25 January 2023

Things to do in Canberra this week (27 January to 2 February)

| Evelyn Karatzas
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SummerSalt music festival

Bring your friends and family to SummerSalt at Stage 88 this Friday afternoon. Photo: SummerSalt, Facebook.

If you’re taking this Friday off to make a long-long weekend (first, well played – we’re jealous), you’ve got a stack of time on your hands. Lucky for you, we have a stack of things to keep you busy and make the most of your good planning.

So, let’s get busy!

Lights On The Lake

Light projections are coming to the Lake. Photo: NCA.

Lights on the Lake & Night Markets

When: Friday, 27 January and Saturday, 28 January, from 5 to 10 pm
Where: Commonwealth Place, Lake Burley Griffin
Cost: Free.

You’re invited to come along and enjoy a light show filled with 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.

There will also be night markets each evening with plenty of food and drink on offer (so there’s something for everyone!)

Daniel Champagne

Daniel is taking the stage at the Street Theatre this Friday. Photo: Daniel Champagne, Facebook.

Daniel Champagne at the Street Theatre

When: Friday, 27 January, 7:30 pm
Where: The Street Theatre, 15 Childers St, City West
Cost: Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased here.

Daniel Champagne, acclaimed as the finest guitar player of his generation by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, is coming home to Australia with his first tour for 2023 where he will perform his new album across 60 shows around Australia.

His journey began when he picked up his first guitar at age five and developed a love of music. By 12, he was writing music; by 18, he had left school to turn his passion into a professional career. He is now doing what he loves for a living.

After releasing six albums in the past 10 years and performing more than 300 shows a year, his performance at the Street Theatre is one you won’t want to miss.

people at festival

SummerSalt music festival is here to kick off your weekend right. Photo: SummerSalt, Facebook.


When: Friday, 27 January, from 4 pm
Where: Stage 88, Parkes
Cost: Tickets from $142 each and can be purchased here.

A music festival with an all-Australian line-up is coming to Canberra, including Angus & Julia Stone, Ben Harper, City and Colour, The Rubens, Middle Kids and Alex the Astronaut.

The family-friendly event welcomes all ages and aims to unite the community while being environmentally focused. At the festival, you’ll get the perfect blend of live music, great food and plenty of drinks with a great atmosphere for all to enjoy.

people dressed up like ABBA

The Dancing Queen: Dining Experience is coming to Canberra this January. Photo: Hidden Canberra.

The Dancing Queen: Dining Experience

When: Friday, 27 January and Saturday, 28 January
Where: Saint Malo, 19 London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: Tickets are $99 and can be purchased here.

Take my money, money, money! A Mamma Mia-themed dining experience is coming to Canberra in January for an unforgettable pop-up evening full of dancing, dining and jiving that will transport you to the Greek island of Skopelos.

As you indulge in food and wine and enjoy the Grecian atmosphere, prepare to be serenaded by performers recreating all your favourite scenes and singing all your favourite songs from the classic film.

The night will have you so deeply immersed in Sophie and Sam’s love story and Donna’s love triangle that you’ll be begging for a man after midnight. My, my, how could you resist?

Mamma Mia will be brought to life as Saint Malo Restaurant in Canberra’s CBD transforms into Niko’s Tavern to serve you a mouth-watering Mediterranean feast. Don’t miss out on your Mamma Mia moment.

Australian Open

Come and watch the Australian Open finals in Turner this weekend. Photo: Australian Open, Facebook.

Australian Open Summer of Tennis Party

When: Friday 27 January, Saturday 28 January and Sunday 29 January, all from 5: 30 pm
Where: Turner Tennis Club, Condamine St, Turner
Cost: $5 per person, book here.

The Turner Tennis Club has got so much happening this weekend to celebrate the Australian Open and you’re invited.

From 5:30 pm on Friday night, there’s an Australian Open Pride Night taking place which will showcase inclusion and diversity. It is designed to celebrate the diverse LGBTQ+ community.

On Saturday and Sunday, a big screen will showcase all the action taking place in Melbourne, including the Women’s and Men’s finals, there’ll be plenty of on-court activities for kids and adults of all ages and abilities to join in (and there’s food and drinks available).

 MV Southern Cross

Did someone say cocktails on a cruise? Photo: MV Southern Cross, Facebook.

Perfect Pairs: Local Tasting Series with MV Southern Cross

When: Friday, 27 January, Friday, 24 February, and Friday, 31 March, 6 pm to 8 pm
Where: Departs from Yacht Club, 1 Mariner Pl, Yarralumla
Cost: Tickets from $75 per person and can be booked in person, online or by calling 02 6273 1784.

Hit the deck of the MV Southern Cross for the Local Tasting Series, featuring the region’s best artisan wine makers, brewers and distillers.

Setting sail on Friday, 27 January, the ‘Perfect Pairs’ cocktail cruise on the Lake will offer five wines, including Edgar’s Fortified, made by Edgar Riek himself.

Whether you want to go as a couple or cruise around with your friends, at $75 per person, this is the perfect way to see Canberra at twilight, sip on some local wines and relax.

Man with guitar and woman singing

Looking for the perfect Sunday Session? Come down to ACT Hub’s Glass on the Grass this Sunday. Photo: ACT Hub.

ACT Hub’s Glass on the Grass!

When: Sunday, 29 January, from 5 pm to 9 pm
Where: ACT Hub – 14 Spinifex Street, Kingston
Cost: Free.

Looking for the perfect Sunday Session? The ACT Hub’s Glass on the Grass fits the bill to wet your beak.

Bring a picnic supper, nestle under the trees on the lawns of ACT Hub and listen to the live tunes of Georgia and Danny. Enjoy beverages and snacks from ACT Hub’s Hub Pub while you try your hands at lawn games. Bring a rug or get there early and grab a table for the very first Glass on The Grass.

Miniature train

Come and ride the miniature trains this Sunday. Photo: Canberra Miniature Railway Facebook.

Canberra Miniature Railway

When: Sunday, 29 January, 10 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Canberra Miniature Railway, southern end of Jerrabomberra Ave, Symonston
Cost: $15 unlimited rides, book here.

If you’re looking for somewhere fun to take the little ones, we’ve got you sorted.

Open from 10 am to 2:30 pm, come along and enjoy train rides on two different tracks with many different trains this Sunday in Symonston.

The canteen will be open for hot and cold food and drinks, and you can enjoy your lunch under the covered picnic area while watching the trains go around.

Children aged two and under are free to ride, and children aged four and under must ride with a responsible older person. It’ll be a toot!

UC Caps

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

Round 13 WNBL: UC Capitals v Adelaide Lightning

When: Thursday, 2 February at 7 pm
Where: National Convention Centre, Canberra
Cost: Tickets from $15

This week the Caps get their second look at Adelaide Lightning, but this will be the first time this season that the Lightning will play in front of a raucous UC Caps crowd.

The Caps are preparing to take on former fan favourite Abby Cubillo, who signed with Adelaide after four seasons in Canberra. Not only that, Steph Talbot, Marena Whittle and Lauren Mansfield will bring the heat as they look to make finals again in 2023.

Help cheer on the UC Capitals at the NCCC as the WNBL reaches the business end of the season.

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