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What's on in the capital this weekend

Planning your weekend? Here's our round up of what's on.


7:00am GET RUNNING The Australian Running Festival is on this weekend, with the 5km and 10km fun runs on today. For information on the new circuit and road closures visit runningfestival.com.au

10:00am SHOP AND SWAP Too much kale in your garden and not enough carrots? Drowning in tomatoes but really need some cabbages? If your garden grows beautifully but you need a bit more diversity, head to Spence for a harvest swap meet. Bring your surplus fruit, vegetables, seedlings and herbs to the Spence community centre, put them down on the sharing table for others to take and then take some greens for yourself. No money changes hands for the fresh produce, and any leftover is donated to a food bank. From 10am – 12pm. Mount Rogers Community Centre, Curly Street, Spence. 100kilos.org

11:00am SCAFFOLD TOURS As part of the ACT and Surrounds Heritage Festival, find out the secrets that the walls of Old Parliament House hold on their Scaffold Tours. On the guided tour, climb the scaffold and learn the conservation secrets revealed by the re-rendering project happening in the House of Representatives courtyard. You’ll also receive your very own piece of this iconic building to take home. A general level of health and fitness required. 11am–12pm. Free. Bookings essential. Email: rsvp@moadoph.gov.au.

11:00am MEGA CRAFT DAY Over 20 creative workshops are on offer at the Mega Craft and Makers Day. Workshops start from as little as $5 and include glass etching, candle making, crochet, origami, card making, portrait photography, felting, stamp carving, cupcake decorating, jewellery beading, embellished headbands, embroidery, iPhotography and more. Plus a free kid’s art and craft station. 11:00am-2:00pm. Majura Community Hall. 2 Rosevear Place, Dickson ACT. canberracreatives.com.au

2:00pm SLOW ART Look closely at portraits and share your observations at Slow Art Day at the National Portrait Gallery. 2:00-4:00pm. Register at portrait.gov.au or call 6102 7070.


2:00pm and 8:00pm WARTS AND ALL Simon is 17 years old and has just been sent to stay with his grandmother in Queensland for a change of scene after his life was turned upside down after developing osteoarthritis, which destroyed his promising running career. Warts and All, written and directed by Canberra playwright Bruce Hoogendoorn, has its two last shows at 2:00pm and 8:00pm. The Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre. Tickets adult $24.95/conc $19.95. canberratheatrecentre.com.au

3:00pm HUSTLE AND FORAGE An afternoon of fashion and food – is there any greater combination? Hustle&Scout is a seasonal boutique fashion market showcasing Australian designer and high-end vintage fashion, jewellery and accessories. This time round, it is joined by the inaugural The Forage, which will host just over 20 different mobile vendors from local cafes, restaurants and wineries, with a focus on sustainable suppliers. 3:00-8:00pm. Nishi Commercial Foyer and Hotel Hotel Lobby, New Acton.

4pm HAUNTED TOURING Explore the mysteries of Lake George and experience the bygone era of bushrangers in Collector on the Mysterious Lake George and Haunted Collector Tour with Tim The Yowie Man. The tour showcases the natural, social and paranormal history of Lake George and its surrounds. On the way home enjoy a fireside supper with mulled wine and hot chocolate at The Henge, a Stonehenge replica on the outskirts of Canberra. Pickup at 3:50pm at Yowani Golf Club, Lyneham. Cost $129 per person. For tickets contact: tym@yowieman.com.au.

7:30pm INTERPLAY Three choreographers come together for the latest show from Sydney Dance Company, Interplay.  Bonachela, Godani and Obarzanek come together to present a triple bill of contemporary dance. Canberra Theatre Centre. 7:30pm. Tickets from $30. canberratheatrecentre.com.au.


6:30am MARATHON The Australian Running Festival continues today with the Canberra Times Marathon, Half Marathon and Ultra Marathon. For information on the new circuit and road closures visit runningfestival.com.au

9:00am JANE AUSTEN University House in the grounds of the Australian National University will play host to the annual Jane Austen Festival all weekend. Events include dancing, music, food, games, archery, fencing, theatre, promenades, grand balls, talks, workshops, costumes and books. See janeaustenfestival.com for full program.

10:30am and 1:30pm BEHIND THE SCENES Discover the stories behind Parliament House on special tours during this year’s Canberra and Region Heritage Festival. Learn how the building’s impressive architecture is symbolic of our national identity and gain a rare view into private areas including the Ministerial Wing, Mural Hall and a glimpse into the Prime Minister’s courtyard. On daily at 10:30am and 1:30pm until April 21. Tours are 80 minutes. Price adult $25/conc and child $20/family $60.

1:30pm CHILL OUT Visit the Terrace Café at Old Parliament House on Sunday afternoons in April for live local music. This Sunday, hear local band In2Deep. To enjoy with the music, buy an antipasti platter + 2 glasses of sangria for $28 or a cheese platter + 2 glasses of sangria for $15. Free entry. 1:30-3:30pm. Visit moadoph.gov.au for more.

5:00pm SUNDAY GIGGLES Enjoy open mic stand up comedy and happy hour drinks at Polit Bar in Manuke from 5:00-7:00pm. Free entry. politbar.co