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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!


Come down to Centre Court at South.Point Tuggeranong and meet some of your favourite Brumbies Players.

There will be heaps of giveaways including; Brumbies Merchandise, Vikings Gift Vouchers, South.Point Gift Vouchers and Limelight Movie Passes. There will also be opportunities to take a photo with your favourite player and get something signed.

Happening Friday 25 January from 2.30 – 3.30 pm at Centre Court, South.Point Tuggeranong.


Enjoy Pialligo Estate’s award-winning food and great family entertainment this Australia Day long-weekend as they launch their new outdoor cinema experiencewith two classic movies; Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Friday) and Crocodile Dundee (Saturday).

Bring your picnic rug and relax on the lawns of the Estate with their chef’s selection of Estate-grown and Smokehouse food the whole family can enjoy. The restaurant team will be on hand providing a variety of local beverages at Cellar Door prices.

Head to Pialligo for a relaxing evening under the stars with family, friends and a host of Aussie actors in this iconic Australian film.

Gates open at 6 pm with an anticipated movie start time of 8.30 pm (at Sunset).

Happening 25-26 January from 6 pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

See the website for more information.


University of Canberra Capitals have secured first place on the WNBL ladder cementing them as hosts of the 2018/19 Chemist Warehouse WNBL Semi-Finals series. This is the first time the finals have been in the capital city for WNBL in eight years!

Join the Caps at AIS Arena for the biggest show of the year as they chase down their 8th WNBL Championship. With a range of options available make sure you don’t miss out.

Happening Friday 25 January from 7 – 9 pm at the AIS Arena, Leverrier Street, Bruce.

See the website for more information.


Join the National Museum of Australia for tours, music, dance, demonstrations, games, fun and food inspired by the First Australians gallery and Rome exhibition.

10 am–12.30 pm

The festival begins at 10am with a Welcome to Country followed by Indigenous-themed activities including tours of our First Australians gallery and a weaving workshop with Ronnie Jordan (Kalkadoon).

Enjoy ‘Tastes of the Bush’ with Yurbay and Adam Shipp (Wiradjuri), and don’t miss seeing the free Bush Mechanics exhibition and films.

1–3 pm

Experience the wonder of Ancient Rome with roaming Romans, Rome-inspired craft activities, large-scale Roman board games, pop-up poets and curator talks.

4 pm–9 pm

As Australia Day draws to a close, gather on Acton Peninsula and get ready for the fireworks. Enjoy music with local DJ Disca-roo, play games on the lawn and grab a bite to eat at the Australia Day BBQ by Broadbean Catering.

Suitable for all ages. Free, though costs apply for some activities, including Rome exhibition entry.

Saturday 26 January from 10 am–9 pm | Gandel Atrium and Lakeside Amphitheatre, National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton |


Image: Tim Bean Photography.

Pialligo Estate is catering for the whole family this Australia Day long weekend and taking care of celebrations with their award-winning cuisine and activities tailored for the young and young at heart.

The gates to the Estate will be open from 5 pm for an evening of food, fun and festivities, with loads of activities for all ages, including an area for little ones, and a section for those in their teenage years.

The Estate’s Executive Chef has designed the perfect menu for the occasion with a selection of national and international flavours fresh from the farm kitchen and their new charcoal grill to treat the tastebuds.

Sunday 27 January from 5 pm – 10 pm | Garden Pavilions at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo |

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


Why not take the whole family to see this heart-warming Australian family film about a young boy who dreams of competing in the world paper-plane championships?

Not only can you see the film, but you can meet the Paper Pilots, the real-life grown-up boys the film is based on, in the NFSA courtyard for plane-folding lessons after the film.

A plane-flying competition will be held on the NFSA front lawns at 3.30pm weather permitting.

Saturday 26 January from 1-4.30 pm | National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton | $10 per person |

Love and Desire Pre-Raphaelite Masterpiece from the Tate

Love and Desire NGA John Everett Millais Ophelia 1851-2 oil paint on canvas Tate collection presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894 © Tate.

