Nine things to do around Canberra this weekend (8–10 February)

Zoe Pleasants 23 September 2019
It's the last weekend to catch the Heath Ledger exhibition at the NFSA. File photo.

It’s the last weekend to catch the Heath Ledger exhibition at the NFSA. File photo.

It’s the last weekend to catch the National Library’s Cook and the Pacific exhibition, the National Film and Sound Archive’s Heath Ledger exhibition and one of the Botanic Garden’s Summer Sounds concerts for this year. Cricket is on at Manuka Oval again with a Big Bash clash between Sydney Thunder and the Hobart Hurricanes this Saturday night. The Brumbies are having their annual fan day on Sunday, Lifeline is having another of its Bookfairs at EPIC all weekend and the Canberra Fashion Market will also be on at EPIC this Saturday. For something different, the Sydney podcast Hottest 100s & 1000s is recording a live episode at the Courtyard Studio this Friday night.

All weekend

Lifeline Bookfair

Where: Budawang, Conference Centre and Coorong Pavilions, Exhibition Park
When: Friday 9 am–6 pm, Saturday 9 am–5 pm & Sunday 10 am–4 pm
Lifeline is having another of its Bookfairs this weekend with books, magazines, games, jigsaws, comics, maps, sheet music, records, CDs and DVDs for sale. Bookfairs are Lifeline Canberra’s biggest fundraising events, raising most of the money needed to run Canberra’s crisis support phone service. Doors open 9 am Friday and entry is by gold coin donation. More details here.

Summer Sounds Concerts

Where: Australian National Botanic Gardens
When: Saturday & Sunday, 5–7:30 pm
This weekend, Canberra Swing Katz will team up with Big Boss Groove on Saturday night and Annie and the Armadillos on Sunday night for the final two Summer Sounds concerts in the Botanic Gardens for this year. Big Boss Groove is a party band with horn and rhythm sections, that plays soul, Motown, hip hop and contemporary music designed to get you dancing. Annie and the Armadillos are a firm favourite on the local music scene and play a wide range of music from sultry jazz to today’s latest grooves. Canberra Swing Katz are high energy dancers who perform the Charleston, Lindy Hop and other swing dances. Bring family and friends, pack a picnic or enjoy the onsite catering, including wine and beer. Entry is $10 for adults, $5 or kids 4–17 and kids under 3 are free. Gates open at 5 pm, the band starts at 6 pm.

Cook and the Pacific

Where: National Library of Australia
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 am–5 pm
It is the last weekend to catch the National Library’s exhibition, Cook and the Pacific. This exhibition is about Captain James Cook’s three remarkable Pacific voyages to destinations including Tahiti, New Zealand, the east coast of Australia, Hawaii and even Siberia. Explore this now familiar region through the eyes of British voyagers and the First Nations people they met 250 years ago. The exhibition includes maps, manuscripts, rare books, large oil paintings, delicate water-colours by voyage artists, medallions, cartoons and poetry. Entry to the exhibition is free.

Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures

Where: National Film and Sound Archive
When: Friday 9 am–8 pm, Saturday & Sunday 12–5 pm
The National Film and Sound Archive’s acclaimed exhibition of Heath Ledger closes this weekend and if you haven’t seen it, it’s well worth checking out. The exhibition includes a selection of costumes and props from Heath’s films, his character research journals, and acting awards. Objects on display include:

  • research journals with Heath’s hand-written notes, helping him to prepare for roles such as the Joker in The Dark Knight;
  • costumes from The Dark Knight and Brokeback Mountain;
  • Heath’s Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Dark Knight;
  • two of Heath’s motorcycles and several of his cameras;
  • photos taken by Heath,
  • photos by renowned photographers Karin Catt, Frances Andrijich, Platon and Anthony Amos; and
  • a selection of objects which reflect Heath’s personal interests—chess, photography, music videos and directing.

Entry to the exhibition is free.


Live Podcast: Hottest 100s & 1000s

Where: Courthouse Studio
When: From 5:30 pm, podcast starts at 7 pm
The Hottest 100s and 1000s is a Sydney-based podcast where longtime friends Adam Buncher, Andrew McDonald, David James Young and Nathan Harrison discuss every song that has made it into Triple J’s Hottest 100 since it started in 1993! This Friday, the friends are coming to Canberra to record an episode of the podcast live in the Courtyard Studio. There will be a DJ and drinks from 5:30 pm and the podcast will start at 7 pm.


Big Bash League: Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes

Where: Manuka Oval
When: Gates open 4:10 pm, game 6:15–9 pm
Cricket returns to Manuka Oval this Saturday with Sydney Thunder taking on Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League. It’s the last game of the regular season and Sydney Thunder will be wanting to finish on high after just missing out in the top four spot. But they have tough opposition in the Hobart Hurricanes who are currently on top of the ladder. If you don’t have tickets, they may be hard to get—more will be released when sight-screens and camera positions are confirmed. Check here.

Canberra Fashion Market

Where: Fitzroy Pavilion, Exhibition Park
When: 10 am–3 pm
The Canberra Fashion Market is on at Exhibition Park this Saturday. Find new and vintage clothing, accessories, books and treasures as well as food and coffee.


Chinese Lantern Making Workshop

Where: Cook Community Hub, Templeton St
When: 1:30–3:30 pm
Celebrate Chinese new year by learning how to make a lantern. Bring your own cutting board, scissors, ruler and pencil, and the experts will provide the instructions and other materials needed. The workshop costs $3—pay on the door—more details here.

Brumbies Fan Day

Where: Oval 2, University of Canberra off Allawoona St, Bruce
When: From 1:30 pm
Get up close with both the men’s and women’s Brumbies squads this Sunday afternoon ahead of their 2019 seasons. This annual fan day will be held on the playing fields close to Brumbies HQ and will provide opportunities for you to kick a ball with your favourite player, grab their autograph, pick up a free poster and buy Brumbies merchandise. There will be jumping castles, a Brumbies inflatable obstacle course, snow cones and face painting. And of course, there will be food and drinks available to purchase. There will also be information on how to become a Brumbies member and how to register your child to play rugby with one of Canberra’s many local clubs.

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