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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!



HerCanberra are bringing you a wedding event unlike anything Canberra has ever seen. UNVEILED The Event will be a combination of stalls where you can meet and interact with potential vendors, workshops where you can learn tips and tricks, a Beauty Bar where you can try products firsthand, food and drink stalls and live entertainment topped off with our unique 4D ‘Wedding Atmospheres‘ – installations where you can walk inside five themed weddings.

General entry is just $10 per person and can be purchased via Eventbrite or at the door on the day.

Happening Saturday 3 June from 2-6pm at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.



Music helps us to recall significant events in our lives and can evoke strong memories and emotions. It connects those who are dying to the life that they have lived and is a powerful way for family and friends to share music together, to remember stories and experiences.

Please join us at the Canberra Southern Cross Club in Woden. The concert will commence at 7pm and the program will include local choirs and singers such as well-known Canberra soprano Louise Page OAM.

Happening Saturday 3 June, 6.30pm at the Canberra Southern Cross Club, 92-96 Corinna Street, Phillip

See website for more information.

Melodrama in Meiji Japan

Image: Supplied

Image: Supplied

Step into the tumultuous world of Meiji Japan (1868–1912), through a selection of stunning Japanese woodblock illustrations. Used to illustrate Japanese novels, these beautiful images, known as kuchi-e (literally, ‘mouth/opening picture’), accompany stories filled with drama, tragedy and intrigue, reflecting the uncertainty of the times.

Curated by Dr. Gary Hickey, the exhibition draws upon a substantial collection of kuchi-e amassed by University of NSW Emeritus Professor Richard Clough (1921-2014) and donated to the Library. This collection, along with other works acquired, forms one of the most significant collections of this genre in the world and the largest focused collection of Japanese art in Australia. The exhibition features over twenty artists and a range of subjects, illustrating a fascinating history of a genre profiled for the first time in a major exhibition.

Free entry.

Showing every day from 10am-5pm until 27 August at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Find more information on the website.


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Love experiencing different cultures? On the first Sunday of the month we add a touch of international ‘flavour’ to the markets. It’s like touring the world without leaving the markets.

You’ll find a variety of stallholders offer handcrafted items from around the world – think gorgeous jewellery, clothing, accessories and homewares with a multicultural feel – and of course plenty of tasty international cuisine in the food hall.

Happening on Sunday 4 June from 10am-4pm at the Former Transport Depot Kingston, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Find more information on the website.



The kids cooking class is designed to be a fun activity for kids to do, whilst learning about different flavours and ingredients. With Ellie Paxton, kids will learn how to make rice paper rolls, homemade pizzas and cookies and will get a recipe to take home. Come and join Ellie for a morning of fun in the kitchen!

Parents are welcome to stay and have a coffee. Kids age 7+ are welcome.

The class will be held at the Pavilion Hotel at 242 Northbourne Ave, Dickson from 11am-12.30pm on Sunday 4 June.

Book your child’s place now by emailing Ellie at [email protected].


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Come and experience a two or three course Argentinian-style Sunday roast at Pialligo Estate, each Sunday from 12pm. Find more information here.

Sunday Roast is just $45 for adults and $20 for children (2-12 years old) and includes a main featuring two roast varieties and dessert, live music and lawn games for the kids and young at heart.

To book, contact the reservations team on 6247 6060 or make an enquiry here



John Behan is a talkback radio host with the city in the palm of his hand. He fills the airwaves with easy answers, hard facts be damned. But, yesterday, he overstepped the mark. Today, a trial-by-media threatens to get out of control.

Locking himself in his studio and broadcasting live, John Behan is not going to go quietly, even if a life is on the line. Across town, the hunt is on for a sensational story. One that reveals the truth? Perhaps. One that keeps journalists in a job? More likely. In Talk, writer and director Jonathan Biggins (The Wharf Revue) sets his eyes squarely on modern journalism, social media and the 24-hour news cycle. When everyone has a megaphone, who’s listening?

TALK is showing from Wednesday 31 May to Saturday  3 June from 8pm, with Saturday having an additional 2pm talk at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit.

Find more information and book tickets on the website.



A 2.5 hour class taught by One Seed perfumer, Liz Cook. Class sizes are limited to 12 people for individualised attention.

This class will teach you the basics of natural perfumery and blending. The workshop includes a take-home kit of 12 plant essences (pre-tinctured for ease of use), and you will go home with an 8ml perfume of your own design, as well as enough goods to create several more bottles of your own fragrance at home.

Topics covered include: natural vs synthetic scent, perfume classification, how to smell, dry down studies, creation methods, and more.

Happening Saturday 3 June, 9.30am, 1pm and 4pm at Hotel Kurrajong, 8 National Circuit, Barton

See website for more information.



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. 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.


Credit: Karen Watson Photography

Credit: Karen Watson Photography

Enjoy a night of music, memories and conversation with Christine Anu at the National Film and Sound Archive. In this National Reconciliation Week event hear Christine talking about her career, life and work as an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the community, and the importance of Indigenous languages in cultural identity. Plus, don’t miss a selection of special acoustic performances including songs from her award winning career.

Happening Friday 2 June from 7.15pm at the National FIlm and Sound Archive, McMoy Circuit, Acton.

Find more information on the website or book here.



Visit Questacon and join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Above and Beyond is the ultimate interactive and multi-sensory flight exhibition celebrating the power of innovation to make dreams take flight. From flying cars and supersonic planes to space elevators and mega-rockets, Above and Beyond takes you faster, further and higher for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Design and test-fly your own supersonic jet. Pilot a drone into the eye of a hurricane to measure nature’s fury. Spread your wings and experience flight as a bird or a futuristic wing-flapping aircraft. Or take an elevator ride to the edge of space.

Packed with fun interactive challenges, vehicle concept models and prototypes, immersive media presentations, and inspiring stories, this thrilling exhibition invites you to experience what it takes to make the “impossible” possible. Explore advanced aircraft and spacecraft that change our lives and transform our world. And join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Happening until Sunday 23 July from 9am-5pm at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.


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