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The Weekend Edit

HerCanberra Team

Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this weekend!

Every Monday for more than seven years, we’ve published This Week in The Canour comprehensive guide to everything happening around the city this week – but sometimes it’s just too epic to get through! That’s why each Friday we publish our Weekend Edit… Here are the things you shouldn’t miss!


Do you have lots of clothing in your wardrobe that you’d like to get rid of?

Canberra Fashion Market is a great opportunity to buy and sell new, vintage and recycled things and accessories. It’s fashion styling with everything in one location. The market also hosts collectible items including books, DVDs, vinyl records and other objects of interest.

The Market is a community project run by the Rotary Club of Hall, the only rural Rotary Club in the ACT.

Cost: $3, children under 12 are free

Happening Saturday 10 February between 10am-3pm at Fitzroy Building, Exhibition Park in Canberra Cnr Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue Mitchell.

Find more information on the website.


Australian Dance Party. Credit: Lorna Sims

The National Portrait Gallery will keep its doors open until 8 pm on 2 and 9 February with a variety of free fascinating performances throughout the summer.

This Friday it’s all about putting on the glitz; lights, camera, action! The Australian Dance Party bring the moves and The Stilettos break out the tunes.

Bar service and snacks are available. Exhibition ticket required for tour element only.

Happening 9 February from 5 pm – 8 pm at the National Portrait Gallery. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

Printmaking workshop

Join an experienced printmaker from Megalo Studio and Gallery for a linocut workshop, inspired by the works of artists Mulku Wirrpanda and John Wolseley on show in the National Museum of Australia’s Midawarr | Harvest exhibition.

Students will use drawings and sketches to translate an image to the lino block. They will explore various cutting methods and have the chance to use the Megalo portable press.

Ages 9 to 12, children aged 9 to 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult

Cost: $60 child, $50 Mkids and children on Friends full membership. Join Friends.

Bookings essential via Eventbrite (fees apply).

Happening Saturday 11 February from 10 am – 1 pm in the Main Hall of the National Museum of Australia, Acton. 

Note: A separate second workshop is on Sunday 18 February 2018 from 10am–1pm


The Food & Wine Expo is an annual 3-day event dedicated to celebrity chefs, food, wine, cheese, cocktails and everything Gourmet!
Join the Celebrity Dining Room for a modern dining experience with a MasterChef favourite, Logie nominee and Channel 10 TV host, Ben Milbourne. With a succulent 6-course degustation menu each paired with a matching wine, this is the menu of the year with the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal to learn all Ben’s secrets in cooking and more.

Ben Milbourne appeared on MasterChef 2012, the series which his best mate Andy Allen went on to win. In the years since the TV juggernaut, Milbourne has produced two cookbooks – last year’s Mexican Craving and Tasmanian Trail – and travelled the country and the world.

There are three sessions available for Celebrity Dining Room and only 38 seats per each session:

Friday Evening seating at 5:30 pm
Saturday Luncheon seating at 12:30 pm
Sunday Luncheon seating at 12:30 pm

Bookings required


Happening Friday 9 February from 11am-8pm, Saturday 10 February from 10am-6pm and Sunday 11 February from 10am-5pm at the National Convention Centre Canberra 31 Constitution Avenue

Book your tickets here.


Raise heart rates and funds to send an incredible woman to Russia for MS treatment.

Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT) is a breakthrough treatment which has helped thousands of MS sufferers around the world. The treatment, which is available in Russia and not Australia, has been known to halt the progression of MS in some patients. HSCT is not covered by our health system and costs approx $80,000 AUD + flights and accommodation (in Russia).

Dance, sweat and work off that Christmas pudding with two hours of ZUMBA® fun! Featuring Zumba tracks taught by the Zumba Bunnies: Ali Rosenfeld (Subsdance), Alyson Vardos (Zumba with Aly), Sarah Tulley (returning to the stage after a very long hiatus!), and other special guests!

Raffles and prizes to be won, this event is not to be missed!

Bring: Sneakers, lots of water, a towel and your smiling face. Parking available onsite.

Kickstart your 2018 by feeling good inside and out!

