From fireworks to art installations and obstacle course challenges, there’s plenty on in Canberra to keep you amused over the weekend.
Skyfire returns for another year this Saturday from 6pm until 9.30pm. Arrive early for a good seat (or buy tickets for Walt & Burley’s official Skyfire cocktail party and enjoy the show away from the crowds).
One of my favourite events on Canberra’s jam-packed March calendar is free arts festival Art, Not Apart. This year, it’s on Saturday 14 March from 1pm at New Acton, Westside, Acton Beach and Lake Burley Griffin. Here are a selection of highlights I reckon will be worth checking out:
- Anne Tsoulis’ documentary These Heathen Dreams will officially launch at Palace Electric at 2.30pm. This intimate portrait looks at the life of Christopher Barnett, co-founder of an experimental theatre lab working with the marginalised in France.
- Monster at Hotel Hotel has reinvented the classic Australian takeaway shop staple, the chiko roll, to coincide with the festival. They’re $9 each and I plan on eating about ten.
- Canberra Potters Society is offering fun pottery classes and displaying their work at the Mud Factory.
- The Acton Beach Party looks like a fun time too.
- At night, Westside will transform into a dystopian stomping ground (I can’t imagine this will please the Irate Residents of Acton group, somehow) with electronic beats, projection art and dancing. It’s called F_ck Art, Let’s Party and starts at 7pm.
Elsewhere in Canberra…
- The Canberra Raiders take on the Warriors in Round Two at GIO Stadium on Sunday evening. Tickets are available from Ticketek.
- Whether you’re new to exercise or a seasoned racer, THE BRAVEST is the first obstacle race of its kind in Canberra. It’s on at Stromlo Forest Park on Saturday.
- The Konica Minolta ACT Standard Triathlon Championships take place on Lake Burley Griffin at Rond Terraces on Sunday.
Arts, dance and culture
- Judith Lucy is back on stage this weekend performing two shows at the Canberra Theatre Centre. The good news is that her last year really sucked, and organisers say that “a truly awful year for Judith always leads to a great show for her fans”.
- Four of Canberra’s finest bands will vie for a $1000 cash prize in Transit Bar’s Battle of the Bands grand final on Friday from 8pm.
- Seth Sentry brings his Run Tour to ANU Bar on Saturday night.
- The Guitar Cases bring their own brand of laidback outlaw country and folk influenced blues to the March Blues Jam at the Harmonie German Club on Sunday afternoon from 2pm.
- Triple J’s Lewi McKirdy plays at Transit Bar on Saturday night from 8pm. Entry is $15 before 11pm.
- Support local Canberra makers by visiting the Handmade Market on Saturday or Sunday at EPIC. Entry and parking are free.
- Dust off your platforms and celebrate all things retro at Retro Depot at the Old Bus Depot Markets from 10am to 4pm on Sunday.
- Head to Ginninderra Village on Sunday to pick up a range of handmade and local products from over 35 stallholders at this month’s Gold Creek Markets.
- Head to the Botanic Gardens on Sunday afternoon from 2.30pm for PHOTOWALK-Canberra, a chance for people of all ages and photography abilities to enjoy the fresh air and meet other like-minded people. You don’t need a fancy DSLR camera to participate – even phone cameras are welcome.
- The Botanic Gardens will also host the 2015 Australian Plants as Bonsai Exhibition over the weekend, featuring over 30 examples of bonsai using Australian native plants.
- Fox and Bow Café in Farrer is hosting a special benefit for the family of murdered Canberra mum Tara Costigan on Saturday from 4.30pm. Entry is $20 per person and includes all food, coffee, soft drink, gelato and entertainment. BYO wine.
- The Canberra Balloon Spectacular continues.
What are your plans for the weekend?