Our pick of what to do in Canberra this weekend.
1. CAPITAL COLLAB
It's been just over a year since Singapore Airlines launched direct flights between Canberra and Wellington. Haven't been over yet? Don't worry, Wellington is coming to you this weekend. On Saturday, A Taste of Two Cities is on in New Acton - a celebration of food, craft beer, wine and music from the two little capitals. Wellington is bringing a renowned chef, brewer, entertainer and winemaker, who will collaborate with Canberra's local producers in a melting pot of activity. There will be a laneway kitchen serving up a one-off menu from one of Wellington's hippest restaurants, a pop-up bar serving craft beer, Canberra Wines will host tastings and New Acton's restaurants will serve street food. Entry is free, but you need a ticket to the wine tasting. Tickets are $20 for tastings from 11 wineries and your own tasting glass - get from eventbrite.com.au. The event is on Saturday, midday-5pm.
2. CANBERRA STYLE MARKET
The brand new Canberra Style Market is on Saturday at the former transport depot, Kingston. There will be stalls with new, pre-loved and designer fashion, manicures and makeup, health and wellbeing products, coffee, food, champagne and music. There are fitness classes during the day - core and cardio at 10am and yoga at 2pm. Both are free but spaces are limited and you must register. There is also a style workshop at 11am. Tickets are $35, including a coffee or champagne. The market is on 10am-3pm. Entry is $2 charity donation. For more info and event registration, see canberrastylemarket.com.au.
3. GOVERNMENT HOUSE OPEN DAY
Tour the historic residence of the Governor-General in Yarralumla this Saturday as part of the annual open day, then take along your basket for a picnic on the lawns. There will also be food and drinks available to purchase on the day. This is always a popular one, so arrive early to get a good park. It is on 11am-2pm and entry is free. Dunrossil Dr, Yarralumla
4. TARA'S WALK FOR CHANGE
Take a stand against family and domestic violence on Sunday at Tara's Walk for Change, starting at the Patrick White Lawns in front of the national library. It's the third annual walk, held by the Tara Costigan Foundation, and this year includes a family picnic day with a barbecue, jumping castle, and face painting. The event is on 10am-4pm, with the walk starting from 11am. See more info or register at taracostiganfoundation.com.
5. RURAL FIRIES OPEN DAY
Take the kids along to Googong on Saturday for the NSW Rural Fire Service Community Open Day where they can get hands-on with a fire hose and emergency radio, try on protective equipment, climb a ladder or look under the hood of a fire tuck. There will also be live music, a jumping castle and sausage sizzle. It's on at Beltana Park, Beltana Ave, Googong from 10am to 2pm. The event is free. See googong.net.
6. HIGHLAND GATHERING
The Canberra Burns Club's highland gathering is on Saturday at Kambah Oval, with massed bands, Scottish-themed markets, strong man competition, Highland dancing, pipe bands and Scottish food stalls, plus activities for the kids. It's on 10am-5pm at Kambah Oval, Kett Street in Tuggeranong, and entry is free.
Christian Louboutin with Crazy Horse dancers Hippy Bang Bang (left) and Lolita Kiss-Curl. Photo: Antoine Doyen
7. CRAZY HORSE PARIS
Cultural cabaret phenomenon Crazy Horse Paris will be in Canberra for the first time ever this week with their show, Forever Crazy. Featuring some of the best dancers from around the world, performers are clad only in textured lighting and projection, an effect so stunning it's hard to know where skin ends and the reflections begin. It's on at Canberra Theatre Centre October 4-7 at 7.30pm nightly, plus an additional 9.30pm show Friday and Saturday. Note: The show (obviously) contains a lot of nudity and is not suitable for children. Tickets at canberratheatrecentre.com.au.