11 February 2021

Ten things to do in Canberra this week (12 - 18 February)

| Sharon Kelley
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Electric bike

Have you been waiting to try an electric bike? Now’s your chance! Photo: Supplied.

The most romantic day of the year is on Sunday, and there’s so much going on around the capital to celebrate. For something completely different, if you’ve been wondering how to grow mushrooms, there’s a Fungal Wizardry Workshop to show you how. Comedy genius Alex Williamson is performing at Fiction on Tuesday, and don’t miss the Open Court Sessions and Summer of Tennis Party at Yarralumla on Friday and Saturday. Sunset Cinema has extended its season and will be here until the end of February, so grab your tickets and head to the Eucalypt Lawn for a great movie night.

Have a great week, Canberra!

All week/end

Sunset Cinema

There’s no excuse not to miss the Sunset Cinema now that the season has been extended. Photo: Supplied.


When: Until 27 February. Gates open at 6:30 pm
Where: The Eucalypt Lawn, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton
Cost: Adults $20, Concession $17, Children $14 bookings essential, tickets available online.

The brilliant Sunset Cinema has extended their current season at the Eucalypt Lawn at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, screening old favourites and new releases, with eats and drinks in a great family environment.

Enjoy an evening on the lawn with snacks including freshly popped popcorn, chocolates and lollies. Or, indulge in dinner under the stars from the onsite food truck where you can order through the QR code. Plus, there’s no need to stand around in a queue while you wait for your food. Simply sit back down, enjoy the show and you’ll receive a text when your meal is ready.


Come and try – bikes from the Canberra Electric Bike Library

When: Friday 12 February, 10:00 am
Where: Downer Community Centre, 6 Frencham Pl, Downer
Cost: Free, bookings essential through Eventbrite.

The Canberra Electric Bike Library has been very popular in 2020 with all of the bikes loaned out back to back as many Canberrans take them for a spin to see how these special bikes might fit with their lifestyles.

If you’re waiting to borrow a bike but are not sure which one, come along to one of these short sessions so you can get a taste of the bikes on offer. They are all different!

Yarralumla Tennis Club

Yarralumla Tennis Club is hosting the next Open Court Session in February. Photo: Zelda Green Photography.

Open Court Sessions & Summer of Tennis Party

When: Friday 12 February and Saturday 13 February, 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Yarralumla Tennis Club, Mueller St, Yarralumla
Cost: $5 per person, buy tickets here.

Yarralumla Tennis Club presents Open Court Sessions in February!

Grab your friends and embrace fresh, fun new tennis activities. Cool down with crisp drinks from Capital Brewing Co, devour mouthwatering food from local producers and listen to sweet tunes from a local DJ.



Learn how to grow your own mushrooms in only two hours! Photo: Supplied.

Canberra Ultimate Fungal Wizardry

When: Saturday 13 February, session times at 10:00 am-12:00 pm, 12:30 pm-2:30 pm and 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Where: Griffin Centre, 20 Genge Street, Canberra
Cost: $99.00.

Urban Kulture is back with in-person workshops and hands-on short courses to develop your hidden talents in gourmet and medicinal mushroom cultivation! In fact, you can learn how to grow your own mushrooms in just 2 hours.

You’ll kick-off in this experiential workshop with the basics of ‘Fungal Wizardry 101’ where you’ll learn how to prepare five different readily available food sources for your mushrooms. This will give you the skills to make a total of 40 fruiting kits from the 2 kg bag of grain spawn that is included in your ticket price. A single oyster mushroom fruiting kit ranges from $20 to $30 retail, and they make great presents.

Viper Creek Band, Josh Setterfield

Viper Creek Band is performing at Harmonie German Club. Photo: Harmonie German Club Facebook.

The Viper Creek Band

When: Saturday 13 February, doors open 7:00 pm
Where: Harmonie German Club, 49 Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah
Cost: $16.84 – $27.33, bookings essential via Eventbrite.

Since early 2011, The Viper Creek Band has been delivering an exciting new sound and high energy, seamless live performances of Australian country music. The 2014 release of their debut album Kickin’ Up Dust claimed the Number 2 spot on the ARIA Australian Country Albums chart.

And here’s your chance to see them perform live at the Harmonie German Club on Saturday, 13 February!


Kingpin Canberra Valentines Day Sunday Session

When: Sunday 14 February, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Kingpin Canberra, Bunda Street, Canberra
Cost: $55 per person, bookings via Eventbrite.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Kingpin. For just $55 you’ll receive a glass of Piper Heidsieck when you arrive, the choice of two activities, unlimited arcade games, $25 to spend on food and there will be live music and a professional photographer – guaranteeing you’ll have a memento of a Valentine’s Day you’ll never forget!

So, bring your best friend, worst frenemy, little brother, roommate, or even that special someone – everyone’s welcome to the big love-in! Take the cringe out of your Valentine’s day and book now!

Valentine's Day at Bint Indian Restaurant

Celebrate your loved one on Valentine’s Day at Bint Indian Restaurant. Image: Supplied.

Valentine Day Celebration Party

When: Sunday 14 February, 7:00 pm
Where: Bint Indian Restaurant, 3/17 Oatley Court, Belconnen
Cost: $70 for couples, $25 for kids. Bookings essential, call 0414 009 182.

Join the Valentine Day Celebration Party, with live dance and DJ by Shine n Rise Events and party the day away!

Entry price includes entree and mains.


Alex Williamson

Join Alex Williamson for the Oi Mate! tour. Image: Supplied.

Alex Williamson – Oi Mate!

When: Tuesday 16 February, 8:30 pm
Where: Fiction Club, 50 Bunda Street, Canberra
Cost: $39.74, bookings essential. Tickets available online.

Just when we really need him, Alex Williamson is back with another crushing hour of pure, uncut comedy platinum! Enter the mind of Shooter if you dare as he breaks down walls with his bare hands (metaphorical bricks on the walls of social norms, he’s not doing house renos).

Since starting stand-up 2007, this country South Australian lad has made a name for himself globally – selling out Australian, Edinburgh Fringe and New Zealand seasons year after year.


Mentor Walks Canberra – Fresh Air Walk

When: Wednesday 17 February, 7:10 am to 8:30 am
Where: Meeting place: National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes
Cost: $30 per person, tickets available through Eventbrite.

Walk along Lake Burley Griffin in the early morning with a group of extraordinary women before you head to work.

At Mentor Walks, women at all stages of their careers come together to spend an hour walking and talking with extraordinary female leaders who are there to help you.


Ashley Dawson-Damer

Listen to Ashley Dawson-Damer discuss her book, A Particular Woman, at Kambri. Image: Supplied.

In Conversation with The Hon Ashley Dawson Damer: The Power of Patronage

When: Thursday 18 February, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Manning Clark Hall, Cultural Centre Kambri, ANU
Cost: Free, register at Eventbrite.

Kambri is hosting an insightful event with the Hon Ashley Dawson Damer – author of A Particular Woman who will be in conversation with Maryanne Voyazis – Head of Development and Executive Director, National Gallery of Australia Foundation.

Find out more on how to support initiatives that celebrate the diversity and creativity of Australian women artists and be mesmerised by the life and work of one of Australia’s greatest art philanthropists as described in her latest book – A Particular Woman.

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