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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 16 things you shouldn’t miss!




Get set for a creatively juicy, deliciously abundant workshop in health, wellbeing and happiness. Nutritionist and founder of wellness blog The Brown Paper Bag, Jacqueline Alwill will be sharing her secrets, guiding you through the four pillars of holistic health – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual – and revealing the tips and tricks that will keep you inspired and balanced in all aspects of your health and lifestyle.

We’ve all been there. A diary so packed that you end up grabbing the quickest, easiest and (quite likely) unhealthiest thing you come across, or perhaps even forget to eat altogether. Bad eating habits often result in poor mental agility and can lead to feeling sluggish and lethargic, so it’s vital to strive for a balanced diet that’s good for both your body and mind.

Happening Saturday 29 October 2016 at 10am and 1pm at Eden, Level 1, near Country Road, Canberra Centre, Bunda Street, Canberra. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased via Moshtix.



Design Canberra is an annual festival celebrating and promoting Canberra as a global city of design.

Canberra is Australia’s cool little capital. Design Canberra, now in its third year, showcases design excellence across all disciplines—the best the ACT has to offer. From 27 October to 25 November, Design Canberra will present over 100 exhibitions, events, activations and workshops, covering landscape design, architecture, industrial design, technology, fashion, jewellery and more. This year features a tribute to internationally renowned designer, Robert Foster, a youth workshop with Francis Sollano, a ‘trashion’ and installations artist from the Philippines, tours of the living rooms of acclaimed Canberra houses, and open artist studios.

Design Canberra is for all interests and ages. Most events are free to the public. More than 26,000 visitors flock to the festival, including from interstate.

Presented by Craft ACT: Canberra Craft and Design Centre. Explore the full program on their website.

Happening 27 October – 25 November 2016 at the Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Level 1, 180 London Circuit, Canberra. Contact event organisers for details via [email protected] or 02 6262 9333.



Ghosts and ghouls come out to play at Googong’s annual free Halloween event, Boogong.

Immerse yourself in the fun, family event that’s so much fun, it’s scary!

Be sure to get into the spirit, dress up and sink your teeth into this thrilling evening where you can let your little monsters out to play in the specially spookified Beltana Park.

From the very young, to the young at heart, there is spine-tingling fun for everyone:

  • Giant spider web, witch’s den, and a haunted graveyard;
  • Roaming street performers and entertainers;
  • Delicious food stalls;
  • DJ and disco for the kids from 5.00pm;
  • Live music by The Gypsy Scholars from 8.30pm; and
  • Fireworks at 9.00pm.

Prepare to snap a sinister selfie on the night and enter the Frightful Faces Competition by loading it on Facebook or Instagram #boogong – with five prize packs to be won! 

A free bus will depart from Queanbeyan Bus Interchange (platform 4) at 4.15pm and Jerrabomberra Shopping Centre bus bay on Limestone Drive at 4.30pm. Return buses will depart from Googong at 9.15pm.

Happening Saturday 29 October from 5pm until 9pm at Beltana Park, Beltana Avenue, Googong.

Find more details at

Boogong will be on rain, hail or shine!



Canberra International Film Festival is a celebration of international cinema and screen arts with a decidedly Canberran touch. This year marks the 20th year anniversary of the festival. The 2016 program will be packed with a score of acclaimed international films, special events and workshops. The festival also supports regional filmmaking by screening a selection of local works before feature-length films.

Find out more here.

Happening 27 October – 6 November 2016 at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, NewActon Nishi, Acton. Contact event organiser for more details via [email protected]


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Delight your senses with the flavours of the best food, wine, beer, ciders and more that the Canberra Region has to offer! All are welcome to attend the festival from 10am each day, and immerse themselves in some of the finest produce from one of Australia’s most popular and productive regions.

A variety of wineries from the region will be at the festival, showcasing some of their proudest drops, and many fine dining, eateries and restaurants will tempt your tastebuds. Visitors will have the chance to sample the dynamic flavours of the Canberra region and purchase their favourites direct from the suppliers, all in one place.

Plus you can experience the VIP Long Table Banquet – a limited seat opportunity and one not to be missed!

Happening 29-30 October 2016 from 10am-10pm at Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds, Barton Highway, Murrumbateman, New South Wales. Tickets cost $10.00 – $15.00. Find more details via [email protected] or 02 4861 7100.



This year BMW celebrates its centenary, 100 years of design, innovation and the Ultimate Riding Machine. Now they’re looking to the next 100 years with the future of mobility.

Rolfe Classic BMW Motorrad invites you to visit their showroom to see a range of BMW motorbikes from the past, the present and they’ll introduce you to the future with BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100.

To celebrate, all BMW Motorcycle purchases on the 29th of October will receive their first service free and a 20% discount on riderwear.

They’ll also have workshops on the day including:

• See what your motorbike experiences during a Health Check with your BMW Motorrad Service team
• BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 talks about how BMW is shaping the future of mobility
• And you’ll have the chance to win a weekend away in your choice of a BMW, MINI or BMW Motorcycle

There will be face painting, coffee and a BBQ run by their event charity partner Project Independence.

Happening Saturday 29 October from 10am until 3pm at Rolfe Classic BMW Motorrad, 2 Botany Street, Phillip. Find more information here.



