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From a European multicultural festival and striking theater to wine masterclasses and a High Tea fundraiser for a good cause, here’s how to spend this weekend in Canberra!

Looking for ways to shake up your voting experience this Saturday 21 May?

How about checking out our list of 30+ places to grab a democracy sausage or bacon and egg roll for a good cause while you poll?

There are even plant stalls, second-hand books stalls and raffles!

European Multicultural Festival

Welcome to this first edition of the European Multicultural Festival!

On Sunday 22 May, the Australian Croatian Club, the Alliance Française de Canberra and the White Eagle Polish Club will come together for the first time to celebrate European cultures in Turner!

Enjoy a selection of stalls offering traditional foods, products, and activities from all across Europe… all in one place! A day of fun activities – traditional Croatian dance, recitals for children, French music – will be set up in Turner from 11am to 3pm.

Sunday 22 May from 11 am – 3 pm | Alliance Francaise de Canberra, 66-68 McCaughey Street, Turner |

Taste Local Workshops with Contentious Character Winery

Discover local produce and enjoy unique experiences of tasting adventures and masterclasses at Canberra Center’s Taste Local Festival – a month-long celebration of local producers and talents.

Think you know wine? On Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May, Contentious Character Winery will put your knowledge to the test with a blind tasting, done the Contentious Character way.

Join them for an hour of sipping cool-climate wines, learning about varietals and regions and swapping tasting notes and thoughts. Choose the red, the white, or why not do both? Please note that This workshop is ideal for pairs as you will be seated at tables of two.

Book your spot to one of the three 60-minute workshops available over the weekend:

  • 2 pm Saturday 21 May
  • 12 pm Sunday 22 May
  • 2 pm Sunday 22 May

21-22 May | Canberra Center, located inside the doors of City Walk | Tickets are $ 20pp | See Eventbrite for tickets and more information

Flynn’s Walk at Lake Burley Griffin

Flynn’s Walk originated in Melbourne in 2018 to honor the loss of Dr. Flynn Hargreaves and raise awareness for the devastatingly high rates of suicide and burnout in the veterinary profession.

Veterinarians have a disproportionately high rate of suicide, being four times more likely than the general population to take their own lives, and two times more likely than other health professionals according to Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) research.

This Saturday, gather from 9.30 for free coffee, tea and hot chocolate, walk at 10.30 am for a 5km loop around Lake Burley Griffin, at your own pace then return to the start for a free sausage sizzle.

Sunday 22 May 22 from 10 am | Commonwealth Place, Queen Elizabeth Terrace |

Jane Eyre

Witness one of the most iconic pieces of English literature retold in a faithful yet fiercely original new stage adaptation — featuring original music, written by multi ARIA Award winner Sarah McLeod — from the nationally-renowned shake & stir theater co.

Following a childhood spent suffering at the hands of her cruel Aunt, Jane finds employment at Thornfield Hall – the impressive yet mysterious home of Edward Rochester. As Jane and Rochester become inexplicably drawn to each other, the dark secrets locked within the walls of Thornfield start to unravel forcing Jane on a heart-wrenching journey toward truth and freedom.

17–21 May | Canberra Theater Center |

Share the DigniTea High Tea fundraiser

What are you doing this coming Sunday? Does a glass of champagne, a high tea, and a room full of big-hearted women sound good? Then read on.

Share the Dignity’s annual DigniTea high tea event is returning to Canberra to raise awareness and much-needed funds for those experiencing period poverty in Australia.

Hosted by our own Associate Editor Emma Macdonald, the event signifies a welcome return of the DigniTea fundraiser, after COVID-19 brought the 2020 and 2021 events to a halt. The Canberra high tea is one of 10 DigniTea events hosted across Australia throughout May in celebration and recognition of World Menstrual Hygiene Day (28 May).

Joining host Emma Macdonald will be an inspiring panel of passionate Share the Dignity supporters including ACT Young Australian of the year in 2021 Tara McClelland, Papunya Connors from EveryMan and Melanie Greenhalgh.

