17 September 2020

Ten things to do in Canberra this week (18 to 24 September)

| Sharon Kelley
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Join Lucy Sugerman, Sophie Edwards and Emma-Leigh Morris in a panel discussion for women looking to get a start in the music industry. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

We’re spoiled for choice again this week, whether you’re a mover and shaker, or a movie buff.

There are free Zumba sessions in Garema Place, and don’t forget the Lunchbox Acoustic series in the city featuring our local musicians and performers. The Royal Hotel in Queanbeyan is hosting their first big live music show since lockdown, featuring Mahalia Barnes who will bring her signature style of gutsy soul, rock and blues to the stage of the Royal with her band, The Soul Mates.

The Basement in Belconnen is having an acoustic session on Sunday afternoon, featuring Nathan and Jase from Tundrel, while women wanting to know how to break into the music scene won’t want to miss the panel discussion and question and answer session on Monday with Sophie Edwards, Lucy Sugerman and Emma-Leigh Morris.

There’s family fun at Federation Square with Floriade Reimagined all weekend, and who could miss Prosecco with Pooches on Sunday afternoon at Weston Park?

The drive-in has returned with Mov’In Cars Drive-in cinema back at the Questacon car park on Thursday, so grab one of those delicious Nutella pizzas and watch a movie from the comfort of your car. A top-secret tour with Tim the Yowie Man at the Old Parliament House on Monday night is sure to book out fast, so grab a ticket now, and it’s the ideal time for the kids to try their hand at dragon boating with the Hydra Youth Dragon Boat Club having a Come and Try day on Sunday at the Yacht Club.

Have a great week, Canberra!

All weekend

Family Floriade

Family Floriade at Federation Square all weekend. Image: Supplied.

Floriade Reimagined Weekend at Federation Square

Where: Federation Square, Federation Mall, O’Hanlon Pl, Nicholls
When: Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 September, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Cost: Free.

Celebrate the lovely Spring weather with some Family Fun at Federation Square for Floriade Re-imagined. Loads of fun, family activities, workshops, flower displays and in-store promotions. Pura Holistic Hair Studio will be creating some beautiful floral hair art, Canberra Reptile Zoo will be bringing out their scaled friends for meet and greets, and the mini-golf will be running a special family deal for a round. For more information, check out the event page.


Mahalia Barnes

Mahalia Barnes at the Royal Hotel Queanbeyan. Photo: Supplied.

Live Music at the Royal Hotel Queanbeyan

Where: Royal Hotel, Queanbeyan
When: Two sessions available: 5:30 pm or 8:30 pm
Cost: $89.90 per person – includes dinner & show.

One of the region’s most historic and iconic local venues, Royal Hotel Queanbeyan, will host its first big live music show since the COVID-19 shutdowns were introduced, with Mahalia Barnes and The Soul Mates.

Mahalia Barnes has been in and around music her entire life. Throughout her childhood years she was exposed to everything from Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett to Ike and Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder, all of which helped shape her into the powerhouse soul and blues vocalist that has jaws dropping every time she picks up a mic. For more information and to book tickets, visit the website.


Hydra Youth Dragon Boat Club

Hydra Youth Dragon Boat Club is having a ‘come and try’ day on Saturday. Image: Supplied.

Hydra Youth Dragon Boat Club Come and Try Day

Where: Canberra Yacht Club, Mariner Place, Canberra
When: 9:00 am to 11:30 am
: Free.

Hydra Paddle Club is holding their first come and try day of the season. Go see what Canberra’s only youth-focused dragon boating club has to offer, meet some of the team, have a go paddling on the water, and learn a bit about dragon boating. They’re also hosting a BBQ after you finish on the water.

Please respond with ‘going’ on the Facebook event to let them know you’ll be there.


Join the Acoustic Sunday Sesh at The Basement.

Join the Acoustic Sunday Sesh at The Basement. Photo: Supplied.

Nathan and Jase from Tundrel at The Basement

Where: The Basement, 2 Cohen Street, Belconnen
When: 1:00 pm
: Free.

This Sunday, Nathan and Jase from Tundrel will be providing the mellow tunes from 1:00 pm, so go down, grab an excellent burger, a cool beverage and chill out to some great rock tunes.

