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The Weekend Edit

HerCanberra Team


Every Monday for nearly 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!


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When Lucy Feagins founded her blog in early 2008, little did she know that within the year it would be named by The Times UK as one of the world’s top 50 design blogs. Fast forward almost ten years and The Design Files has built a legion of loyal readers and a style all her own.

Join The Design Files editor and founder Lucy Feagins for an in-depth presentation covering global design and colour trends, how these translate to the Australian interior, as well as easy ideas for incorporating them into your own home.

Tickets $20 +bf from Eventbrite. Redeemed for a $20 Canberra Centre Gift Card on arrival.

Masterclass takes place from 12 pm to 1 pm on Saturday 4 November on Level 1 of Monaro Mall, opposite Apple.


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Seventeen-year-old Kat Hartland loathes Unrequited, the world’s biggest boy band. She’s 100 percent immune to “perfect” singer Angus Marsden and his unfailing predictable lyrics. Show her the anti-fan club….she wants to be its president! Just give her a proper musician. Or maybe the seriously hot med student who rescued her on the train. Ideal formal partner, right? Ideal everything…

But when Kat comes face to face with Angus Marsden himself, things start to get complicated. Throw in a deranged female singer, an enraged fandom, final exams, a part in a musical and a Mum who just doesn’t get it. Want to read more? Click here

The Unrequited Musical Theatre Project has been an exciting and rewarding experience for all involved. The story is based on the novel by Emma Grey, Unrequited: Girl Meets Boy Band. The music was composed by Sally Whitwell (ARIA Award Winner). Creating this abridged version of their musical for the very first time, it is an incredible opportunity for the students at St Clare’s and our guest boy band from St. Edmund’s. This is the musical world premiere!

Happening Friday 3 and Saturday 4 of November at 7.30 pm with a matinee on Saturday 4 November at 2 pm at St Clare’s College Hall, 1 McMillan Crescent, Griffith. 

Ticket prices $12 Students $16 Adults payment through the Qkr! app. For more information on how to purchase tickets visit

The show will run for approximately one hour with no interval. The production is suitable for students and adults of all ages.

Signed copies of Unrequited: Girl meets Boy Band novel will be available to purchase in the Hall foyer before each show for $20.00 cash.


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It’s Market Day! Join the Pialligo Estate team in the main paddock at Pialligo Estate for a Sunday full of market stalls and activities that will be sure to delight both adults and children alike!

With a range of local stallholders showcasing gourmet food, wine and spirits; a petting zoo, and a number of masterclasses throughout the day there will be something for everyone.

They’ve taken on all your feedback from the last market day and will have more coffee, more hot food options and more activities for kids!

Please note – There will be no cash facilities, however, most stalls will have EFTPOS machine.

In case of wet weather, please keep an eye on the Facebook page and they will keep you posted if they need to reschedule the Markets.

Find more information here or read our editorial here.

Happening Sunday 5 November from 12-7pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.



Looking for a great free family day out? Come along to La Grande Fête, presented by Lycée franco australien de Canberra / Telopea Park School from 2:30pm to 7pm on Saturday 4 November!

One of the largest school fêtes in the ACT, the event promises multicultural food, fun and entertainment stretching into the balmy twilight hours. La Grande Fête is famous for its international food stalls, carnival rides and a fantastic range of entertainment!

There’s plenty to keep the kids occupied – from dodgem cars to show bags! And for the “big kids”, the event will again feature the annual Canberra French Car Clubs display, preloved clothing and books, the monster Raffle Extraordinaire, beer and wine and a cornucopia of food.

La Grande Fête is hosted by the Telopea Park School P&C Association each year and is held on the school grounds on NSW Crescent in Barton. HerCanberra is proud to be a sponsor!

Equality Campaign ‘Thank You!’ Picnic and Movie

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As we draw to the end of the marriage equality campaign, we want to say THANK-YOU to the community in the best way possible.

That’s why we’re having a picnic in the park to send this survey off with a cheer rather than a tear. Plenty of treats and surprises will be on offer, including Capital Brewing Co. beer and a screening of the fabulous film The Queen of Ireland about the successful Irish ‘Yes’ campaign.

Doggos are welcome and love will abound—what better way to spend a Spring evening!

Happening Saturday 4 November from 4-8pm in Glebe Park.

Free community event, RSVP on Facebook or just show up. Find more information here.


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The fourth annual Icon Water Run for your Lifeline will be held on Saturday, 4 November 2017 around Lake Burley Griffin, starting and finishing at Patrick White Lawns near the National Library.

Catering for runners and fun-lovers of all ages and levels, Run for your Lifeline includes 5km, 10km, half marathon and full marathon events. Registrations include a Lifeline Canberra wrist band and a guaranteed fun day out for the whole family, plus everyone receives a medal when crossing the finish line!

100% of each registration goes directly to our local 13 11 14 crisis support service.

Happening Saturday 4 November from 6:00 am to 10:00 am at Patrick White Lawns Canberra, Parkes.

See website for more information.


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Picture this – Camp Quality Giggle Ball Canberra 2017. As you and your guests sip on your glass of bubbly, you will have time to peruse the unique items up for auction.

One of the items up for grabs is an exclusive overnight stay in the Jamala Wildlife Lodge at the National Zoo and Aquarium. You will also have a chance to get your ‘ultimate selfie’ on the red carpet and get a picture taken with our beloved mascot ‘Giggle’ for your social media post. You will then be ushered into the National Ballroom where Kristen & Wilko Canberra’s newest breakfast duo from Mix 106.3 – will keep you entertained and informed as the ‘Mistress & Master’ of Ceremonies for the night! Hotel Realm’s Executive Chef Fabien Wagnon will make your taste buds tingle with his culinary skills, as you enjoy his personally selected 3-course menu, matched with Australian wines or speciality beer.

