From The Nutcracker to The Comedy of Errors: Here’s what is happening across Australia this weekend

what's on this weekend

It's the second last weekend of 2021 and we're intent on making it count. With things heating up across the country and Christmas just around the corner, there's lots of joy to be found in activities both indoors and outside. So in order to maximise your sacred two days off, we've rounded up a non-exhaustive list of things to do this weekend across Australia. From NGV Friday Nights to the Queensland Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker and so much more. Below, find plenty to sink your teeth into this weekend.

With Covid-19 cases beginning to surge in states like NSW and Victoria, it's important to follow the government's advice and exercise caution where possible this holiday season.



The monumental Matisse: Life and Spirit exhibition presented by Oroton is on at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Revisit a classic and watch Death of a Salesman performed by Sydney Theatre Company.

Drop into Maybe Sammy and Cantina OK! who were recently featured in the list of the World's 50 Best Bars.

Moonlight Cinema is back with its annual program, book tickets now!

Secure yourself something special at the Wayside Chapel Op Shop in Bondi (42-44 Warners Avenue, North Bondi NSW 2026) and support people experiencing homelessness at the same time.

A multi-sensory immersive space experience is up for grabs with Neighbourhood Earth at the ICC.

Get your Santa photos taken down at Marrickville Metro.

Dancefloors are back! Boogie away those months in lockdown at Club 77.



Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto is on at the National Gallery of Victoria. Why not check it out tonight as NGV Friday Nights returns once more. Tonight Afrodisiac and Tanzer are set to play.

Wander over to Gertrude Street in Collingwood to shop textiles, furniture, artwork and homewares curated by Hattie Molloy, Nicole Lawrence, Sunday Salon and Curio Practice.

Catch Sin Tax perform at The Barkly Room, Fitzroy North this Saturday.

Submit to the chaos of The Comedy of Errors a take on the bards earliest comedy at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

See the Linda McCartney: Retrospective at Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

Head on over to Hope St. Radio for dinner and music.

If all else fails, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is still showing...



The holidays are upon us! Get into the spirit with A Christmas Carol at Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

Immerse yourself in the Michelangelo Sistine Chapel exhibition at the Ice Cream Factory.

Queensland Ballet present a performance of The Nutcracker.

Moonlight Cinema is back with its annual program, book tickets now!

Afrochella is taking place in Fortitude Valley.

Wander over to Lefty's Music Hall for live music and good times.

The Asia Pacific Triennial has just opened at Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art.



Spend your afternoon hanging out at Capital Brewing Co.

Music on the Greens is kicking off at Kambri Lawn this weekend.

Touch Sensitive is set to play at ANU this weekend.

Hippo Co. are leading one of their famous whisky tastings on Saturday evening at 6pm.

Take your friends and family and find your way across Mix 106.3's Christmas Light Trail.


South Australia

Explore the Fleurieu Peninsula, starting with these 5 beaches.

Listen to all the best in Brit Pop at The Oxford Hotel's Christmas Party 'How Soon Is Now?'

Spend Sunday long-lunching at Comida.

Settle in for a night on the green and watch a new release film at Moonlight Cinema.

Experience the best in contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art with Tarnanthi at Art Gallery of South Australia.


Western Australia

Check out the best in Western Australian artists with the newly opened exhibition The View From Here at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Get your dose of laughs in at Oasis Comedy Club.

Dance Saturday night away at Freo. Social with its 'Noughtie or Nice' Party.


Northern Territory

Explore a side of the Territory you haven't seen before with this guide.

Usher in summer with the Casuarina Christmas Pool Party.

Start the weekend off with a glow yoga flow.

Warm up your vocal cords and sing a long at Carols in the Park, Alice Springs.



As always, Music at Mona is on this weekend. This time around Austin, Hannah Denman Quartet ft Riley Thurstans, and Friankie Andrew (Isla Ka) are set to perform.

Catch Skeggs at The Odeon Theatre this Saturday.

Salamanca Market is open and calling your name this Saturday.

Take a walk through the bush and look out for edible native flora with an experienced guide.

Planning to spend your weekend devouring art instead? Here is a non-exhaustive list of all the exhibitions happening across Australia this December.

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