The June long weekend is finally here! Here’s your three-day itinerary | HerCanberra

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From markets to musicals, truffles to “Tipsy Sundaze”, here’s how you can spend three blissful days in Canberra.

Can you tell that we’re excited about another long weekend?

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

Special Events and Festivals

Fresh Fest: Harris Farm Markets grand opening

Welcome to Fresh Fest, the highly anticipated grand opening of Harris Farm Markets!

Celebrate and experience a weekend of excitement and fun for the whole family. Enjoy creative kids’ workshops, live music, entertainment, cooking demonstrations by chefs, exciting giveaways and more.

With a commitment to sustainability and quality, Harris Farm Markets offers a wide range of products, from farm-fresh fruits and vegetables to gourmet groceries and pantry essentials.

This new fresh food shopping experience, along with retail giants already located at Majura Park, including Costco, Woolworths, and Aldi, makes Majura Park the ultimate grocery destination for Canberrans.

Saturday 8 until Sunday 9 June | Harris Farm Market, Majura Park | Free entry | Some activities require registrations, see website for more information and full event details.

Hughes Repair Café

This is a fun and hands-on event where you can bring  in your broken items and learn how to fix them with the help of some very skilled volunteers.

Whether it’s a wonky toaster or a wobbly chair, it can be fixed. There will also be an electric bike come-and try and you can get some gardening advice from Helen’s Garden Mentoring!

Saturday 8 June, 10 am – 1 pm | Hughes Community Centre, Whittle Street, Hughes | More information here.

Royal Canberra Poultry Show

This is set to be an iconic gathering of poultry enthusiasts as the finest poultry specimens from the region gather for two days.

This year’s exhibition will feature a diverse array of chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys but beyond the competitions, you can look forward to an exciting blend of entertainment, educational programs, and captivating exhibitions!

Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June, 8:30 am – 2 pm | Exhibition Park, Flemington Road, Mitchell | More information here.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This is one the whole family can enjoy. But just a warning: it’s not a fluffy fairytale. Instead, this story is brimming with mirth and mayhem, whimsy and wickedness – and it’s probably what Shakespeare would have wanted.

Coming to the Canberra Theatre Centre this June, Bell Shakespeare’s fantastical adaption of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is bringing the beloved romantic comedy by William Shakespeare to the Playhouse stage, reimagined and refreshed.

Friday 7 until Saturday 15 June | Canberra Theatre Centre | Tickets here.

Rent: The Musical

You read that right,  Jonathan Larson’s electrifying, multi-Tony® Award-winning musical Rent is coming to Canberra.

Featuring the iconic songs ‘Seasons of Love’ ‘Take Me or Leave Me’ and ‘La Vie Bohème’, this groundbreaking phenomenon is more than a musical; it’s a celebration of life, love, and the human spirit. Grab tickets now!

Friday 7 until Thursday 13 June, 7:30 pm – 10 pm | Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, City | Book here.

Markets

Geek Markets

This is the biggest free pop-culture event in Canberra!

The perfect place to come and support local and interstate geeky artists, creators and traders, you’ll find handmade items, art, comic books, collectibles and more.

Saturday 8 June, 9 am – 5 pm | Exhibition Park in Canberra, Corner Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue, Mitchell | More information here.

Kids In The Shed

This is a super fun family day out at the markets.

Celebrating being a kid and what they do best – have fun – you’ll find handcrafted toys, kids’ room accessories, artworks, handmade clothes and more!

Sunday 9 June, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm | The Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston | 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 | capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au

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 | thelittleburleymarket.com.au

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 | facebook.com

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 | haigparkvillagemarkets.com.au

Food and Wine

Truffle Infused Weekends at Mount Majura Vineyard

It’s finally truffle season and that means it’s time to book your favourite truffle and wine experience.

Enjoy truffle infused triple-cream brie-style cheese with a flight of three 80ml glasses that have been perfectly matched for $40 per person. With sessions available all day Saturday and Sunday, online bookings close the day prior.

