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

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

The entertainment in the Canberra region throughout November promises to be as hot as the rising temperatures as we approach Summer’s doorstep.

Celebrate our queer community with the month long SpringOUT festival featuring various events, exhibitions and performances across the region.

Spend some time in the sun with springtime garden events including the Crookwell Garden Festival and Sweet Sunday in the Garden.

SpringOUT: Canberra’s Pride festival celebrates the fabulous diversity of our LGBTQIA+ community through events, exhibitions and performances. 1-30 November; full program at springout.com.au

Cunard British Film Festival: Showcases the best of new and classic British films. Palace Electric Cinema, Canberra 2-29 November; britishfilmfestival.com.au

Bollywood Film Festival: The best of Indian cinema from around the globe featuring a program of new and classic Bollywood films. Dendy Cinemas Canberra, 2-5 November; bollywoodfilmfestival.com.au

CSO Down South: The latest in the series, Radiance presents a program of Beethoven, Hoadley, Bach and Hyde. Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Thursday 2 November 6pm; tuggeranongarts.com

Bohemian Symphony: The music of Queen performed by an incredible 24-piece symphony orchestra conducted by George Ellis and accompanied by vocalists iOTA, Brydon Stace, and Glenn Cunningham. Canberra Theatre Centre, Thursday 2 November 7.30pm; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

VASY Visual Arts Annual Exhibition at the Yass Community Centre, 3-5 November. Image supplied

VASY Visual Arts Annual Exhibition: Fabulous art from VASY’s talented members and friends on show and for sale. Monoprint art workshops on Saturday, booking and fee applies: vasyinc.com/upcoming-workshops. Yass Community Centre, 1428 Yass Valley Way, Yass NSW, 3-5 November 10am-4pm; vasyinc.com

Under the Influence: A bittersweet cabaret, based on Mikelangelo’s musical influences from Bungendore’s Shortis and Simpson. The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 3-4 November; theq.net.au

Canberra Potters: Presents the Canberra Potters 2023 Members’ Exhibition. Watson, 3 November – 3 December; canberrapotters.com.au

Beyond Small Talk: Lightbulb Improv takes over the stage as you discover small blessings as the group transforms your small stories into something grand. Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Friday 3 November 6pm; tuggeranongarts.com

The Vinyl Lounge: Bring your favourite records, share your music stories and hear what’s spinning on the turntables. National Film and Sound Archive, 3 November 5:30pm; nfsa.gov.au

Experience Roy Orbison Orchestrated – Damien Leith at Canberra Theatre on Friday 3 November.

Roy Orbison Orchestrated: Join award-winning singer Damien Leith and a 28-piece concert orchestra as he takes you on a nostalgic journey through the legendary music of Roy Orbison. The show will feature the Big O’s hits including Oh, Pretty Woman, You Got It, Crying, and so many more. Filled with emotion and world-class musicianship, Damien’s voice with a full orchestra is simply stunning! Canberra Theatre, Friday 3 November 8pm; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Speaking in Tongues: A study of love, marriage, infidelity and betrayal as nine lives interconnect and overlap. ACT Hub, until 4 November; acthub.com.au

Rockspeare Henry VI Part I: This is Shakespeare’s Henry VI Part I as you’ve never seen it, or heard it before. Welcome to the Rockspeare universe where the history plays are recast as political plays and epic text is combined with an epic soundscape. Mill Theatre at Dairy Road, Fyshwick, until 4 November; milltheatreatdairyroad.com

Beaver Galleries: Presents two new exhibitions – Waratah Lahy’s Neighbourhood Watch, and Holly Grace’s Off Track … Until 4 November; beavergalleries.com.au

The Wiggles: The Aussie icons host a carnival of fun, dancing and music in The Wiggly Big Day Out! Tour. Canberra Theatre Centre, 4-5 November; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Crookwell Garden Festival: Open Gardens invites you to explore 11 spectacular gardens on 4-5 November.

