24 March 2022

Eleven things to do in Canberra this week (25 - 31 March)

| Ben Arnedo
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Dog on agility course

Bring your furry best friend to train on the dog agility course at Haig Park. Photo: Anna Mayberry.

This week’s keyword is diversity. Listen to the most sampled reggae artist in the world and behold the traditional dancers of Ireland, show your support for world peace and make friends while you enjoy a beautiful walk beside Lake Burley Griffin. Find your next read, and support LGBTQIA+ comradery and multiculturalism with the growing community at Molonglo Valley. It’s so good to see the diversity of these activities, and to see Canberra going back to the good ol’ days!

All weekend

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Enter a team and enjoy the event with your friends, or register as an individual and make some new ones! Photo: Aussie Peace Walk.

2022 Rotary Aussie Peace Walk

When: Saturday 26 March and Sunday 27 March, 7:30 am
Where: Nara Park
Cost: Tickets from Adult $75, ages 13 to 17 $35, ages 6 to 12 $25. Get your tickets here.

The Aussie Peace Walk offers you an opportunity to meet new people and have fun as a team, family, or group of co-workers. By wearing something that shows your nationality, you can represent your organisation or heritage. Make new friends, have fun, and enjoy the diversity of our global community. To ensure that no one gets left out, you can choose to walk on Saturday or Sunday if you cannot walk on both days. On Saturday, most events take place on flat ground and are held around the scenic Lake Burley Griffin.

Money raised – from tickets and fundraising – go to Give Every Child a Future 2022. The goal is to vaccinate 100,000 children.

The Dock

The Dock offers live music all weekend. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

Live Music at The Dock

When: Friday 25 to Sunday 27 March, 8 pm
Where: The Dock, 7/81 Giles Street, Kingston Foreshore
Cost: Free entry.

What better way to end the working week than with live music at your favourite pub? Hear from Ice Tea Duo on Friday, Steve Amosa on Saturday or Harley Ruha on Sunday!

Book fair

Woden Seniors’ Big Book Fair has become the place to go for quality books at very reasonable prices. Photo: Woden Seniors.

Woden Seniors Book Fair

When: Friday 25 to Sunday 27 March, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Woden Seniors Club, 12 Corinna St, Woden
Cost: Gold coin donation entry. Payment for books EFTPOS and cash.

With over 25,000 pre-loved books for sale, there will be something for all book lovers, including quality fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. For collectors, the President’s table will feature a wide selection of old and collectable books. In addition to books, you will find jigsaws, games, postcards, vinyl records, DVDs, CDs and recent magazines.

The vast majority of fiction and non-fiction books will be priced at $2.50 and children’s books, DVDs, and CDs are $1.00 each.


Female singer

Sister Nancy’s ‘Bam Bam’ is said to be the most sampled reggae song of all time. Photo: Supplied.

Sister Nancy & Legal Shot Sound

When: Friday 25 March, 7 pm
Where: Transit Bar
Cost: $49. Get your tickets here

The Original ‘Bam Bam’ female Deejay straight outta Jamaica – Sister Nancy returns to Canberra in the intimate setting of Transit Bar. Sister Nancy, aka Muma Nancy, real name Ophlin Russell-Myers, is a dancehall DJ and singer. She is known to the world as the first female dancehall DJ and was described as being a “dominating female voice for over two decades” on the Jamaican music scene. Russell-Myers will perform alongside France’s rub-a-dub band Legal Shot Sound.

Three-piece jazz band

Listen to the Belco Jazz Band at Gang Gang cafe on Friday night. Photo: Buda Arnedo.

Belco Jazz Band plays Gang Gang

When: Friday 25 March, 7 pm
Where: Gang Gang Cafe, Downer
Cost: Free. More information here.

Matt Dennett (accordion), Chris Pound (bass) and Bruce Rose (guitar) from the Belco Jazz Band will perform Django tunes, gipsy jazz and swing for the audience at Gang Gang Café in Downer. Prepare yourself for some fun tunes and catchy melodies that will make you want to tap your toes.

