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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!


Launch Party for the Canberra District Wine Week

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Eighteen of the Canberra District’s finest and funkiest wineries are coming to the City for an afternoon of vintage celebration in New Acton. It’s the Launch Party for the Canberra District Wine Week – and there’ll be music and food and of course some fantastic wines to taste in the courtyard.

$20 gets you a glass and unlimited samples from the wineries on site.

Come and try wines from Summerhill Road, Dionysus, Murrumbateman Winery, Kerralee, Mount Majura, Three Lads, Barton Estate, Sapling Yard, Collector, Eden Road, Gallagher, Tallagandra Hill, Pankhurst, Gundog Estate, Capital Wines, Lark Hill, Shaw and McKeller Ridge.

Food from some of the New Acton joints and some groovy live music too. A perfect afternoon to kick off a week of wine and food and fun! Read about what you can’t miss at Canberra Wine Week here.

Happening Saturday 1 April from 2pm-5pm at New Acton East – Courtyard, 21-23 Marcus Clarke Street. Book your tickets here now!



It’s a kind of storytelling show – but ….it’s different from most. Maybe from all..

Who Am I? is for those who love classic storytelling, and those who love suspense. Russell Cheek has been wowing Adelaide Fringe audiences with his very funny story of attempting to win the jackpot on Sale of the Century in 1993.

An hilarious true story of dedication, perseverance and grit written and performed by Russell Cheek, sharing the story of climbing out of unemployed actor poverty by attempting to win the jackpot on Sale of the Century in 1993. Who am I. . .? is a human story about aspiration and determination versus self-doubt and loss of confidence. It’s about the things we all have to confront if we have the ambition to get something done.  It’s the story of 1990s Australia and one man’s attempt to scale the summit of all Australian quiz shows.

Written and Performed by Russell Cheek, Directed By Stephen Abbott (AKA the Sandman), Lighting Design Jacky Bennett.

Happening Tuesday 30 March until Saturday 1 April from 7pm and Sunday 2 April from 4pm at The Street, City West.

Standard Ticket $35 concession $30. Find more information on the website.


Image: VisitCanberra

Image: VisitCanberra

The Tidbinbilla Open Day is a great day out for the whole family! This year’s theme is Celebrating Diversity so enjoy a day experiencing Tidbinbilla’s diverse people, habitats and heritage.

Explore the many walking tracks on offer, learn about the Reserve’s wildlife or sit back and enjoy a picnic with friends and family. There will be live entertainment, local food stalls, children’s activities and much more.

This free family-friendly event is not to be missed. For more information visit their website.

Happening Sunday 2 April from 10am – 3pm at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

Find more information on the website.


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Image: Supplied

The Canberra District Wine Week offers an exciting program of wine dinners, tastings and themed events in the city and right around the Canberra wine district.

The 10-day program of wine tastings, food matchings and tours will be held in Canberra, Murrumbateman, Yass, Hall, Bungendore and Gundaroo, culminating in the annual Harvest Festival over the weekend of 8 and 9 April.

Happening Friday 31 March – Sunday 9 April at various venues.

Find more information on the website


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Award winning Australian vocalist Emma Pask is heading out on tour early 2017!

Recently nominated for an ARIA award for Best Jazz Album of the year and on the back of sell out shows nationally and internationally throughout 2016, she is super excited to be hitting the road again and sharing her music with you all.

Emma’s effortless honest stage presence combined with her powerful vocal ability leaves audiences spellbound and inspired.

She is sure to delight as she interweaves storytelling through timeless swinging jazz standards, upbeat Latin rhythms, original material, tender ballads, all wrapped up with some raucous grooving blues.

By request, Emma has performed for adoring audiences including Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban and Diana, the late Princess of Wales. She has played support for George Benson on his Australian tour and with Latin Superstar Ricky Martin singing her praises, you won’t want to miss her live in action.

Well known for spending the last 20 years by the side of jazz virtuoso James Morrison, Emma Pask has firmly established herself one of one of this country’s favourite voices in Jazz.

“Whilst it’s fashionable to be a jazz singer these days, she’s the real thing!” James Morrison

Happening Friday 31 March form 8pm at The Street, City West.

Find more information and to purchase tickets here


Wine dogs Mollie and Tannin entertain the guests at Murrumbateman Winery.

Wine dogs Mollie and Tannin entertain the guests at Murrumbateman Winery.

Want to know more about wine making?

Join Murrumbateman Winery owner and winemaker Bobbie Makin during Canberra District Wine Week for a winery tour.

Find out what wines they’re making in 2017, learn about fermentation and have a go at punch down.

