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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!



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The swankiest new home-grown musical since Priscilla was queen, Ladies in Black is a whirling, toe-tapping trip back in time. Based on a novel by Madeline St John, it’s a uniquely Australian fashion-forward fairy tale with all the shine and sparkle of Broadway.

Sydney, 1959 – a city at the crossroads between the stuffy repression of the 1950s and the glorious liberation of the 1960s …

Bright-eyed, bookish school leaver Lisa steps through the doors of the city’s most prestigious department store, F.G. Goodes. A world of unknown possibilities opens up as she befriends the colourful denizens of the Ladies Cocktail Frocks Department – including her new mentor, the exotic Magda, mysterious mistress of Model Gowns.

On stage from Monday 27 March to Tuesday 2 April at Canberra Theatre Centre. Find more information here.


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The Gourmet Walk in Canberra is a yearly event that offers participants a walk through iconic places in Canberra along with fine wine and food testing. Learn as you walk. This year discover more about the lake Burley-Griffin with a seven kilometre walk and and be amazed with a French menu perfectly matched with Canberra wines.

Gourmet Walk is brought to you by Canberra’s French community, the French Embassy, the Alliance Francaise and supported by Eclaireurs de Canberra, an independent French Scout group bringing French culture and language to the area.

Happening Sunday 26 March from 10am-2pm at Lennox Gardens, Flynn Drive, Yarralumla. Find more information here.


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Canberra Roller Derby League’s 2017 home season kicks off this weekend at the Southern Cross Basketball Stadium. Those salty lasses of the Red Bellied Black Hearts will take on their arch-rivals, the regal Surly Griffins, in a rematch of the 2016 grand final. This will be an amazing game of derby to see and will set the tone for the season to come.

Happening Saturday 25 March from 6pm-8pm at Southern Cross Basketball Stadium, Pitman Street, Greenway. Find more information here.


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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.

The fourth Sunday of the month at the Old Bus Depot Markets is ‘Collectable Sunday’. Stallholders items range from ceramics, glassware, china and vintage clothing to antique oil lamps, Chippendale chairs and vinyl records.

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.

Happening Sunday March 26 from 10am-4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston. Find out more at


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Presented by Beer the Beautiful Truth

What’s not to love about a laneway celebration of some of Australia’s most loved beers complimented with delicious street food from around the world, created by Australia’s best chefs? A diverse range of street foods will be on the menu, served up in an underutilised and unconventional dining space in the city for a truly unique event.

Menu items include: 

Texan meat master Wes Griffiths (Bovine and Swine) will dazzle with his skills as he brings these mouthwatering international dishes to life. At just $50 a ticket which includes food, ice cold beer or cider and musical entertainment, this event delivers unbeatable value and is a must-do during Good Food Month. Plus, catch local Street Artist, Dai Cameron in action throughout the evening.

Citi have reserved 20 seats for customers and their guests. Quote ‘CITIVIP’ at the time of booking. *Bookings for these reserved seats close 1 March.

Happening Friday 24 March from 5pm until late in Bible Lane, Canberra City. For more information and to purchase tickets, see the website.

*Ticket holders must be over 18 to attend the event. Ticket holders must supply a valid form of identification upon entry. Ticket price includes four ice cold cans of beer or cider and substantial street food items.


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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



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 until 4 April at Palace Electric Cinema, Acton.

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



Valerie Parv AM is one of Australia’s most prolific authors, and on 25 March (this Saturday) Canberra writers can spend a day with her learning the secrets of literary success.

Valerie has written more than 50 novels and sold more than 34 million copies of her books, translated into 29 languages. She is a master of plot weaving and in her Saturday workshop she will demystify the magic of engaging readers.

Her workshop deconstructs five techniques to engage readers until the very last page. It suits all writers from emerging to advanced, and fiction from genre to literary. Participants are welcome to bring along 200 words of their own writing to read and discuss at the workshop. 

Valerie Parv AM is a Member of the Order of Australia for significant contributions to the arts as a prolific author, role model and mentor. An Australian Society of Authors (ASA) Medal recipient, She is the only Australian author to receive a Pioneer Award from RT Book Reviews, New York. 

Happening Saturday 25 March, 10-4pm at ACT Writers Centre, E Block, Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue. 

Find more information about tickets and book now:


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Sustainable style kicks off in autumn with the ever-popular Three Sixty Fashion Markets. Recycled, up-cycled, repurposed, locally designed, handmade, ethically produced, retro, vintage and just plain awesome – it’s all there!

It’s local, it’s fun and it’s all about fashion that’s beautiful and handsome, ecologically sustainable and ethical.

Happening Thursday 23 March from 10am-3pm at Printers Way, Kingston. Find more information here.




The Canberra Model Railway Club Inc is one of the largest model train clubs in the ACT and NSW regional area. This year they are running their 29th annual Model Train EXPO.

People of all ages find model trains fascinating and will spend hours watching them and learning how they operate.

At this years Expo there will be over 30 model train displays, trade stands, U-Drive and live steam train rides for the kids, a great outing for all the family.

Happening Saturday 25 March from 9am-5pm at UC High School Kaleen, Baldwin Drive, Kaleen. Find more information here.




Local Charnwood community Carnival with rides, sideshow alley, food, markets stalls, petting zoo, and much more. Head over for fun for all the family.

Running for over 13 years the Charny Carny is a Community based project where the profits go back into the West Belconnen Community. Local communities run the Carny Carny and profits go back into the local community where needed.

The Carny Carny is run by the West Belconnen Carny Carny Association – ‘for the community by the community in unity.’

Happening Saturday 25 March from 11am-4pm at Lhotsky Street, Charnwood. Find more information here.


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.


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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