Pinot & Picasso ‘The Grinch’ Painting Session – Friday 19 November

Get your creative juices flowing with the help of a little liquid courage and a helpful instructor. From 7-10pm kick off the festive season by painting one of the all-time Christmas characters, The Grinch and his furry friend Max. All painting equipment is supplied, the only thing you need to bring is your favourite bottle of vino and some nibbles! Book your tickets on Pinot & Picasso’s website. 

Caribbean Rhythms at Highball Express – Friday 19 and Saturday 20 November

Join Highball Express for a little dance to some of the best Afro-Latin and Caribbean music while sipping on delicious tropical cocktails. The DJ will take you on a journey of Latin hits, tropical house, salsa, bachata, samba, merengue, zouk, reggae, reggaeton, afrobeats, cumbia, Palenque and more! Find out more online.

Italian Film Festival – Friday 19 to Sunday 21 November

Escape to Italy as Palace Cinemas present the best new Italian films, including Cannes-winning drama To Chiara as well as a selection of award-winning dramas, comedies, thrillers, documentaries and classics. Head to their website for session times and tickets.

“Being There” Exhibition at Aarwun Gallery – Friday 19 to Sunday 21 November

“Being There”, an exhibition by Bernard Ollis explores his travels and observations of memorable moments and places, including visits to artist studios and environments. His work has been developed through sketches, memories and observations and is a celebration of the joie-de-vivre felt when assimilating these new experiences. Tickets for Ollis’ exhibition can be purchased on Aarwun Gallery’s website.

Truffle and Champagne Brunch – Saturday 20 November

Indulge in a decedent truffle and champagne brunch at the National Press Club with a curated menu of local Canberra truffles. Enjoy dishes like Pialligo smoked salmon with a dill and cucumber salad and truffle crème fraiche, and coffin bay oysters with strawberry chili and truffle salsa. Limited tickets are available, snatch yours up on their website!

Small Spoon Making Workshop – Saturday 20 November

As part of DESIGN Canberra’s Nurture program, try your hand at a 2-hour workshop from 10am to 12pm where you will learn the basics of woodcarving to make your own spoon. Perfect for adults and kids over 12, all materials and helpful guidance is supplied. Grab your tickets here.

Morning Yoga & Brunch at Contentious Character – Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November

Sunday yoga and brunch is back for spring at Contentious Character! Flow through your Sunday morning with a mindful yoga class led by Jemymah from Kingston Yoga amongst the vines, followed by a delicious grazing board and a glass of rose! Find out more and book tickets via Contentious Character’s website.

The Canberra Small Business Markets – Sunday 21 November

Looking for something unique and quirky to gift someone for Christmas this year? Try your luck at The Canberra Small Business Markets at Thoroughbred Park for amazing locally made goods. Open from 9am to 3pm there will be over 60 stalls as well as new food trucks and more! Entry is a gold coin donation, register here.

Hotel Kurrajong Wedding Open Day – Sunday 21 November

If you’ve started planning your big day but still haven’t decided on a venue, put Hotel Kurrajong on the list and see what they can offer at their wedding open day. From 11:30am-2:30pm, during a 45 minute time slot meet with a curated selection of Canberra’s finest boutique wedding professionals and suppliers, view inspiring receptions and ceremony spaces and taste wines and their new season canape menu. Plus go in the running to win a weekend away valued at $1,000 at a TFE Hotel in Australia. Entry is free, head to their website to reserve a ticket.