50+ things to do in Canberra this April | HerCanberra

50+ things to do in Canberra this April | HerCanberra
50+ things to do in Canberra this April | HerCanberra

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Thought Canberra would slow down as the days begin to cool down? Think again.

This jam-packed list will give you more than 50 reasons to avoid hibernation during these cooler Canberra days.

Looking for even more to do in Canberra? Check out our What’s On section to find hundreds of events happening around town.

Don’t miss…

Illuminating Egypt

Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Egypt at the Museum during this very special free event. As the sun goes down, the Museum lights up for Illuminating Egypt – an evening of culture and community under the stars.

See performances by Egyptian–Australian musicians and dancers, including percussionists Tarek and Youssef Sawires, the Zaffe Band Traditional Arabian Drumming, Banat Amar dance troupe, and masterful oud player George Wasef. The choir from St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church will uplift audiences with their ancient hymns.

Be transported by a souk-inspired marketplace, where you will discover exquisite treasures from hand-crafted drums, ceramics, scarves, clothing and jewellery to grocery items, fragrances and authentic Coptic giftware. Enjoy a feast of flavours with mouth-watering street food from across the Middle East and North Africa, homemade vegan dishes, sweets and delicious cuisine from Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and more.

Kids will love getting creative with Egypt-inspired family activities – art making with Egyptian papyrus, stamping with phonetic hieroglyphs, and Egyptian lantern making.

And don’t forget to explore the Discovering Ancient Egypt exhibition during extended opening hours.

Saturday 13 April | National Museum of Australia, Lawson Cres, Acton | More information here.

Mardi Gras Film Festival

Queer Screen is bringing their 31st Mardi Gras Film Festival to Canberra! From Wednesday 3 until Saturday 6 April, The National Film and Sound Archive will be home to MGFF24 highlights, including the Audience Award winner for best narrative feature, ‘Femme’. Don’t miss other audience favourites Best of Gay Shorts, Best of Sapphic Shorts and Best of Trans and Gender Diverse!

Wednesday 3 until Saturday 6 April | National Film and Sound Archive of Australia,  McCoy Circuit, Acton | Book here.

Living Egypt – Exploring contemporary expressions of culture, creativity and identity

The art, literature, music, and architecture of Ancient Egypt have fascinated people for years, so it’s no wonder the Discovering Ancient Egypt exhibition at the National Museum is so popular. So you won’t want to miss this special talk. Inviting you to consider contemporary Egyptian cultural expressions (including art, film, feminism and more), you’ll explore how the creative practices and knowledge held by performers, artists, creatives, and scholars can shape and interact with modern society and identity. Featuring actress and visual artist Helana Sawires, women’s history researcher Dr Lucia Sorbera and artist Dr Raafat Ishak, you’ll need to book ahead for this one.

Thursday 4 April | National Museum of Australia, Lawson Cres, Acton | Book here.

Birdsnest Pop Up

Cooma based women’s fashion retailer birdsnest are bringing a pop-up store to Canberra for three days only! Nesting at Sanctuary in Narrabundah, the birdsnest team will be set up for three days, with a curated selection of new season styles from their 10 in house labels. And while the pop up store will be opened to the public for walk-ins each day, birdsnest are also hosting a series of ticketed events, including two fashion shows, where the ‘wardrobe wingbirds’ will take you through their latest collection with styling tips and tricks along the way. Ticket includes bubbles, nibbles, and plenty of shopping time!

Friday 5 until Sunday 7 April | Sanctuary, 17 Brockman Street, Narrabundah | Book here.

The Handmade Market

A change of season means it’s time to welcome back Canberra’s favourite award-winning indoor event. Back for autumn to showcase 260+ Australian designers and producers, at The Handmade Market you’ll discover some unique Australian-made items –from fashion to ceramics, handcrafted furniture, children’s items, original artworks, jewellery, and accessories along with an indoor gourmet food and wine pavilion! Entry to the market is free, however, they do have charity door greeters collecting donations if you wish to donate. All money collected goes to those in need in the ACT region.

