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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, our comprehensive guide to everything happening around the city this week – but sometimes it’s just too epic to get through! That’s why each Friday we publish our Weekend Edit… Here are 15 things you shouldn’t miss!




It’s all about noodles, music and Insta moments!

Among the illumination of the Enlighten Festival are the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets, offering a unique fusion of food, music and lights. Markets will feature more than 20 different food stalls blending Asian and Western, from spicy street foods to delectable desserts.

Enjoy authentic Asian eats from dumplings and gyoza to pad thai and dosa, as you’re entertained by roving performers. Featured food stalls include Bao Stop, Hoy Pinoy, Poklol, and Let’s Do Yum Cha, with desserts from Black Star Pastry x N2 Extreme Gelato and Gelato Messina. Try some of the exciting new food options by Chur Burger, What the Pho and Grilled & Spice.

Share the unforgettable night with friends and family as you savour the sights, sounds and tastes of the markets with an abundance of exclusive dishes and festive atmosphere.

Happening 3-12 March at Reconcilliation Place, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Open: Fridays and Saturdays: 5pm till midnight, Sunday to Thursday: 5pm – 9pm.

See the website for more information.


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Wind It Up is a two-day music festival set to take over Canberra’s CBD, featuring workshops from industry insiders and parties with the best in the game.

They have a huge program of workshops and panels from Friday 3 to Saturday 4 March.

A $10 ticket will get you access to all of these, but as with any great lineup, there are some clashes. You get your pick across 14 hours of quality sessions, including Gender Issues in Club Culture – presented by HerCanberra at Smith’s Alternative from 3-4pm on Saturday 4 March.

Happening across Friday 3 and Saturday 4 March in a variety of locations in the city centre.

See the event page for individual workshop details. Tickets available at: Check out the website: Apply to volunteer here.


Wind It Up is a two-day music festival set to take over Canberra’s CBD, featuring workshops from industry insiders and parties with the best in the game. Join them as they transform Verity Lane for a huge night of good times.

Wax’o Paradiso (MELB) // Lauren Hansom (SYD) // Gate Five

$10 – tickets on sale now at For a limited time, get $15 combined tickets for the all the workshops and this party!

Happening Saturday 4 March from 4-11pm in Verity Lane, Civic. See the event page for more information.


Image: Martin Ollman

Image: Martin Ollman

The national capital’s Parliamentary Triangle will be transformed into a vibrant arts precinct with free entertainment such as talented street artists and international musical acts – all set against a backdrop of stunning architectural projections that shine a light on some of Australia’s most iconic attractions.

See Canberra in a different light during Autumn when many of the city’s national attractions open their doors after-hours to host an array of exclusive events and surprising experiences.

Happening from 3-12 March across a variety of locations – see program for more details.

The full program is available on the Enlighten website.



With her first book Florentine, Canberra-born, Tuscan-based writer and photographer Emiko Davies introduced English-speaking readers to the great culinary tradition of Florence.

In her new book Acquacotta, Davies has compiled and adapted her Italian family’s best-loved recipes from the little-known Maremma region on the Tyrrhenian Sea. In words and pictures, Emiko guides readers through the use of local ingredients, as well as sharing the history of rustic, storied dishes including scampi and potato soup, hand-rolled strozzapreti noodles, spinach and ricotta tortelli, chestnut gnocchi and the classic fig and chocolate bread, pagnotella. Plus, of course, the book’s namesake acquacotta, a quintessential Maremman peasant dish that captures the spirit of this special place.

Join Emiko Davies – described by one observer as a “renaissance woman for the internet era” – in conversation with Barbara Sweeney of Sydney’s Food & Words Festival over a glass of local wine and something delicious from the new book.

Happening Sunday 5 March from 3pm at Muse, East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston. Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink) – purchase them here.


Sonia Todd as Edith Campbell Berry

Sonia Todd as Edith Campbell Berry

The Street Theatre in Canberra presents the world premiere season of Cold Light. AFI award winner Sonia Todd will bring the iconic character of Edith Campbell Berry to life. Adapted by Alana Valentine from the novel by Franklin Miles award winner Frank Moorhouse, and directed by Caroline Stacey, this racy, entertaining epic tells of a remarkable woman with ambition and vision and her role in the transformation of modern Australia over three decades from the 1950s.

Sonia Todd is well known for her work in film, stage and television performances, including McLeod’s Daughters and Police Rescue and ideal as Edith – one of the most complex and intriguing women in Australian fiction. Cold Light has Edith returning to Australia and to its new capital with ambition to become the country’s first female ambassador.

Canberra themed work Cold Light will charm and provoke, while asking timely questions about Australia’s relationship to women of vision and people of difference. This is the first stage adaption of a Frank Moorhouse novel. The work is theatrical storytelling on a grand scale.

Happening from 4-18 March at The Street Theatre, Childers Street, Civic.

Find more information and purchase tickets via the website.


