How is it almost the end of March? This month seems to have raced by, probably in part because the past few weekends have been jam-packed with festivals (Art Not Apart, You Are Here, the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, Enlighten and more).
Highlights this weekend include Darren Hanlon at the Street Theatre, The Harvest Festival and CBR Brave’s season launch. What are your plans?
- Fitness First Deakin is hosting a free, community event to celebrate the club’s new refurbishment and to say thanks to the community for their continued support. The family friendly event will be held on Saturday, 28 March (8am-2pm) at the club.
- CBR Brave’s 2015 season launch kicks off at Reconciliation Place on Saturday from 10am. Participate in a boot camp led by Biggest Loser trainer Shannan Ponton, meet the players and sign up for a Brave membership.
- After a hard earned summer break, your favourite Canberra Roller Derby League (CRDL) teams are back! Saturday’s 2015 season opener will see the Surly Griffins hit the track against the Red Bellied Black Hearts at Southern Cross Stadium at 6pm.
- The Mont 24 Hour Race is on all weekend at East Kowen Forest.
- Our own Lisa Martin is participating in the Canberra Battlefield Challenge at the Paintball Sports Ground over the weekend. She’ll be sharing her experiences on RiotACT early next week.
Arts and culture
- Hosted by Canberra CBD Limited, the Tocumwal Lane pARTy is on this Sunday in Tocumwal Lane. Canberra street artists will paint the blank walls in the laneway in a celebration of Canberra’s unique street art scene.
- Celebrating six years in London’s West End, and a sell-out run in New York, Burlesque Idol stops by The Abbey this Saturday.
- Come dressed as your best Audrey Hepburn or George Peppard to a special charity screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s at Palace Electric on Friday night from 6.45pm. Proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Network Australia.
- The National Museum of Australia is hosting Night at the Museum: Joy on Friday night. Frock up and frolic as the Garden of Australian Dreams is transformed into a wonderland full of surprises, with fairy floss, cocktails, DJs, swing and samba dancing, graffiti and more.
- Darren Hanlon will celebrate his new album, Where Did You Come From with a performance at the Street Theatre on Friday from 7.30pm.
- After a two year hiatus, IVOJ NOB return to the stage – and this time they’re playing hits from Bon Jovi and Def Leppard. Catch them at the Hellenic Club on Friday from 8pm.
- Brass Knuckle Brass Band (pictured above) launch their debut album Split Lip on Friday night at Transit Bar from 8pm. Entry is free.
- 23-year-old musical wunderkid Richard Perso performs at the Harmonie German Club on Friday night from 8pm. Entry is free.
- DJ and instrumentalist Sax on Legz showcases her unique, electric sound at Lucky’s Speakeasy on Friday from 10.30pm
- Local act Skin and Bones play at Treehouse on Saturday from 9pm.
Markets and festivals
- The Canberra Harvest Festival returns on Saturday from 2pm to 6pm at the Canberra Environment Centre. Don’t miss free sustainability workshops, live music from bands including Rumshack (pictured above) and produce from some of the best growers in the Canberra region.
- The Zonta preloved fashion sale is on at Albert Hall on from 9am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday at Albert Hall. All funds raised from the sale will support Zonta projects for women’s causes.
- PCYC Erindale is hosting a family fun night this on Saturday from 5pm to 7pm .There will be face-painting, balloon modeling, science experiments, Tots tumbling as well as music from DJ Panda.
- Join community, church, political and union groups calling for justice for asylum seekers and refugees and for a tolerant and generous Australia by participating in the Palm Sunday Rally for Refugees, which kicks off in Garema Place on Sunday at 1pm.