What’s on around Canberra in July 2023 | Canberra Daily

And just like that, half the year is gone, and we’re in July!

The Canberra region is keeping things cool while celebrating winter and mid-year festivities all month long.

Christmas comes not once but twice this month, with the Xmas in July festival bringing cheese, wine and markets to Parkes Place Lawns until 2 July. Then the following week, Santa makes a visit to Queanbeyan’s Christmas in July  for more festive fun on Saturday 8 July.

Festivals continue with Winter in the City bringing snow and seasonal fun to Canberra City Centre until 16 July. The latest in innovation, design and art is showcased across the capital in the new Uncharted Territory festival from 7-16 July.

The Australian National Botanic Gardens keeps things cool as they step back in history with MEGAfauna: a walk through time, head on a adventure tracking prehistotic creatures and plants for the whole month. Their special afterDARK event invites you to the gardens at night for entertainment and roaming beasts.

Truffle Season: Winter means it’s truffle season in the Capital Region and there’s an array of truffle hunts, events, activities and gourmet truffle fare to savour this year; southernharvest.org.au/winter-festivities/

International Gin Festival: Hosted by the Australian Gins Distillers Association, come dive into the world of gin through informative and fun masterclasses. University of Canberra until 1 July; ginevents.com.au

MEGAfauna – a walk through time: Step back in time with a discovery trail of science, art, culture and, most of all, fun, lined with prehistoric plants and creatures. Australian National Botanic Gardens, 1-31 July; anbg.gov.au

MEGAfauna afterDARK: After the sun goes down, the prehistoric creatures come to life – well, three of them, anyway – as you stroll through the Gardens at night. Australian National Botanic Gardens, 1-7 July; anbg.gov.au

Rusten House Art Centre: Showcases the region’s greenery and the creatures that reside there in Our Forest in Focus- Life in our trees. Rusten House Art Centre, Queanbeyan, 1-22 July; qprc.nsw.gov.au

Pony: Australia’s answer to Fleabag, Hazel is ready to pop pregnant but not ready to accept that life changes with motherhood in this hilarious show from Briallen Clarke. Canberra Theatre Centre, until 1 July; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Craft ACT: Hosts two new exhibitions: Speculation Nation: Making Utopia, a seven-artist collab, and 2022 CO:LAB, the culmination of a year long professional development program. Craft ACT, London Circuit, until 1 July; craftact.org.au

Home, I’m Darling: Canberra Rep performs the Laura Wade play about a struggling 1950s housewife trying to fit into a 2018 world. Canberra Rep Theatre, until 1 July; canberrarep.org.au

Salters Grand Opening: The chefs will be delighting customers with Salters’ winter menu, Bentspoke Brewing Co. will be serving beer and local wine, live music from Ollie McGill from the Cat Empire, kids’ activities and more. Salters at Dirty Janes, Fyshwick, Saturday 1 July 12-5pm; instagram.com/salters_canberra

Australian Gifts, a Sound to Behold: Musica da Camera and Sally Greenaway present a tapestry of Australian music by a string of Australian composers, served with a side of afternoon tea. Holy Covenant Church, Saturday 1 July 3-5pm; trybooking.com/CIDXA

Listening to the Heart, Understanding the Voice: A workshop to learn about the Indigenous Voice to Parliament with Professor Asmi Wood, and ACT Indigenous affairs minister, Rachel Stephen Smith, with tea, coffee and sandwiches. Canberra City Uniting Church, 1 July 1pm; eventbrite.com.au

Afrobeat Dance Party: A Christmas in July special event that will get your body warmed up on the coolest of days with dance, music, food and drink. Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, Civic Square, 1 July 5pm; eventbrite.com.au

Samson and Delilah: Part of the NAIDOC Week screenings, this heartfelt story of two First Nation teens and a plan to escape their small community. National Film and Sound Archive, 1 July 6pm; nfsa.gov.au

Experience a white Christmas with the Xmas in July Festival at Parkes Place Lawns, 29 June–2 July. Image supplied.