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April | Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), Budawang and Coorong Pavilions, Lyneham | More information here.

Relay For Life 2024

Join hundreds of Canberrans and make strides towards a cancer-free future – Relay For Life is back for another year. Offering the chance for the community to recognise and celebrate locals who are or have been impacted by cancer, to honour and remember loved ones lost and to raise money to help save more lives, this is a fun and philanthropic overnight event. Filled with activities, music and comradery, gather your family, friends and work colleagues to walk, run, or dance laps in a continuous 24-hour relay to signify that the fight against cancer never stops.

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 April | AIS Athletics Track and Field Centre, Masterman Street, Bruce | Register here.

Canberra and Region Heritage Festival

The annual Canberra and Region Heritage Festival is back with a bang! You’ll need to plan ahead for this one because the jam-packed program has more than 120 events. It’s a great opportunity to learn about Canberra’s history from exhibitions and workshops to hands on activities. Visit their website to stay up-to-date with what’s happening!

Saturday 13 until Sunday 28 April | Various locations | More information here.

Egyptian Lanterns 

Construct, decorate, and light up a fanous-style Egyptian lantern these school holidays! Running across two sessions daily (10 am – 11 am and 11.30 am – 12.30 pm), at the National Museum of Australia, your five to 12-year-olds can learn about the significance of these colourful lanterns in both ancient and modern-day Egypt, then construct their own lantern using laser-cut plywood. Pop in an LED tealight to see it shine!

Spaces are limited, so bookings are essential.

Weekdays, Tuesday 16 until Wednesday 24 April | $25 per child, $21 for friends of the Museum, accompanying adults free | National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton | Book here.

ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial

Mark the 109th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings and join the Australian War Memorial in the quiet, peaceful moments before dawn this ANZAC Day. Starting at 4:30 am, the Dawn Service will be held in the Memorial’s Captain Reg Saunders Courtyard and Sculpture Garden, with large viewing screens available on the grounds of the Memorial. For more information about the Dawn Service, getting to the Memorial, and road closures, visit the Australian War Memorial website.

Thursday 25 April |

ANZAC Day RSL (ACT Branch) Veterans’ March 2024

Beginning at 9.30 am, the RSL (ACT Branch) Veterans’ March will be hosted at the Australian War Memorial, to honour and pay tribute to the service of Australian Defence Force personnel. The march will proceed along Anzac Parade before ending at the Memorial’s newly opened Parade Ground. No ticketing is required to attend.

Thursday 25 April | Australian War Memorial Parade Ground, Fairbairn Avenue, Campbell | More information here.

 Jewellery Making

For one day only during the school holidays, your child can discover the beauty and cultural significance of ancient Egyptian jewellery in this captivating beading workshop. Suitable for ages eight to 14 years old, they’ll explore the fascinating symbolism, materials, and techniques of ancient Egyptian jewellery makers and join specialists from Canberra Glassworks to create their own unique pieces of beaded jewellery. There are very limited spaces, so get in quickly!

Friday 26 April | $20 per child,  $17 for friends of the Museum, accompanying adults free | National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton | Book here.

Special Events and Festivals

Woden Seniors Big Book Fair

With over 25,000 books for sale there will be something for all book lovers at this highly anticipated annual Big Book Fair! In addition to books, you will find, jigsaws, DVDs, CDs, and board games. Entry is by gold coin donation.

Friday 5 until Sunday 7 April | Woden Seniors, 12 Corinna Street, Phillip | More information here.

Canberra Times Marathon Festival

The Canberra Times Marathon Festival is back! Register now in a marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K or 2K kids run that all showcase the captivating beauty of Canberra’s lakeside and surroundings. Perfect for runners of all levels, all races start near the Old Parliament House and allow you to soak in the scenic views of Lake Burley Griffin and the Parliamentary Triangle.

Friday 5 until Sunday 7 April | John Dunmore Lang Place, John Dunmore Lang Place, Parkes | More information here.

