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Every Monday for more than eight 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—a curated selection of events we think you’ll love!


Immerse yourself in Questacon’s after-hours winter spectacular!

Dance under a 7m Moon, discover celestial wonders stargazing, get creative with space crafts and dine in a glowing food court!

Mid-Winter Nights @ Questacon is the ultimate family-friendly winter activity these July school holidays.

All eight action-packed galleries will be open and the centre will be bursting with glowing moon and space-themed activities.

Tickets are $17.50 for adults, $12.50 for children or $45 for a family.

Happening 10-13 July 2019 from 5.30 – 9 pm at Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See for more information.


Canberra Fashion Market is back on Saturday 13 July and is bigger and better than ever.

They have a new home at Thoroughbred Park and have teamed up with a food and wine provider to make the market a great day out for family and friends.

Canberra Fashion Market is excited about expanding fashion to include food stalls, food vans, wine and live music. Come early and stay all day.

Want to register for a fashion, food or wine stall? Click here.

Happening Saturday 13 July from 10 am – 4 pm at Thoroughbred Park, 1 Randwick Road, Lyneham.

Entry is free and so is parking.

See for more information.


Pialligo Estate is bringing back their much-loved Friday Night Drinks – this time with its winter edition, for three nights only in July!

Grab yourself a plus-one to cosy-up to and share an incredibly tasty and warming enchilada – Pialligo Estate Smoked Brisket wrapped in a silky tortilla and topped with sour cream, garden coriander and jalapenos AND a bottle of wine (or a jug of mulled wine) for only $60.

Enjoy Pialligo Estate’s Friday Night Drinks special, inside the warm Garden Pavilions, listening to live music sure to relax and ease you into the weekend!

Happening Friday 12, 19 and 26 July from 4.30 – 7 pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

Bookings essential: email or call (02) 6247 6060.


Featuring Claude Monet’s pioneering painting Impression, Soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise) 1872, from which Impressionism takes its name, this exclusive exhibition brings together works from the impressionist master and other significant artists to examine the founding of an art movement—a defining moment in art history.

Impression, Soleil levant, which rarely leaves the museum walls in Paris, has landed in a newly designed exhibition space at the NGA this winter, along with some forty impressionist and related paintings from the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, the Tate, and Australian and New Zealand collections.

Alongside Monet’s masterpieces are key paintings by JMW Turner, whose early works inspired Monet, James McNeill Whistler, Alfred Sisley and Eugène Boudin, among others.

The works reveal the formative characteristics of Impressionism—depiction of light, purer colour and capturing the momentary view—by a new generation of artists who abandoned their studios for the world outside.

Monet: Impression Sunrise is an unmissable opportunity to see a masterful painting that became emblematic of a cultural movement and trace its influence on the course of art history.

Showing until 1 September 2019 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See for more information.


As the mercury continues to fall and Canberra braces itself for a frosty winter, we think everyone could use a Wintervention

Canberrra’s only open air ice rink is back and bigger than ever in a brand new location.

Nestled in Civic Square in front of the Canberra theatre, it’s the centre piece for Canberra’s winter festival. More than just skating – Wintervention will be bursting with activities including markets, ice shows, a life size snow globe and live entertainment for all ages to enjoy.

Wintervention will run from Friday 5 to Sunday 21 July, with the Food and Makers’ Markets at Wintervention taking place on the opening weekend (5 – 7 July).

Skating at Wintervention will be on every day from 10 am to 8 pm with scheduled performances from the ‘Stars on Ice’ on Fridays and weekends. Hot drinks and snacks will be available day and night.

There will be live music and entertainment every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the event.

Use this year’s Wintervention to get outside, embrace the cold and enjoy our city during this frosty season.

Happening from Friday 5 July until Sunday 21 July in the Civic Square.

See for more information.


Truffle season is nearly upon us and Mt Majura are excited to include truffles at the cellar door as part of the winter tasting experience.

Come in to the cellar door at Mount Majura Vineyard to taste a flight of wines matched with truffled brie. Combining Flinders Estate triple cream brie a deliciously rich and creamy brie style cheese with truffles from neighbour Jayson at The Truffle Farm.

