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Canberra (Long) Weekender: What's on in Canberra March 6-9

Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

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ENLIGHTEN See Canberra in a new light when many of the city's national attractions in the Parliamentary Triangle open their doors after hours to host an array of exclusive events and surprising experiences. Inside and outside there are free and ticketed events such as exhibitions, films, architectural projections, music and more. For a full program and ticket sales visit enlightencanberra.com.au.

The Canberra Balloon Festival kicks off bright and early Saturday morning.
The Canberra Balloon Festival kicks off bright and early Saturday morning. Photo: Chapman Images Pty Ltd

THE BALD ARCHY PRIZE The last weekend to catch the Bald Archy Prize, an eccentric icon of the Australian art calendar. Known internationally as the only art competition in the world to be judged by a sulphur-crested cockatoo named Maude, the satirical side of this event has its basis in the irreverent, larrikin Australian comic comment and provides a genuine opportunity for artists of all styles and standards to create portrait paintings of humour, dark satire, light comedy or caricature. 10am-4pm daily until March 9. Watson Arts Centre. Entry Adult $5/Concession $4.

ROMANCE READERS CONVENTION Romance book fans, authors and publishers will come together at QT Canberra to talk about all things related to romance fiction. Featuring authors Sylvia Day, Victoria Dahl, Kelley Armstrong and Helene Young as keynote speakers. Saturday and Sunday, 9am-5pm. Tickets from australianromancereaders.wordpress.com.

Questacon all lit up for Enlighten.
Questacon all lit up for Enlighten. Photo: Melissa Adams

WRITING FESTIVAL Over three days, the Jugiong Writers' Festival has a range of writing opportunities for all budding authors and reading enthusiasts. Catering to all writing experience levels. March 6, 7, 8. For tickets and more information visit jugiongwritersfestival.com.

Friday

7.30pm THE SIXTEEN World-renowned choir The Sixteen presents The Queen of Heaven, featuring a new version of Allegri's famous Miserere alongside James MacMillan's own setting of the text and music by Palestrina. Llewellyn Hall. Tickets $40.78-$81.56 from ticketek.com.au.

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7.40pm BRUMBIES MATCH The Brumbies play the Force at GIO Stadium. Tickets start from $11.21 from ticketek.com.au.

8pm LIGHTS CANBERRA ACTION The top twelve12 finalists from the Lights Canberra Action film competition will be screened in the Senate Rose Gardens at the Museum of Australian Democracy, with the awards winners announced immediately after the screening. Filmmakers were given a list of ten10 items to include in their movie, with only ten10 days to shoot, edit and produce a seven-minute film themed Brilliant Possibilities. Bring your chair or bean bag, blanket and movie snacks, and settle in for a great night of film viewing. Free entry.

World-renowned choir The Sixteen will perform at Llewellyn Hall.
World-renowned choir The Sixteen will perform at Llewellyn Hall.  Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

8pm BATTLE OF THE BANDS Check out the best up-and-comers that Canberra has to offer in the third heat of Transit Bar's Battle of the Bands. Free entry.

Saturday

6am BALLOON SPECTACULAR The Canberra Balloon Spectacular will fill the skies with an array of balloons that this year include Angry Birds and Yoda. Lawns of Old Parliament House. Free for spectators. Early risers can enjoy delicious hot breakfasts served by the Belconnen Lions Club, with all proceeds going back to the Canberra community. Until March 15. For balloon flights call Balloon Aloft on 6285 1540 or Dawn Drifters on 6285 4450.

The Lantern Festival at Lennox Gardens.
The Lantern Festival at Lennox Gardens. Photo: Supplied

From 9am MUDDLE PUDDLE The Muddle Puddle Markets bring together unique goods for babies and children from local makers. Handmade toys, mini terrariums, books, clothes and more. 9am-1pm. Weston Creek Community Centre. Free entry.

From 10am FAMILY FUN Bunnings Warehouse Fyshwick will be hosting a family fun day with entertainment, interactive workshops, and celebrity guest Jason Hodges from Better Homes and Gardens. Free jumping castle, fairy floss, popcorn, petting zoo, reptile show and magician for the kids. 10am-2pm.

One of the paintings that was entered into the Bald Archy Portrait Prize which is on show at the Watson Arts Centre.
One of the paintings that was entered into the Bald Archy Portrait Prize which is on show at the Watson Arts Centre. Photo: Emily Rankins

From 10am KIDS EXPO The Queanbeyan Baby/Kids Market and Expo has markets, information stalls, and free entertainment for the kids including a jumping castle, face painting, glitter tattoos, and a show. BBQ and coffee available. 10am-2pm. Free. Queanbeyan Public School, Isabella Street.

From 12pm AS IT GOES This weekend is the last chance to check out visual artist Luke Chiswell's solo show As It Goes at Nishi Gallery in New Acton. As It Goes is an exploration of disenchantment through the lens of his first passion, skateboarding. On until March 8. Open weekdays 11am-5pm, weekends 12pm-5pm. Free entry.

