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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!



Image: Martin Ollman

Image: Martin Ollman

Wake up to the view of hot air balloons floating across the city during the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. This mesmerising view is best appreciated from the lawns of Old Parliament House. Held over nine days, more than thirty hot air balloons from across the globe are expected to take to our skies this autumn. Remember to keep an eye out for the special shape balloons.

Each day from 6:15am pilots will begin inflating their balloons on the lawns of Old Parliament House before ascending into the sky and creating a picturesque backdrop for Canberra’s national attractions. Passengers can experience the thrill of hot air ballooning over Canberra at sunrise while spectators on the ground are treated to an experience of the senses. Flurries of colour, sound and movement complemented by live music and a delicious hot breakfast available for purchase from the Belconnen Lions Club will make your morning one to remember.

Balloon flights are weather dependant. Call Canberra Connect, follow on Facebook and Twitter or tune into local radio stations from 6am for daily information. For balloon flight bookings call Balloon Aloft 02 6285 1540 or Dawn Drifters 02 6285 4450. Free viewing for spectators.

Happening from Saturday 11 March to Sunday 19 March at the lawns of Old Parliament House. Find out more at


Image: Supplied

Image: Supplied

Canberra’s 104th Birthday Bash (Canberra Day) presents the Hoodoo Gurus, supported by Havana Brown. See local acts Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers, the String Elephants and kid’s live stage performances from the Trolls and Shaun the Sheep. This free afternoon out in the park for all the family is complete with live music, children’s rides and activities, and a variety of food and drinks available to purchase.

Join the fun this Monday 13 March from 10 am at Commonwealth Park. For more information visit



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.



Prepare yourself for the razzle-dazzle of the hit musical CHICAGO, presented by Canberra Philharmonic Society. Winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations, CHICAGO is Broadway’s longest-running Musical Revival and the longest running American Musical every to play the West End. Known for its sizzling score and sensational choreography, CHICAGO is the story of a nightclub dancer, a smooth talking lawyer and a cell block of sin and merry murderesses.

Nightclub sensation Velma, murders her philandering husband, and Chicago’s slickest lawyer, Billy Flynn, is set to defend her. But when Roxie also winds up in prison, Billy takes on her case as well, turning her into a media circus of headlines. Neither woman will be outdone in their fight against each other and the public for fame and celebrity.

Performing at Erindale Theatre from 9 to 25 March. Ticket from


Lights Canberra Action

A piece of Hollywood returns with the fourteenth Lights!Canberra!Action! film making festival. Filmmakers are given a list of 10 items to include in their movie, with only 10 days to shoot, edit and produce a seven minute film exploring the theme ‘right’. The screening of the top 12 finalists will again take place outdoors in the Senate Rose Gardens at the Museum of Australian Democracy, with the award winners announced immediately after the screening.

Bring your chair or bean bag, blanket and movie snacks, and settle in for a great night of film viewing.

Happening Friday 10 March from 7pm-10pm at Senate Gardens, Museum of Australian Democracy, King George Terrace, Parkes.


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.


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Set sail at the Alliance Française French Film Festival. The nation’s most captivating film event, is now returning for its 28th annual season. It is not only the biggest film festival in Australia; it is also the biggest festival of French films outside of France.

Proudly presented by the six main Alliances Françaises and in association with the Embassy of France in Australia, the Festival will be once again hosted by its long-term exhibition partner, Palace Cinemas.

Brimming with highlights, the 2017 event will present 45 films, unveiling the artistry of renowned directors ranging from Emmanuelle Bercot, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Nicole Garcia, Benoît Jacquot and Mia Hansen-Løve, Philippe Lioret, Martin Provost, Jérôme Salle, Bertrand Tavernier and Roschdy Zem.

Happening Thursday 9 March from 6.30 pm at Palace Electric Cinema, Acton.

To book tickets and find out more information, visit the website


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.


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.


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.



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.

Dust off your platforms, get off the Featherston, and channel your inner hipster. Get along to Retro Depot at the Old Bus Depot Markets this Sunday! Retro Depot is a celebration of all things retro cool. Browse their fashion, homewares, furniture, jewellery and accessories; all things that are designed to push your ‘groove button’.

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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