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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!


The much-loved annual ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show is back again this year from Friday 22 – Sunday 24 February.

Bring the family along to Exhibition Park to check out the 150 attractions, 5000 animals, 450 trade displays and 1500 competitors. Play along during the day and take a stroll under the evening lights as you grab a show bag on your way out.

Held Friday 22- Sunday 24 February, Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd &, Northbourne Ave, Mitchell

See the website for more information.

Fusion: a taste of what’s to come

We’re giving you a taste of the cultural fusion that will be a big part of the exciting new DKSN precinct.

Chinese New Year celebrations with Lion Dancing, FREE Coffee, DJ’s & live music, ‘Eat like a Pig’ Dickson experience vouchers and more.

Happening Saturday 23 February from 3 – 7 pm and Sunday 24 February from 10 am – 1 pm at the DKSN Display Suite, 76/2 Cape Street, Dickson.

Get all the details on Facebook.


Emiko Davies.

Join The Essential Ingredient Kingston for a conversation with Emiko Davies and Tessa Kiros to discuss their latest books.

Emiko’s new release ‘Tortellini at Midnight’ is a collection of beautiful photographs and heirloom family recipes that span the length of Emiko’s adopted home, Italy.

Tessa Kiros also lives in Tuscany and her most recent book – ‘Provence to Pondicherry’ traces the influence of French cuisine on The Caribbean, Vietnam, India and La Reunion, and ending back in France. Tessa demonstrates how French ideas have been combined with local ingredients and traditions.

We will taste some of the incredible dishes from the books, with of course a selection of our cheeses and share a glass of wine.

There will be time for questions and a book signing.

Happening Saturday 23 February from 4.30 pm at The Essential Ingredient, 25 Jardine Street, Kingston.

See the website for more information.


Help is at hand for brides and grooms-to-be with the Canberra Wedding Fair, kicking off at the Australian Institute of Sport on 24 February.

Designed to help guests create their perfect occasion, the interactive fair will feature an array of ideas with more than 60 exhibitors including Pâtissez, Rex Hotel’s The Howling Moon, Blades Menswear, La Ombre Creations, Alex Pasquali Photographs, Pialligo Estate, West Row Botanica, 121 Hair and more.

Eat Canberra will present an experience in the outdoor Foodie Park, with The Pizza Trailer, Tikka House and The Sweet Tooth Society among the tasty offerings, along with live entertainment by the region’s best musicians and even a big white jumping castle for the kids at heart.

Former Canberran and milliner to the Stars Viktoria Novak will share her creative journey in fashion and millinery in a stage workshop hosted by MC Sarah Kelly. Since launching her label in 2006, Viktoria has become the go-to milliner for celebrities such as Jennifer Hawkins, Jesinta Franklin and Kate Waterhouse. Her workshop will include models adorned with intricate handmade crowns, paired with bridal and occasional gowns.

The fair will also feature a Wellness Empowerment Collective experience, Trufitt and Hill men’s workshops, an inaugural start-up ‘Take Flight Market’ featuring local creatives to uncover and a Red Robot Industries Instaworthy cabana to escape, relax and enjoy a mocktail.

Happening Sunday 24 February from 10 am – 3 pm at the Australian Institute of Sport, Bruce.

See the website for more information.

Summer High Tea at Pialligo Estate

Showcasing a range of sweet and savoury treats by Pialligo Estate, alongside an impeccable range of teas by Canberra based Tea Garden Co.

High Tea at Pialligo Estate is as refined as its setting. Tuck into delicate pastries and cakes, classic finger sandwiches, scones with Estate jam plus a glass of bubbles for extra indulgence.

This High Tea is perfect for celebrations, birthdays, hen parties, dates, family get-togethers and friends wanting something different!

$60 per person and includes a Glass of Bubbles, Selection of Tea Garden Co. Teas, Selection of sweet and savoury items.

For group bookings of above eight guests please contact Pialligo Estate on 02 6247 6060

Happening Sunday February 17, February 24, March 10, March 17 and March 24 from 11 am to 1 pm or 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at Glasshouse, Pialligo Estate.

Please note, Pialligo Estate can only cater for Gluten-free dietary requests. Please let us know how many GF guests will be attending in the notes section of your booking.

See the website for more information and bookings.


Credit: Esh Photography.

Independent and creative theatre company Lakespeare and Co bring ‘Twelfth Night’ to life this February. Director and acclaimed Shakespeare actor Christopher Stollery and our very own talented Canberran actors welcome you to bring along your picnic blankets to join them in Tuggeranong and Glebe Park for Matinee and Evening shows. This is a free event perfect for all ages.

Happening 21-24 February at a variety of locations across Canberra.

See the website 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.


The Canberra Fashion Market brings its niche and unique style back on February 24 showcasing beautiful vintage, recycled and sustainable fashion.

The Three Sixty markets are collaborating with the Canberra Fashion Market in 2019 with the aim to provide shopping choices that promote sustainable and ethical styling.

The markets will be held at the Fitters Workshop in the Kingston Power House precinct (next to the Bus Depot Markets) entry is free so bring the girls down for a day of shopping.

Happening February 24, Fitter Workshop, 21 Wentworth Avenue Kingston.

See the website for more information.


Five years ago, Molly’s doors quietly opened and what a ride it has been. To celebrate, they’re throwing one hell of a party and everyone who loves this little speakeasy is invited to join in the festivities.