Alice In Wonderland Market

Fall down the rabbit hole this April with a topsy turvey market! Follow the white rabbit to discover 28 stalls that feature bespoke and local crafters. Don’t be late for this very important date.

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April | Pearce Community Centre, Collett Place, Pearce | More information here.

Hartley Hall Markets

This fine family-friendly market is proudly organised and operated by Hartley Lifecare, and it promises to be a lovely day out. Explore over 200 stalls offering a variety of products including food, locally grown vegetables and fresh produce, baked goods, plants, furniture, clothing, pottery, children’s toys, arts and crafts, unique gifts and more and make the most of the live entertainment and children’s activities!

Sunday 7 April | Hall Showground, Hall Street, Hall | More information here.

RBG: One Of Many

After a wildly popular, sold-out premiere season in 2022, the Sydney Theatre Company smash-hit production about the woman who changed the face of the American legal system – the indomitable Ruth Bader Ginsburg – is coming to Canberra. Bringing her life to the stage thanks to the extraordinary pen of Olivier Award-winning Australian playwright Suzie Miller (Prima Facie), you’ll watch a story that chronicles Ginsburg’s wins and dissents, traces her steps forward and the steps back, and brings you right into the room with Ruth at the most pivotal moments of her life.

Thursday 11 until Sunday 21 April |

Art Live

Created by the Gallery’s Youth Council, this is a free-festival style event that combines artists, ideas, exhibitions, music and creative experiences, exclusively for young audiences aged 15 to 25. Head along to celebrate the exhibition Vincent Namatjira: Australia in Colour, meet the artist behind the exhbition, craft your own photo book, take the spotlight in the Superstar Photobooth, connect with new people, relax in a quiet space or groove to the rhythm of rock music. There’s something for everyone!

Friday 12 April | National Gallery, Parkes Place East, Parkes | Book here.

Bonsai Reshaped

Whether you’re an established bonsai artist, or just starting out, this is for you. The annual celebration of the art of bonsai, this year the celebration welcomes internationally recognised artists Marija Hajdic from Croatia and Morten Albek from Denmark, to share their expertise, influences, experiences and enthusiasm through workshops and live demonstrations. There will also be a Bonsai Market and more!

Thursday 11 until Sunday 14 April | National Arboretum Canberra, Forest Drive, Molonglo Valley | More information here.

Super Sunday

This special Sunday at the Old Bus Depot Markets will see some of the best stalls from their Multicultural, Designer and Collectable markets gather together for a massive day. You’ll be able to taste  a wide selection of delicious food, see an array of fine jewellery, try on the latest styles from local designers and much more. It’s a celebration of the best the markets have to offer!

Sunday 14 April | The Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston | More information here.

Canberra Fashion Market

Calling all fashion lovers, this one is for you. The Canberra Fashion Market is back to help you shop from local and interstate designers, browse books, stock up on jewellery, score yourself some vintage, and more! Keep your eye out for some big brand labels.

Sunday 14 April | Fitter’s Workshop, Printers Way, Kingston | More information here.

African Festival In The Park

Be transported to Africa without getting on a plane! This is a free family fun-packed event where you can experience the rich and diverse cultures of Africa through art, music, dance, fashion, and food. Explore the stalls and enjoy a wide range of traditional African cuisine, whilst listening to live entertainment on the stage@

Saturday 20 April |

Canberra International Music Festival

Witness a remarkable lineup of international, national and First Nations artists converge on the nation’s capital to bring vibrant life to an unmissable 2024 Festival program! You’ll see  60 world-class artists, 20 spectacular concerts, 11 magnificent venues, over five glorious days, and it sounds amazing.

Tuesday 30 April until Sunday 5 May | Various locations | Book here.

Food and Wine

Wine, Paint & Pizza

This is a fusion of wine, paint and…well, pizza. You’ll spend an enjoyable evening with like minded people, a glass of wine and an artistic challenge. Still red and white will be provided (but you all also BYO) and nibbles available throughout and a pizza dinner provided. All you need to bring is an apron or smock.

