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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!





Gluttony never tasted so good as the inaugural The Commons Street Feast assembles your every guilty food pleasure into a 10-day summer celebration of street food and fun.

Eat your way around the globe with Asian, American, European and South American food vans. Vendors include Gelato Messina, Mary’s and Happy as Larry.

Drink offerings come from Shaw Wines, Batlow Cider, Pact Beer, Little Creatures, Rouge Wines, Capital Brewing Co and Melbourne Martini Bar.

Treat yourself at The Commons with your very own butler. The butlers are available for hire so you can be waited on hand and foot at the event.

There are kids activities each weekend and lawn games for young and old across the grassy knolls of Commonwealth Park.

Check their website for full details and opening times of each day.

Christmas In The City – Canberra Celebrates

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Enjoy a series of food, drink, music, handcrafted and arts markets and entertainment at Christmas in the City – Canberra Celebrates. Don’t miss this month-long festive extravaganza with something special for the young and young-at-heart.

See the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the most number of lights on an artificial Christmas tree. See Shannon Noll headline the Christmas In The City Concert on Friday 16 December with Lah-Lah and her Big Live Band, the Brindabella Chorus and Santa!

The Christmas Food Markets will be a foodies’ dream, featuring a number of delicious culinary themed nights such as Burgers, Sweet Treats, Street Food and Cocktails & Canapes. Next door you’ll find the Christmas Handcrafted Gifts and Arts Markets under a canopy of fairy lights.

Entry is by donation to Red Nose.

Happening Friday 16 to Saturday 24 December at various venues, various locations around Canberra.

See website for more information.

One Day Block Party

One Day Sundays

In huge news, the ONE DAY BLOCK PARTY is coming to Canberra, and where else than WESTSIDE VILLAGE on Sunday 18th December.

Following the formula of the ONE DAY SUNDAYS parties held around Australia, this party will combine the finest hip hop and RnB DJs in your town, live graffiti, incredible food & drinks in a beautiful outdoor venue, to create Australia’s favourite day party in your hood.

One Day Sundays are sending some Sydney representation in the form of the ONE DAY DJsJOYRIDE, RAPH & NICK LUPI, bringing with them bulk bangers & maximum vibes, showcasing why their parties have gained national notoriety.

There’ll also be some local talent with a DJ set from HAU as well as DJ SLIM.

It ain’t a ONE DAY BLOCK PARTY without the talent of some amazing graffiti artists, so they’ll be calling on an insane artist to paint a mural live at the party, painting you the backdrop of a perfect afternoon – make sure you get down early to watch the whole thing come together.

Happening Sunday, December 18 at Westside Acton Park, Barrine Drive, Acton. Entry is FREE. Doors open at 1pm – don’t miss out!

Find more information via their website.

Christmas In The City Concert


The Christmas in the City Concert features Aussie rock legend Shannon Noll in front of the Canberra Christmas Tree.

Be there for great sounds, big screens and a custom built stage fit for the occasion. You’ll also see Lah-Lah and her Big Live Band, The Brindabella Chorus, and of course no Christmas concert would be complete without an appearance from Santa himself!

Happening Friday 16 December, 5pm at City Centre, City Walk, Canberra, ACT.

See website for more information.


Community activities are an important ingredient in “building community” and The Salvation Army’s Carols in Town Park – Tuggeranong has developed into a large and great event to Celebrate Christmas.

Carols in Town Park celebrates the Christmas Story and the Tuggeranong Community with in excess of 3,500 people in attendance at the 2015 event.  This year, Carols in Town Park is on Sunday 18th December, and again our main sponsor is The Vikings Group.

As in previous years, there’s lots to do for the kids. Jumping castles and slides, petting zoo, reptile display and pony rides and a special visit from Santa.  Food and drinks will be on sale at family friendly prices.

The Kids Activities commence at 5pm, with the Carols service commencing at 6.30pm.  Once again, our Carols celebration will include The National Capital Salvation Army Band & Timbrels, Community Choir; local artists, Katie de Veau and Amber Nichols (The Voice), and this year we welcome for the first time Ventriloquist Natalie May.

Carols in Town Park is a family friendly event and we would love for the Canberra Community to come and join the Salvos in celebrating Christmas!

Happening Sunday 18 December, 5pm – 8pm at Tuggeranong Town Park, Anketell Street, Greenway.

See website for more information.

Meet the Authors and Book Signing: Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann

Steve Lewis and Chris Ulhmann

Steve Lewis arrived in Canberra in late 1992 and spent the next two decades tormenting the nation’s political elite. He worked as a political reporter for the Australian Financial Review, the Australian and News Corp metro papers, and is currently senior adviser at Newgate Communications.

Chris Uhlmann is one of Australia’s best-known political broadcasters. He won a Walkley award for broadcast interviewing in 2008 and is highly respected for for the quality of his reporting and analysis as political editor of ABC News.

Happening Saturday 17 December, 11.30am – 12.30pm at Paperchain Bookstore, 34 Franklin Street, Manuka.

See website for more information.

Versailles Treasures from the Palace


The NGA has worked with the French Government and the Palace of Versailles to deliver a major exhibition opening this Friday.

More than 7 million people make the journey to the Palace of Versailles every year to experience a phenomenon central to French history – Louis XIV’s architectural masterpiece, the centre of his court of absolute rule and the embodiment of luxury. The luxurious interiors and gardens were often the backdrop to enchanting and extravagant celebrations including masked balls, theatre, opera, concerts, sumptuous feasts and fireworks.

With the support of the French Government, the NGA’s partnership with Versailles has brought this experience to Australia, which has never before been seen outside France.

“We are very excited to be working with Versailles to bring exclusively to Canberra a truly astonishing exhibition and look forward to sharing more details in coming months,” said Gerard Vaughan, NGA Director.

Book your tickets here:

Open until Monday 17 April, 2017 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. See website for more information:

Christmas at the National Carillon

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A special concert of Christmas music on the bells and carol singing. Bring your family, bring your picnic and enjoy one of the best spots on Lake Burley Griffin. Brief free guided tours of the tower for one hour before the concert, no bookings necessary but spaces will be very limited.

Lead carillonist Lyn Fuller and senior carillonist Astrid Bowler will serenade concert goers with both traditional and more modern music, including an innovative piece called ‘Moonfire’. The Canberra Harmony Chorus will sing Christmas carols – and the audience will be asked to join in too!

Happening Sunday 18 December, 6pm – 7pm (tours 4.15pm  – 5.45pm)

For more information about this event, call 02 6272 2902 or visit



Enter the elegant, bold and often glamorous world of Melbourne photographer Athol Shmith (1914–1990). A selection of stunning black and white prints from the National Library of Australia’s large collection will be on display.

Happening until Sunday 16 July 2017, 10am – 5pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See website for more information.


Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston - Sunday, 11 December 2011 - 09.58AM

Immerse yourself in everything Christmassy! The Old Bus Depot Markets are open every Saturday and Sunday before Christmas in December.

Why visit? Stock up on everything you will need for Christmas. From the large array of unique and handcrafted gifts for loved ones, to items to decorate your home for the festive season.

You’ll find wreaths, table centre pieces, candles, handmade stockings and advent calendars. Purchase a live Christmas tree from St Nicholas Trees. Order a personalised Christmas bauble.

Buy delicious Christmas fare including cakes, gingerbread houses, mince tarts, puddings, shortbread, party dips, farmhouse cheeses, olives and more.

Happening until Sunday 18 December, 10am – 4pm at Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See website for more information.


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 until Sunday 18 December 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.



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:


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  • Elena Vettorel

    I think you mean *Friday* 16 December?