What to do in Canberra in July 2021

See all the highlights of what to do in Canberra in July and early August 2021, including everything from exhibitions to live theatre, music and more.

NOTE: Due to the evolving Covid situation in NSW, some events may be postponed or canceled at short notice. Contact the event organizers or venue for updates.


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Acclaimed Indigenous dance troupe Bangarra brings ‘SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert’ to Canberra Theater July 15-17. Photo: Facebook.

Potter: The “smash hit” Harry Potter parody comes to The Playhouse, Civic, July 13-18; canberratheatrecentr.com.au

European dance afternoon: Linus Lee performs famous classical pieces on organ and piano, 14th July 12.40-1.20pm, Wesley Music Centre, Forrest; trybooking.com/BRCYP

Turia Pitt: In her National Press Club debut, the ultramarathon runner will tell her inspiring story, July 14, 11:30am-1pm; npc.org.au

Leaving Jackson: Jeff Carter and Brooke McMullen bring the Johnny Cash and June Carter show to life at Bicentennial Hall, Queanbeyan, July 15, 7:30pm; theq.net.au

Bangarra: The acclaimed indigenous dance troupe brings SandSong: Stories from the Great Sand Desert to Canberra Theatre, July 15-17; canberratheatrecentr.com.au

Photo access: The Dickson Gallery is home to three new exhibitions, DivideDon’t be fooled by the faces I wear and Exploded drawing, until August 14; photoaccess.org.au

Cox Gallery: The Kingston Gallery hosts Annika Romeyn’s Exhibition About the distance until July 16; coxarchitecture.com.au

Christmas in July: Canberra’s Verity and Mike highlight the purpose and significance of Christmas celebrations in the Sheridan Room, Old Post Office, Gundagai, 17th July 7:00pm; thesheridanroom.com.au

CMAG: The public art space houses a new exhibition, Ruth Lane-Poole: A Woman of Influence, until October 2; cmag.com.au

Belco Doctor: Organizes workshops led by local artists in July and August; visit belcoarts.com.au for more.

Symposium: Join Rebecca Mayo, Diego Bonetto and Aaron Chatfield as they discuss embracing the plants around us at the Tuggeranong Arts Center, July 17, 4-4pm; tuggeranongarts.com

Craft ACT: four exhibitions, Making: a way of life Small connections, body layer: appearance and selfand The neck, run until 17 July; craftact.org.au

The Governor’s Family: Canberra Rep performs this acclaimed Australian play until 17th July at the Canberra REP Theatre, Acton; canberrarep.org.au

Love and other traps: An Afternoon Celebrating the Music of Love and Life by Piera Dennerstein and Lucas Allerton, Sunday 18th July at Wesley Music Centre, Forrest; trybooking.com/BQTTZ

The ten tenors: POSTPONED: Due to border restrictions and closures, the Ten Tenors concerts on July 18 in Canberra have been postponed; moved date TBA; canberratheatrecentr.com.au

SEE-Change Repair Café: Bring in broken items and learn repair skills on the last Sunday of each month, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Tuggeranong Community Centre, Greenway.

Canberra Glass Factory: The Kingston art space hosts the Megan Cope exhibition Uninterrupted Connections until July 18; canberraglassworks.com/visit/exhibitions

arbor: Acclaimed recorder player Genevieve Lacy and harpist Marshall McGuire play Llewellyn Hall, ANU, 20th July 7.30pm; musicaviva.com.au

Canberra Glass Factory: Creative students considering a future in the arts are encouraged to apply for the Path to Glass: ACT School Residency. Applications must be July 20, 5:00 PM; canberraglassworks.com

Canberra Recorder Orchestra: Will perform an early to contemporary music program at Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, July 21 12.40-1.20pm; trybookin.com/BRCYU

Poetry: Manning Clark House in Forrest features live poetry with Shane Strange, Martin Dolan and Penelope Layland, July 22, 7:00 PM; trybooking.com/BSWPH

New owner: A heartfelt story seen through the eyes of a very cute puppy comes to The Street Theatre, City West, July 23-24; thestreet.org.au

Hannah Gadsby: Australia’s award-winning world-class comic is bringing her brand new live show, Body of Work, to Canberra Theatre, July 24-25; canberratheatrecentr.com.au

Brahms’s German Requiem Canberra Choral Society and National Capital Orchestra’s in attendance a German Requiem conducted by Leonard Weiss, Saturday, July 24, 3:00 PM at Llewellyn Hall, ANU; canberrachoralsociety.org

Canberra Southern Cross Club: The Robertson Brothers 1960s TV Variety Show is on Saturday 24 July in Woden with tickets still available for the 3 p.m. matinee; cscc.com.au

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Renowned Australian piano virtuoso David Helfgott’s July 30th Canberra Theater performance has been rescheduled to Thursday, December 16, 2021. Photo: Sharon Gertner.

