- Festival Indonesia
Festival Indonesia is a yearly program hosted by the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra which features five main attractions, namely: Indonesian Food Stalls, Live Cultural Performances, Art and Cultural Exhibitions, Art Workshop/Demo, as well as Kids Corner and Photo Booth. This event is open for public and free entry. This year, The Embassy of Indonesia proudly brings various cultural performances from Aceh, Central Sulawesi, Papua, and North Sumatra. Please come and enjoy the enchanting Indonesian food and cultures. Having been to it before I can say there's quite a variety of foodstalls and the food is delicious. Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/690542561467406/ Meet at the front gates to the embassy grounds out on the street. If you come later you can catch up with us. My mobile is[masked]. Street parking is available on the surrounding streets in Yarralumla.
- Questacon Lunch and Exhibits - Moon Landing 50th Anniversary
Questacon - National Science and Technology Centre
Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre - in the 50th Anniversary year of the moon landing have an Apollo 11 exhibition to commemorate. The anniversary display celebrates the work of the mathematicians, engineers and scientists in the mission. See models, computers and artefacts of the era. Discover how gravity affects weight, the importance of thrust in rocketry, and how to balance a space capsule to achieve a perfect landing! https://www.questacon.edu.au/visiting/galleries/the-moon Other exhibits include: Born or Built - examines the similarities and differences between humans and machines, explores our overlapping shared future, and questions the choices we will make to get there. https://www.questacon.edu.au/visiting/galleries/born-or-built Tickets - Questacon admission is normally $23 ($17.50) concession but on 10th Nov there is a special half price admission for $11.50 for INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE CENTRE AND SCIENCE MUSEUM DAY so we'll get the discounted rate. We can meet in the Questacon cafe for lunch and then wander around the exhibits. I'm not sure how busy it'll be this day with the special event on so scheduling a slightly earlier meeting time. If you come later you can catch up with us either in the cafe or wandering around the exhibits. My mobile is[masked]. https://www.questacon.edu.au/events/international-science-centre-and-science-museum-day
- Cuban Latin Fiesta
A Cuban Latin American festival organised by the Australia Cuba Friendship Society of Canberra ACT. Come along to enjoy the best Latin Cuban music, Latin food, Latin drinks (Cuban mojito, sangria with a Cuban touch, Cuban Rum, Rumcola, Latin beers, Chilean wine), Latin DJ, Latin MC. Latin performances, Latin dances and more. Salsa, merengue, cumbia, bachata, samba to dance. Kalybú Latin Band and DJ Dedé. The Kokoloco samba dancers have been confirmed. A great Latin American extravaganza for a fun night. $15 entry tickets at the door (Note - this doesn't cover food and drink so that will cost extra for whatever you want to have). Children under 15 FREE. This is a fundraising event. EVERYONE IS WELCOME. All the proceeds will go directly to Cuba for the people of Cuba to support a social project (cited as going towards a hospital). Family friendly event. Being held in the hall of St. James in Curtin. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/427411184558994/?active_tab=about Video clips from a previous year: https://www.facebook.com/SJMemories/videos/298759280537910/ The event starts at 6:30 so I'll arrive then. Come when suits you but I wouldn't leave it too late as food may run out. I'll take a spot at a table the back of the hall so when you come we can meet there. Will try and reserve some seats at a table if I know others are coming. Parking is available in the church grounds, entrance from Gillies St. and in the surrounding streets. If you have any trouble finding me my mobile is[masked]
- La Grande Fete 2019
A festival of food and all things French at La Grande Fête! Long known as ‘the foodie’s fete’, Telopea Park School’s La Grande Fête will reach new heights of deliciousness on Saturday 2 November. A variety of stalls will be serving up French essentials with raclette, saucisson, rillettes, crêpes, pastries, boulangerie and more—all ready to be washed down with a glass or two of French wine or a Zierholz brew. Fête-goers will also be able to indulge in shakes, a True Blue BBQ, German Bratwurst, and gourmet salads; with fairy floss, sweet pastries and a bounty of homemade sweets from the cake stall to finish. At this year's La Grande Fête you can take a trip to France without leaving Canberra! L'avenue des Champs Elysées will boast an array of French food and wine as well as beautiful homewares, perfume, books and more. https://www.facebook.com/telopeafete/ http://www.telopea.act.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/454604/La_Grande_Fete_Poster_2019.pdf I haven't been to this event before but it promises to be one that's too good to miss, sacre bleu ! Meet at the front entrance to the school on the street. If you come later you can catch up with us inside. My mobile is[masked]. Note that rain is forecast for Saturday later in the day but early afternoon has less chance of rain.
