Another weekend with lots to do in the capital, including the 2015 Canberra Comedy Festival, which runs until Sunday at various venues. With a line up including Jason Byrne, Mike Wilmot, Urzila Carlson, Wil Sylvince, The Umbilical Brithers, Ronny Chieng and Akmal Saleh, there’s a show to suit every type of humour.
Elsewhere in Canberra…
- The Canberra Raiders take on the Illawarra Dragons in round three of the NRL at the GIO Stadium on Saturday from 5.30pm.
- The GIANTS take on the Sydney Swans at Manuka Oval as part of the NAB Challenge this Sunday. Head down to Manuka Oval on Saturday afternoon to meet the team at GIANTS Fan Day. There will be face painters, a jumping castle and even a chance to meet GMAN.
- Join local riders in the Canberra leg of the 2015 Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer on Sunday morning to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention.
- Teams of three will tackle Canberra’s first CBR 100 Challenge, walking 100km, 50km or 25km along the new Centenary Trail.
- A fundraising walk for the children of murdered Canberra mum Tara Costigan starts at 10.30am on Sunday, ending in a picnic lunch on the lawns of Regatta Point.
Arts, dance and culture
- Experimental arts festival You Are Here is now a fixture of the Canberra arts landscape and is quickly becoming one of the pre-eminent festivals of its kind in Australia. It runs until Sunday evening. Also running alongside You Are Here is Canberra’s first ever experimental festival, Noted.
- Designed to mesmerise and enthral, the Ocean Film Festival Australia showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface. It’s on both Saturday and Sunday at the National Film and Sound Archives from 7pm.
- If you fancy yourself a local fashionista, get on down to New Acton on Sunday from 4pm for Bespoke, a fashion event showcasing some of the region’s most talented designers, make up artists, models and hair stylists. Contributor Heather Lansdowne has a great write up covering what to expect.
- Immerse yourself in a special selection of Taiwan’s filmmaking talent from the last four decades by attending the Taiwan Film Festival, on all weekend at ANU. All screenings are free and open to the public, but bookings are essential.
- Celebrate India’s Spring festival of colours, Holi, on Saturday from 11am at Commonwealth Park. There will be food, drinks, stalls and events including a multicultural fashion parade.
- Canberra dream pop kings Slow Turismo launch their newest single Corners as part of a national tour at Transit Bar from 8pm on Friday. Tickets $10 at the door.
- Local hip hop due Coda Conduct (the ladies behind Is it a Quanger) launch their debut EP on Saturday at Transit Bar at 8pm.
- Celebrate the 10th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day and raise funds for the ACT Down Syndrome Association by attending a Music Under the Stars, a charity concert at Mount Stromlo Observatory from 3pm on Sunday. Tickets are available at the door.
- The Australian Haydn Ensemble will present an intimate interpretation of Haydn’s Seven Last Words with string quartet and single voices on Sunday at 6pm at the Wesley Uniting Church.
- The Gold Creek Markets are on again at Gold Creek Square in Nicholls this Saturday from 4pm. Enjoy handmade goodies, organic food, a jumping castle and ice cream.
- The CanberraComm.Unity Twilight Markets are on again at The Hanger in Fyshwick on Saturday from 3pm.
Food and wine
- Kingston’s The Durham has teamed up with Batlow Cider for a four-course, four cider lunch and dinner on Saturday. $49 a head – email Adrian@thedurham.com.au for more info.
- Don’t miss a Parties at the Shops in your area, with celebrations taking place at Lyneham, Wanniassa and Theodore over the weekend.
- I didn’t know about the Canberra Lapidary Club until this week, but I’m so glad it exists. It will host its annual rock swap on Saturday and Sunday from 8.30am to 5pm at Wagtail Way, EPIC. Sieve for sapphires, pan for gold or search for treasures amongst the outdoor stalls. Dealers and fossickers will also sell jewellery, fossils, rocks and lapidary supplies. Entry is free.
Have a good weekend! Add your own suggestions below.