Reconciliation Week, and a three-hour tasting of 900 wines: 40+ events you can’t miss | HerCanberra

Reconciliation Week, and a three-hour tasting of 900 wines: 40+ events you can’t miss | HerCanberra
Reconciliation Week, and a three-hour tasting of 900 wines: 40+ events you can’t miss | HerCanberra

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From things to do this Reconciliation Week to a three-hour tasting of 900 wines (yes, 900), here’s everything you can’t miss this week in Canberra.

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

Reconciliation Day at Commonwealth Park

Showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, food, music, and entertainment, this free family-friendly event offers ample opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Australia’s national story.

From witnessing a traditional Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country to trying your hand at traditional crafts, you can be part of the conversation while participating in the culture.

Monday 27 May, 10 am – 3 pm | Commonwealth Park, Commonwealth Avenue Parkes | More information here.

Reconciliation Story Time

The National Archives of Australia wants to engage young learners with First Nations Stories this Reconciliation Day, which is why they’re hosting an interactive story time session.

Celebrating Indigenous Australian culture through storytelling, performance, and craft, children two to six years old are invited to attend and enjoy a range of activities – including creating their very own Bunyip.

Monday 27 May, 10 am – 11 am | National Archives of Australia, Kings Avenue, Parkes | More information here

The Guilty Feminist: Live

Less of a podcast and more of a global phenomenon, The Guilty Feminist is part comedy, part deep-dive discussion and part activism.

Returning to Australia and New Zealand after her last successful tour, host Deborah Frances-White and a different array of world-class guests each night will examine our noble goals as 21st century feminists – and our hypocrisies and insecurities that undermine those goals.

With over 150 million downloads in eight years, this is the show that proves you don’t have to be perfect to be a force for meaningful change.

With special co-host Kirsty Webeck, poetry by Hangama Obaidullah and guest speakers Lauren Beckman and Dr Elise Stephenson.

Tuesday 28 May from 7.30 pm | Canberra Theatre Centre | Book here.

Indigenous stargazing at Australian Parliament House

Want to know know more about Australia’s long and rich history of stargazing? Join Indigenous astronomer Peter Swanton and astrophysicist Dr Brad Tucker under the stars on the front lawns of Australian Parliament House.

You’ll discover how the skies have been used by First Nation’s peoples as maps to navigate seasons and guide cultural practices across a millennium and explore the scientific importance of stars on Country as well as how this knowledge is being preserved.

Thursday 30 May, 7 pm – 8 pm | Parliament House, Parliament Drive, City | Register here.

The Smokeout

If you’ve ever wanted to live your best U-S-Of-A life and ride a mechanical bull before hoeing into some barbeque, you better get that cowboy hat ready. Because Braddon’s Hopscotch is bringing a taste of American to Canberra each Friday from 31 May for their new SmokeOut event series – and yes, they will be blasting country music all night long.

SmokeOut will see a variety of rootin’ tootin’ good times come to Lonsdale Street, including a delish variety of smoked meats on offer including short ribs, smoked chicken, smoked pork and more from Hopscotch’s own grill masters, live country music and yes, a mechanical bull (might we suggest you barbeque before you ride?).

Friday 31 May, then every Friday for six weeks until 5 July from 5 pm until late | Hopscotch, 5 Lonsdale Street, Braddon | Book here.

National Wine Experience

A three-hour tasting of 900 wines? Sign. Us. Up. This is your chance to sample more than 900 (yes, 900) wines from across the country at Exhibition Park, including the just-announced winners of the 2024 National Wine Show awards.

But there’s a catch – there are only 250 tickets for this three-hour event. Get booking!

Saturday 1 June, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Coorong Pavilion, Exhibition Park | Book here.

Suitcase Rummage

Pack your suitcase and load up the car, this is a community market with no tents, no tables, no racks, no overheads and most importantly, no elitism. All you need to do it grab your pre-loved wares and/or handmade creations and you can sell straight out of your suitcase. It’s as easy as that!

