It is June and that means it is the truffle season. A range of activities will continue throughout the winter, including truffle hunts, farmers markets and cooking classes featuring the smelly underground fungus. Elsewhere this weekend, you can wrap up and embrace the cooler temperatures with a guided night-time stroll around the Botanic Gardens, followed by toasted marshmallows, or see if the Raiders can make it three NRL wins on the trot when they take on Manly as Friday night football returns to the capital.
When Friday/Saturday/Sunday | Where various venues
June marks the start of the annual Truffle Festival. Until August individual events are held across the Canberra region, highlighting the rare black winter truffle. Participating venues offer a range of opportunities to taste and experience these prized gems: you can sample the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes, join a hunt to see how the talented dogs unearth them, learn from the chefs and other experts at a cooking class or demonstration, and visit a farmers market. Prices vary according to the nature of the event, from free activities to those costing up to $300 per individual. Visit the website for all the options. One of the cheaper options is the truffle hunt from 10-11am on Sunday at the Truffle Farm in Mount Majura Road, where you can learn about the history of the farm, watch the truffle dogs in action and learn how to harvest and handle the truffles before they make their way to market and dinner tables. At the conclusion of the hunt you will receive your own taste of truffle. Gates open 15 minutes prior to the start of the hunt.
When Saturday, 6-7pm/Sunday 4-5pm | Where The Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, Batman St, Braddon
Join comedy group Somebody’s Aunt as they grapple with this often socially awkward question with their special mix of dance, theatre and music, featuring an original score by Helen Way and Nitya Bernard Parker. Somebody’s Aunt are Jane Ingall, Anne Embry, Julie Rickwood, Sandra Kay Lauffenburger and Sue Andrews. A $40 family ticket is available for parents with teenagers, while entry is free for children under 12. To book, phone 6182 0000 during business hours or at the theatre door.
When 7pm| Where Ainslie Arts Centre, 30 Elouera Street, Braddon
Two of Italy’s finest musicians will perform romantic and modern classical works for violin and piano as part of the Festa della Repubblica celebrations, marking the anniversary of the formation of the Italian Republic. The program commences with Beethoven, stepping away from his famous depressive moods in the defiant sonata for violin and piano No. 7 in C minor (Eroica), op. 30/2. Complementing this passion will be a post-romantic modern work, the second sonata op. 36a for violin and piano (1898) from Ferruccio Busoni, a prodigy whose complex music was incomprehensible to some at his time, but later influenced John Cage and Morton Feldman. The concert is presented by Ainslie and Gorman arts centres, the Italian Institute of Culture in Sydney and the Embassy of Italy. For more details, phone 02 6182 0000.
When gates open at 5.20pm, the youth teams clash from 5.35pm, and the main match starts at 7.50pm | Where GIO Stadium, 21 Battye Street, Bruce
Ricky Stuart’s Raiders will be looking to make it three wins on the trot after victories against the Warriors and Bulldogs in recent weeks when Friday night football returns to the capital. There will be a pyrotechnics show and a special Raiders light display, and the first 4,000 people through the gates will receive a free beanie to cheat the winter chills. Tickets on sale from Ticketek.
When 2-3pm | Where National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes
Gain an insight into what it is like to be a Muslim woman in Canberra in the 21st Century at this special screening, then join artistic director Jenni Savigny and digital storyteller Sarwat Maqbool in conversation about the project. Admission costs $10 and includes a halal-certified afternoon tea.
Image: Muslim fashion bloggers Delina Darusman-Gala and Mya Arifin with a group of friends. Photographer: Marinco Kojdanovski. © Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney.
When 6.30pm | Where Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross St, Canberra
Take part in a lantern-making workshop, then embark on a night tour of the gardens guided by one of the rangers. After the walk you can toast marshmallows over an open-air fire and enjoy supper. If you cannot make it this Saturday, similar night-time tours will be held throughout July and August. Bookings are essential and the tours are not suitable for children under five years.
When | 4-8pm Where Sudio Café, 16 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra
Yusuf Kamara was involved in a traffic accident on Friday 29 April while working as a delivery driver. When he was airlifted to the Canberra Hospital, he was given no more than 12 hours to live, but they did not reckon on his fighting spirit. Now out of intensive care, he still faces a long road to recovery. Canberrans can support Yusuf by assembling in teams of 7–10 people, bringing $15 per person ($10 if you played in the indoor soccer tournament) and be in the running for some serious prizes at this monster quiz night. There will be lots of giveaways, entertainment, games and great food on sale. All proceeds go to the Yusuf Kamara fund.