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Upcoming events

Here are a few things happening around town that we thought you and your family might be interested in. Enjoy!

  • Lifecycle Community Ride

    Parkes Way, Parkes

    21 Oct 2017

    Lifecycle Community Ride a picturesque ride around the central basin (‘two-bridges’) and/or west basin loop of Canberra’s iconic Lake Burley Griffin, whilst taking in the event HQ atmosphere. Great for social riders, families, and those aiming to achieve a personal distance challenge.

    Lifecycle is a community cycling event in its fifth year that raises awareness of the essential work of the Leukaemia Foundation and is raising funds towards the operation of a purpose-built Village in Canberra that will provide care and accommodation for patients from the ACT/NSW region,

  • St John's Community Fair

    45 Constitution Avenue, Reid

    21 Oct 2017

    St John's Community Fair has been a regular feature in the Canberra calendar since the 1930's. It's a traditional community fair which is jam packed full of entertainment, stalls, homemade jams and cakes, craft, books, food, plants, white elephant goods, plus lots more.

    Families will love the children's activities, including jumping castles, face painting, fishing game and petting zoo.

    Experience all the fun of an old fashioned fair in the heart of Canberra.

  • The Forage

    21 National Circuit, Barton

    21 Oct 2017

    The Forage is a showcase of street food (and other food products) by our local cafes, food trucks, wineries and breweries. Our mission is to give our local businesses an opportunity to get creative and showcase and feed our community in a festival style environment.

    Bringing everyone together in one location, gives our Canberra community an opportunity to sample what is happening in our city. For our vendors, it gives them a platform to engage with the public and encourage follow on trade.
    This street style food and entertainment event is run three times a year and is a one of a kind in Canberra.

    The Forage has a strong commitment to delivering a high quality entertainment program, giving our local musicians/dancers/models exposure and the opportunity to move and groove in front of a live audience.

  • The Merchant of Venice

    Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra City

    13-21 Oct 2017

    The Merchant of Venice takes audiences on a journey of love, mercy and justice. Love. Portia offers it. Bassanio wants it. And Antonio may lose a pound of flesh for it. Money makes the world go around. Portia has it. Bassanio wants it. Shylock lends it. Antonio owes the value of it.

    This uncompromising and dark production explores the tense relationship and prejudices between those that have, and those that have not. Dark in its humour and bawdy in its romantic hijinks,

    More than 400 years after The Merchant of Venice was written, the taut line between religious law or secular society, righteousness or compassion, tolerance or hate, is still present in our lives today. Featuring three-time Helpmann Award winner, Mitchell Butel (Janet King and Rake) as the uncompromising and defiant Shylock, Jessica Tovey (Wolf Creek and Wonderland) as Portia, and directed by Anne-Louise Sarks (Belvoir’s Jasper Jones and Medea), this production tackles the prejudices and preconceived notions of one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays.

  • TSG Blending Day

    88 Lime Kiln Road, Australian Capital Territory

    21 Oct 2017

    It's your turn to play winemaker for the day! Learn the art of blending with our winemaker Frank van de Loo as he takes you through the components of our multi award winning TSG (Tempranillo, Shiraz, Graciano).

    The event will begin with a tasting of the current TSG followed by each component from barrel of the as yet unblended 2017 TSG. Then it's over to you: each table makes their own TSG blend. Each blend will then be judged by our panel including a local sommelier with a prize on offer for the best wine.

  • Wanderlust 108

    Parkes Place West, Parkes

    21 Oct 2017

    Wanderlust 108, the world's only mindful triathlon, is coming to Canberra.

    Wanderlust 108 combines three mindful activities – running, yoga, and meditation. Patrick White Lawns will come alive with celebration of the mindful movement, a chance to ground down so you can rise to even greater heights.

    Part 1: Five kilometre run
    This is a 5k (+/-) your way, so don’t sweat it. Or do. Run or walk, prance or skip, stroll, or strut! Just make it to the finish line.

    Part 2: Yoga
    75 minutes of DJ-powered yoga will get you in the mood to flow. That’s the Wanderlust way. Whether it’s your first or 500th time on you mat, you’ll find your true rhythm.

    Part 3: Meditation
    Bliss out in a group meditation to clear your mind, relax your body, and complete the mindful triathlon.

    And more! The day doesn’t stop there. Stop by the Mindful Market with local vendors. Had to your scheduled activity then drop by a bonus activity or two, as your heart desires.

  • Japanese Film Festival

    148 Bunda Street, Australian Capital Territory

    13-22 Oct 2017

    The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) returns to Canberra with a line-up of the very best of fresh and classic Japanese cinema, as part of a huge national tour.

    The festival will open in true Japanese style with Mumon: The Land of Stealth, an action-packed film about a deadly ninja with unmatched strength who accidentally triggers a deadly battle between a warlord’s army and the ninjas in his province. Directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura (Fish Story) and starring Satoshi Ohno (The Locked Room), this film will have audiences on the edge of their seats.

    Other program highlights of the 2017 festival include Birds Without Names, a visceral tale of lust, devotion and redemption from Kazuya Shiraishi (The Devil’s Path) fresh from the Toronto International Film Festival; My Uncle, a heartfelt comedy about a young boy who embarks on a transpacific adventure with his eccentric, free-loading uncle; and A Double Life, a poignant drama from first-time feature film director Yoshiyuki Kishi, which was nominated for Best Director and Best Actress at London’s Raindance Film Festival in 2016.