Saturday 1 June, 11 am – 3 pm | Haig Park, Girrahween Street, Braddon | More information here.

Food and Wine

Mexican Fiesta at Midnight

A month long Mexican Fiesta celebration? Hold my sombrero. Until Friday 31 May, Midnight Bar is hosting a mouth-watering celebration of all things Mexican and delicious, from opportunities to try some Mexican-inspired food and cocktails, to sipping on custom-crafted cocktails from our build-your-own margarita menu.

Transport your taste buds south of the border and nab your seat by booking ahead, or simply walk in.

Until Friday 31 May, from 3 pm until late | Midnight Bar, Braddon | More information here.

Marble & Grain and Canberra Distillery: Lunch and Gin Masterclass

Know your base spirits from your botanicals? Well, even if you don’t, you’ll enjoy this. The Canberra Distillery is hosting a Lunch & Gin Masterclass at Marble & Grain where they will walk you through the world of gin.

Sip and savour your way through a five-course lunch (think: gin cured salmon Carpaccio and lemon gin cheesecake) with matching gins that are perfectly paired to make the most out of the flavours!

Sunday 1 June, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm | Marble & Grain, 25 Mort Street, Braddon | Book here.

Tipsy Sundaze

At “Tipsy Sundaze” the weekend doesn’t have to end on a flat note.

Come together with friends and elevate your Sunday at Amici. Unwind, sip, and savour while experiencing the very best Canberra’s music scene has to offer.

Every Sunday from 2.30-5.30 pm | Amici, Northbourne Avenue, City | Find out more 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 2 June | Hall Showground, Hall Street, Hall | More information here.

Capital Region Farmers Market

Fresh produce, flowers and the ready-to-eat food and coffee. What more could you need? The Capital Region Farmers Market has everything you need.

7 am – 11.30 am Saturday | Exhibition Park in Canberra, Old Well Station Road, Mitchell |

Little Burley Markets

Offering a diverse array of multicultural foods, much-loved beverages and brunchables, beautiful blooms, locally made art, fashion, photography and homewares, artisanal bread, delectable pastries, seafood, smoked charcuterie, truffles, meats, puppy treats, and much more, you’ll be able to find plenty of goodies at this bespoke lakeside market

8 am – 1 pm Saturday | Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes |

Southside Farmers Markets

This village market is located at Canberra College, making it the perfect place to duck in to grab what you need (and maybe a few things you don’t). Order an egg and bacon roll to start the morning as you explore the best of fresh seasonal veggies, handmade pasta and pet treats.

8 am–11.30 am Sunday | 2 Launceston Street, Phillip |

Haig Park Markets

Moments away from Lonsdale street’s boutiques and cafes, the Haig Park Village Markets will delight your senses with delicious cuisines, tasty treats, beautiful blooms, fresh produce, delectable charcuterie and artisan products. It’s a lovely place to enjoy a picnic whilst feasting your senses on the culinary delights on offer or to browse the fabulous local handmade design stalls.

8.30 am – 2 pm Sundays | Haig Park, Girrahween Street, Braddon |

Old Bus Depot Markets

Lovers of fine hand-crafted wares, clothing collectors, food fanatics and jewellery junkies are just a few of the people who head to Canberra’s award-winning Old Bus Depot Markets every Sunday. In a fabulous old industrial building you’ll experience the endless colour, tastes, sounds and atmosphere that is “Canberra’s Sunday Best”.

Not your average market, each week you’ll find over 200 stalls of exceptional quality, featuring items all hand-crafted by local and regional creatives. There’s simply no better way to spend your Sunday in Canberra.

Every Sunday | 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston |

Stage and Screen

The River That Run Uphill

Do you know the story of the river that ran uphill? With a cyclone at its centre, this is a story of the collision between nature and humanity set in the Pacific Islands – and it’s coming to Canberra.