Session times (sessions capped at 10 people):
Session 1: 2.30pm Friday March 31.
Session 2: 2.30pm Saturday April 1.
Session 3: 3.30pm Saturday April 1.

Happening Friday 31 March – Saturday 1 April at Murrumbateman Winery, Murrumbateman. For more information and to make a booking visit the website.


Experience freshly harvested organic fruit and vegetables at Loriendale’s annual Apple Day Harvest Celebration. This boutique orchard has an international selection of over 120 varieties of heritage and modern apples.

Enjoy freshly crushed apple juice, country style pies, jams and relishes, a range of organic foods – crepes served with Loriendale apple sauce and Devonshire teas served with delicious scones, muffins or cakes. Stroll through the orchard, complete with free range bantam hens foraging among the trees. Relaxing background music provided by local musicians and choirs and a young children’s activity area.

Crisp mountain air and organic growing in the Canberra Region, brings you the best in high country fruit. If you are a fruit lover and wish to eat freshly picked, organically grown Australian produce, don’t miss Loriendale Orchards Apple Day.

Happening Saturday 1 April from 1.30pm – 5.00pm at Loriendale Orchard, Hall.

Find more information on the website.


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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.




Pop-up restaurant at Trader and Co! Join this event for a traditional Filippino cuisine served banquet style, cooked by Yass local, Phillipines born, Joeseph.

This event is BYO. For more information join yourself to the Facebook Event Page or make bookings via their email.

Please leave a phone number in your email booking. They’ll get back to you with further information and to take a deposit to secure your spot!

Happening Saturday 1 April from 6.30pm at Trader & Co. Yass.

Find more information on the website.



Challenge yourself by walking from 5 to 44 km during the Canberra Walking Festival weekend. Enjoy a walk along the Centenary Trail or around the picturesque Lake Burley Griffin.

A non-competitive event, the Canberra Two Day Walk is open to walkers of all ages. The festival is all about fun, fitness, fellowship and personal challenge.

Happening Saturday 1 April – Sunday 2 April from 7am – 4pm at Charles Sturt University, Barton.

Find more information on the website.


Be part of a fun, vibrant family event to bring together our multicultural community, and raise funds for the school.

Harrison School Twilight Fair will have major rides, amusements, side-show alley, craft activities, NERF arena, bubble soccer, petting zoo, pony rides, market stalls, performances, community groups, international food court, cake stall, plant stall, pre-loved books, trash ‘n’ treasure, lucky hamper raffle, and a Major Prize Raffle with over 100 prizes on offer, valued at over $16k.

Happening Saturday 1 April from 3pm – 7pm at Harrison School, Harrison

Find more information on the website.


Image: VisitCanberra

Image: VisitCanberra

Auto Italia Canberra is an automotive exhibition of Italian cars, motorbikes and scooters that promotes Italian culture, heritage and foods. 2017 marks 70 years since Enzo Ferrari produced the first Ferrari 125 S and 60 years since the first of 3.8 million Fiat 500s rolled from the production line in 1957.

Auto Italia is not just for car nuts. It’s a great family day with free entry, food and drink stalls and entertainment, all enjoyed on a lovely Canberra autumn day.

Auto Italia started off in 1984 as a barbeque for the local FIAT and Alfa Romeo clubs, and has grown over 30 years into a spectacular showcase of Italian machinery from Vespa scooters through to the latest hypercars with everything in between.

While there are trophies to be won, most participants are just proud of their little Italian masterpiece and want to spend a day with others who understand and share their passion for the Italian marques.

Happening Sunday 2 April from 8am – 3pm at Old Parliament House. Free Entry.

Find out more information on the website


Image: Martin Ollman

Image: Martin Ollman

You are invited to celebrate the opening of four new gardens in the Gallery of Gardens at the National Arboretum Canberra.

Listen to live music by the Canberra Gay and Lesbian Qwire and the Black Hat Band on the grassy Events Terrace, bring a picnic or enjoy lunch from Sprout Cafe.

Kids can decorate and make a kite or bring your own kite to fly at one of the best kite-flying spots in Canberra (Kite kits $10 each).

The Open Gardens Australia Celebration Garden, The Labyrinth Garden, the AIDS Garden of Reflection and Mununja the Butterfly Garden have been created through generous donations from individuals and organisations.

Outdoor activities will be cancelled if raining.

Happening Sunday 2 April from 12pm – 3pm at National Arboretum Canberra. Find more information on the 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 until 4 April at Palace Electric Cinema, Acton.

To book tickets and find out more information, visit the 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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