Friday 5 April |

ANZAC Day at Mercure Canberra & Olims Bar and Bistro

Located 600 meters from the Australian War Memorial, after the Dawn Service head Olims Bar & Bistro afto enjoy a Gunfire Breakfast and full bar service will be available. A Courtyard Buffet breakfast will also be served, as well as take away tea and coffee, bacon and egg rolls and pies which will be available throughout the day. They are also hosting Canberra’s largest outdoor Two-Up competition with all proceeds being donated to charity.

Thursday 25 April | Mercure Canberra, 39 Limestone Avenue, Braddon | More information here.

Stage and Screen

The Shoe-Horn Sonata by John Misto

Based on true events, the Shoe-Horn Sonata is a compelling revelation of the experiences of women imprisoned by the Japanese in WWII told through two who meet again fifty years later. First performed at Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre in 1995 (and the winner of Australia Remembers National Play Competition in 1995 and the Play Award for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 1996), head to the

Wednesday 3 until Saturday 27 April | Mill Theatre at Dairy Road, 1 Dairy Road, Building 3.3, Fyshwick | Book here.

Potted Potter

Even if you don’t know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, this brilliant comedy will make you roar with laughter. Back in Canberra for another magical run after playing all over the world, actors Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner take on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter into seventy hilarious minutes.

Thursday 4 until Sunday 7 April | Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City | Book here.

Seagull

Pack a picnic rug and enjoy this indoor-outdoor performance as you watch love triangles, quarrels about the theatre, and egos erupt. A vivid and contemporary, site-specific translation and adaptation by Karen Vickery of Chekhov’s masterpiece starring local talent, this is a bitter-sweet tragi-comedy in an idyllic setting.

Wednesday 10 until Sunday 21 April |

Bang On Live: Myf Warhurst and Zan Rowe

The smash hit Double J podcast Bong On Live is hitting the stage. Bringing together two of Australia’s most respected and loved music journalists and presenters – who are also great friends – it’s your one stop shop for music, art, life, and stuff. Think of it as all the conversations you need to be across each week (but don’t have the time to read a think-piece about).

Friday 12 April | Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City | Book here.

Science. Art. Film: Vesper & Panel

Have you seen the film Vesper? Set in the wake of an environmental catastrophe, wrought by out-of-control genetic technology, it presents both positive and negative dimensions of genetic engineering, and explores ‘biohacking’ – genetic engineering by lay people. Inviting audiences to consider the implications for the ‘real’ world, watch the movie and then join an insightful panel discussion exploring these and other questions with Dr Dan Santos.

Wednesday 17 April | National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton | Book here.

Dog Man: The Musical

This is a family show that will make adults laugh too. Why? Because with the head of a dog and the body of a policeman, Dog Man loves to fight crime and chew on the furniture. Need we say more?

Friday 19 and Saturday 20 April | Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City | Book here.

Spellbound

Witness levitations, impossible vanishes, mentalism and a death-defying escape during this spectacular night of magic with one of Australia’s leading Illusionists, Anthony Street. Performing one of the oldest of art forms, Anthony will enthral and astonish you, and keep you on the edge of your seat.

Sunday 21 April | Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City | Book here.

Music

Seth Sentry – Waiter Minute Tour

Seth Sentry is taking the Waiter Minute EP on tour to Canberra! Playing alongside with trusty sidekick DJ Sizzle, get ready to party like it’s 2008!

Thursday 4 April | UC Hub, 1 Kirinari Street, Bruce | Book here.

Tenzin Choegyal In Concert: Heart Strings

Don’t miss the master of the lingbu (bamboo flute) and the dranyen (three-stringed lute) in Canberra! Known for his extraordinary vocal ability, his music connects and inspires through sound, song and imagination and has evolved through his journey from Tibet to India to Australia and around the world. His concert, Heart Strings, features original compositions inspired by Tibetan texts and poetry, traditional nomadic songs and playful folk tunes infused with the essence of Tibetan wisdom and with a sound as expansive as the Himalayas.

Friday 5 April | The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra City | Book here.

