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What’s on in Canberra this weekend, 26-28 February

With things pretty well back in full swing and Canberra’s “new normal” feeling more and more familiar, here’s CW‘s guide to what’s on this weekend across 26, 27 and 28 February.

Tonight, Enlighten Canberra kicks off, running this year for 17 days across the ACT, from 26 February to 14 March, with registration required to attend several of the events.

The National Portrait Gallery, the National Library, the National Gallery, Parliament House, Old Parliament House and Questacon will all be illuminated as part of the festival’s 11th year, and a number of Canberra’s major attractions will also open their doors for ticketed, ‘after-dark’ events.

The popular Enlighten Illuminations won’t require registration, but attendees are encouraged to check-in via the Check In CBR app.

Visit enlightencanberra.com for the full program and to secure your attendance via Ticketek.

For a memorable Saturday in the park, the Summersalt music festival featuring The Teskey Brothers, The Cat Empire, John Butler, Montaigne and more comes to Stage 88, Commonwealth Park on Saturday 27 February; ticketmaster.com.au

Australian musician Emily Wurramara will bring her Cruisin’ tour to Stage 88 as part of the Summersalt Festival.

The sold-out Music by the River will see the Canberra Symphony Orchestra perform an evening of orchestral classics at Queen Elizabeth II Park, Queanbeyan, on Saturday 27 February, with gates open from 5pm; cso.org.au

Acclaimed Australian comedienne Fiona O’Loughlin brings her new show The Unreliable Witness to Canberra Theatre, Civic, Saturday 27 February 8pm; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

As Lunar New Year celebrations wind up, the Australia China Friendship Society hosts the Chinese Lantern Festival at Beijing Garden, Yarralumla, on Saturday 27 February 6-8.30pm; book via trybooking.com/BODHE

A Brumbies rugby player scoring a try at Canberra Stadium
The Brumbies host old foes NSW Waratahs at GIO Stadium Saturday 27 February at 7.45pm. Getty.

The Brumbies play their first home game of the 2021 Super Rugby AU season on Saturday 27 February 7.45pm when they host long-time neighbouring rivals NSW Waratahs at GIO Stadium Canberra; get your tickets via brumbies.rugby

For a productive afternoon learning skills and doing something a bit different, get along to the SEE-Change Tuggeranong Repair Café. Bring in broken items and learn repair skills on the last Sunday of each month. Their event is this Sunday 28 February 1-4pm at Tuggeranong Community Centre, Greenway.

Get your live music fix with Caribe Havana Return: at The Street Theatre, City West, on Sunday afternoon. An experience incorporating chants and percussive elements deeply rooted in rumba and Afro-Cuban religions takes place 28 February, 4pm; thestreet.org.au

The Q’s season of Wolf Lullaby comes to an end on 27 February; an Australian play asking the question: when a child commits an act of terrible violence, who is really responsible? Book tickets via theq.net.au

If you’re more of a rev-head, get along to the Queanbeyan Showground on Sunday from 10am to 1.30pm for Shannons Wheels 2021.

Organised by the Canberra Antique and Classic Motor Club on behalf of the Council of ACT Motor Clubs, the event now in its 45 year raises money for local charities.

The event will see more than 600 vehicles including antique cars, commercials, motor bikes, and more on display. Entry is by gold coin donation.


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