Things to do in Canberra: Your Ultimate November Guide
From the outdoor cinema to markets, check out what’s on in Canberra this month.
Life is up and running again (with caution, of course) and the weather is finally starting to warm up! We’ve got you covered for November with our ultimate event guide.
Calling all parents, expectant parents and kids! The Canberra Kids Market is back and it is jam-packed with goodies. You can find new, handmade and pre-loved clothes, toys, furniture and more for babies, toddlers and children. Expect to find big brand names such as Country Road, Seed, Espirit, Minihaha and more. Food and drink stalls will be available and the event is undercover so it will go ahead rain, hail or shine!
Sunday 28th November
The Fitters Workshop Canberra
Summer is nearly here which means balmy nights, kicking back and relaxing under the stars with a new release blockbuster! Held at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, you can perfect date night or take the whole family and enjoy an evening of viewing pleasure, alfresco.
From Thursday 25th November
Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton
Let’s turn up a notch on our Friday night Zoom cocktails! Hosting a virtual murder mystery game is fun and easy. AmazingCo is a great company through which to play the game. They will send each group member a set of instructions on how to play, a detailed storyline, character bios for 6-10 players and question guidelines and intentions to play towards. Encourage everyone to dress up in character and make a night of it!
Online Clothes Auction
This is a fantastic time to clean out your wardrobe to make room for the upcoming summer fashion trends – or just make room! Choose the items you would like to sell and post them on your social media platforms. You can decide whether you would like friends to bid publicly or send you a private message. Tip: Go on, pick the good stuff. It may not be worth your friend's time and money to bid on an old crop top from Cotton On.
Start a Compost Bin
Use this time in lockdown to become environmentally aware. A compost bin is a fantastic way to decompose your household scraps. You don’t need to make a fancy compost bin, simply find an old bucket you can use to store your scraps in and then place a wooden crate outside or make a square out of bricks and simply throw your scraps in. Mix it up with grass clippings and old newspapers and voila! The mixture it creates is rich and lovely, perfect for use in the garden!
Have a Fancy Dinner Date at Home
We know, we know. ‘Dinner date at home’ you ask? Don’t worry, it doesn’t involve any time in the kitchen. Some of the best restaurants and eateries in Canberra are offering delivery. Popular Akiba is open for home delivery from 4:30 pm onwards, Pilot in Ainslie is offering $60 dinner packs that change each day and ILY + XO has teamed up to offer an exquisite dinner for $50 per person, available on Friday and Saturday evenings. So, invite your ‘intimate partner’ over and light the candles.
With everything in life, you need balance and you are allowed to exercise outdoors. If you are looking for a hike that will get your blood pumping, head up the Mount Ainslie Summit Walk, also known as the Kokoda Memorial Trail. The walk is fairly steep, but along the 4.5km route, you’ll see the beauty of the Aussie bush and the view at the top of Canberra is so worth it.
For a walk packed with more than 44,000 rare, endangered and symbolic trees from more than 100 countries spread out over 250 hectares, head to the National Arboretum. There are different tracks you can take ranging from 20-90 minutes. It is the perfect excuse to get out of the house.
If you are a bird, plant and insect buff, Black Mountain is for you. With more than 100 species of birds, 500 species of plants and 5000 species of insects (!), Black Mountain is simply stunning. The three main trails include Black Mountain Forest Track (3.5km), the Bushland Nature Walk (2.2km return) and the Black Mountain Summit Trail (3.5km). Don’t forget your walking shoes!
For more of our favourite walks in and around Canberra, check out our article here.
The National Museum of Australia understands there are people bored at home, which is why they are offering you an online museum experience. Jump on their website and be transported to various exhibitions, talks and Q&As. There are games and activities for the kids that ask them to get a little crafty and playful. There is plenty for all to read, watch, listen, learn and explore.
Okay, so Sunday morning’s aren’t quite the same as they used to be; yoga class, brunch with the girls, followed by a couple of mimosas (maybe that’s just us). However, you can still flow on a Sunday morning or whatever morning you feel like! Flow Yoga are holding online classes for $19 a week with the first 7 days free of charge so you can get a feel for the type of yoga classes they offer. Choose from dynamic flow, slow flow and yin yoga. You can join the live class or if you prefer, you can access the classes at a later time too.
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