The top picks from me for this weekend are the DESIGN Canberra Festival, which asks us what design is and how it influences our life; Free Coffee from Coffee Lab on Friday, because everyone likes coffee – or at least some form of hot drink; and the BirdieBall Shootout at Lake Burley Griffin, where I hope we will get to hit balls into the lake (of course, they would all be collected after the event).
Fashion and Fantasy: 21st Century Fashion Dolls
It’s the last weekend to catch this Canberra Museum and Gallery exhibition that features over 500 dolls dressed in historical fashion ethnic clothing and couture, including costumes from film and television series. The dolls are part of the private collection of Julie Manley, who started collecting fashion dolls in 2000 and repaints and customises all her dolls in some way.
DESIGN Canberra Festival
The DESIGN Canberra Festival begins this weekend and aims to put you in touch with the capital’s creative excellence. With over 750 participants and 70 activities over a nine-day program, there is something for everyone. The festival is divided into five streams: ACTivate pop-up projects in empty shopfronts, Capital of Culture design tours, the DESIGN Buzz lecture series, Living Artist open studios and Exhibitions. More information about the festival and its program is available on the website.
Our pick: Pavilion X – a temporary design intervention in Garema Place conceived as a catalyst for conversations about urban renewal, public space and aspirations for the city.
Free Coffee @ Coffee Lab
From 8am this Friday, Civic favourite of caffeine addicts Coffee Lab is providing free coffee to all who enter. They are also providing live music performances and free food tastings throughout the day. But mostly, enjoy some free coffee. Coffee Lab is at 26 Narellan Place, out the back of the Canberra Centre at its closest point to Braddon.
The Burley Griffin EP Launch
The Burley Griffin, a folk-rock alt-country band, will be launching their new record this Friday at 8pm at the Polish White Eagle Club at 38 David St, Turner. The launch is supported by song-writer Tom Woodward and the band Waterford. Tickets are on sale at the door.
Voices in the Forest
This year’s Voices in the Forest concert at the National Arboretum features Mexican tenor, Diego Torre; Argentinian born Australian baritone, José Carbó; and Australia’s leading soprano, Cheryl Barker AO. Take a picnic blanket, bring a delicious food spread or buy a hamper, and enjoy the serenity of music floating across the amphitheatre. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketek, with gates opening at 2.30pm and the concert running from 5.30pm-9.30pm. There is a cocktail function afterwards where VIPs and guests who purchase an additional $45 ticket can mingle with the artists.
Official Opening of the Splash Park
Come and try the Lakeside Leisure Centre at Tuggeranong’s new Splash Park from 11am with its official opening by Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA and Minister for Sport Shane Rattenbury MLA at 1pm. Entry is free for the day, with lots of activities for the family to try including health and fitness classes, swimming assessments and even a jumping castle.
25th Anniversary of the Bachelor of Engineering: Reunion Picnic
The ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science is holding a reunion picnic on campus from 11am. There will be an alumni vs staff soccer match, the presentation of the Natasha Linard Cup (formerly the Engineering Cup) and an all-time favourite, the Engineering Students Association BBQ. RSVP through Eventbrite (linked above).
Urban Foraging Walk
Through the Canberra Environment Centre, Susan Hutchinson (an avid forager) will teach you how to forage. In this two-hour session, she will show you how to identify and collect a variety of plants, fruits and flowers that can be used in recipes and teas. Handouts will be provided. The walk starts at 10am, and bookings are required. Tickets are $20 and available at the linked website.
Suitcase Rummage is a mini market where you can sell your wares out of a suitcase, or find a beauty in someone else’s. Bargain, swap or haggle, it’s up to you. If you’d like to sell wares, you’ll need to register before you bring a suitcase full of your creations, or trash that may be someone else’s treasure. The market is on Sunday from 11am in the New Acton precinct.
BirdieBall Shootout 2015
Between 10am and 3pm anyone can head down to this all ages golf event between Rond Terrace and Blundells Farmhouse on Lake Burley Griffin and try their hand at the BirdieBall Shootout. The aim of the competition is to get the limited flight golf ball BirdieBall closest to the pin. The hole is only 35m long and the target is 10m wide. The top 16 will face off for cash prizes at 3pm. Entry is $10 and you can book online now.
Events at Thoroughbred Park
Obstacool Canberra: Obstacool is a a kid’s obstacle course for boys and girls aged 5-12 and has fun elements such as climbing, crawling, jumping and bouncing along its course. Obstacles include walls, net crawls, balancing, and a run through the final inflatable obstacle ‘The Big Bopper’. The event runs from 8am to 1pm. Tickets $29 and provide access for 45 minutes.
Miss Muddy Canberra: Miss Muddy is an all-female event full of colour, foam, obstacles and mud. It is an untimed course that encourages women supporting women. Tickets are available now. The first group will start at 8am and the last one at 3pm. You need to pre-register online and arrive an hour to an hour and a half early to collect your registration pack and prepare for the start.
We hope you enjoy your weekend, and if you’re heading along to something that isn’t listed above, let us know in the comments.