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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 14 things you shouldn’t miss!




If a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, then surely the transition from an idea to a body of extensive work is created piece by piece.

For the first time this year students from all programs in the Faculty of Arts and Design will combine in one mega-show, highlighting the diversity of design and creative practice across the Faculty.

The show will feature graduating students’ work from Architecture, Interior Architecture, Industrial Design and Graphic Design, along with displays by students in media arts, web design, creative writing, film, heritage and museums, and a range of other faculty areas. 

This inaugural showcase of design and creativity from across the Faculty of Arts and Design is not to be missed! 

Happening on Friday 18 November. Open from 5.30pm – 9pm for Industry and 6.30pm – 9pm General Public at The Refectory, Building 1, Bruce Campus

The event will be catered and entry is free. 

Find more information via Facebook or via the UC website



Wanderlust 108 is a field day for your mind, body and soul. Hold the plastic trophy, because Wanderlust has better prizes: vibrant community, self-awareness and inner peace. Community instead of competition? You can’t beat that.


This is a 5k (+/-) your way, so don’t sweat it. Or do. Run or walk, prance or skip, stroll or strut — they don’t mind. Just make it to the finish line.


75 minutes of yoga flow underscored by a DJ? That’s the Wanderlust way. Whether it’s your first or 500th time on your mat, you’ll find your rhythm.


Get your sit together. Our 30-minute guided meditation will clear your mind, relax your body, and complete the mindful triathlon.


When was the last time you tried something new? From hula hooping, to AcroYoga, be sure to book into a bonus activity and hit new heights – spaces are limited, sign up using the schedule you were sent with your Eventbrite ticket.


After you’re done with the run-bend-sit portion of the day, you can chill out in our Mindful Marketplace, which is jam-packed with funky local crafts and delicious organic foods.

Happening Saturday 19 November from 8am until 4pm at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park. Visit the Wanderlust Helpdesk for FAQs, directions and more –


Alison Jackson's table ware

Alison Jackson’s table ware

Bringing designers from all creative walks of life to Canberra, Undercurrent provides an opportunity to appreciate and buy design products from homegrown designers. It’s the perfect way to spend a Friday night or a quiet weekend (and perhaps find that perfect Christmas gift).

There will be 15 jewellers and six fashion stores as well as five stationery stalls and 10 ceramicists stalls selling everything from ceramic jewellery to home wares.

To top all of this off, The Forage will be making an appearance on Friday 18 November from 5pm until 8pm, giving everyone a chance to fuel up on delicious street food as they browse.

Happening Friday 18 November from 5-8pm, Saturday 19 November from 10am-5pm and Sunday 20 November from 10am-3pm at The National Portrait Gallery, Parkes Place, Parkes. Find more information:



This November, Canberra’s operatic spectacular, Voices in the Forest, will return for its sixth concert. The 2016 concert will be another magnificent musical showcase presenting a superb line-up of some of the finest voices in the world, including soprano Sumi Jo, tenor Richard Troxell and mezzo-soprano Sally-Anne Russell. 

The Voices in the Forest Orchestra showcases Canberra’s leading instrumentalists. Consisting of over fifty brilliant musicians and directed by one the finest conductors in Australia – Roland Peelman. 

Artists include the Voices in the Forest Opera Chorus drawn from Canberra’s best singers and the Woden Valley Youth Choir.  

Happening Saturday 19 November from 6.30-9.30pm at Llewlleyn Hall, ANU. Find out more and book tickets at or phone 6242 4660.



Street Art is perhaps the most popularly recognised artform of the 21st century and Canberra is replete with great graphic artists. There are public locations all over Canberra where they are encouraged to ply their practice, under bridges and along the concrete walls of drains.

The ACT Government has created these spaces for murals in public locations because they bring colour, tell stories and inspire the community to be proud about the area they live in.

For DESIGN Canberra, which this year has a focus on urban activation and graphic design, premiere Canberra artist Byrd will lead a bike-riding tour of four legal graffiti sites around the Belconnen area.

