17 July 2023

Things to do in Canberra this week (31 March - 6 April)

| Travis Radford
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The National Folk Festival is back in full swing. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

The National Folk Festival’s return may be stealing all the headlines, but that’s not the only thing happening this week!

Canberra’s-own ice hockey team CBR Brave are playing, plus a new local microbrewery is launching beers (including one designed by AI).

This week also has something for the kids who can’t wait for Easter and a live recording of an award-winning author and comedian’s podcast.

Weekdays will also be full of laughs and gasps with comic Danny Bhoy, urban circus 360 ALLSTARS, and more!


Retro Electro (detail) by Roger Hancock, featuring an electric bus plugged in to a Canberra bus stop shaped charging port

Artist Roger Hancock’s Retro Electro. Image: Roger Hancock.

35S: 149E – Canberra Lived

When: Friday 31 March, exhibition opening from 6 pm
Where: Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen
Cost: Free, no booking required.

In this new exhibition, artists from the Lime Flamingo Collective reflect on life in Canberra. Replete with personal experiences and unique perspectives of what it’s like to live, love, work and make art in the capital, this exhibition reveals how Canberrans relate to their urban and natural environments and investigates what forces generate their connection to place.


event poster for Easter Floral Ears Kids Activtiy

Join the free Easter floral ears and hat-making activities. Image: Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets.

Easter floral ears and hat-making for kids

When: Saturday 1 April, 9 am to 12 pm (floral ears) and 1 pm to 4 pm (hat making)
Where: Niche Markets (within the Fyshwick Markets), next to Juice Hut
Cost: Free; book here for floral ears and here for hat making.

Do your kids like arts and crafts? What about Easter? Then these free kids’ activities might be for them. Kids can decorate a pair of Easter bunny ears during the morning session, an Easter hat during the afternoon session, or even both! They’ll have access to a mix of pastel flowers, bright blooms, glitter, and gems made from felt and paper to make their artistic vision come to life.

an ice hockey player in action

CBR Brave vs Brisbane Lightning Exhibition Game Saturday 1 April from 5 pm. Photo: Scott Stevenson.

CBR Brave vs Brisbane Lightning Exhibition Game

When: Saturday 1 April, from 5 pm
Where: Phillip Swimming & Ice Skating Centre, 1 Irving Street, Phillip
Cost: Stay tuned to Brave’s Facebook and Instagram for ticket sales and season membership details.

Hockey is back at the Brave Cave this April with the defending Goodall Cup champions, CBR Brave, returning to Canberra after travelling north for two games. In their only home appearance before the 2023 season begins, the CBR Brave will host one of the Australian Ice Hockey League’s newest franchises – the Brisbane Lightning – for an exhibition game.

pallet of cans ready to be filled

Canberra’s newest microbrewery will officially launch seven new locally made beer varieties this April. Photo: Supplied.

Ale Mary Brewing Co. Launch Party

When: Saturday 1 April, from 7 pm
Where: The Durham Castle Arms, Kingston Shops, L1/52 Jardine Street, Kingston
Cost: Free; book here.

Beer lovers are invited to sample seven (or more) of Ale Mary Brewing Co’s new locally made beers, including one designed especially for Canberrans by artificial intelligence. Attendees will get to talk beer with the brewer and owners of Ale Mary while enjoying live entertainment by DJ Downtown Brown and finger food. Plus, merchandise giveaways, special offers and more.

READ ALSO Meet the Makers: Hallelujah! Ale Mary is Canberra’s newest brewery

Banksia Field (detail) by Elizabeth Borghero.

Artist Elizabeth Borghero’s Banksia Field. Image: Elizabeth Borghero.

In Conversation: Broads at Belco

When: Saturday 1 April, from 2 pm
Where: Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen
Cost: Free; book here.

The Broad Collective will discuss their Broads at Belco exhibition in a special artist talk. The theme of the exhibition is a sense of place and human interaction and its effects in the broader context of land, landscape and environment. The Collective’s broader aim is to present the work of women artists, striving to strengthen professional attitudes and women’s representation in the arts.


Seeing red, a little yellow. Photo: Auto Italia.

Auto Italia

When: Sunday 2 April, 10 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Queanbeyan Town Park, Campbell Street, Queanbeyan
Cost: Gold-coin donation.

Now for the 38th time, hundreds of exotic cars, motorbikes and scooters will gather at Queanbeyan for a showcase of Italian design. And that’s not all – attendees are also encouraged to don their best ‘vintage Italian’ clothes with prizes for best dressed. From 3 pm, the Formula One motorsport action from the Australian Grand Prix will also be live streamed in the Queanbeyan Hotel.


HSVs on show in Canberra. Photo: HSV Owners’ Club of ACT, Facebook.

HSV vs FPV Day

When: Sunday 2 April, 10 am to 1 pm
Where: Dirty Janes Vintage, 80 Collie Street, Fyshwick
Cost: Free entry.

It’s described as “the showdown” – 40 of Australia’s most iconic muscle cars from Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) and Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) brought together for the first time in Canberra, including some from owner of the region’s biggest HSV collection. To top it off, there’s a café onsite.

Monday and Tuesday

Danny Bhoy promotional graphic, featuring a photo of Danny smiling.

Danny Bhoy returns to Australia for the world premiere of his new show. Photo: Canberra Theatre Centre.

Danny Bhoy – Now is Not a Good Time

When: Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 April, from 8 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: $69.90 plus transaction fee; book here.

Internationally renowned and critically acclaimed Scottish comic Danny Bhoy returns to Australia for the world premiere of his new show, Now Is Not A Good Time. Bhoy’s observational storytelling style has appeared on Live At The Apollo and The Late Show with David Letterman in the two decades since he first visited Australia in 2003, shortly after beginning his stand-up career.

Tuesday onwards


360 ALLSTARS, 4 to 8 April 2023 at Canberra Theatre Centre. Image: Supplied.


When: Tuesday 4 April to Saturday 8 April, various times
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: $45 to $65 plus transaction fee; book here.

This supercharged urban circus promises to explore all forms of rotation in a celebration of all things street culture. World champion and record-holding artists and athletes will perform a fusion of sports and music, including BMX, basketball, breakdancing, rap, acrobatics and drumming. Physical performances will accompany a live soundtrack, video projections and lighting design.


Promotional graphic featuring An Evening with Deborah Frances-White.

Award-winning author, comedian and podcaster Deborah Frances-White will visit the National Museum. Photo: National Museum of Australia.

An Evening with Deborah Frances-White, with special guest Steph Tisdell

When: Wednesday 5 April, 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton
Cost: $70.14 to $83.90; book here.

Award-winning author, comedian and host of The Guilty Feminist podcast Deborah Frances-White will record a live episode of her podcast in her only Australian appearance this trip. Joining her will be special guest Steph Tisdell, a proud Yidinji woman and fellow comedian. The event forms part of the Museum’s Feared and Revered: Feminine Power through the Ages event series.

Thursday onwards

READ ALSO ‘Bigger, brighter and bolder’ National Folk Festival has shaken off last vestiges of COVID

Musician Fred Smith

Fred Smith performing at the National Folk Festival launch. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

2023 National Folk Festival

When: Thursday 6 to Monday 10 April; see program here
Where: Exhibition Park, Flemington Road, Mitchell
Cost: $10 to $536.60; book here.

The five-day music, dance and spoken word festival will be headlined by Australian folk-rock legends The Waifs and English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg. Plus, an extended line-up of award-winning and emerging musicians from Australia and around the globe. Festival goers can also access markets, kids’ activities, music and dance workshops and the Session Bar.

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