Based on the live experience of Edgell Junior (a Ni-Vanuatu man from Pentecost Island and member of Slingsby’s Flying Squad ensemble) during Cyclone Pam in 2015, this moving production emphasises the real importance of community cooperation and resilience.

Wednesday 29 until Friday 31 May | Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra | Book tickets here.

Terror by Ferdinand von Schirach

Guilty or not guilty? Enter the courtroom, hear the evidence, and make your judgement. An interactive show where the fate of a fighter pilot is placed in the audience’s hands, you’ll be the jury and judge.

Wednesday 29 May until Sunday 16 June | Mill Theatre at Dairy Road, 1 Dairy Road, Building 3.3, Fyshwick | Book here.

Tom Gleeson – Gear

You know him as the Hard Quiz Overlord, Master of Tasks and Gold Logie Winner. And now Tom Gleeson is giving audiences around the country an opportunity to see a master stand-up at work with his brand-new live show, Gear. It promises to be an hour of non-stop laughter.

Thursday 30 and Friday 31 May | Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, City | Book here.

The Art of Disruption

In Rebus Theatre’s new original work by disabled actors and actors with mental health challenges, step behind the curtain and into the tumultuous world of activist theatre, where the struggles of everyday life collide with the magic of storytelling.

Asking the question ‘Will the forces of creativity and resilience triumph over adversity, or will the weight of reality prove too great to bear?’ it promises to be an unforgettable journey into the heart of the theatre, where the show must go on, no matter what.

Thursday 30 May until Saturday 1 June |

Sashi Perera – Boundaries

You may not have seen Sashi live, but chances are you’ve seen her viral clips online. Well, now she’s coming to Canberra to change that with her new show ‘Boundaries’. Asking ‘What do you keep out and what do you let in?’, Sashi is diving into high crime, religion and the animal kingdom as she explores the absurdity of boundaries and her quest for peace.

Friday 31 May |Drama Theatre, Kambri, The Australian National University, 154 University Ave, Acton | Book here.

SENES Flamenco Trio

Experience the passion and beauty of SENES Flamenco for one night only! Featuring Aya Kitaoji, Alejandro Florez and Nathan Slater, the trio’s captivating performance will leave you breathless with each stamp of the foot and flourish of the arms. With stunning costumes, dynamic live music, and breathtaking dance, SENES Flamenco is sure to be a feast for the senses. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the artistry and tradition of flamenco firsthand.

Saturday 1 June | 38 David Street, Turner | Book here.

Reconciliation Week Screenings at the NFSA

In honour of Reconciliation Week, the National Film and Sound Archive is holding some special screenings of powerful films telling First Nations stories.

The Last Daughter is an inspiring documentary chronicling Brenda Matthews’ journey of trying to understand her story and reconcile the two sides of her family. TOOMELAH is a powerful feature from award-winning First Nations director Ivan Sen, following the story of troubled 10-year-old Daniel. Both showing on Saturday 1 June, they offer a fresh insight into the lives and experiences of First Nations Australians.

Saturday 1 June, with sessions at 1 pm (The Last Daughter) and 6 pm (TOOMELAH) |
National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton | Book tickets here.


Talented Students from the Studio of Elena Nikulina

Four outstanding students from the studio of Elena Nikulina will be performing as part of the Wesley Lunchtime concert series, and it’s not to be missed. Hannah Ni, Oscar Wu, May Li and Simon Wu will perform works by de Falla, Bartok, Chopin, Glinka and Chaminde.

Wednesday 29 May | Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest | Book tickets here.

JOTA: Ciampa-Piccotti Guitar and Cello Duo

It’s time to travel to Italy as two of the countries finest musicians unite, for a stunning concert. Fusing rhythmic flamenco and sultry tango melodies, the Ciampa-Piccotti duo (Gian Marco Ciampa on guitar, and Erica Piccotti on cello) will play works from renowned composers such as Astor Piazzolla, Manuel de Falla, Isaac Albéniz, and Enrique Granados.

