Canberra transforms into a cultural hotspot this week with the start of DESIGN Canberra, the Queensland Ballet bringing Cinderella to town and the ACO performing. Don’t miss out on a wealth of events, that will feed your stomach and soul.
International Science Day at Questacon – 10 Nov
Offering half-price entry for visitors to the Centre on Sunday 10 November in celebration of International Science Centre and Science Museum Day. Visitors will have access to all eight galleries and will be able to interact with robots in the Born or Built? Our Robotic Future exhibition, meet the Questacon astronaut under the moon in the Apollo 11 exhibition and learn more about space missions and liquid nitrogen as part of the daily science shows presented by the Questacon Excited Particles.
The first 500 visitors to arrive at the Centre will receive a free slinky toy as part of their admission and there will lots of “slinky-themed” activities on around the centre.
DESIGN Canberra – various dates & times
DESIGN Canberra has returned for 2019. Opening on Monday with the unveiling on Civic Square, the festival has an incredibly diverse, packed program. From Architecture Bus Tours to FREE floral arranging classes in the Canberra Centre, there’s so much to experience. Visit their website for a full run down on everything that’s happening from this weekend until the 24th November
The Great Woolley Street Feast – 9 Nov
Dickson is the epitome of diversity with its rich mix of cultures, flavours and things to do. Experience this incredible melting pots of cultures with The Great Woolley Street Feast. The City Renewal Authority has installed street furniture and closed off Woolley Street to traffic to allow it come alive. Come experience this experiment in the Dickson centre. Dickson is easily accessible via the Dickson interchange light rail stop.
The 6:00pm sitting is sold out, but you can still grab tickets to the 8:00pm sitting here.
Cinderella – various dates & times
Further adding to Canberra’s cultural calendar is the arrival of Cinderella to the Canberra Theatre. This week only, watch as the Queensland Ballet brings this glittering story to life. Perfect fairy-tale entertainment for everyone, even the little ones!
Matinee and evening sessions available. Grab your tickets here.
Australian Chamber Orchestra present Brahms & Dvorak – 9 Nov
Artistic Director Richard Tognetti and Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve will take centre stage in Brahms’ vast and brilliant Double Concerto, their first performance of the work in eleven years. Tognetti will then lead the Orchestra through one of the most glorious symphonies of the nineteenth century, Dvořák’s Symphony No.8. Opening the concert is Australian composer Andrew Ford’s short and celebratory Jouissance, which paves the way for the Australian premiere of Gran Turismo, a flamboyant, high-octane work to be performed by eight virtuoso violinists of the ACO.
Don’t miss this explosive final to the ACO 2019 Season. Book your tickets here.
SpringOUT Pride Festival 2019 – 9 Nov
Canberra, let’s get fabulous! This year, marks the 20th anniversary of SpringOUT, our own iconic LGBTQI pride festival. Celebrate this momentous occasion with the 20 Years of Queer Masquerade Ball at the Abbey. Come dressed in your most lavish masks, feathers, leather and sequins and get a special sneak peek of ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and his fiancée Anthony tying the knot as they rehearse for their big day! It’s a celebration of love, of all kinds.
Old Canberra Inn Craft Beer & Cider Festival – 9 Nov
The Second Annual Beer & Cider fest is back, bigger and better than last year. Listen to live music as you sample some of the 100 difference beers from different Aussie Indie Craft Breweries and snack on some incredible food offerings. Ticket includes 3 tastings on your choice.
Canberra Times Fun Run – 10 Nov
Join thousands of runners, and be a part of the iconic Canberra Times Fun Run in 2019. Stroll, walk, jog or run along three stunning routes that take in some of the city’s most iconic landmarks including the Parliamentary Triangle and Lake Burley Griffin. Tackle the 5K or if you prefer a challenge then sign up for the 10K. The 2K run is perfect for little ones and families. All runners will finish at Rond Terrace, overlooking the picturesque lake, where you can enjoy the Fun Run finale celebrations post-race!
Story Time at National Library of Australia – All Weekend
Story Time: Australian Children’s Literature is an exhibition of much-loved children’s books from the colonial period through to the present day that will appeal to anyone who has experienced the magic of stories. This exhibition will reacquaint you with old friends and introduce you to new ones. It will take you on a nostalgic tour through childhood, looking at the works of great Australian authors and illustrators including Bronwyn Bancroft, Mem Fox, May Gibbs, Bob Graham, Emily Rodda, Ivan Southall, Shaun Tan and Ethel Turner. A must-see exhibition, Story Time explores the rich history of Australian children’s literature and takes you on a journey across time and place—real and imagined. Families can also have fun in the dedicated kids section, Playtime. Presented in association with the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature.