8 September 2016

Seven things to do around Canberra this weekend

| Rachel Ziv
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There are big things in store this weekend with a semi-final for the Raiders, a fun selection of dance, moon and Thai festivals, and a unique performance by an Australian band touring the country in a vegetable oil-powered van!

All Weekend

Handmade Market
When: 10am-4pm Sat and Sun | Where: Exhibition Park in Canberra, Northbourne Ave and Flemington Road, Mitchell
If you love to support local designers, the Handmade Market is the ideal place for you this weekend. Showcasing over 220 talented Australian artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmet foods, the market offers a great opportunity to get your hands on some really unique and well-priced products. Everything on sale is 100% Australian made. There will be ATMs on-site, as well as food and drink for sale. Entry is free or gold coin donation for charity.


Ausdance ACT Youth Dance Festival: Be Loud Be Heard
When: 7:30pm Fri | Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra
Students from local schools will demonstrate their talents at this week’s Ausdance ACT’s Youth Dance Festival. The theme is BE LOUD BE HEARD, and festival-goers will be treated to a non-competitive celebration of dance that embraces differences, creativity, team work and relationship-building. Tickets are available online.


Big Things

Big Things In Store: Australian War Memorial
When: 9am-3pm Sat | Where: Treloar Technology Centre, Callan Street, Mitchell
Rarely opened to the public is this massive collection of aircrafts, rockets, vehicles, tanks, artillery and equipment used by (or against) Australians in war for over a century. Big Things in Store will be held at the The Treloar Technology Centre, and is a unique opportunity for the whole family to experience one of the world’s greatest military collections. Entry is by donation, with proceeds going to support the work of the Australian War Memorial. Please wear closed, flat footwear. No large bags are allowed. Cameras (not tripods or selfie sticks) are permitted. Last entry is at 2:30pm.

Canberra Moon Festival
When: 2pm-8pm Sat | Where: Lennox Gardens, Flynn Drive, Yarralumla
The Canberra Moon Festival offers the chance to celebrate Asia’s yearly Autumn Festival in Australia. There will be a collection of over 30 stalls serving a wide variety of Asian delicacies and commodities, as well as asian-inspired games and activities for children, and a series of performances. The event is hosted by The Federation of the Chinese Associations of ACT, in association with a number of major Chinese societies. Entry is free.

Canberra Raiders

2016 NRL Semi-Final: Canberra Raiders vs Cronulla Sharks
When: 5:35pm Sat | Where: GIO Stadium Canberra, 21 Battye Street, Bruce
There’s no better time to enjoy a Raiders’ game than the season finals, and fans will get the chance this Saturday evening at GIO stadium when they play off against the Sharks. These teams have a long and colourful history, so it’s set to be an exciting game! Last time we checked, the game was a sellout, but if there are any new tickets allocated, they’ll be available via Ticketek. If not, head out to a pub or club with a big screen and #bleedgreen there – the Raiders’ clubs at Mawson, Gungahlin, Belconnen, Weston and Queanbeyan are all good options.

Formidable Vegetable Sound System

Formidable Vegetable Sound System
When: 6pm Sat | Where: Polish Club, 38 David Street, Turner
Formidable Vegetable Sound System are a quirky band from WA, embarking on a national tour which lands them in Canberra on Saturday night. They have gained acclaim from local and international media for their unique way of bringing attention to permaculture through a new form of musical activism that has resulted in packed dance floors across the country. This tour celebrates their new album Grow Do It. Attendees can expect hyperactive trombones, trumpets and violins, songs about dirt, eating weeds, recycling and a lot of dancing. All ages welcome. Tickets from $10, available online.



Thai Food and Cultural Festival 2016
When: 10:30am – 5pm Sun | Where: The Royal Thai Embassy Canberra, 111 Empire Circuit, Yarralumla
The Thai Food & Cultural Festival will offer a mouth-watering selection of Thai cuisine, along with traditional Thai dances & arts, stalls selling exquisite silk and handicrafts, and a special performance by Tachaya, winner of 14 gold medals from the World Championships of Performing Arts. Entry is free.


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