It Mother’s Day this Sunday and if you haven’t booked lunch yet, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with ideas that aren’t booked out! Join the crowds for a brisk 5 km walk around Lake Burley Griffin as part of the Mother’s Day Classic, head to the Old Bus Depot Markets for a locally made gift, take mum to the National Film and Sound Archive for a VIP experience of the Dressmakers Costume exhibition or unwind at the movies.
Apart from Mother’s Day, the Canberra International Music Festival continues this weekend, the National Capital Rally is on, compressed into one day to make it easy for spectators to enjoy the race, and the Brumbies play the Sunwolves on Sunday afternoon.
Where: Various venues
When: Various sessions
The Canberra International Music Festival continues its tribute to Bach this weekend with concerts across the weekend. Highlights include:
- a performance of Andrew Schultz’s opera of Helen Garner’s novella The Children’s Bach at the Fitters Workshop on Friday night, tickets are $82 for adults, $72 for concession and $30 of under 30s, book here.
- Bach in Africa at the Fitters Workshop on Saturday afternoon. The concert includes music from West Africa and Bach and features Lansana Camara on the kora. Tickets are $62 for adults, $52 for concession and $30 of under 30s, book here.
- New York pianist Dan Tepfer performing Bach’s Goldberg Variations at the Fitters Workshop on Saturday night. The Goldberg variations are 30 variations on an Aria. Dan will play each variation and improvise his own variation after each one. Tickets are $72 for adults, $62 for concession and $30 of under 30s, book here.
- Canadian artist Eve Egoyan’s 21st century take on playing the piano that includes an auto-playing piano and visual art. Augmented Piano: Solo for Duet is on Sunday afternoon at the Fairfax Theatre in the National Gallery of Australia. Tickets are $62 for adults, $52 for concession and $30 of under 30s, book here.
Where: Various venues
When: Friday 5–7 pm & Saturday 8 am–4:30 pm
The National Capital Rally is on this weekend. It kicks off 5 pm on Friday at the race Service Centre opposite the Abode Woden with an opportunity to meet the drivers and check out the cars. There will be live music, a sausage sizzle, and face painting. This year the race has been compressed into one day to reduce costs and make it easier for spectators to see all the stages. The race starts at 8 am Saturday and finishes at 4 pm. It will be held in two locations—Pierces Creek Forrest and Uriarra Forrest—with spectator points set up in both these locations. The race will pass each spectator point in the morning and afternoon. Race maps and details of the spectator points including when the race passes here. The cars and drivers will be back at the Service Centre between 11 am–12 pm on Saturday and after the podium finish at 4 pm.
Where: Event Cinema, Manuka
When: Saturday 3 pm & Sunday 6:30 pm
In May 2017, Kilian Jornet, a mountain runner, completed a solo ascent of Everest, without oxygen and in a single climb. It marked the climax of Jornet’s five-year Summits of My Life project which saw him climb some of the world’s most famous mountains. Directed by Sébastien Montaz-Rosset and Josep Serra, Path to Everest follows Jornet on his journey to Everest in an intimate portrait that reveals his fears, contradictions and his desire to keep seeking new challenges. Tickets are $20, book here.
Where: Canberra Theatre
When: 8 pm
Ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest next weekend, local comedian Chris Endrey and Jayne Hoschke will host the finals of Canbeurovision song contest this Friday night. After four heats featuring songs from over 30 Canberra suburbs, the best 12 have been selected for the final. The finalists are:
- L’Mort representing Braddon Town Centre
- Mr Business representing the CBD
- Faux Suede and Fur representing Chifley
- The Slippery Two-Piece representing Curtin
- Lisa Richards representing Flynn
- Hackett Massive representing Hackett
- Mactown Beatz representing Macgregor
- The Murray Darlings representing O’Co-Lyne
- Helen Way representing The Dark Side of Black Mountain
- Clairewood Matt representing Turner
- Confident, Bold, Ready representing Waramanga
- Charnie’s Angels representing West Belconnen
Who will become Canberra singing royalty? Tickets are $39.95 for adults and $29.95 for concession but hurry there are only a few remaining. Book here.
Where: Rond Terrace, Parkes
When: From 7 am
As an alternative to champagne and cake for Mother’s Day, celebrate by doing a hearty walk or run and raise money for breast cancer while you’re at it. The annual Mother’s Day Classic is on again with a 5 km and 10 km course around the central basin of Lake Burley Griffin, starting and finishing at Rond Terrace. Walk or run the 5 km distance. The 10 km run starts at 8 am, with four waves of runners, the 5 km run starts at 9:30 am and the 5 km walk starts at 9:40 am with a group of survivors and their families and friends leading the way. Register here.
Where: Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston
When: 10 am–4 pm
Head to the Old Bus Depot markets with your mum this Sunday. The market is having one of its Super Sunday events with the best handicrafts and high-quality items on offer. There will be stalls from all of the market’s monthly theme days—multicultural, designer and collectables as well as a wide selection of delicious food and live music.
Where: National Film and Sound Archive
When: 10 am–4 pm
Treat your mum (and yourself) to a VIP experience of the National Film and Sound Archive’s exhibition of the costumes from The Dressmaker. There will be champagne, cupcakes and guided tours. The exhibition features a selection of haute couture costumes worn by Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Sarah Snook, Hugo Weaving, Judy Davis, Rebecca Gibney, and other members of the cast of the 2015 film The Dressmaker. The costumes were designed by Australian designer Marion Boyce and are straight from the streets of 1950s Dungatar. Tickets for this event are $23 for adults and $20 for concession and are valid from 10 am–4 pm, with the last entry at 3:30 pm. Book here.
Where: Event Cinema, Manuka
When: Sessions starting from 10 am
Unwind with Mum at the movies this Mother’s Day. Events Cinema in Manuka is suggesting the following films and have plenty of sessions from 10 am through to 9:30 pm.
- The Chaperone—starring Elizabeth McGovern as a woman whose life changes forever when she chaperones a beautiful and talented 15-year-old dancer to New York for the summer.
- Poms—starring Diane Keaton, this film tells the story of a group of women who form a cheerleading squad in their retirement village.
- The Hustle—starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson as scam artists who team up to take down the dirty rotten men who have wronged them.
- Top End Wedding—from the makers of The Sapphires and set in the spectacular scenery of the Northern Territory, this film stars Miranda Tapsell as the successful city lawyer, Lauren who is engaged to her finance Ned. Lauren wants to get married in Darwin and she and Ned have ten days to organise their wedding. But first, they need to find Lauren’s Mum who has gone AWOL somewhere in the Northern Territory.
Check session times and book tickets here.
Where: GIO Stadium
When: 4:05 pm
The Brumbies are playing the Japanese Sunwolves at home this Sunday afternoon. The Sunwolves are yet to win in Canberra so will be hungry for a win. The game starts at 4:05 pm, tickets from $12.95, book here.