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Weekend Edit: What’s on in Canberra

HerCanberra Team

Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this weekend!

Every Monday for more than 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!



Solar Bare at Fashfest 2015

Solar Bare at Fashfest 2015

FASHFEST is Canberra’s annual red-carpet fashion event. Dynamic, ambitious and vibrant with a cutting-edge spirit, FASHFEST 2016 is much more than a typical fashion event. It’s a total fashion experience, celebrating arts and culture as well as designer fashion.

FASHFEST will roll out two curated and themed shows each night, featuring international, national and local designer fashion. Beyond stylish runway shows with glamorous models showcasing fashion, FASHFEST presents DJs and live music with original tracks, original film productions, extraordinary hair and makeup, artists, electric sound and lighting, exclusive behind-the-scenes backstage tours, VIP events, after parties and much more.

Held in the award-winning National Convention Centre, FASHFEST cultivates modern emerging fashion, design and creative talent on Australia’s capital stage for the world to see. Bold and original, FASHFEST will take you to places you would not ordinarily go and show you what would not ordinarily see. It promises spine-tingling excitement, from the moment you enter the venue until your last sip of champagne.

Happening from 29 September -1 October at the National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue, Canberra. Find more information at



In week two Floriade will be celebrating the school holidays with fun activities for both the kids and the adults. The highlights for the kids this week will be the gnome sales and painting, Matilda’s Farmyard, and The Dinosaur Experts.

NightFest 2016 also starts this week, kicking off on Wednesday 28 September from 6.30pm!

Other highlights during this week will include The Floral Society’s Flower Truck, “Uptown” Brown!, various chef’s showcases, ANU School of Music Student Ensemble, seated yoga, and much more.

Week two of Floriade will be happening at Commonwealth Park from 26 September to 2 October.

For more information on events, ticketing and locations, visit the Floriade website here:



Wellness specialist and founder of online lifestyle destination Sporteluxe, Bianca Cheah, wants to help us turn that around. An expert at finding the balance between work, socialising and ‘me’ time; Bianca is proof that you can have it all, and is dedicated to sharing her wellness and health philosophy with others. Join Bianca at this exclusive Wellness & Wellbeing Masterclass, where she’ll be sharing all her style, health and wellness secrets, tips on creating an effortless look and how she manages to stay fit and healthy whilst constantly on the go.

Happening Saturday 1 October, 10am and 1pm at  Eden, Level 1, near Country Road, Canberra Centre. Secure your place at these masterclasses at

To discover Eden for yourself, stop by Level 1 near Country Road and explore our new wellbeing destination



Tantalise your taste buds with the Murrumbateman Moving Feast, a roving degustation of fine local wines matched with delicious tasting plates. The Murrumbateman Moving Feast takes place over the October long weekend, showcasing the best of Murrumbateman’s local wineries, each offering a main meal and/or dessert, perfectly matched with one of their wines.

Head along, indulge a little, and meet the makers behind the region’s fantastic wines! Complimentary wine and Moving Feast wine glass with every dish.

Happening across a variety of locations in Murrumbateman across the weekend of 1, 2 and 3 September. Click here for more details:


A spectacular and debaucherous buffet of circus, cabaret and comedy; Papillon turns typical circus on its head.

Papillon is themed around classic archetypes of vintage circus, bringing time honoured circus discipline into a sophisticated and modern show in a surprising and exciting way. The show combines comedy and cabaret with circus to create a show that is delightfully risqué and visually stimulating.

NOTE: Papillon is strictly 16+ and features course language, sexual references and nudity.

Happening from 29 September – 8 October at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra. Find more information at



The Living Green Festival is a day of fun in a kinder shade of green for the planet, humans and other animals.

With over 80 market stalls selling globally found plant-based cuisine, including Aussie pies and a cruelty-free BBQ, Salvadorian, Mexican, RAW, sweets galore, fresh juices, smoothies, chai and ice creams plus other stalls selling and promoting sustainable, fair trade and cruelty-free products and services – everyone’s sure to find something!

In the Kidzone, Base Zero Rock Climbing is back with their 8m rock climbing wall which kids (and the kids-at-heart) can climb to get the best view of the festival. Plus there will be face painting and an art & craft tent.

Bring a blanket and chill on the grass outside while listening to live music from some of Canberra’s up and coming performers like Lucy Sugerman, Ghostnoises and Hope Street or catch one of the many workshops or talks on a wide range of environmental, sustainability and food issues.

Wait! Woof! The 2016 Living Green Festival will be hosting Carson’s Café, a café that caters for humans and their canine friends!

Happening Sunday 2 October from 10am-4pm ar Albert Hall, Yarralumla. Find more information here.



Geisha in Kyoto, Japan

Geisha in Kyoto, Japan

Since opening in 2014, Lilotang has been awarded a Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Chef’s Hat for two the second year running. To celebrate this great honour, Head Chef Shunsuke Ota has created new dishes for a tasting menu, available for a limited time only.

The menu includes:
– Beef Tataki with sake-steamed oyster and ponzu salad
– Rice Malt marinated salmon with black garlic, Ikura, citrus miso & aged black vinegar

Terrible Twos: two years old, two Chef’s Hats for Lilotang. No cause for tantrums here!

Happening from 20 September – 15 October. Tuesdays and Saturdays from 6pm at the Lilotang, 1 Burbury Close, The Burbury Hotel, Barton. Entry is $80.00 per person for six-course tasting menu, including dessert. For more information click here: Bookings essential.


bison feature

Bisonhome celebrates spring in the ACT with Botanica. This annual design festival features floral displays, an art exhibition from Tiffany Brown and master classes from leading local and national stylists. There’s chefs, providores and a killer bake-off!

Keep checking their website for details.

Happening from 24 September – 17 October at Bisonhome, 6/8 Beltana Road, Pialligo. For more information click here:



Discover 2 million years of human history in the one room with A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum. This major international exhibition from the British Museum explores the history of humanity – how we have shaped the world, and how the world has shaped us.

It provides an exceptional opportunity to witness compelling human stories expressed through a unique and beautiful collection of artefacts drawn from across the globe.

Each object featured in the exhibition marks a point on the journey through history, from two million years ago until the present.

Happening at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra, for more information on tickets and opening hours click here:



See a different side of ‘the people’s house’ during Parliament House’s Spring Program including Meet the Gardner Tours, Spring Teas, Landscape Walks and more.

Find out the full program of events here.

Happening at Parliament House until 13 November 2016.


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