Wine tasting, outdoor movies and a countdown of the hottest songs of the year: here are 10 things to do this week

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Not sure what to do in Canberra this summer? Don’t worry, you are spoiled for choice.

Check out our suggestions on how to spend the next week in Canberra – and if you need even more inspiration, why not read our 100 ways to spend 100 days article, which gives you (you guessed it) 100 ways to spend your summer in and around Canberra.

Count the hottest bits of 2021 at Capital Brewing Co.

Music, beers and a good time… what else do you need on a Saturday? Join Capital Brewing Co in their expansive beer garden for a countdown to Triple J’s 100 Hottest Songs and a celebration of GABS’ 100 Hottest Craft Beers. Play countdown bingo and maybe score yourself a beer or two if they land any beers in the top 100.

Saturday January 22 from 11:30 a.m. | Building 3, 1 Dairy Road Fyshwick | Facebook

Sesame Girl, Nina Leo and Kopasetic at the Transit Bar

An icon of the Canberra music scene, the Transit Bar has reopened in a new location. Continuing the celebration, this week Sesame Girl, Nina Leo and Kopasetic will take the stage.

Learn more about the new location here.

Thursday January 20 from 7:30 p.m. | Transit Bar, Bailey’s Arcade, Circuit London | Facebook

Stay fit with Bollyfit Bootcamp

Fitness and fun for kids can be found at Bollyfit Bootcamp. Fusing Bollywood with fitness dance, you’re sure to sweat as you boog in the morning. With limited seating, be sure to book a ticket!

Saturday January 22 from 9:30 a.m. | 30 Darling Street, Mitchell | eventbrite

Learn about the Canberra wine region

Have you ever wanted to wow someone with your knowledge of wine? Take part in a Picnic lesson and learn some basics about wine and the Canberra wine region in a fun and friendly environment!

You’ll learn about the essentials of wine, wine making, wine pairings – and you can do it all while tasting a handpicked selection of quality Canberra wines.

Saturday January 22 from 1 p.m. | The Canberra Wine House, 2 Badham Street, Dickson | Facebook

Celebrate iconic moments in contemporary Australian cinema

Kick off on Friday 21 January, Australians and Hollywood: A story of craftsmanship, talent and ambition is a Canberra-exclusive exhibition celebrating iconic moments in contemporary Australian cinema.

This blockbuster NFSA exhibit features beloved movie moments, rare behind-the-scenes footage and costumes and props from the NFSA collection on display for the first time. Discover the creativity and craftsmanship that goes into creating a classic and discover the personal treasures of Eric Bana, Paul Hogan, Baz Luhrmann and many more.

Until July 17 | National Sound and Film Archive of Australia |

Take the kids to Magic Beach

The classic book by Alison Lester AM Magic Beach comes to life on stage on Saturday January 22 and Sunday January 23 to celebrate the power of imagination and the differences that make every child special.

Perfect for children ages 3-12 and their adults, it’s a wonderful world of text, song, light, shadow and movement.

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 January | Canberra Theater Center |

Cinemas at sunset

Gather your friends and family, sit back, relax and watch the stars in your new summer locale! Open several nights each week from November to February in the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

The season is jam-packed with never-before-seen blockbusters, original comedies, award-winning features and cult classics, perfect for date night, girls’ night out or family fun.

Until February 26 | Australian National Botanical Gardens |

Immerse yourself in history with the ancient Greeks: athletes, warriors and heroes

This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition is not to be missed. Showcasing the competitive spirit of the ancient Greek world through sport, politics, drama, music and warfare, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes is illuminated by more than 170 objects from the British Museum.

From large marble statues of athletes and gods to richly illustrated pottery and bronze weapons, the exhibition reveals a vibrant and innovative society that endures in its art, culture and legends.

Until May 1 | National Museum of Australia |

Lerida by the lake

Join Lerida Estate at the Canberra Visitor Center at Regatta Point for a one-hour personal wine tasting for two with delicious antipasti and the best views in town – the only way to spend the summer, in our opinion.

One of the team members will guide you through five different wines as you snack on meats and cheeses. At the end of your wine tasting session, take a seat at the wine bar and relax with award-winning wine and views of Lake Burley Griffin.

Various times and dates | Canberra Visitor Centre, Regatta Point | Tickets via

Grow at Jeffrey Smart

The year 2021 marks the centenary of the birth of famous Australian artist Jeffrey Smart. The National Gallery of Australia great exhibition celebrates and commemorates this important centenary.

One of Australia’s most celebrated artists, Smart was inspired by the world around him – turning to the environment of urban and industrial modernity – which he transformed through his imaginative sense of theater and his intimate understanding of geometry and composition. These powerful and intriguing images have become emblematic of the urban experience of the 20th and 21st centuries.

On view until May 15, 2022 | National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes |

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