They’ve got a few little tricks up their sleeves to keep you entertained for the evening so pop on in and raise a glass to the birthday girl.

At your service from 4 pm, live jazz from 9 pm. Book a table for our birthday soiree. Free entry.

Happening Saturday 23 February from 4 pm at Molly.

See the website for more information.


The Dragons Abreast Come and Try dragon boating day is being held on Saturday the 23rd of February 2019 from 9 am to approximately 10.30 am.

Come and Try is held at Lotus Bay, off Alexandrina Drive, Yarralumla, beside the Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club, just look out for the pink marquee and banner.

It will begin at approximately 9 am with a short welcome, filling in a temporary membership form for insurance purposes, and some on land instruction on paddling technique.

This will be followed by approximately 30 minutes of easy paddling with a delicious morning tea at the end of the paddle where participants can chat with other women who have experienced breast cancer.

Come and Try events are free of charge.

Happening Saturday 23 February from 9 am – 10.30 am at Lotus Bay, off Alexandrina Drive, Yarralumla.


Presenting this modern English translation by Simon Stephens of Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama – A Doll’s House. directed by the highly regarded and greatly experienced Aarne Neeme AM.

Ibsen’s 1879 play shocked its first audiences with its radical insights into the social roles of husband and wife. His portrayal of his flawed heroine, Nora, remains one of the most striking dramatic depictions of late-nineteenth century woman.

Happening until 3 March at Theatre 3, Acton from 8 pm.

For more information and to make a booking, visit

The Antarctica Experience: A Virtual Reality Adventure

Antarctica as you’ve never seen it before

Travel to Antarctica using the latest 360-degree virtual reality technology and follow in the footsteps of the scientists researching this mysterious continent.

Explore Antarctica from a helicopter cockpit; cruise through icy waters to meet a penguin colony; visit Davis Station and learn about daily life in these harsh conditions; and marvel at the spectacular Southern Lights.

An immersive theatre experience only at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.

Happening until 26 June 2019 at the National Museum of Australia, Acton.

For tickets and session times visit


This week, as always, you rocked! Work, kids, family, responsibilities…you handled it all like a queen. What about you treat yourself now? How about you take some time for you to learn a new language while sipping good wine and meeting new friends?

The Alliance Française of Canberra presents you its French Afterwork! Come learn French in a relaxed atmosphere, with a glass of wine or a beer. Open to all levels

Happening every Friday for five weeks from 8 February – 8 March at The Alliance Française of Canberra from 5.30 pm – 7 pm.

See the website for more information.


Celebrate the end of Summer at the Highball Express’ first ever rosé festival.

They’ve selected five of their favourite rosados for you to enjoy on their big breezy balcony. Get your group together and enjoy the last days of sunshine while sipping on, Rogers and Rufus Grenache Rosé, From Sunday’s The Sunday Project, Mada Nebbiolo Rosé, Golden Child Beach Bum Rosé & Bondar Grenache Rosé.

They’ll be flinging the doors open from 2pm with live Latin music all afternoon.

$45 per passenger, includes five wines, shared charcuterie and empanadas.

Fun, frivolity and first-class service will be overflowing at Rosé Sunday.

Happening Sunday 24 February from 2 pm – 10 pm at The Highball Express

See the website for more information.

Brumbies Super Saturday

It’s Super Saturday in Brumbies country as the Brumbies Women take on NSW from 5.05pm in their opening Super W fixture of 2019, followed by the Plus500 Brumbies Round Two tussle with the Chiefs at 7.45pm.

Kids will love Fans on the Field at full time where they can run onto the field, grab a free poster and meet their favourite Brumbies.

Plus get to GIO Stadium early and take advantage of the Brumbies’ early bird offer – pay just $5 at the gate if you arrive before 5.45pm.

Tickets at


Each Sunday throughout Summer, the winery will be bringing a different musician or band to play away the Summer afternoons. Attendees can watch the sun set while sipping on a Happy Hour Wine of the Day. Bring the kids to play games on the lawn, play with the dogs or watch the kangaroos.

Happening every Sunday until to 24 March at 810 Norton Road, Wamboin.

See the website for more information.


Put your dancing shoes on and get nostalgic!

After 3 years, 80’s pop icon Bananarama is heading down under as they tour across the nation with a special show at the Canberra Theatre. There is no doubt as to why Bananarama is one of the world’s most successful female bands ever. With hits such as Shy Boy, Robert De Niro’s Waiting and their iconic song Venus cementing them as legends in pop history.

Held February 23 at the Canberra Theatre, Civic Square.

See the website for more information.


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.


Join the Queen of Mean, comedian and winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Bianca Del Rio. Coming back to Australian shores after three consecutive sell out shows her newest show is guaranteed to keep the audience in stitches. The ‘tell it like it is’ drag queen opens up about travel, social media family and her adventurous, outrageous life in her new show ‘It’s a Jester Joke’.

Happening Thursday 21 February from 8 pm the Canberra Theatre, London Circuit.

See the website for more information.



Let the Australian China Friendship Society dazzle you with their annual Chinese lantern display at the Beijing Garden. The evening will hold live performances, folk dancing, traditional Lion dancing and martial arts followed by a lantern parade by Lake Burley Griffin. Free entry, all ages welcome. Bring a picnic and join the illuminating festival by the lake.

Event happening Saturday 23 February, Beijing Garden, Flynn Drive, Yarralumla. 6pm- 9pm

See the website for more information.

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