depot Markets website.

What’s happening this weekend? Well, Harry and Meghan are getting married. And if you fancy doing more than curling up on your couch under a blanket to watch the wedding, frock up and head to Event Cinemas in Manuka to make a night of it. If you are not a fan of royal weddings (really?), fear not: There are plenty of other events to distract you from the spectacle. Gorman House is revelling in autumn this Saturday with a festival featuring live music, dance, art, food and drink. It also has an interesting theatre work — Never Trust a Creative City – showing at its Ralph Wilson Theatre this weekend, while Fame—The Musical is on at The Q in Queanbeyan. It is World Nordic Walking Day this Saturday, World Bee Day this Sunday, and there will be a Guinness World Record attempt for the largest gathering of people dressed as dogs happening this Sunday at the RSPCA’s Million Paws Walk!

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Canberra Wool Expo

Where: Old Bus Depot Markets
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm
Stock up on woolly jumpers, beanies, scarves and gloves for winter this weekend at the Old Bus Depot Markets’s Wool Expo or buy the yarn to knit items yourself. The markets are open both Saturday and Sunday for this special event. Check the full list of stallholders here. There will also be a petting zoo, workshops, a chance to take a photo with an alpaca and shearing and spinning demonstrations.

Never Trust a Creative City

Where: Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman House
When: Friday 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday 5 pm
Never Trust a Creative City is a theatre work that takes a searing look at the idea of ‘gentrifying’ cities through art. Written and performed by Too Rude, the creative collaboration of Maria White and Emma McManus, this show is part TED talk spoof and part strategic planning day gone wrong. It will take you on a journey through rising rents, social dislocation, arts-led urban renewal and pop-up galleries. Settle in with your almond latte. Tickets are $25 for adults and $18 for concession, book here.

Fame – The Musical

Where: Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre
When: Friday 8 pm & Saturday 2 & 8 pm
A local production of the musical that lives forever—Fameis playing at The Q until next Saturday. Based on the 1980 movie, Fame tells the story of a group of students and teachers at New York’s High School of Performing Arts. This production features both up-and-coming and established performers and an impressive finale. Tickets are $55 for adults and $45 for concession, book here.


Autumn Revel

Where: Gorman House
When: 11 am – 4 pm
Autumn Revel is a free family festival featuring live bands and DJs, public art, dance performances, talks, kids’ dance classes, food stalls, a makers market, art exhibitions, a scavenger hunt, instrument making and zine workshops, all nourished by local food, wine and beer. Enjoy Gorman House in autumn with courtyards framed by yellowing leaves, live local music on the Hawthorne and Wisteria Stages and roving dancers. Left Lane Outreach Theatre will present an engaging science theatre show for kids, while QL2 Dance’s dancers will weave in and out of the crowd. The huge collective of artists at Gorman House will be throwing open their studio doors and inviting you in to explore their workspace, and the city’s creative community will be pitching their ideas through Pitch In; a series of brief talks about burning issues, novel ideas and tricky questions. Music will be provided by Canberra’s Quickdraw Choir featuring six local choir groups, pop duo Neko Pink, party-power quartet Betty Alto, soulful singers Julia Johnson and Ruth O’Brien. For a full run-down of activities, check the program here.

The Royal Wedding

Where: Event Cinema, Manuka
When: 8 pm
Event Cinema in Manuka cordially invites you to watch the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle on the big screen. Get your wedding party together, dress up in your finest outfit—there will be a prize for the best dressed—and enjoy the spectacle in style. Tickets from $10, book here.

World Nordic Walking Day

Where: Embassy of Finland, 12 Darwin Av, Yarralumla
When: 9 am – 12 pm
The Embassy of Finland and Heart Foundation are celebrating World Nordic Walking Day this Saturday with a 7 km Nordic Walking Race around the central basin of Lake Burley Griffin, starting and finishing at the Embassy. Enjoy Finnish food and drinks back at the Embassy and get informed on why Nordic Walking is so good for you with a session given by Kristen Pratt of Capital Nordic Walking. Developed in the 1930s as a summer training activity for cross-country skiers, this low-impact sport apparently uses 90 percent of your muscles as you harness your upper body to propel yourself along using specially designed poles (they are not just hiking poles!)


Million Paws Walk

Where: Patrick White Lawns
When: 9 am – 2 pm, walk starts at 11 am
The RSPCA’s Millions Paws Walk is on this Sunday. It is the RSPCA’s biggest annual fundraiser and a great event for you and your dog to enjoy. This year, as well as the walk, the Million Paws Walk is hosting a Guinness World Record attempt for the largest gathering of people dressed as dogs! The current record is 439 people. Come dressed head-to-toe in a dog costume complete with a headpiece with ears. The record attempt will begin at 10 am, with the final count at 10:30 am. Then at 11 am, walk with your dog 5 km around the central basin of Lake Burley Griffin for the Big Paws walk, or 1.5 km for the Mini Paws Walk. Registration is $28 for adults, $12 for concession and $68 for a family. Register here.

World Bee Day

Where: Various venues
When: 10 am – 4 pm
This Sunday is World Bee Day and the Embassy of Slovenia is coordinating Canberra’s celebrations. The day will start at the Embassy of Slovenia where there will be the official opening, a honey breakfast, honey jarring and kids activities. Register here. Celebrations then move to the Embassy of Sweden and Parliament House in the afternoon. At the Swedish Embassy, from 1 – 4 pm there will be honey tasting, Swedish folk dancing, a Swedish choir and the IKEA Fika Café. Register here. At Parliament House, afternoon tea will be served from 2:30 pm featuring treats made with honey from the hives at Parliament House. Then at 5 pm, the Embassy of Switzerland in conjunction with the ANU Film Group will screen the documentary More than Honey by Swiss filmmaker Markus Imhoof at Coombs Theatre, ANU. The film will be followed by a short panel discussion on honeybee health. This is a free event and no reservation is required. Details here. Find the full program of events for World Bee Day here.

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