26 July 2021

UPDATED: Ten things to do in Canberra this week (25 June - 1 July)

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

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, events may be postponed or cancelled at short notice. Check with organisers for the latest event details.

A big week ahead in the capital means there is something to please everyone.

Although the Handmade Markets had to be postponed*, the much-anticipated Wintervention is back for the school holidays, or you can celebrate a Scandinavian midsummer.

Belco Arts is gearing up to present a dance special celebrating the link between earth and people, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra has a very special East Meets West Orchestral evening planned and the National Opera has another pocket opera in store.

Celebrate jazz at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Vietnamese tunes with a Vietnamese melody night and female or gender non-conforming artists with She’s on the Bill’s ‘Side Projects’.

Prepare for some belly laughs as Cheeky Tuesdays lands in Cook.

Woden Community Service is also excited to host a ‘Support the Girls’ morning tea.

Have a great week, Canberra!

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When: Friday 25 June to Sunday 11 July, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday to Thursday, until 9:00 pm Fridays
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! Canberra’s most coveted winter attraction, Wintervention, is back to turn Civic Square into an open-air ice-skating arena.

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

Whether you’re a skater or a spectator, get down to Civic Square for the ultimate winter fun and capture the season in all its glory at this family-friendly event.

Sesame Street circus

Characters from Sesame Street in the Circus Spectacular, coming to Canberra on 25 June until 2 August. Photo: Sesame Street Circus Spectacular.

Sesame Street Circus Spectacular

When: Friday 25 June to Monday 2 August, various times
Where: Majura Park Shopping Centre (opposite Costco) – Majura Park
Cost: $40 to $80. Tickets from Ticketmaster.

Sesame Street Circus Spectacular is coming to wow Canberra audiences of all ages, with an extended season running until 2 August.

This 90-minute Circus spectacular features incredible performers from all over the globe – Argentina, Switzerland, Brazil, Morocco, Spain, Africa and Australia. Joining them are all your favourite Sesame Street characters, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert & Ernie and Super Grover.

This is one show you do not want to miss. Get your tickets now!

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Invocation is showing at Belco Arts on Saturday, 26 June. Photo: Courtney Allen.

Earthbound and Belco Arts present Invocation

When: Saturday 26 June, 8:00 pm
Where: Belco Arts, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen
Cost: $20 per person, available online at Belco Arts.

Earthbound and Belco Arts present Invocation.

Invocation calls in the sacred to restore the dance of life, nature’s patterns of regeneration and the natural rhythms and harmonies between people and Earth. Awestruck by Earth’s fury and kindliness, Invocation brings ancient story, sacred imagery, rhythmic dance, heavy guitar grooves, heartfelt lyrics and soaring harmonies into the drama of climate change.

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She’s on the Bill presents ‘Side Projects’. Image: She’s on the Bill.

She’s on the Bill presents ‘Side Projects’

When: Saturday 26 June, 3:00 pm
Where: Gang Gang Cafe, Downer
Cost: $15, book online.

She’s on the Bill highlights gigs fronted by female or gender non-confirming artists and musicians as well as managers, technicians and photographers.

In June, some of Canberra’s premier artists are performing – Jess High from Slagatha Christie, Beth Monzo from Betty Alto, Mel Sullivan from Box Dye and Sal Viejo, who plays all over the place, but is currently bass for Lily Morris.

READ ALSO ‘She’s on the Bill’ is putting women and non-binary musicians front and centre stage


Celebrate Scandinavian Midsummer. Photo: SAA.

Scandinavian Midsummer Celebration

When: Sunday 27 June, 12:00 pm
Where: Senate Rose Gardens, Old Parliament House, Parkes
Cost: Free, register online.

The Canberra Swedish School and the Scandinavian Australian Association are joining forces to celebrate Scandinavian Midsummer.

Traditional activities such as the maypole, the Swedish Choir performances and dancing and games for children and adults will make the day one to remember.

Pea soup, hotdogs, pyttipanna (Scandinavian-style hash), cinnamon buns, and coffee and tea available.


People on stage

Giai Diêu Viêt – Dem Nhõ is a night to celebrate Vietnamese music and culture. Photo: Tailored Accountants.

Vietnamese Melody Night

When: Sunday 27 June, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Harmonie German Club of Canberra, 49 Jerrabomberra Ave, Narrabundah
Cost: $16.91, book online.

Feeling like Canberra is missing something?

Maybe it’s missing Giai Diêu Viêt – Dem Nhõ, a regular music night for the Vietnamese community to get together.

Music lovers will be able to both meet, perform and share memories of Vietnam.

Registration is essential as seats are limited.

Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) A Pocket Opera

Die Zauberflöte: (The Magic Flute) A Pocket Opera. Image: National Opera.

Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) – A Pocket Opera

When: Sunday 27 June, 2:00 pm or 6:00 pm
Where: Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla
Cost: $55 adult, $45 concession/student, $11 under 12s. Tickets from National Opera.

Pocket Operas are condensed versions of your favourite opera designed so artists can learn a major role without the need to stage a full production.

Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) is a mythical tale set between the lands of the Sun and the Moon.

The Sunday Jazz Series promo

The Sunday Jazz Series will be at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Image: Tuggeranong Arts.

Sunday Jazz Series: The Fringe of Squared

When: Sunday 27 June, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Tuggeranong Arts Centre Theatre
Cost: $30 per person per show or $110 per person for all shows, book online.

The Fringe of Squaredom presents jazz in its many forms, from the earthy swing of New Orleans to the classic cool of the modern era.

Founded by Rachael Thoms and Tom Fell and featuring the powerhouse rhythm section of James Luke, Chris Thwaite and Hugh Barrett, the band brings together a collective of the region’s finest musicians to present four showcase concerts at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre.


promo for cheeky tuesdays

Cheeky Tuesdays is set to feature some of Canberra’s hottest up-and-coming talent. Image: Jeffrey Charles.

Cheeky Tuesday

When: Tuesday 29 June, 7:30 pm
Where: To All My Friends, Cook
Cost: $5, book online.

Cheeky Tuesdays is back at To All My Friends in Cook.

This month’s lineup features one of Canberra’s best raconteurs, Felix McCarthy, while joining in on the fun is Canberra’s favourite former midwife, Sarah Stewart.

Come along for a night where you’ll laugh until your belly aches.

Work by Strong Women's Group

Work by Strong Women’s Group

Yurwang Bullarn Strong Women’s Group

When: Tuesday 29 June to Sunday 15 August 2021
Where: The Window, Belco Arts, 118 Emu Bank Belconnen
Cost: Free, find more information online.

Yurwang Bullarn Strong Women’s Group is for women who are parents, carers, aunties and grandmas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Strong Women’s Group focuses on community connectedness and providing local women with an opportunity to socialise regularly and engage in activities addressing art, culture, self-care, health and wellbeing.

UPDATE: Handmade Markets and the Support the Girls: bra fitting and morning tea were cancelled due to COVID-19 after Ten Things was published.

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