Xmas in July: Experience the magic of Christmas in July at the Xmas in July Festival in Canberra. Delight in dazzling lights, French-European winter treats, and festive entertainment. Don’t miss this enchanting celebration, the fire pits and igloos – a mid-year Christmas extravaganza! Free entry. Parkes Place Lawns, until 2 July;christmasinjuly.com.au

Belconnen Arts Centre: Shows four new exhibitions: Annika Romeyn’s Body of Work; Emma Rani Hodges’ The voice of fire shakes me awake, wild flowers bloom under trees that turn to ashes; The National Exhibition’s 100 Canberra; and open ceramic works, Hold. Until 2 July; belcoarts.com.au

Bark: Nathan Hughes presents a solo exhibition responding to Canberra and the idea of making a meaningful life in a time of significant global change. Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Manuka, until 2 July; ccas.com.au

Smith’s Alternative: Irish Jam each Friday from 4pm; Comedy Open Mic, first Sunday of the month 7pm – and more! smithsalternative.com

The Beanies: Catch the beloved group live on stage in this free school holiday event with daily shows at 12pm and 1pm 3-7 July at South.Point Tuggeranong; southpointcanberra.com.au

Professor Hyatt’s Tarot: A collection of unique tarot cards based on the paintings of Professor John Hyatt. Smith’s Alternative, until 4 July; hyattstarot.weebly.com

Colours of the Outback: Canberra artist Val Johnson presents an exhibition of miniature gouache paintings. Wren’s Nest Studio, Designer Op Shop Emporium, 4-23 July.

Spanish Film Festival: Deep dive into the wonders of Spanish language, culture and art with an exceptional line-up of films to enjoy. Palace Electric Cinema, until 5 July; spanishfilmfestival.com

Hekka performs in Canberra at Street Theatre, Thursday 6 July 7pm.

Hekka: Led by 2019 Freedman Jazz Fellow, Novak Manojlovic, the trio have a reputation for their dynamic and sonically explosive live performances. They kick off their national tour in Canberra on Thursday 6 July 7pm at Street Theatre, City West; au.patronbase.com/_StreetTheatre/

Craft + Design Canberra: Presents two new exhibitions: the collaborative work in Exuberance, and Eliza-Jane Gilchrist’s Uncommon. Canberra City, 6 July-26 August; craftanddesigncanberra.org

Little Wing Puppets: A Little Bit of Blue, an interactive detective show for families followed by a puppet making workshop. Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 6-7 July; tuggeranongarts.com

Mt Ainslie Music Club: The community ensemble meets for improvisation every first Thursday of the month 8-10pm, Ainslie Arts Centre; ainslieandgorman.com.au

Uncharted Territory: For ten days, locals and visitors are invited to explore the boundaries of what is possible in innovation, art and science. Various locations across Canberra, 7-16 July; unchartedterritory.com.au

After The High Fell: A collection of works from artist Lizzie Hall created after a critical moment of agony in her life. Canberra Contemporary Art Space Manuka, 7-16 July; ccas.com.au

Robyn Archer: Presents the hidden gems of homegrown music in An Australian Songbook, Canberra Theatre Centre, 7-8 July; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Ainslie Salon Midpoint: Two evenings of live music to celebrate the growth of experimental music practices in our region. Ainslie Arts Centre, 7-8 July; ainslieandgorman.com.au

A Conversation With a Robot: Explore the world of AI through questions and discussions with the SoftBank Pepper Robot. Kambri Cultural Centre, ANU, 7-16 July; unchartedterritory.com.au

Belconnen Arts Centre: Hosts four new exhibitions: Josh Evan’s ngadhi murangidyal – My Healing; Kayannie Denigan’s Reflections of Country; Julie Bradley’s Resonant; and Rebekah Lane’s Inherited. 7 July-20 August; belcoarts.com.au

