20 January 2023

Nine things to do in Canberra this week (20-26 January)

| Evelyn Karatzas
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Lights On The Lake

Light projections expected to be seen on the lake next week. Photo: NCA.

Grab your calendars and get ready to save some dates as there’s so many fun things to do in Canberra this week.

Whether you want to see a show at the theatre, watch a basketball game, see a lakeside light show, give dragon boating a go, check out all the Lunar New Year festivities in Dickson or Canberra Centre, attend markets or fly kites, we have you sorted with our top picks.

Want to know the best part? Most of them are free!

Lunar New Year celebrations at Canberra Centre

When: Various times all week, see here
Where: Canberra Centre,
Cost: Workshops free, book here

Celebrations for the Year of the Water Rabbit have already kicked off at Canberra Centre. An Instagrammable installation on level one outside Zara gets you into the spirit as you navigate the Centre’s stunning red fashion edit, curated Lunar New Year gift list and choose from its many Asian restaurants for your Lunar New Years Eve lunch or dinner. From 10 am to 2 pm daily until 22 January, kids are invited to decorate a lucky red envelope or fan, make a lantern or get their face painted. And it all culminates in a traditional Lion Dance on Lunar New Year’s day – 22 January. Kicking off at City Walk at 11 am, this thrilling spectacle of colour and sound will weave its way through the ground floor to finish at Tiger Lane’s Bunda Street entrance.

Yotam Ottolenghi

Yotam Ottolenghi Flavour Of Life on 21 January at The Canberra Theatre Centre. Photo: Canberra Theatre Centre.

Yotam Ottolenghi Flavour Of Life

When: 21 January at 3 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: Tickets are from $62.30, and can be purchased here.

Chef, author and much-loved foodie Yotam Ottolenghi is coming to Canberra as part of his Flavour of Life tour this January.

He will be joined on stage with ABC Radio host Alice Zaslavsky.

Ottolenghi’s passion, warm presence and inclusive voice have attracted devotees worldwide.

This event will be an exclusive opportunity to hear directly from the man himself about the taste sensations and ingredients that excite him and will inspire your own cooking, navigating the pandemic, and the joy of taking time with food and family.

UC Capitals poster

Tickets for the UC Capitals’ next home game are on sale. Photo: UC Capitals.

Round 11 WNBL: UC Capitals v Southside Flyers

When: Saturday 21 January at 7:30 pm
Where: National Convention Centre, Canberra
Cost: Tickets are from $15, and can be purchased here.

The Southside Flyers and the UC Caps have had some epic battles over the past few years and this one is shaping up to be no different.

Two up-and-coming Opals will square off – Maddy Rocci who is known for her defence and ability to facilitate open looks for her team and the Caps’ Jade Melbourne who is known for her ability to score at the hoop and her streaky shooting. As teammates, these two were a perfect complement but as opponents it will be anything but.

Expect the Caps to grind this one. Get your tickets to this epic game now.

dragon boats on Lake Burley Griffin

Give dragon boating a go this weekend. Photo: Dragon Boat ACT, Facebook.

Come and Try Dragon Boating

When: Saturday 21 January, from 10:15 am
Where: Grevillea Park, Menindee Drive, Barton
Cost: Free.

Come along to Barton this weekend as Dragon Boat ACT is looking to recruit new paddlers with their ‘come and try’ day.

Here, you’ll find 10 local clubs united to talk about what it’s like and how you can get involved. Anyone above 12 is welcome to give it a go, so if the weather is warm, and the sun is shining, what better way to spend your Saturday then paddling along Grevillea Park.

Enjoy performances from the Prosperous Mountain Lion Dancers over three nights. Photo: Facebook.

Lunar New Year celebrations

When: Saturday 21 January, from 1 pm to 11 pm
Where: Woolley Street in Dickson
Cost: Free, see full program here.

To celebrate Lunar New Year, the Asian community in Dickson is going out with a bang this Saturday.

The festivities will kick of with a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony, and to follow there will be lion dance performers, roving artists, food and product stalls from local businesses, decorations and more to enjoy.

As a fun and free celebration, this event promises something for everyone.

Assorted goods for sale on a table

The Rose Cottage Markets take place from 9 am. Photo: Alleventsin.

Rose Cottage Markets

When: Sunday 22 January, 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Rose Cottage Canberra, Cnr Isabella Dr & Monaro Hwy
Cost: Free.

Come along to Rose Cottage this Sunday and check out everything there is to offer at their local markets.

At the Rose Cottage Markets, you’ll be able to find a selection of handmade items, plants, fresh food and produce, arts, crafts and more, while hopefully enjoying some sunshine as you stroll around. If you want to make a day of it, you can also order food and drinks and have a fun day out with your family and friends.


The Kite Flying Festival is back in Canberra in 2023. Photo: Jay Trivedi.

Kite Flying Festival

When: Sunday 22 January, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Patrick White Lawns
Cost: Free, but registering is recommended.

Kite-flying enthusiast Jay Trivedi is back with his first event of the year and you’re invited to join in the fun.

The family-friendly Kite Flying Festival will return for its third year, in a new location, with more rides, more people, and of course, more kites – there are more than 20 to choose from.

With more than 15 food and item stalls, plenty of entertainment for kids and more than 8000 people expected to attend, there will be something for everyone.

Lights On The Lake

A sneak peak of what to expect to see on the lake. Photo: NCA.

Lights on the Lake & Night Markets

When: Wednesday 25 to Sunday 28 January, from 5 to 10 pm
Where: Commonwealth Place, Lake Burley Griffin
Cost: Free.

A free community event is taking place on the lake across four evenings this January.

From 25 to 28 January, you’re invited to come along and enjoy a light show filled with lots of bright colours on two large scale water screens with choreographed high pressure water jets and laser lights set to music. Images will also depict scenes from an array of Australian experiences and stories.

To make things more exciting, there will also be night markets taking place each evening on the lake, with plenty of food and drink on offer too, so there’s something for everyone.

Australia in Harmonie poster

Joe Camilleri is performing a free show. Photo: Eventbrite.

Australia in Harmonie

When: Thursday 26 January, from 4:30 pm
Where: The Zeppelin Room, Harmonie German Club, 49 Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah
Cost: Free.

Taking place this Australia Day is Australia in Harmonie, a special event uniting cultures and community groups at the Harmonie German Club.

This event is all about ‘reflect, respect and celebrate’, and will feature several performances by local artists and First Nations singers, as well as local art on auction and food catered by Knuckles German Restaurant. With the program kicking off at 5 pm, you’ll get to hear German-style music, soulful acoustic tunes, and storytelling, featuring The Black Sorrows with Joe Camilleri who will rock the night away.

Although tickets are free, booking is still essential. Click here to book so you don’t miss out.

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