6 October 2023

Things to do in Canberra this week (15 - 21 September)

| Travis Radford
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Floriade launch

It’s that time of the year again! Australia’s biggest celebration of Spring returns to Canberra. Photo: Travis Radford.

Canberrans are once again outnumbered more than 2:1 by the over one million bulbs and annuals blooming in Commonwealth Park and around Canberra for Floriade.

It’s also a musical week in the capital, with a special performance by Kate Ceberano, a rendition of one of The Beatles’ most famous albums and a new CSO series.

Plus there’s lots of family fun with a live adaptation of beloved children’s book Possum Magic, the Gungahlin Moon Festival Celebration and lots more.

Monty Python Spamalot at the Q poster

With a talented cast, tunes, and dialogue, Spamalot revels in Monty Python’s cheeky humour. Photo: Supplied.

Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Q

When: Until Sunday 24 September, various times
Where: The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 253 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan
Cost: Tickets start from $54; book tickets on the Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council website.

Monty Python’s Spamalot the Musical has arrived in Queanbeyan! The comedy classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail has been adapted into an entertaining musical, following King Arthur and his servant, Patsy, as they adventure through medieval England in search of the Holy Grail. With a talented cast, tunes, and dialogue, Spamalot revels in Monty Python’s cheeky humour.

Bron Lewis poster

Raw Comedy 2022 winner Bron Lewis comes to Canberra. Photo: Bron Lewis.

Bron Lewis – Probably

When: Friday 15 September, from 7:30 pm
Where: The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, City West
Cost: $30 to $35; book tickets on The Street Theatre website.

Comedy writer for The Project and award-winning stand-up comedian Bron Lewis is bringing her highly acclaimed, unashamedly avoidant new show ‘Probably’ to Canberra. ‘Probably’ is viscerally nostalgic and rich with stories from Lewis’s Canberra upbringing, including her clumsy and desperate approach to fitting in at a private high school while living in government housing.

Kate Ceberano: My Life is a Symphony

When: Friday 15 September, from 7:30 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: $99 to $119; book tickets on the Canberra Theatre Centre website.

Australian music royalty Kate Ceberano performs her personal favourites with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. From rousing anthems to soulful ballads, My Life Is A Symphony celebrates Kate’s four-decade career, from her own pop hits ‘Brave’ and ‘Pash’ to the iconic songs she has interpreted along the way, including ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Mirror Ball’ and more.

River of Art Festival event poster with event details and website

Explore a range of events that celebrate live music, theatre, film, visual arts, literature and creativity. Photo: River of Art Festival.

River of Art 2023

When: Friday 15 to Sunday 24 September, various times
Where: NSW far south coast, from Durras to Tilba, various locations
Cost: Various prices; view the full program and book on the River of Art website.

Now in its 18th year, the River of Art festival returns. Blend arts and awe this Spring in the beating heart of the South Coast, the Eurobodalla! Discover more than 100 events over 10 days and 100 kilometres of inspiring NSW coastline. Celebrate this beautiful part of Australia with the makers and the growers through performances and gigs, exhibitions, open studios and workshops.


University of Canberra Open Day

When: Saturday 16 September, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: University of Canberra, 11 Kirinari Street, Bruce
Cost: Free; register on the University of Canberra website.

Come along to Open Day and explore the University of Canberra’s faculty hubs where you’ll be able to chat with lecturers and tutors, pick the brains of current students, and explore past work-integrated learning projects. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Pathways to UC Hub and the Student Success Hub to explore all aspects of student life and the multitude of support services, grab a bite to eat and relax on the lawns while you enjoy live entertainment from local acts, or swing by the sporting precinct to learn about our connections to sport at all levels.

Canberra Chicken Wing Festival

Canberra’s Chicken Wing Festival is back and better than ever. Photo: Canberra Chicken Wing Festival.

Canberra Chicken Wing Festival

When: Saturday 16 September, 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Reload Bar and Token Arcade, 34 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra
Cost: $55 per person; book tickets on the event page.

The Canberra Chicken Wing Festival is returning to the heart of the city in the newly renovated Verity Lane. The event will showcase an array of chicken wing flavours, from classic buffalo to inventive and exotic twists at one of the most popular wing destinations. Guests can also expect a hot wing eating competition, chicken wing bingo, best chicken dance and an all-you-can-eat challenge.

event under tipis with fairy lights

The Tipi Embassy is hosting an evening under the stars with their Bonfire Night. Photo: Canberra Southern Cross Club.

Tipi Embassy Bonfire Night

When: Saturday 16 September, 5 pm to 8 pm
Where: Yacht Club, 1 Mariner Place, Yarralumla
Cost: $74 per person; book tickets on the Snapper & Co. website.

