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What’s on around Canberra this weekend, 24-26 May

Partial clouds and good times are forecasted for the Canberra region this weekend, 24-26 May.

Embrace the spirit of community and charitable giving while also having fun with two fantastic events this weekend. Check out the creativity of Canberra Lego users at Bricks@Woden while raising funds for The Woden School or spend the morning with pooches and raise money for RSPCA ACT at the Million Paws Walk on Sunday.  

See what all the fuss is about and visit the viral Gina Rhinehart portrait in person in Vincent Namatjira: Australia in colour at the National Gallery of Australia.


Craft Alive:  A festival of craft, learn and interact with both local and interstate craft experts, while shopping all things craft. Exhibition Park in Canberra, 23-26 May; exhibitionparkincanberra.com.au

Whisky Live: Canberra’s premiere whisky sampling event showcasing high-quality whiskies with short classes, samples, food and more. University of Canberra, 24-25 May; eventbrite.com.au

Brumbies vs Rebels: The Brumbies will be looking to continue their winning run towards finals when they take on the Rebels in this Friday evening match. GIO Stadium, Friday 24 May at 7:35pm; ticketek.com.au

Queanbeyan-Palerang Heritage Festival: Learn about the history of the region and get connected where you live with workshops, exhibitions and events. Various locations, until 25 May; qprc.nsw.gov.au

Queanbeyan-Palerang Heritage Festival: Learn about the history of the region and get connected where you live with workshops, exhibitions and events. Various locations, until 25 May; qprc.nsw.gov.au

Bricks@Woden: Bricks upon bricks as more than 100 Lego displays are set up alongside competitions, raffles, BBQ  and more to help raise funds to support students with special needs. The Woden School, 25-26 May; trybooking.com

Raiders vs Roosters: Fresh off a Magic Round victory, the Raiders take on the Roosters in a huge clash in Canberra. Saturday 25 May at GIO Stadium, 3pm kick off; ticketek.com.au

Book Club at the NFSA: Little Women: Greta Gerwig brings the March sisters to life for a new generation. Includes a post-screening discussion with special guests Gillian Armstrong AM and Dr James McNamara. National Film and Sound Archive, Sunday 26 May 1pm; nfsa.gov.au/events

Million Paws Walk: Grab your pooch and hit the pavement to support animals in need with the team from RSPCA. Patrick White Lawns, Parkes, Sunday 26 May 9am-2pm; millionpawswalk.com.au


Beauty and the Beast:  The Victorian State Ballet performs one of the world’s most loved fairy tales in a showcase of beauty and talent. Canberra Theatre Centre, 24-25 May; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Mother and Son: Tempo Theatre brings the classic comedy to the stage in this new and updated stage version of the popular television series. Belconnen Community Theatre, 24 May- 1 June; tempotheatre.org.au

Bron Lewis: The award-winning comedy is sure to have the audiences in stitches with her newest show – Obviously. The Street Theatre, City West, 24 May 7:30pm; thestreet.org.au

Australian Chamber Orchestra: A beautiful concert starring Stuart Skeleton and Catherine Carby as they explore Mahler’s Song of the Earth. Llewellyn Hall, ANU, Friday 24 May 8pm; aco.com.au

In Good Company: Darren Coggan and Damien Leith reunite to share some of the songs that shook the world from artists like Roy Orbison, Cat Stevens, Elvis and more. The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 24 May 8pm; theq.net.au

For King + Country: The brother duo return to their roots with The Homecoming Tour stopping in at National Convention Centre on Saturday 25 May 7pm; nccc.com.au

Choirboys: Run to Paradise: Part story, part song, this spilling of the beans relives some of the wildest, most risqué, outrageous and hilarious stories of Australian Rock as the iconic band recalls it. The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 25 May 8pm; theq.net.au

Ari Shaffir: The American standup comedian finally brings his dirty, nasty and hilarious show Wrong Side of History to Australia. Canberra Theatre Centre, 25 May 8pm; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Heartbeats: The Maruki Community Orchestra presents its autumn concert performing Brahms symphony 3 and more. Albert Hall, 26 May 3pm; trybooking.com


ANCA Gallery: Artists Sally Clarke and Brenda Factor present Surface Tension, an exploration of connecting ideas and collecting from nature. ANCA Dickson, 15 May – 2 June; anca.net.au

Craft + Design Canberra: Showcases three exhibitions – The Edge Between by Sue Peachey, Light Ripples by Hannah Gason and Sequence of Variables by Estelle Briedis. Craft + Design Canberra, Canberra City, 24 May – 6 July; craftanddesigncanberra.org

Belconnen Arts Centre: Presents five exhibitions – Almost Always by Isobel Rayson & Nick Stranks, Light and Substance by Robyn Campbell & Kirstin Guenther, Gold to Blue by Sarah Earle, YazElations: Upcycling Industrial Waste by Yasmin Idriss and Awaken by Elizabeth Ficken. 24 May- 7 July; belcoarts.com.au

Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize 2024: The 12 finalists for the Little Darlings competition that saw students from kindergarten to year 12 respond to the theme My Story through different mediums. National Portrait Gallery, 25 May- 15 September; portrait.gov.au

Thank God It’s Friday: An exhibition from Canberra artist Collective Hall Artists, brings together works from different career stages and influences. The Link, Ginninderry, until 26 May; ginninderry.com

Ralph Heimans: Portraiture. Power. Influence.: Portraits on loan from private and public collections from around the world show some of the artist’s most significant works. National Portrait Gallery, until 27 May; portrait.gov.au

Photo Access: Presents Navigating Histories and exhibition that weaves together historical narratives and their contemporary reverberations by Ren Gregorčič, Phuong Le, Chris Siu and Estelle Yoon. Until 1 June; photoaccess.org.au

Tuggeranong Arts Centre: Showcases three exhibitions: Sitting Standing Turning by Robbie Karmel; Abode; and I Know My Age and I Act Like It by Louis Grant. Until 8 June; tuggeranongarts.com

Focus: Australian Government Photographers: Undertake a journey spanning six decades of Australian life with works from some of the government photographers working between 1939 and 1996. National Archives of Australia, until 10 June; naa.gov.au

Places and Spaces: A group exhibition in which artists explore the places and spaces around them through installation, sculpture, painting and augmented reality. CCAS Lakeside, until 29 June; ccas.com.au

Tanya Myshkin: The local artist showcases solo works of figurative engravings and intaglio prints in Wood Engravings and Drypoints. Megalo Print Studio, until 29 June;megalo.org

Vincent Namatjira: Australia in colour: The first survey exhibition of the Western Aranda artist, showcasing paintings, works on paper and moving images from worldwide collections. National Gallery of Australia, until 21 July; nga.gov.au

Discovering Ancient Egypt: On loan from the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities is a deep dive into the culture of the ancient society with more than 220 objects, spanning more than 3,000 years. National Museum of Australia, until  8 September; nma.gov.au

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