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Five things to do around Canberra this weekend (24–26 Feb)

By Zoe Pleasants - 23 February 2017 0

Clown heads at the show

The mornings are becoming cool, summer is coming to an end, but there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy the last of the summer sun. The Royal Canberra Show is on all weekend, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres are launching their 2017 program this Friday with beer, cocktails, music and food on Gorman’s village green, and the Portrait Gallery will open its doors late for the last time this summer. It feels like a quieter weekend this week, perhaps that is to give us time to recharge before Canberra celebrates the beauty of autumn throughout the month of March. But more on that next week.

All weekend

Royal Canberra Show
Where: Exhibition Park
When: Fri 8:30am–10pm, Sat 8:30am–10pm & Sun 8:30am–6pm
It’s show time! This year’s show will feature all the old favourites—over 6000 animals, art and craft demonstrations, show bags, and Sideshow Alley. In the main arena watch a contest between those aged-old rivals Ford and Holden, freestyle motorcycles, super and mini trucks and a celebrity ride-on lawn mower race. In Sideshow Alley you will find Milo the Clown, pig racing, badge making activities, free face painting and the Farmyard Nursery, which is a must-visit if you are under 4! And on Saturday you can watch the Strongmen lifting logs, stones and dishwashers.

Friday

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Sun-Down Get-Down
Where: Gorman Arts Centres
When: 6–11pm
Head to Gorman House after work, to launch their 2017 program, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres are hosting a garden party on Gorman’s village green. There will be beer from Pact Beer Co, cocktails from Mint Garden Bar, food from The Forage, and entertainment from Canberra’s finest purveyors of disco, funk and soul—Playful Sound, Not Quite Disco and Sardines—and Canberra’s favourite choir—Mixtape Chorus.

Gone to the dogs
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: 5–8pm
As summer draws to an end, this will be the time the National Portrait Gallery keeps its doors open late on a Friday (until next year, no doubt). This week Ken Done will tell you tall ‘tails’ about his furry companions, accompanied by music performed by the John Mackey Trio, that band that used to be a three piece quartet before one of their members left turning them into a two piece trio! You can also view the Gallery’s exhibitions including a highlights tour of The Popular Pet Show at 7pm (exhibition ticket required).

Sunday

Three Sixty Fashion Market
Where: Fitters Workshop, Kingston
When: 10am–3pm
Once a month Three Sixty Fashion Market moves in next door to the Old Bus Depot Markets. Three Sixty is about fashion that has come full circle. These days too many clothes end up in landfill. As a reaction to the to ‘fast’ fashion which contributes to this, Three Sixty is about ethical, sustainable and local fashion which is stylish, fun and great value. The items for sale are quality vintage, retro, handmade and pre-loved clothing and accessories. This month, local shoe designer fletcherLovell will be there with her gorgeous flat shoes.

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Sundaze
Where: National Museum of Australia
When: 3–7pm
Finish off your weekend with more food, drink and music on the lakeside deck of the National Museum of Australia. This week’s event features emerging local indie singer-songwriter and guitarist, Michael Misa and talented Taiwanese-Australian singer Kim Yang. Michael was a finalist last year in the Canberra songwriting competition, Sound Search 2016, while Kim gained national attention in Taiwan when she appeared on a talent show. With their beautiful harmonies, these two provide the perfect sound track for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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