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What's on this weekend in Canberra

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

All weekend

SKATE IN THE CITY | It's your last chance to Skate in Garema Place, with the final session at 7pm on Sunday. Sessions at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm, 5.30pm and 7pm, with 8.30pm sessions on Friday and Saturday. Tickets: adult $17, children and concession $15, family $48, under-5 free. Visit for bookings.

TRUFFLE FESTIVAL | The Truffle Festival continues this weekend with a wide range of events across Canberra and its surrounds. For a full schedule of events, visit

JAPANESE ENCOUNTER | New this week at M16 Artspace and curated by Midori Matsui, Japanese Encounter is an exhibition straight from Japan, looking at the country's pop culture. Free entry, until July 27. The exhibition also features a series of anime screenings. Visit for more.


6pm | SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA Help ACT finalist for Miss World Australia, Kate Goodwin, raise funds for Variety The Children's Charity at this indoor night market. Enjoy shopping, children's activities and raffles. Tickets available at the door. Adults $15 including glass of champagne, teens $5, under-12 free. 6-9.30pm. Hellenic Club, Phillip.

6.30pm | AFTER DARK TOURS Explore the National Botanic Gardens after dark with the winter afterDARK Firefly Tours. Participants begin by making their own lantern, then head out on a fascinating after-dark discovery of the gardens with rangers. Explore the various garden habitats and habitants - including the beautifully lit Rainforest Gully. 6.30pm. National Botanic Gardens, Crosbie Morrison Building. Tickets: adults $22.50, children $16.50. Bookings essential. Visit


8pm | TEN TENORS The Ten Tenors have returned to their home country with a brand new Broadway show. Further shows on Saturday at 2pm and 8pm. Canberra Theatre Centre. Tickets from $95 at


9am | MUDDLE PUDDLE MARKETS Woden basketball centre will host the Muddle Puddle Market from 9am-2pm. Browse and buy from more than 60 stalls filled with child and baby goods. Free entry. Visit

10.30am and 2pm | THE WITCHES Roald Dahl's classic The Witches will be performed by Child Play – a children's theatre program that gives children the opportunity to learn all aspects of theatre. Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court. Tickets $17 available from or at the door.

From 10.30am | CHRISTMAS IN JULY MARKETS The Belconnen Fresh Food Markets celebrate Christmas in July. Live music from 10.30am-12pm, kids craft 11am-1pm, truffle talk 11-11.30am and cooking demonstration from 12-2pm. Visit

11am | NEXT TOP PET See a string of the cutest, smartest and most lovable pets in the ACT strut their stuff down the catwalk at the finals of the RSPCA's Canberra's Next Top Pet competition. Westfield Woden. Visit

1.30pm and 7.30pm | BANGARRA Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, Bangarra – Australia’s multi-award winning dance theatre company – tells the story of Patyegarang, the inspirational journey of a potent indigenous spirit alive in Australia's past and present. Canberra Theatre. Tickets from $30 from

5.30pm | ICE HOCKEY See the Canberra Brave take on Adelaide Adrenaline at Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre. Tickets: adults $20, children $15 from

7pm | TRIVIA NIGHT Marymead’s NEXGEN Trivia Night is on at Turner Bowls Club. Tickets $30 a head, including light finger food. Followed by an after party at Meche Bar with free entry. Visit

7.40pm | BRUMBIES CLASH Support the Brumbies in their home final against the Chiefs. GIO Stadium. Tickets on sale from

8pm | JEFF LANG Musician Jeff Lang heads to the Street Theatre to launch his newest album I Live In My Head A Lot These Days. Tickets $30 from


From 2.30pm | SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL Today is the final day to see some of the best films from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland at the inaugural Scandinavian Film Festival. There are three screening with Ego at 2.30pm, 21 Ways to Ruin a Marriage at 4.45pm and Remake at 7pm. Palace Electric Cinemas, Nishi.

5pm | LEGALLY BLONDE The stage show of the much-loved movie, Legally Blonde: The Musical is now in Canberra. ANU Arts Centre. Running until July 27. Tickets: adult $59.50, concession $50.50, group $45 from