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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! Also make sure to tune in to Mix 106.3 at 8:20am this Saturday morning to hear HerCanberra’s founder Amanda Whitley chatting with Cam about this weekend’s top picks.


Googfest is back – and this year’s line-up is enough to make you see stars! Googong Township’s annual family friendly music festival is back for another rocking show at Rockely Oval Googong from 5-9pm Saturday 6 February.

Join the proud Googonians for a night of free live music with headline act SAFIA (pictured above) joined by Canberra’s own Amber Nichols, contestant from The Voice, plus The Burley Griffin, Guyy and the Fox and The Kaleid Trio. A fireworks finale will cap off a night not to be missed, so bring the family, a picnic and rug, and settle in to enjoy an evening of free live music under the stars at Rockley Oval.

You can also grab a tasty bite to eat from the range of food stalls available on the night.

Free buses will be available from Queanbeyan, Woden and Tuggeranong bus interchanges, see website for details.

It’s all happening from 5-9pm this Saturday 6 February at Rockley Oval Googong. Visit for more information.

Summerside Festival

The Poachers Way Summerside Festival is full of dining events celebrating local and seasonal produce, opportunities to taste the best of the region’s wines and exciting performances, events and nature experiences. So grab your friends and family and discover summer in the capital region. Enjoy a lazy long lunch, or an afternoon of live music. Try a master class, or wine tasting and finish it all off with a twilight horse ride.

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in February. Check their website for a full program.

Swinging 60s night at the NFSA

Tonight, Friday 5 February, the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) will step back into the 1960s, with Teenage Dream 1966 – an evening of free retro entertainment.

Teenage Dream 1966 will offer something for everyone: from a swing dance demonstration by The Jumptown Katz, a 60s karaoke and costume competition, and a classic car display, to screenings of the forgotten Aussie film gem Funny Things Happen Down Under (featuring Olivia Newton-John) and a restored episode of The Go!! Show including vintage TV commercials and special guests.

The Front Room café will be serving food and beverages to keep you swinging throughout the evening.

Friday 5 February from 6-10pm at the National Film and Sound Archive. Free but bookings essential at

World Wetlands Day

The Woodlands and Wetlands Trust in partnership with the ACT Government, are hosting an exciting and fun-filled Open Day at Jerrabomberra Wetlands to celebrate World Wetlands Day. There will be stalls and activities for the whole family including wetland discovery walks, heritage tours, live music, art displays, indigenous cultural activities, outdoor photographic exhibitions, a variety of children’s activities, food, and lots more.

Entry is by gold coin donation with all proceeds supporting the work of the Trust at Jerrabomberra Wetlands.

Sunday 7 February from 10am – 3pm. Free entry.  Find out more at

Summer Sounds 2016 

As the sun goes down at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, enjoy live music, great food and drink, socialising and dancing on the Eucalypt Lawn.

Enjoy the onsite catering of wood fired pizzas, pulled pork burritos, cold car, gelato ice cream and barista coffee.

Live musics acts include Amber Nicholls, Lulu Swing, Big Boss Groove, Justine Clarke, Annie & The Armadillos and Young Monks.

Summer Sounds runs Saturday and Sunday evenings from 5.30pm – 7.30pm each night until February 7.  General entry is $5, concession $2, child 12 yrs and under, free. Visit the website for more information.

Chinese New Year Family Day 

Celebrate Chinese New Year with decorations, lanterns and a range of fun activities and performances, including an appearance by artists from the Shanxi Performance Group.

Held on Sunday 7 February from 2pm-4pm at the National Library of Australia. Free entry. National Library of Australia, click here for more information. 

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas 

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas are a quintessential outdoor event, with feature films lighting up our huge movie screen from dusk. Cinemagoers can chill out before their movie with some tasty food and frosty beverages from the licensed bar, while relaxing to sounds from the best of the Australian and New Zealand music scene and sets from the most exciting emerging local musicians.

Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema Patrick White Lawns, by the National Library. Find out more via the website

Sex, murder and mayhem tours

Sideshow’s adults-only accompaniment, replete with grim and grisly tales; not for the young or faint of heart! Exhibition ticket required.

The Sideshow Alley exhibition considers the official, personal and commercial uses made of images of Australian convicts and criminals throughout the 19th century.

Dates and times: 6.30-7.00pm Friday 5 February: 6.30-7.00pm Friday 12 February: 6.30-7.00pm Friday 19 February: 6.30-7.00pm Friday 26 February: 6.30-7.00pm.

Book your tickets here now. National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.


A wonderment to the senses. Set in the Old Oak Tree Courtyard and serving up aromatic street food to craft beers, enchanting sights and sounds of live performers, A. BAKER plays host to Canberra’s most interactive street style experience. Every Friday from 6pm throughout Summer, entry is free. Food from $11.00. Beverages from $6.00. Visit the website for more information.

A. BAKER Old Oak Tree Courtyard, NewActon Pavilion, 15 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra. 

CWA does Tom Roberts

Join the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) for your favourite CWA baked treats and experience Tom Roberts too! 

Monaro Group CWA will be fundraising for the CWA Disaster Relief Fund at the NGA from 10 am – 1pm this Sunday 7 February. There will be plenty of scones, lamingtons and ANZAC biscuits, as well as CWA cookbooks to buy with all proceeds going to the CWA Disaster Relief fund.

To support the CWA, the National Gallery of Australia is offering a 20% discount on tickets to the blockbuster exhibition Tom Roberts when you buy a treat on the day.

Want more options? Get the full rundown here.


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