Crookwell Garden Festival: Eleven beautiful gardens are open for inspection between 10am and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. The gardens range from small intimate town gardens to larger rambling country gardens. Two Enda Walling designed gardens, Markdale and Kiloren, will be open for inspection. On Saturday, a Garden Lover’s Market will be held at Crookwell Showground from 8.30am to 1pm. Various locations, Crookwell NSW, 4-5 November; crookwellgardenfestival.com

BLAZE: The emerging artists showcase by the Canberra Contemporary Art Space with bold and challenging works as curated by Alexander Boynes. CCAS Parkes, 4 November- 27 January; ccas.com.au

Braidwood Open Gardens: Take a stickybeak at six of the town’s best gardens, jump on a tour of a farm or catch a talk by author and gardener Jackie French. Braidwood, 4-5 November; braidwoodgardens.com.au

Mark McCurties speaks at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Canberra on 4 November.

Meaningful Change for Ourselves and the World: You are invited to a free webinar talk on ‘Meaningful Change for Ourselves and the World’ by international speaker, Mark McCurties in the Sunday School building, corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets, Barton. This is sponsored by the members of the Christian Science Church, Canberra.  It can also be viewed online. First Church of Christ, Scientist, Canberra, Saturday 4 November 3-4pm;christiansciencecanberra.com

60th Anniversary Cocktail Party: An event for current and past members of the Rosary Primary School community with canapes, drinks and entertainment. QT Hotel, Saturday 4 November 6pm; trybooking.com

Catch The Iconics at Clubhouse Kaleen on 4 November.

The Iconics: The Australian Commitments Tribute Show – Presented by The Iconics. All the soul-stealing, heart-thumping classics from the cult 1991 movie, The Commitments – authentic, passionate and live with The Iconics’ incredible 11-piece band. Tickets are available now and selling fast! Clubhouse Kaleen, Saturday 4 November 8pm; trybooking.com/events/landing/1121455

Hear the hits in Dark Side of the Moon – 50th Anniversary at Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden, 4 November.

Dark Side of the Moon: Run Like Hell will meticulously recreate this masterpiece in its entirety, before delivering a spellbinding encore of classics that include Echoes, Comfortably Numb, and Another Brick in the Wall. Nearly sold out! Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden, 4 November 8pm; bandsintown.com

Interregnum – Afterimage: A collection of works from Robyn Veneer Sweeney whose paintings and sculptures transform expectations. CCAS Manuka, until 5 November; ccas.com.au

Wood Spirits Unearthed: Myron Mykytiuch showcases a collection of carved wood works crafted in the spirit of nature in recycled and repurposed materials. Yarralumla gallery, 5 November- 10 December; ygob.com.au

Vikings Sunday Funday: A free come-and-try day for the family, try one of the sports on show and hop on the jumping castle. Viking Park, 5 November 10am-2pm; vikings.com.au

Soweto Gospel Choir: The 3-time Grammy-winning group perform new show Hope, a celebration of the songs and anthems of the Freedom movement of Nelson Mandela’s South Africa and Civil Rights Movement of Martin Luther King’s 1950s America. Llewellyn Hall, ANU, 5 November 7pm; ticketek.com.au

Dept of Rock: The fourth heat of Canberra’s inaugural public service battle of the bands with six bands hoping for a spot in the semi-finals. Smith’s Alternative, Tuesday 7 November 7pm; smithsalternative.com

Juan Diego Flórez: The global Tenor sensation brings his stunningly expressive voice to Australia, stopping at Llewellyn Hall, ANU, 7 November 8pm; ticketek.com.au

The Visitors: January 1788, seven clan leaders gather overlooking the harbour deciding whether to send the approaching strangers away or welcome them in this witty award-winning production. Canberra Theatre Centre, 8-11 November; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

ATSA Independent Living Expo: Canberra’s biggest display of assistive technology and daily living aids. Exhibition Park, 8-9 November; expo.atsa.org.au

SCIENCE. ART. FILM.: Dissect the deliciously absurd science villains of Joel Schumacher’s 1997 Batman & Robin. National Film and Sound Archive, 8 November 6pm; nfsa.gov.au

American Dreams in China: The Australia China Friendship Society presents the 1985 comedy-drama film at the Southern Cross Club Jamison, Wednesday 8 November 7.30pm; acfs.org.au

Beaver Galleries:  Hosts two new exhibitions; Lucienne Rickard’s Threads and Cathy Franzi’s Where the River Flows. 9- 25 November; beavergalleries.com.au

Gardens with Fleur presents the Spring Garden Event on 10 and 19 November.

