10 February 2023

Things to do in Canberra this week (10 -16 February)

| Evelyn Karatzas
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Books at the Lifeline Canberra Bookfair at Southern Cross Stadium Tuggeranong. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

Are you looking for some fun things to do to keep you busy in Canberra this week?

Look no further, we have so many events to keep you occupied and out and about, the hardest part will be deciding. What will you choose to do?

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Lifeline’s Bookfair takes place at Epic on the 10, 11 & 12 of February. Image: Lifeline Canberra.

Lifeline’s Bookfair at Epic

When: Friday 10 February, 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday 11 February, 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday 12 February, 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC)
Cost: Entry via gold coin donation (or tap and go).

Calling all book lovers!

Lifeline’s annual book fair is back this Friday, Saturday and Sunday and there are so many read-worthy books to browse through and buy.

Take a trip down memory lane with books from all genres, as well as games, vinyl, puzzles, DVDs, CDs, plus the Collectors Room for all those special items. With over 195 pallets of stock, there will be something for everyone this weekend.

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If you love Babs, you won’t want to miss this show. Image: Supplied.

To Barbra, With Love

When: Friday, 10, and Saturday, 11 February, various times
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Cct, Canberra
Cost: A Reserve (Aisle) $$133.05, A Reserve $122.80, B Reserve $102.30, C Reserve $69.00. Get tickets here.

To celebrate Barbra Streisand’s 80th birthday, all her most memorable songs will be performed in a special tribute show – To Barbra, With Love.

It features two of Australia’s brightest musical theatre stars, Elise McCann and Ainsley Melham, joined by Australian musical theatre royalty Caroline O’Connor for these not-to-be-missed concerts with genre-hopping vocalist Katie Noonan.

If you’re a fan of the multi-award-winning performer, director and producer, you’re guaranteed to love this show.

Cheeky Cockies at paint and picasso

Come and paint some cocktails in Belconnen this weekend. Image: Paint and Picasso.

Cheeky Cockies at Paint & Picasso

When: Saturday, 11 February, from 7 to 10 pm
Where: Pinot & Picasso Belconnen, Shop 6, 54 Benjamin Way, Belconnen
Cost: Tickets are $69 and can be booked here.

Do you live sipping on cocktails? Paint and Picasso in Belconnen is hosting an event perfect for you and your girls to celebrate Galentine’s Day a little earlier this year.

Whether you love a long island iced tea or prosecco bubbles, the option is yours to pick up a paintbrush and get creative. For $69 per person, you will get a 16×20-inch canvas with a wooden frame, all the materials to create your masterpiece and a cocktail-making guide. Unleash your inner Picasso this weekend with your friends and sip and paint the night away.

Old Bus Depot Markets

From jewellery to homewares, food and fashion, the Old Bus Depot Markets have something for everyone. But did you know they were themed? Photos: Old Bus Depot Markets.

International Crafts and Food at the Old Bus Depot Markets

When: Sunday, 12 February, from 9: 30 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston
Cost: Free.

If you want to explore all the sensations from the different cultures around the world right here in Canberra, then this is the day for you!

Come along this Sunday to see an assortment of Indian block-printed textiles, handcrafted South African hair combs, Nepalese jewellery and more. In terms of food, cuisines come from Ethiopia, Laos, Italy and many more. There will also be music from around the world and performances too.

Kite Fest at the Arboretum

Look, up in the sky! There’s a Kite Fest at the Arboretum this weekend. Photo: National Arboretum.

Kite Fest at the Arboretum

When: Sunday, 12 February, from 10 am to 3 pm
Events Terrace, National Arboretum Canberra
Cost: Free; book here.

If you’re looking for a fun day out with the family, the National Arboretum has got you sorted.

From 10 am, you’re invited to participate in kite-making workshops, kite demonstrations and kite flying.

There will also be pop-up food options available on the day, kite-themed cookie decorating kits available for purchase, picnic hampers to order and more. cafe3 at the Arboretum will also be open from 9 am to 4 pm for all your sweet, savoury and caffeine needs.

two people having romantic dinner

Love is in the air at Braddon Merchant. Book a night to remember this Valentine’s Day. Photo: Iconic Hotels.

Valentine’s Day at Braddon Merchant

When: Tuesday 14 February, table sittings from 5 pm
Where: 1 Elouera St, Braddon
Cost: $125 per person. Book here.

Stuck for ideas on how to spend Valentine’s Day with your special someone? Braddon Merchant is here to help.

Delight in some quality time with your nearest and dearest over eight exclusive share-style dishes with a complimentary glass of Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut on arrival. Problem solved.

Gary Puckett & the Union Gap

Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden, presents Gary Puckett and the Union Gap on 15 February at 8 pm. Image: Canberra Southern Cross Club.

Gary Puckett and the Union Gap

When: Wednesday 15 February, dinner from 6 pm and show from 8 pm
Where: Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden, 92-96 Corinna Street, Phillip
Cost: Dinner and Show 6 pm $99.75, Show only 8 pm $62.75, VIP Experience $162.75 plus booking fee, book here.

Gary Puckett and the Union Gap had six consecutive gold records and sold more records in 1968 than any other recording act. They have achieved prominence worldwide and are coming to Canberra for a special show this February. With both a meet and greet VIP experience and a dinner and show experience available, this will be a show you won’t want to miss.

They will be performing some of their hit tracks, including ‘Young Girl’, ‘Woman Woman’, ‘Lady Willpower’ and ‘Over You’.

Kenny and Dolly

Hold the First Edition! It’s Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton! Photo: Canberra Southern Cross Club.

Kenny and Dolly – Together Again!

When: Thursday 16 February 2023, dinner from 6 pm and show from 8 pm
Where: Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden, 92-96 Corinna Street, Phillip
Cost: Dinner and Show 6 pm $97.75, Show only 8 pm $52.75, plus booking fee, book here.

An incredible tribute to the beloved Kenny and Dolly is coming to the Canberra Southern Cross Club in Woden this Thursday.

Marty Edwards has teamed with America’s favourite Wendy T to bring you the hits of Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. They have been performing together for more than a decade and have toured the world. If you love Kenny Rogers or Dolly Parton (and who doesn’t?), you won’t want to miss this world-class tribute.

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