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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 – but sometimes it’s just too epic to get through! That’s why we’ve introduced our Weekend Edit… Here are 10 things you shouldn’t miss!



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Tonight, Friday 12 August, Canberra will be treated to its first pop-up laneway event in the middle of the Melbourne Building in Civic – it’s The Forage at Odgers Lane!

The lane will provide a smaller, grungier feel, but with the same vibes, high-end street food and entertainment that the Forage always provides.

Eat and drink your fill next Friday with these Forage favourites set to light up Odgers Lane from 5pm until 9pm: Mr Papa, The Brathaus, Le Petit Breton, Burra Berkshire, The One, Bush Taco Girls, Miss Van’s, Thirst Wine and Bar Thai Eatery, Loose Gourmet Churros, Baldwin Distillery, Bentspoke Brewing Co, Bar Rochford, Quest Apartments.



Browse your way through the aisles of collectables and small antiques at Old Bus Depot Markets third and final Portobello Road event for the year.

Why visit? To fossick through an eclectic mix of quirky and interesting treasures. The fun is in the hunt as you never know what you might find amongst the stalls.

Stallholders and items you’ll find: Rummage through a stack of old suitcases, funky lamp shades, tea cups and saucers and ceramic and glass flying ducks to decorate your home. Retro decorative art blends with antique jewellery, china and art glass, silver, linens and restored pieces.

Happening Sunday 10am – 4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Free entry.


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From 11am to 2pm this Sunday 14 August let your imagination off its leash as a flock of fantastic creatures soars high in the skies above Googong.

Don’t miss the giant dragon and dolphin kites as they make their first appearance over Canberra, under the skilled guidance of expert flier Ian Burrell.

They’ll set your imagination alight and warm your heart with a spirit of fabulous adventure, myths and legends and the stuff of movies.

The giant kites will make a spectacular appearance from 11am to 2pm, along with a giant cat, a huge flying grub and Googong’s own take on the Sky Whale … a 16-metre blue and white flying whale.

Pack up your loved ones, young and old, and head to Duncan Fields for the high flying event of the year. Just follow the signs from Beltana Avenue.

Bring your own kite – they are easy and fun to make – or just kick back and enjoy the magical free show while our DJ provides the soundtrack.

Don’t forget to bring a picnic or buy lunch fresh and warm from the barbecue. For details visit



Please join Adam and the team at PYC for a community yoga event. Yoga and physical fitness is an incredible way to assist with stress management and mental health, so why not enjoy doing something for you whilst supporting others.

SANE Australia is a national charity helping Australians affected by mental illness to lead a better life. SANE is committed to building a world where people living with mental illness have better services, stronger social connections, less discrimination and the opportunity to live longer lives. Through your support, SANE will give 4 million Australians a better quality of life- one where people understand their challenges and help is always available.

All money raised will support SANE’s Services such as; Free-Call Help Centre, Website and information services, Mindful Employer Programs, Aged- Care support and SANE Forums .

Happening 7pm-8.15pm Saturday 13 August at the Power Yoga Canberra Woden Studio, 21 Altree Crescent Phillip ACT 2602.

Donation upon entry. for more information call 0262416166 or visit the website



In the first exhibition to bring together works in all media across Mike Parr’s voraciously experimental practice from 1970 to the present, this installation includes performance, film, sculpture and photography.

Happening daily 10am – 5pm 12 Aug – 6 Nov 2016 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. Free entry.



Indigenous Australians’ recognition by – and role in – society has been mirrored in their depiction as characters on screen. In this discussion, the National Film and Sound Archive look at ten iconic Indigenous Australian screen roles and their contribution to our cultural history.

This event is free but bookings are essential.

Happening Friday 12 August 5.30pm – 8pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

Free entry. Tickets can be accessed via


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Whether you are looking for collectibles, coffee table books, fiction or children’s books, you will find them all at the Big Book Fair. Woden Seniors Big Book Fair offers a huge range of quality books, as well as magazines, games, vinyl records and DVDs – all for sale at very reasonable prices. Get in early for the best chance of finding what you want.

For browsers who wish to linger or have a break from searching for their favourite books a coffee shop will be open for morning or afternoon tea.

A gold coin donation on entry would be appreciated.

Happening 12 – 14 August 11am – 4pm at the Woden Seniors, 12 Corinna Street, Woden. Free entry.



From sympathy to abuse, marriage proposals to death threats, over three decades Australians wrote more than 20,000 letters to Lindy Chamberlain.

Letters To Lindy paints a picture of an Australia that has a surprising warmth and empathy for Lindy Chamberlain. It’s this fascination that has marked her life as the defining legal and human drama of our time.

Do you know what we said to her? Do you know what we sent? Holding the mirror up to our collected response creates a powerful portrait of the heartbreak, wisdom, and resilience of a grieving mother, and a nation that loved and condemned her in equal measure.

Filled with warmth, humour, and intrigue, this new work by award-winning playwright Alana Valentine (Run Rabbit Run, Head Full of Love, Parramatta Girls) puts the letters centre stage and lets us explore our obsession with one of 20th Century Australia’s most iconic figures.

It’s fascinating, it’s heart wrenching, it’s true.

Merrigong Theatre Company in association with Canberra Theatre Centre.

Happening Tuesday to Saturday: 8pm; Saturday matinee: 2pm at The Playhouse, London Circuit, Civic Square.

Ticket prices range from $45.00 to $55.00 plus a $4.50 Transaction Fee. Tickets can be purchased via


National Science Week

Come and experience real life Science in ACTion at the Old Bus Depot in Kingston! The amazing work of local, national, and international STEM organisations is on show at this fun-filled interactive exhibition. Take a trip through time to meet Australia’s dinosaurs and discover secrets of Canberra’s archaeology and geology.

Find out where learning to code could take you, experience a virtual reality, and hear about Canberra’s own supercomputer – the fastest in the Southern Hemisphere! Hear from scientists who work to conserve iconic Australian plants and animals, and learn how renewable energies help protect the earth’s climate.

See model planes, drones and robots in action, and witness a visit from some infamous alien villains. Be surprised at what you can learn from Science in ACTion!

Happening Saturday 13 August from 10am until 4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets. For more information on Science in ACTion, click here. For more information about other National Science Week events, click here.



Following two sold out shows at Canberra Theatre, Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase will be tearing up the freeways of Australia for the fourth year in a row to bring the crème de la crème of the Festival right to your doorstep.

Boasting a line-up of the best local and international comics and showcasing some of the freshest emerging talents, this jam-packed night of pure entertainment will leave you sore from belly laughs!

So get ready Canberra, the Showcase Tour is back on the road! Call your pals and grab your tickets to the funniest night of entertainment you will see all year!

Happening Saturday 13 August 8pm at the Canberra Theatre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra. Tickets cost $40.00 plus a booking fee of $4.50 per transaction. Tickets can be purchased via


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