Spring Garden Event: Would you like inspiration and tips for designing a multi-functional garden? Or just enjoy sweet treats with your friends in a beautiful garden? Events are hosted by a local landscape designer in her Braddon garden. Braddon, 10 and 19 November; bookings and details: hgardenswithfleur.com.au

CCAS Manuka: Harijs Piekalns presents his first solo exhibition, Recent Works 2021- 2023 exploring the importance the wave symbol holds to Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples. 10-19 November; www.ccas.com.au

Transformations with a Twist and a Turn at Canberra Textile Works, 10-12 November.

Transformations with a Twist and a Turn: Nothing has been wasted. The Canberra Spinners and Weavers have been upcycling, repurposing and transforming all kinds of traditional materials, leftover yarns and threads into garments, accessories, floor rugs, tea cosies, toys and much more. There’s an exhibition, a silent auction, a salesroom and demonstrations of traditional fibre arts and crafts. Canberra Textile Works, Chifley, 10-12 November; Friday-Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 11am-3pm; canberraspinnersandweavers.org.au

Fundraise with the Capital Arts Patrons Organisation at the 40th Ruby Anniversary Gala at Albert Hall on 10 November.

CAPO 40th Anniversary Gala Auction: Prepare to “paint the town red” at this evening of arts and entertainment, excitement and delicious food and drinks at CAPO’s annual gala event. Tickets $170 per guest. Albert Hall, Yarralumla, Friday 10 November from 6.45pm; capitalartspatronsorganisation.org

John Stephan: Returns to Queanbeyan to share the tunes of the classic with audiences in A Salute to Roy Orbison & The Everly Brothers. The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 10 November 7.30pm; theq.net.au

This Rough Magic: A marrying of the true with the classic as the story of Iranian refugees on Christmas Island receives a Shakespearean influence. The Street Theatre, 11- 19 November; thestreet.org.au

Garage Sale Trail: Jump on the trail and find treasures and goods from our participating NSW neighbours. 11-12 and 18-19 November, full list of participants on website; garagesaletrail.com.au

Open Gardens Canberra invites you to explore Cambrey Farm in Pialligo on 11-12 November.

Cambrey Farm: Cambrey Farm is a six-acre, 1930s farmlet in Pialligo. The large trees and original cottage garden have been cared for by three generations. Paths lead to the vegetable plot, pergolas, loggias and rose garden. The restored 1930s Old Barn will have an art exhibition with sales by five artists. Plants and manure for sale, plus refreshments. 18 Beltana Road, Pialligo, 11-12 November 10am-4pm; opengardenscanberra.org.au

Church Fete: An opportunity to connect with the local community as you browse through second-hand treasures, books and plants and grab a snack from one of the food stalls. Holy Covenant Anglican Church, Cook, 11 November 9.30am-1.30pm.

Fearless: Presents two dazzling shows in INTREPID: A Journey Beyond Limitations FEARLESS: Ever Brave, Forever Evolving. Canberra Theatre Centre, Saturday 11 November 10.30am, 2pm & 7pm; canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/dance-central-2023

Singing Out with Pride: The Canberra Qwire celebrates 30 years with members old and new, stories of community, and special guest Judy Small in this concert. Llewellyn Hall, ANU, Saturday 11 November 3pm; canberraqwire.org.au

Saturday Afternoon Tunes: Bring your families, your friends and your picnics and enjoy free live music from With One Voice Canberra Choir and the Ginninderra Wind Orchestra, Yerrabi Pond District Park, 11 November 3pm; belcoarts.com.au 

Art in Motion: Canberra’s leading dance studio for adults, 6th Position presents their annual concert with an exciting mix of dance styles. The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 11 November 6pm; theq.net.au

Cuban Latin Fiesta: The Australia Cuba Friendship Society ACT invites you to an evening of cultural fun with Latin music, Cuban drinks, Chilean wine, Mexican beer, Spanish sangria and Turkish food. Woden Valley Uniting Church, 11 November 6.30pm. No booking required, adults $20 at the door, children under 15 free.

