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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!


With over 668k followers on Instagram, Elle Ferguson is a leading fashion influencer, entrepreneur, and model. She recently became Cosmopolitan’s Woman of the Year, and is the founder and director of ELLE EFFECT.

Join Elle as she shares this season’s key fashion essentials, her tips on how to achieve the perfect summer glow through tanning & makeup, and guidance on creating the ultimate summer hair.

Part of Canberra Centre’s Temple of Beauty–discover a land devoted to all things beauty, with an insta-worthy Beauty Temple, special events, giveaways, a pop-up gin bar, beauty night markets and more.

Don’t miss special guests Shani Grimmond, Elle Ferguson, Rae Morris, Danh Doan and Vogue Editors Remy Rippon and Kaila Matthews. Come and be immersed in the beautiful.

Cost: $10.

Happening Saturday 28 September from 12-1 pm at Canberra Centre’s Temple of Beauty, Level One (outside R.M. Williams).

See cc.sproutix.com.au/event for more information.


What are you doing on Saturday the 28th of September?

Well If you love craft beer, cider and alcoholic ginger beer as much as we do then you will be at Farrah’s Liquor Collective in Fyshwick tasting over 100 types of brewed deliciousness and putting your taste-buds to the test in a blind tasting competition against other fanatical beer lovers.

Whilst the focus is on great Aussie Beer there will also be opportunities to taste some delectable locally inspired cocktails, wines and spirits.

HerCanberra has been informed that there will be all the other good stuff that you expect from these kinds of events including live music from Andrew Wortes and others as well as a plethora of food vans.

The event is strictly 18+ so it’s a great opportunity to have a break from the kids and enjoy a vast range of different beers whilst learning some of the secrets of creating amazing craft beer from some of Australia’s master brewers.

Don’t worry, the main shop will be open all day so you can still stock up on wines, spirits and of course purchase the amazing beers that you taste on the day.

Tickets are strictly limited so grab a ticket now by clicking here or take the risk of missing out…and don’t forget to book an Uber!

Happening Saturday 28 September from 10 am – 6 pm at Farrah’s Liquor Collective, 8 Townsville Street, Fyshwick.

See Eventbrite for more information.


Visit Canberra Centre to discover a land devoted to all things beauty, with an insta-worthy Beauty Temple, special events, giveaways, a pop-up gin bar (with HerCanberra French Earl Grey gin!), beauty night markets and more.

Plus, don’t miss special guests Shani Grimmond, Elle Ferguson, Rae Morris, Danh Doan and Vogue Editors Remy Rippon and Kaila Matthews. Come and be immersed in the beautiful.

Happening 27 September – 27 October at Canberra Centre, Level One (Outside R.M. Williams).

See canberracentre.com.au for more information.


How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World™ © 2019. © 2019 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved.

With the opening of Game Masters: The Exhibition on 27 September, the NFSA turns into Australia’s biggest video game arcade with the world’s greatest designers, characters and 80 playable games.

Game Masters is an interactive journey through five decades of video game history, offering both a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind the world’s most popular characters and franchises and a chance to play them.

Featuring interviews, never-before-seen concept artwork, an amazing display of vintage consoles and collectable items, and 80 playable games, visitors won’t want to leave!

Created and curated by ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Game Masters first opened in Melbourne in 2012. It has since toured to nine museums worldwide including venues in the USA, Germany, New Zealand, Scotland and Sweden. Much loved by audiences around the globe, the exhibition has been updated to include the latest gaming blockbusters as well as Australian creations.

Game Masters is divided into three sections: Arcade Heroes, Game Changers and Indies. It features unique experiences such as a spectacular multiplayer dance stage for Dance Central 3(2012), hands-on experiential music booths and a selection of original classic arcade machines from the 1970s and ‘80s acquired especially for the exhibition, all playable in their original form. See the full list of 80 playable games and their Australian classifications.

Sign up to join the Game Masters club and receive the latest news from the NFSA plus updates about special gaming events and guests, and exclusive offers and discounts.

Open daily 10 am–4 pm from Friday 27 September 2019 until Monday 9 March 2020 at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

See the nfsa.gov.au for tickets and more information.


A night of hilarity for charity – The Fearless Comedy Gala returns in 2019 for its fourth year of outrageously “feel-good” fun. Promising more show-stopping, gut-bustingly hilarious moments than last year, this is one show not to miss.

Last year’s lineup included comedy superstars Claire Hooper, Dane Simpson, Tessa Waters, Jean Kittson, Rachel Berger, and Sparrow-Folk!.

Don’t miss the chance to be part of Canberra’s only charity comedy gala – a 2-hour jam-packed night of comedy for a great cause.

Happening Thursday 26 September 7:30 – 9:40 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au for more information.


