7 September 2023

Things to do in Canberra this week (8 - 14 September)

| Travis Radford
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Hundreds will dress in superhero costumes for the annual Classic Cruise. Photo: Superheroes ACT.

Superheroes will be driving their cars and motorbikes through the capital this week (and everyone’s invited to join in the fun) to raise funds for a children’s cancer charity.

Pop culture fans will also enjoy the GAMMA Expo and the Old Bus Depot Market’s special pop culture-themed Makers-Con market.

There are also lots of opportunities to connect with nature at the inaugural Festival of Nature, Wildbark’s Community Day and Tharwa Bush Fair.

Plus, there’s a special 30th-anniversary edition X-Files screening, a Hawaiian Hula dance workshop, a German market and much more …


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Connect with Canberra’s literary scene this Friday at Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Photo: Supplied.

Pilot Paragraphs: Slam Poetry and Armchair Readings

When: Friday 8 September and Friday 13 October, 6 pm to 8 pm
Where: Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street North, Greenway
Cost: Free; no booking required.

Artists are invited to connect with the local literary scene and receive feedback on their work. On 8 September, a slam poetry night will offer the opportunity for artists to perform in front of a live audience and get feedback, alongside cameo performances. In October, a live armchair reading will allow writers to share an excerpt of their work and receive feedback on their characters.

Friday and Saturday

The X Files.

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the X-Files phenomenon with a screening of Fight the Future. Photo: NFSA.

This week at the National Film and Sound Archive

When: Friday 8 September and Saturday 9 September, various times
Where: Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton
Cost: $10 to 12; book tickets for Two Hands and The X-Files.

On Friday night enjoy the Australian comedy crime classic Two Hands starring Heath Ledger and Rose Byrne. On Saturday night, celebrate the 30th anniversary of the X-Files phenomenon with a screening of Fight the Future, the franchise’s first film starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. Both films are screened on 35 mm film prints from the national audiovisual collection.


Hawaiian Hula Dance Workshop

Learn Hawaiian Hula from dance teacher Michelle Lam. Photo: Learn Hula Sydney.

Hawaiian Hula Dance Workshop

When: Saturday 9 September, 2 pm to 4 pm
Where: 6th Position Dance Studio, 54 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra.
Cost: $60 per person; call Michelle Lam on 0484 916 546 to secure a spot.

Aloha Canberra! Spend an afternoon in Hawaii with dance teacher Michelle Lam on Saturday. Michelle has practised the Hawaiian Hula dance for over 15 years and will share her expertise with beginners in a one-off workshop. Hula is a dance style from the Hawaiian Islands where all the hand gestures tell a story.

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Celebrate Wildbark’s first birthday this Saturday with free tours, activities and stalls. Photo: Wildbark.

Wildbark Community Day

When: Saturday 9 September, 9 am to 3 pm
Where: Wildbark, Rosenberg Street, Throsby
Cost: Free to $20; register for the fun run on the Wildbark website.

Canberrans are invited to Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary this Saturday to celebrate Wildbark’s first birthday. Start the day by participating in a scenic fun run through Wildbark’s predator-proof sanctuary and home of threatened species like the Eastern Bettong. Then explore Wildbark with free tours, activities and stalls set to the backdrop of live music and delicious food.

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Enjoy a night of drag bingo for a good (furry) cause. Photo: RSPCA ACT.

RSPCA ACT’s Drag Bingo

When: Saturday 9 September, from 7 pm
Where: The Canberra Rex Hotel, 150 Northbourne Avenue, Level 6, Braddon
Cost: $61.86 per person (attendees must be 18 years or older); book tickets on the event page.

Join RSPCA ACT for a night full of glitz, glamour and bingo with Drag Queen host Faux née Phish from Phish and Phreak Productions. Expect five rounds of bingo with prizes, a silent auction, free finger food and one drink, and for the first five people to sign up at entry, the chance to compete in a lip sync battle. All funds raised will go towards helping the animals in RSPCA ACT’s care.

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Graze the afternoon away lakeside at The Tipi Embassy. Photo: Canberra Southern Cross Club.

Tipi Embassy Lakeside Grazing

When: Saturday 9 September, 12 pm to 3 pm
Where: Southern Cross Yacht Club, 1 Mariner Place, Yarralumla
Cost: $74 per person; book on the Snapper & Co. website.

Immerse yourself in a unique lakeside grazing experience at The Tipi Embassy. Set against the backdrop of Lake Burley Griffin and live music, this event features Canberra region beers and wines and a three-course grazing menu. Think grazing platters with fresh seafood, sharing mains featuring roasted chicken, lamb shoulder and more, and French pastries and tarts to top it all off.

Festival of Nature Community Day event poster

Spring is here! Celebrate with Landcare ACT, Suburban Land Agency and Woden Community Service. Photo: Woden Community Service.