Frente: Simon and Angie take audiences of a journey through their catalogue with a few fresh tunes and covers. Tallagandra Hill Winery, Saturday 11 November 7pm; tallagandrahill.com.au

Daniel Champagne: The acoustic singer songwriter performs some of his beloved tunes, supported by Alec Randles in this Smith’s@belco event. Belconnen Arts Centre, 11 November 7pm; belcoarts.com.au

Diwali with the FunKaars: An evening of fun to light up for Diwali full of Bollywood hit tunes with an exciting jazz fusion to inspire you to hit the dance floor, refreshments to be served. Margaret Dimoff Art Gallery, Deakin, 11 November 7pm;  promotix.com/events/details/Diwali-with-the-FunKaars-tickets

Canberra’s Largest Murder Mystery Night: You’re invited to test your detective skills as you piece together clues to discover the murderer and solve the crime in Kingpin’s first interactive murder mystery night. Kingpin Canberra, 11 November 7.30pm; eventbrite.com.au

Jewel of Canberra: Take a step inside a giant jewellery box with exquisite works from some of the region’s finest jewellery designers and artists. Old Bus Depot Markets, Sunday 12 November 9.30am- 2.30pm; obdm.com.au

Music of the Night: A celebration of musicals and a tribute to the music of Andrew Lloyd Weber performed by Joey Fimmano, Dexter Villahermosa and Jessica Di Bartolo. The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Sunday 12 November 3pm; theq.net.au

American Melodies: The National Capital Orchestra presents a program celebrating 19th and 20th century American composers. Albert Hall, 12 November 3pm; trybooking.com

Hear Apeiron x Poetry at Wesley Uniting Church on 12 November.

Apeiron x Poetry: Apeiron Baroque presents a concert intertwining Baroque Music with Australian poetry. Early Music is our passion, and we invite guests to share their passions and interests! Poetry from the newly published Book of Birds, and music by Vilsmayr, Mondonville, Uccellini, Pogletti, and Leonarda performed on historical instruments. Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest. Sunday 12 November 5pm; apeiron-baroque.com

Take part in a free meditation course with the Sri Chinmoy Meditation Centre at The Griffin Centre, 13-23 November.

FREE meditation course: Inspired by Sri Chinmoy’s life and teachings, Beyond Happiness is a four-part course in living spirituality – with guidance and tips to establish your daily practice, deepen your meditation and unlock your boundless potential. Monday and Thursday evenings 6.30pm starting 13 November. Registration is essential. To book, phone or text 0404 071 327.The Griffin Centre Civic, 13-23 November;  canberrameditation.org

Jewish International Film Festival: Telling stories of profound journeys, real-life mysteries and unsung champions is over 50 films, short pieces and series. Dendy Cinemas Canberra, 15-22 November; jiff.com.au

Light and Joy: Canberra pianist Robert Schmidli performs a gloriously light-hearted works including Haydn, Schumann and Poulenc. Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, Wednesday 15 November 12:40pm; wesleymusiccanberra.org

WINHANGANHA: A bold re-envisioning of archival collections, WINHANGANHA (Wiradjuri language: Remember, know, think) is a lyrical journey of archival footage and sound, poetry and original composition. Followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Jazz Money. National Film and Sound Archive, 15 November 8pm; nfsa.gov.au

Canberra Cabaret Festival: A showcase of local performers and artists through the enchanting art of cabaret. ACT Hub, Kingston, 16-18 November; acthub.com.au

Deane Williams: The Associate Professor of Film and Screen Studies at Monash University presents a lecture on his 2023 National Library Fellowship in A cultural biography of Ron Maslyn Williams. National Library of Australia, Thursday 16 November 12:30pm; nla.gov.au

