27 October 2016

Five things to do in Canberra this weekend

| Chester Ward
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The Canberra Nara Candle Festival
When: 4:30pm to 9pm, Saturday
Where: Canberra Nara Peace Park & Lennox Gardens, Yarralumla 2600
Come along to the park and enjoy a display of 2,000 beautiful candles at the 14th annual Canberra Nara Candle Festival to celebrate the 23rd year of the sister city relationship Canberra shares with Nara in Japan. The Festival will feature Japanese food stalls, markets and music with a range of other Japanese activities including origami, calligraphy, lantern-making and kite flying.

Indonesian Festival 2016
When: 10:30am to 6pm, Saturday
Where: The Indonesian Embassy (8 Darwin Avenue Yarralumla, ACT 2600)
Stop by the Indonesian embassy this Saturday to experience one of the biggest Indonesian cultural events in Canberra. The festival will consist of stalls selling an array of delicious traditional Indonesian cuisine, cultural performances to help showcase the unique spirit of Indonesia and a variety of other events, including a music workshop and an arts and crafts exhibition.


Festival of Flavour

Festival of Flavour
When: Saturday and Sunday
Where: Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds
The inaugural Festival of Flavour will open its gates at The Murrumbateman Recreational Grounds in the Yass Valley this weekend.
The event will highlight and showcase the wide variety of the food, wines, beer and produce that is available within the Yass Valley and Canberra regions.


Apis Canberra

Apis Canberra International
When: From 9am Saturday till Sunday week
Where: Canberra Tennis Centre, 3 Riggall Place Lyneham, ACT 2602
Come down to the Canberra Tennis Centre to see the opening weekend of the Apis Canberra International, in which one hundred of the world’s top-ranked tennis players from around the world will compete for a total of $A50,000 in prize money in the women’s competitions and $US50,000 in the men’s.

When: 10am-4pm October 29th
Where: Haig Park, End of Lonsdale St, Braddon
Head down to Haig Park for Kidscape, a public installation designed to help spark children’s imaginations and encourage them to think about life in an urban environment and what the future of their city will be. It’s part of the Design Canberra festival running from today until November 25 and consisting of more than 100 events all up (see designcanberrafestival.com.au).
Kidscape will feature a variety of workshops and temporary installations which aim to teach in a fun and educative way. The installations encourage children to build their own spaces and use their imaginations with natural materials such as hay and cardboard.


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The nara candle light festival was absolutely beautiful! The environment, the music and the food and also perfect weekend weather after ages! Glad I went this year.

Its a pity that it doesn’t get as much advertising as things like Floriade, which tbh isn’t worth all that hype. I guess it signifies spring in Canberra so it has become a “thing” of sorts.

Michelle_Dunne_Breen10:48 am 28 Oct 16

The Canberra Refugee Action Committee is holding a rally in Civic Square on Sunday, October 30th, 1-3pm, featuring contingents – unions, churches, academics, students, doctors, nurses, teachers – and individuals from all walks of Canberra life. Theme is “It’s Time. Bring Them Here. Close Manus and Nauru.”

Also, Googong’s free Halloween event, Boogong, is on at Beltana Park this Saturday night from 5pm:


The Queanbeyan River Festival is on this Saturday, in conjunction with Council’s Environmental Expo and Clearwater Sculpture Prize and Exhibition. It’s in Trinculo Place between 11 and 4 and it’s free.


Charlotte Harper11:43 pm 27 Oct 16

I keep spotting more on around town this weekend. Three options to consider on Friday night are Oktoberfest at EPIC from 5pm; SciNight – Happy Endings, an adults only event at Questacon, from 6pm-9pm; and a Kickstarter launch event at the Nishi Gallery from 6pm-9pm for ‘Sketching Process’, a self-published design sketching book created by SKEEHAN studio. On Saturday, support the French-Australia Preschool Fete from 10am-2pm. What have I missed?

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