  • Step Up! for Down Syndrome

    Parkes Way, Parkes

    22 Oct 2017

    Join members and friends around Australia as we walk for Down syndrome awareness and celebrate the achievements of people with Down syndrome.

    There will be lots of fun family activities, music, dancing, a sausage sizzle, cold drinks, coffee, ice-creams and lots more, so come along and enjoy the day in very good company.

    ACT Step UP!

    The ACT Down Syndrome Association is a self-help organisation formed in 1987 by a group of interested parents. The aims of the Association are to provide support and information to families with a member who has Down syndrome; to promote improvements in the quality of life and to stimulate awareness within the wider community, of the very real abilities and needs of people with Down syndrome.

    The Association receives no government funding and is dependent upon the support of community and business groups and individuals, supplemented by fundraising activities.

    Entry costs apply. People can register on the day or online prior to the event.

    This event is suited to all ages.

  • The Floriade Fringe

    , Haig Park, Braddon

    19-22 Oct 2017

    The Floriade Fringe will transform Haig Park from 19-21 October for three huge days of theatre, art, music, food and dancing.

    Floriade Fringe will feature a roaring cast of local and interstate artists and performers, presented by Australia’s beloved travelling bohemian festival, The Village.

    Enter through the intricate gateway façade, and discover an alternative utopian environment where experimentation is the norm. The site is dotted by caravans and containers workshopping the ideas of the future. In colourful tents, experience a groundswell of artistic exuberance and expression.

    Entry by donation. Ticket to exclusive shows are also available for purchase

  • Pulp Fiction Screenings at Dendy

    148 Bunda Street, Australian Capital Territory

    23 Oct 2017

    Dendy Cinemas across all locations are gearing up to host a series of retro screenings themed to feature food, drink and moments reminiscent of those in the movies.

    Dendy Cinema Canberra is set to host a screening of the iconic movie Pulp Fiction starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson.

    Dendy Cinema-goers can attend an evening session and dine Jack Rabbit slim style with $5 fries served on the night.

    Booking has never been easier, as Patrons can now book online to secure their seats, skip the queues and never pay Booking Fees again. There’s more to love at Dendy.

  • Midnight Oil - The Great Circle 2017

    Leverrier Crescent, Bruce

    24 Oct 2017

    The time has come … for Midnight Oil. Experiencing Midnight Oil in full flight is to experience the transcendent power of live rock & roll. Their music makes you feel, their lyrics make you think, and the combined impact live onstage makes you want to get involved.

    The Great Circle 2017 World Tour will be Midnight Oil’s first tour in 15 years and their biggest tour since classic 80’s and early 90’s albums like 10-1, Diesel & Dust and Blue Sky Mining sold over 10 million copies world wide.

    Tickets on sale February 27 from Ticketek.

    Support act: Something For Kate

  • Girls Night Out Cocktail Masterclass

    82 Alinga Street, Australian Capital Territory

    25 Oct 2017

    The weather is warm, the sun is out and we have the perfect excuse to lock in a catch up with your girls - our Girls Night Out cocktail class!

    Master the art of mixing the perfect cocktail from our award-winning team of bartenders and learn the tricks of the trade as you take part in the creation of some unique Highball cocktails and one of our fabulously fruity punch bowls. After the class, head to a booth or out to the balcony to continue the fun with our Wednesday night special, Bottomless Mimosas!

    Bookings essential.

  • Animals in Children's Literature

    137 Reed Street North, Greenway

    26 Oct 2017

    As part of ACT Children’s Week, Dr. Stephanie Owen Reeder joins us for a special edition of our Literary Lounge series, Animals in Children’s Literature.

    Reeder is the author and illustrator of 10 children’s books, including the acclaimed Lennie the Legend, part of her Heritage Heroes series of historical novels for children.

    In conversation with author and editor Irma Gold, Reeder will discuss the educational importance of children’s literature and of bringing Australian history to life for a young audience as well as the central role that animals (especially horses) play her children’s books.

  • Basque Dinner - Café Région at the Alliance Française de Canberra

    66 McCaughey Street, Turner

    26 Oct 2017

    Join us for our famous Café Région!

    Share an exquisite dinner while exploring the culture and traditions of the Basque Country.
    Booking essential by 19 October.

    Entrée: Tortilla
    Main: Poulet Basquaise
    Dessert: Gateaux Basque
    + A glass of wine

  • Reclaim The Night March

    Garema Place, Australian Capital Territory

    27 Oct 2017

    Reclaim the Night is a global event that provides a public platform for women and their supporters to take a stand against sexual violence. The first march took place around 44 years ago to protest the police response to the Yorkshire Ripper murders in England, where women were told by police to stay indoors at night.

    This year we will hear from the Federal Member for Canberra, Ms Gai Brodtmann MP, and Virginia Haussegger AM, the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre’s patron and passionate women’s advocate and communication specialist. She is also an award-winning television journalist, writer and commentator, whose extensive media career spans more than 25 years.

    There will be performances from Matilda Rose, 2017’s Junior Australian National Busking Champion, Ghawazee Moon Bellydance and the Women’s African drumming group.

    The message of Reclaim the Night is as relevant now as it was 44yrs ago. Sexual Assault affects one in three girls before the age of 18 and one in six women will be assaulted in a lifetime. Reclaim the Night is the first event and launches The Summer of Respect campaign. This campaign focuses on community awareness of sexual violence and respectful behaviour.