Our pick of what to do in Canberra this weekend.
Get on ya bike and tear into the new year with a mountain biking course. Cycle Education's four week courses begin this weekend, with a beginner and intermediate course on offer for women. Bring your mountain bike and a sense of adventure. See event details for location. Sunday 8.30-10.15am (intermediate) and 10.30am-12.15pm (beginner). Book classes via Cycle Education. $185.
CATS VS. DOGS
In 2019, nobody cares if you self-identify as a cat or dog person. That's over. The National Film and Sound Archive's school holiday series Cats vs. Dogs will give you a chance to see your most beloved felines and canines in a neutral, and cute, setting. Kick back and watch the posh purrers in Aristocats, the cloud-like maremma in Oddball and more. The National Film and Sound Archive, Acton. Screenings at 10am and 2pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets via National Film and Sound Archive. $10.
Get down to the East Hotel Canberra Challenger, an event where tennis players from the world’s top 100 compete for prize money and world ranking points. This Friday there's a twilight session with food trucks, beverages, and entertainment during the men’s doubles semifinals. Canberra Tennis Centre, Lyneham. Friday 4-9pm. Reserve seats at www.tennis.com.au/act. Free entry.
OPEN AIR CINEMAS
Enjoy a movie with the kids this Friday and Saturday night with a screening of new animated flick The Grinch and fantasy film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, or get a group together and see Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. 4 Pines craft beer, Black Devil Cider, Pimms and Giesen Wines will keep you well watered, while Haagen Dazs will keep you cool at the American Express Openair Cinemas. Dog owners are also welcome to bring their fur children to any screening, except for films with gunfire/explosions, because we all know how that pans out. Patrick White Lawn, Parkes. Friday-Sunday 6pm. Tickets via Open Air Cinemas. $14-35.
Never quite made it to Notting Hill? Well have a slice of the bustling antiques market at the Portobello Road event at the Old Bus Depot Markets. Spend a summer's day eating a meal's worth of tasters at the food portion of the markets, then move onto Portobello where you can browse high quality antiques and collectables including art, silver, furniture and jewellery. Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston. Sunday 10am-4pm. Free entry.