The Michael Jackson History Show

This is a spectacular music tribute and full-scale stage production honouring the one and only King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Celebrating his groundbreaking theatrics in the 80s and his continued domination of pop culture into the 21st century, you’ll hear everything from  ‘Thriller’ to ‘They Don’t Really Care About Us’ and many more.

Friday 5 April | Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City | Book here.

A Kind Of Hush: The Magic Of Karen Carpenter

Featuring the classic hits ‘Close to You’ ‘Rainy Days and Mondays’ ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’ and many more, join Katie Noonan, Melinda Schneider and Abby Dobson as they recreate the much loved, multi-award-winning music of Karen Carpenter.

Saturday 6 April | Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City | Book here.

Sharon & Slava Grigoryan: Our Place

Slava Grigoryan is an acknowledged guitar master on the world stage. Sharon Grigoryan has forged a formidable career throughout Australia performing with all major symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles, including her seven-year tenure with the Australian String Quartet. Basically, you don’t want to miss this. Especially because ‘Our Place’ was nominated for Best Classical Album at the 2020 ARIA Awards.

Saturday 6 April | The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra City | Book here.

Orange Goblin with guests Dr Colossus and Astrodeath

This one is for those who like their music less lyrical and more like “heavy metal thunder”. Coming back to Australia after 11 years, UK stoner rock metal act Orange Goblin are on their way to Canberra with guests Dr Colossus and Astrodeath for an intense, bone jarring jaunt at The Basement.

Wednesday 10 April | The Basement, 2 Cohen Street, Belconnen | Book here.

Heavenly Sopranos

World-class sopranos join the Australian Haydn Ensemble for Baroque masterpieces this April and you’re invited. Featuring two of Australia’s most talented sopranos – and long-time friends of the AHE – Celeste Lazarenko and Helen Sherman, the performances will introduce concertgoers to evocative and beautiful Baroque-era pieces from German composer, Johann Adolph Hasse, and Italian composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi.

Thursday 11 April | 20-22 National Circuit, Entrance via, Fitzroy Street, Forrest | Book here.

John Williamson

In 2024 this Aussie music icon will celebrate his 54th year in the entertainment industry, so don’t miss this opportunity to see him, accompanied by his full band. With accolades including induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame and the Australian Roll of Renown, an Order of Australia, 28 Golden Guitar Awards, over 5 million albums sold, over one billion music streams reached in 2022 and a catalogue of over 500 self-penned songs, it’ll be a memorable show.

Saturday 13 April | Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City | Book here.

‘Birth & Rebirth’ Music for Harp, Viola & Cello

Three of Australia’s outstanding young performers are coming to Canberra to play their most recent program. Don’t miss Sarah Zhu, James Monro and Paul Nicolaou as they share their music with the community. Highlights include the premiere of Nicolaou’s ‘Of Light, Divided’ and Monro’s ‘Saturated Reflection’!

Sunday 14 April | 20-22 National Circuit, Entrance via, Fitzroy Street, Forrest | Book here.

Appassionata

Don’t miss the extraordinarily talented young pianist Charles Huang as he returns to Canberra to present Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, “Appassionata”, along with a selection of Preludes and Fugues from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. He’s here for one day only, so get your tickets now!

Wednesday 17 April | 20-22 National Circuit, Entrance via, Fitzroy Street, Forrest | Book here.

Bloom Sings Stevie Nicks, Carole King and Linda Ronstadt

Celebrate all the hits of Grammy Award-winning artists and vocal powerhouses Stevie Nicks, Carole King, and Linda Ronstadt in one massive show! Performed by Australian vocal powerhouse Bloom, for one night only you’ll hear hear hit after hit  like “You’re No Good” , “Landslide” and so many more!

Friday 19 April | Canberra Southern Cross Club, 92-96 Corinna Street, Phillip | Book here.

Lady Sings The Blues

This is a story about women in song, their hurts, struggles and pain. Exploring the stories of the women who have shaped the history of music, you’ll be transported from the speakeasy setting to the very heart of the Lady herself, Prinnie Stevens, Australia’s own RnB Soul Songstress. With a song selection that spans over 100 years and touches on social issues across those decades, Prinnie will move you with her world class vocals, but will challenge your world as know it!