Buried Country + Jerikye Williams Performance: A documentary looking at the rich history of Aboriginal music over a period of six decades with a special performance by Wiradjuri singer Jerikye Williams. National Film and Sound Archive, Friday 7 July 6pm; nfsa.gov.au

The ballad of sexual dependency: Nan Goldin’s career-defining work captures the intimate lives of a community of friends in the 1970s-1980s in these raw and captivating shots. View discretion advised. National Gallery of Australia, 8 July- 28 January; nga.gov.au

Capturing Canberra: A display of Canberra Museum and Gallery’s recently acquired Press Photography Collection with over 3,500 images telling the story of our region. Canberra Museum and Gallery 8 July- 28 January; cmag.com.au

Day Dreamer/ Night Thinker: A solo exhibition from local artist Saskia Haalebos exploring questions of mortality, empathy and miscommunication. Megalo Print Studio 8 July- 2 September: megalo.org

Celebrate midyear festivities with Christmas in July at Queanbeyan Showground, Saturday 8 July.

Christmas in July: Queanbeyan’s Christmas in July market is back, with all the delights of a mid-year Christmas gathering. Enjoy unique market stalls, belly-filling foods and a whole lot of community love. Some highlights include gourmet treats and wine, handmade Christmas gifts, Caroloke competition, Santa photos and more! Queanbeyan Showground, Saturday 8 July 9am-3pm; visitqueanbeyanpalerang.com.au

NAIDOC in the North: The For Our Elders event is a celebration of First Nation cultures with live music, dance, food, craft, exhibitions, stalls holders and more. Belconnen Arts Centre, 8 July 11am-2pm; belcoarts.com.au

Lousy Little Sixpence: Restoration of this moving account of the hidden history of the early struggle for Aboriginal land rights and self-determination. National Film and Sound Archive, Saturday 8 July 2pm; nfsa.gov.au

Kazuya Ishida:  Canberra Potter’s artist-in-residence shares his history and skills in this live talk and demonstration. Canberra Potters, Watson, 8 July 6pm, registration encouraged; canberrapotters.com.au

Sara Storer: The ARIA and Golden Guitar award-winning country artist brings her unique sound to Tallagandra Hill Winery, Gundaroo, 8 July 7pm; tallagandrahill.com.au

Jennifer Wong: The food author and comedian presents her new show, Jennifer Wong Has No Peripheral Vision, at Muse, East Hotel, Kingston, 8 July 6pm; musecanberra.com.au

Burntout Bookings celebrates their second birthday at The Polo on 8 July. Image supplied.

Burntout Turns Two: Join Burntout Bookings as they enter their terrible twos and party it up at The Polo! They’re bringing their friends Suzi, Box Dye, Bad Lunar, and Goon Gremlins along to join in party festivities and help sing Happy Birthday to Burntout. Live at the Polo, Turner, 8 July 7pm; burntoutbookings.com.au

Variations: Ceramic artist Susie McMeekin explores the variations of form with traditional wood firing techniques. Canberra Potters Gallery, Watson, until 9 July; canberrapotters.com.au

Come From Away: The hit Broadway show and heart-warming true story of a town in Canada taking in passengers in the wake of 9/11. Canberra Theatre Centre, until 9 July; canberratheatrecentre.com.au ‘Five stars’ – Canberra Daily

Aarwun Gallery: Presents three new exhibitions: Jane Millington’s Sea Poems, Carlos Barrios’ Del Amor Y Los Animales, and Lisa Taylor King’s Our Coloured Earth. Aarwun Gallery, Nicholls, until 9 July; aarwungallery.com.au

Constitution Open Day: Discover what the constitution means to modern Australia with viewings of the original document, talks, tours, children’s activities and free cupcakes. National Archives of Australia, Sunday 9 July 10.30am; naa.gov.au

Australian Youth Orchestra: Perform three works inspired by the tenacity of the human spirit in Ngapa William Cooper. Llewellyn Hall, 9 July 5pm; ticketek.com.au

Played Strong, Done Good Rugby League History Panel: A conversation on the changes and big milestones in the sport with Sia Soliola and Katrina Fanning. National Library of Australia, Tuesday 11 July 6pm; nla.gov.au

Bluey and Bingo: Come meet the beloved characters live with this free interactive experience at South.Point Tuggeranong, 11-13 July, bookings essential; southpointcanberra.com.au

Written by Nick Enright and directed by Julian Meyrick, Good Works comes to Mill Theatre at Dairy Road, 12 July-12 August.