Every weekend from Saturday 8 June until Sunday 1 September, 10 am – 5 pm | Mount Majura Vineyard, 88 Lime Kiln Road, Majura | 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

Music

The Rions – Sweet Cocoon Tour

Stopping in Canberra for their national tour, The Rions boast newfound grit in their unapologetic anthem ‘Sweet Cocoon’.

Head along to hear the coarse, near grunge guitar riff for yourself and get ready to experience the fever across the Sweet Cocoon Tour.

Saturday 8 June, 7 pm – 11:30 pm | 

Formidable Vegetable Permaculture Dance Party

The Formidable Vegetable are back in the ACT for the first time since 2023! Following an appearance at Vivid Sydney, expect some all new electronically-boosted eco-funk/swing soaked in permaculture and positive climate action that the whole family can get down to.

Continuing their mission to inspire folks from five to 95 to grow their own food, restore their ecosystems and live a better life with irresistibly funky home-scale solutions, it’s an afternoon of music you won’t want to miss.

Sunday 9 June, 3:30 pm – 6 pm | Smiths Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, City | Book here.

Apeiron Baroque: Travel and Change

Baroque music meets philosophy for one afternoon only. Continuing on from the successful melding of Australian Poetry and Baroque Music last year, Apeiron continues to pair unlikely and interesting combinations of topics with Early Music performances.

Explore and absorb philosophical ideas of travel and change, presented by Drew Ninnis, whilst listening to music presented by Apeiron Baroque, John Ma and Marie Searles.

Sunday 9 June, 4 pm – 5:15 pm | Wesley Uniting Church, 20 National Circuit, Forrest | Book here.

Exhibitions

Monuments

‘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.

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 Sunday 30 June | NFSA Acton | nfsa.gov.au

Gardens of Academe

All inspired and created on the grounds of the Australian National University, don’t miss the latest watercolour and charcoal artworks by Elizabeth Truswell.

Showing at the , the exhibition reflects the landscaped gardens from the lower slopes of Black Mountain and Sullivans creek.

Until Sunday 30 June |

NYARU

This is an exhibition of new works in glass by Yankunytjatjara / Western Arrernte artist, Robert Fielding. Co-curated by Erin Vink and Aimee Frodsham, the works challenges the perception of Central Desert artwork in the medium of glass with the artist combining strong cultural roots with contemporary views on the tensions between community life and global concerns.

Until Sunday 21 July | 11 Wentworth Avenue Kingston | More information here.

Canberra Potters’ Student | Teacher Exhibition

This annual exhbition is an opportunity to celebrate the skills and creativity of the many students who attend classes at Canberra Potters!

Giving students a welcoming environment to publicly display their work, participation is open to all students – adults and children – who have attended classes at Canberra Potters in the previous 12 months. All Canberra Potters teachers are excellent potters in their own right and their work is exhibited alongside the students’.

Until Sunday 7 July, 10 am – 4 pm | Canberra Potters, 1 Aspinall Street, Watson Arts Centre, Watson | More information here.

Futures Exhibition

Presenting ongoing research from the Australian National University School of Art & Design, this exhibition explores everything from climate change, to digital heritage, maternal health, and the emerging arts of metabolism and digestion.

Until Friday 5 July, 10:30 am – 3 pm | ANU School of Art & Design Gallery, Building 105, Corner Liversidge Street & Ellery Crescent, Acton | More information here.

Safeguard Global ACT Brumbies vs TBC

The Safeguard Global ACT Brumbies are heading in to the Super Rugby Pacific Quarter Finals for 2024! Don’t miss any of the action.

Saturday 8 June | GIO Stadium Canberra, Battye Street, Bruce | Book here.

Workshops, Tours and Talks

Japanese Timber Spoon Making Workshop

Join instructor Nobuyuki Ohashi from KOITOYA as he guides you through the process of making your own unique timber spoon using Japanese carving tools.

All materials will be supplied and at the end of the day, you will have made your own wooden spoon, gained knowledge of carving techniques and timbers, and had hands-on experience using Japanese tools.

Saturday 8 June, 9 am – 4 pm | Craft + Design Canberra, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building, City | Book here.

Feature image: Old Bus Depot Markets. Supplied. 

Source: hercanberra.com.au

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