Our pick of what to do in Canberra this weekend.
1. Light up your life
As the last days of summer round out for another year, Enlighten Festival takes over the capital. From Friday night, let yourself be mesmerised when Enlighten Illuminations lights up the national attractions as the sun goes down. Indulge in a dish or two at the culinary delights at The Canberra Times Night Noodle Markets and explore the light installations dotted around Parliamentary Triangle. This weekend's event also includes CLIPPED.TV music video premieres on Friday, Hive Mind at the Museum of Australian Democracy and Yoga on the Lawns at Parliament House on Saturday. Friday-Sunday, from 5-10.30pm. Reconciliation Place. For the full program of events go to enlightencanberra.com.
2. It's showtime
The Canberra Show is back for another year. Stock up on showbags , wander through the pavilions and then head over to the action-packed Sideshow Alley - complete with rides scary enough to have your hair on ends as well as the sedate teacups for the little ones. This year's special attractions include the Showtime FMX motocross riders, animal wranglers and, of course, the fireworks. Friday-Saturday, 8.30am-10pm and Sunday, 8.30am-6.30pm. Exhibition Park. Tickets are $12 for children and $20 for adults from canberrashow.org.au.
3. Just like nonna used to make
Live la dolce vita at the Embassy of Italy this weekend. Immerse yourself in Italian culture and enjoy performances by Sbandieratori (flag throwers), live music, cooking demonstrations, children's entertainment and the Italian cars on display. There will also be Italian food - including pasta, pizza, pastries and gelato - and beverages - including Aperol Spritz and coffee. Sunday, from 10.30am-4pm. The Gardens of the Embassy of Italy. Gold coin entry, with proceeds donated for bushfire recovery.
4. Lip sync for your life
Or, at least your drink. Head to Cube Nightclub every Saturday evening from this weekend to watch the new season of RuPaul's Drag Race. Bring your besties and join in the fun as the club projects full episodes on the big screen. Local drag queens Areola Grande and Maiden D'Ghetto will host, perform and run fun competitions along the way including Lip Sync For Your Drink, where two competitors will battle it for the chance at a $50 bar tab. Saturday from 6.30pm. Free event. Bookings at Eventbrite.
5. On stage
The world premiere of Breaking the Castle comes to The Street Theatre this weekend. Peter Cook plays the role of Dave, a man who is searching for his place in the world and trying to find a way back from addiction to alcohol, drugs, women, gambling - whatever it takes for him to escape the bark of the black dog. Friday and Saturday from 7.30pm. The Street Theatre. Continues until March 14. Tickets from $30 from thestreet.org.au.