14 July 2022

Things to do in Canberra this week (16 - 23 July)

| John Coleman
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Orwell to gardening guides, your next fav read is probably $10 away. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

Lifeline’s biggest bookfair yet

When: Friday 15 July to Sunday 16 July, 9 am – 6 pm
Where: Tuggeranong Southern Cross Basketball Stadium, Greenway
How much: Gold coin donation.

Their EPIC Bookfair event might have had to close earlier than planned – but Lifeline is back with Canberra’s biggest bookfair yet. A fundraiser to keep the crisis support service running locally, it will feature more than just everything with a spine and hard cover – including DVDs, CDs, records, games and what will quite possibly be your coffee table’s next jigsaw puzzle.

Woman ice skating

Winter in the City returns again in 2022. Photo: City Renewal Authority.

Winter in the City

When: until 17 July
Where: Civic Square
How much: Free, $15 to skate.

If you haven’t been to Canberra’s winter festival in Civic Square yet, this is your last weekend! Winter in the City, with its ice-skating, marshmallow toasting, and special festival offers from nearby businesses ends for the season on Monday.

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Hayley Jensen and Jason Owen are performing at the Royal Hotel Queanbeyan on 15 July. Image: RHQ.

Country music by Australian Idol, The Voice, X-Factor stars Hayley Jensen and Jason Owen

When: Friday 15 July, 7 pm
Where: Royal Hotel Queanbeyan, 85 Monaro Street
Cost: $38.80, tickets from Oztix.

The X-Factor’s coming to a pub in Queanbeyan this Friday night, with country singers Hayley Jensen and Jason Owen performing country favourites – as well as a mix of their own songs.

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Harvest Stall – buy your fancy foods and tell your friends you made them yourself (they’ll never know). Image: Harvest Stall.

Harvest Stall: Homemade produce for sale at the National Arboretum

When: Saturday 16 July, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: National Arboretum Canberra
How much: Free.

Discover your new favourite chutney at a market of organic produce that’s straight from the Arboretum’s own garden. Aside from taking home more goods that you can actually fit in your pantry, you’ll be able to learn more about what you can grow in your own Canberra backyard.


Llama experience – take a llama for a walk at Alpaca Magic. Photo: Supplied.

Get up close with llamas – including by walking one

When: 16 & 23 July and 6 August 2022, 10 am
Where: Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road, Sutton
How much: from $75.

Everyone’s looked out the window on a car trip through the country and wanted to pet that llama, right? An experience in Sutton – just an hour out of Canberra – will allow you to get up close to a llama and take it for a one-hour walk. Al-pack-a lunch for the day trip or grab something from Sutton’s seriously good bakery.

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Westfield Woden’s getting snowy at midday in the Bradley Street precinct. Photo: Supplied.

Winter Wonderland: snow play at Westfield Woden

When: Saturday 16 July to Sunday, 17 July; 15-minute sessions every hour, 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Bradley Street Dining Precinct, between San Churro and Fenway Public House
How much: Free.

Kids nagging you to take them to the snow? Westfield Woden’s winter play area is a good compromise that’ll allow you to sit back with a hot choc and churros while the kids play in fake snow.

Melinda Schneider Love Songs

Award-winning singer-songwriter and radio host Melinda Schneider will be putting on a show at The Street Theatre. Image: Supplied.

Love songs by award-winning country music singer Melinda Schneider

When: Saturday 16 July, 8 pm
Where: The Street Theatre, Canberra
How much: $59.

She’s topped the charts and won six CMAA Golden Guitars, and this weekend, Australian singer Melinda Schneider will be in Canberra, performing her enduring hits as well as personal favourite love songs from the ages.

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.

Designer fashion at Old Bus Depot Markets

When: Sunday 17 July, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston
How much: Free.

Everyone knows Canberra’s Old Bus Depot is alive with stalls every Sunday – but did you know each week has a theme? This week’s theme is designer fashion and will see the depot filled with jewellery, clothes, accessories, homewares, and artwork from Australian designers and artisans. Check out the other regular Sunday markets in Canberra, including Haig Park Village Markets, Trash and Treasure Market, and Tuggeranong Bric’a’Brac and Rummage.

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