10 – Craft & Quilt Fair
This is the perfect opportunity for the knitting, needle and creative craft enthusiast to meet manufacturers, dealers, publishers, mail order specialists and designers covering hand and machine knitting, cross stitch, tapestry, patchwork, quilting, sewing, embroidery as well as other needle crafts and various creative crafts.
August 9 – 12
Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell
Cost: Tickets start from $16 for an adult (check website for full price list)
9 – Canberra Unscripted Festival
Six shows, one weekend, no script! Canberra Unscripted is a festival of unscripted theatre featuring improvised music, comedy and genre shows. Multiple show packages are available at discount prices. There’ll be something for everyone with a range of improv shows, from one looking at behind the scenes of a wrestlers world to another about the thrill and fears of escape room antics.
August 10 – 12
The Street Theatre, 15 Childers St, Canberra
Cost: check website for costs & session times
8 – Taste of Two Regions 2018
Tastes of Two Regions sees Rutherglen and the King Valley wine regions hit the road to visit Canberra to showcase their award-winning wine and produce. Sip, sample and savour more than 200 wines and dozens of local foods from more than 25 regional artisans! Enjoy masterclasses, tastings, live music, food, coffee and plenty more.
Sunday August 12
Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Rd, Pialligo
Cost: check website for details
7 – GWS Giants vs Adelaide Crows
Saturday night footy returns to Canberra with the GIANTS taking on the Crows! Don’t miss your last chance to see GWS in the capital this regular season. Get there early to enjoy all the family entertainment including the Fan Zone, inflatables, merchandise, G-Man and Gigi. Wear your orange and don’t forget your footy for all the fulltime fun of Kick to Kick!
Saturday August 11, 7:25pm (gates open at 4:30pm)
UNSW Canberra Oval, Manuka Cir, Griffith
Cost: Adult general admission tickets start from $24
6 – Brick Expo
Kids big and small will love this entertaining and interesting exhibition of rare and unique LEGO creations by interstate and local collectors and modellers. Check out the hundreds of static, moving and robotic models in themes like Star Wards, Trains, Planes, Space Ships, Racing Cars, Monuments and Sculptures. Funds raised will go towards medical equipment for Paediatrics at Canberra Hospital.
August 10 – 12
The Hellenic Club of Canberra, Matilda St, Woden
Cost: Child $6, Concession $6, Adult $12, Family $24 or $30
5 – Heath Ledger: A Life In Pictures
Check out this new free exhibition celebrating the life and work of one of Australia’s most acclaimed and beloved actors. Explore film costumes and props, Heath’s own character research journals, celebrity portraits, acting awards, costumes, a number of rare objects and more! Curated in collaboration with his family, this exhibition offers a rare insight into the man behind the camera.
August 10 – February 10
National Film & Sound Archive, McCoy Cct, Acton
Cost: free (bookings essential)
4 – Light Rail Ready event at Gungahlin Village
You’re invited to Canberra’s first ever Rail Safety Week celebration. The Light Rail Ready Event at Gungahlin Village aims to draw attention to the behaviours that could lead to incidents on the light rail system. There’ll be Brumbies and Canberra GIANTS Netball autograph signings, a drawing table, fun rail safety activities, you can meet a light rail driver and more!
Sunday August 12, 10am – 2pm
3 – Raiders vs West Tigers
Cheer on the green machine as they return to Canberra after three weeks on the road, to face the Wests Tigers at GIO Stadium! No doubt the boys will be looking forward to playing in front of a home crowd during this family friendly time slot. Round 22 is the Women in League Round, giving the Raiders the chance to recognise the amazing contribution women have made to the NRL and Rugby League in Canberra. There’ll be a stack of activities to celebrate women in league and the players will wear a special jersey too!
Sunday August 12, 2pm (gates open at 11:30am)
GIO Stadium, Battye St, Bruce
Cost: tickets from $25 for an adult and $17.50 for a junior
2 – National Library Open Day
Celebrate 50 years since the Library building opened with a party on the podium, fun for kids and adults, music, yummy snacks and of course, balloons and cake! Don’t miss your chance to explore behind the scenes, discover rare collections and learn fascinating library facts. You can even go underground and meet the robots who live deep within the stacks. Kids will be spoiled for choice with an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, craft activities and storytelling, while grown-ups can see the Library with new eyes through tours, talks and film screenings.
Sunday August 12, 10am – 4pm
National Library, Parkes Pl, Parkes
1 – National Science Week
There’s lots of ways to get involved in Science Week whether you’re a science nerd or not! There’ll be workshops on things like getting to know spiders, creating your own cheeky neuron character, robotics, whisky making, the fascinating world of plants, Dr Graham’s explosions and much more!
August 11 – 19
Cost: check website for workshop costs. Many are free!