Happening Saturday, 10 February 2018 from 10:30 am – 12 pm at St Francis Xavier College – Barnard Circuit, Florey.

Cost: Early bird tickets – $15 (+b.f.) or $20 cash at the door

Tickets available here before 30 January or $20 at the event.

For more information visit their Go Fund Me PageFacebook or call 0407 209 009.


Courtney Act has been under the covers with many, but not usually in front of a live audience!

In Courtney’s brand new show Under the Covers, which will tour Australia in February/ March 2018, she will dazzle with songs by some of our favourite artists that have all been covered in some way. She strips songs down and flips them on their back to show audiences just how gender and genre fluid a great song can be. From Dolly Parton to Harry Styles and Spice Girls to Queen, Courtney will leave you pillow fighting and pillow biting!

Happening Tuesday 6 February at Canberra Theatre Centre.

Find more information and buy tickets here.


Spend your Sunday the way they do in Cuba – sunshine, dominoes, fruity rum punch bowls, tasty Spanish food and live entertainment.

Their fabulous street party style Sunday Session is on every Sunday and it’s fun for all ages – you can even bring your little ones!

– Live entertainment
– Bottomless mimosas
– $70 punch bowls
– $5 Coronas
– Plenty of Dominoes sets to share

The Highball Express will be at your service from 2pm every Sunday over Spring / Summer. On every Sunday from 2pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.


The festival vibes will be in full swing at American Express Openair Cinemas in Canberra.

Join them on Patrick White Lawns for an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.

Please see website for session times.

Happening until 25 February 2018 on the Patrick White Lawns, next to the National Library of Australia, Parkes.


Montage photographs by Sarah Kenderdine, Peter Morse and Paul Bourke. Seven Sisters rock art with permission of Walinynga (Cave Hill) custodians. Image supplied.

Immerse yourself in the epic saga of the Seven Sisters. Take a journey into the heart of Australia, with intrigue, desire, drama, passion and beauty – and connect with the songlines of the Seven Sisters.

This Aboriginal-led exhibition shares an ancient way of holding culture and telling stories written in the land.

See the stories embedded in rock art inside a state-of-the-art digital dome, or visit our vibrant art centre where artists create works you can take home.

Showing until 25 February 2018 at the National Museum of Australia. Find more information on the website.


Credit: The Dressmaker – Hugo Weaving as Horatio Farrat by Ben King.

The National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia proudly present a new star-studded exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

Starstruck explores the striking portraits emerging from 100 years of Australian movies. It features famous Australian actors and iconic films, as well as highlighting the lesser-known early years of our film industry. Many items are available for the public to see for the very first time.

Audiences will be treated to rare film posters, 1930s scrapbooks of aspiring actors, and original costumes from iconic movies such as Picnic at Hanging RockMy Brilliant Career, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Showing until 4 March 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.


See personal objects chosen by the eight extraordinary 2018 Australian of the Year state and territory recipients that tell us something special about their aspirations and experiences.

Showing until 18 February at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information or read our editorial on the exhibition here.


Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too! From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.


A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby, towering giants – welcome to humanity amplified in Hyper Real. This blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia is a compelling chronicle of the cycles of life, our constant need for connection and explores the fundamental question: what makes us human? Featuring uncanny figures with painted silicon skin, glass eyes, human hair and cutting-edge digital art, Hyper Real provokes reflection, fascination, fear and joy. From eerily lifelike sculptures to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this major exhibition charts the evolution of hyper-realism into the 21st century.

Hyper Real presents major works from early American pioneers George Segal, John De Andrea and Duane Hanson, celebrated Australian artists Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks, international masters Maurizio Cattelan (Italy), Berlinde de Bruyckere (Belgium), Evan Penny (Canada), Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (China) and many more.

Showing until 18 February from 10 am – 5 pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Tickets from $25pp for adults available through event website.


Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea! Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head. If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two – $60. One stand including sparkling to begin and tea selection for two – $80

Happening every Friday and Saturday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra.

Bookings required in advance, so to book via 02 6257 7074 or online at

Feature image: Lorna Sims


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