19 August 2022

Things to do in Canberra this week (19 - 25 August)

| John Coleman
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ACT Seasonal Antique and Collectable Fair. Image: Supplied.

ACT Antique and Collectables Fair

When: Friday 19 August, 6 pm until Sunday 21 August, 4 pm
Where: Albert Hall, Yarralumla
How much: $10 entry

Is it time your lounge room had a gramophone? Held twice a year, Canberra’s antiques show is back at Albert Hall this weekend, promising a huge collection of antiques and collectibles from china to furniture, jewellery, books and more.


Catch the thrills and inevitable spills of drone racing this weekend. Photo: James Coleman.

Australia’s biggest drone race in Canberra

When: Friday 19 to Sunday 21 August, 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Scheyville Oval, Duntroon
How much: Free for spectators

Over 70 of Australia’s best drone pilots will be pitting their drones against each other this weekend for the 2022 Australian Drone Nationals at ADFA oval. There’ll be a variety of races over the weekend, which won’t just be straight-line racing – there’ll be drone stunts and tricks and obstacle-dodging flights as well.

You might find yourself buying a drone on Sunday evening, is all.

READ MORE Australia’s biggest drone race is taking off with a wing and a prayer

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See cars from the early 1900s through to the ’70s at Classic Yass. Photo: Yass Valley Council.

Classic car show in Yass

When: Saturday 20 August, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Zac’s Place, 15 Pritchett Street, Yass
How much: Free

Day trip an hour into Yass this Saturday as Zac’s Place community centre is swarmed by classic cars, from the spluttering early 1900s right through to the cool ’70s. There’ll be something for everyone to get excited – or deeply nostalgic – over.

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Mmmmm … fermented vegetables. Photo: File.

Ginninderry Fermenting Workshop: how to make sauerkraut, pickled veggies and yoghurt

When: Saturday 20 August, 10:30 am to 1 pm
Where: The Link, 1 McClymont Way, Strathnairn
How much: $31.20; get your tickets here

Keen to be one of those cool people who can make their own pickles and give them away? Learn how to get started in fermenting and make your own pickled vegetables and yoghurt at a workshop in Ginnindery. Even if you decide it’s not for you, there’ll be your own jars of pickled vegetables to take home for the pantry.

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Learn more about your brain and the world of neuroscience. Image: Supplied.

National Science Week: everything you wanted to know about brain science

When: Saturday 20 August, 10 am to 3 pm
Where: John Curtin School of Medical Research, Acton
How much: Free

Can exercise improve your sight? Why do you get the shivers when you listen to opera? What’s it like to be a neuroscientist? It’ll all come up in talks at Brain Teaser 2022, along with practical demonstrations, giveaways, and kids’ activities. Check out the full list of National Science Week events in the ACT here.

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The Australian Tenors will be singing up a storm at Canberra Theatre Centre. Image: Canberra Theatre Centre.

Australian Tenors’ I Still Call Australia Home tour

When: Sunday 21 August, 2 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic
How much: $80.95 to $90.95; get your tickets here

They’ve toured with Opera Australia and multiple Australian and international orchestras, and now the Australian Tenors are finally in Canberra. They’ll be singing favourites from Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Messiah, as well as songs everyone knows and loves.

Oh, and while it says tenors, Opera Australia’s soprano Clarissa Spata will also be on stage as a guest singer.

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Lisa McCune plays Elizabeth in Girl from the North Country. Photo: Supplied.

Girl from the North Country at Canberra Theatre

When: Thursday 25 August until Saturday 3 September, various times
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic
How much: $74.95 to 144.95; get your tickets here

The Washington Post called it “a TRIUMPH”, Chicago Tribune “A Broadway revelation”, and Daily Beast couldn’t fault it: “Everything in this exquisite Broadway musical is perfect. The marriage of Conor McPherson’s storytelling and Bob Dylan’s sharp songwriting is a perfect fit.” Ever since it opened at the theatrical testing ground of London’s Old Vic, Girl From the North Country has taken the world by a storm with its gritty but uplifting story set in Great Depression USA … and now it’s here in the Territory.

READ MORE ‘It feels like a gift’: Lisa McCune on Dylan musical The Girl from the North Country

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Pete Murray: Before I Go Tour on Thursday 25 August at Canberra Theatre Centre. Image: Supplied.

Australian singer Pete Murray: Before I Go tour

When: Thursday 25 August, 8 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic
How much: $54.95 to $64.95; get your tickets here

Pete Murray is one of only a few Aussie artists who can boast 1 million album sales. He’s now touring the east coast with stunning new tracks, including Before I Go as well as his iconic hits. Supporting Pete on the tour is DACY, a sibling singing/songwriting duo who create acoustic-based records that blend folk, pop, and R&B.

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