Nine things to do in Canberra this weekend (including tonight!)


Another drizzly weekend, Canberra? No worries!

So much is happening in our stores (halloooo Black Friday sale!), theaters and cinemas – who wants to be outside? Not We!

Black Friday Weekend at Canberra Center

Photography: Ben Calvert.

One of the most popular shopping days on the shopping calendar, Black Friday marks the unofficial launch of the Christmas season, with retailers slashing their prices for shoppers looking to grab a pre-Christmas bargain! uh, yes please? And this year, shoppers can expect discounts of up to 50% at Canberra Center between Friday 26 and Sunday November 2021.

Shop some of your favorite big brands during the long weekend event, with over 100 retailers participating in the Black Friday bonanza, including Zara, Sass & Bide, Cos, Nike, Country Road and H&M.

Happening Friday 26 to Sunday 28 November | Canberra Center

Italian Film Festival 2022

Say bye! into the rain and snuggle up at Palace Electric in NewActon for a dose of sunny Italy thanks to the Italian Film Festival.

With plenty of options, including retro classics, the latest blockbusters, arthouse cinema, and more, there’s something for everyone.

Until December 12 |

Christmas bar in the center of Canberra

Photography: Ben Calvert.

Sorry, did someone say free drinks to ease your Christmas shopping?

Shoppers can start tonight at 5pm and can recharge their Christmas presents with a ginger beer, vodka or house gin at Canberra Center’s Christmas bar. But be quick: reserve your spot for free through Eventbrite.

Friday, November 26 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon – 3 p.m. | Canberra Center | Register your spot through Eventbrite

Be Nurtured at DESIGN Canberra presents Nurture

Girl Nomad Ceramics. Credit: 5 feet of photography.

Earlier this year, the dedicated team behind Canberra’s premier arts festival, DESIGN Canberra, made the heartbreaking decision to cancel their 2021 festival due to COVID-related concerns.

Instead, however, a new offering has emerged:To feed— a month-long program of virtual and small group events and workshops designed to support wellbeing and creativity after a difficult 24 months for Canberra.

Designed to give Canberra a COVID safe dose of art, Nurture will use art, design, creativity and mindfulness to create a sense of calm creativity in the Canberran community, as well as platforming and supporting DESIGN’s artist and maker community Canberra until November 28.

Handmade’s Online Markets

An earlier handmade market.

Skip your Christmas shopping and support small by joining Handmade Canberra online this weekend.

After a short name change, Handmade Canberra is back doing what it does best: connecting customers with handmade Australian-made products to their personal and online markets.

With access to hundreds of makers, Handmade Canberra’s online marketplace will showcase some of the country’s finest handmade Australian products, including art and design, food, body products, fun for kids, fashion, houseplants, housewares, jewelry and accessories, and paper goods. Accessible through Handmade Canberra’s website, the market will be open on November 27 from 9am to 9pm.

Saturday, November 27, 2021, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM |

Say hello to the British Film Festival

Bringing you the cream of the crop of the British Isles, the annual british film festival is packed with sessions at NewActon’s Palace Electric until December 3rd.

With films starring the likes of Judy Dench, Clare Foy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jamie Dornan, Helen Mirren and Michael Caine (to name a few), did anyone say ‘the perfect way to spend a rainy weekend’?

Until December 3 |

Take a picture with Santa at Canberra Center

That’s right – the big man in red has landed at Canberra Center and Santa Photo sessions are now open!

With COVID safety in mind, the Canberra Center crew has designed a safe and fun experience for kids big and small, including photo shoots for sensitive Santas.

Experience Austen at The REP’s Sense and Sensibility

The Canberra REP presents a playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, which follows the fate (and misfortune) of the Dashwood sisters, shortly after their father’s sudden death.

The play is set in gossip 18th century England, with a fresh female voice, full of humor, emotional depth and daring theatricality. If reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?

Nov 18 – Dec 4 2021 |

Canberra Children’s Market

The Canberra Kids Market is back selling new, handcrafted and beloved items for babies, toddlers and youngsters. Market visitors will find, in addition to furniture, prams, prams and other equipment, clothes, toys, books, games, accessories, with plenty of bargains.

Sunday 28 November from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.| Fitter’s Workshop, Kingston

Feature Image: Ben Calvert

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