With last weekend’s inclement conditions writing off many a plan, classic dry Canberra autumn weather is forecast this weekend, 26-28 March, and there’s plenty of things to do across town.
Friday 26 March
ACT Youth Week is in full swing, and on Friday afternoon, 26 March from 4-10pm, City Walk will be humming with young Canberrans enjoying free live music, dance, lawn games, the merry-go-round, and a chill out space; free entry.
Tonight, Friday 26 March, legendary New Zealand new wave outfit Mi Sex play The Royal Hotel Queanbeyan at 5.30pm and 8.30pm; royalhotelqbn.com.au/events
Across town Belco Arts launches four new exhibitions, Fluid Cartographies, Formation, On Forgetting, and The Divided Self; all open until 9 May. More info via belcoarts.com.au
A Rebus Theatre production of The Beauty Thief, reflections on a fairy tale, by thespians of differing ability runs 26-28 March at Belconnen Community Theatre, Belconnen; rebustheatre.com
If you’re a musical encyclopedia, get along to the 1950s to 1980s Music Quiz hosted at Eastlake FC, Griffith with proceeds going to ArtSound FM, Friday 26 March at 7.15pm; $30 + booking fee via artsound.fm
Featuring a local band and 16 films on the theme of culture and identity in theatre, the Canberra Short Film Festival is on Friday 26 March 6-10pm at Tuggeranong Arts Centre; tuggeranongarts.com
Saturday 27 March
The Boorowa Rotary Makers & Growers Community Market, featuring food, craft, clothing and more, is on Saturday 27 March, 9am-1pm at Old Court House grounds, Boorowa; click here for more.
Pick up everything you need to start or expand your bonsai collection at the Bonsai Market Day, 27 March 9am-4pm at the National Arboretum; nationalarboretum.act.gov.au
Megalo Print Studio opens new exhibition Shifting Spaces by Marilou Chagnaud Saturday 27 March from 9.30am, with an opportunity to meet with the artist from 12-4pm; megalo.org
Have Fun in Franklin Saturday 27 March, 11:30am-1:30pm with a sausage sizzle, balloon twisting, crafts and games at Franklin Recreational Park; gungahlinchurch.com.au
Peking Duk, Lime Cordiale and Nyxen head a stacked line-up for Wine Machine Canberra at Commonwealth Park, Saturday 27 March; hotdub.iwannaticket.com.au
The Canberra Raiders host the New Zealand Warriors at GIO Stadium, Bruce on Saturday 27 March, with kick-off at 3pm; tickets here.
See the story of the woman who changed Australian home cooking forever, with Margaret Fulton the Musical wrapping up at The Q, Queanbeyan, 27 March; theq.net.au
The Superstars of Country – Then & Now, a new show starring Hayley Jensen and Jason Owen, comes to Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden, Saturday 27 March from 6pm; cscc.com.au
Melbourne dream pop outfit Hachiku bring their I’ll Probably Be Asleep album launch to Canberra 27 March at 7pm, Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, Braddon; events.humantix.com
Bandaluzia Flamenco sees musicians Damian Wright, James Hauptmann and Yuhki Mayne accompanied by dancers performing at The Street, City West, Saturday 27 March at 7.30pm; thestreet.org.au
Sunday 28 March
Celebrate Gungahlin Festival, a week-long celebration of all things Gungahlin with a host of events, wraps up Sunday 28 March; celebrategungahlin.com.au
The CBR Woman’s Pop-up Boutique, a market style event featuring stalls from over 20 local businesses, runs at The Social Club, Kingston, 28 March, 11am-2pm; more info via Facebook.
Music for Canberra’s first concert for 2021, A New World, featuring music by Gershwin and Dvorak, at Canberra Girls Grammar Senior Hall, 28 March at 12pm; musicforcanberra.org.au
Bring in broken items and learn repair skills at SEE-Change Tuggeranong Repair Café; run on the last Sunday of each month, 1-4pm at Tuggeranong Community Centre, Greenway.
Art Activism by Great Women Conference, a one-day event presented by Lerida Estate and aMBUSH Gallery, ANU, is on Sunday 28 March 2-7pm; book via Eventbrite.
Creatives in-the-park, a picnic in Haig Park, Braddon with artist-led conversations to spark new and ongoing relationships, is on 2.30-5pm; youareherecanberra.com.au
Chilean Latin music legend Victor Martinez Parada will appear at Smith’s Alternative, Civic, 28 March at 5.30pm; smithsalternative.com
Acclaimed violinist Courtenay Cleary performs works by Poulenc, Bartok and Arthur Benjamin in an intimate recital in the National Gallery’s picturesque Gandel Hall, 28 March; cso.org.au
Fangirls, the sparkling new Australian musical telling a comedic coming-of-age story, wraps up its Playhouse run 28 March; canberratheatrecentre.com.au
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