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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! 


To celebrate the National Portrait Gallery’s 20th birthday they are throwing a party for the whole family! Join them for a day of free fun, celebration, art making, magic… and cake!

Make your own party hat, help decorate the birthday cake, have your face painted or play a party game. There will also be a demonstration by master milliner Neil Grigg and artist Cherry Hood will take you through her painting techniques, plus heaps more.

You can even send them a special birthday message by creating a birthday card that will be included as part of the decorations on the day.

Happening Sunday 25 February from 11am–3pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Free entry.

Check the website for more details.


Three Sixty Fashion Market is a niche Canberra market dedicated to recycling vintage, retro, handmade and pre-loved fashion. This fashion market is ideal for stylish and discerning shoppers after quality fashionable clothing items.

The Market is committed to sustainable fashion and to creating a market place and an accessible opportunity for people who value ethical choices and ecological sustainability as much as they value style and fun!

Fashion has moved from consumption-driven purchases to a more community driven movement. Now scouring markets, op shops and recycling pre-loved clothing is more than just acceptable; it’s a statement about who you are. The Three Sixty Fashion Market team understands vintage clothes, designer bargains, style capers, op shopping and sustainable fashion and brings it all together for you.

Happening Sunday 25 February from 10am–3pm at Canberra Fitters Workshop, Printers Way, Kingston. Free entry.

See the website for more information.


For one night only, experience the Portrait Gallery like never before with a late night birthday party curated by Dionysus and Chenoeh Miller. In honour of us turning 20, this 18+ only event will feature:

  • Party portraits on arrival
  • Classic hits from The Exhibitionists inspired by Australian films (think; Priscilla, Muriel’s Wedding, The Sapphires, etc.)
  • House music and mash-ups by Doppel and Dead DJ Joke
  • Performances of the highlights of Starstruck movies
  • A dance competition to turn up the heat on the dance floor – join if you dare!
  • Free access to the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits (usually $12) between 8 and 9pm
  • Film screenings of ‘Strictly Ballroom’ and ‘The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’
  • Drinks and snacks available all night from the bar

Happening Friday 23 February from 8 pm – 1 am at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

$15 early bird or $10 for members, then $25 at the door. Purchase tickets here.


The astonishing Amanda Muggleton is the original diva. She creates fireworks on stage as the greatest dramatic soprano of her time – Maria Callas.

After a sensational career that saw her become the undisputed star of the world’s best Opera Houses, Maria Callas conducts a series of master classes to a select group of young vocal students at the Juilliard School in New York.
In Terrence McNally’s extraordinary theatrical tribute, Callas takes centre-stage one more time, as she passes on to her students the experiences and lessons of a lifetime. Witness her passion and commitment and realise the uniqueness of her great talent as she cajoles and lectures her students, delivering wisdom and insults in true diva style.

Happening Thursday 22 February–Friday 23 February from 8pm & Saturday 24 February from 2pm and 8pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City. Tickets cost between $39–$79pp.

See the website for more information.


After the roaring success of Winterfest and Springfest, Ginninderry continues its tradition of seasonal celebrations with Summerfest!

Summerfest is Ginninderry’s family-friendly celebration of summer with live music, dance and theatre performances from local artists including Simone Penkethman, Ben Drysdale Band, Fan Dancers, Play The Dance Agency, Collective Theatre, With One Voice Ginninderry Choir and Twice the Spice — Harmony Duo.

All proceeds go to cancer patient support in the ACT.

Happening Saturday 24 February 5.30pm–9.15pm at The Link, 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt. Entry $5pp or $15 for families. Children under five get free entry.

Visit the website for more information.


Experience the thrill of being an astronaut inside a Russian space capsule using the latest 360° virtual reality technology.

Take the pilot’s seat on a breathtaking 400km descent to Earth from the International Space Station in an awe-inspiring experience produced by the Science Museum Group and narrated by British astronaut Tim Peake.

Happening every day from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the National Museum of Australia.

Book your session online now:


Image: Martin Ollman

The Gourmet Walk in Canberra is a yearly event that provides participants with a chance to walk in and around iconic Canberra locations while making pit stops for all the best that French cuisine offers. These will be washed down with top local vintages.

The French Embassy, Alliance Française and the French Scout group, Éclaireurs de Canberra, are hosting the annual event.

You can eat, drink, and enjoy a cultural experience with the space of seven kilometres.

On Sunday February 25 from 10am – 3pm at Lake Burley-Griffin, starts at Patrick White Terrasse. Visit the Facebook page 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.


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.


It’s time for vintage in Canberra again at the Griffith Neighbourhood Centre with over 150 years of clothing and fashion accessories for sale. From those ridiculously waisted Victorian era gowns to austere 1940’s numbers. As well as costume there is fashion art, textiles, lace, linen, kimonos and much, much more for the Canberra fashionista.

A small event to start the year off with bargains galore from Seams Old from Victoria as they continue to downsize their major collection of period costumes. It’s like a visit to a museum!

Happening Friday 23 February from 6pm–9pm and Saturday 24 February 10am–5pm at Griffith Neighbourhood Centre, 55 Stuart Street, Griffith. $2 gold coin donation entry to support the Woman of Empire 1914 – 1918 exhibition.

Visit the website for more information.


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.


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.


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: Self portrait by Oliver Levi-Malouf


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