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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 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… Here are the things you shouldn’t miss!


Telopea Park School’s La Grande Fête is one of the largest public school fêtes in the ACT, featuring multicultural fun, food and entertainment.

Happening Saturday 3 November from 2:30 to 7 pm NSW Crescent, Barton.

See Facebook for more information.


AIDS Action Council is proud to present CBR Fair Day 2018 with the support of principal partner, the ACT Government. CBR Fair Day is the largest celebration of Canberra’s wonderful and diverse LGBTIQ communities.

Enjoy a fabulous day of music and performances. You can also participate in activities, chats at the friendly community stalls, shop at the market and indulge your taste buds with delicious food.
The Rainbow Pet Parade will return this year with amazing outfits and prizes for pooches of all sizes!
Fair Day has launched SpringOUT every year since the first SpringOUT Pride Festival in 1999. Bring your friends, partners, family and puppies – there’ll be something for everyone to enjoy.

The event is free for everyone, and runs from 11 am – 4 pm on 3 November at the Gorman Arts Centre in Braddon. Get involved in CBR Fair Day and visit the websiteor their Facebook page.


The Veterans Film Festival (VFF) is an annual event that brings people together to discover extraordinary stories of veterans, first responders, all who have experienced conflict and their families.

Happening 1-3 November at Event Cinemas, Manuka.

See the website for program and more information.


Those indefatigable kings of comedy, sorcerers of satire and masters of mockery, Jonathan Biggins and Drew Forsythe are back in the saddle and gearing up for another glorious year of political satire – the stage will be bigger and so will the laughs. We like to think of it as continuity with change.

So, politicians take cover and pundits stand back, because there will be songs, there will be dance, and there will be some very funny impressions.

Join us as we sort the wets from the dries, the leaks from the fakes, and the factions from the fictions in this bigger, better and wharfier Revue than Canberra could ever handle.

Happening until 3 November at Canberra Theatre Centre.

Tickets and more information here.


A Canberra must-do during spring and summer, Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House is happening again for summer 2018/19!

With seating across Old Parliament House’s gorgeous Senate Courtyard and its adjoining restaurant Hoi Polloi, Friday Night Drinks is an all-weather event, and the expansive venue means that large groups are welcomed, no matter the size. With its Parliamentary Triangle location, lots of parking and regular public transport access it’s also a perfect meeting place.

Happening every Friday from 4 pm until late at Hoi Polloi, inside Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.


lululemon Canberra want you to join in setting the biggest burpee record in Australia (you will only have to do 10, they promise!).

Summer is here, and we are nearing the end of 2018 – a time where old goals are being wrapped up and new ones sit on the horizon. lululemon want you to help them crush their 2018 goal for the most people performing burpees at the same time. After, join in for a fun hiit workout with Maty Sacks followed by a fantastic pilates session with Gabs Petterwood as lululemon’s normal Sunday morning yoga. All ages welcome, please bring along partners, kids, friends and family.

Enjoy treats to round it out from lululemon’s lovely friends at The Goods and Naked Press Juice Co. Complimentary as always.

Start your summer off fresh, reconnect with your yearly goals and get ready to smash this one!

Happening Sunday 4 November from 8:30-10:00am at Glebe Park.

Bring your drink bottle, sweat towel, mat or towel, a whole lot of energy. Find out more via the lululemon Canberra Facebook page.


The weather in Canberra is finally getting warmer, it’s time to get outside, enjoy the warmth and start sweating! This Saturday, join the first ever Icon Water Sweat for a Call Lifeline Canberra Bootcamp.

There are towo sessions – one at 8.30am for those who are looking to seriously sweat, and one at 9.30am for all ages.

The cost $26 which is the cost of one life-changing Lifeline call. So you will literally sweat for a call! And kids 16 years and under are free.

Club Lime will be leading the Bootcamp classes, and of course there will be coffee, homemade bliss balls, fruit and all yummy things to refuel after your class!

This is a great opportunity to get moving, engage with members of the Canberra community and raise vital funds for the crisis support centre.

So grab your family, friends, co-workers and come and join the Lifeline Canberra Family this Saturday!

Happening Saturday 3 November at 8.30am and 9.30am at the University of Canberra Oval 6, with free parking available.

Register online.


In celebration of the Monaro Mall’s Lifestyle Precinct turning one, Sammy and Bella Jakubiak – winners of My Kitchen Rules 2011 and hosts of Channel Ten’s Kitchen Rescue – are hosting a cooking demonstration on how to cook for a luxury pre-prepared dinner party.

Besides learning invaluable knowledge on how to host the ultimate dinner soiree, you’ll also receive complimentary drinks and canapes prepared by the girls themselves.

