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Canberra Weekender: What's on in Canberra February 12-14

Stalls, music and colour will fill Civic for the 2016 Multicultural festival.
Stalls, music and colour will fill Civic for the 2016 Multicultural festival.  Photo: Rohan Thomson


All weekend

MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL A favourite of many Canberrans, the three day festival will again take over City Walk with multicultural stalls, performances, activities, music and more. Free. For the full program visit

BOOKFAIR The much-loved Lifeline Bookfair is on next weekend at EPIC. There will be more than 250,000 bargain books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, comics, games, puzzles for sale, with all proceeds going to support Lifeline's 13 11 14 support service. Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm. Saturday is family day with activities for the kids. Entry by gold coin. Free parking. See

Friday February 12

From 5pm LATE NIGHT OPENINGS The Portrait Gallery will open late until 8pm on Fridays from January 8 – February 26 with a bar, adults-only tour of Sideshow Alley plus live comedy, music, magic, tarot readers, horror makeup styling and a twisted art installation. See the full program at

6pm SUPPER CLUB Grab a bite to eat and tour the National Museum of Australia's indigenous show Encounters. Enjoy shared platters for supper with matched wines in the museum cafe, followed by a private after-hours tour of the Encounters show. 6.30pm.  $105 from


8.30pm STAR WARS Watch the new Star Wars flick under the stars on the lawns outside the National Library of Australia. Grab a pizza, catch live music, and have some ice cream with Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Ben & Jerry's Open Air Cinemas. $15-$42. See

From 7pm MULTICULTURAL MUSIC The Multicultural Festival has their big lineup of music on the first night this year, with Baby et Lulu, Jay Power, and Black Sorrows all on the main stage. Free and all ages.

7pm CAPITALS CLASH The Canberra Capitals will play Perth at AIS Arena. $7.14-$15.29 from

8pm FOREIGN KINGS The locals are finishing up their national tour with a celebratory show on home turf at Transit Bar to launch their EP. Supported by The Bitter Sweethearts and Jack Biilmann. $13.10 from

8pm THE MUSIC OF AMY WINEHOUSE Jazz ensemble Movement 9 join forces with singer Elly Poletti to present a new perspective on the music of Amy Winehouse, putting a new spin on her songs. Street Theatre.  $22-$29. See

Saturday February 13

From 8.30am MINT OPEN DAY To celebrate 50 years since the country's currency changed, the Mint is opening its doors to the general public for its Open Day. There will be factory walkthroughs, a pop-up coin design studio, a master class with the Mint's coin designers, a coin showcase, plus kids activities. 8.30am-4pm. Free entry but some events have a fee. Visit for bookings.

From 10am MARULAN MARKET These new markets are on from 10am-2pm with local products, canaries in cages, roses, bric-a-brac, plants, racks of pre-loved clothes and more. At the Memorial Hall in Marulan, just past Goulburn. They'll be on every second Saturday.

From 1pm MEET THE BRUMBIES Canberra's rugby team host a meet the players day at the University of Canberra. Hang out with mascot Brumby Jack, run drills with the players and get a selfie. Until 4pm. Building 29 Oval, University Drive, University of Canberra. Free.  See

3.30pm BASICALLY BEETHOVEN Muse Canberra hosts a free classical music open mic ​session where anyone can have a go. Play the piano or bring your own instrument and play or sing. Anything is encouraged. East Hotel, Kingston. See

From 6pm CHINESE HORROR FILMS  Join the National Library of Australia for a night of terror with a Chinese New Year twist - three Chinese horror flicks back to back, including Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal. Grab a snack and bring a loved one to cuddle. Free. See

From 6.30pm THE GOOD DINOSAUR Take the kids to the animated flick The Good Dinosaur screening at the Ben & Jerry's Open Air Cinemas on the lawns outside the National Library of Australia. Sunset music, pizzas and cool drinks on a picnic blanket before the movie screens at dusk. $15-$42.

7pm BOWIE BALL An evening to celebrate David Bowie. Wear your best Ziggy Stardust outfit and hear live music, spoken word tributes and a special performance. $10-$11.44. Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, Braddon. See

7.30pm KRISTY COOTE Musician Kristy Coote performs acoustic, rootsy pop music. Her new album is Favourite Thing and she'll be performing at the Street Theatre. $20-$25. See

8pm THE NECKS Sydney experimental jazz trio The Necks will perform for one night only at The Street Theatre. With one on piano, one on double bass and one on percussion, the group goes on stage with no pre-conceived idea of what they will play. $35 from

9.30pm THE TIMBERS The folk foursome are on the road promoting the release of their second studio album, Restless, which was recorded in an Adelaide Hills church. Smith's Alternative. Tickets $10 at

10pm TRAFFIC LIGHT PARTY Mooseheads is hoping to help locals find love this Valentine's Day weekend with a traffic light party - wear a green, yellow or red badge depending on your availability. Free entry. See

Sunday February 14

From 5am MOUNTAIN BIKING The AMB 100 Marathon will be held at Stromlo Forest Park - a 100km race around the trails of Canberra. There are also 33km, and 66km races. Family entertainment, food and coffee all day. See

From 8am PADDLE RACES Inflatable stand up paddle board racing returns to the Kingston Foreshore, beside The Dock bar. The gear will be supplied so you just need to bring clothes you don't mind getting wet in and try out paddle boarding. $35. Races start at 10am. See

1.30pm TESTAMENT OF YOUTH A screening of the 2014 film about a young woman coming of age during World War I, starring Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington from Game of Thrones fame. Free. Australian War Memorial. 

2pm CRIMES OF PASSION On Valentine's Day, join National Portrait Gallery curator Joanna Gilmour as she puts a romantic twist on the exhibition Sideshow Alley which examines the infamous and the macabre. Free. See

From 6.30pm VALENTINE MOVIE Celebrate Valentine's Day with a sunset screening of the romantic drama The Notebook at the Ben & Jerry's Open Air Cinemas on the lawns outside the National Library of Australia. There's also pizza, ice cream and drinks. $30-$55. See

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