Every Saturday and Sunday from early June to late August.

Happening until 25 August from 10 am – 5 pm at Mount Majura Vineyard.

See for more information.

Sunrise Premium sessions

Enjoy an exclusive viewing of the National Gallery of Australia’s Monet: Impression Sunrise before the doors open to the general public with limited numbers of people.

Available every weekend from 9 am–10 am. You can also continue to enjoy the exhibition after 10 am through to 5 pm.

Happening until 1 September at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See the website for more information.


Kate Winslet as Myrtle ‘Tilly’ Dunnage. Image supplied.

From 1950s Dungatar to 2019 Canberra, the original costumes from the hit film The Dressmaker will be on display at the NFSA from 18 April 2019.

Audiences will be able to go ‘behind the seams’ of a diverse range of elegant vintage fashion worn by Hollywood stars and home-grown acting talents including Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook, Judy Davis, Rebecca Gibney and more.

The exhibition, designed by Marion Boyce, features a spectacular range of haute couture worn by the film’s stars.

The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition celebrates the artistry of the film’s sumptuous designs, as well as the transformational power of fashion.

Showing until Sunday 18 August from 10 am – 4 pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

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Join this ARIA Award winner, and one of Australia’s finest voices, for an intimate concert experience: Unplugged & Unfiltered. Audiences will be captivated by Anthony’s extraordinary voice and infectious personality in it’s purest form, when he will be joined on stage by piano, guitar and vocals in an intimate setting, performing songs from his 7 albums and more, as well as sharing stories and experiences from his life in and out of music.

It’s been 15 years since hitting the spotlight, followed by national tours, performing for royalty, touring with the likes of Celine Dion and Whitney Houston, number 1 albums, countless TV appearances, Anthony is still at the top of his game with his undeniable flawless vocals.

His most recent studio album, ARIA Number 1 Hits in Symphony (recorded with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra), debuting at #1 on the ARIA album charts in 2017.

Happening Saturday 13 July from 8 – 10:30 pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

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The Historical Expression of Chinese Art: Calligraphy and Painting from the National Museum of China

Calligraphy and painting are two treasures of traditional Chinese culture. For thousands of years artists have produced works that have sustained the practice of China’s most revered art and provided cultural nourishment for the Chinese people.

This Australian-first exhibition explores the breadth and tradition of Chinese calligraphy and painting through artworks from the National Museum of China’s collection. See exquisite paintings by three Chinese modern artists — Xie Yun, Xiao Lang and Wang Naizhuang —and an extraordinary 20-metre-long replica 18th-century scroll documenting Emperor Qianlong’s 1751 tour to the southern provinces.

A mesmerising and immersive animation brings the story of the scroll and its historical figures to life in intricate three-dimensional detail.

The National Museum of Australia’s Harvest of Endurance pictorial scroll, painted in the traditional gong bi style and representing two centuries of Chinese contact with, and migration to, Australia forms a companion element of the exhibition, with eight of its 50 metres on display.

This exhibition is part of a cultural exchange with the National Museum of China.

Free entry.

Showing until 28 July 2019 at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See for more information.


Cellar Door is a wine market for Canberra’s wonderful wine scene happening every Saturday from 3-6 pm. Buy wines from local makers every Saturday afternoon in the iconic Nishi Grand Stair, NewActon Precinct.

Grab a souvenir glass, taste the latest drops, and buy at cellar door prices.

Wine stalls rotate each week with complementing stalls like flowers, cheese, chocolate and books.

Make a day of it with a film at Palace Electric Cinema and NewActon’s leading food and drink destinations.

Happening every Saturday from 3-6 pm on the Nishi Grand Stair, inside the Nishi Building, Philip Law Street, NewActon.

See the website for more details.

See canberratheatre for more information.


Serene, methodical and exceptionally Monster.

Presenting a new Sunday afternoon blend, Monster Kitchen and Bar is adding a little extra flavour to your signature lazy day with its very own High Tea…

Amidst the hand-crafted furniture, bespoke artwork, and ambient lighting you will find the familiar flavours you have come to appreciate from the team at Monster with a range of exclusive tea flavours by Tea Garden co, tea-inspired cocktails, Champagne all complemented by black and gold fixtures.

