Don’t waste the weekend!

Truffle Degustation at Parliament House – Friday 23 July  

Spend Friday night sampling the delights of the region’s best truffles at Parliament House, during a degustation dinner. Hosted in the Members’ Hall, Executive Chef David Learmonth will be serving a menu that best brings out the distinct truffle flavours, matching them with regional produce and wines. Snatch up last minute tickets here.

Pialligo Estate Christmas in July – Friday 23 July

Can’t wait another six months for your next Christmas feast? Lucky for you Pialligo Estate is cooking up a storm this weekend for Christmas in July. Join them as they turn their Glasshouse room into a winter wonderland as you feast on mulled wine, antipasto from their Estate Smokehouse, seafood platter, glazed ham, roast turkey and Christmas pudding. To be apart of this truly festive experience, book a table on their website.

She Shares Event by Pink Hope – Friday 23 July

Connect and support other women over a delicious Thai dinner with Pink Hope. The ‘She Shares’ event is dedicated to providing personalised support for at-risk women and bring members of the community together. Come along and share laughs, thoughts, questions and advice. Grab your tickets on their website.

Total Recall at ARC Cinema – Friday 23 July

See Arnie on the big screen once again, with a special screening of two of his crowd-pleasing science-fiction films, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Total Recall at ARC Cinema. Make a booking on their website.

Hannah Gadsby: Body of Work – Friday 23 and Saturday 24 July

Award-winning Australian Comedian, Hannah Gadsby has hit the road, performing her brand-new live show Body of Work across Australia and New Zealand. In 2018 the global sensation and ground-breaking Netflix special Nanette won Hannah a Emmy and Peabody. Then continuing to stick to what she loves, Hannah toured her critically acclaimed stand-up comedy show, Douglas in 2019. Now, after a well-deserved rest in 2020, she is ready to bring the laughs around the country. Performing at the Canberra Theatre Centre, tickets are selling fast. Grab yours here.

Scandinavian Film Festival – Friday 23 to Sunday 25 July

Showcasing the best contemporary Nordic cinema from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland, the Scandinavian Film Festival is back for 2021. This year, the program includes several international festival favourites and award-winners, with 20 Australian premieres, highlighting the diversity and sophistication of the region. Catch this cinematic experience on the big screen at Canberra’s Palace Cinema all weekend, during a number of screenings. For all the sessions and tickets, head to their website.

The VANNS at Kambri – Saturday 24 July

South Coast band, The VANNS are retuning with a brand new single, Red Light. Following their acclaimed debut album, Through The Walls in 2019, The VANNS featured in the triple j Feature Albums and had a sold-out tour around the country. After recording in Byron Bay with Chris Collins, producer of big names like Gang of Youths, Skegss and Ruby Fields, the band are hitting the road for their 2021 tour . Catch them live in Canberra at the Kambri Precinct ANU from 8pm. Grab your tickets here.

Light Up Lyneham – Saturday 24 July

Join the Lyneham community as they light up the streets from Lyneham Shops to Lyneham Wetlands with a beautiful light installation at sunset. Led by a brilliantly lit Mountain lion, they invite you to bring a lantern or other light and become apart of lighting up the suburb. There will also be community stalls near the shops, selling snacks and other goods, along with live music. The event is free but you must register here.

Introductory Wine Appreciation – Saturday 24 July

Join Pique Nique for a 2.5-hour class of fine wine, good food and conversation. During the introductory class get your first lesson on the basics of wine and in particular Canberra’s wine region. Then discover the essential elements of wine, how it’s made and food pairings, all with a tasting of a hand-picked selection of quality Canberra wines. Kicking off at 1pm at The Canberra Wine House, purchase your tickets here.

All Dogs Bark Book Launch – Saturday 24 July

Canberra Children’s Author, Catherine Meatheringham has released her newest book, All Dogs Bark, a story that takes the reader on a journey around the world as they learn about the different bark’s dogs make. Officially launching her book at the Book Cow Bookshop in Kingston, you’re invited to join her live reading during three sessions throughout the day, including one dog-friendly outside session. Register here.

Pialligo Love Local Markets – Sunday 25 July

Enjoy everything toasty and tasty at Pialligo’s Love Local Markets. As usual there will be a huge collection of Canberra and regional boutique products with the addition of wintery delights such as mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and other goodies. For the kids there will also be a playground wonderland. Get all the info here.

Haig Park Markets Winter Wonderland – Sunday 25 July

On Sunday join the Haig Park Markets as they turn into a winter wonderland. From twinkling lights, fire pits and a mulled wine and hot cider garden to festive workshops, children entertainment and live music, there are plenty of ways to get you loving winter. And as usual their stalls will include delicious cuisines, tasty treats, fresh produce, artisan products, craft, jewellery and more. To find out more or apply for a stall, head to their website.