18 October 2018

Ten things to do around Canberra this weekend (19–21 October)

| Zoe Pleasants
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Portrait of Li Cunxin, 2017-18 by Jun Chen. See this and more at the National Portrait Gallery’s 20/20 exhibition this weekend. Image: National Portrait Gallery.

Just like the weather, it is a mix of winter and spring events this weekend. For those of you already missing the snow, there is an exhibition of snow domes opening at the Canberra Museum and Gallery this Saturday and the Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports in Fyshwick is hosting a Spring Snow Sports Carnival this Sunday. Pialligo Estate firmly believes its spring and is inviting you to bring your picnic rug and settle in for an evening of fine food, drink and music this Friday. Then on Saturday, Oktoberfest is taking over the Patrick White Lawns. FashFest is changing things up this year and is staging a series of fashion shows in iconic Canberra buildings over the coming months. This Friday is the turn of the National Gallery. The Gallery’s escalators will transform into a catwalk as beautiful fashion complements beautiful art and architecture. And if you don’t have anything to wear, grab a white bed sheet and head to the National Museum’s Toga Party instead!

All weekend


Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 am–5 pm
20/20, an exhibition of 20 new portraits commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to celebrate its twentieth birthday, opens this weekend. Since 1998 the Portrait Gallery has commissioned over 50 portraits, this latest set include works that demonstrate a variety of techniques and approaches to portraiture. The exhibition includes a photograph by George Fetting of coach and former professional basketball player Andrew Gaze, a painting by Deidre But-Husaim of novelist and doctor Peter Goldsworthy, a photograph by Seina Ou of quantum physicist and Australian of the Year, Michelle Simmons, an oil painting of Chinese-Australian ballet dancer Li Cunxin by Chinese-born artist Jun Chen and a painting of rugby league legend Mal Meniga by artist Peter Hudson. The exhibition will be on until next February.

Garage Sale Trail 2018

Where: Various venues
When: Saturday & Sunday
Garage Sale Trail is a weekend of garage sales that are taking place all over Australia. The trail is giving a much-needed injection into the circular economy by encouraging reuse and hopefully reducing the amount of stuff going landfill. Find Canberra garage sales here and do some guilt-free shopping this weekend.

All shook up: snow domes from the collection of Sally Hopman

Where: Canberra Museum and Gallery
When: Friday & Saturday
Spring is here but snow is still falling at Canberra Museum and Gallery with an exhibition of Sally Hopman’s collection of snow domes! Sally is the media liaison manager at the National Library and collector of snow domes. From the classic to the kitsch and everything in between, this exhibition features over 500 snow domes and is sure to delight. It is on until March next year.

Handmade Markets

Where: Exhibition Park
When: Saturday and Sunday 10 am–4 pm
The Handmade Markets are on again this weekend with stalls selling wares from 260 local and interstate designers and producers. There will be stalls selling art, books, fashion, kids’ stuff, Canberra themed produce, furniture, homewares, food, stuff for the garden and more. All set in a relaxed environment with plenty of food and good coffee to sustain you and live music to enjoy.

Murrumbateman Field Days

Where: Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds
When: Saturday, 8 am–5 pm & Sunday 8 am–4 pm
Murrumbateman is going to have Field Day this weekend! This event is about showcasing farming equipment, agribusinesses and local businesses. There will be over 500 exhibitors including the Canberra Motorcycle Centre and plenty of events and activities to keep you entertained. Tickets are $16.50 for adults, $10.50 concession and $5.50 for kids aged 12–16, book here.

Find out more about the event here.



Where: National Gallery of Australia
When: 6:30–9 pm
FashFest is changing it up this year. Instead of being held at the National Convention Centre over three days, FashFest will hold a series of shows in iconic buildings around Canberra over the coming months. The first show will be held this Friday night at the National Gallery and will feature Haja Gala Couture, Megan Cannings Designs and Charly Thorn Designs. These designers will present collections featuring cocktail glamour and elegant bespoke gowns. There will be two shows — 6:30 pm and 8 pm — tickets start from $35 for standing room, book here.

Cellar Door Sessions

Where: Piallago Estate Lawns
When: 6–9 pm
Piallago Estate is hosting an evening of fine food, drinks and music this Friday. Bring a picnic blanket, settle in and enjoy Jack Biilmann, Minh Ha and Liam Gerner as well as wine, beer and a nibbles menu. Tickets are $25, book here.

Night at the Museum: Toga Party

Where: National Museum of Australia
When: 6–9:30 pm
Wrap yourself in a white sheet and head to the National Museum this Friday for a Toga Party! Throw yourself into the world of Ancient Rome with revelry, food and wild entertainment. Undertake gladiator training, style your hair in the fashion of Ancient Rome at the Braid Bar, take a tour of the Museum’s blockbuster exhibition Rome: City and Empire, make a Roman helmet or laurel, experience the smells of Ancient Rome and break into song in the karaoke lounge. Tickets are $30 on the door, or cheaper if you book online here. Note, this is an 18+ event.


Oktoberfest Parklands

Where: Patrick White Lawns
When: 1–9 pm
The Parliamentary Triangle will be transformed into Bavaria this Saturday when Oktoberfest Parklands returns to the Patrick White Lawns. Dust off your lederhosen and dirndls and settle into a day of beer and pork knuckles. There will be a craft beer hall, Oompah bands, DJs and a silent disco, roaming entertainers and rides. Tickets are $49.95 + bf, book here.


Vertikal Spring Snow Sports Carnival

Where: Dairy Road, Fyshwick
When: 11 am–3 pm
Missing the snow already? Head to Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports in Fyshwick this Sunday for a Spring Snow Sports Carnival to discover indoor skiing! There will be skiing and snowboarding demonstrations, snow cones, glitter tattoos, face painting, giveaways, DJs and a sausage sizzle.

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