Good Works: Would you ruin someone’s life, separate them from their soulmate and their only son, all the time telling yourself you’re doing the right thing? Leaping between the 1920s and the 1980s, Good Works follows the lives of two women and their two sons as they struggle to cram their complex lives within the confines of religious morality in Nick Enright’s most complex and personal play.The Mill Theatre at Dairy Road, Fyshwick, 12 July-12 August; lexisekuless.com/mill-theatre-at-dairy-road

Finale: A dream cabaret about love, death and telling the truth performed by local legend Moya Simpson. Ainslie Arts Centre, 12-15 July; ainslieandgorman.com.au

ANCA Gallery: Presents a sibling exhibition in Olivia Gates and Solomon Gates’ Coming Home: with metal and glass. ANCA Gallery, Dickson, 12- 30 July; anca.net.au

Behind-the-Scenes History Tour: Go behind the scenes of Canberra’s oldest public building and see its evolution. Canberra Glassworks, Kingston, tours every Wednesday and Friday between 10.30am-2pm; canberraglassworks.com

The Twits: Roald Dahl’s gruesome twosome bring disgust and delight to the stage with shake & stir theatre co.’s production at The Q, Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 13-15 July; theq.net.au

Meet the Brass: The Canberra Symphony Orchestra invites the youngest music lovers to learn about instruments and give them a try in this interactive performance, Albert Hall & Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 13-14 July; cso.org.au

Rugby League The Musical: Explore the greatest game of all in this musical satire, parody, sketch comedy from Denis Carnahan. The Street Theatre, Thursday 13 July 7.30pm; thestreet.org.au

Sing Australia: Weekly sessions at: Belconnen, Thursday 9.30am; Duntroon, Monday 7.30pm; Greenway, Monday 1pm. Costs apply; singaustralia.com.au

Lifeline Bookfair: Lifeline Canberra’s beloved Southside book extravaganza is back with an enormous selection of good reads, DVDs, CDs, games, puzzles and more. All proceeds go to help local crisis support services. Southern Cross Basketball Stadium, Greenway, 14-16 July; lifelinecanberra.org.au

Lucie In the Sky: The Australasian Dance Collective merges the beauty of dance with the cutting-edge technology of drones in this new production. Canberra Theatre Centre, 14-15 July; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Play School Live in Concert’sHumpty’s Showtime comes to Canberra High School, 14-16 July.

Plays School Concerts: Featuring two presenters just like on TV, Play School Live in Concert, Humpty’s Showtime will have fans singing, dancing and jumping for joy as they see Humpty putting on his very own show. This 40-minute spectacular has been specially designed to delight pre-schoolers and parents alike. Canberra High School, 14-16 July; kidspromotions.com.au

Sympathetic Resonance: An original work of experimental theatre from the Emerge Company exploring how one word, whispered, spoken, sung, screamed or left unspoken can alter our lives. Gorman Arts Centre, 14-16 July; ainslieandgorman.com.au

Pop Up Party: Jazida Productions presents a cabaret show, DJ dance party, hands-on activities, a flash mob, food drinks and more, at Garema Place, Civic, Friday 14 July 5pm; jazidaproductions.com

Designing Playful and Vibrant Places: Join artist Dr Baden Pailthorpe, play expert Dr Cathy Hope and architect Thomas Hobbs for a free panel conversation on placemaking, part of the inaugural Uncharted Territory innovation festival. National Film and Sound Archive, 14 July 6pm; unchartedterritory.com.au

Coming of Age Film Festival: Heartfelt stories that capture the universal experience of growing up in a collection of short films created by young Aussie filmmakers. Dendy Cinemas, 14 July 6pm; eventbrite.com.au

The Bastille Day Concert brings the sounds of France to Alliance Française de Canberra on 14 July.

