Our pick of what's happening in Canberra this weekend.
1. The walking dead
Everyone knows zombies like one thing above everything else - brains - which makes the Canberra Zombie Walk the perfect opportunity to support the Brain Foundation. The family-friendly event will see Halloween fans dress up as zombies, monsters and ghouls before shuffling their way from Glebe Park to Garema Park. There will also be local artists and performers at the start and the end of the event, as well as prizes for best dressed and an adults-only after-party at Reload Bar. Zombie movie fans will also get the chance to be in one, with a film crew there on the day. Saturday, 2.30-5pm. Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults from humanitix.com/au.
2. Candlelit evening
The 17th annual Canberra Nara Candle Festival is on this weekend and what a spectacle it is. The event celebrates the 26th year of Canberra's Sister City relationship with Nara, Japan with 3000 shimmering candles taking over Nara Peace Park. The festival will bring together Japanese and Australian culture with arts and crafts such as calligraphy, lantern making and origami. There will also be Japanese music and demonstrations of martial arts and furoshiki. Saturday, 4-9pm. Free event.
3. The one with the marathon
Relive one of the best sitcoms from the 1990s with a 25th anniversary marathon screening of Friends. See Monica, Chandler, Rachel, Ross, Joey and Phoebe on the big screen as they (once-again) face life and love in New York. Sunday, 1.15pm. Dendy Premium Lounge. Tickets from $29 from dendy.com.au.
4. This is Sparta
The Spartan obstacle course is coming to the capital for the first time. The Canberra City Sprint will kick off at Kings Park on Saturday, with the 5km course throwing 20 obstacles your way as you run with Parliament House in the background. The City Sprint will have you climbing, crawling, jumping, and swinging over, under, and through obstacles such as the spear throw, the Hercules hoist, the rings, and more. Saturday, 6am-6pm. Tickets from $119 from spartanrace.com.au.
5. After the sun sets
Spring has sprung so why not welcome it with some liquid nitrogen sorbet? Questacon opens its doors to adults only this weekend with its After Dark event. Check out some mind-blowing demonstrations, take a turn on the freefall slide and check out the exhibits - without a 10-year-old judging you. Plus, you can finish the night off at the pop-up bar under the giant moon. There are two, two-hour sessions - one at 6pm and one at 7pm - but spaces are limited. Burgers - beef, chicken or vegetarian - will also be available for pre-purchase with tickets. Friday, 6-9pm. Tickets from $38 from questacon.edu.au.