Credit: Jenny Wu.

NECTAR represents the relationship between the feminine and the floral.

WILUNA Flower Studio and Event Concept Space will be taking this opportunity to invite the general public into their private studio, where you can expect to be transported into the wonderful world of WILUNA, being surrounded by incredible floral art installations.

WILUNA, connecting the community through the language of flowers.

Cost: Free

Happening Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 September from 11 am – 3 pm at Wiluna Studio, 3 Wiluna Street, Fyshwick.

See wiluna.com.au for more information.


You’re invited to the wedding of the year!

Vikings Group and Marymead are hosting a Bride & Groom Ball at Hotel Realm.

Get your friends together and whip out those wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses or tuxedos to wine and dine in the name of charity. Tickets include a three-course meal, drinks and a night full of entertainment, fundraising and unbelievable prizes

The money raised will assist Marymead to build new Care Cottages providing much needed short-term accommodation for children and families both in the ACT and from regional areas of NSW.

The needs of the children will vary but will include emergency and crisis accommodation for vulnerable children and families, respite accommodation for young people with disabilities and a place to call home, even for a short period, for those children with nowhere else to go.

Cost: $175 per person, with all proceeds going to Marymead

Happening Saturday 28 September from 6.30 pm at Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton.

See Eventbrite for tickets and more information.


Enjoy a spring afternoon in Haig Park exploring the connections between women, wellbeing and our urban and natural environments. Presented by City Renewal Canberra.

Share and learn with fellow Canberra women through a program of talks, workshops and activities such as intergenerational speed friending, urban foraging, discussions around women’s health, and more.

Let’s branch out and embrace our city’s backyard! #HaigParkCBR

For more information about Haig Park Experiments head to HaigParkCBR.com.au

*This event welcomes women, which we define to include trans women. Non-binary people who wish to attend are also welcome.*

Happening Saturday 28 September from 12 – 4 pm at Haig Park, adjacent to Torrens Street and Henty Street. Click here for exact location.


Old Graham: Collecting in the bush

After buying and restoring ‘Old Graham’ House at Hovells Creek, John and Liz Baker began to collect all sorts of colonial and Australiana items to fill it.

From lost buttons and farm machinery to pokerwork and oil lamps, they found that collecting crept up on them.

Showing until 30 November at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Pialligo Estate: High Tea Floriade

Delight your tastebuds and indulge them in beautiful Pialligo Estate delicacies, all while you enjoy the atmosphere at Floriade.

While you enjoy the gorgeous view across the tulips in comfort from Pialligo Urban’s sunny deck, you’ll have the chance to unwind and spoil yourself with a range of sweet and savoury treats handmade by the renowned chefs at Pialligo Estate.

Beautiful china will accompany the variety of Moroccan inspired sweet treats, classic ribbon sandwiches, Pialligo Estate smokehouse sausage rolls, seasonal fruit and more, all while enjoying a selection of quality drinks including housemade lemonade and kaffir, loose leaf and herbal tea or barista coffee.

You may also purchase bubbles or other alcoholic beverages to help you really relax and recharge.

Pialligo Estate’s High Tea will be the perfect enhancement to your Floriade experience–it’ll add that extra little something to your weekend, go on, you deserve it!

Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available, please notify Pialligo Estate when making your booking.

Happening 21 September – 13 October at various times at Pialligo Urban, Floriade, inside Commonwealth Park.

See the website for times and more information.


Side Project Sessions is a regular event series designed to help people put their projects–and themselves–first.

Offering a unique format of ‘peer-pressured productivity’, it is a space for people to come together to overcome common blocks including procrastination, fear and busyness and find routine, accountability, community and focus.

Whether it’s writing a novel or a resignation letter, starting an illustration series or sending one scary email, Side Project Sessions welcomes any project, big or small!

Coffee, tea, drinks and a range of dietary-friendly snacks will be provided to ensure you maintain your energy and focus on whatever you’ve been putting off.

What to bring: Headphones, notebooks, pens, pencils, whatever you need for focused project time! If it’s your first time attending, here are some notes on what to expect and what not to expect from the event, or visit our website.

Cost: $12 including grazing platters and bottomless coffee and tea.

Happening Sunday 29 September from 10 am – 1 pm at Keep Co CBR, Unit 3, Building 2, 1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick (next to BlocHaus).

Doors open 10 am for a 10.15 am on the dot start. Finishes at 1 pm.

See Facebook for more information.

Find inspiration, advice and more at @sideprojectsessions on Instagram.


Floriade, Australia’s biggest celebration of spring, returns to Commonwealth Park from Saturday 14 September until Sunday 13 October 2019.

With over one million blooms on display and free entry, Floriade is the perfect place to experience the beauty of spring.