Discover a stunning world of Love & Desire as the Tate’s pre-Raphaelite masterpieces come to Australia for this Summer’s most romantic exhibition.

Fall in love with John Everett Millais’ Ophelia and John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott, as the Tate’s most visited works of art leave the gallery together for the first time.

Experience the breathtaking beauty of brilliant colour, meticulous detail and exquisite layering in paintings inspired by the great love stories of history and literature.

Happening until 28 April 2019 at The National Gallery of Australia, Parkes from 10 am.

For more information visit National Gallery of Australia.


Celebrate with family and friends this Australia Day in Canberra with music, food and fireworks at the official ACT Government celebrations around the lake.

Kicking off from 4 pm, Australia Day celebrations will be spread across two locations, Regatta Point and Patrick White Lawns. The event will conclude with a show-stopping fireworks display from the lake and Commonwealth Avenue Bridge at 9 pm.

The main stage at Regatta Point will have back-to-back entertainment from 4 pm until just before the 9 pm fireworks. Headlined by Rogue Traders featuring Natalie Bassingthwaighte, best known for their hit Voodoo Child, the concert will also feature a mix of local Canberra based artists including The Advocates, Los Chavos and Big Boss Groove.

Patrick White Lawns will feature a range of sporting and interactive activities, try your hand at a cricket fast bowl, practice your golf swing and so much more, there is something for everyone. Activities at Patrick White Lawns will run from 4 pm until 8.30 pm.

Pack a picnic or grab someone from one of the many food outlets at both Regatta Point and Patrick White Lawns. With a multicultural focus, tantalise your taste buds as you take in the music and fireworks.

Saturday 26 January from 4-9 pm | Regatta Point, Commonwealth Park |


This summer, Canberra’s first rooftop bar has transformed into a tropical retreat, offering guests an early afternoon happy hour, speciality cocktails, summer snacks, live music and an ambience that promises to cool things right down.

With local performers lifting the vibe from 1 pm – 4 pm every Saturday and Sunday, this incredible Braddon bar has your weekend plans covered.

Grab a cocktail pitcher and some snacks, capture your photo amongst the palm leaves and soak up the sun from the fully enclosed rooftop.

Happening every Saturday from 1 – 4 pm at The Howling Moon, The Rex Hotel.

See the website for more information.


Watch the local citizenship ceremony and Australia Day awards and enjoy the dulcet tones of the Sing Australia Choir and Queanbeyan City Pipes and Drums.

Entertainment will include fireworks, BBQ, merry-go-round, jumping castle, face painting and temporary tattoos and a prize raffle draw.

Saturday 26 January from 4 pm–9.30 pm | Queanbeyan Park, Lowe Street, Queanbeyan


The Plus500 Brumbies are starting the 2019 season with a friendly trial match against the Rebels in Canberra at the Vikings Park.

Happening Saturday 26 January from 6.30 pm at Vikings Park in Wanniassa.

See the website for more information.


Celebrate at Contentious Character Vineyard by embracing tradition with a twist – native herbs and spices!

The winery will be barbecuing locally grown produce with native herbs and spices and pairing them with their home-grown summer wine range all weekend.

Taste wines such as the 2017 Come the Raw Prawn Riesling, 2018 Rose, 2015 Merlot and for those who really enjoy a good Merlot, their 2010 will be there too.

With a menu including a slow-cooked brisket burger with native pepper and house pickles, a Dewsbury pork sausage sanga with slow-cooked onion and Contentious Ketchup, a Cherry Pavlova and a Lamington ice cream cake, what are you waiting for?

25-28 January | Contentious Character Vineyard, 810 Norton Road, New South Wales |


Credit: Mark Nolan

Venture down the rabbit hole and take a tour around one of our most popular exhibitions, Behind the Lines: The year’s best political cartoons 2018.