Canberra Rep: Present their final work for the season, a rollercoaster comedy of history and tragedy in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]. Canberra Rep Theatre, 17 November-2 December; canberrarep.org.au

Focus: Australian Government Photographers: Undertake a journey spanning six decades of Australian life with works from some of the government photographers working between 1939 and 1996. National Archives of Australia, 17 November- 10 June; naa.gov.au

Iranian Film Festival Australia: Experience a celebration of resilience and creativity in Iranian cinema, with a carefully curated selection of thought-provoking, heartwarming and award-winning films. National Film and Sound Archive, 17–19 November; nfsa.gov.au

CIT Open Day 2023: Finishing school or thinking about an apprenticeship or career change, check out the courses on offer and find the one for you. CIT Bruce, Fyshwick and Reid. 17 November 17 2pm-7pm; cit.edu.au

Personal Mythology: A look into the past, current and future myths of the young artists in the Messengers non-clinical support program. Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 17 November-27 January; tuggeranongarts.com

Trans Joy: A Gender Agenda hosts an evening of insightful discussion on Trans Joy this Trans Awareness Week with nibbles and networking before official events. Ainslie Arts Centre, 17 November 5pm; ainslieandgorman.com.au

Paul McDermott Plus One: The third collaboration between Paul McDermott and Glenn Moorhouse Blood Orange tackles big themes our society is facing with absurdity, humour and tunes. Canberra Theatre Centre, Friday 17 November 8pm; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

ACT Badminton Open: The first ACT Badminton Open in three years will be held on Saturday and Sunday, 18-19 November at the AIS Basketball Centre, with over 250 players. Free entry for spectators; ACT Open 2023 – ACT Badminton Association (badmintonact.org.au)

Kate Ceberano: An intimate evening with one of Australia’s most beloved songstresses as she performs a collection of her extensive works. Tallagandra Hill Winery, 18-19 November; tallagandrahill.com.au

Open Gardens Canberra invites you to Amber’s Garden and Mayo Maison on 18-19 November.

Amber’s Garden & Mayo Maison: These two gardens in Hawker offera rich array of late spring flowering plants, native and exotic, set in informal layouts that keep changing and provide opportunities for the visitor to relax.  A large production area can be inspected at Amber’s Garden. Both are new openings. Plants for sale at Amber’s Garden.  Amber’s Garden, 8 Andado Place, and Mayo Maison, 11 Kurundi Place, Hawker, 18-19 November 10am-4pm; opengardenscanberra.org.au

Rusten House Art Centre: The Queanbeyan arts centre presents three new exhibitions – Creative Curiosities, Alison’s Wonderful Life by Alison Archbold, Trees and Other Treasures by Judith Tokley, and Belonging by Jo Parsons (continuing until 16 December). Until 18 November; qprc.nsw.gov.au

Subaru Canberra Rally of Canberra: The final round of the Australian Rally Championships comes to the forests surrounding Canberra. Various locations, 18-19 November, full program; rally.com.au/rallyofcanberra

Pedalling Wares Market: Join Dirty Janes stallholders in a vintage haven flea market offering unique goods at bargain prices not seen in store and join the lampshade-making workshop. Dirty Janes Fyshwick, Saturday 18 November 9am-2pm;  dirtyjanes.com

ARF Rescue Dog Day: Meet some beautiful foster dogs who are searching for furever homes, there will be obedience, tricks and tail wagging in abundance at ARF’s inaugural Adoption Day. ARF Park, Dixon Drive, Holder, 18 November 1-4pm; fosterdogs.org

Snapshot: The final instalment in the Australian New Wave series, Simon Wincer’s debut feature film is a racy Ozploitation thriller about a model stalked by a man in a Mr Whippy ice cream van. National Film and Sound Archive, 18 November 1pm; www.nfsa.gov.au/events/snapshot

Pachanga: Raio de Sol celebrates 10 years with a free street fiesta featuring 7 local bands and dance groups, food and drink trucks and dance and drumming workshop. Kambri, ANU, 18 November 4pm- 11pm; humanitix.com

