Lockdown is well and truly over, and the food and drink have come back with a vengeance. It’s time to enjoy ‘Freedom Fridays’ at the Southern Cross Club, dumplings in Hall, a Spanish feast at Pialligo Estate, or a dance party in Braddon.
If you are after a quieter time this weekend, take in the artworks of George French Angas at the National Library or try your hand at painting in Belconnen.
Or, if you are a fresh food-lover, head along to the Capital Region Farmers Market on Saturday and grab some cherries. Friday will also see the second blood moon of 2021 over Canberra, possibly your last chance to see such an incredible natural occurrence until 2023.
When: 9 am to 5 pm, 19 November 2021 to 30 January 2022 (except Christmas Day)
Where: National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West
Cost: Free entry.
This is the Library’s newest exhibition, drawing together nearly 200 artworks, sketches and books by colonial artist George French Angas, as well as items relating to his life and travels. Angas was the son of George Fife Angas, one of South Australia’s founders, and visitors may recognise landmarks such as Port Lincoln from Winter’s Hill and a scene from Mount Lofty looking over the plains of Adelaide.
When: 5 pm to 9:30 pm, Friday 19 November to Friday 17 December
Where: 23 Lonsdale Street Café
Cost: Free event; more information on Facebook.
As Canberra starts to open up, Hot Foot helps you Loosen Up. This will be the start of a weekly dance party every Friday at Lonsdale Street Café. Entry is free, but capacity is limited to 40 attendees.
When: 5 pm, Friday 19 November
Where: Hops & Vine, 6a Victoria St, Hall
Cost: Free event; food & drink costs vary; more information on Facebook.
Food Van Fridays offers a perfect way to spend an evening with friends and family. There are drinks, there are dumplings – all you need for a chill Friday evening.
When: 6:30 pm, Friday 19 November
Where: Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden, 92-96 Corinna Street, Phillip
Cost: $50 for three courses and drinks; book online.
Enjoy the freedom of lavish dining out again in the wonderful atmosphere of the Orion Room at the Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden, featuring live music from Ross Clark on piano.
When: 6:30 pm, Friday 19 November
Where: Pialligo Estate Glasshouse, 18 Kallaroo Road
Cost: $79 per person, $30 kids under-10; book here.
Kick back after a long week, vibe out to flamenco and feast to your heart’s content and enjoy bottomless traditional and vegetarian Paella. Sip bottomless Sangria and traditional Spanish beers as you soak in the atmosphere of the Estate in Spring. The night isn’t complete without dessert, so top off the evening with one of Spain’s favourites, Crema Catalana.
When: 7:45 pm to 9:30 pm, Friday 19 November
The Canberra region will be treated to its second lunar eclipse of 2021 on Friday evening, commonly called a ‘blood moon’ on account of its red colour. Get a clear view for yourself towards the east from 7:45 pm and enjoy the show.
When: 7 am to 11:30 am, Saturday 20 November
Where: EPIC Budawang (undercover building), Flemington Road, Mitchell
Capital Region Farmers Market is an essential food service bringing the Canberra region fresh, healthy produce, and it will continue to maintain food supply from regional growers and a healthy diet for Canberrans. If you’re after the region’s finest cherries, the markets are the place to be. Come on down and support your local farmers.
When: 9 am to 2 pm, Saturday 20 November
Where: Marymead, 255 Goyder Street, Narrabundah
Cost: Free event; for more information, call 6162 5800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This will be Marymead’s biggest sale of the year with plants, clothes, books, homewares, jewellery, bric-a-brac, handbags, craft, toys, accessories and more. All proceeds will go to support the work of Marymead.
When: 9 am to 3 pm, Sunday 21 November
Where: Thoroughbred Park, 1 Randwick Road, Lyneham
Cost: Free event; register here.
The Canberra Small Business Market is finally back after lockdown, held at Thoroughbred Park opposite EPIC. All the regular local small businesses you have come to love will be there, plus new hot food stalls, food trucks, a coffee van and more. Gold Coin Donation entry with funds going to the Canberra Pet Rescue. Free parking.
When: 6 pm, Sunday 21 November
Where: The Boardwalk Bar & Nightclub, 11/114 Emu Bank, Belconnen
Cost: $65, tickets at The Boardwalk Bar & Nightclub.
De-stress, rekindle your creativity and paint your unique masterpiece at The Boardwalk Bar & Nightclub in Belconnen. You will receive step-by-step instructions from an experienced artist to create your interpretation of the waves painting. All materials are provided, including paint brushes, canvas, paints, easel and apron. Attendees must be 18 or older for this event. No experience is necessary.