Bastille Day Concert: To celebrate France’s national fête, we are showcasing musicians Nadya, Leonid and Julian who will play live classic French songs for the evening, including Edith Piaf! The concert will be followed by a champagne and French buffet reception featuring delicious delicacies by our partners La Baguette and champagne Lanson. Alliance Française de Canberra, Friday 14 July 6pm; afcanberra.com.au

Dami Im: Celebrates her new EP In Between, a reflection of the rocky shift into motherhood at The Street Theatre, City West, 14 July 8pm; thestreet.org.au

Stars in 3D: The Stellar Company and the Chamaeleon Collective showcase dancers living with disability with simulations of the universe presented by women who embody the Canberra community. Gorman Arts Centre, 15-16 July; unchartedterritory.com.au

Fireside Festival: A celebration of the winter season to delight all wine lovers with tastings and happenings at different wineries and establishments across the region. Various locations, 15-23 July; canberrawines.com.au

Music To Your Ears: Discover the science of hearing through classical music with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra as you learn about the function of the ear through large-scale props and tunes. Marie Raey Teaching Centre, ANU, Saturday 15 July 12pm & 2pm; unchartedterritory.com.au

Beer, Art and Our Cultural Institutions: Meet leaders taking action on climate change to discover what inspires them and the unique role they play to gather, inspire and engage others.Hear from Capital Brewing co-founder Laurence Kain, Indigenous Cultural Heritage expert Christian Hampson and Catherine Polcz, curator of 100 Climate Conversations. National Film and Sound Archive, 15 July 4.30pm; unchartedterritory.com.au

The Ten Tenors: The band performs some of their most loved songs in The Greatest Hits Live tour. Canberra Theatre Centre, Saturday 15 July 2pm & 7pm; thetentenors.com

Winter in the City: Canberra city centre transforms into a winter wonderland with ice-skating, real snow, live entertainment, food, drink and more. Until 16 July; full program at winter.inthecity.com.au

Ben Drysdale with Niall Howe: Bring sounds of indie, folk, blues, funk and reggae to Canberra in their run of exclusive duo shows. Smith’s Alternative, Saturday 15 July 6pm; smithsalternative.com

Festival of Everyday Art: Encouraging locals to take the time to look at our city with workshops, treasure hunts and walkable treasure trails. Until 16 July; full program at events.canberra.com.au

Tell Me a Story: Canberra artist Catherine Forsayeth reimagines the tales of the Brothers Grimm in these beautiful, realistic artworks. Humble House gallery, Fyshwick, until 16 July; humblehouse.com.au

Baayangalibiyaay: Lucy Simpson presents a story of materiality and memory encompassed in the art of glassmaking. Canberra Glassworks, Kingston, until 16 July; canberraglassworks.com

Lunchulele: Every Monday 12.30-1.30pm, ukulele players perform at Smith’s Alternative; smithsalternative.com

Children’s Tales: Linus Lee presents stories for children and the not-so-young with organ and piano. Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, Wednesday 19 July 12:40pm; wesleycanberra.org.au

Musica Viva Australia: Presents an exquisite fusion of chamber music and theatrical performance celebrating Fredrick Chopin’s 24 preludes in Chopin’s Piano. Llewellyn Hall, ANU, Wednesday 19 July 7pm; musicaviva.com.au

Barber of Seville: Opera Australia present a comic chaos as a canny barber plays matchmaker in this classic. Goulburn Performing Arts Centre, Wednesday 19 July 7:30pm; goulburnpac.com.au

Visual storytellers Bangarra Dance Theatre present new work, Yuldea, at Canberra Theatre Centre, 20-22 July. Image supplied.

