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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!




This year Hotel Kurrajong Canberra turns 90 and invites you to celebrate with a night of glamour, where yesterday meets today. Be treated to a decadent 1920s themed three-course dinner party with matching wines. Entertainment includes special performances by talented flapper dancers and music from the era. Dress to impress and go into the draw to win a weekend away.

All happening this Saturday 23 July. Tickets $160 per person. For more information or to make a booking call 02 6234 4444 or email [email protected]



Indulge Coffee & Chocolate Expo showcases some of the best local and regional coffee and chocolate producers. Experience a unique and sumptuous selection of hand crafted chocolates, cakes and pastries and enjoy the smooth flavours and aroma of a freshly brewed coffee or a decadent cup of hot chocolate.

Stimulate your senses as you wander through the Indulge Coffee & Chocolate Marketplace – the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day!

Happening Saturday 23 July at National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue, 13, Canberra. For tickets visit



Westfield Belconnen invites you to attend the Truffle Festival Market Day from 10am to 4pm this Saturday 23 July. It will be a day filled with a mouth-watering line-up of events!

Join in on the fun with live cooking demonstrations from local chefs, wine tastings, truffle hunt demonstrations, local market stalls, food sampling, free kids activities and lots of giveaways!

Local suppliers include Mount Majura Wines, Lerida Estate, Hyatt Hotel, C Dine Bar, Tarago Truffles, Foodish and more.


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Show & Tell is a new market, bringing together the best of independent designers, illustrators and makers from Canberra and surrounds. There will be over 25 stalls, live art, workshops, delicious food and hot coffee.

Grab your latte from Kombean – served from the back of a converted Kombi! Le Petit Breton will be offering their delicious range of mouth-watering French crepes, including both sweet and savoury varieties.  Last but certainly not least, Loose Gourmet Churros will be warming us up with their indulgent freshly made Spanish churros, with a selection of smooth homemade sauces – caramel, nutella or pure melted chocolate.

There will be also be workshops including a paper craft workshop with Alta Papercraft and a Flower Crown workshop from Peony and Pearl, both of which you can book tickets for here.

Show & Tell is happening Saturday 23 July from 10.30am – 4pm at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. There are a number of options for parking, getting the bus or riding, for more information see this link: Parking at Belconnen Arts Centre. Many of the stallholders at Show & Tell will have Eftpos and Credit Card facilities. There are ATM machines located at the nearby Westfield Belconnen shopping centre.

Find out more information via the website:



Don’t miss the Brumbies Qualifying Final showdown with the Highlanders on Friday night.

The game will be a do-or-die Qualifying Final between the defending champion Highlanders and the Aquis Brumbies.

The Brumbies enter the finals as the number four seed and Australian Conference champions whilst the Highlanders enter as the number five seed and highest ranked Wildcard entry.

The two sides last met in Round 10 in Invercargill with the Highlanders running out 23-10 victors in wet conditions.

With a loud and proud home crowd behind them the Brumbies will be looking to advance to the Super Rugby semi-finals for the fourth consecutive season.

Gates open at 4.30pm for a 6pm start on Friday 22 July. Tickets and match day information from



Set on the windswept coast of southern Australia, Extinction is a timely and intelligent new Australian play by Helpmann award winning playwright and screenwriter Hannie Rayson (Hotel Sorrento, Life After George). Extinction draws attention to the plight of the endangered tiger quoll – the largest marsupial predator on the Australian mainland, in a heart-rending parallel between native species extinction and our own impending mortality.

A wild, rainy night, a twist of fate, and an endangered tiger quoll bring together a passionate environmentalist Piper Ross (Fair) and an unlikely good samaritan, mining executive Harry Jewell (Lane). Both are hell-bent on saving the species, and, though the quoll dies, the two of them are bonded by their attempt to save its life.

This is a play about passion, ethics and what it means to live with the shadow of death (Our own and other species). Does it matter if the tiger quoll’s days are numbered? Perhaps extinction is just part of the cycle of life.

What will be compromised in the quest to save the quoll? Nothing is black and white in this intriguing story about love, money, sex and power played out under the shadow of global warming.

Happening until 23 July at The Playhouse, London Circuit, Canberra. For tickets and more information visit


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This July, the National Film and Sound Archive celebrates legendary director Martin Scorsese in association with David Stratton, Sydney Film Festival and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. The program includes Scorsese’s greatest works (and a few of David’s personal favourites!). Relive classics like New York, New York and Taxi Driver on the big screen.

Happening until Sunday 24 July at National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT. For bookings visit


Photography by Kate Marshall

Photography by Kate Marshall


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.

Happening throughout July and August in the Canberra Region. For more information visit



Join the National Capital Orchestra and the Canberra Choral Society for Carl Orff’s epic Carmina Burana. one of the standout musical cycles of the twentieth century. Susannah Lawergren, Tobias Cole and David Greco will feature in the performance of some of the most expansive solos ever written. Also experience Australian composer Sean O’Boyle’s River Symphony, one of the most popular contemporary Australian works for orchestra and choir, as featured in ABC Classic 100 Symphony. The National Capital Orchestra will open the concert with Richard Wagner’s triumphant Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin.

Enjoy the synthesis of two great cultures in a program featuring some of the most popular Australian and German pieces ever performed. Under the direction of Leonard Weiss and Tobias Cole, this evening of orchestral and choral greats is not to be missed!

Happening Saturday 23 July at Llewellyn Hall, ANU School Of Music, Childers Street, Acton ACT. For tickets visit 


BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, in partnership with Ainslie + Gorman, brings you The Salt Room, the national capital showcase of the finest territory, interstate and international writers and performers.

MCed by Joel Barcham and Andrew Galan.

Featuring performances from Desireé Dallagiacomo (US), Zoya Patel (Canberra), Emily Stewart (Sydney), and One Last Border (Canberra).

‘If I have to have a poem, then I prefer it to be multiple choice.’

Happening Friday 22 July at Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon ACT. For tickets and information visit

Get lots more ideas in our comprehensive ‘what’s on’ guide – This Week in The Can!


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