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Published May 13th 2017
Snow play, Christmas in July, festivals & family fun
Is it just me, or is this year just flying by? Autumn leaves are racing off the trees and minus overnight temperatures are creeping into the weather forecast - winter is on the way. As puffer jackets and spare blankets come out of storage, winter events around Canberra are getting meticulously planned, so we can celebrate the chilly season ahead. Hot curry festivals, ice skating under the stars, degustation dinners by the fireplace, Truffle Hunts and Christmas in July events will keep locals and visitors entertained over the cooler months. The following list contains just 25 events and activities which cover a wide range of interests - however more are sure to be advertised, so keep checking back with Canberra Weekendnotes for updates.
Meanwhile however, it's time to pull on the beanie, wrap around your warmest scarf and enjoy the winter season at these fun and festive events...
Snow Play at Corin Forest, open all Winter from 10th June. Source: Corin Forest Facebook
1/ Snow Play at Corin Forest Mountain Retreat (10th June - September) is a popular way to experience snow, without travelling hours to the snowfields. Located just 45 minutes south of Canberra's CBD up in the hills, this Snow Play area is popular with kids as they can make snowballs and hire toboggans to slide down the small hills. There is also a ski and snowboard area with instructors to give lessons. See here for details, equipment hire and how to book a session online. For a full article on Corin Forest, see here.
2/ Bredbo Christmas Barn (1st June to Christmas) will open their doors once again to sell their Christmas decorations ready for "Christmas in July" celebrations and then all the way to Christmas. This popular store is located 1 hour south of Canberra, in the small town of Bredbo. See here for the website and stay up to date with Facebook. For a full article on Bredbo Christmas Barn, see here.
3/ The Canberra Truffle Festival (June - August) is an event that runs all winter, as it is the perfect time to unearth the prized Black Truffle. Also known as the Black Périgord Truffle, this black fungi grown under the ground thrives in the Canberra region, as it has the same climate as the truffle-growing regions in France. Throughout the festival there are Truffle Hunts so you can watch the dogs sniff out the truffles, degustation dinners to taste truffles in a variety of ways and masterclasses to learn how to cook with truffles. See here for details.
The Black Périgord Truffle, found in the Canberra Region. Source: Truffle Festival Facebook
4/ The Wiggles (5th June) will be coming to the Canberra Theatre this winter and will be joined by Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus. Buy your tickets early! See here for details.
5/ The Handmade Market (10th - 11th June) is a popular market held at the EPIC (Exhibition Park in Canberra) which sells handmade crafts, clothing, jewellery, fashion accessories, gourmet products and more. See here for details.
6/ APIA Good Times Tour (11th June) will be held at the Canberra Theatre, with performers The Black Sorrows with Vika and Linda Bull, Colin Hay (Men at Work), Deborah Conway (Do Re Mi) and Mental as Anything. See here for details.
7/ The Winter Glass Market (17th June) at the Canberra Glassworks is an annual event which showcases the beauty of glass and light. On the day they will be bringing to life a forest creature found in Scandinavian folklore - The Huldra - in a massive outdoor glass engraving project by master engraver, Peter Nilsson. See here for details.
Experience the colour and beauty at the Winter Glass Market. Source: Canberra Glassworks Facebook
8/ A Pooch Affair (17th June) is a day just for dogs and their owners at the EPIC. Shop for doggie products, organise a play time, book in for a doggie High Tea and browse the stalls with new products and ideas. See here for details.
9/ The Winter Festival (23rd June - 17th July) is back for another year, setting up their outdoor ice rink in the city centre. At the time of writing, they have a new organiser "Skating At" - see the Facebook and website for more details.
10/ Fash n Treasure (24th June) is a fashion market held at the EPIC, selling stylish new and pre-loved clothes, shoes, bags, hats and accessories. Who knows what treasure you will find? See here for details.
11/ Wind in the Willows (28th June - 1st July) will be showing at the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre for a whole new generation to enjoy. Perfect for a cold or wet day. See here for details.