The Tipi Embassy presents an evening of warmth and barbecue at their Bonfire Night. As the sun sets, gather around Lake Burley Griffin for a feast of seafood grazing platters and shared barbecue plates, including salmon, lamb and chicken, plus salads and desserts. Also, expect whisky tastings and Canberra region beers and wines. Live music will add to the relaxed evening vibe.

White Album concert poster

White Album bursts with variety, creativity and experimentation from one of The Beatles’ most intense, fertile periods. Photo: Canberra Theatre Centre.

The White Album Concert

When: Saturday 16 September, from 8 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: $139 to $169; book tickets on the Canberra Theatre Centre website.

After three sold-out tours, Chris Cheney (The Living End), Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon), Tim Rogers (You Am I) and solo artist Josh Pyke are reuniting for a 2023 tour of The Beatles’ legendary White Album. Backed by a 17-piece rock orchestra, the White Album will be performed in track order, starting with ‘Back in the USSR’ and closing with ‘Good Night’.

Chinese dancers

The event will include an array of captivating performances, including singing, dance, music, martial arts and the waist drum dance, along with engaging recitations. Photo: Supplied.

2023 Gungahlin Moon Festival Celebration

When: Saturday 16 September, 10:30 am to 3 pm
Where: Gungahlin College, 23 Gozzard Street, Gungahlin
Cost: Free; no booking required.

Canberra’s Chinese community is hosting a Moon Festival in Gungahlin. This important traditional Chinese celebration of prosperity and wellbeing involves tasting moon cake and enjoying the full moon with family and friends. Guests can also expect an array of captivating performances, including martial arts and the mesmerising waist drum dance, market stalls and lucky prize draws.


It’s that time of the year again! Australia’s biggest celebration of Spring returns to Canberra. Photo: Michelle Kroll.


When: Saturday 16 September to Sunday 15 October, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Where: Commonwealth Park, Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra
Cost: Free; no booking required.

Australia’s Spring-time celebration of all things flowers, food and gardens returns to Canberra’s Commonwealth Park this weekend. The 2023 theme, Floral Wonderland, invites guests to explore the magical charm of over one million blooms, a diverse program of entertainment, cultural celebrations, food and wine, horticultural workshops, market traders, artistic displays and more.

man crossing his fingers

Sound of Metal will screen with open captions and Auslan interpreters will sign the introduction and panel discussion. Photo: NFSA.

This week at the National Film and Sound Archive

When: Saturday 16 September, from 1 pm and Thursday 21 September, from 6 pm
Where: Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton
Cost: Free to $12; book tickets for Patrick and Sound of Metal.

On Saturday afternoon, enjoy a screening of the 1978 horror-thriller Patrick by award-winning Australian director Richard Franklin. Then, on Thursday evening, a free screening of American Sign Language film Sound of Metal, which challenges film and television stereotypes of hearing loss and cochlear implants. The screening will be followed by a discussion with an all-Deaf panel.

National Capital Art Prize poster

Celebrate the creativity of Australian artists at Aarwun Gallery. Photo: National Capital Art Prize.

2023 National Capital Art Prize Public Exhibition

When: Saturday 16 September to Sunday 8 October, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Aarwun Gallery, 11 Federation Square, Gold Creek
Cost: Free; book tickets on the event website.

The National Capital Art Prize Finalist Public Exhibition will showcase works across four categories, including open, First Nations, sustainability and the People’s Choice Award Winner. The Australia-wide competition aims to ignite the passion and courage of artists across the country, many of whom lost the opportunity to display and sell their work during the COVID period.


Canberra Symphony Orchestra

Canberra Symphony Orchestra presents Australian Series: Play of Light. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

Canberra Symphony Orchestra – Australian Series: Play of Light

When: Thursday 21 September, from 6:30 pm
Where: National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton
Cost: $17 to $67, book tickets on the Canberra Symphony Orchestra website.

This program explores the organic, ephemeral nature of music, playfully bending sound and colour. Expect a new commission and world premiere from Yuwaalaraay storyteller Nardi Simpson, a work exploring the nuanced interplay of light and shadow by Lisa Illean, a solo work by Connor D’Netto and three more diverse works from Andrew Ford, Kate Moore and Paul Stanhope.

Possum Magic

When: Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 September, various times
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: $36.50 to $45.50; book tickets on the Canberra Theatre Centre website.

Beloved picture book Possum Magic has enchanted children for decades, and Monkey Baa Theatre Company brings the paper and ink to life on stage. Using a palette of live action, stage magic, an original soundscape, puppetry and projected animation, Monkey Baa has translated the whimsical world of the book into a live experience for audiences three to eight years old (and their families).

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