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Enjoy a delightful long lunch featuring modern Australian cuisine and local wines in the surrounds of The Canberra Wine House’s incredible Outdoor Garden.

Meet the talented winemakers from Four Winds Vineyard and Lerida Estate as they share their experiences from the winemaking industry.

The Long Lunch will be held at The Canberra Wine House on Saturday 4 March at 12pm and each indulgent course will be accompanied by matched local wines.

Seats are limited!

Tickets are available for $80 per person can be purchased online or by calling 02 6162 5656.

Happening Saturday 4 March from 12pm at The Canberra Wine House, Dickson.

Find more information and purchase tickets here.


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Canberra Outlet Centre are hosting two workshops in March to give your home and event planning a little extra polish.


Hosted by Anisa Sabet from the macadames and Hidden Feast.

Attendees will learn tips and tricks on the perfect place setting, table decoration, food presentation and dressing your home for an event.

All attendees receive a gift bag and Centre gift card

Happening Saturday 4 March  11 – 12.30pm. Places are limited to RSVP please email [email protected]

Cost: FREE


Hosted by local Flower Bar the Floral Society

Attendees will learn simple ways to style florals from table runners to faux arrangements and adding that extra pop of colour to your decor.

All attendees receive a gift bag and Centre gift card

Happening Sunday 5 March  11 – 12.30pm. Places are limited to RSVP please email [email protected]

Cost: FREE

Please note gift cards will only be given to attendees who have registered their place.  Please also note which workshop you would like to attend in your email. 



The Group 3 Mercedes-Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes is Canberra’s premier race day. The inaugural Black Opal Stakes in 1973 was won by Rich Reward. Now, in its 45th year, the day is one of the more important Autumn race days on the calendar. The Black Opal Stakes program includes the Canberra Cup. The eight race program includes; the $275,000 Mercedes-Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes (Group 3), the $200,000 Canberra Cup (Listed), $125,000 (Canberra) National Sprint (Listed) and the $125,000 Canberra Guineas (Listed). The full racing program is available under the racing drop down menu.

The action takes place both on and off the track at Thoroughbred Park on Mercedes-Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes day. Enter the Myer Fashions on the Field competition for the best prizes in the region. Please note that the Myer Fashions on the Field competition has strict guidelines for each category entry. Categories are Classic Ladies Race Wear, Classic Mens Race Wear and the Millinery Award.

Happening Sunday 5 March from 11am-6pm at Thoroughbred Park, Mitchell.

For more information and to purchase tickets, see the website.



Climb down the rabbit hole on Friday 3 March for White Rabbit’s first ever Ladies Night!

Join them for a night of funky beats and feminine fun for just $50 per person. They’ll l be serving up an exclusive cocktail menu (think passion fruit mojito’s, cappuccino martinis + more!) and a delicious selection of sweet treats and savoury canapes. 

Don’t miss out, call them on 6257 7779 or email [email protected] to book your tickets today.



In local author Courtney Carr’s debut novel Cosmic Decay: Contamination, the world is dominated by the Mindless – humans who hunt the empty streets in a cannibalistic rage. A small group of survivors witness the arrival of Visitors from another world who covet the Earth and its natural resources.

When the settlement of Earth begins, the group of survivors race to unravel the mystery that connects the Mindless to the Visitors, giving them their best chance at surviving against all odds.

On Saturday 4 March at 11.30am, Courtney Carr will be signing exclusive copies of her debut novel at Harry Hartog Bookstore, Woden Plaza.

For more information go to the website.


The gorgeous Lerida Estate cellar door is hosting a variety of events throughout February.

The gorgeous Lerida Estate cellar door is hosting a variety of events throughout February.

Lerida Estate is a producer of fine wines which have been awarded 14 Trophies, a National Wine Show Chair of Judges’ Award and over 630 medals in the 15 years it has been making wines.

For the next four Sundays, you can enjoy lunch at Café Lerida whilst listening to some of the finest guitarists not only in Australia – but the world! A unique opportunity to enjoy fine food, fine wine and particularly fine music in a special setting at Lake George.

On Sunday 19 & 26 February and 5 & 12 March from 12.30pm – 3pm at Lerida. Entry is free. For more information visit the website.


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Come along and see the newly renovated premises of Smile Fitness!

Adele Haussmann from Smile Fitness knows a thing or two about setting and achieving goals. A classically trained ballet dancer, bodybuilder and personal trainer, she’s well acquainted with the female form and its potential.

After her adolescent career as a ballet dancer overseas and relocation to Australia, at age 52 Adele set herself the goal of transforming her body through bodybuilding.

“After immigrating twice and having two children, I desperately wanted my ballet body back, and to get back on stage,” she explains.”So I began bodybuilding and decided to compete as that would get me back on stage and give me the confidence to perform in musicals again. I managed to win down the South Coast and that qualified me to go to the International Natural Body Building World championships in Dubai.

“I loved the idea of representing Australia overseas. I have lived in three countries and desperately wanted to make Australia my home…. and so I trained hard and I went. I managed to win two silver medals for Australia…I came back feeling more Australian than ever!”

