18 November 2021

Ten things to do in Canberra this week (19 - 25 November)

| James Coleman
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Christmas must be just around the corner because the cherries are in season. Photo: Supplied.

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.

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Painting of kangaroos being chased by dogs

George French Angas (artist) and James William Giles (lithographer), Kangaroo Hunting near Port Lincoln, Albert Peak in the Distance, South Australia, 1847. Image: National Library of Australia.

Illustrating the Antipodes: George French Angas in Australia and New Zealand 1844-1845

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.


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Loosen Up Hot Foot. Image: Facebook.

Loosen Up Hot Foot

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.

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Hops & Vine Food Van Fridays with Shandong Dumpling Van. Image: Facebook.

Food Van Fridays with Shandong Dumpling Van

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.

Glasses clinking

Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden presents freedom Fridays fine dining. Photo: Canberra Southern Cross Club.

Freedom Friday dinner

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.

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Pialligo Estate Spanish Fiesta. Image: Facebook.

Pialligo Estate Spanish Fiesta

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.

Blood moon

The moon will turn red over Canberra this Friday evening. Photo: File.

Lunar eclipse

When: 7:45 pm to 9:30 pm, Friday 19 November
Where: ACT
Cost: Free.

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.

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Capital Region Farmers Markets

The Capital Region Farmers Markets. Photo: Capital Region Farmers Markets.

Capital Region Farmers Market

When: 7 am to 11:30 am, Saturday 20 November
EPIC Budawang (undercover building), Flemington Road, Mitchell
Cost: Free.

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.

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Marymead Monster Christmas Garage and Plant Sale. Image: Facebook.

Monster Christmas Garage and Plant Sale

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 events@marymead.org.au.

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.


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The Canberra Small Business Market – November Event. Image: Facebook.

The Canberra Small Business Market – November Event

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.

Painting of waves

You could learn to paint this. Photo: Life With Paint.

Learn to paint waves

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.

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