The tour begins at Site number 25 in Kaleen, at the Maribyrnong Avenue Underpass, between Ashburton Circuit and Moruya Circuit at 4pm, and goes through Kaleen to finish at sites 18 and 19 at the Ginninderra Drive Bridge at Belconnen. Bring your own Bike and helmet, sunscreen and water for the ride. And afterwards, head to La De Da Bar in Belconnen to try your own graphic design as part of a paste-up being held by The Design Kids, a group of University of Canberra graphic design graduates.

Please register your interest to attend by emailing [email protected]

Saturday 19 November from 4-6pm. The map for to find the legal graffiti sites is here.



The Canberra District’s wineries are coming to the heart of the city so that over two evenings you can enjoy the region’s best wine and food without leaving the city limits. The event will be lit with festoon lights, local musicians will provide the soundtrack to the evenings and the great street art in Tocumwal Lane will provide the backdrop.

On 18 and 19 November from 4pm – 9pm at Tocumwal Lane, Canberra City. Tickets are $20 and can be booked here:


moustache man feature

This Movember, we’re “changing the face” of Hotel Kurrajong Canberra with a Movember Moustache Party!

Get in the spirit of Movember and join us as we raise awareness for men’s health.

You and your friends will love our live BBQ, live music and happy hour drink specials.

Happening 18 November, garden doors open at 4.30pm, free entry. More information at Hotel Kurrajong.



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.

String Elephants are a few lads that have been playing together for three years and started writing their own music a year ago. All four members have a passion for writing and performing fun and upbeat music.

Their catchy sound includes lots of sweet melodies, funky bass lines and a lively drum beat. Based in Canberra they are working towards releasing their debut EP.

Enjoy Sundaze at the Museum Bar every Sunday until 27 November 2016. Food and drink available for purchase.

Happening Sunday 20 November from 3–7pm at the National Museum of Australia. Enjoy free entry to the Lakeside Deck with extended exhibition opening hours.


Some of the SpringOUT merchandise available for purchase at the festival

Some of the SpringOUT merchandise available for purchase at the festival

Canberra SpringOUT Pride Festival invite you to join the LGBTIQ community as they hold their first ever Pride Parade culminating in a family day.

This inaugural parade will leave the ACT Legislative Assembly at around 11am and you will be able to see all the colour and music as the parade winds its way to Glebe Park when the family activities begin

Free face painting for the young at heart, free popcorn, free sausage sizzle and free adults jumping castle -after all, why should just the kids have fun!

Bring your picnic blankets, frisbees and drinks to celebrate the day.

Happening Saturday 19 November at 11am – 3pm at ACT Legislative Assembly, Civic Square London Circuit. More information at SpringOut


sunset cinema

Watch the stars under the stars with Sunset Cinema.

Round up the crew and book yourself a spot at Sunset Cinema! Sit back, relax and enjoy the Canberra twilight with friends & family this November. Oh, and throw in some good food, great film (AND a bean bag) for good measure!

This year the program is brimming with new releases, thrillers, adventure, family flicks… And the list goes on!

Happening on Friday 18 November and Saturday 19 November at the National Botanical Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton. To find out about screenings, special offers and tickets join their free movie club via their website.



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.



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:




Get along and enjoy a relaxed sophisticated summer afternoon in Canberra. This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the end of the year festive season in style with friends on the lawns by the lake with a decadent gourmet BBQ lunch, sparkling champagne and live music under Showpony’s beautiful high top Sperry tent.

There will be a gourmet sizzling BBQ cooked on site by Little Lauren Catering, drinks flowing for the duration of the afternoon and live music by Silk Entertainment. You can dine in under the Sperry Tent or relax out on the lawns under the umbrellas and picnic rugs or if you are feeling energetic you can play one of the lawn games. including Giant Jenga, chess, Connect Four and croquet.

Tickets are limited so book now. The event is for 18 yrs and over and includes a five hour drinks package including beer, wine champagne and soft drink. Ticket price is $150.30 (includes booking fee).

Happening Saturday 10 December from 12.30-5.30pm at the Patrick White Lawns. Purchase your ticket here. Event brought to you by Show Pony Events, if you have any further questions or queries please send to [email protected].


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