TRUFFLE FESTIVAL Canberra's truffle season is in full swing, with the festival running until the end of August. There's local black truffles on the menu at restaurants around town, plus special dinners, events, cooking classes and of course hunts with the dogs to unearth truffles. For the full program and tickets, see trufflefestival.com.au.
SCAVENGER HUNT Get to know Canberra in a whole new way on a scavenger hunt. Think 'Amazing Race meets Treasure Hunt meets walking-tour-on-Red-Bull'. There are two hunts; Saturday and Sunday, 1-4pm. Meet at the front of the Canberra Glassworks, Kingston. Bring a team of three to five people or get teamed up on the day. $30 per person from theeverydayadventure.com/huntcanberra.
Friday August 5
7pm MISS POLE DANCE The ACT heats of Miss Pole Dance are on at Hellenic Club Woden, with the winners heading to the national finals. Hellenic Club Woden. $50 from trickfitness.com.au.
8pm LAWRENCE LEUNG After selling out at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Lawrence Leung's new show Very Strange Things is coming to Canberra for the first time. The sceptical comedian goes on an interactive look at the paranormal and questions whether ESP is alive and well between sympathetic people with a show featuring experiments, mind games and coincidences. Also Saturday at 8pm. The Street Theatre. $39-$44 from thestreet.org.au.
9pm PARTY THIEVES Hailing from New York, Jared aka Party Thieves will be at Academy. Supported by Yen Sid, Leuky and Strides. Academy. $17 from moshtix.com.au.
Saturday August 6
From 10am GIVEABILITY DAY There will be face painting, balloon bending, a sausage sizzle, cookie decorating and floral mason jar workshops at Westfield Woden, and a jumping castle, putt putt golf, face painting and craft at Westfield Belconnen. 10am-4pm.
From 10am FASH N TREASURE Shop from new, vintage and recycled clothing and accessories, plus collectible books, DVDs, vinyl records and other household items. 10am-3pm. Exhibition Park. Entry $3.
11am COMMUNITY MARKET There will be art, coffee, food, market stalls and an open mic at this event held by Sly Fox Coffee. On the bikepath between Macarthur Avenue and David Street, O'Connor. Free.
2pm SWEENEY TODD ANU Interhall Productions and the ANU School of Music present the Stephen Sondheim musical about a wronged man out for deadly revenge. ANU Arts Centre. Also 8pm. $25. sweeneytodd.getqpay.com,
From 4pm CANBERRA IPA FESTIVAL The Durham Castle Arms is paying homage to IPAs with 10 styles on tap. There's also live music, giant Jenga, and a beer and food matching menu. Book a table on 6295 1769.
8pm SARA MCLEOD The former lead singer and guitarist from The Superjesus and solo artist is playing at The Front. Sold out. 18+.
8pm MACBETH Canberra Repertory Society presents William Shakespeare's tragedy about the Scottish couple who murder the king and seize the throne. Directed by Jordan Best. Theatre 3. $36-$42 from canberrarep.org.au.
9pm KOMES The Aussie party starter is playing at Treehouse, supported by DJs Clique, Exposure and HUDRAK. $10+bf from outincanberra.com.au.
Sunday August 7
8am FUN RUN FREE TRAINING SESSION Get prepped for The Canberra Times Fun Run in September with free running classes hosted by Anytime Fitness at Dickson Sporting Oval, Antill Street. Every Sunday until race day on September 4. See canberratimesfunrun.com.au.
From 10am WINTER FESTIVAL Celebrate winter at the Portrait Gallery's annual winter festival. There's ice sculptures, live music, magic, a woolly wonderland or take your beanie and bling it up. Free. Portrait Gallery. 10am-4pm. See portrait.gov.au/calendar/winter-festival-2016.
10.30am AB FAB HIGH TEA Watch Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie in style with a high tea at Dendy Canberra in the premium lounge. $62.50-$70 from dendy.com.au.
2pm LETTERS TO LINDY In the National Library of Australia Theatre, Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton speaks to Alana Valentine about the making of a stage play based on 20,000 letters sent to Chamberlain-Creighton by the public since 1980. Hosted by The Canberra Times arts editor Sally Pryor. $15 including refreshments from nla.gov.au.
2pm PETER FITZSIMONS The author and media commentator will lead a discussion on race relations in the last century in Australia. National Film and Sound Archive. $12-$14 from nfsa.gov.au/whats-on/.
6pm RESIDENT ALIEN Paul Capsis plays Quentin Crisp in this one-man show in which the legendary raconteur is brought to life again talking about everything from Princess Diana to Oprah Winfrey. The Street Theatre. Also Saturday at 8pm. $35-$45 from thestreet.org.au.
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