Edwina Robinson: The founder of Climate Factory gives a lecture, Building a micro forest movement, at Baptist Church Hall, Hughes, July 25, 2:30 p.m.; trybooking.com/BRZNK

Bounty and benevolence: A new exhibition by American artist Ericka Walker curated by Miranda Metcalf at Megalo Print Studio, Kingston, through July 25; megalo.org

MEGAfauna: Until July 25, explore the sculpture of Australia’s long-extinct megafauna through the Australian National Botanical Gardens; parksaustralia.gov.au/botanic-gardens

Priscilla Queen of the Desert: Free-rain Theater’s production of the hit musical is coming to The Q, Queanbeyan, July 27-August 21; theq.net.au

BOW: The Australian rock supergroup featuring Kram, Darren Middleton, Mark Wilson and Davey Lane bring their let it be live tour to Canberra Theater July 28; livenation.com.au

Christopher Taylor: The pianist will perform an exciting program at the Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, July 28, 12:40 PM; trybooking.com/BSSRQ

Squares 2021: Strathnairn Arts presents the 15th Annual People’s Choice Exhibition/Contest at their Holt Gallery, July 29-August 22; strathnairn.com.au

John Butler: The multi-ARIA award winner plays at the Canberra Theater on July 29; johnbutlertrio.com

David Helfgott: The famous Australian piano virtuoso’s performance on July 30 at the Canberra Theater was moved to December 16, 2021† canberratheatrecentr.com.au

Marcela Fiorillo: The Argentine-Australian pianist will perform a program by Astor Piazzolla to celebrate the composer’s 100th birthday, 30th July 6:30pm at Canberra Girls Grammar School Senior Hall; events.humanitix.com/piazzolla-anniversary

Heath Franklin’s Chopper – The Silencer: The Australian comedic cutie brings his new show to The Playhouse, Civic, July 31st at 8pm; canberratheatrecentr.com.au

Megalo Print Studio: The Kingston Gallery Hosts New Exhibition Color Separations by Tony Curran, July 31 – September 4; megalo.org

Don’t forget the milk: An exhibition celebrating 50 years of Canberra Milk at CMAG, Civic, through July 31; cmag.com.au

Kyeema Gallery: Canberra Artist Dee Copeland’s New Exhibition Occasionally on display in the Hall gallery at Capital Wines until August 1; capitalwines.com.au

Canberra Potters: Display yeasts, an exhibition by local artists Isabelle Mackay-Sim and Teffany Thiedeman, at the Watson gallery until August 1; canberrapotters.com.au

Mervyn Bishop: National Film and Sound Archive will continue to showcase the award-winning photographer’s work through August 1; nfsa.gov.au

beaver galleries: The Deakin venue will host new exhibitions by Graham Fransella and Ulrica Trulsson from August 5 to 22; beavergalleries.com.au

A symphonic tribute to Metallica: Over two hours of Metallica classics performed by The George Ellis’ 24-piece symphony orchestra at the Canberra Theatre, 6th August 7:30pm; canberratheatrecentr.com.au

Hayley Jensen: The artist from Canberra brings her Breakin’ Hearts tour with LIV LI at the Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden, Friday, August 6, 8pm; cscc.com.au

Stephen Dupont: Originally scheduled for July 15, the opening night of Are we dead yet? by one of Australia’s most renowned photographers, has been postponed to August 6, at aMBUSH Gallery in Kambri, ANU; ambushgallery.com

Canberra Blues Society: Celebrates International Blues Music Day with 11 acts on 2 stages, a Hot Rod display and markets at the Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah, August 7 from 1pm to 11pm; humanitix.com

Embracing the familiar: A community arts project and exhibit by Rebecca Mayo at the Tuggeranong Arts Center, through Aug. 7; tuggeranongarts.com


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