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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!



The National Museum of Australia has put together something extra special just for HerCanberra’s next Click & Connect event – a Night At The Museum that’s all about Play School!

Take a trip down memory lane and celebrate 50 years of this iconic television show in line with NMA’s latest exhibition. It’ll be the biggest kids’ party in Canberra, just for grown-ups! There’ll be games to play and stories to tell, craft and clocks, and old friends as well!

We will kick things off with pre-dinner drinks and canapés in the NMA business admin building from 5.30pm – 6.15pm. Bubbles with fairy floss (one glass per person) on arrival, accompanied by platters of adult ‘party food’ – upmarket fairy bread, party pies and sausage rolls and sweets.

At 6.15pm we will have express entry into Night At The Museum to make our way through the entertainment, games/activities and presentations. As the majority of the activities for this event are games, we will be splitting into groups, which will be a great opportunity for you all to get to know each other a little in a fun environment!

The Night At The Museum component finishes at around 9pm but if you’ve made friends that you’d like to keep chatting to, you can then head to Lucky’s Speakeasy Bar at QT who are hosting the “After Party”. A good chance to keep mingling!

Happening this Friday 17 June from 5.30pm until 9.30pm at the National Museum of Australia. Purchase tickets and find more information here.


Julie Kerr and her band

Julie Kerr and her band

Sydney singer and Jermaine Jackson protege Julie Kerr is coming to Canberra for her album launch and to help raise funds for our very own local charity success story,Send Hope Not Flowers. Kerr, who was discovered by Jackson in 2012 after he heard one of her songs, Papergirl, is bringing her six-piece soul band to the National Press Club on Friday June 17 from 6pm and will play songs from her new album “Carry On”.

Kerr has a Canberra connection in that she was working as a Global Poverty Ambassador and helped advise on the set up of Send Hope in 2011.  Send Hope is a maternal health charity which funds safe birth projects in the developing world and Kerr is donating her time and energy to raise funds for their vital work.

Come and meet the Send Hope team and enjoy Kerr’s heady pop layered with overtones of soul and blues. Tickets cost just $28, which is the cost of delivering a baby gift bundle to a mother in need in Papua New Guinea. Drinks and canapés will be provided. Bring your friends! 

Happening Friday 17 June from 6pm until 8pm at the National Press Club of Australia. Book now at:


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The Martini: so deeply entrenched in popular culture, it even has its own (unofficial) US holiday. To celebrate Martini Day, past TEDxCanberra presenter, Canberra’s own Martini Whisperer, Phillip Jones, in conjunction with Forum Partner, Hotel Hotel, and Community Partner, the Australian American Association – Canberra Division invite you to a stylish celebration of this classic cocktail.

You’ll be able to enjoy two specially crafted Martinis (vodka and gin) which The Martini Whisperer has created especially for the event. A limited selection of other drinks from Hotel Hotel’s menu will also be available for (gasp!) non-Martini drinkers (they may serve them in Martini glasses, so no one needs to know…).

Delectable canapes from Monster Kitchen and Bar, will be served while you strut your sophisticated stuff to the mellow lounge sounds of The President’s Own Jazz Quartet.

Premium Australian craft spirits have been sourced for this event, so you can experience the best Martinis around. Be Stirred, Not Shaken: Martini Day Partini.

Tickets are $85. On Saturday 18 June at 6.30pm at Nishi Gallery – Kendall Lane, NewActon

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Canberra Bike Polo’s successful winter tournament returns in 2016 on the weekend before the winter solstice.

Players are coming from Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle to play alongside Canberra’s best.

Witness speed, skills and excitement as teams compete for the winter title of best made up polo team in Canberra.

Happening Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 June at The Hangar, 255 Canberra Avenue, 28, Fyshwick. Come along and support the players, entry is free! For more information visit


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Brought to you by P&P Eventi, join Italian chef Giuseppe Pappalardo for culinary masterclass – an aperitivo and tasting of regional delicacies.

You will  enjoy a tasting of the Piedmontese cheese Testun Barolo and cured meat Bresaola accompanied by Friciula d’Asti. Follows by a try of Brasato al Barolo. All of this while your Chef Giuseppe Pappalardo will demonstrate a typical dish –  which remains an absolute surprise for the night! Enjoy a drink of Vin brule’ and to finish off sweetly: Bicerin di Turin.

Tickets start at $35. On June 19 from 4pm – 5.30pm at Molto Italian, Element Buidling, Eastlake Parade, Kingston Foreshore.

Visit the website for more information



The Winter Glass Market is a free celebration of glass and glass-making, revealing the power of glass and light and featuring market stalls, activities, demonstrations and the Hindmarsh Prize exhibition.

Happening Saturday 18 June at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Entry is free.


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TREND will bring together 30+ local emerging artists spanning fashion, music, visual and performing arts and more, for an extravaganza at Belconnen Arts Centre for one night only.

TREND is the third of six blockbuster emerging arts showcases to be run in Canberra by RAW: natural born artists in 2016 and this showcase is packed wall to wall with the city’s best emerging creatives.

Tickets are $20 pre sale or $25 at the door. On Friday June 17 from 6.30pm at the Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen.

Visit the website for more information



Bringing together three of Canberra’s best-loved songwriters, nu-folk band Burrows have quickly become darlings of the capital’s folk scene. With weightless vocal harmonies tethered by warm guitar and cello, their sparse pop songs have been described by folk blog Timber and Steel as “lean in music… the kind of music you want to listen intently to”. Featuring members of bands such as Cracked Actor, Mr. Fibby, The Ellis Collective, and Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Burrows draws audiences in with intimate and poignant songs speaking of familial bonds, idle daydreams, and waking up slowly on a crisp morning.

Now, after being featured at The National Folk Festival, Summer Hill Folk Festival (Sydney), and You Are Here, Burrows are set to release their self-titled debut album this June, joined on-stage by the Pop-Up Choir and supported by Happy Axe.

Happening Saturday 18 June at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, City. For tickets visit



The Truffle Festival- Canberra Region is the ultimate foodie festival. Each year from June to August individual events are held across the region highlighting the rare Black Winter Truffle. Participating venues offer a range opportunities to taste and experience the magic of these highly prized gems.

Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration or pop along to a farmers market.

Visit the website for more information.

Happening Wednesday 1 June – Wednesday 31 June in the Canberra Region. For more information visit


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How many times have the words ‘I have nothing to wear’ been uttered by Canberra ‘fashionistas’ who have then headed off and ‘frocked up’ at a Way We Wear Fairs vintage Canberra event.

The twentieth vintage fashion event organised by the Way We Wear is a ‘Frock Up Pop Up’. After this weekend ‘fashionistas’ will definitely not be able to say ‘I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR’!

Happening Friday 17 June from 6pm to 9pm and Saturday 18 June from 10am to 4pm at the Griffith Neighbourhood Centre, 55 Stuart Street, Griffith.

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