Saturday 20 April | The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra City | Book here.

Hindley Street Country Club Live at the Southern Cross Club

For one night only don’s miss this epic cover band as they perform the biggest songs of a generation from the 70s and 80s. And why not make a night of it and enjoy a two course meal in a private dining area at the Southern Cross Club before the show with their ’Dinner and Show’ ticket offer?

Saturday 20 April |  92-96 Corinna Street, Phillip | Book here.

Chillinit – 420 Oz Crawl

The Multi-Platinum, ARIA Nominated, rap scallywag, Chillinit, is embarking on his first ever regional tour of Australia and he’s stopping in Canberra. Serving up his new mixtape, 420DNA, as well as a bunch of new tunes from his ever growing catalogue, you’ll hear some smash hits.

Saturday 20 April | UC Refectory, University of Canberra, Bruce | Book here.

Kita Alexander: Young In Love Album Tour

Don’t miss rising star Kita Alexander as she comes to Canberra following her sold-out debut Australian tour earlier in the year. Making a name for herself in the music industry with a string of new singles, this tour for the highly awaited debut album ‘Young in Love’ will see her play fresh material off her upcoming album and some of her hits.

Saturday 27 April | UC Hub, 11 Kirinari Street, Bruce | Book here.

Exhibitions

Nature’s Way

Featuring new work by Liz Hanna, Catherine Ellerton, and Janine Gould, is the place to be. Exploring the participating artists’ solostagia and will act as a witness to the current anthropogenic environmental degradation, their aim is aim to share the message with viewers that landscapes, waterways, oceans, birds, insects, animals and plant life must be protected at all costs.

Wednesday 24 April until Sunday 19 May | Strathnairn Arts Association, 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt | More information here.

Rosalind Lemoh Solo Exhibition

Head to the Born in Sierra Leone and based in Gundaroo, New South Wales, Rosalind Lemoh’s artistic practice deeply examines identity within the Australian context. Serving as a means to explore her identity as a female artist of colour, engaging in a dialogue between personal identity and broader societal narratives, you’ll see a range of  found objects that are meticulously replicated in concrete, bronze, aluminium, and for the first time, glass.

Until Sunday 28 April | Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston | More information here.

Ralph Heimans: Portraiture. Power. Influence

This is the first major exhibition of the Sydney-born artist’s work in his home country. Featuring some of the most significant portraits in the artist’s career to date (from early major works such as his painting of HM Queen Mary of Denmark through to his most recent paintings), you’ll see some amazing works that have cemented Ralph Heimans as a internationally sought-after portraitist known for his meticulously realised paintings.

Until Monday 27 May |

Vincent Namatjira: Australia in Colour

This exhibition of acclaimed Western Aranda artist Vincent Namatjira, Vincent Namatjira: Australia in Colour, charts the artist’s career, revealing the power of his painting and the potency of his words. Showcasing Namatjira’s burgeoning artistic practice, this major exhibition brings together paintings, works on paper and moving image from public and private collections nationwide, the exhibition will also feature a selection of watercolours from the national collection by the artist’s great-grandfather and critically acclaimed Western Arranda artist, Albert Namatjira.

Until Sunday 21 July | National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes | More information here.

Duntoon Estate: Work With All Your Might

Nearly 200 years ago, merchant, philanthropist and politician Robert Campbell was granted 4,000 acres of land – advised by James Ainslie, he established a sheep station on the banks of the Molonglo River. Now, you can see never-before-seen objects and images from the house, families, woolshed and dairy that made up this extensive early estate thanks to this amazing exhibition.

Until Sunday 21 July |  | More information here.

A Century of Quilts

This exhibition showcases an often-overlooked art form made almost exclusively by women. Head along to see the National Gallery’s most requested work of art, The Rajah quilt 1841, and other exceptional examples of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century quilts. The exhibition also includes key examples of possum skin cloak designs by leading First Nations artists whose work has revitalised this historically important cultural and artistic tradition.