Friday 31 May | Wesley Uniting Church, 20-22 National Circuit, Forrest | Book here.

Los Chavos @ Smiths

Be transported to the heart of Latin America (without the plane ticket). Move and groove to the captivating rhythms of Los Chavos, Canberra’s premier Latin ska reggae band at Smiths Alternative.

Friday 31 May, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Smiths Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, City | Book here.


Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize 2024

Officially opening on Saturday 25 May, Little Darlings is an exhibition of finalists works from the Gallery’s annual Youth Portrait Prize.  First launched in 2022, Little Darlings is a competition for primary and secondary students, with four separate age categories across Kindergarten to Year 12.


‘Monuments’ is a body of work that investigates and celebrates the forms found within our landscape. Created by Emma Pattenden, it reinterprets the rock forms found in different parts of the Australian landscape to express the monumental value of these forms and places, inviting you on a transformative journey through the sculptural wonders of our Australian landscape.

Until Sunday 9 June| M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith | More information here.

Field Of Vision

‘Field of Vision’ a solo exhibition by Lee Leibrandt. It presents a collection of woven tapestries that reflect the connection between the natural landscape and personal experience of place.

In combining the traditional medium of tapestry weaving with modern design elements of mixed-media collage and mark making, Leibrandt aims to make pattern and colour manifest as dream-like representations via a meditative and intentional practice.

Until Sunday 9 June | M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith | More information here.

Creating Apart, Together

M16 Artspace Gallery in Canberra is where the exhibition Creating Apart, Together is on show from 16 May to 9 June, with an opening on 16 May at 6 pm. It brings together 21 local visual, fibre and textile artists from Networks Australia (@networks_australia_artists), and proposes an alternative to the privilege of visiting artists’ studios.

The visitor is offered three perspectives – the works themselves (painting, machine and hand-stitching, tapestry, weaving etc); a ‘concept board’ for each artist and photographs by Networks member, Fiona Bowring. The artists are brought together in a bank of portraits of each in their studios.

Free entry.

Until Sunday 9 June | M16 Artspace Gallery, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith | More information here

Golden Hour

Sophie Ryan is an emerging artist originally from Bathurst, New South Wales, driven by a deep connection to her surroundings and a desire to convey the vitality and movement of the world around her.

Currently looking into different ways of representing landscapes through gesture, embodiment, emotion and memory while combining elements of drawing and painting, this  solo exhibition will feature a series of landscapes and other depicted moments to respond to feelings of growth, and what it means to live in a new place but yearn for the grounding of familiarity and comforts.

Until Sunday 16 June | Strathnairn Arts Association, 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt | More information here.

Joan McKay: Touched By Fauna

In this exhbition at the Strathnairn Arts Association, artist Joan McKay uses hyperrealism to invite the viewer to connect with the beauty, gentleness and vulnerability of local animals and birds. Presenting a new body of work using scratchboards, you’ll see everything from red-necked wallabies to swamp wallabies, peewees, magpies and more.

Until Sunday 16 June | Strathnairn Arts Association, 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt | More information here.

Sequence of Variables

Created by artist Estelle Briedis ‘Sequence of Variables’ presents a series of functional design objects and textiles based on original pattern designs emerging from a digital pattern generator. The work reflects on how generated patterns can be transformed into repeatable pattern designs, using a blend of traditional screen-printing techniques and contemporary design applications.

Through her work, Briedis aims to contribute to discussions on the integration of digital tools in design and the potential of pattern in enhancing surfaces and spaces.  

Until Saturday 6 July | Craft + Design Canberra,  Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, City | More information here.

The Edge Between

‘The Edge Between’ showcases a series of ceramic works responding creatively to the principles of the regenerative earth care system of permaculture. Each piece draws on one of the 12 permaculture principles to create a collection of new ceramic works that contain a positive, non-judgmental message about how each of us can choose to change our behaviour to make a difference.