There will be two identical masterclasses on Saturday 3 November for you to choose from, between 10 am–11 am and 1 pm–2 pm, held at Monaro Mall’s Lifestyle Precinct on level one.

Over the birthday weekend enjoy the live entertainment, champagne bar and giveaways on offer, while rediscovering your passion for design, food and wine.

Happening Saturday 3 November at 10 am–11 am and 1 pm–2 pm at Monaro Mall’s Lifestyle Precinct, Level One, Canberra Centre.

For more information and to purchase your ticket, visit


To celebrate the Designer Op Shop Emporium’s first Christmas at DOS Emporium you’re invited to their Xmas Night Market!

Exclusive discounts are on offer storewide, pop up workshops, market stalls, champagne bar and nibbles, complimentary gift wrapping & much more!

With 13 small businesses within DOS Emporium, they have gift ideas for everyone across their 13 vendors – Luxe & Beau, Shelf, Saint Valentine, Moements, Oli-ander, Antica, Jilly’s Vintage, The Modern Object, Chrysanthi Vintage, Designer Op Shop, Royalla Haus, Blissiimo and Tiger & Moth. We hope to see you there!

Happening Thursday 1 November from 6 – 8.30 pm at Designer Op Shop Emporium, 1 Lyell Street, Fyshwick.

See Facebook for more information.


Those indefatigable kings of comedy, sorcerers of satire and masters of mockery, Jonathan Biggins and Drew Forsythe are back in the saddle and gearing up for another glorious year of political satire – the stage will be bigger and so will the laughs. We like to think of it as continuity with change.

So, politicians take cover and pundits stand back, because there will be songs, there will be dance, and there will be some very funny impressions.

Join us as we sort the wets from the dries, the leaks from the fakes, and the factions from the fictions in this bigger, better and wharfier Revue than Canberra could ever handle.

Happening 23 October – 3 November at Canberra Theatre Centre.

Tickets and more information here.


Canberra’s only one-day yoga micro-retreat is back to celebrate it’s 10th anniversary!

Set at one of Canberra’s most scenic and spectacular locations, the Yoga Big Day Out is Canberra’s premier one-day health and wellness event. It’s the perfect opportunity to gain all of the benefits of a yoga retreat right on your doorstep! No matter what level of experience people have with yoga, all ages are welcome to join in for a day of pampering, yoga and wellness education, relaxation and community.

From 8.30am-4.00pm four teachers will expertly guide guests through a range of both strong and restorative yoga practices. The afternoon is based on learning asana in a workshop style environment and the afternoon focuses on rest and recovery with restorative yoga and guided meditation accompanied by a live musician.

A great way to learn to mentally and physically challenge your limits with expertly guided instruction, learn ancient techniques for stress reduction, mood management and inner peace despite the chaos of modern life and experience how the wisdom of Yoga can help you live a calmer, more balanced and joyful life.

Hosted at the stunning Boat House by the Lake, the day is fully catered with seasonal, delicious and healthy vegetarian food sourced from the local region. The Yoga Big Day out is a great way to deepen your understanding of Yoga and enjoy some relaxing time out in the stunning surrounds of Lake Burley Griffin.

Happening Sunday 4 November from 8.30 am – 4 pm at The Boat House.

Tickets available online.


Escape to the delights of Millthorpe, a beautiful heritage listed village near Orange in the Central West, for its annual Garden Ramble.

About three and a half hours scenic drive from Canberra, it’s the perfect girls’ getaway!

As well as the lovely gardens, wander the streets of Millthorpe with its upmarket fashion boutiques, home accessories stores, and eclectic antiques. There’s lots of accommodation on offer—in and out of town—and great cafes, pubs, cellar doors and a hatted restaurant for fine dining. If you are interested in art, you are in for a treat because several of our local artists open their studios and galleries over the weekend.

Tickets available on-line at or at the Ramble HQ and all gardens.

Download the 2018 Millthorpe Garden Ramble Brochure to find the map, list of gardens with descriptions and more!

For accommodation, restaurants, pubs, cafes, cellar doors and so much more see the Millthorpe Village website at


Why did it take so long for women to get elected? And once they were there, what was their experience within the parliament?

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first women elected to Australian Federal Parliament, Breaking Through exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy explores the journeys of 11 trailblazers who were the first to hold particular parliamentary positions.

These are stories of resilience, perseverance and ground-breaking achievements.

From 1943 when Dorothy Tangney and Enid Lyons were the first women elected to parliament through to today where woman have held the highest positions in all areas of parliament, including Prime Minister.

Breaking Through exhibition, recognises the significant contribution these women made in Australia’s democracy. Look back on their lives, uncover their motivations and what they view as their greatest achievements.

Told through never before seen portraits, each a unique representation by a young artist, and powerful stories of change-makers breaking through, this exhibition will inspire visitors to think about the role of women in parliament, what it took to get there and whether we’ve come far enough.