Tickets $70 to $120.

Happening every Sunday from 1 pm at Monster Kitchen, Ovolo Nishi.

See Facebook for more information.


Celebrate the NGA’s winter exhibition Monet: Impression Sunrise with an unforgettable high tea, and enjoy a selection of French-inspired, sweet and savoury delights.

$43 NGA Member, $48 Guest.

Happening daily at 11 am and 2 pm on Level One, National Gallery of Australia.

Bookings online at or

Inked: Australian Cartoons

Inked features a selection of the best cartoons from the National Library of Australia’s extensive collections.

The exhibition draws from over 14,000 cartoons by dozens of artists, from before the arrival of the  First Fleet in 1788 up to the present. Each work is a time capsule, offering a snapshot of Australian life.

Visitors will be captivated by the works on display by many greats of Australian cartooning, including Will Dyson, Judy Horacek, Michael Leunig, David Low, Phil May, Alan Moir, Bruce Petty, Martin Sharp, Cathy Wilcox and many more.


Come and see the famous Gumnut Babies going off to war. Create your own cartoon or draw a protest sign to hang on our display wall. Get stuck into a book. Find all the hidden Inkie the Echidnas and explore whether the world is doomed or domed.

Inked Play is open daily as part of Inked: Australian Cartoons. Find it by following Inkie the Echidna.

Open 10 am to 5 pm every day until 21 July 2019


Kids are king these school holidays at Marketplace Gungahlin with free activities for the whole family every single day! There’ll be sand and craft play, plus popular children’s characters roaming around the centre to surprise the little ones. All of this entertainment is absolutely free so don’t miss out on the fun! It’ll all happen directly outside Big W throughout the school holidays.

In the first week of the school holidays, there will be sensory play activities happening every day Monday to Friday from 10.30 am – 1.30 pm, including face painting, scratch art with coloured sand and a magic sand table with different sand activities each day.

On the weekend of 13 and 14 July, the Meet Your Favourite Characters event will take place from 11 am – 1 pm. Come say hello and grab a photo with your favourite characters, as princesses, snowmen, ice queens and tigers roam the centre.

The second week of the holidays is all about craft, with different activities on offer from Monday to Friday at 10.30 am – 1.30 pm. 

Kids can play with building straws, play dough, collage, sticking and glueing, the sand table and crayon rubbing every day, plus make their own grass heads on Monday, enjoy bug magnet weaving on Tuesday, make their own wind chime on Wednesday, design their own frisbie on Thursday and make their own kaleidoscope on Friday.

On the weekend of 20 and 21 July, the kids will have another chance to meet their favourite characters from 11 am – 1 pm, with cowboys, dinosaurs and superheroes visiting the centre.

Find out more on the Marketplace Gungahlin website.


The achingly beautiful and tender language of Oscar Wilde joins the intimate and magical world of internationally acclaimed Adelaide theatre company, Slingsby. Journey in wonder, to a land of challenging choices and rich rewards.

The Young King tells the story of a young boy born to a princess and a poor woodland man. Snatched from his parents as a baby, the Young King is raised by a kindly goatherd in a deep forest.

Years pass and the old King, father of the princess, nears the end of his life. The old king calls for the boy to be brought to the palace; there he tells him, “You are not a young goatherd, you are my grandson the Young King and heir to my throne”

Happening Thursday 11 July to Saturday 13 July at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

See the for more information.


Image: VisitCanberra

The Bookfair is the largest gathering of book-lovers in Canberra, raising much-needed funds to keep the local 13 11 14 crisis support and suicide prevention service available to the community.

Happening from Friday 12 July to Sunday 14 July at the Tuggeranong Southern Cross Stadium.

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Join Cosentino as he performs death-defying escapes that will thrill your senses, mind-boggling stage illusions and cutting-edge street magic that twists your view of reality.

Cosentino’s trademark blend of dance and magic with a touch of hilarious audience participation will take you on a journey that will captivate fans, new and old, until the very last mind-bending moment.

Happening Saturday 13 July from 7.30 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic.

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