Until Saturday 6 July | Craft + Design Canberra,  Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, City | More information here.

Light Ripples

‘Light Ripples’ by artist Hannah Gason explores subtle changes and rhythms Gason experiences in her everyday surroundings. Each series of light works, and wall panels offer a curiosity of space and perspective through shifting layers of form, colour, tone and transparency.

Until Saturday 6 July | Craft + Design Canberra,  Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, City | More information here.

Focus: Australian government photographers

Focus: Australian government photographers brings Australia’s government photographers out of the darkroom and into the spotlight.

Between 1939 and 1996, dozens of photographers were employed by government agencies to capture Australian life. This fascinating exhibition delves deep into the lives and work of these talented individuals who helped to preserve our rich visual heritage, including Harry Frauca, Max Dupain, Mervyn Bishop and many more. Focus invites visitors on a journey spanning six decades of Australian life.

Explore a diverse selection of work that includes intimate nature photography, striking architectural shots and images that capture everyday memories from Australia’s past. Step into our virtual darkroom and experience the magic of photography by watching pictures develop before your eyes. Experience the power of photography to shape perceptions, ignite conversation and preserve memories.

Until 10 June 2024 | National Archives of Australia, Kings Avenue, Parkes |

Temple at the NFSA

Created by Australian artists Leila Jeffreys and Melvin J. Montalban, this contemplative artwork celebrates the awe-inspiring beauty of native cockatoos.

Temple invites us to reflect on the wonder of nature and our place within it.

Until 30 June | NFSA Acton |

Light and Substance by Robyn Campbell & Kirstin Guenther

Robyn Campbell and Kirstin Guenther have a three-decade connection as artists, bound by similar conceptual approaches and aesthetic sensibilities. Kirstin uses transparent silk fabric, translucent kozo paper, heavy watercolour paper and plywood with a combination of ink, watercolour, oil pastels and acrylic paints, whereas Robyn trained as a glass artist.

Whilst Kirstin’s and Robyn’s work contrast materially, technically and in their approach; the interplay between light and substance, translucence and density, unites their work.

Until Friday 7 July | West Gallery, Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen | More information here.

Almost Always by Isobel Rayson & Nick Stranks

Isobel Rayson and Nick Stranks contemplate ideas of memory and narrative in their joint exhibition, Almost Always. With consideration to time, identity, and history, their works intersect with a shared interest of material investigation and process-driven methodologies.

Until Friday 7 July | West Gallery, Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen | More information here.

Yazelations: Upcycling Industrial Waste by Yasmin Idriss

Yasmin is an artist and photographer based in Canberra. Yasmin’s creative pursuits encompass portraiture, documentary photography, and the captivating world of floral imagery. Her passion lies in storytelling through photography, particularly through documentary projects within the community.

Her artistic repertoire extends to creating photobooks, writing poetry, batik silk painting, printmaking and sculptures. Through diverse mediums, she explores the multifaceted nature of creativity and human expression.

Until Friday 7 July | West Gallery, Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen | More information here.

Awaken by Elizabeth Ficken

Elizabeth is a Canberra-based artist, working in sculpture. She creates work with a variety of material that relates to the conceived idea. The environment plays a vital role in Elizabeth’s making process. Observing how living systems adapt, co-exist and survive manifests an awareness to connect more greatly with nature.

Until Friday 7 July | West Gallery, Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen | More information here.

Gold To Blue by Sarah Earle

Sarah Earle is a visual artist based in Canberra, Australia. After graduating from the Canberra Institute of Technology in 2019 with a Diploma of Visual Arts, she continues to enjoy learning new techniques and experimenting with new mediums. Her works are expressed through painting, drawing, collage and mixed media to communicate memory, reflection or contemplation on landscape and human nature.

Until Friday 7 July | West Gallery, Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen | 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 | 

Feature image: Reconciliation Place, Ben Appleton, Photox. Supplied by Visit Canberra. 


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