12 February 2016

Six things to do in Canberra this weekend (5-7 February)

| Ellen Harvey
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With summer rapidly disappearing, it’s best to take the opportunity to be outdoors in the warm sun while you have the chance. This weekend, we recommend the Summerside Festival, presented by The Poachers Way, with its Wine and Literary Dinner at Muse in East Hotel; enjoy a movie with family and friends on the lawns in front of the National Library with Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema; or, for those planning a wedding, head up to EPIC on Sunday for Your Local Wedding Guide: Canberra Bridal Expo to meet the people who can help you make it a memorial event.



Summerside Festival
Where: various locations; When: various times until 1 March
The Summerside Festival is full of dining events celebrating local and seasonal produce, opportunities to taste the best of the region’s wines and exciting performances, events and nature experiences. Grab your friends and family and discover summer in the capital region. Enjoy a lazy long lunch, or an afternoon of live music. Try a master class, or wine tasting and finish it all off with a twilight horse ride. This weekend’s picks include: the Wine and Literary Dinner at Muse in East Hotel on Saturday night (call Muse for tickets as online bookings have closed, 6178 0024), and Live Music at the Barrel Room on Sunday afternoon (tickets available online).

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema Canberra
Where: Patrick White Lawns, Parkes Place West (in front of the National Library of Australia), Parkes; When: various dates, from 5:30pm; Tickets: From $19 online and $24 at the gate ($15/$20 concessions)
With music by day and movies by night, you won’t want to miss the Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema setting up beside Lake Burley Griffin this summer. Music is performed by local emerging artists and bands, while the blockbusters of 2015 light up the screen from dusk. Best of all, every Sunday is the Sundae Session where everyone scores a free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Catch Point Break on Friday, kid-friendly The Good Dinosaur on Saturday or Clueless on Sunday.



Horror show with a magic lantern
Where: National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes; When: 6pm and 7pm
As part of the National Portrait Gallery’s summer late-night program, watch an animated horror show this Friday. Hand-painted slides of the macabre and the grotesque, the shocking and the heartbreaking, will be thrown onto the screen from the magic lantern. No bookings are required, and there is no charge (although, donations are welcome).

Diana Krall’s Wallflower World Tour
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra; When: 8pm; Tickets: from $102.30
Five-time Grammy Award winning jazz pianist and world-renowned singer, Diana Krall, brings her Wallflower World Tour to Canberra this Friday night. Touring in support of her latest album (her twelfth release), the ARIA Jazz Chart #1 Wallflower, the shows will highlight Krall breaking new ground with her interpretations of some of the greatest pop songs of all time, as well as favourites from her extensive catalogue. Canberra audiences will be treated to Krall performing with her band and a string section.



Beethoven and the 21st Century
: Llewellyn Hall, Australia National University, Acton; When: 8pm; Tickets: from $46.00
To open the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s 2016 season, new ACO Collective Artistic Director and Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto, leads the ACO Collective in a program of that intertwines contemporary works with pieces from Beethoven.



Your Local Wedding Guide: Canberra Bridal Expo
: Budawang Pavilion, Exhibition Park in Canberra, Corner Flemington Rd and Northbourne Avenue, Mitchell; When: 9am-3pm; Tickets: $15.00
This expo aims to help you create your perfect wedding day! By bringing together the best and most diverse wedding industry suppliers in your local area, you get the opportunity to meet with a variety of leading wedding professionals to ensure you find the right team for your special day.

Are you going to something that we haven’t mentioned? Make sure you let us know about it in the comments.

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Hall Markets return for 2016

Sunday from 10am – 3pm at Hall Showgrounds.

Hundreds of stalls to wander around and don’t forget it’s a pet friendly market.

justsomeaussie7:17 pm 04 Feb 16

Don’t forget Googfest:


Join us for a night of free live music at Rockley Oval, Googong, from 5-9pm on Saturday 6 February 2016. Headlining the night is breakout electronic live act, SAFIA, who have made a name for themselves at home and abroad with their layered, warm production style and intricate vocals. Joining them at this year’s Googfest is Canberra’s own Amber Nichols, contestant from The Voice, plus The Burley Griffin, Guyy and the Fox and The Kaleid Trio.

A fireworks finale will cap off a night not to be missed, so bring the family, a picnic and rug, and settle in to enjoy an evening of free live music under the stars at Rockley Oval. You can also grab a tasty bite to eat from the range of food stalls available on the night.


Free shuttle buses will run from Queanbeyan, Woden and Tuggeranong.

Queanbeyan (Interchange) departing 4.00pm and 4.30pm
Woden (interchange Bay 18) departing 3.30pm and 4.00pm
Tuggeranong (Anketell Street bus stop) departing 3.30pm and 4.00pm

Return buses will depart Googong at 9.30pm

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