Yuldea: Bangarra Dance Theatre explores tradition, life and the industrial ambition of a growing nation in this affirmation of history and heritage. Canberra Theatre Centre, 20-22 July; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Exquisite Corpse-Insight into the Human Body: Students from the ANU School of Medicine and Psychology and School of Art & Design present works from a collaborative course. Project Space, ANU School of Art & Design, 20 July- 4 August; soad.cass.anu.edu.au

Jane Campion: The Cinema Woman: A wildly entertaining documentary of pioneering New Zealand director Jane Campion, full of candid anecdotes and unearthed archival footage. National Film and Sound Archive, 20 July 6pm; nfsa.gov.au/events

Magic Dirt: Celebrate the 25th anniversary of their renowned second album, Young and Full of the Devil. The Basement Canberra, Thursday 20 July 8pm; magicdirt.com

Two Friends (16mm) + Peel: Jane Campion’s directorial debut depicts an unravelling friendship between two teenage girls, told in reverse order. National Film and Sound Archive, 21 July 6pm; nfsa.gov.au/events

The Michelle Nicolle Quartet: Presents The Back Project, a journey of well-known and loved music and a new sonic connection. The Street Theatre, Friday 21 July 7.30pm; thestreet.org.au

The Good Earth Psychic Fair: Come meet psychic readers, healers and mediums with stalls, workshops and demonstrations. Exhibition Park, 22-23 July; exhibitionparkincanberra.com.au

Capital Region Farmers Market: Fresh seasonal produce and gourmet goods at EPIC, Saturdays 7-11.30am; capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au

Kippax Marketplace: Indoor market at Kippax Uniting Church Community Centre on the 3rd Saturday of the month 8am-12pm; free entry.

Mead- Winter Ball: Join the Monaro Folk Society for an afternoon of dance, live music, shared plates and non-alcoholic mead. Folkdance Hall, Hackett, Saturday 22 July 2pm; monarofolk.org.au

An Angel at My Table: An enthralling and heartbreaking epic about one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed authors, directed by Jane Campion. National Film and Sound Archive, 22 July 6pm; nfsa.gov.au/events

Funkaars: The seven-piece band share their Eastern and Western fusion with Indian classics with jazz-mash-up and Bollywood flair. The Street Theatre, City West, Saturday 22 July 7:30pm: thestreet.org.au

Hear A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY at Llewellyn Hall, ANU 22 July. Image supplied.

A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY: A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY returns to Australia with a unique and irreplaceable experience of live FINAL FANTASY music. The concerts will feature Australian premieres of Besaid from FINAL FANTASY X, Insatiable from FINAL FANTASY XIV, Valse di Fantastica from FINAL FANTASY XV, and more! Llewellyn Hall, ANU, Saturday 22 July 8pm; ffnewworld.com

Mx Burlesque: ACT finalists of Australia’s biggest burlesque competition throw their boas in the ring to battle out for the crown and prize money. Belconnen Arts Centre, 22 July 8pm; belcoarts.com.au

untitled (walam-wunga.galang): Jonathon Jones celebrates the practice of grinding seeds to make flour in this collaborative exhibition. National Gallery of Australia, until 23 July; nga.gov.au

Greg Daly | Colour: The internationally acclaimed ceramic artist shares his striking colour works in this exhibition. Nancy Sever Gallery, until 23 July; nancysevergallery.com.au

Community Market: Monthly market at Calwell shopping centre on the 3rd Saturday of the month 9am-3pm, and Queanbeyan Park on the 3rd Sunday 9am-2pm.

Old Bus Depot Markets: The much-loved markets continue at the Old Bus Depot in Kingston, Sundays 9.30 am-2.30pm; obdm.com.au

Bric-a-Brac Rummage: Hunt for second-hand treasure in front of South.Point, Tuggeranong, Sundays 9am-3pm.