Sunday 22 May from 12.30 – 3.30 pm | The Novotel, Northbourne Avenue, Civic |

Australian Cocktail Month

Australian Cocktail Month is back in May 2022 with discounts on delicious cocktails at six Canberra bars – supporting bars, bartenders and spirit makers along the way.

Your Australian Cocktail Month ticket lasts for the duration of May, allowing you access to a special menu of cocktails created exclusively for the month. So grab your ticket, gather your friends, support the bar industry and discover what your city has to offer at the following participating bars throughout May: Bar Rochford, High Jinks, Miss Van’s, Molly, Volstead Repeal and Zaab

Like cocktails? Love good times? Australian Cocktail Month is for you.

Until 30 May | Various locations |

Under the Bonnet: An unscripted comedy of manners

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a Canberran in possession of a busy life, must be in want of a laugh. Under the Bonnet delivers a tongue-in-cheek comedy set in the world as Jane Austen knew it.

Discover a new Austen classic full to the brim of Regency-era social mores, elegance and wit brought to you by the joyful players of Lightbulb. Take a wild romp with this unscripted comedy of manners full of twists and turns spontaneously crafted over dinner parties, balls and picnics.

From the performers who brought you “Shakespeare: Off the Cuff” Lightbulb dives into a new genre for their unscripted magic. Known for their unique flavor of warm, funny and surprising moments, this comedy troupe creates stories on the spot and builds characters with depth and humor. They’ve performed in comedy festivals across Australia and internationally, and love bringing the thrill of on-the-spot comedy to their audiences.

19–21 May | The Playhouse, Canberra Theater Center |

Roger Beale AO: The Magic of Light, a Solo Exhibition

Entranced by the way light, especially warm slanting light, brings flowers, landscapes and people to life, Beale’s Solo Exhibition of over sixty works include large-scale oil paintings of flowers amongst powerful and nostalgic landscapes, portrait sketches and detailed pen and ink drawings.

Subjects include Paris’s famous Luxembourg Gardens in Spring, café portraits of the characters of the 6th arrondissement in the heart of Paris’s left bank (Rive Gauche), through vertiginous vineyards in Piedmont to moody memories of Sicily. And, of course, a revel of glorious blooms from our spring and summer.

Online catalog available via the website.

Until Sunday 29 May | Humble House gallery, 93 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick |

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (final weekend!)

Yass, that’s right, the drag queens of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, have taken their magical bus all the way to The Q. Rally your fellow queens for a magic show of love, friendship, dazzling costumes, and a lot of laughs.

Until 22 May | The Q, Queanbeyan Performing Arts Center |

Poetry not luxury

Does the sound of inclusive, non-competitive, feminist, queer, leftist poetry open mic poetry tickle your fancy? Got some revolutionary content up your sleeve that you are ready to holler from the highest of hills? Well, my little budding poet, poetry not luxury sounds like the event for you.

Sunday 22 May – sign-ups from 7 pm, event starts at 7:30 pm | Gang Gang Café, Downer |

Three Tall Women

ACT Hub’s Season 2022 is off to an amazing start with rehearsals for Edward Albee’s most autobiographical play in full swing, also the debut of one of Canberra’s newest theater companies, Chaika Theater.

Three Tall Women is the story of a sophisticated, flawed and complex woman as she looks back unsentimentally at her extraordinary life. A portrait of Albee’s tempestuous relationship with his adoptive mother, the role is played at different stages of her life by three of Canberra’s most celebrated actresses – Natasha Vickery, Lainie Hart and Karen Vickery.

Scathingly funny whilst touchingly vulnerable, this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama has been described as a ‘pearl-handled dagger of a play’.

Until 21 May | ACT Hub, Causeway Hall, Spinifex Street, Kingston |

The World of Musicals

The World of Musicals is gracing Canberra’s stage again, featuring some of the biggest hits and ballads from musicals we all know and love. Musical theater fans, this one’s for you!

22 May | Canberra Theater Center |

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