Until Sunday 25 August | National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes | More information here.

Discovering Ancient Egypt

Journey back in time to discover the wonders of ancient Egypt in this must-see exhibition featuring over 220 objects from the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden). You’ll learn all about the lifestyles of the ancient Egyptians, their religion and society, their creativity and their belief in an afterlife where they hoped to live for eternity.

Until September 2024 | 

Backyard Archaeology

This exhbition at 

Until early September |

Materiality…But Not As We Know It

Featuring new and recent works by ten artists and designers, who each have an association with the Canberra region, this exhibition explores what happens when ancient geology becomes a wall treatment – when acid transforms smooth shiny copper into organic dripping furniture – and when rich coloured glass formed into a coolamon holds the cultural knowledge of the flow of water on this Country.

Until late October | Canberra Museum + Gallery, 176 London Circuit, Civic Square | More information here.

Sport

Techworkz Automotive Rally Of Canberra

This is a  premier motorsport event that attracts competitors from all around the country. Don’t miss the first round of the Bosch Motorsport Australia Rally Championship, and with the Service Park centrally located at EPIC spectators can witness the teams locally, or head out to the forest to catch all the action. Did we mention that spectating is free?

Friday 5 until Sunday 7 April | Various locations | More information here.

Safeguard Global ACT Brumbies v NSW Waratahs

Commencing with the ACT Brumbies Super Rugby Women’s team kicking off against Fijian Drua, this game at GIO will get hearts pumping. Looking to continue their winning streak against the Waratahs as the big city boys cross state lines into Brumby Territory, head along to cheer on the Safeguard Global ACT Brumbies in this home game!

Saturday 6 April | GIO Stadium Canberra, Battye Street, Bruce | Book here.

Raiders v Eels

The Raiders are taking on the Parramatta Eels in their first Sunday night home game of the 2024 NRL season! Soak in the atmosphere of what’s sure to be an epic evening clash and take the whole family for an unforgettable evening.

Sunday 7 April | GIO Stadium Canberra, Battye Street, Bruce | Book here.

Giants v St Kilda Saints

Grab some friends or bring the family for this Saturday afternoon classic, as the GIANTS taking on the St Kilda Saints, in their first home game of the 2024 Toyota AFL Premiership Season at Manuka Oval. It’s perfect for the whole family – keep your eye out for giveaways, face painting, inflatables and more!

Saturday 13 April | | Book here.

Raiders v Titans

We’ve been told that Raiders v Titans clash has been one of the most entertaining matchups at home in recent years, and in this game the Raiders are looking to make it three wins in a row. Get there early to cheer on the Raiders NSW Cup team as they take on the Bulldogs, and then sit back and enjoy as the two teams battle it out.

Sunday 14 April | GIO Stadium Canberra, Battye Street, Bruce | Book here.

Five Peaks Challenge Bike Ride

This is a non-competitive cyclo-sportive bike riding and fundraiser event conducted by the Murrumbidgee Canberra Rotary Club challenging you to ride your bike (or unicycle, tandems recumbent, tricycle, e-bikes, and kick bikes) up the six peaks of Canberra – Mount Stromlo, Red Hill, Mount Pleasant, Mount Ainslie and Black Mountain and Dairy Farmers Hill (in the Arboretum). Keen to give it a go? There will be signage, marshals along the route, snacks at the top of each peak, two feeding stations, sag wagon, sausage sizzle at the finish, a record of your achievement, and more.

Sunday 21 April | Stromlo Forest Park (Starting and finishing at Dave McInnes Road, Wright) | More information here.

Giants v Brisbane Lions

Don’t miss the pre-game Anzac Day commemorations, before settling in for a Thursday night blockbuster, as two of the 2023 preliminary finalists go head to head in what shapes up to be a critical clash. Make the most of the face painting, inflatables, food and more!

Thursday 25 April | Manuka Oval, Manuka Circle, Griffith | Book here.

