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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

Art, Not Apart is a little festival for the arts. Canberra arts. No-one’s apart. Experience exhibitions, performance art, numerous music stages, interactive installations, strange interventions, film and projection, street food, dance parties and more.

Cross-disciplinary works which ‘shake it up’ are a focus, with the festival carefully spanning across the beautiful NewActon Precinct and National Film and Sound Archive (with plenty to do in between!)

This isn’t just about art, but uses art as a metaphor. Art, Not Apart actively removes boundaries with amazing artists. Giving light to the lesser heard, lesser seen, inspires you and us. This is art. No-one’s apart.

Happening Saturday 18 March from 1pm – 7pm at NewAction Precinct. Free entry.

Find out more information from the website


fireworks feature

Join over 100,000 people around the iconic Lake Burley Griffin in the nation’s capital, Canberra, to watch Skyfire – 20 minutes of world class fireworks set to a soundtrack broadcast on Hit104.7.

Get there early to claim your picnic and viewing spot. The Regatta Point venue has plenty of pre-show entertainment.

Happening Saturday 18 March from 6pm at Lake Burley Griffin.

Find out more information on the website.



Be a part of AFL history in the nation’s capital. The GIANTS and the Western Bulldogs are two of eight clubs fielding a side in the 2017 inaugural NAB AFL Women’s competition. The competition will be fierce when GIANTS v Western Bulldogs.

Happening Saturday 18 March, kickoff 7.10pm at Manuka Oval, entry is free

Find out more information on the website



Suitcase Rummage is setting up their suitcases in Canberra! At this mini scaled market you’ll find suitcases filled to the brim with all sorts of goodies! There will be brilliant vintage, artwork, bric-a-brac, clothing, books, jewellery, seconds, hand-made, shoes, records, music, badges, cards, handmade paper… you name it!

Happening Saturday 18 March from 1pm – 7pm at NewAction Precinct

Find out more information on the website



Canberra’s award winning Handmade Market is a quarterly event, which brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets from all over Australia to showcase their handmade designs.

Handmade Market March 2017 is an indoor event showcasing over 240 Australian designer/makers. All products on sale are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers and find something unique, well priced and where you can meet the maker.

You’ll find everything from fashion, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, children’s toys and clothing, jewellery, accessories and an indoor gourmet food, wine and home wares hall.

You can drive to the venue. There is a lot of parking including coach and disabled parking access. ATMs are located on site. There is public transport to the event.

Entry to the market is free but please support the door greeters at each event with a gold coin donation if you can. Each event supports a different charity.

Happening Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 March from 10am – 4pm at Exhibition Park

For more information visit the website



To celebrate the start of the Autumn and Winter Fashion season, join Westfield Belconnen for a weekend of special offers and events!

All offers will be available from Thursday 16 March under the deals section of Westfield’s website.


Feel like you are a part of our AW17 photoshoot, with an interactive Instagram Booth! Simply upload your photo to receive a free print out of your photo.

Plus, upload your photo to Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #OneWestfieldACT and if you get the most likes you will win a $200 Westfield Gift Card!

  • Sat 18 March, 10am – 4pm
  • Sun 19 March, 10am – 4pm

Location: Level 3, near Glue and SDS


Want an hour to yourself to shop this Fashion Weekend? Book your kids in for an hour of FREE jumping at Sky Zone. Sky Zone will keep them entertained whilst you enjoy some ‘me’ time.

  • Sat 18 March, 9am – 5pm*
  • Sun 19 March, 10am – 4pm*

*Sessions commence on the hour, every hour. Spaces are limited, bookings are essential. Children must be 4 years and over.

For more information and to book click on the ‘Fashion Weekend: Drop and Shop’ tile on their events section


Spend $150 or more at selected speciality fashion and beauty retailers and receive a BONUS Clinique Chubby Stick valued at $36. Visit for more details.

Happening 18-19 March at Westfield Belconnen. See the website for more information.


canberra comedy festival 2017

Canberra Comedy Festival presents more than 60 comedy shows in the capital over one week in March, bringing the finest comedic talent to Canberra from around the world.

See the some of the very best acts from the festival in the Opening Night Gala on Monday 20 March, as well as a variety of shows featuring everything from local Canberra talent to some of the biggest stars on the international comedy circuit.

Happening Monday 20 March – Sunday 26 March from 10am at ­­various locations see website for details


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



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


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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.


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.

Designer Sunday @ Old Bus Depot Markets

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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.

For one Sunday each month they welcome specialty stallholders with their gorgeous jewellery and accessories for ‘Designer 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.

Find out more at


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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