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
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
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