This one is a little further afield, but it’s worth the two-hour drive if you’re a fan of beautiful gardens or sculptures.

This delightful country garden was developed by Liz and John Baker around an historic stone Cobb & Co inn: you’ll find David Austin roses: day lilies; iris walk; pond and bog garden; and specimen trees.

Highlights include beautiful stone walls and edgings, a rustic arbour paved with convict bricks, slab hut, an antique Sydney sandstone folly and stone bridge, labyrinth and nine standing stones.

There are 75 sculptures in the garden and adjoining paddock, with sculpture walks.

Open 10am to 4.30pm this Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October at 3021 Frogmore Road, Hovell’s Creek. More information and directions at



Following a run of sold-out debut shows at Melbourne International Comedy Festival earlier this year, Frontier Comedy are delighted to confirm that Rosie Waterland is bringing her one-woman show My Life On The Couch (With Vodka) to Canberra.

Touching on topics like feminism, pop culture, body image and television among many more, Rosie’s irreverent humour has already gathered her a devout online following and now she’s set to win over a new legion of fans on the live stage too.

Happening Saturday 29 October 2016 from 8pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra. Tickets cost $49 and can be purchased via PatronBase. 



Antigone is a child of war, like too many in our world. She asked a simple question thousands of years ago that remains too difficult for us to answer even to this day, as so many recent events have demonstrated. What do we do with the body of a terrorist, a murderer, who has brought destruction, death and horror to our community when that terrorist is our brother. Our own flesh and blood?

Like Hamlet, Joan of Arc, Galileo and Sir Thomas More, Antigone inspires us with her courage, fortitude and impenetrable strength of conscience. She stands against the monolith and brings her society to a reckoning it sorely needs.

An exciting new adaptation written by stage icons Andrea Demetriades and William Zappa, along with Damien Ryan and Terry Karabelas of Sophocles’ Antigone.

Happening 27-29 October 2016 from 6pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra. Tickets cost $35.00 – $45.00 + $4.50 transaction fee. Contact Canberra Theatre Cantre for more details via or 02 6275 2700.



Head to National Museum of Australia for Sundaze with quality DJs, live acts and great food and drinks this spring. It’s also a chance to check out A History of the World in 100 Objects, with extended Sunday opening hours.

When James and El started jamming together during O-week at uni, their audience of three boys outside the bedroom window, knew them as ‘Boy and Girl in Room.’ They’ve since cut it down to just Room, gigging locally and finishing each other’s sentences, sandwiches and stunts.

Food and drink available for purchase. Free entry at the Lakeside Deck. Exhibition entry is ticketed.

Happening 30 October 2016 from 3pm at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula. Free entry.


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The Canberra Nara Candle Festival is a celebration of the Canberra Nara Sister City relationship, and shares the values of peace and goodwill. The centrepiece of the festival is a display of 2,000 candles which create a beautiful river of candle light weaving its way around the Nara Peace Park.

Be mesmerised by the sounds of Japanese music and indulge in some delicious Japanese cuisine. The festival will also shine a spotlight on Japanese and Australian culture with arts and crafts such as calligraphy, lantern making, ikebana and kite flying.

Not to be missed are the martial arts demonstrations.

Happening Saturday 29 October from 4.30 to 9pm at Canberra Nara Peace Park, Flynn Drive, Canberra. For more information on please visit



The AIDS Action Council is proud to present Fair Day at Gorman Arts Centre. Join them for a fun-filled day of markets, fabulous food and entertainment celebrating the diversity of Canberra’s LGBTIQ communities.

Fair Day has been held annually since the first SpringOUT Pride Festival in 1999. SpringOUT Pride Festival is Canberra’s queer cultural festival which affirms the pride, joy, dignity and identity of Canberra’s LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer) communities through events of celebration.

Happening 29 October 2016 (11am – 4pm) at the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre. Free entry, with gold coin donation. Find more information here:

Contour 556


50 local, national and international artists present public works that respond to the layers of Canberra’s history in Contour 556. Experience this outdoor event, where artists respond through performance, walking, dance, soundscape, projection, song, poetry, textiles, wallpaper, text, light as well as ‘traditional’ sculpture, represented by works in steel, stone, glass, timber, and found materials. The artworks occupy land and water.

The project seeks to interrogate the relationships between artworks and space; between artists and the public; and the ways in which art or performance can influence how the public perceive space.

The event presents a series of ‘landscape activations’, both ephemeral, through a walk or performance, and static, through a placed object. Viewers are invited to respond with their perceptions and comments through a digital survey available through accessing QR codes around the event.
Artists and performers are responding to any and all of the human interventions to the Canberra’s landscape over the past 50,000 years, including:

• The natural qualities of the site
• The landscape qualities of the site
• Canberra’s cultural history
• Canberra’s political history
• and Canberra’s geological history.

Happening across a variety of locations across the Canberra foreshore from Saturday 22 October – 13 November. Click here for more details:



Looking for somewhere new to go for Friday drinks? Luckily, Pialligo Estate’spicturesque Garden Pavilions are opening from 5-7 pm for happy hour drinks every Friday until Christmas! Unwind with a glass of wine and our renowned charcuterie or something else delicious from our bar menu.

Enjoy drinks from $6, live music and a breathtaking view.

No prior booking necessary. For further information please contact (02) 6247 6060.



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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