Trash and Treasure: Hunt for second-hand goods, fresh produce and homewares every Sunday at the Jamison Centre, 7am-12.30pm; trashandtreasuremarketjamison.com.au

The Piano: The film that made Jane Campion a household name – and won her a Palme d’Or and an Oscar. National Film and Sound Archive, 23 July 2pm; nfsa.gov.au/events

Expressionist Impressions: Art Song Canberra presents Sarah-Louise Owens and Katherine Day in a journey through 19th and 20th century storytelling through songs. Wesley Music Centre, Sunday 23 July 3pm; trybooking.com

Canberra Glassworks: Presents two new solo exhibitions- a circular logic by Lisa Sammut and WHAT GAVE YOU THAT IDEA by Zoe Brand. Canberra Glassworks, Kingston, 26 July – 8 October; canberraglassworks.com

Strictly Ballroom The Musical: A Reimaging of Baz Luhrmann’s classic following a champion ballroom dancer and his journey of the heart. Belconnen Arts Centre, 26-29 July; belcoarts.com.au

Amadeus: Canberra Rep presents a play exploring the overwhelming obsession that takes over someone when they imagine their life in the spotlight of someone else’s talent. Canberra Rep Theatre, 27 July-12 August; canberrarep.org.au

The Portrait of a Lady: Henry James’ classic tale becomes Jane Campion’s own, with a star-studded cast led by Nicole Kidman. National Film and Sound Archive, 27 July 6pm; nfsa.gov.au/events

An Evening of Whisky: Warm up a cool night with a tasting of two Scottish whiskies, Glenfiddich and The Balvenie. Midnight Bar, Braddon, Thursday 27 July 6:30pm; midnightbar.com.au

Close to Air: An immersive work performed by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble. National Museum of Australia, 27 July 6:30pm; nma.gov.au

Song of the Phoenix: The film tells the tale of traditional music in changing times in this screening from The Australia China Friendship Society, Southern Cross Club Jamison, Wednesday 27 July 7:30pm, $2 donation at the door.

Ross Noble: Marking his 21st solo stand-up tour, the funny man invites audiences to an evening of nonsense in Jibber Jabber Jamboree, The B, Bicentennial Hall, Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 27 July 8pm; theq.net.au

Find a treasure at the ACT Seasonal Antique and Collectible Fair at Albert Hall, 28-30 July. Image supplied.

ACT Seasonal Antique and Collectible Fair: Indulge yourself while searching for treasures and one-of-a-kinds at this year’s Winter Antiques and Collectable Fair. With up to 30 local and interstate dealers presenting a blend of antiques, old-world nostalgia, books, art, jewellery, pottery, gift ideas and much more, there will undoubtedly be something to catch the eye of the discerning. Entry: Adults $12; Children under 14 free; Concession $10. Albert Hall, 28-30 July; mc-rotary.org/antique-fair

Hiccup: A rocking musical extravaganza as three friends camping in the outback try and help a koala solve its hiccups. Canberra Theatre Centre, 28-29 July; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Unhinged: The third work from Bonnie Neate and Suzy Piani sees traditional ballet Coppélia, deconstructed to reveal a modern tale of virtue, control and manipulation. Erindale Theatre, 28-29 July; stickytickets.com.au

Holy Smoke + Passionless Moments: The Australian outback is the scene of a battle of wills between Kate Winslet and Harvey Keitel, plus a screening of her award-winning experimental film. National Film and Sound Archive, 28 July 6pm; nfsa.gov.au/events

The Film Music of Hans Zimmer: The George Ellis Symphony Orchestra performs some of the composer’s epic scores including those from Gladiator, Interstellar, The Lion King and more. Canberra Theatre Centre, Thursday 28 July 7.30pm; totaltouring.com.au

Dave Graney & The Coral Snakes: Reliving the 90s heyday Graney and the original members return to celebrate 30 years of Night Of The Wolverine. The Street Theatre, Friday 28 July 8pm; thestreet.org.au

ACT Historic Places Art Prize: Features 29 works from 26 artists with locals invited to come along and vote for their favourite piece. Lanyon Homestead,  29 July- 15 October.