- Drinks (Candle Festival - CANCELLED)
******************************************************************************* UPDATE - Candle Festival has been cancelled due to high winds. We will still be doing drinks at the Hyatt and we can decide where to go from there to grab a bite to eat. ******************************************************************************* The annual Nara Candle Festival is on to celebrate the sister city relationship between Canberra and Nara, Japan. This festival is a showcase of Japanese culture with art and craft stalls, a stage on which Japanese cultural performances are held, and food stalls offering Japanese cuisine. As the sun sets, a total of 2,000 candles (electric) bathe the park in soft candlelight. Held in the Nara Peace Park just next to Lennox Gardens behind the Hyatt Hotel. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/464461677485899/?active_tab=about Let's meet beforehand for drinks at the nearby Hyatt Hotel, it'll be an easier place to meet. Meet in the Tea Lounge which is just past the foyer from the foyer. I've booked a table in the lounge. We can head to the festival at about 7:00 with a short walk to the Nara park. The Japanese foodstalls tend to have long queues but there's usually non-Japanese foodstalls with shorter queues. If you come after we've headed to the festival or have any trouble finding us my mobile is[masked]. Note parking will be busy around the area so you may have to park further away on the surrounding roads or across Commonwealth Ave in the carpark near the treasury building.
It's the final day of Floriade, the annual flower show with a program of music, cultural celebrations, food and wine, horticultural workshops, market traders, artistic displays, entertainment and recreational activities and over one million blooms on display. The last chance to see this display for this year. We can meet for a wander around the grounds, grab food and drink take in the displays. This day is also Dog Day Out when they allow dogs to be brought in to the grounds so if you have a pet canine feel free to bring him/her along. Held in Commonwealth Park. Floriade Website: https://floriadeaustralia.com Meet in front of Stage 88. There's foodstalls around there to grab a bite. If you have any trouble finding me my mobile is[masked]
- Thai Food and Cultural Festival
The Spring festival season is underway and one of the most popular festivals of the season is the Thai Food & Cultural Festival at the Embassy in Yarralumla. There's a wide array of foodstalls offering all manner of Thai food and drink (alcoholic and otherwise) and a stage with entertainment going. Held outside in the grounds of the embassy, which is also usually open for visitors to have a look inside the building. Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/royal-thai-embassy-canberra/thai-food-cultural-festival-2019/1845531808883442/ Let's meet to get some food and take in the entertainment. Meet at the front gates to the embassy ground out on the street. Note that there are two gates so this is the one furthest to the left closest to the main food stall area. Remember to bring cash as they usually don't have EFTPOS machines. If you come later you can catch up with us inside. If you have any trouble finding us my mobile is[masked]. This is a busy event so you may need to park some distance away, along the streets of Yarralumla.
- Canberra Moon Festival
The Moon Festival is a harvest festival celebrated predominantly by Chinese and Vietnamese communities, but also celebrated across other East Asian countries. The Canberra Moon Festival has been created by local communities to showcase the occasion and their cultures, with a range of East Asian cultures making it a multi-Asian showcase. Held in City Walk it has non-stop stage performances with live music, dance, and shows, martial arts demo, giant illuminated moon🌕, lantern lights food street🏮, food stalls, with the essential item of the Moon Festival - Moon Cakes. Event highlights: Guinness World Record Holder: Grandmaster Neal Hardy martial arts demo - concrete smashing on bed of nails Biggest lion dance performance in Canberra 🦁 Traditional Japanese theatre — kabuki 🎭 Modern Korean pop dance 💃 Sydney Australia Oriental Dance Group Glowing DJ night, free glow face painting,free glow sticks Festival Website: https://www.canberramoonfestival.com.au/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CanberraMoonFestival/ Held at the time of year when the moon is roundest and brightest, there are many legends associated with the festival such as that of the goddess of the moon. There maybe performances depicting the story. The event runs from Friday to Sunday. See the photo for the entertainment schedule, the meetup time is tentative pending anyone having preferences interesting of other times, will confirm the time closer to the day. Meet by the fountain in front of the main entrance to the Canberra Centre. My mobile is[masked]