21 July 2022

Things to do in Canberra this week (22 - 28 July)

| John Coleman
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A-Ha! Get down with the best – and probably the worst – of the 80s. Image: Supplied.

Never Ending 80s: The best of ’80s music at the Hellenic Club

When: Friday 22 July, 7 pm
Where: Hellenic Club of Canberra, Woden
How much: $39.50; grab your tickets here.

Australia’s number one retro band, The Never Ending 80s, is putting on an epic soundtrack to the decade style forgot (hairstyles, shoulder pads, fingerless gloves, leg warmers, scrunchies … we rest our case). On the other hand, there was some pretty good music to compensate, including Prince, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, INXS, Bon Jovi, Huey Lewis & the News, Whitney Houston, and more. Where’s that leather jacket at?

Night markets

It’s cold, but not too cold to queue at a gelato truck. Photo: Aussie Night Markets.

Aussie Night Markets come to Queanbeyan

When: Friday 22 July, 4 pm to 8 pm; Saturday 23 July, 12 pm to 8 pm
Where: Queanbeyan Showground
How much: Free.

“Go to a night market” mightn’t be anyone’s first winter evening thought – but with food trucks, rides and boutique retail at Queanbeyan’s second Aussie Night Markets, grab the puffer jacket and get set for a great night out for the whole family.

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The Chief Minister’s Seniors Concert is on again at Albert Hall. Image: Supplied.

Chief Minister’s Senior Concert: classical to modern favourites by the Royal Military College band

When: Friday 22 July, 10:30 to 11:30 am
Where: Albert Hall
How much: Gold coin donation.

The Band of the Royal Military College Duntroon is performing this year’s Chief Minister’s Senior Concert and promising a mix of tunes from the classics and old favourites to modern masterpieces! It says senior, but it’s music for all ages to thrill to.

People in super hero costumes

It’s not weird if everyone else is doing it. Photo: Pagan Jewell Harrison-Brown.

Gammer Con: Canberra’s own pop culture festival

When: Saturday 23 July to Sunday 24 July, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: National Convention Centre
How much: starts at $28.

For the first time since the pandemic, the festival for anyone who’s ever got excited during a Fortnite game or Marvel movie is back on. 2019’s event featured interviews with artists and writers who’d worked for Marvel and DC, as well as anime voice actors – and there’ll be more special guests this year.

Under The Mistletoe

July’s the perfect time to get in the Christmas spirit. Photo: Under The Mistletoe.

Under the Mistletoe: Christmas festival at Gold Creek for a good cause

When: Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 July, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Federation Square 2, Nicholls
How much: Free.

Family-owned Gold Creek store Under the Mistletoe is throwing a Christmas in July party with festive catering, Santa, Elsa and Anna appearances, mulled wine and hot chocolate, and best-dressed prizes (including for your pet). It’s all for a good cause too – 20 per cent of shop sales and 100 per cent of raffle ticket sales will fundraise for the Special Children’s Christmas Party, which provides a fun Christmas for special needs kids.

Canberra Brave wearing purple

The Canberra Brave ice hockey team will don their purple Anytime Fitness jerseys for a fundraising clash against Newcastle. Photo: Scott Stevenson.

CBR Brave v Newcastle North Stars Hockey: two regional cities, one great cause

When: Saturday 23 July, 5 pm
Where: Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre
How much: starts at $25.

CBR Brave is going purple – and then up against Newcastle’s North Stars for the Hockey Fights Cancer charity match in Phillip. It’ll be an opportunity to barrack for Canberra’s own ice hockey team and raise funds for fighting the real opponent: cancer.

Old computers

Make computers beige again. Photo: Supplied.

Canberra Retro Computer Fair

When: Saturday 23 July, 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Gordon Community Centre, 110 Lewis Luxton Avenue
How much: Gold coin donation.

Come on, no one’s too cool to geek out over a computer from the ’80s when 16-bit was cutting edge. Relive your college days and every 80s movie by checking out a heap of old tech at Gordon Community Centre this Saturday.

Haig Park is the place to be this Sunday morning. Image: Haig Park Village Markets.

Winter Wonderland at Haig Park Village Markets

When: Sunday 24 July, 8:30 am to 2 pm
Where: Haig Park
How much: Free.

Haig Park Village Markets are always a laidback start to a Sunday morning – but this week, there’ll be a mulled wine and cider garden, face-painting, fire pits and a whole lot more festive activities for the Christmas in July. Check out the other regular Sunday markets in Canberra, including Old Bus Depot Markets, Trash and Treasure Market, and Tuggeranong Bric’a’Brac and Rummage.

Dancers

It’s been 10 years since Terrain first thrilled audiences with its story about connection to Country. Photo: Supplied.

Terrain: award-winning Indigenous dance performance at Canberra Theatre

When: Thursday 28 July to Friday 30 July
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre
How much: from $85.

Dance Australia called it “mesmerising … powerful … and entertaining”, ABC Radio National said it was “65 minutes of astonishing power and engagement”, and The Australian thought it was “breathtaking”. Bangarra’s award-winning Terrain is a music-and-dance exploration of Australia’s biggest salt lake – and it’s back for a 10th Anniversary Tour of Australia. Catch it at the Canberra Theatre.

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