31 March 2022

Things to do in Canberra this week (1 - 7 April)

| Ben Arnedo
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Festival-goers under large sails

Dragon Dreaming is back with four days of art, performances, live bands and electronic producers in an amazing outdoor setting. Photo: Boaz.

As the capital’s cultural offerings expand, outdoor activities, festivals and theatre performances are becoming more varied. Parents will appreciate the abundance of options for kids; at the other end of the spectrum, seniors are not forgotten and can have their own special Play Outside Day at Haig Park. If that’s not enough, keep an eye out in the sky for planes, kites and stars because fun isn’t limited to the ground.

Man on stage at a festival

Four days of art, performances, live bands and electronic producers in an amazing outdoor setting. Photo: Boaz.

Dragon Dreaming Festival

When: Friday 1 April to Monday 4 April
Where: Wee Jasper
Cost: $385. Get your tickets here.

After years of rest, Dragon Dreaming returns with a vision to come together for celebration, sharing and giving back to the country. In this edition, they are presenting a ‘leave a positive trace’ festival. The Dragon Dreaming Festival will now add to the 73,000 native plants at Regrowth Festivals and will continue to bring you a much-loved festival experience, with diverse music over four days from live bands to electronic producers, DJs, psychedelic performers, interactive arts, learning spaces, an art gallery, an outdoor cinema, markets, a healing space and plenty of fun for kids.

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This Canberra artist uses acrobatic movement to convey a series of large-scale drawings and paintings. Photo: Canberra Theatre Centre.

December by Jake Silvestro

When: Friday 1 April and Saturday 2 April, 8 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre
Cost: $49. Get your tickets here.

Jake Silvestro offers a solo show that opens a space for reflection on sustainability and the broader community’s response to the 2019/20 Australian bushfires. Working on a grand scale, Jake uses his acrobatic movement to inform the creation of a series of large-scale drawings and paintings that bring this narrative into clear focus. Balancing between abstraction and figure, this physical theatre work is an example of the cutting edge of contemporary Australian circus, and this time it’s by a Canberran.

Woman in ANU t-shirt

Meet friends and have interesting discussions while celebrating alumni’s legacy. Photo: Australian National University.

ANU Alumni Week 2022

When: Monday 28 March to Saturday 2 April
Where: Australian National University
Cost: Free.

ANU Alumni Week 2022 offers a week of events to celebrate and share the Australian National University legacy. Connect with old friends, meet new ones, and have thought-provoking debate over a week of talks, tours, and socials, all designed to show off ANU expertise. For more information, visit their website.

The Men’s Skins Softball competition kicks off on 7 April with $10,000 up for grabs. Photo: Keegan Carroll.

Men’s Skins Softball Competition

When: Friday 1 April at 5 pm to Sunday 3 April at 5 pm
Where: Hawker Softball Centre
Cost: Free.

Players will come from NSW, Victoria, South Australia and the Australian Defence Force to see if they can match it with the ACT’s best across an extended weekend of competition at the Hawker Softball Centre. There’s $10,000 dollars up for grabs, with cash prizes awarded at the end of each innings.

Geek Market Canberra

When: Saturday 2 April, from 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Fitzroy Pavilion Exhibition Park Canberra
Cost: Free. Get your tickets here.

At Geek Markets, you can participate in activities inspired by TV and film, meet popular actors, cartoonists, and digital creators. Find local and interstate geeky artists, creators and traders. Geek Markets brings you all things designed and made by geeks.

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Seniors will have their own day to play. Photo: Haig Park.

Never Too Old To Play Outside

When: Saturday 2 April, from 10 am
Where: Haig Park
Cost: Free. Register here.

The Council of the Ageing is hosting a very special Play Outside Day at Haig Park on Saturday. This unique event will feature a variety of activities to cater to the most seasoned users of the park. Some of the highlights of the day’s program include craft workshops, dancing, roving performances, live music and games. This Play Outside Day is organised by City Renewal Authority in collaboration with COTA and UC.