Promotional artwork for Celtic Beat

Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden presents Celtic Beat – Legends of Ireland with Peter Byrne and Eileen McCann. Image: Canberra Southern Cross Club.

Celtic Beat Legends Of Ireland

When: Friday 25 March, 8 pm
Where: Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden, 92-96 Corinna Street, Phillip
Cost: From $49. Get your tickets here.

A nostalgic and mystical journey to Ireland will have you singing and clapping in your seats from start to finish.

Award-winning Irish artists will perform hits from the country’s greatest singer-songwriters with angelic Irish tones that are sure to melt your heart away. Showcasing traditional Irish instruments such as fiddle and bodhran, experience an inspirational journey covering over 80 years of Irish music and humour with the award-winning captivating artistry of multi-talented performers Peter Byrne and Eileen McCann and his five-piece band.


People wearing masks walking dogs

Bring your dogs to Haig Park for a morning full of games, jumping and barking. Photo: Buda.

PAWS Party: all fur love

When: Saturday 26 March, 10 am
Where: Haig Park
Cost: Free. More information here.

Haig Park will once again be the meeting place for dog lovers of all kinds for an afternoon of games, jumps, head pats and (hopefully not too much) barking. You can always expect a PAWS (Pet Assistance Wellbeing Services) Party to have live music, coffee and something delicious for humans and dogs alike. Bring your handsome dog to try their skills on the agility course and play with other friendly canines.

Comedy advertisement

It’s comedy without the rude bits. Image: Supplied.

Clean Comedy Spectacular

When: Saturday 26 March, 5 pm
Where: Street 1 at The Street Theatre
Cost: $25 / $22 concession. Get your tickets here.

A full-featured comedy show suitable for all audiences. For one night only, the most talented festival comedians – minus the dirty bits – will perform a show that is funny and tasteful, with material that is both hilarious and clean.

Woman performing on stage

Millie Watson will be one of the talented musicians performing at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre to celebrate World Piano Day. Photo: milliewatsonmusic.

Turns and Phrases: an evening of piano music with Chris Abrahams, Zela Margossian, Millie Watson

When: Saturday 26 March, from 7 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres
Cost: $20/$30. Get your tickets here.

Celebrate World Piano Day with a unique performance featuring three extraordinary Australian musical explorers – cellist Chris Abrahams from underground cult experimentalists The Necks, Armenian musician and ARIA-nominated Zela Margossian from her rich middle eastern heritage, and Canberra resident Millie Watson whose explorations expose the vast sound palette of the piano. For more information, visit Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres.


Short Eats van

Taste the goodies from Short Eats at Molonglo Valley Multicultural Day on 27 March. Photo: Sophia Brady.

Molonglo Valley Multicultural Day

When: Sunday 27 March, 2 pm to 5 pm
Where: Stromlo Forest Park, Dave McInnes Road
Cost: Gold coin donation entry. Register here.

Hosted by the Molonglo Valley Community Forum in partnership with Woden Community Service, this event celebrates community diversity in the Molonglo Valley. Join the afternoon filled with multicultural food, entertainment and activities for the whole family. It features the Soul Defender – an urban artwork and mobile stage pumping tunes and bubbles to accompany the live performances. All ticket sales will go toward purchasing books for Charles Weston and Evelyn Scott Schools.


clothes swap event poster

Transitioning? Gender non-conforming? Queer? Or just generally against the grain? Come along to the clothing swap. Image: Supplied.

LGBTQIA+ Clothing Swap

When: Thursday 31 March, 3 pm
Where: The Junction Youth Health Service
Cost: Free. Register here.

In celebration of International Transgender Day of Visibility, The Junction is partnering with Meridian, CRCS, Headspace Canberra and Tuggeranong, AGA, and YWCA to hold a clothing swap. The event will include sticker making, jewellery making, badge and pin creating, and much more. Exchange clothing and accessories with other members of the community and meet someone new.

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