Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 1 & Sun 2 June

10 – Watson Preschool: Winter Wonderland Fete
Feast on cupcakes and bake stall goodies with a coffee or two. Savour the sausage sizzle and buy a book or three. There’ll be lots of fun activities like face painting and dance shows by Lucy Sparkles, as well as the lucky dip and jumping castle. A great way to entertain the kids on the first day of winter and support the community at the same time.
Saturday June 1, 11am – 2pm
Watson Preschool
Cost: free entry

9 - Mini Festival of Classical Music
What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon then listening to classical music as you take in the sunset over Lake Tuggeranong. Hear some of Canberra’s finest up and coming young musicians in the opening concert (3.30-4.30pm) followed by the main concert (5.00pm) featuring the celebrated New England Ensemble and guests performing a program of classical favourites.
Sunday June 2 from 3:30pm
Tuggeranong Arts Centre
Cost: Adults $40, Students $25, Under 12’s $15, Family of 4 $100

8 - ICW: Chill Factor
Insane Championship Wrestling returns to Belconnen with Chill Factor! Featuring ICW champion Gimpy, Dozer, Mike Kelly, Rex, Sam Driver, Benny Whiplash, Nyx Jade and many more. All ages are welcome – enjoy a fun night for the whole family!
Saturday June 1, doors open 5:30pm, show starts 6pm
Belconnen Community Centre
Cost: Adults $10, Kids $5, Under 5’s free

7 - Pets in the Park
All people and pets are invited to head down for an afternoon party to celebrate your neighbourhood and the animals that live in it. There will be fundraising opportunities available for the RSPCA. This event is being organised by the Mingle Team for the residents of Wright and Coombs. Enjoy live music, coffee and food cans, as well as a pop up bar!
Sunday June 2, 1:30pm – 4pm
Link Park, Wright
Cost: free

6 – Radford Art Show
The popular Radford P&F Art Show is on again! This event has been running for more than 30 years and draws strong crowds from the Radford and Canberra district communities. Exhibition and 400+ works for viewing and for sale by Canberra and Regional artists.
Saturday June 1 and Sunday June 2

5 - TNA Turns Pink
TNA Turns Pink is a huge fundraising day based around a continuous netball game. There will be food stalls, monster raffles, photo booths, visits from emergency services and more. Teams, often in fancy dress, challenge friends, colleagues, family etc to a 12 min social netball match as part of the continues game. No experience needed. Be part of an attempt for a word record for most players in a netball exhibition match, while raising money for Marymead and Bosom Buddies ACT.
Saturday June 1, 8am – 6pm
Tuggeranong Netball Association
Cost: competitors donate $5 each per game

4 – Canberra Lakeside Scavenge
Do you like getting out in nature? Listening to live music? Cleaning up trash, learning about conscious consumerism and hanging out with passionate individuals who are out to make a change? Then head on down and get amongst it! The scavenge is a litter clean-up where your trash, once sorted, becomes the currency in a pre-loved market to purchase the funkiest of threads, books, toys and more that have been donated by local community!
Saturday June 1, 9am – 1pm
Bowen Park
Cost: free

3 – CBR Brave vs Perth Thunder
Take the friends and family to the ice hockey to embrace the start of winter! A double-header at the Brave Cave means a double-dose of hockey and a double-up of pre-game goodness thanks to Grease Monkey and Bentspoke! Get a burger, beer and game ticket for just $40 – online only.
Saturday June 1, 5:30pm and Sunday June 2, 4:30pm
Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre
Cost: Adult $22.50, Child $15, Family $60, Taste of Braddon $40

2 - Hudson's Circus
Hudson’s Circus presents a 2 hour traditional style Circus with a modern twist featuring daredevils, hilarious clowns and beautiful animal acts in a fast paced show for the whole family. All this and more presented by Australia’s foremost Ringmistress Jane De Goldi.
Workers Club Grounds Goulburn: May 30 – June 2
Queanbeyan Showgrounds: June 5 – 16
Cost: tickets start from $15

1 – Perisher opens early!
Good news for local skiers and snowboarders! Thanks to a larger than expected dumping of fresh snow this week, Perisher is opening a week early! Staff are expecting a cracker weekend with the best early opening conditions in years! Front Valley will be open for skiing and boarding with the Village Eight Express making its debut, and a carpet will be running too for the beginners.
From May 31
Perisher Ski Resort
Cost: check website for details

Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 25 & Sun 26 May 2019

10 - Frock Up Canberra Vintage Fair
Check out antique, retro, vintage and designer clothing from Victorian times onwards. There’s accessories, jewellery, fashion art, textiles, buttons, bows, linen and lace at this boutique vintage event. If you like vintage clothes, you won’t want to miss this, with some of Australia’s oldest vintage dealers there!
Saturday May 25, 10am – 5pm
Griffith Neighbourhood Centre
Cost: optional gold coin donation

9 – Canberra Cuddle Party
A fun and structured social event that creates a safe place to give and receive hugs in a friendly setting, where you can also meet new people! Once cuddles start, participants will stay in a big group or separate to cuddle one on one. You don’t have to cuddle at all, you can simply sit and join the conversation. There are big soft toys available for your comfort, but if you have your favourite, please bring it with you! Everybody leaves filled with oxytocin!
Saturday May 25, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Monash, ACT
Cost: $45

8 – Boomanulla Community Day
Boomanulla Oval’s re-opened for business after major restoration works. To celebrate the opening, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body is holding a Community Day at the oval. There’ll be a range of activities like face painting, a sausage sizzle, sports, followed by kick off for the Boomanulla Raiders men’s rugby league game.
Saturday May 25, 10am – 1pm
169 Goyder St, Narrabundah

7 - Army in Concert
With the grandeur of a 50 piece military band, the Royal Military College Band presents a modern take on Tchaikovsky’s most memorable themes. The band will also perform classics from the wind orchestra repertoire, including Bernstein’s ‘Symphonic Dances from West Side Story,’ Mussorgrsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition,’ and the Canberra premiere of ‘Extreme Makeover’ - Johan de Mei. All proceeds from the concert will go to Legacy Australia, who provide support to families of veterans.
Saturday May 25, 2pm
Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music
Cost: entry by donation

6 - Raiders vs Cowboys
After two losses, the Raiders hope to make a comeback when they take on the Cowboys at home this weekend! Joe Tapine returns earlier than expected from injury, which is good news, with a number of other players out injured. Get amongst the excitement of Saturday arvo footy in Canberra and help cheer the green machine to victory!
Saturday May 25, gates open 12:30pm, main game 3pm
GIO Stadium, Bruce
Cost: tickets from $20

5 – Aladdin
Re-live the magic of Disney’s 1992 animated classic Aladdin, in this live action re-make, directed by Guy Ritchie! It tells the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie in the city of Agrabah. Soak up the nostalgia and iconic music – a film adults and kids will love!
In cinemas from May 23
Cost: check cinema for details

4 - Red Shield Appeal
Locals are urged to dig deep as Salvos doorknockers do the rounds this weekend for their biggest annual fundraiser – the Red Shield Appeal. Organisers hope to raise at least $320,000 locally. Help raise money for the Salvation Army, so they can continue their great work in helping locals facing hardship.
Saturday May 25 and Sunday May 26
All around Canberra
Cost: donations encouraged

3 – Canberra Toy & Hobby Fair
One for the kids big and small! Items for sale include model cars, trading cards, action figures, bobble heads, figurines, posters, apparel, LEGO, sports collectables, books, magazines, model railways, Coca Cola items and much more! There’s also lucky door prizes on the day and plenty of free on site parking.
Saturday May 25, 9am – 3pm
University of Canberra High School Kaleen
Cost: Adults $5, Seniors $3, Kids 4-12 $3, Families $15

2 - Reconciliation Day Eve
In the capital, on the eve of the Reconciliation Day public holiday, some of the strongest voices in the country are coming together to honour the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum. This year the event coincides with National Sorry Day, with powerhouse rapper Briggs returning to the stage along with Australian icons Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project. They’ll be joined on the evening by Alice Skye and Emily Wurramara for what promises to be a night of power and beauty.
Sunday May 26, 6:30pm
Canberra Theatre Centre
Cost: $49

1 - Reconciliation in the Park
Enjoy free performances, workshops and storytelling at the Reconciliation in the Park event this Reconciliation Day. Melbourne duo, The Merindas, will be headlining, bringing a fusion of Indigenous, electro-tribal pop sounds to the stage. A line-up of local singers and dancers will also perform. Canberrans can also enjoy Indigenous art, craft and language and the opportunity to leave a message of reconciliation at the Reflection Forest. There’ll also be kid’s amusements, food and coffee vans.
Monday May 27, 10:30am – 2:30pm
Glebe Park, Civic
Cost: free

Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 18 & Sun 19 May 2019

10 – Birman Cat Club of Canberra All Breeds Cat Show
Check out the wide range of breeds like Abyssinians, Sphynx, Selkirk Rex's, Birmans, Maine Coons, Siberians, Exotics Ragdolls, American Shorthairs and more. There will be food for sale and raffles for the public and the exhibitors. Listen to what the judges have to say about the beautiful cats. Chat to breeders and learn more about the cats.
Sunday May 19, 10am – 3pm
6 Gritten St, Weston

9 – World Bee Day at Parliament House
Celebrate World Bee Day at Parliament House, where it will be a hive of activity! Get up close and personal with bees, hear experts talk about them and even taste their honey.
Sunday May 19, 9am – 12pm and 2:30pm – 5pm
The Great Hall, Parliament House
Cost: free

8 – Absolutely 80’s Concert
Let your hair down at a rocking 80s dance party starring Brian Mannix (Uncanny X-men), Scott Carne (Kids in the Kitchen), Sean Kelly and the sensational Ally Fowler (Chantoozies). See 80s rock legends performing their hits then experience the ultimate Aussie super group as they join forces in a high octane two-hour concert. Grab a friend and dance the night away in awesome 80s style.
Saturday May 18, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Gandel Atrium, National Museum of Australia
Cost: VIP $60, Adult $35, Concession $30, Museum Friends $30

7 - ADF Rugby Championships & Defence Open Day
A free event for the whole ACT community in support of Soldier On. Five games to watch involving Navy, Army, Air Force, Australian Police/Border Force and Classic Brumbies. There’ll be as much action on the field as off with hot air balloon rides, armoured vehicle and Navy RHIB to climb into, obstacle courses for kids, three different bands to listen to, many giveaways, lots to eat and drink and more.
Saturday May 18, 9am – 5pm
Gungahlin Enclosed Oval
Cost: free

6 – MOAD’S Election Festival
This election day, Old Parliament House is an Australian Electoral Commission super booth for local and interstate voters. Before you cast your vote there’ll be lots to entertain the whole family. Little ones can even be part of a mini-election in PlayUP. And don’t worry – you can still get your democracy sausage – with your second biggest decision for the day being onion on top or underneath!
Saturday May 18, 8am – 6pm
Old Parliament House
Cost: free

5 – Academy of Interactive Entertainment Open Day
Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation and visual effects at the AIE Open Day! The day will include presentations on different areas of industry to get into as well as information about full-time and part-time courses and entry requirements. Student work will be on display and visitors can chat to teachers.
Saturday May 18, 10am – 3pm
Block E, Canberra Technology Park, Watson
Cost: free

4 – CBR Brave vs Sydney Ice Dogs
Our guys are second on the Australian Ice Hockey League ladder with five wins and just one loss so far this season! They’d love a strong home crowd to cheer them on to another victory!
Saturday May 18, 5:30pm
Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre
Cost: Adult $22.50, Child $15, Family $60

3 – Election Day Sausage Sizzles
There’s nothing quite like a democracy sausage on Election Day! There’s BBQ’s, bake sales and cake stalls at a range of locations, including Queanbeyan East Public School, Charles Conder Primary, Bonython Primary, Gilmore Primary, Wanniassa Hills Primary, Taylor Primary, Farrer Primary, Melrose High, Arawang Primary, Garran Primary, Red Hill School, Duffy Primary, Macquarie Primary, Kingsford Smith School, Charnwood Dunlop Primary, Mount Rogers Primary, Giralang Primary, Kaleen Primary, Lyneham Primary, Downer Community Centre, Majura Primary, Palmerston District Primary, Margaret Hendry School, Ngunnawal Primary, Burgmann Anglican School and more.
Saturday May 18
Various locations

2 – Raiders vs Rabbitohs
The Raiders hope to continue their impressive form when they take on the Rabbitohs at home this weekend! They’d love to hit the field in front of a sea of green at GIO Stadium, after going down to the Roosters in Brisbane last week. Enjoy all the fun of game day in Canberra!
Saturday May 18, gates open 5:05pm, kick off at 7:30pm
GIO Stadium, Bruce
Cost: tickets from $20

1 – Million Paws Walk
Register now and walk to fight animal cruelty at Australia's biggest dog walk! This year more than 2,000 dogs will be at the Lake Burley Griffin precinct to show their support for local animals in need. There’ll be live entertainment, stalls, delicious food, giveaways, activities with your pooch and a whole lot more! Everyone is welcome, including your four-legged friend regardless of the breed, size and age. Help the RSPCA continue their vital work of caring for animals in their time of need.
Sunday May 19, 9am – 2:30pm (walk starts 11am)
Patrick White Lawns, Parkes
Cost: check website for details