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This Week In The Can: Weekend Edit

HerCanberra Team


Every Monday for nearly five years, we’ve published This Week in The Can – but sometimes it’s just too epic to get through!

That’s why we’ve introduced our Weekend Edit… Here are 10 things you shouldn’t miss!



This Saturday 12 December is set to be an even better time to visit Sky Zone, because they’re hosting their first birthday celebrations with all the trimmings. With spot prizes, photo booth fun, face-painting and an epic DJ dance floor battle, Sky Zone is the throwing the Best. Birthday. Ever.TM* And to keep the party going, they’re offering a $10 per person per hour bounce rate all week until next Saturday 19 December!

There’s so many other awesome things to do at Sky Zone this summer including some great gift ideas and ways to get fit! Read all about it here.

* It’s not really trademarked. We just like the way that sounds.

From 10am this Saturday 12 December at Sky Zone Westfield Belconnen.

Normal opening times: Monday – Thursday 10am–9pm, Friday and Saturday 10am–11pm. Sunday 10am–8pm. (Open everyday from 9am during school holidays).

Cost: $10 per person per hour from Saturday 12-19 December.

Normal prices $16-$18 per person. Special offers: $10 unlimited jumping on Mega Mondays, two for the price of one Twosdays, and roll the dice and pay the price Thursdays. Ask about the special offer for students.

Sideshow Alley: Infamy, Macabre and the Portrait

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Photo of Ned Kelly one day before his execution at Melbourne Gaol. On show with his death mask at Sideshow Alley

Featuring a spooky and sometimes disquieting selection of portraits, Sideshow Alley will map the various ways in which artists, photographers and entrepreneurs used portraits of Australian convicts and criminals: the canny publishers trading in salacious prints and penny dreadfuls; the studios doing a brisk trade in portraits of heroes and villains; and the waxworks proprietors who, with their ‘Chambers of Horrors’, turned violence, scandal and misfortune unto a lucrative art form.

Drawing extensively from the underbelly of the Portrait Gallery’s own collection,Sideshow Alley will also include fascinating, rarely seen objects from major public collections in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, as well as from those of the Old Melbourne Gaol, the University of Melbourne, the Victoria Police Museum, and the Justice & Police Museum, Sydney.

Sideshow Alley will be on display from Saturday 5 December 2015 until Sunday 28 February 2016 at the National Portrait Gallery.



Megalo, Canberra’s only dedicated print studio and gallery, are celebrating their 35th birthday this Saturday with an amazing range of activities at their Kingston Foreshow gallery.

They’ll be printing the world’s longest screen print – 35 metres long! One for every year of Megalo’s history.

The celebrations will be launched by the Chief Minister Andrew Barr at the Fitter’s Workshop Kingston, followed by activities like hands on screen printing, meeting staff and board, the option to purchse prints, wrapping paper and bespoke tea towels.

10.30am-2pm at Fitters Workshop, Kingston Foreshow.

Old Bus Depot Markets Christmas Market


With just ten Sundays to go until Christmas Day, Canberra’s favourite Sunday markets, the Old Bus Depot Markets, are getting ready to host their popular Christmas markets, on throughout the month of December.

The Old Bus Depot Markets’ Christmas markets will feature handmade gifts and festive items including Christmas wreaths, decorations, table centrepieces, candles, stockings and advent calendars. Live Christmas trees are also an annual favourite, and modern handmade wooden Christmas trees offer an alternative you can style for your own home.

 And the food, the glorious Christmas food. The markets will offer delicious Christmas fare including cakes, gingerbread houses, mince tarts, puddings, shortbread, party dips, farmhouse cheeses, olives and more.

 At the annual Christmas Stallholder sale markets’ stallholders will be offering exclusive specials and fantastic deals – it’s a great chance for visitors to stock up on everything they need for the festive season.

 Usually a Sunday-only affair, the markets will be open on both Saturdays and Sundays throughout December in the lead up to Christmas Day.  This gives more time for customers to find what they’re looking for, and more opportunity for the many stallholders to spread the Christmas cheer.

 Christmas at the Old Bus Depot Markets will be open Saturday 5 (stallholder sale) and Sunday 6 December, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December, and Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 December from 10am to 4pm. Entry is free. For more information visit

Quidam by Cirque du Soleil

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Since premiering under the Big Top in Montreal in 1996, Quidam has captivated millions of people across five continents. You can read our opening night review here

Now Quidam has embarked on a new journey, with the same spell-binding production being performed in arenas around the world. The international cast features 46 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors who present a showcase of spectacular aerial feats, astonishing human agility, and heart-warming emotion. 

