17 February 2016

Five things to do in Canberra this weekend (12-14 February)

| Ellen Harvey
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We’ve scoured the Internet to find the top five things happening in Canberra this weekend. My picks would be the Royal Australian Mint Open Day on Saturday where you can learn about how our coins are made with a rare opportunity to explore the factory floor; or head along to the Australian War Memorial for its final Sunday Film Screening Series, this time showing Testament of Youth. Of course, you also can’t miss the Multicultural Festival: join the 200,000+ throng to see some of the 2500-plus performers singing and dancing at the Multicultural Festival as you munch on delicious world street food bought from one of the 463 stalls set up around the CBD from Friday till Sunday.



Multicultural Festival
Where: City Walk, Canberra City
A kaleidoscope of colours, sounds, sights, flavours and fun will transform Canberra when the 2016 National Multicultural Festival unfolds in the city centre this weekend.

Summerside Festival
Where: various locations; When: various times until 1 March
The Summerside Festival is full of dining events celebrating local and seasonal produce, opportunities to taste the best of the region’s wines and exciting performances, events and nature experiences. Grab your friends and family and discover summer in the capital region. Enjoy a lazy long lunch, or an afternoon of live music. Try a master class, or wine tasting and finish it all off with a twilight horse ride. This weekend’s pick is the Pinot Noir Master Class on Saturday (tickets available online).

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema Canberra
Where: Patrick White Lawns, Parkes Place West (in front of the National Library of Australia), Parkes; When: various dates, from 5:30pm; Tickets: From $19 online and $24 at the gate ($15/$20 concessions)
With music by day and movies by night, you won’t want to miss the Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema setting up beside Lake Burley Griffin this summer. Music is performed by local emerging artists and bands, while the blockbusters of 2015 light up the screen from dusk. Best of all, every Sunday is the Sundae Session where everyone scores a free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Catch Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens on Friday, kid-friendly The Good Dinosaur on Saturday or The Notebook on Sunday for Valentine’s Day.



Royal Australian Mint Open Day
Where: Denison Street, Deakin; When: 8.30am-4pm
Fifty years on the Royal Australian Mint wants to celebrate decimal currency’s golden anniversary with you on their Open Day. Be there when the Mint opens its doors, so you can learn about the journey of coins in a rare opportunity to explore the factory floor and much more. Visit the pop-up coin design studio and see Mint sculptors in action. Bring the whole family and enjoy Gecko Gang, a Coin Dealer Showcase and photo opportunities with Mr Minty.



Sunday Film Screening Series
: Australian War Memorial, Treloar Street, Campbell; When: 1.30pm
Don’t miss the last session of the Sunday Film Screening Series at the Australian War Memorial. This year, the films have explored the roles and experiences of women during wartime. This Sunday closes the season with a film adapted from Vera Brittain’s memoirs: Testament of Youth. The film follows Vera’s journey from her time as a young feminist in Oxford through to her harrowing experiences as a nurse on the Western Front.

Are you going to something that we haven’t mentioned? Make sure you let us know about it in the comments.

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