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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!


Googfest 2017

Googong’s popular free live music event – Googfest – is set to rock the town’s foundations once again.

Headlining this year’s show is a DJ set by Mikah Freeman of Canberra’s very own house music legends, The Aston Shuffle. The set – including some of the band’s biggest hits, like ‘Tear It Down’ – is sure to get the thousands–strong crowd at Rockley Oval up and dancing from the outset. They’ll be supported on the day by some great local bands, too.

So come along, sprawl on a picnic blanket and soak up some Googong sunshine while enjoying the free live music and fireworks finale. Bring a picnic or treat yourself to something from the good selection of food stalls available on the day.

Happening Saturday 3 February from 5-9pm at Rockley Oval, Googong.

For more information on Googfest, visit


While the producers of the long-running burlesque show The Empire Strips Back have been preparing the production for its overseas debut, they’ve had a little more unexpected time on their hands due to some red tape. So they put it to the fans to see if they wanted another tour, and the response was overwhelming.
So February/March 2018 sees The Empire Strips Back hitting the road again very briefly to celebrate everything Star Wars…… and the removal of clothing.

Tickets cost between $8.50 and $88.50 a $4.95 transaction fee applies per transaction.

Happening Friday 2 Februry from 8:00 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Australian Capital.

See website to purchase tickets.


Start 2018 right by Putin on your thinking caps and supporting an incredible woman to get to Russia for MS treatment. Trivia games, silent auction, raffles and more this fundraising event is not to be missed.

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 the Australian health system and costs approx $80,000 AUD + flights and accommodation (in Russia).

Thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes up for grabs including:

  • The Ultimate South Coast holiday experience
  • Sports lovers package from the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS)
  • Gorgeous 4-night Cottage Stay in the Southern Highlands (NSW)
  • Oodles of vouchers, chocolates, artwork and more.

Happening Friday 2 February from 7 pm – 10 pm at the Olympus Room – Hellenic Club (Major event sponsors)

Cost: $30 pp; $250 for a table of 10 (+ b.f.) or $35pp at the door. Children under 16 FREE!

Snacks, baked goods and beverages will be available to purchase on the night.

Tickets available at For more information visit their Go Fund Me PageFacebook or contact 0401 470 553.


David Hockney, Sun, from the ‘Weather’ series, 1973, lithograph, screenprint. Purchased 1973 © David Hockney.

Cool off amongst David Hockney: Prints with colourful print people, food and live entertainment. Curator Jane Kinsman will introduce the exhibition and then you can explore print more with Megalo Print Studio staff or in conversation led by Alison Alder and staff from the ANU Printmedia and Drawing Workshop.

Wear your loudest prints, enjoy a summer punch on arrival and live entertainment from Venus Mantrap and Nick Delatovic.

Happening Friday 2 February from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.


Image: VisitCanberra

Jerrabomberra Wetlands are hosting an exciting and fun-filled open day to celebrate World Wetlands Day 2017. There will be a huge variety of stalls and activities for the whole family including ranger guided walks, children’s activities, reptile displays, art exhibitions, Indigenous cultural activities, food, drinks and lots lots more.

Entry is by gold coin donation with most activities free of charge. All proceeds go towards conservation efforts at Jerrabomberra Wetlands.

This event is sponsored by ICON Water, Capital Brewing Co., Canberra Milk and ACTSmart, and run by the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust in partnership with the ACT Parks and Conservation Service, ACT Government.

Happening Saturday 3 February from 4 pm to 8 pm at Jerrabomberra Wetlands, 2 Dairy Road, Fyshwick, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.


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Take a scandalous tour of Starstruck and get your markers ready for drag bingo with the fabulous Miss Ellaneous. Music from the Zackerbilks, including Jamal Salem on drums, Zach Raffan on trumpet, and Robbie Mann on Piano.

The National Portrait Gallery will keep its doors open until  8pm on 2 and 9 February with a variety of free fascinating performances throughout the summer. Bar service and snacks are available. Exhibition ticket required for tour element only.

Happening 2 February from 5 pm – 8 pm at the National Portrait Gallery. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.


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.


After a jam-packed 2017 that has involved yet another sold out run around the country with his extraordinary backing band, a month of shows in Europe, a guest appearance on vocals with David Bowie’s band at the Sydney Opera House and a second invitation and appearance at India’s NH7 Weekender Festival, Paul Dempsey returns to Canberra for an intimate solo performance in The Playhouse.

Happening Saturday 3 February from 8:00pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Australian Capital Territory.

See 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.


Be a part of the fastest paced, fun and exciting cricket format this summer when the Prime Minister’s XI, including some of Australia’s brightest up and coming stars, as they take on the might of England in the Prime Minister’s T20 match at Manuka Oval, Canberra.

Fans can expect a riveting contest as England take on the future of Australian Cricket in the shortest format of the game, always delivering big hits, big wickets, and big finishes. As well as the action on field, fans can enjoy the incredible at-match experience featuring music, fireworks, and a friendly crowd atmosphere.

Happening Friday 2 February from 7:15 pm at Manuka Oval, Manuka Circle, Griffith, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Seewebsite for more information.


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 10am – 5pm 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


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