This 30 minute tour gives you an exclusive look at the history of Behind the Lines, what it takes to make the exhibition each year, and which cartoons made it into the curator’s Top 5 this year.

If you’re lucky, you might even get to see the White Rabbit himself.

Daily at 11.30am until 28 January at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. $5 per person, bookings essential.

Find out more at


Escape the heat this summer and step inside the National Portrait Gallery for an array of family-fun activities. From storytelling and drawing to music and art, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the Gallery.

Mums, dads, grandparents and carers can get creative with the kids inside Face Lab– a fun and quirky place where they can investigate their own or someone else’s face. It includes a cosy library and lots of drawing and craft activities. It’s on between 11.00am – 4.00pm daily until 3 February. Entry is free.

Other activities on offer this summer include:

Headhunt!: An interactive gallery experience for visitors aged 7 – 15 years. This experience encourages kids to take the lead and explore the Gallery, look closely at the portraits and delve into artistic elements, as well as the stories of the people depicted. Headhunt! is free and is on every day between 10.00am – 4.00pm during the summer school holidays.

My many faces: A painting workshop inspired by Study of Louis Nowra by Imants Tillers in the 20/20 exhibition. Like Tillers, children will compose painting of small canvas boards to show multiple perspectives and ideas in one work. Workshops are suitable for children 6 – 12 years and is on from 12.30 – 3.00pm, Thursday 31 January. Cost is $20 per person and bookings are essential.

Portrait play: who are you?: An exploration of portraits through drawing and creative activity for children aged 4 – 8 years. This activity is held each weekday from 10.30 – 11.30am until 1 February. Bookings are essential and cost is $7 per child.

Drawn in: A unique drawing experience while listening to the electro acoustic sounds of Happy Axe – a multi-instrumentalist and musical polymath, who uses violin, musical saw, vocals and digital manipulation to build new worlds out of layers of sound. This free event is on from 1.00 – 3.00pm, Sunday 24 February.

Find out more at


Credit: Trevor Dickinson

Many Canberra suburbs are home to the distinctive concrete bus shelters designed by architect Clem Cummings in 1975. Nearly 500 shelters remain in place and over the past four years artist Trevor Dickinson has been on a quest to find and photograph every one.

Dickinson has selected over fifty of the most striking examples to draw and develop into digital prints. His collection reveals that every shelter has its own beauty and personality; and explores how these shelters shape Canberra’s unique suburban landscape.

Showing until 26 January at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, Cnr London Circuit and Civic Square, Canberra City.

See the website for more information.


Watch sheepdog demonstrations, browse market and food stalls and enjoy live music in Bungendore.

Saturday 26 January from 10 am–2 pm | Mick Sherd Oval, Gibraltar Street, Bungendore


See the local Australia Day awards, enjoy a free BBQ lunch and live entertainment from Wombat Bill in Braidwood this Australia Day.

Saturday 26 January from 12 pm–2 pm | Braidwood Serviceman’s Club, Coronation Avenue, Braidwood


There will be activities for the whole family, including a jumping castle, yabby races, and country entertainment.

Saturday 26 January 2019, 11am–2pm | Colin Winchester Oval, Foxlow Street, Captains Flat


If a spooky adventure is more your style, help solve the mystery of the ghostly encounters that have been experienced at Old Parliament House after the sun goes down during an After Dark: Ghost Hunters Tour.

This 75-minute torchlight tour takes you through the museum, exploring the mysterious occurrences, ghostly encounters and dastardly deeds of Old Parliament House.

Get in quick because spaces on this tour won’t last long.

$20 per personbookings essential.

For tour dates, visit

Get Curiouser and Curiouser at Behind the Lines 2018

Venture down the rabbit-hole for Behind the Lines: The Year’s Best Political Cartoons 2018, with this year’s theme Curiouser and Curiouser inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Kids of all ages can visit the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland at MoAD for dress ups, games and adventures.

