Ten things to do in Canberra this week (28 May – 3 June)

Lottie Twyford 28 May 2021
band on stage

Join the party at Live at the Polo this weekend. Photo: Shout Out Arts.

The ACT is lucky enough to have another long weekend coming up – and if you feel like you need it, you’re probably not alone.

This year’s official Reconciliation Day activities will be taking place all day on Monday at the National Arboretum, while community groups and schools will host their own events throughout the week.

Other things to do over the weekend include Love Local markets at The Plot at Pialligo, an open day for new volunteers to get involved with the Canberra Railway Museum and a Pup’s Picnic in support of Sydney Dingo Rescue.

ROPE by Patrick Hamilton has also kicked off its week of performance – catch it now before it’s gone.

If you feel like a party, Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports is throwing a big one and Live at the Polo will celebrate its 10th birthday.

Looking for something to do with the kids? Well, the Canberra Miniature Railway is having another open day, and later in the week there’s another instalment of Communities@Work, Conversations that Matter, this time in Kambah.

Have a great week, Canberra!

All week

rope promo

Catch Rope at Canberra REP now. Photo: Canberra Rep.

ROPE by Patrick Hamilton

When: Wednesday 26 May to Saturday 5 June
Where: Canberra Repertory Society
Cost: $20 to 35; book online.

ROPE is a brilliantly tense play from the author of Gaslight, which was performed by Canberra REP in 2016. Believing themselves to be intellectually superior to their contemporaries, two flatmates murder their friend purely to see if they can get away with it.

They then throw a cocktail party, serving food from the top of the trunk where they have hidden his body. Tension and suspicions increase as the evening wears on.

Catch this brilliant play now at Canberra Repertory Society.

Saturday

Sydney Dingo Rescue banner

Spoil your furry friends. Image: Sydney Dingo Rescue.

Pups’ Picnic

When: Saturday 29 May, 10:00 am
Where: Haig Park
Cost: Free; see details online.

Join the Sydney Dingo Rescue’s furtastic fundraiser to raise much-needed funds for the 61 dingoes currently in their care.

Dogs and humans are all invited.

There will be a variety of stalls, including dingo merchandise, a vegan BBQ, vegan cakes and baked goodies, dog coats, dog treats, dog toys, a puppy kissing booth, and other pet-themed vendors.

Canberra Railway Museum

Canberra Railway Museum is having an open day. Photo: Canberra Railway Museum.

Canberra Railway Museum New Members Open Day

When: Saturday 29 May, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Canberra Railway Museum, 2 Geijera Place, Kingston
Cost: Free; email Trains@Canberrarail.org.au to register.

The Canberra Railway Museum is hosting a special day for prospective volunteers to turn up and see what they do.

There will be ‘behind-the-scenes’ tours running at 10:30 am, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to give visitors a look at various restoration projects usually closed to the public.

Members and project leaders will talk about their work at the museum, and there’s even a free sausage sizzle.

10 Years of Live at the Polo

When: Saturday 29 May, 1:30 pm to 11:59 pm
Where: The Polo, 38 David Street, Turner
Cost: $40; book online.

To mark 10 years of live music at the Polish Club, ‘Live at the Polo‘ presents an unparalleled line-up of Canberra acts at this not-to-be-missed gig.

The Polo is a real institution in the Canberra live music scene and has withstood fires, COVID lockdowns and an initial lack of a stage.


READ MORE: Live at the Polo celebrates 10 years of live music


Snow Dance Party flyer

Join in the fun. Photo: Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports.

Vertikal Snow Dance Party

When: Saturday 29 May, 6:30 pm
Where: Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports
Cost: $20 to $25; book online.

With live music, competitions and on-ski demonstrations throughout the evening, this event promises to be a night to remember.

Come dressed to impress in your best retro snow gear for a chance to win some epic prizes, including Thredbo Lift Passes.

Sunday

Mini train

Canberra Miniature Railway will be having an open day this Sunday. Photo: Canberra Miniature Railway.

Canberra Miniature Railway Open Day

When: Sunday 30 May, 10:00 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Jerrabomberra Avenue, Symonston
Cost: Open days $4 per ride, or $15 for unlimited rides. Children aged 3 and under are free.

Got a Thomas the Tank Engine fan?

Bring them along to the Canberra Miniature Railway’s public running days!

For more information, visit Canberra Miniature Railway or call 1300 731 954. There’s free parking and canteen facilities are available.

Market promo

Come and love local at the Plot at Pialligo. Photo: The Plot.

The Love Local Markets

When: Sunday 30 May, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: The Plot, 12 Beltana Rd, Pialligo
Cost: Free; see online for more details.

Bring the whole family to The Plot, 12 Beltana Road, Pialligo, to support the amazing region we live in.

Spend the day perusing fresh food, drink and lifestyle stalls from various regional businesses while enjoying the relaxed vibe and knowing that every time you open your wallet, you’re supporting a family trade, local business owners and regional communities.

Monday

National Arboretum

The open spaces of the National Arboretum will play host to Canberra’s fourth annual Reconciliation Day. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Reconciliation Day at the National Arboretum

When: Monday 31 May, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: National Arboretum
Cost: Free; see the full program of events online.

Reconciliation Day is part of National Reconciliation Week. It is a time for all Canberrans to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Reconciliation Day event activities include live music, creative activities, a portrait exhibition, guided cultural walks through the forests, bush tucker tastings, community games and a free barbecue.

There will also be a screening of short cultural and truth-telling videos and a live panel discussion showcasing the stories of some of Canberra’s Elders and advocates for Reconciliation.


READ MORE: National Arboretum to host Reconciliation Day events


Tuesday

Infusion, conversations that count with Communities at Work

Infusion – conversations that count is coming to Kambah. Photo: Communities@Work.

Infusion – Conversations that Count: Free Cuppa and Chat at Kambah District Playing Fields

When: Tuesday 1 June, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Kambah District Playing Fields
Cost: Free. For more information, visit Communities@Work.

Do you have ideas to share about your community? Do you want to learn more about your community? Or maybe you just want to have a chat or develop new connections?

Come by to grab a free cuppa, have a chat and get to know your local community.

Thursday

Rising Stars Dinner

Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden presents Rising Stars Dinner on Thursday 3 June at 6.30 pm. Image: Canberra Southern Cross Club.

Rising Stars Dinner

When: Thursday 3 June, 6:30 pm
Where: Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden
Cost: $75 per person for a delicious four-course meal with matched wines from the club’s cellar collection. Book online.

Join four of the rising stars in the Canberra Southern Cross Club kitchens as they join forces to present a delicious four-course meal with a great selection of matched wines from the cellar collection.


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