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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 13 things you shouldn’t miss!

12 THINGS NOT TO MISS

RSPCA ACT MILLION PWS WALK

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The Million Paws Walk event is a wonderful day for all creatures with two or four legs. This year more than 3,000 dogs will be at the Lake Burley Griffin precinct to show their support for local animals in need. Enjoy live entertainment, stalls, delicious food, giveaways, activities with your pooch and a whole lot more!

Happening on Sunday 21 May 2017 from 9am-2.30pm at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park. Find more information on the website.

NATIONAL WALK SAFELY TO SCHOOL

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Primary school students across Canberra are encouraged to walk to school on Friday 19 May. Local schools will be hosting healthy breakfasts and walking events to encourage students to walk to school as part of the 2017 National Walk Safely to School Day community initiative.
For more information regarding on the day events, please contact your local school.

Happening Friday 19 May 2017, at Primary schools across Canberra from 8am-9am. Find more information on the website.

HEART FOUNDATION GALA DINNER

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Enjoy an evening of live entertainment at the National Gallery of Australia. Be wooed by crooner David Campbell and entertained by Allan Pease, while enjoying canapes and a three-course gourmet meal with beverages.

Plan your outfit for this fabulous night now and book seats with your favourite people. Tables are configured in groups of 10

Showing at the Gangel Hall, National Gallery of Australia on Saturday 20 May 2017 at 6.30pm. Find more information on the website.

RIVER OF ART FESTIVAL 2017

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A bumper 2017 program is now out for the River of Art festival, showcasing a feast of arts to delight, inspire and entertain.

Running over ten days from 19 to 28 May, the festival dishes up more than 130 arts treats along the South Coast, all the way from Durras to Bermagui. Whatever your taste, there’s so much to choose from in this exciting menu of visual arts, live music, theatrical performances, creative workshops and cultural activities.

River of Art celebrates the creative talents that thrive in this land of many waters. With a record number of open studios and exhibitions, the 2017 festival program is ripe with invitations to meet our talented local artists and discover what inspires them.

The full festival program is available now by clicking here.

Happening 19-28 May at various locations along the Eurobodalla coastline. See the website for more details.

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS – A CELEBRATION OF WOOL

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Wool is timelessly popular. Just ask the many craftspeople from Canberra, the region and interstate who come to create, demonstrate and sell this most fabulous of fibres. At the Old Bus Depot Markets the Celebration of Wool is over TWO big days – Saturday 20 May AND Sunday 21 May. It’s a great weekend to meet and speak with wool producers, craftspeople and artists, view hand spinning, learn about hand felting and watch weaving. For the first time ever, this year’s wool days will also feature Makers’ Workshops in crochet and knitting as well as some seriously good wool demonstrations by people who love to knit, felt, design and make homewares.

What might you find? If it can be created in wool, you may just find it at the markets. Browse and buy hand felted garments and accessories, designer knitwear, millinery, weavings, funky beanies and farm label knitwear. There’s also a vast array of woollen yarns, including hand spun and hand dyed yarns.

Happening from Saturday 20 May 2017 – Sunday 21 May 2017, 10am – 4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets – A Celebration of Wool, Kingston.

Find more information on the website. 

PEACE TRAIN: A TRIBUTE TO CAT STEVEN’S STARRING DARREN COGGAN

Peace Train: A Tribute to Cat Stevens Starring Darren Coggan

Darren Coggan celebrates 50 years of Cat Stevens as he presents Peace Train: A tribute to Cat Stevens.

Fifty years ago, Cat Stevens was the ultimate rock star. Talented, charismatic, with a seemingly endless succession of beautiful melodies streaming from his imagination, the international singing star had everything. He sold more than 60 million albums, earned enough money to last several lifetimes, and enjoyed all the trappings of fame. But he wanted more out of life. So at the height of his career he shocked the world by taking his last bow. The music stopped and Cat Stevens was no more.

Showing at The Street Theatre, Canberra, Saturday 20 May 2017 at 8pm. Find more information on the website.

WEE JASPER RESERVES BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS NIGHT

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In support of the Yass and District Hospital, Michelle and Michael are hosting a fundraiser at Billy Grace Reserve. It will be a bonfire and fireworks night, with food stalls, entertainment and much more provided. Funds raised will be donated to the Yass and District Hospital and other foundations in honour of Duncan Waters.

For more information join yourself to the Facebook Event “Bonfire and Fireworks at Billy Grace Reserve”!

Showing at Wee Jasper Reserves, on Saturday May 20 2017. Find more information on the website.

POP UP CHAMPAGNE BAR AT CANBERRA CENTRE

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Champagne is often associated with celebrations, but it also makes a fine match for an evening of good company, a great cocktail dress and a serene setting.

For the month of May, the Canberra Centre’s pop-up champagne bar will be your mini retreat – and all the excuse you need – to get out and cheers over a glass of bubbles.

Glasses of Chandon champagne will be on offer, plus high tea treats to complement.

The Champagne Bar opens on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout May on the Ground Level near the City Walk entrance. Find more information via the website.

LANDCARE FOR SINGLES TREE PLANTING EVENT 

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If you’re looking for love and don’t mind getting your hands dirty, why not come along to the Landcare for Singles tree planting event on Saturday 20 May 2017 at a Cotter Road farm, Stromlo?

The beauty of the event is that even if you don’t meet your match, you will still go home feeling good about yourself after having done something great for the environment. There’s also the added bonus of live music and a free tasty lunch.

Happening Saturday 20 May 2017 from 9.30 am – 1 pm at a Cotter Road farm (20 min south of Civic), Stromlo. How to get there: Free bus pickup available from Civic West and Woden or drive your own car to the event. Maps available on booking.Book your place now:

Book your place now: actlandcare.org.au

FRIDAY SOIRÉE AT BUVETTE

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Add a little sparkle to your Friday night with Buvette Bistro’s Friday Soirée. Set outdoors in the Parisian-style Buvette Terrace, celebrate the weekend with this exclusive event. Enjoy VIP service with a personal bartender and select your drink of choice from the special cocktail menu, designed exclusively for Friday Soirée.

Sip on a French 75 or a Lychee Torsadée whilst enjoying fresh oysters, charcuterie or a duck liver parfait.

Every Friday from 4pm to 7pm at Buvette, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

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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 hotelrealm.com.au.

See website for more information.

PETULA CLARK

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The legendary film and theatre music star and two-time grammy award winner will present a concert of sheer enjoyment for her audiences at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

All of her favourite hits will be featured …

‘Downtown.’, ‘I know A Place’, ‘My Love’, ‘Colour My World’, ‘A Sign Of The Times’, ‘Don’t Sleep In The Subway’, ‘This Is My Song’.

We are also privileged to hear some of the new tracks from Petula’s latest album. Petula Clark’s extraordinary career, spanning over 67 years has to be recognised as outstanding achievement in today’s world of entertainment.

Having sold nearly 70 million records throughout her career, Petula Clark continues to reach for even more impressive levels of perfection. In 2016 the UK Pop Legend released yet another brilliant album “FROM NOW ON” (BMG).

“Petula Clark delivers an absorbing slice of pop history” Daily Telegraph London 2016

Happening Friday 19 May 2017 from 8pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit. Find more information on the website.

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