Our pick of what's on in Canberra this weekend.
Do you think you have what it takes to take home the title of Canberra's best beard of 2019? If so, make your way to the Beard and Beer Day at King O'Malley's to strut your stuff and sip on a beer this weekend. Beard categories being judged include longest beard, best full beard, most styled beard, best bearded team and the prestigious best beard of 2019. There are more than $3000 worth of prizes with the winner of the best beard standing to win $500. Sunday, 11am-11pm. Free.
2. You're a wizard, Harry
Transit Bar is throwing an all-inclusive Harry Potter party this weekend so consider this your acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Dress up as your favourite (or least favourite) Harry Potter character and let your hair down for a night of supernatural bangers. Mingle amongst muggles, witches, wizards, squibs and all manner of creatures. There'll also be a drag show on the night. Saturday, 8.30pm-1.30am. 18+. $10 entry before 10pm $15 after.
3. Look to the skies
Australia's First People have a deep and complex understanding of the sky. Their songs and stories demonstrate profound ancient knowledge of astronomical phenomena such as planetary motions, tides, eclipses and constellations. They used their knowledge to navigate across the country to trade, construct calendars and for ceremonies. CSIRO astrophysicist Ray Norris will be speaking about his research on the topic with a stargazing session to follow. Manning Clark Hall, ANU. Saturday, 6.30-7.30pm. Free but register at anu.edu.au.
4. Get weaving
Ever wanted to upskill your knitting? Well now you can with Veronica 'Ronnie' Jordan, a Kalkadoon woman from Mount Isa who teaches traditional weaving techniques. She'll be showing how to make bracelets and baskets at exhibition area, level 1, Parliament House on Saturday from 2pm to 4pm. Ages 12 and up. Tickets $55 from aph.gov.au. Ronnie will also be showcasing how to make dolls and animals using traditional, contemporary and recycled materials from 10.30am to 12pm same day and location. Ages five to 12. Ticket $22, from aph.gov.au.
5. Make your own
You may or may not have tried Kimchi; a staple Korean dish of salted and fermented vegetables. If you haven't, you simply must. It's a dish traditionally made with cabbage, spring onion, chilli, radish and a variety of seasonings. Learn how to make it with Nil Barcode Food's Evangeline Lam at Canberra Environment Centre, where she'll take you the process and discuss why fermented foods are good for your gut. Saturday, 2-3.30pm. Tickets are $25 from canberraenvironment.org.