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Winter in the City

Events in the city

Looking to complete the winter school holidays with some additional activities? Keep an eye on our What’s On Page which will continuously update as we add in the city’s winter inspired workshops and interactive activities and also local markets with fresh seasonal produce. See below for upcoming events that are happening within Canberra’s city centre.
1 – 17 July
Winter in the city event - Cafe Après
Cafe Après
Cafe Après will sell hot chocolate with marshmallows you can toast on the cafe fires, excellent coffee and winter soups with crusty bread.
Read more about the Cafe Après event
1 - 17 July
Canberra Centre, Winter Village
Visit Canberra Centre this July to experience a true Winter Wonderland at our Winter Village.
Read more about the Canberra Centre, Winter Village event
Until 9th July
Sidney Nolan: Inferno
Sidney Nolan: Inferno
Come upstairs at CMAG to experience the creative fire of Sidney Nolan’s huge nine-panel painting.
Read more about the Sidney Nolan: Inferno event
Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm
CMAG Maker Space
Children from 4 to 10 years of age are always catered for at CMAG’s MakerSpace.
Read more about the CMAG Maker Space event
Monday to Saturday
CMAG Reader Space
Drop into CMAG after iceskating and enjoy CMAG’s ReaderSpace where you will find winter themed children’s literature and a cosy reading nook decorated with cascading snowflakes.
Read more about the CMAG Reader Space event
Until 16th July
Back to the Boombox Exhibition
Get your feet moving and warm yourself up this winter with CMAG’s quirky exhibition of a private collection of boomboxes, owned by Canberra local, Kinloch Kilby.
Read more about the Back to the Boombox Exhibition event
6th July
School Holiday workshop for teens: My journey Your journey
To celebrate NAIDOC Week, CMAG invites teenagers to learn from contemporary Aboriginal artist Sarah Richards in a studio workshop.
Read more about the School Holiday workshop for teens: My journey Your journey event
5th and 6th July
Winter in the city event - Crafty Christmas in July at Civic Library
Crafty Christmas in July at Civic Library
A cheeky Corgi story, creative craft, and Christmas cheer! Do you love all things Christmas? I mean really, who doesn’t? Join Jacinta Froud and her elves for a jingly storytime reading followed by some Christmas themed creative crafts and cheer.
Read more about the Crafty Christmas in July at Civic Library event
7 July
Winter in the city event - Story Time & Craft with Irma Gold at Civic Library
Story Time & Craft with Irma Gold at Civic Library
Join us for a super fun story time session with award-winning author Irma Gold as she reads us some of her moving and beautifully written picture books
Read more about the Story Time & Craft with Irma Gold at Civic Library event
7 July
Winter in the city event - The Allusionist
The Allusionist
Returning to Australia for the first time since their sold-out tour of 2019, the award-winning entertainment podcast The Allusionist is back with an all new stage show ‘Your Name Here’.
Read more about the The Allusionist event
7th (7.30pm) & 8th (8pm) July
Winter in the City Event - Amy Shark
Amy Shark: See U Somewhere Australia Tour
Amy Shark is embarking on her biggest tour EVER, hitting the Canberra Theatre this year! The “I Said Hi” and “Adore” singer scored nine nominations at the 2018 ARIA Awards and four wins, including Album Of The Year, Best Female Artist and Best Pop Release.
Read more about the Amy Shark: See U Somewhere Australia Tour event
8 July
Winter in the city event - A Baddie is on the Loose – Reading & Craft at Civic Library
A Baddie is on the Loose – Reading & Craft at Civic Library
Kids watch out! A baddie is on the loose and only you can catch him. But this baddie is very sneaky. He’s going to have you looking for him everywhere…
Read more about the A Baddie is on the Loose – Reading & Craft at Civic Library event
8 July
Winter in the City Event - As seen on TV
As Seen on TV
Look out Australia! Two of the country’s biggest drag powerhouses, Art Simone and Etcetera Etcetera, are hitting the road in 2022 to live out the ultimate Priscilla fantasy on their upcoming national tour AS SEEN ON TV!
Read more about the As Seen on TV event
Friday 8 July, 7 - 11pm
Back to the Boombox Party
Experience Civic Square after dark with live music and performances, art, street food and drinks.
Read more about the Back to the Boombox Party event
9 July
Winter in the city event - Soul Defender Winter Concert
Soul Defender Winter Concert
Get to know great Canberra musicians: funk band Muesli, pop-folk band Hope Wilkins, the multitalented duo of Calvin Orosa and surprise guests to be announced on the website. 
Read more about the Soul Defender Winter Concert event
9 July or 16 July
Winter in the city Event - Felt Caterpillar Beads and Found Treasures Workshop
Felt Caterpillar Beads and Found Treasures Workshop
Join Canberra Region Feltmakers at Craft ACT to make felted caterpillar beads and combine them with Op shop treasures to make a one of a kind necklace to take home. $45 per person. Materials included. All ages and skill level welcome.
Read more about the Felt Caterpillar Beads and Found Treasures Workshop event
9 July
Winter in the City Event - Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow
Strap yourself in Australia! The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is hitting the highways to home-deliver the freshest and funniest from the 2022 Festival to neighbourhoods across the nation.
Read more about the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow event
13 July -16 July
Winter in the City Event - Friends the Musical parody
Friends! The Musical Parody
The hilarious New York and Las Vegas hit Friends! The Musical Parody is pivoting its way to Australia! Join your six favourite friends at your favourite café for a night of unstoppable laughs with the new musical that lovingly lampoons the beloved NBC sitcom!
Read more about the Friends! The Musical Parody event
13 and 15 July
Winter in the city event - Story time & Craft with Susannah Crispe
Story time & Craft with Susannah Crispe
Join us for story time and craft with children’s author and illustrator Susannah Crispe.
Read more about the Story time & Craft with Susannah Crispe event
14 July - 24 July
Winter in the city event- Urinetown the musical
Urinetown The Musical
In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage caused by a 20-year drought has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. This hilarious musical satire takes the piss out of the legal system, capitalism, bureaucracy, and musical theatre itself!
Read more about the Urinetown The Musical event
From 15th July
Sidney Nolan: Search for Paradise 
Whether a Canberra winter is your idea of heaven or hell, come to CMAG and explore the idea of paradise through CMAG’s striking exhibition, Sidney Nolan: Search for Paradise.
Read more about the Sidney Nolan: Search for Paradise  event
15 July and 16 July
Winter in the city event - Fire & Ice in Civic Square
Fire & Ice in Civic Square
Fire and ice will fill Civic Square for the Winter school holidays. A huge fire pit will glow in the centre of the Square, and fire barrels for toasting marshmallows will surround the ice rink and Cafe Après. Civic Square will feature ice sculptures during the weekends of Winter in the City.
Read more about the Fire & Ice in Civic Square event
17 July (7pm) -18(8pm) July
Winter in the city Event - The Guilty Feminist
The Guilty Feminist
Less of podcast and more of a global phenomenon, The Guilty Feminist, hosted by Deborah Frances-White and featuring world class guests, is part comedy, part deep dive discussion and part activism.
Read more about the The Guilty Feminist event
24th - 31st July
Winter Wonderland at Haig Park Village Markets
Haig Park Village Markets, in collaboration with Innovative Metalworx will be warming Braddon up this winter.
Read more about the Winter Wonderland at Haig Park Village Markets event
Until 3rd September
Delene White: Flower Power
Swaying over Civic Square with their icy whiteness, CMAG’s sculptural garden of giant cyclamens by Delene White is a symbol of hope and social recovery from COVID.
Read more about the Delene White: Flower Power event

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