Safeguard Global ACT Brumbies v Hurricanes

In an ANZAC special round, the Brumbies will be facing the Hurricanes at GIO Stadium. Don’t miss any of the action, visit the website and book your tickets now!

Saturday 27 April | GIO Stadium Canberra, Battye Street, Bruce | Book here.

Raiders v Sharks

Don’t miss out on a big afternoon of footy, with a triple-header of games. The Raiders Jersey Flegg team kicks off at midday, followed by the NSW Cup team. Then the Raiders take on the Sharks in ANZAC Round. See you there!

Sunday 28 April | GIO Stadium Canberra, Battye Street, Bruce | Book here.

Workshops, webinars and more

Pyramid Making at the NMA

On every Wednesday during the ACT school term from 10:30 am until 11 am, your little archaeologist can take place in an hands-on activity where they’ll explore and experiment with a range of materials and textures to shape their own sandy pyramids. Perfect for children aged two to six, it’s free with entry to the Tim and Gina Fairfax Discovery Centre.

Wednesday 3 and 10 April | National Museum of Australia, Lawson Cres, Acton | Book here.

Panel Discussion: A Women’s Place Is In The…Assembly!

Join the National Library for a panel discussion about women in ACT politics, where three trailblazers in Canberra politics will reflect on their experiences and the difference elected women make. Celebrating the fact that the ACT was the first jurisdiction to be headed by a woman (Rosemary Follett in 1989), it’s a great insight into local history.

Saturday 7 April | National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes | Book here.

The Journey of Australian Science: Tracing Our History, Discovering New Paths

Join the Australian Academy of Science in their 70th anniversary year for a look at history and into the future, at this public speaker series. In each installment, you’ll follow the story of one scientific discipline (think: geology, virology, astronomy and more), with an Academy Fellow and an early-career researcher as expert guides.

Tuesday 9 April |

Floor Talk: Guy Morgan

Join artist Guy Morgan’s for a focused exploration of his acclaimed video work, ‘Written with a finger on a steamed-up window’, at his solo exhibition ‘#’ held at M16 Artspace. Guy Morgan will offer firsthand insights into the development of his acclaimed ArtScreen short video, premiered at Sydney’s esteemed MCA in December 2023. RSVP’s are encouraged!

Saturday 13 March | M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith | More information here.

In Conversation with Qin Qin

Don’t miss local author Qin Qin in conversation with Melanie Poole on her memoir Model Minority Gone Rogue: How an unfulfilled daughter of a tiger mother went way off script – the story of a Chinese-Australian girl who did everything she was supposed to do—then grew into a woman who questioned it all. Held at the ANU campus Harry Hartog, books will be available for purchase during the event.

Tuesday 16 April | The Australian National University, 153-11 University Avenue, Acton | Register here.

Duntroon Estate and It’s People

Visit the Canberra Museum and Gallery for a fascinating talk about Duntroon Estate and the characters who worked and lived across the estate. Through an examination of objects, images and archival material, you will start to understand the connections between people, their homes, their community, their work and their leisure. Join Dr. Hannah Paddon as she talks about some of the research for the Duntroon Estate: Work with All Your Might exhibition.

Thursday 18 April | Canberra Museum and Gallery, 176 London Circuit, Canberra City | Book here.

Flow Cook Connect: Yoga Workshop

This is a seasonal yoga workshop that offers practical and effective flow and food experiences to improve your well-being, enable your health goals and enrich your life. You’ll gain motivation and vitality with an uplifting yoga class, talk about food, seasonal eating, energetics and the benefits of it all, eat said food and more!

Saturday 20 April | Mandala Studio, 253 Northbourne Avenue, G06, Lyneham | Book here.

Collage In The Landscape: Art Workshop

Channel your inner artist with this workshop. You’ll work in acrylics and drawing media, and make your own collage using mono printing with the help of artist Ann Rayment. Have fun with the process and make the most of this fun painting workshop!

Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 April | Canberra Art Workshop, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Studio B, Griffith | Book here.

Source: hercanberra.com.au

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