Lifeline Book Fair
9am: The Lifeline Book Fair is on at Exhibition Park in Canberra with many thousands of items including books, magazines, CDs and DVDs. Gold coin donation. Until 5pm. Also Sunday 9am to 4pm. exhibitionparkincanberra.com.
9.30am: Canberra's annual free celebration of spring begins at Commonwealth Park (weather permitting) and today includes a visit by DreamWorks characters, garden tours, workshops and more. floriadeaustralia.com.
11am: Melissa Cameron's exhibition is based on her scavenging of dropped steel in the Texas desert, using photos, finds, research and drawings to make jewellery from the found objects. Bilk. Open until 4pm and various hours from Tuesday to Friday. bilk.com.au.
2pm: The darkly humorous Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical about the assassins of US presidents (and those who tried to be) is on at Belconnen Theatre. Also 8pm. canberraticketing.com.au.
2pm: The Canberra Symphony Orchestra's 2019 Artist in Focus, oboeist Diane Doherty will be soloist and director in this concert featuring oboe concertos by Mozart, Bach and Vaughan Williams as well as Mozart's Symphony No. 25. Llewellyn Hall. cso.org.au.
Canberra Moon Festival
10.30am: CMF is a multi-Asian-cultural festival, this year celebrating "one community, one world, one big family" over three days (13th - 15th September) with performances, food and drink stalls and more.City Walk, Canberra. Free entry. Also on Saturday.
The Woman in the Window
2pm: Alma De Groen's play produced by Canberra Repertory Society deals with two totalitarian worlds in which the existence of poetry is threatened: Stalin's Soviet Union and a future repressive Australia. Theatre 3. Also Saturday at 2 and 8pm. Tickets available from the box office one hour before the show. canberrarep.org.au.
Sydney Welsh Choir
2pm: Sydney Welsh Choir, with guest soloist Sarahlouise Owens, perform Welsh songs at Yarralumla Uniting Church, Denman St, Yarralumla. Tickets $25 from eventbrite.com.au or at the door.
The Hungarian Film Festival 2019
3pm: The animated film Cat City (Macskafog, 1986) is a parody of the James Bond series and takes place on planet X in 80 AMM (After Mickey Mouse) where the criminal Cats try to erase the Mice for the last time. Kambri Cinema, ANU. Subtitled. anu.edu.au/events/hungarian-film-festival.
Dame Edna - My Gorgeous Life
7.30pm: The Dame has come out of retirement for one last (?) tour of Australia. Canberra Theatre, until Thursday at 7.30pm. canberratheatrecentre
Freedom & Equality
7pm: Opening the Canberra Unscripted festival is this show in which four playwrights wrote the first scene of an original play which will be given to Lightbulb Improv on the night. After a cold read the players will continue the play via improvisation. The Street Theatre. thestreet.org.au.
7.30pm: Comedy-drama about a dysfunctional Australian family where an AFL player is meeting the son he never knew he had - and his own long-absent father also arrives. For ages 16+. Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre. theq.net.au.
The Angry Birds Movie 2 (PG): The feuding birds and pigs must join forces when a threat emerges from Eagle Island.
Animals (MA): The friendship between two heavy-partying women in Dublin is altered over time as their life circumstances change.
Downton Abbey (PG): In this continuation of the TV series, set in 1927, King George V and Queen Mary are paying a visit to the house. Stars Maggie Smith.
Freaks (MA): Science fiction film in which young Chloe and her paranoid father are locked inside a house but she is eventually lured outside by the owner of an ice cream truck.