Source: Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre website
12/ Warm Trees (all of July) is an installation at the National Arboretum of Canberra where rare and endangered trees are wrapped up in their winter woollies, made by the Friends of the Arboretum. Go for a walk through the trails and admire the hundreds of brightly scarves adorning the trees. See here for details closer to the date.
13/ Christmas in July at George Harcourt Inn (all of July) at Gold Creek Village will be hosting a "Christmas in July" 3 course meal at their English-style pub, for groups of 10 or more. Gather the family or a group of friends and celebrate Christmas by the fireplace - 6 months early! See here for details.
14/ The Forage (1st July) is a seasonal foodie market held between 2pm - 7pm, in the carpark of the Little National Hotel in Barton. This popular winter market will showcase local street food vendors, gourmet producers, local musicians and a wide array of delicious international food (and smells!) to enjoy by the fire drums. See here for details and check their Facebook for updates.
15/ Three Sixty (360) Fashion Markets (2nd July) is a pre-loved vintage and retro fashion market, held at the Fitters Workshop outside the Old Bus Depot Markets. Pop in and shop for unique, one of a kind fashions and stylish accessories - recycling fashion 360 degrees. See here for details.
16/ The World Curry Festival (7th - 9th July) is a celebration of curries from all around the world, with Canberra's city centre lined with 30 international food stalls and smells that will entice. Last year 50,000 people attended this event. See here for details closer to the date.
Warm up from the inside at the World Curry Festival. Source: In The City website
17/ Canberra Southern Cross Cruises (8th July) will be hosting a "Christmas in July" Dinner Cruise with all the trimmings on 8th July, then on the 30th July they will also be hosting a Lunch Cruise. See the sights of Canberra whilst enjoying traditional Christmas fare. Seating is inside. See here for details.
18/ The Play School Prince of Bears Show (13th - 16th July) will be coming to Albert Hall in Yarralumla for their annual performance for preschoolers. Two presenters from the show will join the toy cast for this popular event. See here for details.
19/ Christmas in July Winter Wonderland (22nd July) will be held at Hotel Kurrajong in Barton with a three-course dinner, drinks and live entertainment. Soak up the sophistication and history in this hotel, which has seen Prime Ministers walk its halls. See here for details.
20/ Ultimate Women's Weekend Canberra (29th - 30th July) will be held at the EPIC over 2 days, with market stalls, talks and freebies just for women. This event is a lot of fun, however it is also educating women about the real issue of Domestic Violence in Australia. See here for details.
21/ Queanbeyan Christmas in July Markets (30th July) will be held at Queanbeyan Showgrounds. This popular annual market will have gourmet Christmas treats, handmade Christmas gifts, mulled wine, street food and free entertainment and activities. Make sure you take your pup for cute Santa pet photos. See here for details.
22/ Craft & Quilt Fair Canberra (10th - 13th August) will be held at the EPIC, for lovers of crafts, sewing, knitting crochet, jewellery making, quilting, beading and more. Browse the stalls, watch a demonstration and sit in on the many classes available. See here for details.
23/ The Canberra Brick Expo (11th - 13th August) is a much-anticipated event each year for lovers of LEGO. Held at the Hellenic Club, this exhibition showcases innovative LEGO creations with moving, robotic and static displays. All entry proceeds go to Paediatrics at The Canberra Hospital (PaTCH). See here for details.
24/ Big Boys Toys Expo (19th - 20th August) will be held at the EPIC, for two huge days. Watch large remote control helicopters perform aerial stunts, walk through caravans, learn about the latest gadgets, admire the latest in speed boats and much more. See here for details.
25/ Burnelee Excursions (19th - 20th August) will be hosting horseriding tours as part of the Fireside Festival, which will include lunch and stops at local wineries. See here for details.
Although it is tempting to stay at home on the weekends and cosy up under the blankets watching the latest movies (which sounds good too!), there is a whole host of events running each weekend to get us out and about and enjoying this exciting, evolving city.
Where will you be going this weekend?
Top pick this winter - Big Boys Toys Expo. Source: Big Boys Toys Expo Facebook