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What’s on This Weekend in Canberra: Sitchu's Top Picks

This is what we're doing this weekend in Canberra.

Fever Up Candelight Concerts

Winter has arrived in Canberra and it's starting to get chilly. We're filling our week with outdoor adventures, markets and plenty of eats

Stuck for things to do? Search our what's on in Canberra this weekend guide and consider yourself sorted. 

Compa

Check Out Canberra's Newest Restaurant, Compa

Chef Matt Moran's latest opening is already causing a fuss in the very best way. An Italian steakhouse channelling Moran's ethos of sustainable and seasonal produce, many of the ingredients come straight from the family farm, including the Black Angus and charcuterie cuts from their Berkshire pigs. Pair your choice of protein with fresh pasta and a swathe of tasty sides. The fun selection of antipasto plates makes Compa the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely weekend lunch! 

148 Bunda Street, Canberra

Suitcase Rummage

Suitcase Rummage 

It's always a delight when the Suitcase Rummage rolls around again. Head down to Haig Park with your own suitcase or mosey over for a gander at what's on offer. You'll find pre-loved wares and handmade creations in abundance being sold from suitcases as part of a sustainable market alternative. 

Saturday 1st June, 11am to 3pm 

Haigh Park, Girrahween Street, Braddon 

Beltana Farm

Head Off on a Truffle Hunt 

A treasure hunt for adults! Pop over to Beltana Farms to explore their 800 truffle trees. You can dine on the good stuff at the Beltana Farm farmhouse or head off for a truffle hunt to learn about the process from start to finish. They're offering hunts throughout the winter truffle season so be sure to book in if you don't want to miss out. 

14 Beltana Road, Pialligo 

National Portrait Gallery Portrait Prize Finalist 'Shirley' by @franciscloakephotos

National Photographer Portrait Prize 2024

Planning ahead? You won't want to miss this one. Discover the essence of 2023 and 2024 in photo form at the National Portrait Gallery's iconic event, the National Photographic Portrait Prize. Celebrating its 17th year, this exhibition gives a snapshot of the year's essence through a kaleidoscope of identities, both communal and personal.

With 34 talented artists in the limelight, including Zoe Helene Karouzos and Paul Knight, prepare for visual storytelling at its finest. Opening in late June, this isn't your average exhibition; it's one of the most popular events on the calendar. And with a whopping $50,000 prize package up for grabs, it's bound to be a showcase of pure photographic magic.

Opens June 22nd, 2024

National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes Canberra

Amici Wine Bar

Twilight Sessions at Amici Wine Bar 

Fancy a spot of live music with your Thursday evening bevvie? Swing by Amici Wine Bar and you can be serenaded by acoustic tunes from 6:30pm. Picture you and your pals plus your favourite cheese and charcuterie platter whilst you prep for the end of the week. 

Every Thursday, from 6:30pm 

59 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City

Shades of Light by Hannah Gason (Image Credit: Brenton McGeachie)

Shades of Shadows

Discover a whole new world of light and shadow at the Canberra Museum and Gallery's Shades of Shadows exhibition. Glass artist Hannah Gason invites you on a journey where light dances with architectural forms, inspired by the visionary work of Frank Hinder.

Just like Hinder's iconic designs that shaped Canberra's landscape, Gason's pieces weave together harmony, movement, and luminosity. As you explore, watch how light transforms and plays tricks with glass, creating an enchanting display of shapes and textures, captivating the endless possibilities of light and glass. 

June 15th to November 17th, 2024

Canberra Museum and Gallery, Corner London Circuit and City Square, Canberra

Fever Up Candelight Concerts

Attend a Candlelight Concert 

Hold hands and get swept up in the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience, all under the glow of candlelight. For an unforgettable date idea in Canberra, you simply can't look past attending a candlelit concert from Fever Up. There are orchestral tributes to the likes of Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Coldplay and Taylor Swift, or swoon to the soaring sounds of Mozart's Requiem and Vivaldi's Four Seasons played out to a transfixing degree, in stunning and oft-historic venues around town. They even have family-friendly options with their Candlelight Kids series.

Multiple locations, visit Fever Up website for more details

Still on the lookout for something to do this weekend? Why not check out one of Canberra's epic exhibitions or if you're looking to save some cash, check out our edit of the best free things to do in Canberra. 

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