TAC Turns 25: Celebrate a quarter century of the southside arts space with a variety show, after party, bubbles, gelato and cake. Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Saturday 18 November 6pm; tuggeranongarts.com

Blamey Street Big Band: Swings with The Beatles in this not be missed musical event, hear all your favourite tunes with a big band twist. Harmonie German Club, 18 November 7:30pm; eventbrite.com.au

Dear August: Father and daughter duo Darren and Olivia Coggan perform tracks from their new EP along with a collection of their other works. The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Saturday 18 November 8pm; theq.net.au

Spring Fair: The Orana Steiner school invites you to a day of thought natural and fun activities, second-hand goods, delicious treats, market stalls, live entertainment and so much more. Sunday 19 November 11am-3pm; oranaschool.com

The Queanbeyan Market: Find wonderful handmade and homegrown goods and gifts that are perfect for under the Christmas tree. Queanbeyan Showground, Sunday 19 November 9am-2pm.

Arboretum Market Stall: The Harvest Group (Friends of the Arboretum) will hold a Market Stall selling plants, seeds, Christmas wreaths, fig jams, fig chutney and paste, etc. The STEP group will have gumnut gnomes, gift tags and cards. 19 November 10am-2pm, National Arboretum Canberra.

Sweet Sunday in the Garden: Enjoy a selection of homemade cakes and ice-cream in a beautiful garden. Braddon, Sunday 19 November 10.30am and 2.30pm. Bookings essential: gardenswithfleur.com.au

America Sings!: Art Song Canberra’s latest concert features AJ America and Roland Peelman performing works from composers who influenced 20th-century America. Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, Sunday 19 November 3pm; trybooking.com

Dr Gwyn McClelland: The Senior Lecturer and Convenor of Asian Languages at the University of New England presents a lecture on his 2022 National Library Fellowship in Trauma and world heritage on the Gotō Islands: 1856-1899. National Library of Australia, Tuesday 21 November; 12.30pm; nla.gov.au

Metaverse of Magic: The world’s first interactive magic spectacular takes audiences on a journey through theatre and magic with some of the world’s most renowned illusionists. Canberra Theatre Centre, 22 November – 3 December; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Living Green: The Canberra Symphony Orchestra and soprano Eleanor Lyons present a program that ventures into the heart of the forest, unrushed and at its finest. Llewellyn Hall, ANU, 22-23 November; cso.org.au

Pevan and Sarah in Concert: An edutainment extravaganza with all your favourite hits tunes as the beloved duo hits the road. Belconnen Arts Centre, 22 November 10.30am and 12.30pm; belcoarts.com.au

Chew Plays Michael Dooley: Pianist Aaron Chew presents a program dedicated to the works of Canberra composer Michael Dooley. Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 22 November 12.40pm; wesleymusiccanberra.org

Every Colour In Between Film Festival: Celebrates diverse voices in LGBTQIA+ cinema with new films from across the globe. Palace Cinemas Canberra, 23- 26 November; films.fan-force.com

Illuminate 2023: The 10th annual exhibition of the Friends of the ANBG Photographic Group showcases photos taken within the garden of Australia’s unique flora and fauna. Australian National Botanic Gardens, 23 November- 10 December; parksaustralia.gov.au/botanic-gardens

Dr Alice Garner: The historian, performer and teacher presents a lecture on her 2023 National Library Fellowship in The many lives of Mavis Robertson. National Library of Australia, Thursday 23 November 12.30pm; nla.gov.au

Kenneth Myer Lecture: The 2023 edition is delivered by Professor Glyn Davis AC, a public policy specialist who will make a statement on a subject of his interest. National Library of Australia, Thursday 23 November 6.30pm; nla.gov.au

Lawrence Mooney: Put down the self-help book, Mooney is here to help you quit and embrace your inner loser to win at life. The Basement Canberra, Thursday 23 November 7pm; lawrencemooney.com

Triceratop: A re-imaging of prehistory as our main character discovers he is the last dinosaur in this camp, cabaret performance lecture. The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 24-25 November; theq.net.au

