19 July 2018

Nine things to do around Canberra this weekend (20–22 July)

| Zoe Pleasants
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Pialligo Estate High Tea

Pialligo Estate is hosting a number of High Tea events over the coming months, starting this Sunday. Photo: Supplied.

It is the final weekend to enjoy a number of exhibitions, events and festivals ahead of renewal in the coming weeks and months. It is the last weekend to see the National Gallery’s Cartier Exhibition and the National Museum’s So You Might Know Each Other: Faith and Culture in Islam exhibition. The Gallery is keeping the Cartier exhibition open until 6 pm this weekend to help get more people through it. The Wintervention festival in the city is finishing up, and it is the last weekend to catch the theatrical work, Little Beauty at the Portrait Gallery. But as part of the renewal, a new weekly wine market is launching in the Nishi Building on Saturday afternoon, and Pialligo Estate is hosting a High Tea event on Sunday.

All weekend


Where: Garema Place
When: Friday 10 am – 10 pm, Saturday 9 am – 11 pm & Sunday 9 am – 10 pm
The pop-up ice skate rink and La Petite Grande theatre tent in Garema Place, which are part of the City Renewal Authority’s Wintervention, are closing this weekend. Showing at the La Petite Grande is the family show, Circus Winter Wonderland and the adult cabaret show, Papillion Unplugged. Book tickets here. There will also be a lantern making workshop on Saturday between 4 – 6 pm and the Eat Feast continues with food vendors, mulled wine, fire pits, and live music. Book ice skating sessions and tickets for the rides here.

Ultimate Women’s Weekend

Where: Exhibition Park
When: Saturday & Sunday 9 am – 4 pm
The Ultimate Women’s Weekend is a lifestyle and wellbeing expo that is all about supporting local businesses, educating the community about domestic violence, and encouraging women to take some time for themselves. There will be seminars and workshops on topics such as nutrition, fitness, wellbeing, personal development and business development; over 100 exhibitors; free pampering; and experience lounges where you can try something new. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for concession, $8 for kids over 12 and free for kids under 12. Book here.


Art Explorer: Diamonds are a kid’s best friend

Where: National Gallery of Australia
When: 10:30 am – 4 pm
It is the last weekend to catch the National Gallery’s Cartier Exhibition and if you haven’t seen the exhibition yet, maybe drop the kids off at this workshop and check it out. The kids will make glittering wearable art while you immerse yourself in the world of Cartier. The workshop is suitable for kids aged 8 and above, who will be supervised by staff. Tickets are $60 or $55 for a mini member, book here. Tickets for the exhibition are $27.50 for adults, $25.50 for concession and $20.40 for members, book here.

Friday Night Drinks: Christmas in July

Where: Old Parliament House
When: From 4 pm
The Museum of Australian Democracy is celebrating Christmas in July this Friday night with hot buttered rum and festive treats at its winter edition of Friday Night Drinks.


Harvest Group Market Stall

Where: National Arboretum
When: 10 am – 12 pm
The Arboretum is having a market stall this Saturday to sell jams, preserves and pesto made from fruit, vegetables and herbs harvested from the Arboretum. All produce is picked and preserved by volunteers from the Friends of the National Arboretum Harvest Group, and all proceeds from the stall will support Arboretum projects. While you’re there, check the Arboretum’s knitted art installation — Warm Trees — or join the drop-in knitting circle.

Cellar Door Launch

Where: Nishi Grand Stair, NewActon
When: 2 – 5 pm
Cellar Door is a new market which will pop up each week at the Nishi building staircase and feature local wines. It is starting this Saturday afternoon with stallholders to include: Idyllic Hills Vineyard, Four Winds Vineyard, Gundog Estate, Sholto Wines, Lerida Estate Wines, Contentious Character Vineyard, Choku Bai Jo and Capital Brewing Co. Pick up a souvenir glass, taste the wines and buy what you like at cellar door prices. Wine sellers will change each week and there will be other stalls selling flowers, cheese, chocolate and books. Capital City Soul Club will be the resident DJs.


The Souq – A Festival of Culture

Where: National Museum of Australia
When: 11 am – 3 pm
It is the last weekend of the National Museum’s exhibition So That You Might Know Each Other: Faith and Culture in Islam. To mark the occasion the Museum is hosting a festival of culture with food, market stalls, and performances and music inspired by the Islamic culture.

High Tea

Where: Pialligo Estate
When: 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm
Pialligo Estate is hosting a number of High Tea events over the coming months, starting this Sunday. The Estate will be serving up a range of sweet and savoury home-made treats along with tea by Canberra based Tea Garden Co. Enjoy delicate pastries and cakes, classic finger sandwiches, scones served with Pialligo Estate jam and a glass of bubbles.

Back to the Future Triple Header

Where: Verity112, 112 Alinga Street
When: From 1 pm, the first movie starts at 1:30 pm
The Matinee is a pop-up cinema in a bar which screens cult movies every Sunday afternoon. Located in the speakeasy, Verity112 (downstairs at 112 Alinga Street), this Sunday it is showing all three Back to the Future movies — great Scott! Tickets are $15, book here. Note, this is an 18+ venue.

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