Five things to do in Canberra this weekend, March 1-3

The National Gallery of Australia lights up for Enlighten.

The National Gallery of Australia lights up for Enlighten. Credit:Melissa Adams

Like there’s no Northbourne traffic without the light rail, no Jenners without Kim, there’s no noodle market without Enlighten. The festival will once again display dazzling light projections on capital hotspots including the National Gallery, Parliament House, the National Library, and the home of the Free Fall, Questacon. There will also be live music and art performances over the 11 nights. On Friday night, Electric Fields — who recently slayed at Eurovision — Australia Decides, by the way — will be performing at an after-hours event at the National Gallery, with Zaachariaha Fielding performing in the language of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara people.  Various Canberra locations. Friday-Sunday, 8-11pm. More info on Facebook. Free.


Offload the little ones at the Ladybird play centre and relax nearby with wine and a platter of cheese, crackers, olives and meat. The centre’s Win(e)d Down Fridays is a win for both grown-up and kiddo. Ladybird Play, Fyshwick. Friday, 2pm. More info via Facebook. $15.90.


Good things happen when women come together. We know this. And for this reason, Lululemon Canberra will be running a networking event to tie into International Womens Day. As it’s Lululemon, it’s called Sweat and Connect, which means there’s a circuit run at 3.30pm, followed by 20 minutes of yoga and then mingling with a side of nibbles. Bring along a yoga mat, your favourite activewear ensemble and those new business cards you’ve been waiting to put out into the world. For other upcoming International Women’s Day events in Canberra, see this article. Nara Peace Park, Yarralumla. Sunday, 3-5.30pm. Register at Eventbrite. Free.


The Big Canberra Bike Ride is on this weekend.

The Big Canberra Bike Ride is on this weekend.Credit:The Big Canberra Bike Ride

We’re a pedal-loving city year-round, but the Big Canberra Bike Ride is a day where riders of all ages and abilities can get together to celebrate cycling. Events include the 5km Big Family Ride, the 35km Big Lake Ride, the 65km Big Dam Ride, and for those with the glutes of steel, the 120 km Big Tidbinbilla Ride. If you’re not sure whether any of these are for you, get excited by the fact that you’ll get to experience riding down Parkes Way sans traffic. There will even be West African drummers sending you on your way, plus face painting, live music and a jumping castle. Rond Terrace, Parkes. Sunday 6am–3pm. For a full price list visit Register at the event hub on Saturday from 1–4pm or Sunday from 6am. $20-165.




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