Our pick of what to do in Canberra this weekend.
1. Buy the book
You can set your clock by the Lifeline Bookfair which has been a part of the Canberra landscape for decades now (we're loving this photograph from the 1986 fair at Albert Hall). This weekend the fair heads to Tuggeranong Southern Cross Stadium with thousands of items will be on sale to raise funds for Lifeline Canberra's crisis support centre. As well as books for sale, there will be DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, puzzles, board games, sheet music, comics, maps, magazines and more for prices as low as 50 cents. From 9am to 6pm on Friday, July 12; 9am to 5pm on Saturday, July 13, and 10am to 4pm on Sunday, July 14. Entry is by gold coin donation.
2. All aboard
The Canberra Miniature Railway is leaving the station on Sunday for a fun adventure. Rides are available from 10am until 2.30pm, for $3 each or unlimited rides all day from $15. There is free parking and canteen facilities are available but pack a picnic, rug up and make a day of it. Off Jerrabomberra Avenue, Symonston.
3. Dinosaur trail
Who hasn't wandered around the rainforest at the Australian National Botanic Gardens and not wondered whether this is how the world was in the time of the dinosaurs? Or is that just me. The ANBG and the National Dinosaur Museum are collaborating on a dinosaur trail where you can encounter dinosaurs and plant fossils among the landscapes they once inhabited. Free.
4. Fashion, food and wine
Canberra Fashion Market is back, moving out to Thoroughbred Park for the popular event. If you're looking for some new or pre-loved fashion, jewellery, bags, shoes, accessories and more don't miss it. Saturday, July 13, from 10am-4om. Free.
5. Cartoon capers
Dr Guy Hansen looks at some of The Bulletin's great cartoonists of the late 19th century, including Livingston Hopkins and Phil May. He will tell the story of how the Little Boy from Manly became one of the most famous Australian cartooning archetypes. Friday, July 12, National Library of Australia. And while you're there check out Inked, the exhibition that looks at the history of cartooning in Australia.