Day of the Dead Fiesta – Friday 5 November

Experience the vibes and atmosphere of a Latin American Fiesta, with the celebration of music and the amazing tradition of ‘Dia De Muertos’ at Smith’s Alternative. Featuring live bands, a traditional ‘ofrenda’, costume competition, video projections, a small artisan market area and more! Book in for a 6pm or 9:45pm session and enjoy this authentic experience…plus tequila shots on arrival! Book a table here.  

British Film Festival – Friday 5 to Sunday 7 November

The British Film Festival is returning to Palace Cinemas this November for its ninth year, to celebrate the finest filmmakers and acting talents British cinema has to offer. This year, the line-up will feature some of the most anticipated films of the year, from powerful true stories and literary adaptations to biographies and documentaries. To view the full program and purchase tickets, head to their website.

Nurture: Friday Afternoon Crafternoon – Friday 5 November

For a relaxing Friday arvo, join DESIGN Canberra for a crafternoon every Friday at 4pm throughout November. Held at the Craft ACT Gallery, bring along your favourite craft, art or design activity and catch up with old friends and new. The event is free but you must register.

Hand-tied Boutique Workshop – Saturday 6 November

The Team at Je Fleur Bespoke Botanicals love to share their passion for flowers, teaching you the fundamentals of creating a hand-tie bouquet that would be perfect for a dinner party, coffee table or just to brighten up your home. All fresh botanicals and tools will be provided, grab your spot here.

French Wine Sunset Cruise – Saturday 6 November

Do Saturday night pre-drinks a little different this week, with a French wine sunset cruise around the lake. From 5-7pm enjoy four premium wines that you will only find from top restaurants, including champagne to start, followed by a white burgundy, rosé from Provence and a Bordeaux blend to finish off. Plus, enjoy French appetisers with your drinks as your guide talks about the selected wines. Grab your tickets here.

QT Sky High Tea – Saturday 6 November

Set amongst beautiful views of Canberra at QT’s 15th floor Lounge, join them for a high tea experience. Featuring a beautiful array of dishes including mini pollie pies, pretzel rubens with wagyu pastrami, tiramisu cannoli, white chocolate scones and a glass of champagne on arrival, this is decadence at its best. Grab your tickets online.

ACT Wildlife Sewing Group – Saturday 6 November

Bring your own material and tools to sew, knit and crochet, and learn new project patterns with a skilled instructor hosted by ACT Wildlife. Welcoming all, young and old, join a great group of people from 10:30am to 2:30pm for a crafty and social afternoon. Register online.

Canberra Indoor Plant Warehouse Sale – Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November

Canberra’s indoor plant warehouse sale is back! With all your favourite rare and unique plants, pots and more. Shop in their brand-new warehouse, enjoy funky tunes and utilise the horticulturalists on hand for all your queries. While there won’t be a dress up this time around, get $5 off if you come along with your furry little friend. The event is free, but you must register for a 30 minute timeslot.

National Photographic Portrait Prize – Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November

The National Photographic Portrait Prize is back bigger and better this year with a selection of entries from 2019, 2020 and 2021. Acknowledging a time like no other, ‘Living Memory’ will reflect the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects. To tour the exhibition and vote your favourite, book a ticket online.

DESIGN Canberra: Nurture – Sunday 7 November

While the usual DESIGN Canberra Festival is not able to go ahead this year, the team instead present Nurture; a program to support artists impacted by Covid-driven cancellations and uses creativity to support the Canberra community. Consisting of various events highlighting the talents of Craft ACT members and learning opportunities for the public, it’s time to get crafty! For the full program list and event and workshop tickets, head to their website.

Hotel Kurrajong High Tea – Sunday 7 November

Get dressed up in your Sunday best and head to Hotel Kurrajong’s Chifley’s Bar & Grill for a scrumptious high tea including, scones, mini quiches, finger sandwiches, a selection of sweet eats and a glass of bubbles on arrival. And if you’re feeling extra fancy, spoil your group to an upgraded package which includes a private dining room or space in the terrace overlooking the courtyard and rose, cocktail on arrival or bottomless mimosas. To book your Sunday treat, head to their website.

Pinot & Picasso Family Friendly Session – Sunday 7 November

Create a fun and colourful masterpiece with a Pinot & Picasso family-friendly workshop. Equipped with everything you’ll need, this week paint ‘crush’, a colourful turtle. The only thing you will need to bring is your favourite bottle of vino and some nibbles to get you through the session.  To book in the whole family, head to their website.

Three Sixty Fashion Market – Sunday 7 November

For the best recycled fashion that is genuine, quality vintage and retro, stop past the Three Sixty Fashion Market and shop clothing that is too good to chuck in the bin. Committed to sustainable fashion, the markets will be held in the Fitters Workshop in the historic Kingston Power House precinct. Find out more here.