4 January 2023

Things to do in Canberra this week (6 - 12 January)

| Evelyn Karatzas
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It’s January in the Territory – you know what that means! Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Whether you’re interested in cars, painting, whisky tasting, basketball, baseball, live music performances, or even snakes, we’ve got you sorted with our top events to attend in Canberra this week.

Toot toot, chugga chugga, big red cars. Photo: James Coleman.


When: Thursday 5, Friday 6, Saturday 7, and Sunday 8 January
Where: Exhibition Park, Canberra
How much: Tickets from $34.50 and day passes are available. Book here.

The annual four-day festival of tyre smoke, mullets and noisy car engines is returning to Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) for its 35th iteration.

It’s set to be one of the biggest events to date with 2700 cars booked in and tens of thousands of visitors expected to head to the nation’s capital to watch all the car action.

As one of Canberra’s biggest events of the year, Friday night will also feature a four-hour ‘mega rock show’ with Jon Stevens, Daryl Braithwaite, Diesel and Shannon Noll.


2023 P2 Advisory Canberra International. Photo: Tennis ACT.

P2 Advisory Canberra International

When: Friday 6 and Saturday 7 January, 11 am
Where: Canberra Tennis Centre, Lyneham
How much: Tickets start from $6.36 purchase tickets here.

After a three-year hiatus, the Canberra International is finally back. This tournament will host some of the best men and women in the world as they prepare for the Australian Open. The men will take to the court in the ATP Challenger 100 event, the highest Challenger event in the country. The women will compete in the ITF 60 event, which will attract a host of the world’s rising tennis stars as they look to make their mark on the World Tour.

No.5 painting

Come and paint Chanel No.5 in Belconnen this Saturday night. Photo: Pinot & Picasso.

Pinot & Picasso – No.5

When: Saturday 7 January, from 7 pm to 10 pm
Where: Pinot & Picasso Belconnen, Shop 6, 54 Benjamin Way Belconnen
How much: Tickets are $59 each and can be purchased here.

If it’s good enough for Marilyn, it’s good enough for us! This soft pink floral artwork is perfect for those who enjoy detailed artwork. Its colour palette is pretty and easy on the eyes. Follow our artists step by step instructions while sipping on your BYO beverages and singing along to playlists you’ll be begging to follow!

If you love painting, floral prints, and designer perfume, come to Pain & Picasso in Belconnen for a special sip-worthy art class that’ll have you painting like a pro while sipping on a glass of fine red.

The painting combines soft pink colours and floral artwork and is simple for anyone to paint. You’ll get to follow the artist’s steps to paint your canvas and take it home.

Man pouring whisky

Come and taste Hippo Co.’s fine selection of whisky. Photo: Hippo Co. Facebook.

Whisky Tasting at Hippo Co.

When: Saturday 7 January, Thursday 12 January, from 6 to 7 pm
Where: Hippo Co. Bar, 17 Garema Place
How much: Tickets are $70 and can be purchased here.

Are you a fan of the finer things in life? Is whisky your go-to drink?

If so, you need to head to Hippo Co. this weekend to try six different whiskeys from around the world and enjoy a cheese plate. Book now so you don’t miss out.

UC Caps

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

UC Capitals v Townsville Fire

When: Saturday 7 January at 5:30 pm
Where: National Convention Centre
How much: Tickets from $15 and can be purchased here.

The UC Capitals are back in 2023 for their first home game against Townsville Fire at the National Convention Centre.

Defence wins games, and the UC Capitals will be applying the pressure against the Townsville Fire, with Lauren Nicholson and Stephanie Reid back for another spin and former cap Mikaela Ruef suiting up for Townsville.

Off the back of last season’s abrupt ending, players and fans alike are ready for a season of stability and success. Be part of a bigger and better season with the UC Capitals.

Piazzolla & Tango

Piazzolla & Tango takes place this Sunday evening. Photo: Trybooking.

Piazzolla & Tango

When: Sunday 8 January, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Overture Hall, 15 Hickey Ct, Weston
How much: Tickets are from $30 and can be purchased here.

Sydney Opera House headliner soprano vocalist Ayşe Göknur Shana is coming to Canberra this weekend for a one-off show.

Joined by Tango master Pedro Florentino Alvarez and pianist Gabriel Gonzalez, audiences can expect to be transported to Argentina as they become immersed in tango music and dancing.

grey snake

Come and check out the live displays, feeding, and handling of snakes at the National Botanic Gardens. Photo: Eventbrite.

Snakes Alive

When: Monday 10 January to Sunday 15 January, 10 am, 12 pm, and 2 pm daily
Where: Australian National Botanic Gardens, Acton
How much: Tickets are from $5.65 and can be purchased here.

Taking place at the Australian National Botanic Gardens is Snakes Alive – a week-long exhibit of all things to do with snakes and other reptiles and amphibians.

Presented by the ACT Herpetological Association in the Crosbie Morrison Building at the Botanic Gardens, the exhibit will give kids and their families the opportunity to get up close and personal with snakes, see them be fed and also get to see some lizards, frogs, turtles, crocodiles and more.

Canberra Cavalry

Canberra Cavalry v Perth Heat on 12, 13, 14 and 15 January 2023. Photo: Peter Norton.

Canberra Cavalry v Perth Heat

When: Thursday 12, Friday 13, Saturday 14 January
Where: MIT Narrabundah Ballpark, Kyeema St, Narrabundah
How much: Tickets from $10 and can be purchased here.

If you love baseball, then we’ve got a match you won’t want to miss.

Come and see the Canberra Cavalry go head to head against Perth Heat for their first game of the year. There will also be food and drink available to purchase at the ballpark while you’re watching the game too.

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