21 January 2022

Nine things to do in Canberra this week (21 – 27 January)

| Ben Arnedo
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Head to Weston Creek Tennis Club for the Australian Open Summer of Tennis Party on Thursday, 27 January. Photo: Zelda Green Photography.

Who said there’s nothing to do in Canberra in January? There’s lots to see and do for grown-ups and for kids alike, from tennis parties to nostalgia-inducing music and performances.

Count down Australia’s Hottest 100 craft beers, taste Lake George Winery’s new pink bubbles, take the kids for a walk or escape the heat by staying indoors and playing board games. Watch the lions dance or take the day to honour and acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land.

Event organisers are doing their part to keep us entertained in a safe way in these tough times. We should show them some love and support (but check with organisers before you head out to avoid COVID-related cancellations).

All weekend

Merimbula Town

Consider a sea change on the shore of the Merimbula Lake. Photo: Merimbula Chamber of Commerce.

Merimbula Sea Change Expo

When: Friday 21 January to Sunday 23 January
Where: Merimbula, NSW or virtually. Register your interest here
Cost: Varies, find out more at Merimbula Chamber of Commerce.

Looking for a sea change? Find out more about what it’s like to live at the Sapphire Coast with the Merimbula Sea Change Expo.

Held across two days, a range of businesses and organisations will be available for attendees to ask questions and gather information about moving to the area. Speak to the locals and find out for yourself why living on the coast might just be the move you’re looking for.

Hot rod

CRAKK Run is an annual event held on the Australia Day long weekend in Canberra. Photo: Julie Lucht.

CRAKK 2022

When: Friday 21 January to Monday 24 January
Where: Capital Country Holiday Park
Cost: Entry for a single is $40, couple $70 and family $100 (covers couple and their kids under 18). For more information visit CRAKK 2022.

CRAKK 2022 is a three-day car show at the Capital Country Holiday Park for Hot Rods, Customs, Chrome Bumpers, Muscle Cars, and Custom Special Interest vehicles. Cars don’t float your boat? There’s heaps more on offer – even a chill-eating competition!

Magic Beach, a play by Finegan Kruckemeyer based on the book by Alison Lester. Photo: Canberra Theatre Centre.

Magic beach at the Canberra Theatre

When: Saturday 22 January, 12 pm and 3 pm, and Sunday 23 January, 10 am, 12 pm and 3 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre
Cost: $24 to $36. Tickets available from the Canberra Theatre.

A typical family goes to the beach every year. But Magic Beach isn’t just any beach – it’s a place where all your dreams come true. It’s different this year. What happens to the magic when the oldest child grows up?


Cancon is organised by the Canberra Games Society. Photo: Supplied.

Cancon 2022

When: Saturday 22 January to Monday 24 January, from 8:30 am
Where: EPIC Budawang
Cost: Trader hall tickets are free. General admission is $2. More information on their website.

Cancon is an annual games convention held in January for over 42 years. It offers tournaments for all the popular games (miniature wargames, board games, card games and role-playing games). Unplug yourself and get ready for some old school analog gaming.


Lake George Winery wines

Join Lake George Winery for a Sparkling Afternoon on Saturday 22 January 2022. Photo: Lake George Winery.

Sparkling Afternoon at Lake George Winery

When: Saturday 22 January, 2 pm to 5 pm
Where: Lake George Winery, 173 The Vineyards Road, Lake George.

Join Lake George Winery as they toast their new pink bubbles wine and celebrate Summer. With an afternoon of live music, sparkling wine and views across the vineyard – what more could you want on a Saturday afternoon?

A can of Bentspoke Crankshaft IPA beer

Count down Australia’s Hottest 100 Craft Beers with Bentspoke Brewing Co on Saturday, 22 January. Photo: Bentspoke Brewing Co.

GABS Hottest 100 Craft Beers Countdown Party

When: Saturday 22 January, 12 pm
Where: Bentspoke Brewing Co
Cost: Free entry.

Grab your mates and head on down to Bentspoke Brewing Co as they count down Australia’s Hottest 100 craft beers! With their very own Crankshaft taking first position last year, this year’s event comes high hopes for the Canberra BrewPub.


Aboriginal Tent Embassy

Founded on the 26th January in 1972, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy

50th Anniversary Aboriginal Tent Embassy

When: Wednesday 26 January, 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Aboriginal Tent Embassy
Cost: Free. Just fill in the RSVP form.

The Aboriginal Tent Embassy was founded on 26 January 1972 and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Over the past 50 years, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy has protested the conditions relating to Aboriginal people across Australia, including land rights, truth and reparatory justice.

Canberra Prosperous Mountain Dragon & Lion Dance Association

When: Wednesday 26 January, 10:15 am
Where: Patrick White Lawns
Cost: Free.

This community-based, volunteer dragon and lion dance troupe will perform live at Patrick White Lawns. Come to this free event for the whole family to witness acrobatics, beautiful design, and loud and colourful performances.


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Tennis ACT Australian Open Summer of Tennis Party, from 27 January 2022. Image: Tennis ACT.

Australian Open Summer of Tennis Party

When: Thursday 27 January to Sunday 30 January, 5 pm to 9 pm
Where: Weston Creek Tennis Club, Dillon Close, Weston Creek
Cost: Free entry to 27 January. $5 entry fee on 28 January to 30 January. Tickets available from Play Tennis.

The summer of tennis is here, and this is the perfect opportunity to check out the action of the Australian Open and get on the court for a hit as well.

There’s plenty on offer at the Weston Creek Tennis Club so check out their website and start planning.


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There was an article in the Canberra times last weekend about Merimbula. My knowledge of South Coast geography isn’t good so I looked at a map. I can’t believe how isolated and hard to get to the place is. It is between Bega and Eden just up from the Victorian border. It would take hours to get there even from Batemans Bay. And then you’ve got to come home again…

Capital Retro3:31 pm 20 Jan 22

Most people travelling to Merimbula from Canberra choose the Monaro Highway to Cooma, short cut through Polo Flat industrial area, then to Nimitabell, along the Snowy Mountains Highway 10 kms further east, then turn off at Bemboka to Candelo etc.

There is another way (for the thrill-seekers) via Monaro Highway to Bombala, turn left onto graveled New Line Road to east of Cathcart then to Pambula via Mt Darragh.

You mention that Merimbula is close to the Victorian border and this can be confirmed by ordering a potato scallop at the fish and chips shops. Those south of the border call them something else.

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