This weekend is the last chance to check out Spirited: Australia's Horse Story at the National Museum of Australia.
This weekend is the last chance to check out Spirited: Australia's Horse Story at the National Museum of Australia. Photo: Jay Cronan

2pm QUEANBEYAN RODEO The Patches Queanbeyan Charity Rodeo is on 2-10pm at the Queanbeyan Showground, Glebe Avenue. Food and bar facilities and carnival entertainment for the kids. Tickets Adults $20/Seniors $15/Children 8-14yrs $10/Under-8 free/Family Pass $50. 2-10pm.

6pm LANTERN FESTIVAL The Lantern Festival is the final event of Chinese New Year. The Beijing Garden, Lennox Gardens, Flynn Place, Yarralumla, is decorated with Chinese lanterns and lights and there are performances of Chinese traditional music, children's dances, martial arts, lion dance, a hand-made lantern competition and a lantern parade. Free entry – bring your own lanterns or buy one there. Prizes for best hand-made lanterns. Contact Carol Keil on 6247 8231.

Face of Canberra Racing Emily Dibden with Andrew Clark of Giralang in Marquee 1 at Thoroughbred Park ahead of the 2015 ...
Face of Canberra Racing Emily Dibden with Andrew Clark of Giralang in Marquee 1 at Thoroughbred Park ahead of the 2015 Black Opal Stakes Day on this Sunday. Photo: Jeffrey Chan.

8pm A WILDE COMEDY Canberra Repertory Society presents Oscar Wilde's comedy of manners, The Importance of Being Earnest, at Theatre 3. Tickets $40/$35 available from canberrarep.org.au

8pm EVITA The Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical Evita – featuring the song Don't Cry For Me Argentina – is being presented at Erindale Theatre, McBryde Crescent, Wanniassa, by Canberra Philharmonic Society. Tickets $25-$49 from philo.org.au.

Canberra band SAFIA, who will headline the Canberra Day concert.
Canberra band SAFIA, who will headline the Canberra Day concert. Photo: Martin Ollman

Sunday

From 9am HORSE STORY Spirited: Australia's Horse Story in its final days at the National Museum of Australia. This exhibition is about the close bonds that have developed between humans and horses in the history of Australia. Entry $15/$12 (children under 16 free when accompanied by an adult).

From 11.30am BLACK OPAL STAKES Canberra's premier race day, the Black Opal Stakes, returns for its 41st year, including the Canberra Cup. Myer Fashions on the Field competition, live music, children's entertainment and food for sale. Tickets $25 from ticketek.com.au.

Enlighten finishes up this Saturday, but the Noodle Night Markets also continue on Sunday night.
Enlighten finishes up this Saturday, but the Noodle Night Markets also continue on Sunday night.  Photo: Jay Cronan

6pm FEMALES ON FORM Females on Form, presented in conjunction with International Women's Day and local charities Canberra Endometriosis Centre and Beryl Women Inc, is a cabaret celebrating women's rights. Pavilion Hotel, 242 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson. Tickets $75 dinner and show, $30 show only, $90 VIP dinner and show (plus booking fees). There will be a pre-show gathering with the cast in the foyer from 6pm. Doors at 7pm. Show at 7.30pm. Bookings: eventbrite.com/e/females-on-form-tickets-15449107697.

7.30pm ANZAC TRIBUTE Canberra's Anzac Centenary Tribute concert will begin with a traditional "Beating Retreat" ceremony featuring Australia's Federation Guard and the combined bands of the Australian Defence Force featuring the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army and the Royal Australian Air Force bands. The Canberra Symphony Orchestra will then present a program of music culminating with Tchaikovsky's  1812 Overture performed alongside the combined bands of the Australian Defence Force, with guns fired over Lake Burley Griffin. Patrick White Lawns in front of the National Library of Australia. Free. For more information visit events.act.gov.au/tribute.

Monday

From 2pm CANBERRA CELEBRATES The official celebrations for Canberra Day this year are in the new location of Patrick White Lawns, in front of the National Library. Canberra band SAFIA will headline the concert, supported by local house music producer DJ Magnifik featuring Chanel Cole,  Kayo Marbilus and Cris Clucas, plus Slow Turismo, and street artists Houl and Goodie. Food will be available from The Forage food market. Free kids activities, local sporting heroes plus rides. 2-7pm. Free entry.

4.30pm CANBERRA DAY RAVE To celebrate the public holiday, No Lights No Lycra is holding a Canberra Day rave at a mystery location somewhere near the Patrick White Lawns in Parkes. Bring your own party pants and glow sticks. Location will be revealed on the morning of the event. Free entry, all ages. For more information visit facebook.com/nlnlsouthcanberra.

Do you have an event? Email us at canberralife@canberratimes.com.au