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Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this weekend!

Every Monday for more than seven years, we’ve published This Week in The Canour 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 the things you shouldn’t miss! 


The most famous couple that ever lived. Antony and Cleopatra. In the ruthless, ever-expanding empire of Rome, Shakespeare creates an astonishing portrait of a love too great for the world.

Mark Antony is a hero in a post-heroic world. He is torn between duty and love; his responsibility to Rome and his new life in Egypt; to the world he helped conquer; and his passion for Cleopatra. Complex, charismatic, fierce. Cleopatra is a mother, a lover, a Queen. A woman not to be defied.

Witness the insight and power of AFI and Logie winner Catherine McClements (Rake, The Time of our Lives) as she returns to Bell Shakespeare for one of the greatest roles ever written.

Showing from Thursday 12 April until Saturday 21 April at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit.

For ticketing and more information visit the website.


When Kerri Sackville began dating again after a long marriage, she made every mistake known to womankind. She swiped right on scammers and fakers, spent weeks fruitlessly texting, agreed to long dates with the wrong men, and got involved with hot messes and commitment phobes. She also met amazing men and went on sensational first dates, and learned how to navigate the minefield that is dating in midlife.

Out There: A survival guide for dating in midlife is the essential book for any woman jumping on the rollercoaster of midlife dating. Kerri may not be able to find you the man of your dreams, but she will help you survive the ride with your dignity and sanity intact. And you will definitely laugh a lot along the way. Swipe right on Out There, and enjoy the ride!

In conversation with HerCanberra’s Amanda Whitley.

Happening Sunday 15 April from 3 – 4 pm at Muse, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston.

Tickets: $12 (includes a complimentary glass of house wine or soft drink) via TryBooking.


Celebrate the art of angling in this fun event for fishing fanatics, amateurs and families alike.

Fishing guru Rob Paxevanos will host the day’s proceedings, which includes fly fishing demonstrations, cooking with indigenous chef Mark Olive, a jumping castle, an assortment of stalls, displays and much, much more.

It’s also a great chance to take a look around Googong, where you’ll find the biggest display village in the region.

Happening Saturday 14 April, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at Beltana Park, Beltana Avenue, Googong NSW

For more information, visit


A wedding in the Senate Courtyard. Credit: Corinna and Dylan.

Searching for a stunning backdrop for your special day? Then look no further than Old Parliament House, a unique, heritage building that creates the wow-factor to elevate your wedding ceremony and reception

Come along to the Old Parliament House Wedding Open Day, to discover a venue like no other and the versatility this building can offer couples planning their nuptials. They are experienced in weddings of all styles and sizes, from an extravaganza of 350+ to a more intimate affair of thirty of your nearest and dearest – and everything in between! Their experienced events team can guide you along the way, from itinerary planning, creating the perfect ambience, table set-up and menu options.

Old Parliament House invites you to meet their team at the Wedding Open Day and gain valuable tips and expert advice on making your dream wedding a reality. Not only will you be inspired with some ideas for your big day, you can also sample their delicious food from our weddings packages menu.

When it’s ‘love at first sight’ you just know it, so they will be offering special deals to those who book their wedding at Old Parliament House during the Wedding Open Day.

Happening Sunday 15 April from 10 am – 4 pm at Old Parliament House. Entry via the Queen Victoria Terrace Bridges at the rear entrance of Old Parliament House.

Free entry.

See the website for more information.


Discover new, handmade and pre-loved clothes, toys, books, games, accessories, furniture, prams, strollers, equipment for babies, toddlers and young ones at the Canberra Kids Market.

There are plenty of stalls to explore and great bargains too. You’ll find quality treasures for boys and girls, including designer labels and big-brand names, including Country Road, Jack & Milly, Esprit, Fred Bare, Peg Perego, Mini Hahha and Seed–just to name a few.

The Canberra Kids Market always attracts a great crowd of parents and expecting parents. It’s a fun, relaxed market and a great day out.

Held indoors, the market is never affected by the weather. Free parking. Only 6 minutes to the city. New stallholders can apply online.

Cost is $3 (children under 12 are free)

Happening Saturday 14 April, 9am-12pm, at Fitzroy Pavilion, Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), Flemington Road, Mitchell

Visit the website for more information.


The 2018 Canberra and Region Heritage Festival will be 16 days of celebration for the region’s Aboriginal, historic and natural heritage.

The theme for 2018 is ‘My Culture, My Story’. Go and explore, celebrate, share and preserve your cultural heritage. The festival will be focusing on what makes a place special by sharing the strength of cultural identities. With over 100 events, most free, you can enjoy tours, open days, dances, talks, dinners, markets and more.

