Nine things to do around Canberra this weekend

Rachel Ziv 22 August 2016

If last weekend was absolutely fabulous, this weekend is super cool. For the grown-ups, there’s the Big Boys Toys Expo, Holden Heritage Car Show, and a home game for the Raiders. But the little ones won’t miss out, with Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and the Geoscience Australia Open Day to ignite their imagination.

All weekend

Antiques and Collectables Fair

Springtime Antiques and Collectables Fair
When: 6pm Fri to 4pm Sun | Where: The Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla
Running from 6-9pm Friday, 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday is the Springtime Antiques and Collectables Fair. Antique dealers from around Australia will bring their best items to entice visitors with that special piece they’ve been searching for. Periods range from Georgian to Art Nouveau. The Antique Fair is the perfect opportunity for collectors (and browsers) to buy high-quality antiques and collectables at realistic prices. Proceeds will be donated to the Tara Costigan Foundation. Entry from $5.

Bog Boys Toys Expo

The Big Boys Toys Expo
When: 10am-4pm Sat and Sun | Where: Exhibition Park in Canberra
The boys are in for a treat this weekend with the Big Boys Toys Expo on at Exhibition Park. The event features over 75 exhibitors with the coolest in the latest gadgets and technology, DIY, outdoor leisure, auto, sports and hobbies. Some of the highlights include the rally car display, race your mates activity, 3D extravaganza, remote control demos, big boys and strong girls Hero Challenges, pinball championships, plane simulators and loads more. Adult tickets $20 at the door.


Mt. Stromlo Observatory Public Astronomy Night
When: 7pm-9pm Fri | Where: Mount Stromlo Observatory, Cotter Road, Weston Creek
On one of only a handful of observation nights open to the public, Mount Stromlo Observatory in conjunction with the Canberra Astronomical Society is inviting the Canberra community to see the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon and beautiful star clusters. Go on a ‘tour of the universe’, with talks from astronomers including Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist Professor Brian Schmidt (Vice-Chancellor of ANU). Entry by gold coin donation and bookings are essential. Don’t forget to rug up!



Holden Heritage Car Show

Mint Condition – Holden Heritage Car Show
When: 10am-2pm Sat | Where: Royal Australian Mint, Denison Street, Deakin
If you’re a Holden lover, you’ll want to be first in line to secure a set of eleven uncirculated 50c coins to be released on Saturday by the Mint. The Holden Heritage Collection features the most popular and influential models, including the FX, FJ, FE, FC, EH, FB, HK Monaro, LJ Torana, HQ Monaro, HX Sandman and Commodore. Drop in to take a look, or purchase the entire collection via a pop-up Mint shop.

Gungahlin Sri Lankan and Indian Food Fair
When: 10:30am-2:30pm Sat | Where: Gungahlin Community Centre, 47 Ernest Cavanagh St, Gungahlin
Enjoy Saturday lunch at the Sri Lankan and Indian Food Fair. Choose from a range of authentic, mouth-watering food, including: egg hoppers, thosa, samosa, curries, pan rolls and more. Nothing over $8.00. All proceeds go to building a new Buddhist temple in North Canberra.

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie
When: 11am or 2pm Sat | Where: The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre
A much anticipated stage adaptation of the all-time children’s favourites by May Gibbs – Snugglepot & Cuddlepie. Perfect for children aged 5-10 and their families. Snugglepot & Cuddlepie are on a mission to see a human – journeying to the big city and meeting friends and foes along the way. There are two separate showings (each running for 55mins). Tickets from $20. Book online.

Red Party ANU
When: 7:30pm-11:55pm Sat | Where: ANU Bar, University Avenue, Acton
To raise money for HIV/AIDs research, the ANU Medical Students Society is hosting a huge party at ANU Bar on Saturday night. They’re looking to raise $25,000 for The Global Fund, and have put together an event to remember, including popular music artist Asta, fire twirlers and acrobats, a red carpet, drink deals and DJs, an after party at Academy and over $5000 in prize giveaways. Learn more at


Geoscience Australia Open Day

Geoscience Australia Open Day
When: 10am-3pm Sun | Where: Geoscience Australia, Jerrabomberra Avenue, Symonston
It’s free fun for the whole family on Sunday, with Geoscience Australia’s 2016 Open Day offering an array of free hands-on activities, science displays and talks. Erupt your own volcano, go gold mining, or bring a rock from home to have a geologist identify it. Fire trucks and marine vessels will be on display, and a series of super cool 15 minute science talks will be scheduled throughout the day. There’ll also be free face painting, balloon modelling, a farmyard petting zoo and a Jurassic-themed jumping castle for the little ones.

Canberra Raiders v. Eels
When: 2pm Sun | Where: GIO Stadium, 21 Battye Street, Bruce
Don’t miss the Raiders take on the Eels for the last home match of the season. Tickets available at Ticketek.

Got another event to recommend? Please let us know in the comments below.


What's Your Opinion?

Please login to post your comments, or connect with

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter


Search across the site