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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!



The World Curry Festival was created in 2015 out of love of food, culture and community. It’s a unique event that’s ‘a celebration of all things curry’.

Eexperience the authentic tastes of Asia, Europe and Africa in the heart of Canberra’s City Centre — be treated to tantalising street food, scrumptious market stall goodies and a variety of live cultural and community dance performances. Take part in the World Curry Festival chilli eating competition for your chance to be named ‘Canberra’s hottest citizen’!

The World Curry Festival in the City has been expanded to three days this year, running from Friday 8 July to Sunday 10 July on City Walk.


Experience prehistoric creatures lurking after dark when the Australian National Botanic Gardens are illuminated for night viewing. Wander through the various habitats and displays at your own leisure and conclude your evening with ‘dinosaur tales’ shared by National Dinosaur Museum staff in the Red Centre Garden.

7pm to 9pm this Saturday 9 July. Buy your tickets online.


It’s French Month in the Realm Precinct!

Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar presents a special three-course truffle menu for Bastille Day. Celebrate with Buvette’s signature cocktail, the Lillet Mode de Vie, on arrival and a complimentary amuse bouche.

This Saturday 9 July from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Find out more here.


Celebrate NAIDOC week with a free, family friendly celebration on the shores of Lake Ginninderra on Saturday 9 July. Join in a rich program of live performances, food and art stalls, a jumping castle, film screenings and hands-on craft activities.

Bring the family to join in some traditional weaving or sit around the camp-fire and listen to some yarns. Or take yourself on another kind of journey through a program of local films by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander film-makers curated by Richard Jameson.

At Belconnen Arts Centre from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 9 July.


This event is a meeting place for our loved yet neglected clothing to be repaired, re-imagined, remade or swapped. Bring a pre-loved item and expertise and materials are on hand to ensure you leave with a piece that you can love again.

You can…

Repair – darn over a moth hole, make a feature out of a repair (like a button hole), use traditional ‘by hand’ techniques that actually add to the garment through repair. Led by Valerie Kirk.

Remake – reimagine and redefine a piece, transforming it into something different and completely original. Led by Jacoba.

Swap – trade an old piece for a new piece. Led by Nina Gbor.

Happening Saturday 9 July at Hotel Hotel. There will be two sessions throughout the day, so see website for details.


Corin Forest Mountain Resort provides Canberra’s only snow experience with snow play and tobogganing, and now its own ski slope and skiing and snowboarding lessons! Warm up with a hot chocolate and marshmallows by the lodge’s roaring open fire.

Corin Forest is 45 minutes drive from central Canberra on Corin Dam Road. Check their Facebook page for road closures and detours.

Find out more here.

Switched On: 70 years of parliamentary broadcasting guided tour

July 1946 marks the beginning of a new era of politics when Australians Switched On to parliament on the radio for the first time.

This July the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House invites you turn up, dress up and join in, as they step back in time to the 1940’s for the Switched On tour, marking the 70th Anniversary of live radio broadcasting from Australian Federal Parliament.

Discover the beginnings of people powered radio in this fun, interactive experience, including an opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and inside the broadcast booth.

Be quick, tour numbers are limited – they leave at 11am and 2pm on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 July. To book phone 6270 8215 and leave your contact details, or email [email protected]


Canberra Impro Challenge Grand Finale Double Bill is part of Improvention 2016; an international festival of unscripted theatre, with performers and directors from Sweden, Austria, France, Israel, USA, Taiwan, Singapore, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, United Kingdom & Australia

Cheer the locals, marvel at the experts, boo the judges, and most of all, laugh lots and lots and lots!

Before the Grand Finale outstanding Perth improviser, Glenn Hall, presents “Yes”, in which some of the world’s most inspiring improvisers allow their peers to create fiction from each other’s true personal stories. An international feast!

Show starts at 7:30pm on Saturday 9 July at The Street Theatre. Tickets from The Street.


Feather and Bone have spent 10 years running a premium butchery business organised around supporting and promoting extensive, sustainable animal production. They visit all the farms from which they source in order to gain a fully rounded understanding of their products, from the unique characteristics of each farm through to the carcasses that arrive at the butchery.

So, while Grant will demonstrate how the familiar cuts emerge from the whole lamb carcass and discuss the different ways to cook them depending on muscle function and fat level, he’ll also provide a detailed and comprehensive picture of the provenance of the lamb. You’ll learn about the management of the soil, plants and animals on the farm, the characteristics of the breed and how that affects the carcass and eating quality.  

Ticket from

Can’t get enough of Feather and Bone? Come along to the Feast of the Beast on Sunday too!

Feather and Bone have prepared a five course menu showcasing the skill and passion of the producers they represent. Pialligo Estate’s chefs will conjure up a meaty feast ranging from delicate broths to rich rillettes and accompanied by gorgeous local wines.

Tickets from or buy your two day ticket here.


Celebrate Constitution Day — see the Federation documents, join in some constitution-style family fun with the discovery trail, calligraphy, storytelling, and attend the annual Constitution Day Speakers’ Forum.

From 11am to 4pm this Saturday 9 July at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. More information at

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


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