12 February 2018

Four things to do around Canberra this weekend

| Zoe Pleasants
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It is Mother’s Day this Sunday and many cafes, hotels and venues are hosting breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas. Options include high tea at Burbury and Buvette; lunch at Jamie’s Italian, Piallago Estate, Pod Food and Ricardo’s; and breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea at the Conservatory Resturant at the National Arboretum. I’m sure there are many more options around town and I’m also sure, at this late stage, most options will already be booked out! Maybe you could get your mum tickets to see the Giants Netball play the Melbourne Vixens at the Australian Institute of Sport Arena instead (Sunday, 1pm), or make her Bucks Fizz cocktails and settle in to watch Eurovision all weekend.

All weekend

The Way We Wear
Where: Griffith Neighborhood Hall, Stuart Street
When: 12 May 6–9pm & 13 May 10am–4pm
Frock up Australia is hosting a vintage fashion fair this weekend at the Griffith Neighborhood Hall. There will be racks of antique, vintage and retro fashion; boxes of buttons, old dress patterns, lace and other bits and pieces; and tables of textiles, jewellery, fashion books and magazines. There will also be handbags, umbrellas, parasols and hat-stands adorned with hats. Embrace the slow fashion movement with some guilt-free shopping. Entry is $2.


Adults Only SciNight: Mile High
Where: Questacon
When: 5:30–9pm
Proving that playing with science shouldn’t just be for kids, Questacon is running its first adults-only night this Friday. The cafe and bar will be open from 5:30pm and activities will start from 6pm. Tickets are $15, Q Club members are free.


Mother’s Day Classic
Where: Rond Terrace, Commonwealth Park
When: From 7am
One way to get out of making breakfast in bed for your mum this Sunday is to register for the Mother’s Day Classic and run one or two laps around the central basin of Lake Burley Griffin. The 10km event starts at 8am and the 5km event starts at 9:30am. Having done some exercise, you may then feel better about spending the rest of your day eating Mother’s Day breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea! This event is held all over the country and is Australia largest community fundraising event for breast cancer research. It is also an opportunity to remember those women that have died from this disease. For more details and to register, check out the website here.

Suitcase Rummage
Where: New Acton
When: 11am–3pm
Come and rummage through other people’s suitcases and bargain, swap and haggle for vintage goods, arts and crafts, bric-a-brac, clothing, books, jewellery, records—anything someone else is willing to sell. It is free entry or $20 to off-load goods from your own suitcase. The market will be held in the A.Baker courtyard and surrounds. And while you’re there, also check out the Clothes Swap in The Shed at Nishi. For $20 you can drink wine and swap up to ten items for a cheap wardrobe refresh.

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