With your appetite satisfied it will be time to rock out with one of Canberra’s best cover bands – Smooth Ops. This seven-piece ensemble will have you up on the dance floor with all the best tunes from the 60’s to now. If by 11.30pm you still have some energy left… you can continue the party downstairs in Ostani Bar & Restaurant until the wee hours of the morning.

Exclusively for Giggle Ball patron, Doma Group have offered special accommodation rates at all five of their establishments, Canberra for the night of the Ball, so if you want to make this your ‘Plan B’ option please contact the ACT Camp Quality office.

Happening Saturday 4 November at Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton.


First directed by Geoffrey Rush in 1987, The Popular Mechanicals holds a special place in the Australian comedic canon. This revival from State Theatre Company South Australia, directed by former Sydney Theatre Company Resident Director Sarah Giles, will lift the roof in the silliest ways imaginable.

Shakespeare’s greatest clowns – the rude mechanicals from A Midsummer Night’s Dream – take centre-stage in this wild reimagining of what might have happened off-stage during the Bard’s most loved comedy. Perhaps the most famous group of amateur thespians of all time, the cast of the play-within-a-play Pyramus and Thisbe, bumble their way through rehearsals, somehow surviving the misadventures brought on by their own sheer idiocy. The result is a riotously funny mix of Shakespearean verse, songs and dance that is lewd, rude and ingenious. Clowning, vaudeville, slapstick, farce, stand-up comedy and some hilarious puppetry come together to create an unhinged feast of wit.

Happening until Saturday 4 November at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra City, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.


Boys Will Be Boys

Selling your soul never looked so stylish. Enter the world of currency trading, Dior suits and cocaine in Boys Will Be Boys. Astrid is a ruthless trader at the top of her game, raking it in with the best of them. To stay on top, she’s had to tough it out with the men that dominate her industry. She hasn’t broken the glass ceiling, she’s re-modelled the entire building.

When the young and ambitious Priya applies for a junior position on the trading floor, Astrid decides to play mentor. But, in the self-serving world of the trade floor, every favour has a price.

Award-winning playwright Melissa Bubnic won the STC’s Patrick White Award in 2010 and, since then, has been carving out a distinctive writing style that is smart, risqué and very funny. In Boys Will Be Boys  she has written a no-holds-barred, biting satire on what it takes to get ahead in the world of finance. With an all-woman cast, in-your-face dialogue, filthy jokes and heartbreaking songs, Boys Will Be Boys is a merciless and unapologetic look at power.

Warning: contains frequent strong language, partial nudity, and strong adult themes including sexual violence.

Happening Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 November from 8 pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

Purchase tickets here.


Sam Jinks , Woman and child 2010 (detail) silicone, pigment, resin, silk, human hair. Collection of the artist. Image courtesy of the NGA.

Sam Jinks , Woman and child 2010 (detail), silicone, pigment, resin, silk, human hair. Collection of the artist. Image courtesy of the NGA.

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 the event website.


Highly trained, motivated, and experienced, Special Forces can be inserted into any environment undetected, by land, sea, or air. They have been continuously deployed at home and abroad for nearly two decades, winning honours in Afghanistan, fighting in Iraq, helping establish security in East Timor, performing counter-terrorist roles in Australia, and supporting domestic security agencies.

Special Operations Command (SOCOMD) granted the Memorial unprecedented access and support in the development of this exhibition, which covers the history of Australian Special Forces from the Second World War to Afghanistan. Senior Historian and exhibition curator Dr Karl James said that working with material which has never before been displayed publicly was an extraordinary privilege. 

From the shadows, which will run for 12 months, features more than 660 objects including uniforms, equipment and gallantry awards from Australia’s elite and secretive regiments: the Special Air Service Regiment, the 1st and 2nd Commando Regiments and the Special Operations Engineer Regiment. 

The exhibition also includes more than 25 interviews produced by award-winning broadcasters Chris Masters and Max Uechtritz, which give thrilling first-hand accounts of the perilous environment operators enter into, with rare, compelling insights from family members on the difficulty of being at home while Special Forces are deployed in secrecy. Members of SOCOMD have received more than 150 battlefield awards in that time, including three Victoria Crosses, Australia’s highest award for bravery.

Showing until October 2018 at the Australian War Memorial, Campbell. 

Find more information on the website.



Spend your Sunday the way they do in Cuba at The Highball Express with sunshine, dominoes, fruity rum punch bowls, tasty Spanish food and first class service. Highball’s fabulous street party style Sunday Sessions is on again this weekend and it’ll be fun for all ages – you can even bring your little ones!

– Free entry

– Bottomless mimosas

– $70 punch bowls

– $5 Coronas

– Plenty of Dominoes sets to share

– Family friendly!

The Highball Express will be at your service from 2pm this and every Sunday over Spring / Summer.

Happening every Sunday, 82 Alinga Street, City (entrance through Odgers Lane).

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House

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Why wait for summer? Spring into action, gather your friends and head to Old Parliament House for Friday Night Drinks. This weekly event is back in 2017 with new themes, great food and entertainment to match.

The season runs until Friday 15 December. Each week will see a different themed event brought to the courtyard of one of Australia’s most iconic buildings. Think Salsa and Sangria, Aperol Sunset Sessions and a Pimms Garden Party.

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House are the perfect way to enjoy the warm weather and kick-start the weekend.

For more information and a full list of weekly themes click here.

Happening on Friday afternoons until 15 December, from 4pm until late at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.


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