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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!

10 THINGS NOT TO MISS

Hungerford hill museum release: age and vintage  vineyard - cellar door

Hungerford Hills has hand selected 6 museum wines to compare with their current vintage. Each tasting is designed to teach attendees the effects that proper cellaring has on different varietals from 4 different growing regions. Talk one on one with Michael Bentley from Hungerford Hill, as he takes you through the subtle nuances and variations within each wine.

Matching tapas dishes will be free-flowing, with a glass of their award-winning “Dalliance” 2010 Tumbarumba sparkling on arrival and Liqueur Shiraz to finish. 

Happening from 1pm on Saturday 16th of July, $55 per person. Details at parlour.net.au. Bookings essential: call (02) 6257 7325 or email [email protected]

GREAT BIG ADVENTURE FESTIVAL

Celebrate Play School’s 50th birthday and enjoy craft, Museum adventures, puppets, dress-ups, tea parties, toys and a special story time with Play School presenters Teo and Emma at the National Museum of Australia’s Great Big Adventure Festival.

Free (though some activities may involve a small charge). You can download a program now (PDF 441kb). There will also be printed programs available on the day.

Happening between 10am and 2pm on Sunday 17 July at the National Museum of Australia.

CREATIVE FIBRE AT THE OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

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Immerse yourself in creativity with the region’s most talented textile artists showcasing and selling their work at Creative Fibre.

Creative Fibre is your opportunity to engage with the region’s textile artists – people who design, print on fabric, weave, make baskets, knit, hand dye fabric – learn about the processes involved, and take home original works.

You’ll find beautifully handcrafted home ares and clothing, and displays by regional guilds.

It’s all happening from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 17 July at the Old Bus Depot Markets on Wentworth Avenue in Kingston. Free entry.

Catch a few Pokemon while you’re there too!

Find out more at obdm.com.au.

SASS & TEASE COLLECTIVE

The Sass and Tease Collective are hosting the reigning Miss Burlesque Australia Bella de Jac (Vic) and Australian Burlesque Festival headliner Jacqueline Furey (Qld) for one night only in a very special full-length theatrical cabaret.

All are invited to The Abbey in Gold Creek on Saturday 16 July where a bevy of Canberra’s cabaret performers will be bringing and the most glamourous and gruesome creatures of the fairy court to life.

Tickets from $30+bf, available through The Abbey: theabbey.com.au

BASTILLE DAY DINNER AT WINS CREEK MEADERY

Just out of town in Murrumbateman, on Saturday 16 July, Wins Creek Meadery will be offering a French Buffet to coincide with the French Bastille Day. McKellar Ridge Winemaker, Dr Brian Johnston, will be a guest speaker at the event. The menu will include a choice of three mains, two desserts, and complimentary glass of McKellar Ridge wine (or non-alcoholic drink of choice). To making a booking, email [email protected].

LAST WEEKEND TO GET YOUR SKATES ON IN THE CITY

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It’s the final weekend for Winter Festival in the City a wintery wonderland styled on European winter markets which will be held in iconic locations in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Perth. Each Winter Festival will host a wide range of snow and ice related activities including open air ice skating, powder snow pits, toboggan rides and European style pop up food stalls, live music, professional ice skating performances and interactive fun and games. 

Winter Festival in the City is running until 17 July in Garema Place. Find more details at hercanberra.com.au.

THE WIZARD OF OZ

The Wizard of Oz Show celebrates its 4000th performance with the International Yellow Brick Road Tour 2016-17 through Australia, New Zealand, America, India and Singapore. It comes to Canberra during the July school holidays.

So click your heels together and get ready to follow a yellow brick road full of fun, adventure and wacky characters. Kids can rap with the Tinman, roar like a Lion, wake up sleepy Shakey the Scarecrow and dance with Dorothy in this interactive, new adaptation of America’s best loved story.

Three dimensional animation on screen, catchy music and fantastic costumes bring this Youngstars2.com production alive on stage. Come dressed up as your favourite Oz character and create some oz-some photo memories. Ideal for 2 to 8 year olds.

Happening Saturday 16 July at The Auditorium, Erindale Vikings Club, 6 Ricardo Street, Wanniassa ACT. For tickets visit Ticketek.

TRUFFLES, WINE & JAZZ AT MERCURE CANBERRA

Join the team at Mercure Canberra as they celebrate Canberra’s Truffle Festival with Truffles, Wine & Jazz @ Mercure Canberra.

Free wine tasting from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, with the fantastic Long Rail Gully, Mt Majura Vineyard, Lerida Estate and Eden Road Wines

Purchase Tarago Truffles inspired tasty food dishes at our Food Stalls from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

Sit back and enjoy Canberra’s Jazz Trio, Tilt who will be playing live in the lounge from 6.30pm, providing smooth tunes throughout the evening.

Bookings are not required, however we suggest you arrive early to secure the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the Truffles, Wine & Jazz.

Happening Saturday 16 July at Mercure Canberra, Corner Limestone Avenue & Ainslie Avenue, Braddon ACT. Bookings are not required, for more information visit the website.

AQUIS BRUMBIES V WESTERN FORCE

See the Aquis Brumbies v Western Force at GIO Stadium. It’s the Brumbies’ last match before Super Rugby finals. The Force were no match for the Brumbies in 2015 but with a number of handy offseason additions this side could be the one to watch in 2016. It’s the pointy end of the competition and every point counts.

Happening Saturday 16 July at GIO Stadium Canberra, Battye Street, Bruce ACT. For tickets visit Ticketek.

HEROINES IN CHARGE!

July school holiday fun at the National Film and Sound Archive. Empowering films where females are in charge of their own adventure! From new characters like Rey in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens to classic heroines like Alice, these are all fantastical stories to enthrall and inspire.

Screening: Spirited Away, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Lilo & Stitch, Alice in Wonderland, Bambi, Howl’s Moving Castle

Happening until Friday 15 July at National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT. For session bookings visit trybooking.com

Get lots more ideas in our comprehensive ‘what’s on’ guide – This Week in The Can!

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