Play Dairy Road

When: Saturday 2 April and Sunday 3 April, from 10 am
Where: Dairy Road
Cost: Free.

Play Dairy Road is inspired by pop-up play concepts such as PlayKX in the UK to engage younger people with creative resources to support game sessions and play-like activities. These events are meant to become a family play destination, attracting families from throughout Canberra to Dairy Road’s beautiful gardens and water spaces, right beside Capital Brewing Co.

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Dairy Road’s monthly market will feature the best arts and crafts from CraftACT and Wine tastings by Cellar Door. Photo: Molonglo.

Dairy Road Market

When: Sunday 3 April, from 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Dairy Road
Cost: Free, or $12 for Cellar Door wine tastings. Register here.

The markets bring together wine tastings by Cellar Door, a selection of art and crafts by CraftACT, local produce, handmade objects, second-hand clothing, live improvised jazz by Melting Pot and a Play Dairy Road. Many of the businesses at Dairy Road will also be open to the public as part of this monthly market.

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Fans of planes will enjoy Airport Open Day. Photo: Canberra Airport.

Canberra Airport Open Day

When: Sunday 3 April, from 9 am to 3 pm
Where: Canberra Airport (entry via Majura Park Shopping Centre side)
Cost: Free. Register here.

With jaw-dropping aerial displays, historic warbirds and detector dog demonstrations, Top Gun fans and aviation enthusiasts alike will be in their element. This year’s event includes aircraft displays, children’s activities, food stalls, entertainment and more. Be sure to check out the full program.

People flying kites

Head to the Kite Festival this Sunday from 10 am. Photo: Jay Trivedi.

Kite Flying Festival Canberra

When: Sunday 3 April, from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: EPIC Exhibition Park
Cost: Free.

Australia’s biggest kite flying festival is coming to the capital! Watch your child’s eyes light up when they see the wonderful flying creations at this big outdoor event. Bring the whole family out for a fun picnic and to view the array of colours of hundreds of kites in the sky. There will be lots of delicious food alternatives and non-stop entertainment for the kids.

Two people playing Water Polo

Water Polo ACT’s Grand Final day is this Saturday! Photo: Water Polo ACT.

Water Polo ACT Grand Final Day

When: Saturday 2 April, from 9 am to 5:30 pm
Where: Stromlo Leisure Centre
Cost: $3 per person entry fee.

The biggest weekend for water polo in the ACT is here! A fantastic family-friendly spectacle that will showcase a range of competitions across multiple age groups. It’s the perfect opportunity to see what Water Polo ACT is all about and it’s a great day of entertainment. There’s also an on-site cafe, so you don’t need to pack lunch!

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This Wiggles tour will feature the cast members. Photo: The Wiggles.

The Wiggles – Fruit Salad TV Big Show Tour

When: Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 April, 10 am and 1 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre
Cost: From $40. Get your tickets here.

The wait is over! The Wiggles will make their highly anticipated return to stages with their brand-new Fruit Salad TV Big Show arena tour. For the first time, there will be eight Wiggles on tour. Get ready to sing, dance and play music with the newest Wiggles Tsehay, Evie, Caterina, John and Kelly, along with all of their Wiggly Friends, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus, Shirley Shawn the Unicorn, Officer Beaples and Bok the hand puppet! Fun for the whole family.

Australian Series / Stargazers

When: Thursday 7 April, from 6:30 pm
Where: Gandell Atrium, National Museum of Australia
Cost: From $30. Get your tickets here.

Canberra Symphony Orchestra presents an intimate performance inspired by the early stargazers in our history. As you follow the notes and arrangements, your mind will take you to the starry sky to trace the music like celestial objects as they move from one composition to the next. Featuring Coruscations by Richard Meale, Connor D’Netto, Brenda Gifford Mungala, Nardi Simpson, Jakub Jankowski and two world premieres CSO commissions, Christopher Sainsbury’s In the beginning, fun and Jakub Jankowski’s To the Waters Above.

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