Processed:  Emeirely Nuciforna-Ryan presents an observation of daily practice, captured over seven months and displayed in the style of a Gregorian calendar. CCAS Manuka, 24 November- 3 December; ccas.com.au

Scott Leggo Gallery: Sort out your Christmas shopping with local and Australian-made art as the gallery opens its doors with a special offer, spend $100 for your chance to win $2,500. Kingston, 24-26 November; scottleggo.com

The People’s Blockade: Rising Tide invites Canberrans to a peaceful civil disobedience protest of the world’s largest coal port. Horseshoe Beach, Muloobinba/ Newcastle, 24-27 November;  risingtide.org.au

Lakeside at 5: The latest event in the series brings to the stage one of Canberra’s most popular jazz combos The Lisa Keen Trio. Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Friday 24 November 5.30pm; tuggeranongarts.com

The Bodia Cocktail: Canberrans are invited to party for a purpose at Deakin & Me on Friday 24 November 7pm. Expect free-flowing drinks until late, delicious eats, a fabulous raffle, live music and DJs. This event will raise funds to help The Bodia Group provide university scholarships for disadvantaged youth in Cambodia, and add to the 44 students currently supported. Tickets here. 

360: The Aussie rapper brings his Back to Life regional tour to The Basement, Belconnen, Friday 24 November 7.30pm; 360music.com.au

Fright Night Cult Cinema Classics: An American Werewolf in London, Venus Mantrap hosts a screening of John Landis’ genre-blurring horror-comedy about two American backpackers who stray right into the path of a ravenous werewolf. National Film and Sound Archive, 24 November 8pm; nfsa.gov.au

Colours of the Forest at Humble House Gallery, 25 November–24 December.

Colours of the Forest: This solo exhibition from Josephine Townsend explores the unique characteristics of different clays alongside techniques to create the colours and textures of forests. All are welcome to the opening on Saturday 25 November 2pm and Artist Talk on Saturday 2 December 12 noon. Humble House Gallery, Fyshwick, 25 November–24 December; humblehouse.com.au

Deep Inside My Heart: Bringing together sculptures, drawings and other works from the national collection by female artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. National Gallery of Australia, 25 November – 19 May; nga.gov.au

Airing of the Quilts: The annual outdoor quilt display returns along with a vintage car show, market stalls, buskers and more. Braidwood, 25-26 November; braidwoodquilters.com.au

Flourish: Experience the makers of Murrumbateman in this exciting new event, indulge in the flavours of the region with wines and chocolates, meet baby alpacas, experience farm life and much more. Venues across Murrumbateman, 25-26 November, full program; makersofmurrumbateman.org.au

Mariedl, Selfies with a Giantess: Austro-Australian actor Maxi Blaha steps into the life of one of the tallest women ever seen. The Street Theatre, 25-26 November; thestreet.org.au

Hall Village Christmas Fair: A fun-filled not-for-profit community event created to support local small businesses, artisans and entertainers with performances, car display and festive markets stalls. Hall Showground, Saturday 25 November 10am-3pm. Entry by gold coin donation.

Veterans and Families Expo: the inaugural event aims to connect the 22,000+ veterans in the Canberra region with support services. There will be family-friendly activities, food and ACT Fire and Rescue trucks. Australian Catholic University, Woden, 25 November 10am-4pm; actrsl.org.au

Art from Australia: An indigenous art exhibition and talk with refreshments. St Paul’s Anglican Church, Spence. Saturday 25 November 10am-5pm; stpaulsginninderra.org.au

Book Launch: Local 17-year-old authorLochana Radaliyagoda her children’s book Feel the Flame to inspire kids to follow their dreams. National Arboretum Australia, Saturday 25 November 11am; ticketleap.events

For Our Elders: The NAIDOC Concert Dinner invites all community and allies for an evening of celebration with live performance, grazing platter and roast dinner. Ainslie Arts Centre, 25 November 6pm; ainslieandgorman.com.au