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organisation providing high-quality artistic entertainment.

The company has 4,000 employees, including more than 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries. Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 155 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents.

Cirque du Soleil present Quidam from 10 to 20 December 2015 at AIS Arena, Bruce for 15 performances only. Tickets start at $75. Visit the website for more information.

FS100: Celebrating all things Frank – in support of Soldier On


As you enter the ‘Cotton Club’ you will be transported back in time, to the years when Frank Sinatra and the rat pack, sang and performed. Dressed in your glamours suits and dresses you will be welcomed by a Maitre d’ and escorted to your table. Have a drink, listen to the smooth Jazz Piano of Mike Dooley before the show starts.

Includes a two course meal, a 100th Birthday cake in Frank’s Honour and two hour show featuring the talented Paul Parolo and musicians from the Spectrum Big Band. Come along and help celebrate what would have been Frank’s 100th Birthday, while also raising awareness and funds for the wonderful work of Soldier On.

Tickets start from $75 and can be booked hereOn Saturday December 12 from 7pm at White Eagle Polish Club, David St, Turner.

Handmade Market


Shop for unique gifts from the region when Canberra’s award winning Handmade Market brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets all under one roof.

The Handmade Market will showcase over 220 Australian designer/makers. All products on sale at the Handmade Market are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers, find something unique and well priced and meet the maker.

ATMs on site.Indoor venue includes a gourmet food hall.

Saturday & Sunday: 10am-4pm at Exhibition Park Canberra. Free entry.

Handel’s Messiah


Tobias Cole and the Canberra Choral Society proudly presents Handel’s Messiah – the single most performed piece of classical music.

Featuring Tobias Cole (conductor) with Rachael Duncan, Veronica Thwaites-Brown, Christopher Lincoln Bogg and Andrew Fysh, along with the CCS Massed Choir, CCS Youth Choir, CCS Orchestra.

Saturday 12 December at Llewellyn Hall, ANU. Tickets: Adult: $55, Concession: $40, Student: $25. Click here to book tickets.

Christmas at Westfield Belconnen

Come and join in the festive fun at Westfield Belconnen this Christmas!


Santa will be at Centre Court from 14 Nov – 24 Dec for photos. See below all hours that Santa will be available.

From Sat 12 Dec, we will also have the additional ‘Virtual Queue’ service to help reduce the stress of lining up for Santa photos.

This service will enable you to continue to shop within the centre, instead of waiting in a line. Simply provide your mobile number to the photography people at the Santa set. They will advise you of an approximate wait time. Once its your time to be photographed a message will be sent to your phone. Its that simple!

Click here for detailed photo time slots.


Don’t miss out on the annual ‘Santa’s Breakfast’, where kids get to meet and greet with Santa and watch a stage performance.

Tickets cost $10 per child, with all funds going to our charity partner Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Saturday 5 December

Seats are limited. Please contact our concierge desk for more details and to reserve your spot. Email: [email protected]


Every Saturday join the Christmas Fairy and characters, at our special ‘Story Corner’ as they share favourite Christmas tales.

5 December : Gingerbread Man

Outside Target at Westfield Belconnen. Free.


Join us every Saturday and Sunday this Christmas season, for free kids activities.

5 and 6 Dec, 10am – 2pm Details: Kids can make their own Christmas necklace.

5 Dec, 2:30pm and 3:30pm
Pavlova Cooking Workshop with Patissez*
Details: Join Gina and Anna, as they teach the kids how to decorate a Christmas pavlova. These will be so delicious, you will want to make more at home!

Location: Outside Hoyts, Level 3

*Bookings required

Email the concierge desk to book your child’s place today – [email protected]

For further information, see the Westfield website.

Christmas Vintage Market & Ball: Old Blue Eyes meets the Queen of Jazz


Canberra’s historic Albert Hall plays host to an exciting day of vintage charm with a Christmas-themed vintage market followed by an evening ball celebrating the 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra.

Grab some great last-minute Christmas gifts at the huge variety of vintage market stalls and then join Canberra’s own Tony Haley and Leisa Keen, Connexion Big Band and the Canberra Swing Katz for a wonderful evening of music and dance from a bygone age.

Dress up in your best threads, comfiest dancing shoes and invite all your friends for a glamorously fun night out!

Saturday 12 December: Markets 10am – 4pm. Vintage Gala Ball: 7pm – 11:30pm at Albert Hall, Yarralumla.

Click here for more information.


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