Hear the stories and celebrate intangible cultural expression of dance, costume, music, poetry, storytelling, traditional games and handicrafts.

The festival raises awareness to the ongoing need to conserve the region’s natural, historic and Aboriginal heritage.

Happening from Saturday 14 until Sunday 29 April at various venues.

Visit the website for more information. 


With more than 40 events being hosted in Canberra and across the region, Canberra District Wine Week is unmissable.

Experience vertical wine tastings, wine dinners, grape stomping, meet the winemakers, wine trivia, a sparkling wine event, art exhibitions, an early morning photography walk, blend your own red wine, scarecrow making, cheese platters, live music in the vines and lots more.

Happening 5 to 15 April at various locations across the Canberra region. For a full list of events and booking details visit


Credit: Thorson Photography

Bride & Grooms to be…Come and experience the beautiful Pialligo Estate as a prospective wedding space. View their venue options, discuss bespoke food and beverage packages and meet their friendly staff.

Complimentary refreshments and canapés will be served on the day.

Happening Saturday 14 April from 2- 4 pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. 

Please RSVP via email to 


Cartier Paris. Crocodile necklace 1975 special order, gold, yellow diamonds, emeralds, rubies 30 and 27.3 cm (length each) Collection Cartier © Cartier Photo Nils Herrmann Made as a special order for María Félix.

Cartier: The Exhibition is a breathtaking display of some of the world’s most exquisite jewels, featuring items from royal families, celebrities and the astonishing Cartier collection showing exclusively at the National Gallery of Australia.

Immerse yourself in over 300 spectacular items, including royal tiaras, necklaces, brooches and earrings.

Never before have so many incredible diamonds, pearls, sapphires, emeralds and other precious stones been seen in Australia. Highlights include the Queen’s ‘Halo’ tiara worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to Prince William, Princess Grace of Monaco’s 10.48 carat diamond engagement ring, Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond and ruby necklace, Dame Nellie Melba’s diamond stomacher brooch, and a selection from the NGA’s exceptional Ballets Russes costumes.

Step into the dazzling world of the Maison Cartier and its clients to discover concepts of glamour throughout the 20th century, accompanied by our rich program of talks, tours and events and Cartier: The Exhibition catalogue.

Cartier: The Exhibition is on show at the NGA, exclusive to Canberra.

Happening Friday 30 March until Sunday 22 July at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.


Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too! From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.


Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea! Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head. If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two: $35pp. One stand including Sparkling to begin and tea selection for two: $45pp.

Happening every Friday and Saturday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra.

Bookings required in advance, so to book via 02 6257 7074 or online at


Get your glam on, Showtime Saturdays are back!

Showtime Saturdays presents Burlesque at Casino Canberra. Experience three shows a night with a range of vocalists, dancers, and specialty duos.

Happening Saturday 14 April. Catch the Divas at 9 pm, 10 pm and 11 pm. We’re for shaking things up.


Auto Italia Canberra is the most popular showcase of Italian Motoring in Australia.

Originating in 1985, this annual event has provided the platform for owners, enthusiasts & collectors of motor cars, bikes & scooters, to display their vehicles in our country’s Capital City. The event attracts more than 600 examples of exceptional, Italian Motor Art & provides a magnificent social occasion for everyone passionate about Italy’s most notable exports. Families are welcome.

Happening Sunday 15 April from 8 am – 3:30 pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.


Dance Central is spreading its wings! And with much more space, that can only mean one thing — more classes!

Dance Central is honoured to announce that it has taken on some additional space next door to its current venue, birthing the additional Studios 5 & 6. This calls for a celebration of course! They welcome all lovers of dance to come and experience some FREE CLASSES on Saturday 14 April between 1-4 pm.

All classes will be running as 45-minute‘ taste testers’, open to a variety of ages pursuing a variety of dance styles. Please see timetable below for more information. Dance Central will also be welcoming all visitors with giveaways and healthy treats!

All classes are taught at a beginner level. For more experienced dancers, it will be great way to sample the offerings.


When you arrive, please check-in at reception first.

ADULT HOUR (18yrs+)– 1PM-1:45PM

Bare Body- Holly Cuddy

Hip Hop- Ainsley Davies

TEEN HOUR (10-18yrs) – 2PM-2:45PM

Acro – Bonnie & Gen Hall

Lyrical – Holly Cuddy

YOUTH HOUR (6-11yrs) – 3PM-3:45PM

Acro- Bonnie & Gen Hall

Contemporary- Alenka Nappo

To register please click here.

Happening Saturday 14 April from 1-4 pm at Dance Central, 13-15 Altree Court, Phillip.

Registration: Via the website

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