Showing until 28 August 2019 from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.


Lime Cordiale’s debut album “Permanent Vacation” in 2017 topped the AIR Australian Independent Albums Charts, climbed to #15 on ARIA Australian Album Charts and sent them to The States, smashing out shows at SXSW before returning to play Groovin’ The Moo in Canberra.

With a clear taste for playing big stages, Oli & Louis went on to create their very own East Coast Touring Festival, The Squeeze in May 2018 hosting old mates Bootleg Rascal, Aaron Gocs and a refreshing sample of emerging Australian acts.

Happening Friday 2 November from 9.30 pm at the ANU Pop Up Village.

Tickets available online.


Lanterne Rooms if offering a fantastic ‘After Work | Wine & Dine’ special this Spring. With the choice of four small plates and one large plate to share for just $50 per person, this grazing style dinner is the perfect opportunity to come out of hibernation and have those long overdue catch ups!

Get your first glass of house wine for just $5, and any additional glasses of house wine after that for just $10. Eat at your leisure and affordably order more if you feel like it, by adding any additional small plate for $6pp extra or any large plate for $9pp extra.

Available from Tuesday to Friday only (until 7 15PM on Fridays).
Minimum of 2 persons, maximum of six.
Conditions apply and seating is limited, so be sure to book.

Happening until 31 October Lanterne Rooms, Shop 3, Blamey Place, Campbell

See website for more information.

American Masters

Blue Poles

Jackson Pollock. Blue poles 1952. Oil, enamel, aluminium paint, glass on canvas. National Gallery of Australia. © Pollock-Krasner Foundation/ARS/Copyright Agency.

Drawn exclusively from the National Gallery of Australia’s (NGA) outstanding collection of American art, American Masters celebrates that nation’s artists from the 1940s to the 1980s. When the NGA acquired Jackson Pollock’s Blue poles in 1973, at the time the most expensive American painting ever sold, our emerging collection hit the global headlines. This exhibition tells the story of the formation of our incredible American collection and includes many major works not seen together for a long time.

From Abstract Expressionism, Colour Field, Pop, Neo-Dada and Photo-Realism, to Conceptual, Land and Performance Art, American Masters examines how a generation of young Americans, inspired by European émigrés, challenged local traditions and reinvented modern art. The sensational international impact of the era’s major artists is captured in masterpieces by Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Chuck Close, Donald Judd, Eva Hesse and Louise Bourgeois.

Highlights include paintings and works on paper by the New York School; Sol LeWitt’s huge Wall drawing No. 380 a-d 1982, specially re-made for this exhibition; and a selection of spectacular light works by Dan Flavin, Bruce Nauman, Keith Sonnier and James Turrell.

Showing daily until 11 November at the National Gallery of Australia.

Democracy. Are you in?

Your voice, your hands and even your feet have the power to be heard. Our freedoms and our way of life have been built on the foundation of democracy. This living system is sustained through the participation of each and all of us. Democracy is sustained by you. Australian democracy is a work in progress. Curiously, at a time of stability and unparalleled economic growth, confidence in our political and social institutions is at its lowest point in decades. But giving up on them is not the answer. Our democracy needs us. Are you in?

Open daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Find out more at


Medallion of Constantine the Great minted in Thessalonica, Greece, 335 CE gold © Trustees of the British Museum Media credit line © Trustees of the British Museum, 2018. All rights reserved. Image supplied.

Stories of Rome and its vast empire continue to captivate and intrigue people almost 3000 years after their foundation.

Rome: City and Empire brings to Canberra more than 200 of the British Museum’s most engaging and beautiful Roman objects. They tell the story of how Rome grew from a series of small villages to become a mighty empire.

Explore how the empire was won and held, witness the grandeur of Rome and appreciate the rich diversity of its peoples.

Happening until 3 February from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information.


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Cellar Door is a new wine market for Canberra’s wonderful wine scene. 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. Capital City Soul Club are the resident DJs.

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

Happening Saturday 3 November from 2-5 pm on the Nishi Grand Stair, inside the Nishi Building, Philip Law Street, NewActon.

See Facebook for more details.


Heath Ledger. Credit: Karin Catt.

Audiences around the world know and love Heath Ledger as a charismatic movie star who pushed boundaries and created iconic roles. Now they have a chance to discover Heath’s creative process and deep passion for the film industry and the visual arts, in a unique exhibition curated in collaboration with his family.

Explore a selection of film costumes and props, Heath’s own character research journals, celebrity portraits and acting awards and more. A Life in Pictures offers a rare insight into the man behind the camera.

A program of special screenings and talks will complement the exhibition

Happening until 10 Feb 2019, National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Acton.

See the website for more information.

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