Canberra is the perfect place to soak up a rich arts culture.
A crowd of attendees watches a theatrical performance in Canberra

Performing Arts Weekend getaway

Canberra’s performing arts scene is innovative, varied and vibrant, with artists constantly pushing boundaries. With a variety of events both on and off stage happening in July, Canberra is the perfect place to soak up a rich arts culture. Let Urban Walkabout's curated 2-day guide do the hard work for you.

Day 1: Saturday

Breakfast Kindle 

Start the day off in this city laneway gem and you’ll likely be rubbing shoulders with clued-up local artists and performers enjoying consistently good coffee and the café’s signature rich Italian hot chocolate. Delicious breakfasts and colourful macarons are served by cheerful staff in this charming café.

Morning Belconnen Arts Centre

Take a drive to this multi-disciplinary arts centre, where you’ll find a full program of creative arts activities and events. Take part in a visual arts class or a craft workshop, peruse the weekend markets or catch one of the many art exhibitions in the spacious galleries. Stay informed on the latest exhibitions at Belconnen Arts Centre

Lunch Barrio Collective 

Stop at Barrio Collective in the precinct of Braddon on your way back to the city centre. Expect a menu highlighting seasonal local produce and a welcoming atmosphere, and coffee crafted by masters of both traditional and contemporary brewing methods.

Afternoon Canberra Theatre Centre

Pay a visit to Canberra’s premiere performing arts venue, where you’ll discover world-class performing arts and entertainment to suit all tastes, from Australia and around the world. Take your pick from theatre, drama, dance, cabaret, circus, comedy, music, musicals, puppetry and physical theatre. Keep up to date with all the latest theatre, dance and films with our events listing.

Dinner and after dinner drinks Capitol Bar and Grill 

Round out the evening with dinner at one-hatted restaurant Capitol Bar and Grill, which boasts a menu created by restaurateur and QT Hotels Creative Food Director Robert Marchetti. Meat and seafood feature heavily here, with favourites Sicilian Style Tuna and New York Sirloin taking centre stage.  With its proximity to Canberra Theatre Centre, this is the perfect spot for pre or post show eats. After dinner, continue the Capitol Bar, where an extensive selection of beer, wine and cocktails will have you singing in no time.

Performing Arts Weekend Day 2: Sunday

Light breakfast at Strathnairn Arts Café 

Enjoy a light One Ban Brekky (bacon, homemade sausage pattie, eggs, roast tomato, wilted spinach and mushrooms on sourdough) outdoors at this quaint café, where a homestead ambience meets fine food in a unique setting. Wood fires in winter make this the cosiest place to start your day.

Morning Explore Strathnairn Arts gallery and gift shop 

Wander through this non-profit arts hub that incorporates a gift shop, beautiful grounds, and plenty of creative spaces to discover. Be sure to take a look at Australian Woodfire: Curators Choice, an invitational exhibition curated by Peter Haynes while you’re there. 

Lunch A.Baker 

Against the dramatic backdrop of charred walls, courtesy of the fire that ripped through the area in 2011, three distinct spaces define this restaurant, bar and bakery in the fashionable NewActon precinct. Grains milled in house and local produce result in freshly baked delights and creative menus for all-day dining. Try the Duck Salad with confit duck, seared duck breast, pear, moghrabieh, lemon dressing and roast pecans.

Afternoon Watch a film at Palace Electric Cinema 

After you’re well fed at A Baker, wander down to Palace Electric Cinema for a luxe cinematic experience. With the best selection of international cinema, art-house and quality new release films, Electric Cinema is an ideal place to unwind in style. 

Canberra's performing arts calendar

Keep up to date with Canberra's arts and events scene by browsing our extensive listing of what's on, or put events automatically in your inbox by subscribing to our enewsletter