1 July 2021

Ten things to do in Canberra this week (2 - 8 July)

| Lottie Twyford
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Black winter truffles

Black winter truffles are on the menu between June and August each year in the ACT. Photo: Verity Lane Markets.

Many Canberra families would normally be out of town now due to school holidays, but these aren’t normal times. But if you’re looking for things to do in our region, we’ve got you covered.

However, as the COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving, check with event organisers for the latest updates so you won’t be disappointed on the day.

The Truffle Festival is in full swing, inviting you to try everything from tastings to cooking classes to markets and truffle hunts.

If you haven’t checked out Wintervention yet, you’d better get your skates on (pun intended), or why not take a walk in the footsteps of giants with the Megafauna exhibition at the Royal Australian National Botanic Gardens.

While many performances have been cancelled lately, Lightbulb Improv is ready to perform Shakespeare ‘Off the Ruff’, the students of Tease-Able Accessible Burlesque have a whole showcase to present and the ‘Ferment’ exhibition will also be opening.

The Royal Australian Mint will hold a quiet morning while the team behind the micro-forest at Sullivan’s Creek will welcome volunteers for a big planting day.

Finally, back the boys in green on Saturday night as the Raiders take on the Gold Coast Titans.

If you do want to stay away from crowds, consider getting out into nature with a walk in one of the many nature reserves on our doorstep, grab your bike and get exploring the trails at Stromlo, picnic with the family, or take a brisk stroll or ride around Lake Burley Griffin on an e-scooter.

Have a great week and stay safe, Canberra!

All week

Canberra Truffle Festival

When: Tuesday 1 June to Sunday 29 August, various times
Where: Various locations around Canberra and the surrounding region
Cost: Varies; see full program online.

Beat the Canberra chill and indulge in a feast for the senses at The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region, a taste of mid-winter magic.

Savour the flavours and aromas of heavenly truffle creations at local restaurants, cafes, bars and wineries. Enjoy the thrill of a truffle hunt and be amazed at the talented truffle dogs as they hunt for these highly prized gems at nearby truffle farms. Learn from accomplished chefs at a cooking class or demonstration, then pop along to a market and buy some black truffle for yourself.

READ ALSO The truffle festival has begun … and a celebration of wine’s not far behind

Ice rink

Wintervention is back to turn the city into a winter wonderland. Photo: City Renewal Authority.


When: Friday 25 June to Sunday 11 July, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Monday to Thursday, until 9:00 pm
Where: Civic Square
Cost: $10 to $20, family ticket for $59; book skating online.

Lace-up your skates. It’s the most winterful time of year!

Take a moment to enjoy the true joys of winter and embrace the frost around entertainment, activities, food, and market stalls.

READ ALSO Winter wonderland – and an ice rink – returning to Civic in July


The Demon Duck of Doom is a popular exhibit on the megafauna trail. Photo: C Proudfoot.

Australian Megafauna

When: Wednesday 23 June to Sunday 23 July, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm daily
Where: Visitor Centre Gallery, Australian National Botanic Gardens
Cost: Free; see more information online.

An exhibition featuring original large scale paintings of Australia’s megafauna by Australian wildlife artist, author and paleontological illustrator Peter Schouten.

Peter has earned an international reputation for his specialised area as a Paleontological Reconstructionist, which is the rebuilding of a fossil species.

A special adventure trail will also delight children during the school holidays.

All weekend

Lightbulb Improv promo

Lightbulb Improv presents Shakespeare: Off The Ruff. Showing 1 to 3 July. Tickets on sale now. Image: Lightbulb Improv.

Shakespeare: Off the Ruff

When: 1 to 3 July, 7:30 pm
Where: The Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre
Cost: $25 concession, $35 adult + $5.95 booking fee, book online.

Based on a single suggestion from the audience, the Lightbulb Improv company creates two fully improvised Shakespearean masterpieces right before your eyes. Nothing has been planned or written in advance of the comedy and drama about to unfold.