Step through the Looking Glass and dress up as the colourful and curious characters of Wonderland including Alice, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat or the Mad Hatter.

There is also a wall of crazy mirrors that will stretch or shrink you and games with a special Wonderland twist that will delight the whole family.

Older kids can go on a cartooning trail through the exhibition, following clues and learning about the art of political cartooning.

While the children are entertained in Wonderland, parents can grin, smirk and grimace at the cartoons that explore the unexpected twists and turns of politics in 2018.

For more information visit

DressUP: Change the World

Discover the incredible journeys of some of the world’s most inspiring people, taking the time to walk in their shoes in DressUP: Change the World.

Connect with the lives of historical and contemporary figures, including Frida Kahlo, Adam Goodes, Beyoncé, and many others, by dressing up in their most iconic outfits.

Immerse yourself in their stories of triumph as they go from ordinary people to visionary leaders who have made a difference in the world. Listen to their stories and learn about the challenges they overcame to leave their mark.

Visitors can also tell their own story in our new Zine Lounge. Whether you prefer writing or sketching, the Zine Lounge lets you carve out a space for your voice to be heard.

This engaging exhibition space provides a bold and quirky environment that will inspire young people and asks them “How will you change the world?”

Happening until 31 December 2019 at the Museum of Australian Democracy Old Parliament House.

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.


Visitors to Cook and the Pacific will follow James Cook’s three remarkable Pacific voyages, and explore this spectacular region through the eyes of the British voyagers and the First Nations peoples they met.

The exhibition takes visitors on a journey to the Pacific 250 years ago, with destinations including Tahiti, New Zealand, the east coast of Australia, Hawaii and even Siberia.

With content drawn from around the world, visitors will be enthralled by maps, manuscripts, rare books, large oil paintings, delicate watercolours by voyage artists, medallions, cartoons and poetry.

Open daily 10 am – 5 pm until 10 February 2019 at the National Library of Australia.

See the website for more information.

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


Courtesy of the National Museum of Australia. National Museum of Australia.
© Trustees of the British Museum

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.


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.


An immersive sound and light experience illuminating the natural beauty of Australia through the eyes of Sir Joseph Banks.

Feel the excitement and wonder of Banks and his team of botanists, scientists, and illustrators as they documented Australia’s unique botanical and animal species, astonishing eighteenth-century Europe.

Open daily 10 am – 5 pm until 10 February 2019 at the National Library of Australia.

See the website for more information.


MathsAlive!, the one-of-a-kind interactive maths and science exhibit, that has drawn record-breaking crowds in five countries around the world is coming to Canberra in December!

Experience how maths plays a role in our everyday lives through sports, nature, robotics, design, dancing, movie-making and more. Ride in a live-action snowboard race, control a Mars rover, design your own 3-D animation or capture your image in a 360 freeze-motion video. 

MathsAlive!, a Raytheon Company initiative consists of dozens of immersive interactive exhibits and is suitable for years 3 – 10.

Happening until 17 March 2019 from 9 am – 5 pm daily (closed 25 December) at East Space, Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Commonwealth Place, Parkes.

More information on the website.


After an exciting transformation, the imaginative family space in the Museum of Australian Democracy has all-new hands-on activities to educate, excite and challenge young minds.

This creative exhibition space celebrates the role of children in our community and provides a welcoming environment for families to engage in the rights and responsibilities of children through imagination, discovery, role-play and fun.

Happening every day from 9 am – 5 pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy, King George Terrace, Parkes. Entry costs vary.

Visit the website for more details.


Enjoy a summer high tea surrounded by the beautiful historic Old Parliament House. Tour through the fragrant rose gardens before dining on a range of sweet and savoury delicacies. Available Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout summer.

Pre-booking is essential. Check out the website to see the menu.

Held until 24 February from 12 pm- 4 pm at Old Parliament House, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

Contact 02 6277 5239 for bookings and information.

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