Festival of Nature – Community Day

When: Saturday 9 September, 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Whitlam Display Village, corner of Sculthorpe Avenue and Klaus Moje Street, Whitlam
Cost: Free; register on the Landcare ACT website.

Celebrate the start of Spring at the inaugural Canberra Festival of Nature by exploring the diversity and beauty of native flora and fauna and connecting with nature. Co-hosted by Landcare ACT, Suburban Land Agency and Woden Community Service, guests will hear from local organisations and people about the region’s natural environment through workshops, activities, and stalls.

Saturday and Sunday

GAMMA Expo Canberra.

Gaming and pop culture fans assemble! Photo: GAMMA Expo Canberra.

GAMMA Expo Canberra

When: Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September, 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Thoroughbred Park, 1 Randwick Rd, Lyneham
Cost: From $21.92; book via the event page.

GAMMA is Canberra’s first gaming and pop culture event showcasing Gaming, Anime, Movies, Manga and Art. This all-ages event will feature cosplay, fan clubs, musical performances, creative master classes, wrestling, gaming tournaments, competitions, celebrity Q&A panels, the chance to meet guests from TV and movies and an exhibitor hall full of local and interstate vendors.


German Markets

Harmonie German Club’s quarterly market features a range of boutique food and handmade craft stalls. Photo: Harmonie German Club.

German Markets

When: Sunday 10 September, 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Harmonie German Club, 49 Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah
Cost: Free entry; no booking required.

Want an excuse to enjoy a stein of bier at 10 in the morning? The quarterly German community market returns this Sunday with a variety of boutique stalls selling German deli items, breads, cakes, wines, beer, schnapps, handmade crafts and their much-loved German sausage stall. There will also be a free jumping castle for the kids, live music entertainment and a roving accordionist.


Experience a range of pop culture-themed hobbies firsthand this Sunday. Photo: Old Bus Depot Markets.


When: Sunday 10 September, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston
Cost: Free entry; no booking required.

Hobbyists assemble! The Makers-Con showcases a range of hobbies sure to please pop culture fans and enthusiasts. A colourful mix of interests will be on display, including live-action role-play, cosplay competition, steampunk, leather makers, corset designers, millinery and medieval recreation. Expect demonstrations and high-quality handcrafts on sale throughout the markets.

Tharwa Bush Fair.

This family-friendly fun day in Tharwa features music, stalls and many kids’ activities. Photo: Tharwa Bush Fair.

Tharwa Bush Fair

When: Sunday 10 September, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Tharwa Preschool, North Street, Tharwa
Cost: Free; no booking required.

The family-friendly Tharwa Bush Fair is back for 2023! See the famous Tharwa Fair cake stall, local flower farmers and artists, raffles, live bands, and more. This year, the fair has even more food options and activities for children, including face painting, a family scavenger hunt hosted by Outward Bound, arts and crafts and the team from Tidbinbilla running activities.

Hundreds dress in superhero costumes for the annual Classic Cruise. Photo: Superheroes ACT.

Superheroes ACT: Classic Cruise 2023

When: Sunday 10 September, 9 am to 3 pm
Where: National Arboretum, Forest Drive, Molonglo Valley
Cost: Free; register on the Superheroes ACT website.

Owners of classic cars, luxury exotic cars, company-branded cars, unique cars and motorbikes are invited to don their superhero outfits and go on a leisurely drive from the National Arboretum to the Lake foreshore near Questacon this Sunday for a good cause. Once there, enjoy a sausage sizzle and car show. All funds raised will go to children’s cancer charity Camp Quality.

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Enjoy a Spring fashion show from the comfort of the capital. Photo: Janette Wojtaszak.

Spring Fashion Show: The Statement by Janette X Honeysuckle & Lace

When: Sunday 10 September, 11 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Leyla Bar, 1 Burbury Close, Barton
Cost: $54.26 per person; book tickets via the event page.

Janette from The Statement Life and Maria from Honeysuckle & Lace are joining forces to bring a Spring fashion show to Canberra. Janette will launch a new collection of Statement pieces from earrings to headwear pieces, which complement Honeysuckle & Lace’s dreamy new Spring collection. There will also be a small selection of exclusive pieces to buy on the day.


Canberra Region Veteran Community Forum - Bridging an Era in Veteran Care

An exciting line-up of presentations includes Glen Ferrarotto, DVA’s Repatriation Commissioner. Photo: Supplied.

A Veteran Community Forum – Bridging an Era in Veteran Care

When: Wednesday 13 September, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Ainslie Football Club, 52 Wakefield Avenue, Ainslie
Cost: Free entry with catering; book tickets via the event page.

Members of the Canberra veteran community, their families and other supportive community members are invited to a veteran community forum to witness presentations, including the opportunity to hear and speak with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Repatriation Commissioner and leaders from veteran community organisations.

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