Her history of physical learning has given her business, Smile Fitness, the edge when it comes to tailoring programs to suit every woman’s body to achieve their goals.

Read about HerCanberra’s road test with Smile Fitness and Adele here.

At the grand opening there will be fitness and weight loss packages, beauty packages and fashion styling packages, and a lucky door prize! Billy Giampaolo from King Ape supplements and Natalie Kalenjuk form Mobile Body Scans will also be there.

Happening Saturday 4 March 2017 from 10am to 1pm at Smile Fitness, 68 Ina Gregory Circuit, Conder.


Picnic at Bookplate

Picnic at Bookplate

A weekly event at Bookplate’s outdoor terrace with $5 happy hour drinks, delicious bar snacks, live music and great lakeside summer vibes, from 4:30pm to 8:30pm every Friday in February and March. Perfect for post-work drinks and winding down for the weekend.

On every Friday from 17 February to 31 March Bookplate’s outdoor terrace at the National Library of Australia from 4:30pm-8:30pm.

Find more information on their website.


The Rosenburg House

The Rosenburg House

Take a behind-the-scenes exploration of 30 of the most important Australian homes of the past 60 years. Vivid photography, rich illustrations, 3D models and interviews look beyond the physical structures to tell the story of how good design can enrich lifestyle.

Iconic Australian Houses is a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums. Supported by exhibition partner Architecture Foundation Australia, principal partner Stormtech, and sponsors the NSW Architecture Registration Board and University of Newcastle. Assisted by the Australian Government through Visions of Australia.

Open 9am–5 pm daily and special late night openings every Tuesday until 7pm. Café open 9am–4pm

Showing until Friday 3 March 2017 at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.



Canberra’s national award winning indoor Sunday market focuses on the talent and creativity of regional arts and craftspeople. Discover 200 stalls within a fabulous old industrial building. Stalls offer unique handcrafted items, gourmet take home food, regional wines, and freshly ground coffee.

On the first Sunday of the month they add a touch of international ‘flavour’ to the markets with specialty stallholders with a range of goodies for Multicultural Sunday!

The Old Bus Depot Markets are easy to access, have ample free parking and a wide range of food stalls to enjoy a multicultural meal, a coffee or a quick bite to eat – while watching talented musicians and taking in the hustle and bustle of the markets.

A variety of special theme events are held regularly throughout the year.

Happening Sunday 5 March from 10am-4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston. Find more information here.


Petit Feast. Image: supplied.

Petit Feast. Image: supplied.

Petit Feast is back for 2017!

Spoil yourself with a bountiful spread including savouries, charcuterie, cheeses and decadent desserts. Every Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar.

It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch … but it is an indulgent feast for all the senses. The Buvette Petit Feast features freshly made savouries and sweets as well as lavish desserts. In addition to tea and coffee, you can order a Bloody Mary, French Champagne and Rosé.

Available between 11.30am – 2.30pm every Saturday at $65 per guest, including a complimentary glass of Rosé. For $15 guests can add unlimited Mimosas. Buvette is fully licensed and has free parking all weekend, outdoor covered seating and complimentary WiFi.

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email [email protected]. Find out more at

See website for more information.




The Royal Australian Mint is a unique attraction as the only producer of Australia’s circulating coins. But be sure to check out Stuart Devlin – The Designer with the Midas Touch, an exhibition exploring the masterly work of Stuart Devlin AO with unparalleled pieces and behind-the-scenes rarities.

From the platypus amid rippling water to a resplendent lyrebird, Geelong-born Stuart Devlin AO is best known in Australia as the designer of Australia’s decimal coins. The much-loved coins were the springboard for an international career as the most creative and influential designer goldsmith and silversmith of the past 50 years.

Take a 30-minute tour of the exhibition with a guide who holds specialist knowledge of Stuart Devlin and his work and explore his illustrious career in further depth. $10 per person. Bookings essential via Eventbrite.

While you are visiting, view the factories where Australia’s circulating coins are made and discover that special coin, gift or souvenir at the Mint Coin Shop.

Showing until 30 April 2017 from 8.30am-5pm at Royal Australian Mint

Denison Street, Deakin. Find more information on the website.

Versailles Treasures from the Palace


For the first time in history, a collection of over 130 sumptuous treasures from the Palace of Versailles are on show in Australia. Prepare yourself for an epic exhibition that embodies the opulence, luxury and beauty of a period central to French history, bringing life to the reign of three kings, their queens and mistresses. From the iconic gardens to the rich paintings, from sumptuous rooms to the golden details, from Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette, this exhibition is the greatest cultural experience this summer.

Highlights include magnificent works, such as the marble bust of Louis XIV, the monumental Gobelins tapestries, the Dauphin’s fine writing desk, the original sculpture of Latona from the centre of Versailles’ main fountain and Marie-Antoinette’s porcelain.

Versailles: Treasures from the Palace – exclusive to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Book your tickets here:


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