Two long weekends in a row. How lucky are we? There’s plenty on in Canberra to keep you busy over the first three-day weekend, including the Lavazza Italian Film Festival, Government House open day and the Three Sixty Fashion Market. And if you’re a Back to the Future fan, don’t miss the movie marathon at the National Film and Sound Archive on Monday.
When: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday; 9am to 5.30pm weekends and public holidays (last entry 30 minutes before closing) | Where: Regatta Point
Australia’s biggest celebration of spring continues this long weekend. My picks: head to the Floral Emporium on Saturday and Sunday at 10.45am for a scent-making master class with Capital Hotel Group, followed by terrarium school with Moxom and Whitney from 11.30am. For families kicking off the school holidays with a visit on Monday, the Kids’ Corner has a children’s planting workshop at 11am. Let’s hope the weather improves before then!
Lavazza Italian Film Festival
When: 20 Sept to 16 Oct | Where: Palace Electric Cinemas, New Acton
Get your annual Italian film fix until 16 October at Palace Electric Cinemas. From crime dramas and comedies to biopics and love stories, there’s an Italian film to suit everyone. All sessions are for adults over 18.
SAFIA ‘Internal’ album tour
When: 8pm Sat | Where: University of Canberra Refectory, Kirinari Street, Bruce
Members of electronica band SAFIA have come a long way since their Radford College days. Off the back of their fourth consecutive sold-out headline tour, they’re returning to the nation’s capital to kick off their biggest national tour to date. Tickets are $44.90 including booking fee, available from Oztix. Licensed all ages.
Marymead spring plant sale
When: 9am to 1pm Sat | Where: Marymead, 255 Goyder Street, Narrabundah
With the days slowly getting warmer, there’s no better time to get back in the garden. Stock up on competitively-priced ground covers, herbs, perennials, shrubs and trees – as well as books, toys, food and clothes – at the Marymead spring plant sale. All proceeds to Marymead.
Government House open day
When: 11am to 2pm Sat | Where: Government House, Dunrossil Drive, Yarralumla
If you’re after something a bit fancier than a Bunnings snag this weekend, Government House is the place to visit. Saturday’s open day coincides with the 125th anniversary of Government House’s construction. Visitors are invited to tour the historic residence, enjoy a picnic on the laws and frequent the sausage sizzle, cake stall and tea and coffee stand run by local SES personnel.
Goulburn Light the Night
When: 5.30pm to 8.30pm Sat | Where: Belmore Park, 210 Auburn Street, Goulburn
Every day 35 Australians are diagnosed with blood cancer. Organised by the Leukaemia Foundation, the Light the Night Walk is a fundraising event to help more Australians beat blood cancer through research and support.
So You Think You Can Drag
When: 8.30pm to 11pm Sat | Where: Gorman Arts Center, C-Block Theatre, Braddon
Do you watch Ru Paul’s Drag Race and get shady on the queens for their catwalk looks and lip synch? Think you can do a better job? So You Think You Can Drag is a contest for amateur drag queens and kings to strut their stuff. It promises to be raucous, ridiculous and outrageous. Now sissy that walk.
Spring Three Sixty Fashion Market
When: 10am to 3pm Sun | Where: Fitters Workshop, Kingston Foreshore
Three Sixty Fashion Market is a niche Canberra market dedicated to sustainable fashion. All items are genuine secondhand vintage, retro or pre-loved fashion. Snap up some fresh spring gear this Sunday from 10am.
Back to the Future Marathon
When: From 12pm Monday | Where: Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive
There are worse ways to spend your public holiday than with Doc and Marty. The NFSA’s Back to the Future marathon kicks off at 12pm with Back to the Future I, followed by Back to the Future II at 2.20pm, and Back to the Future III at 4.30pm. Tickets are $8 per film, or $15 for all three.
What are your plans this long weekend? Let us know in the comments.