7 July 2022

Things to do in Canberra (8 - 15 July)

| John Coleman
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Winter in the City

Make the most of winter’s chill in Civic. Photo: City Renewal Authority.

Winter in the City

When: Until 17 July
Where: Civic Square
How much: Free, $25 to skate.

It’s the last week of school holidays which means it’s also the last week of Canberra’s winter festival! Skate at the rink in Civic Square, grab a hot chocolate by the fireplaces, watch ice sculptures come to life like it’s a scene from Frozen, and check out the festival offers from surrounding local businesses, including SuperEmoji and Braddon Flowers.

CSO2022 Special Messiah Event

Messiah returns. Photo: Supplied.

Canberra Symphony Orchestra plays Handel’s Messiah

When: 7:30 pm, Friday 8 July; 7:30 pm, Saturday 9 July
Where: Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, Acton
How much: $30 to $101. Tickets here.

The world’s most-performed work of classical music was written in just under a month by George Frideric Handel, and while it’s traditionally performed around Christmas, Canberra Symphony Orchestra couldn’t wait. Neither can we.

2022 Fireside Festival VIP launch event poster

Canberra District Wine presents the 2022 Fireside Festival launch on Friday, 8 July. Photo: Canberra District Wines.

Fireside Festival VIP Launch and Meet the Winemaker

When: Friday 8 July 2022, 6 pm to 8 pm
Where: QT Canberra
How much: $70 online or $75 at the door.

You mightn’t be loving Canberra’s weather at the moment, but it’s responsible for some of the region’s beautiful winter wines. Kick back in the warm and wood-panelled QT and taste 10 of them this Friday for the launch of the Fireside Festival.

Dogs in pram

Get your dogs out of the house and take them for a … walk? Photo: A Pooch Affair.

A Pooch Affair: A day out with your dog and friends at EPIC

When: Saturday 9 July, 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Bundawang Pavillion, EPIC
How much: $10 online, $15 at the door.

Who says humans need to have all the fun on the weekend? Billing itself as a “boutique indoor dog event”, the Great Gatsby-themed A Pooch Affair will put on a retail mall, fashion walk, ball pit, giveaways, Insta-photo ops and more for Canberra’s dogs and dog owners.

Bronwyn Kuss

Bronwyn Kuss is hitting the stage in Canberra. Image: Supplied.

Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow

When: 9 July 2022, 8 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre
How much: $55.85.

Australia’s biggest comedy festival hits the road to Canberra this week with comedians Sam Taunton, Bronwyn Kuss, Cameron James, Lizzy Hoo and Takashi Wakasugi putting on a wild night of song and satire.


Put your glad rags on and join me, hon’, you’ll have fun … recycling fashion. Photo: Supplied.

360 Market: retro, vintage, and recycled fashion

When: Sunday 10 July, from 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Fitters’ Workshop, Kingston Foreshore
How much: Free

If you’re far more interested in a 1970s print than fast fashion, Canberra’s sustainable clothing market is finally back after three years. It’ll have plenty of clothes of all styles and sizes, as well as shoes, handbags, jewellery and other accessories.

Queen Elizabeth I portrait from the National Portrait Gallery.

The iconic painting of Queen Elizabeth I will be in Canberra. Image: Supplied.

Shakespeare to Winehouse: portraits from London’s National Portrait Gallery

When: Tuesday 12 to Sunday 17 July
Where: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
How much: $5 – $28.

London’s Portrait Gallery has some of the world’s most recognisable portraits – from Nelson Mandela to Queen Elizabeth I. It’s also thousands of kilometres away – but this week, over 80 of its treasures will be on display at Canberra’s own Portrait Gallery.

Women laughing

You won’t need to fake laugh at this night out. Image: Supplied.

Story + Party: True Dating Stories

When: Wednesday, 13 July, 7:30 pm
Where: The Street Theatre, City West
How much: $40.

Date vicariously and precariously this Wednesday night at The Street Theatre through real-life dating stories that’ll make you laugh – just as much as be grateful your last date didn’t blow their nose on the tablecloth. Story + Party has played in 65 other countries. Now it’s Canberra’s turn.

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Seeing the picture of the ice skaters makes me ask what’s happening with the long promised new Tuggeranong ice rink. Even ACT ice sports that made big claims about the project has gone very quiet for months.


I note, bj_ACT, in the article you quoted:
“In Budget Estimates on Friday (29 October), Minister for Sport and Recreation Yvette Berry said she was excited by how the project was currently tracking.”

Dare I say, refer “Still no supplier for long-promised upgrades to ACT’s public transport ticketing system” for your answer? 😉

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