In the Cut (35mm) + After Hours: Meg Ryan and Mark Ruffalo star in Campion’s most provocative and polarising film. National Film and Sound Archive, 29 July 2pm; nfsa.gov.au/events

Light up Lyneham: Spend the winter halfway point celebrating arts, creativity and the community with this fun free family event full off live entertainment, food stalls and a sunset lantern walk through the wetlands. Lyneham Shops, Saturday 29 July 3:30pm-8pm; lyneham.org.au

Saturday Afternoon Tunes: This edition of the Winter Series features local singer-songwriter Ruth O’Brien at Cornerstone Pub, Gungahlin. Saturday 29 July 3-5pm; belcoarts.com.au

Legend of Elvis: One of the country’s finest King of Rock tribute artists brings a memorable performance with Las Vegas Showgirls to Harmonie German Club, 29 July 7pm; eventbrite.com.au

Burlesque Brunch: Returns with delicious vegan treats, drinks and a special Art of the Tease performance. Flazeda Hub, Sunday 30 July 11am; events.humanitix.com

The Power of the Dog: Jane Campion won her second Oscar for this gripping Western exploring masculinity. National Film and Sound Archive, 30 July 2pm; nfsa.gov.au/events

My Country: Artist Pam Slattery presents an exhibition of textured works that capture her love of the sea, outback, rivers and birds. Bungendore Fine Art Gallery, until end of July; bungendorefineart.com.au

Jessica Loughlin: Solo exhibition of light comes from the JamFactory ICON series celebrating South Australia’s most influential artists. ANU School of Art & Design Gallery, until 4 August; soad.cass.anu.edu.au

Tuggeranong Arts Centre: Welcomes two new exhibitions: Natalie Bateman’s Djiraali Muriyira, and Jennifer Procter’s Intertidal. Tuggeranong Arts Centre, until 12 August; tuggeranongarts.com

Bodies Without Organs: A group exhibition from Canberra region artists explores how contemporary artists transgress and subvert our understanding of materiality and form. Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Parkes, until 12 August; ccas.com.au

PhotoAccess Canberra: Launches three new exhibitions; You are close be-side me by Chin-Je Melodie Liu; Resistance Relapse by Nico Krijno; and Parallel Play by Rory Hamovit. Griffith, until 12 August; photoaccess.org.au

At Mid-Career, James Drinkwater: Recognised as an exceptional early talent, the artist shares the vibrant and striking works for which he is known. Drill Hall Gallery, ANU, until 20 August; dhg.anu.edu.au

Feared and Revered: Explore feminine spiritual power through the ages in this exhibition on loan from the British Museum, National Museum of Australia, until 27 August; nma.gov.au

Installation view of Haegue Yang, Sonic Intermediates – Three Differential Equations, 2020, National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra, purchased 2023 © the artist.

Changing From From to From: Immersive multimedia creations marry culture traditions and science, history and political events in this exhibition from Haegue Yang. National Gallery of Australia, until 24 September; nga.gov.au

Gulgawarnigu – Thinking of something, someone: A collection of digital works from young artists from Ngarluma country. National Portrait Gallery, until 2 October; portrait.gov.au

Ngura Pulk-Epic Country: One of the largest First Nation community art projects, created and directed by the Anangu people. National Gallery of Australia, until 8 October; nga.gov.au

How Cities Work: This exciting interactive exhibition explores the mystery, mayhem and magic of cities, with hands-on construction sites, a futuristic design station and more. Canberra Museum and Gallery, Civic Square, until 8 October; cmag.com.au

Grit & Gold Tales from a Sporting Nation: Relive the highs and lows of Australia through our rich sporting history. National Library of Australia, until 5 November; nla.gov.au

Blueprint: Discover objects which helped shape Australia at the new permanent interactive exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House; moadoph.gov.au

Canberra/Kamberri, Place & People: Discover the story of Canberra as the place where nationhood found a home – the people, places and history that make up this city and region. Canberra Museum and Gallery, ongoing; cmag.com.au

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