The Young Soloists: A showcase of talented young virtuoso aged between 13 and 23 from over 20 nations in a world class ensemble. Snow Concert Hall, 25 November 7pm; humanitix.com

Belconnen Arts Centre: Welcomes five new exhibitions- Kaleidoscope II, Shiver by Michelle Day, Remnants by Isobel Kennedy, The Future Unfolds by Faith Kerehona and Zero Waste: Doing It Imperfectly by Nancy Lane. Until 26 November; belcoarts.com.au

Josh Pyke: Performs songs from his album Revisions live in this intimate show. The Street Theatre, City West, Sunday 26 November 7pm; thestreet.org.au

King Lear: A deteriorating King misjudges the loyalty of their children leading to devasting consequences in this retelling of the Shakespeare staple. The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 29 November – 3 December; theq.net.au

We Need a Little Christmas: Local jazz vocal group Rhythm Syndicate performs jazz and Christmas tunes. Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, Wednesday 29 November 12.40pm; wesleymusiccanberra.org

Perfect Pair Travel Expo: Experience a world of travel opportunities and meet with experts, get insider tips and access exclusive deals. Ainslie Football Club, Wednesday 29 November 1pm; eventbrite.com.au

Flights of Fancy Feathers: Bungendore Wood Works Gallery presents an exhibition of works by South Coast sculptor Ian Bell along with prominent Australian artists, Helen Fitzgerald, Helen Cottle, Ebony Bennett, and Lyn Cooke. The pieces are a celebration of our avian friends. Meet the artists at the opening, 11am in our Octagon Exhibition Space on 2 September. Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, until 30 November; bwoodworks.com.au

Sam Wallman: The comic-journalist presents a lecture on his 2023 Creative Arts Fellowship in Pink and Green Bans. National Library of Australia, Thursday 30 November 4.30pm; nla.gov.au

Fusion: Canberra Institute of Technology’s graphic design exhibition showcasing the works of graduating and continuing design students. Gorman Arts Centre, 30 November 5:30pm; eventbrite.com


Dark Matter 2023: A showcase of the works created throughout the 2023 Dark Matter Residency. PhotoAccess, until 2 December; photoaccess.org.au

On the Move: This new child and family exhibition takes you on a journey through different modes of transport in an interactive space. Canberra Museum and Gallery, until 28 January; cmag.com.au

Threatened Species Open Photographic Exhibition: Photographers from around Australia share their works to shine a light on our at-risk native plants and animals and celebrate the conservation practices that are supporting their plight. Wild Bark at Mulligans Flat, until 13 December; belcoarts.com.au

White Out: From sheets to shirts, this refreshing exhibition from CIT Fashion School features upcycled garments to challenge fashion industry norms. Canberra Museum and Gallery, until 14 January; cmag.com.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 until 28 January; cmag.com.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 shot. View discretion advised. National Gallery of Australia, until 28 January; nga.gov.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 28 January; nla.gov.au

Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize: Nearly 100 works share the rich history of the competition arrives at its final destination of its three year tour. National Portrait Gallery, 20 October- 28 January 2024; portrait.gov.au

Madonna40: A Celebration: Experience this incredible homage to the Queen of Pop, as one Canberra fan shares their collection of Madonna memorabilia. Canberra Museum and Gallery, until 3 March; cmag.com.au

See the story of us in Canberra/Kamberri, Place & People at Canberra Museum and Gallery. Photo: Kerrie Brewer.

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

MoAD: Home to a host of exhibitions, such as Blueprint and Statement: Jack Green’s Paintings at Old Parliament House, free entry; bookings encouraged.


Smith’s Alternative: Ukulele players perform Lunchulele every Monday 12.30-1.30pm; Irish Jam each Friday from 4pm; Comedy Open Mic, first Sunday of the month 7pm; smithsalternative.com

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

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

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

ANU Classics Museum: Voluntary guides conduct free tours on the second Friday of each month at 11am in the A D Hope Building, ANU; call 0438 883 373.

Night Markets: The community-run event is on Fridays 4-8pm at Anketell Street, Tuggeranong.

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.

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 9.30am-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

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