Each performance is a completely new work, inspired by Shakespearean words, intrigues and themes. All dialogue is devised on the spot, all characters created as you watch. All the stage is a world not yet explored!


Empress Eyrie

Tease-able Burlesque’s Empress Eyrie is breaking down barriers for people with disabilities and mental illness. Photo: CaptaVitae Photography.

Tease-Able Burlesque – Student Showcase + Guests

When: Saturday 3 July, doors open 6:30 pm for a 7:30 pm show
Where: Belconnen Community Centre, 23 Swanson Street, Belconnen
Cost: $13.75 to $38.01, book online.

The talented students of Tease-Able Accessible Burlesque term 1 2021 hit the stage to debut their group and solo acts!

With emcee Empress Eyrie and multiple guest feature performers, it promises to be a spectacular night of entertainment starring some unbelievable and unique disabled talent.

READ ALSO Accessible burlesque shows strength and beauty within every body

Promo for quiet morning

The Mint’s Quiet Morning is designed for those with heightened sensory requirements. Image: Royal Australian Mint.

Royal Australian Mint Quiet Morning

When: Saturday 3 July, 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Where: Royal Australian Mint
Cost: Free, but bookings are essential.

The Royal Australian Mint quiet morning is run in partnership with the Marymead Autism Centre. The morning caters to families with children who have heightened sensory requirements, including those on the autism spectrum.

Yass Community Markets

There’s always plenty to see and do in Yass. Photo: Visit Yass Valley.

Yass Community Markets

When: Saturday 3 July, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: 62 Comur Street, Yass
Cost: Free entry. For more information, visit the Yass Valley event page.

Yass Community Market is held on the first and third Saturday of the month at the Yass Memorial Hall. Stalls include a variety of local produce, including jams, sauces, oils and baked items, along with arts and crafts and more.

Come and have a coffee, relax and enjoy the ambience and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

Raiders fans

Come along and cheer on the Canberra Raiders. Photo: Canberra Raiders.

Raiders v Titans

When: Saturday 3 July, 5:30 pm
Where: GIO Stadium, Bruce
Cost: $15 to $32.50, book online.

The Canberra Raiders are set to take on the Gold Coast Titans in this week’s big game.

It’s also a celebration of NAIDOC Week, with the Raiders running plenty of activities to celebrate Indigenous culture throughout the day.

Due to COVID travel restrictions and the need to contact interstate ticket purchasers, ticket sales will end at 6:00 pm Friday night. Tickets will not be available at the venue on match day.


Micro-forest at Downer

Community members with trees in the ground for the micro-forest at Downer. Photo: Supplied.

Sullivans Creek Micro-forest planting

When: Sunday 4 July, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Sullivans Creek, corner of Wattle and Goodwin streets, Lyneham
Cost: Free, register online.

Come along to plant native plants to provide habitat along the Sullivans Creek corridor.

Please wear enclosed shoes and bring gloves if you like to wear them. It’s also worth bringing some sturdy digging tools and organisers recommend you write your name (in waterproof texta or whiteout pen) on your implements.

Buckets, wheelbarrows, forks and spades/shovels are handy for spreading mulch thickly around plants.

READ ALSO Micro-forests taking hold in Canberra as cool kids have their say


squeezing fermented vegetable

‘Ferment’ is about the literal and metaphorical possibilities fermentation offers. Photo: Canberra Potters.

‘Ferment’ Exhibition Opening

When: Thursday 8 July, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Canberra Potters, 1 Aspinall St, Watson
Cost: Free, register online.

Join Isabelle Mackay-Sim and Teffany Thiedeman for the opening of their exhibition ‘Ferment’.

The event will be opened by Dr Deborah Hill, manager, International and Domestic Engagement, National Museum of Australia, and will feature live jazz from the Dylan Slater Duo, as well as fermented food tasting plates made from locally sourced ingredients offered by the Southern Harvest Association.

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