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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 12 things you shouldn’t miss!



La Grande Fête has fun for the whole family!

La Grande Fête has fun for the whole family!

Looking for a great free family day out? Come along to La Grande Fête, presented by Lycée franco australien de Canberra / Telopea Park School from 2:30pm to 7pm on Saturday 5 November!

One of the largest school fêtes in the ACT, the event promises multicultural food, fun and entertainment stretching into the balmy twilight hours. La Grande Fête is famous for its international food stalls, carnival rides and a fantastic range of entertainment!

There’s plenty to keep the kids occupied – from dodgem cars to show bags! And for the “big kids”, the event will again feature the annual Canberra French Car Clubs display, preloved clothing and books, the monster Raffle Extraordinaire, beer and wine and a cornucopia of food.

La Grande Fête is hosted by the Telopea Park School P&C Association each year. HerCanberra is proud to be a sponsor!

Happening from 2.30-7pm on Saturday 5 November at Telopea Park School, 25 New South Wales Cres, Barton.



Celebrate Belco’s 50th at this free event for everyone! Families and friends can come together to make, munch and enjoy some community magic at Belconnen Arts Centre. Spend the late afternoon relaxing and making new memories in your community; enjoy the live entertainment, get the kids faces painted, join in the free arts and craft activities, catch a few Belco Flicks (a collection of short films curated by Belconnen Community Service) and indulge in some dinner and fresh lemonade while you immerse yourself in the electric atmosphere.

BelcoNOW will be the highlight of Belconnen’s 50th birthday year and a glorious blend of art, stories and memories are planned, all connected by strong links to “place”.

Live music and entertainment features Alison Procter, local Canberran musician who will be our roving MC for the evening, Chrissy Shaw, Liz Lea and our popular team from BAC’s own TalkBlak program will be performing some original new music. Become an exhibiting artist and make yourself a Belco origami Bird to hang in our stunning Foyer installation, print your own tea towels and badges, and create and take home your own Belco Birds sculptures at the open workshops led by local Indigenous artists.

Food and drinks will be available with local favourite the HaHa Bar selling fresh lemonade, the Lyons Club cooking and serving a traditional Aussie BBQ menu with steak sandwiches and sausages and they will be joined by a vibrant, fresh Vietnamese food stand, the popular Chicken Tikka stand, Sly Fox coffee.
As dusk approaches the large Belco bird lanterns with be set afloat on the lake and they will culminate in a fire-burning spectacular when we light-up a giant collaborative bird sculpture to the sounds of the Community Choir, composed and directed by Stephen Leek, performing an original work. This will be a treasured experience to remember!

Entry is free. On 5 November from 5pm – 8pm at the Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. For more information visit the website



A community celebration of Afro-Latin music and culture with live bands + interstate guests, DJs, performances, food and craft stalls, face painting, workshops and live art!

Experience the vibes and atmosphere of a Latin American fiesta at this family-friendly event; get your face painted and learn a little about how vast and deep Latin culture is. Paint a skull, learn a dance or two and reflect on what’s important as we mark the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead by enjoying the best in life!

Our line up will be headlined by locals Los Chavos and feature Brass Knuckle Brass Band – Mandacaru (Melb) – Solquemia (MELB) – Zambezi Sounds Canberra and ClaveManía. PLUS Dance performances + sets from Raio De Sol Community Samba Band + The Groove Warehouse Steel Drum Band.

Happening on 5 November at 3pm at Ainslie Arts Centre. Tickets (various) $30 Adult, $20 Adult Day, $10 Kids, $50 Family. Tickets at EventBrite.



Well grab your gloves, kick on those pumps, grease back your hair, swing into your favourite dress or suit and strut your stuff,  stepping back in time for a stroll through a motor show of Classic Heritage vehicles.

Participate in the vintage fashion parade and competition, enjoy the billy cart derby in action, mingles amongst the market stall holders while enjoying some fabulous Rock’n’Roll & Rockabilly Country Blues music at Classic Yass 2016. Reminisce at the heritage displays while sipping on your old fashioned ice cream soda. This is a free day for the whole family in Banjo Paterson Park – Yass,  then continue into the night at the ‘Twist & Shout’ 60’s dance party at the Yass Soldier Club.

Happening all day on Saturday November 5 at Banjo Patterson Park, Meehan St, Yass NSW.  Find more information: or



Join the NMA 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.

Raised on the Victorian surf coast, the daughter of German migrants, Annika Schmarsel aka Alice Ivy, recalls a childhood coloured by extensive travel in a vibrant and multilingual household.

Her first foray into music, an ill-fated tryst with the clarinet, was swapped for guitar before Annika began beat-making inspired by the likes of The Avalanches, J Dilla and Bonobo.

Food and drink available for purchase

Happening Sunday 6 November from 3–7pm. Enjoy free entry to the Lakeside Deck with extended exhibition opening hours. Enjoy Sundaze at the Museum Bar every Sunday until 27 November 2016.


Brewers and beer lovers of Canberra at the launch of Beer Day out on Wednesday 19 October

Brewers and beer lovers of Canberra at the launch of Beer Day out on Wednesday 19 October

Canberra Beer Week is a full on 10 days of beer-related activities. Whether you’re interested in the intricacies of brewing, or just like blowing the froth off a coldie, this week (and three days) has you covered.

This year will be the fourth for Canberra Beer Week, which sees the festival expand from seven to 10 days. With close to 40 events across 21 venues, the expansion is easily justified. Brewers will be traveling both nationally and internationally for the event, giving Canberra’s beer enthusiasts an opportunity to explore beers of the world without leaving the comfort of our own backyard – as if you needed an excuse to explore new beers.

Get our pick of events here.



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.



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]

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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  • Bec Lou Lou Webster

    And the Bungendore Rodeo!!