24 November 2023

Things to do in Canberra this week (24 - 30 November)

| Claire Sams
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racegoers enjoying Hops & Hooves day at Thoroughbred Park

Attendees at the upcoming Community Chest Day at Thoroughbred Park will support a race day for good causes. Photo: Zen Photography.

Whether you’re after some culture, some education for the little ones or want to get the jump on the crowds for some Christmas shopping, it’s all happening this week in the capital.

The Undercurrent Design Market is returning from Friday to Sunday if you’re after some inspiration for your Christmas shopping, while the National Museum of Australia is having a market day and Woden Community Services has organised an event to help with gift-giving.

Meanwhile, Beer Day Out is back on Sunday, hosted by Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets. Italian tenors will be joined by an Australian soprano in Woden for a performance on Friday evening, while Saturday will see Canberra Community Chest at Thoroughbred Park.

Meanwhile, those after some family-friendly fun can check out Questacon, with the institution marking its 35th anniversary with the community and Sunset Cinema Canberra’s family-friendly showing of Disney and Pixar’s Elemental.

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Undercurrent Design Market event poster

Undercurrent Design Market is back for 2023, from 24 to 26 November. Image: The Curatoreum.

Undercurrent Design Market 2023

When: 24 November (5 pm to 8 pm) and 25 November to 26 November (10 pm to 5 pm)
Where: National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Cost: Free entry.

Get a jump on Christmas shopping and avoid the Christmas Eve rush. Opening on Friday with live music, drinks and nibbles, Undercurrent will continue over the weekend with clothing, ceramics, glassware, bags and more. Founded in 2009, up to 15,000 people are expected at Undercurrent over the three days.

Questacon promotional image

Celebrate Questacon’s birthday over two big days. Photo: Questacon/Facebook.

Questacon’s 35th Anniversary Community Celebration

When: 25 November to 26 November, all-day
Where: Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Cost: Various pricing, check Ticketek for details; outside activities are free.

Reaching 35 years is a big birthday for anyone – and Questacon is inviting you to its party. The fun will start with a Welcome to Country at 9 am on Saturday, before participants can take in the 16 exhibitions and experiences, a variety of science shows and hands-on activities.


Three men in black suits and bowties behind a seated woman in a black dress

All things music will be coming to Woden this Friday! Photo: Supplied.

The Italian Tenors and a Soprano show

When: 24 November, 8 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden, 92-96 Corinna Street, Phillip
Cost: Tickets cost between $58.90 and $104.75 (plus booking fee), and are available for purchase online.

Following a sold-out European tour, the Italian Tenors will take to the stage in Canberra with a live band and soprano Clarissa Spata. A quarter-finalist on the The Voice in 2020, she will perform alongside the tenors (Sabino Gaita, Evans Tonon and Luca Sala) for a show of Neapolitan songs and Italian pop music. There are also dinner and show packages, offering a two-course meal from 6 pm (bookings essential).



It’s hoped the excitement on the track at the Canberra Community Chest race day is matched off it. Photo: Thoroughbred Park.

Canberra Community Chest

When: 25 November, gates open from 11:30 am (local racing from 2:44 pm)
Where: Thoroughbred Park, 1 Randwick Road, Lyneham
Cost: Tickets start at $20 (ticket packages available) and are available via Ticketek.

Saturday will see 12 local charities and community groups racing with 12 horses for their share of a $50,000 charity chest. The quality open handicap over 1400 metres is worth $250,000, with $200,000 in prize money and $50,000 to be shared between the 12 organisations.

A flyer for the event, with a still from Elemental

Watch the magic of Elemental under the stars. Photo: Sunset Cinema Canberra/Facebook.

Elemental at Sunset Cinema Canberra

When: 25 November, 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm (part of larger schedule)
Where: Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton
Cost: Tickets cost between $13 and $23 (depending on age and concession status), and are available for purchase online.

After it returned earlier this month, Sunset Cinema Canberra is back with a family-friendly film. The Disney and Pixar film sees a world filled with anthropomorphic elements – including Ember Lumen (a fire element) and water element Wade Ripple, who are trying to save a convenience store owned by Ember’s father, Bernie.


people sampling beer

Try a new kind of beer or sample some old favourites at Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets. Photo: Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets.

Beer Day Out 2023

When: 26 November, 12 pm to 3 pm
Where: Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets, 36 Mildura Street, Fyshwick
Cost: Free entry.

Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets has partnered with Plonk to feature samples from brewers across the Canberra region and across the country. Live music and food vendors will add to the fun, so grab some friends and head along!

A flyer for NMA market day

Check out what the Museum has to offer in the way of Christmas gifts – or just something for yourself! Photo: National Museum of Australia.

Market Day at the National Museum of Australia

When: 26 November, 9 am to 4 pm
Where: National Museum of Australia, Lawson Cres, Acton
Cost: Free entry.

Browse the fashion, jewellery, homewares and more from 40-plus stallholders from Canberra and the surrounding area at the NMA, alongside a DJ and food and drink options.

tray of bao

SuperBao will be just one of the many stall holders returning to the Forage with yummy treats. Photo: 5 Foot Photography.

The Forage and Sustainable Travel Party – POSTPONED

When: 27 November, 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Mort Street and Eloura Street, Braddon
Cost: Free entry.

The Forage and Sustainable Travel Street Party has been postponed until March next year due to storm forecasts.


santa on a budget book and toy swap event poster

Swap your books and toys for presents this Christmas. Image: Woden Community Service.

Santa on a Budget: Book and Toy Swap

When: 27 November, 11 am to 1 pm
Where: Woden Community Hub, Westfield Woden (above CBA)
Cost: Free entry.

To make this festive season a bit easier on your wallet, Woden Community Hub has organised this session to help you with gift-giving. This is an opportunity for people to donate toys and books of all kinds (as long as they’re in good condition) to be given a second life.

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