5 June 2024

Things to do in Canberra this week (7 - 13 June)

| Claire Sams
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Four men stand against a brick wall: publicity photo for Jet.

Australian rockers Jet are touring for the 20th anniversary of their album Get Born – including a stop in Canberra. Photo: Jason Sheldon.

And we made it to another long weekend! It seems like we’ve been waiting for this forever (not so, but we’re not going to turn it down), so make the most of what we’ve got because the bad news is that the next one is in October. With that in mind, check out what’s happening and make the most of it!

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Kaitlin Towner and Alex Royds hold large pieces of cheese in front of their store.

Kaitlin Towner and Alex Royds are the faces of Le Cheeserie – and they’ve organised a food market with a special focus. Photo: Lucy Ridge.

Oozy Boozy market

When: 7 June to 9 June; entry at various times
Where: The Vault, 1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick
Cost: Tickets cost between $49.50 and $140, depending on the event (plus booking fee); available via Humanitix.

What can help you unwind more than wine and cheese? In partnership with Canberra Wines and Le Cheeserie, The Vault will host a series of 90-minute sessions, giving attendees a chance to sample local wines, international cheeses and various condiments – the ticket cost also covers an Italian stemless wine glass and a cheese board to take home. A ticketed talk from cheese expert Sam Studd on Saturday evening (8 June) is a chance to learn about cheese and wine pairing from a professional.

ice hockey player

The Brave take on the Mustangs in the Brave Cave. Image: Frank Kutsche.

Caribou Canberra Brave vs Melbourne Mustangs

When: 8 June, from 5:15 pm; 9 June, from 4:45 pm
Where: Phillip Ice Skating Centre, 1 Irving Street, Phillip
Cost: Tickets start at $15 and are available online.

It’s going to be a big weekend for the Canberra Brave! They’re taking on the Melbourne Mustangs on Saturday and Sunday. Get out of the cold and head to an ice rink … OK, it’s not the warmest place on earth, but trust us, you’ll be on your feet in no time!

Tawny frogmouth owl

This image of a Tawny Frogmouth Owl won the top prize in the Canberra Nature Map Photographic competition. Photo: Trevor Rix.

Canberra Nature Map Photographic competition

When: until 27 June open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
Where: CSIRO Discovery Centre (ground floor of the Discovery Building), Building 702, North Science Road, Acton
Cost: Free entry.

This exhibition brings the natural world indoors, and it’s all thanks to the efforts of citizen scientists and photographers. Canberra photographer Trevor Rix won the 2023-2024 Canberra Nature Map’s Photo Competition, which called on people to photograph our city’s diverse plants and animals for the home-grown citizen science app. More than 20 entries from the competition have been hung at the CSIRO Discovery Centre in Acton for everyone to see.


Still from Almost Famous showing a woman in a fur coat

Almost Famous looks at what happens when music journalists get close to their subjects – maybe too close. Photo: Almost Famous (directed by Cameron Crowe, 2000).

Almost Famous screening and karaoke session

When: 7 June, from 6 pm
Where: Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton
Cost: Tickets cost between $20 and $25 and are available via the Archive’s website.

Almost Famous is the story of child prodigy William Miller, a young boy aspiring to be a music journalist. When he has the chance to follow an emerging rock band’s tour, he seizes the chance to escape his strict and overprotective mother. But when he grows closer to the band’s members and the fans that follow them, William is in danger of becoming too close to his subjects. And whether you sing in the shower or are a star-in-the-making, you can show off your talents with a post-screening karaoke session on the Arc Cinema stage.

Cover of Hurry Hurry

Hurry Hurry is a new single from Jet, with a new album planned for release in 2025. Photo: Jet/Supplied.

20th Anniversary of Get Born (extended edition)

When: 7 June, from 7:30 pm
Where: UC Refectory, University of Canberra, 11 Kirinari Street, Bruce
Cost: General admission tickets cost $79.90 and are available via Moshtix.

Yes, it really has been 20 years since Jet released their breakthrough album, Get Born. The rockers have reunited for a show for long-time fans and more recent devotees alike. They’ll perform their new single, Hurry Hurry, as well as old hits across their discography. Their Canberra show comes as the band finishes their tour’s Australian leg and prepares to tackle Europe and the United States.

READ MORE Get Born: Jet returns for 20th anniversary of iconic album


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All this geeky will be on display at this market. Image: Geek Markets/Facebook.

Geek Markets in Canberra

When: 8 June, 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), corner of Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue, Mitchell
Cost: Free entry.

Everything geeky will be gathered under one roof at EPIC. Take a wander through the market stalls offering original art, comic books, action figures, merchandise and other items; or put your best foot forward in a cosplay competition and trading card tournaments. Geeks (and the curious), assemble!

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Head outside and get your hands dirty in this celebration of nature. Image: Ginninderra Catchment Group/Facebook.

Nature in the Suburbs Festival

When: 8 June, 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Flynn Community Hub, 21 Bingle Street, Flynn
Cost: Free entry, though attendees are asked to select ‘Going’ on the Facebook event or e-mail communications@ginninderralandcare.org.au to assist with catering.

Ginninderra Catchment Group is hosting a day of free activities and talks – they’re all set to show how close nature is, even in the middle of Canberra’s suburbs. Attendees will be able to try planting native plants and grasses, learn how to build a frog habitat in their backyard, take a look at trays of waterbugs and more. Lunch and afternoon tea will be provided, and an activity table will be set up to entertain the youngsters. There will also be some free native plants for anyone looking to spice up their backyard or apartment windowsill!

Photo overlooking the valley of Ginninderry Conservation Corridor

Take a guided tour through Ginninderry Conservation Corridor and unwind this long weekend. Photo: Ginninderry.

Ginninderry Conservation Corridor Guided Walks

When: 8 June, 10 am to 12 pm
Where: The Link, 1 McClymont Way, Strathnairn
Cost: Free entry, though registration via Humanitix is necessary.

We know it’s cold (our use of the heater proves that), but getting out and about will get the blood pumping and warm you up. The Ginninderry Conservation Trust Rangers are taking groups out once a month in guided walks to explore the plants and animals that call the Corridor home. These are moderate-level walks along an earthen track, and participants are asked to bring hats, sunscreen and water.


A sepia photograph of a young Japanese girl and boy

This talk will explore the impact of World War II on art and fashion through the lens of grief. Photo courtesy of Harue Goto (circa. 1944).

Grief in World War II expressed in art and fashion with Dr Tets Kimura

When: 13 June, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Where: National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Canberra; view live online via the Library’s Facebook and YouTube pages
Cost: Free entry, though registration via StickyTickets is necessary for in-person attendees.

Dr Tets Kimura will explore the connections between art, fashion, conflict and grief in this lecture. He is a 2023 National Library of Australia Fellow in Japan Studies, supported by the Harold S Williams Trust. This talk will examine how ordinary citizens in Australia and Japan experienced the Pacific War, and how art and fashion were created in response to internment camps, firebombing by Allied forces, forced labour, state-driven sartorial code and censorship.

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