Prosecco with Pooches

Prosecco with Pooches at Weston Park. Photo: Supplied.

Prosecco with Pooches

Where: Weston Park, Yarralumla, corner of Brown and Banks Street
When: 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
: Free.

What better way to spend Sunday afternoon than with a walk over to Yarralumla lakeside? The House of Bubbles is excited to pop up in a new location so you can enjoy the lake view in the green space at Yarralumla at the entrance to Weston Park.

Lots of drink options will be available, including champagne, local sparkling and prosecco – it’ll be chilled and ready to pop. Wander over and enjoy one of your favourites and soak in a Sunday afternoon with family and friends.


Come and network with women in the music industry.

Come and network with women in the music industry. Image: Supplied.

Women in Music – Getting started in the music industry

Where: Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera Street, Canberra
When: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
: Free, bookings essential.

Knowing how to start in the music industry can be extremely confusing. There are so many parts to the puzzle, and figuring them all out could take a lifetime. Don’t be put off! This workshop aims to give young women who are wanting to start a career as a musician a leg up as well as a chance for female musicians to network and connect with each other. You will be provided with insights that will help you accelerate and add value to your music industry journey.

Come and learn from some amazing women who are committed to their journeys in music and who are choosing and actively directing the career they want to have.

Sophie Edwards, Lucy Sugerman and Emma-Leigh Morris will lead a panel discussion with their tips and helpful tricks on getting a kickstart in the music industry. This will be followed by a Q&A and some time for networking.

Old Parliament House

The Top Secret Tour is back by popular demand. Photo: Supplied.

Top Secret Tour of Old Parliament House

Where: Old Parliament House, Parkes
When: 8:00 pm
: $59 per person (must be over 16 years of age).

Back by popular demand, Tim the Yowie Man reveals secrets of Old Parliament House, relating to both the building and its occupants. Tales of espionage, secret tunnels, hidden messages and hidey-holes galore.

This is a 90-minute tour, starting at 8:00 pm sharp. Restricted numbers due to COVID-19 precautions. These tours book-out quickly so book early to avoid disappointment.


ReNewYOU free Zumba class in the city!

ReNewYOU free Zumba class in the city! Image: Supplied.

ReNewYOU free Zumba Class

Where: Garema Place, Canberra City
When: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
: Free.

Get a spring in your step this spring with ZUMBA classes in the city!

ReNewYou is kick-starting in September with Zumba classes with Kokoloco Dance Studio. These classes will be high energy, fun, suitable for all ages and levels, and free for everyone in the community to enjoy!

Why not celebrate the new spring, being able to be outside moving while we can, and get fit and healthy at the same time? If you’ve always wanted to try something new, love Zumba, or just love music and dance, then this is for you. Bookings essential.


Lunchbox Acoustic

Canberra musicians and the City Renewal Authority present Lunchbox Acoustic in Garema Place. Image: Supplied.

Lunchbox Acoustic

Where: Civic and Braddon
When: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
: Free.

Lunchbox Acoustic is continuing this week. The program features talented, local artists performing weekdays at lunchtime (12:00 pm – 1:30 pm) in Civic and Braddon.

Make sure you keep an eye on the event page to find out who’s playing.


Mov'In Car Drive-in

Photo: Mov’In Car Drive-in Cinema is back at the Questacon car park! Photo: Supplied.

Mov’in Car Drive-in Cinema

Where: Questacon car park
When: 6:30 pm for 8:00 pm start. Session running through to December.
Cost: $49.90 per car for 2 people, $59.90 per car for 3 to 5 people.

Get your engines ready because Mov’in Car Drive-in Cinema is back in Canberra for Spring. After such a successful launch earlier this year, the team is bringing it back to Questacon over the school holidays.

There will also be home-made pizzas – Margarita, Four Cheeses, Pepperoni, Hawaiian, and even a Nutella pizza for the sweet-tooths – delivered straight to your car. Plus, if you visit on Tuesday or Wednesday night, you’ll be treated with all-you-can-eat pizzas. To see what’s showing and book your tickets, visit here.

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