With a diverse and ever-expanding program of music, cultural celebrations, food and wine, horticultural workshops, market traders, artistic displays, entertainment, recreational activities and more, you’ll find something for everyone.

Celebrate this year’s theme, World in Bloom daily from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.

Happening 14 September – 13 October from 9.30 am – 5.30 pm seven days a week at Commonwealth Park.

Visit floriadeaustralia.com for more information.

Pialligo Fields

It’s time to truly unwind and be blown away by the breathtaking views over the fields, watching the sun go down with a drink in hand.

Pialligo Estate is bringing Canberra a new style of fun–with next-level drinks by our funky bar crew, Canberra’s first Gintonica bar experience and the finest craft beers, you’ll taste your way to a new happy place.

Think great beats, highest-quality share platters, space for the kids to run around, and fun you won’t be expecting; Pialligo Fields is the place to bring your family and friends for some fresh air in style.

Whether you have an event that needs some personality, or you just want to find some weekend balance with the family and friends, Fields is a multi-purpose space that will deliver experiences you talk about.

Happening Wednesday to Friday from 3 pm until late and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 pm until late at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

See thepialligoestate.com.au/pialligo-fields for more information.


Floriade is bursting out of Commonwealth Park and heading to local town centres around Canberra!

Floriade in the Suburbs is bringing a little bit of Floriade flavour to Gungahlin, Belconnen, Tuggeranong, Molonglo and Woden.

Popping up between 12 pm and 3 pm, bring along your picnic blanket and enjoy an afternoon of food, drinks from the Pop Inn wine bar, live music and family entertainment. You’ll also get to meet Floriade’s famous pink gnome!

12 noon until 3 pm, Saturday 28 September: Tuggeranong Town Park, Bartlett Place

10 am until 3 pm, Sunday 29 September: Molonglo Valley Markets at Stromlo Cottage

12 noon until 3 pm, Saturday 5 October: Woden Town Square

Find out more at floriadeaustralia.com

Designed not decorated: George Kóródy’s modernist furniture

1950s typing chair designed by George Kóródy. Image by Hotel Hotel and U-P.

The modernist furniture of George Kóródy (1890-1957) is unique in Australia.

The experienced Hungarian architect, teacher and designer arrived in Sydney in 1940 bringing both a Central European modernist aesthetic and a commitment to produce simple pieces suitable for the Australian climate. Kóródy became lead designer for Artes Studios in 1947, where he produced a remarkable range of furniture for private clients and the popular market that were regularly featured in magazines of the period.

Although Artes Studios remained prominent for three decades, due to Kóródy’s untimely death in 1957, his contribution was largely forgotten.

This exhibition of highly collectable, privately-owned furniture, dating from 1947 until the mid-1950s celebrates Kóródy’s significant contribution to Australian modernism.

Showing 6-30 September at Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Ln, Canberra. Opening: Friday 6 September from 6 – 8 pm.

Normal opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday from 11 – 6.30 pm.


The Heart Foundation ACT is hosting early morning Floriade walks everyday, except Sundays, from September 14 to October 13.

These walks are to start a movement to take positive steps towards active living to help reduce stress, have a healthier body and heart, and build stronger relationships. They are here to get everyone moving, no matter where you live or your fitness level.

The walks are held before Floriade opens to the public. It’s a great way to get some exercise, be beat the crowds! Come join in and enjoy the sun, get to know the community and be active!

The Heart Foundation would not be able to offer these walks without the help of their wonderful volunteer Leaders and Walkers.

Free entry.

Happening every Saturday from 14 September until 13 October from 8-9 am at Commonwealth Avenue, Floriade.

See the website for more information.

Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms

Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms is a Shepparton Art Museum curated exhibition, touring nationally by NETS Victoria.

It presents the work of 17 contemporary Australian artists who utilise craft-based materials and techniques with political intent. The artists in this exhibition subvert and extend craft forms as vehicles of activism and social change, exploring the ideas and issues of our time.

Some works encourage social connection and participation in collective processes, others respond to artistic or political movements and yet others reveal that the personal remains political.

Drawing on a long historical lineage, Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms challenges us to see craft in a new light, inviting us to reflect on social participation and political change.

Don’t miss this provocative exhibition, visiting Canberra for the only time.

Happening 6 September–2 February at the Museum of Australia Democracy, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes. 

See moadoph.gov.au/exhibitions/craftivism 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.


Get ready Canberra! Following SELL OUT tours in both 2016 and 2017, the cast of THE NEXT STEP is returning to Australia in 2019 for what will be one of the most anticipated tours of the year.

Featuring nine of the cast from the hit television series, The Next Step – Absolute Dance will be a brand-new show that offers fans a chance to get up close and personal with cast members from the global hit TV show.

The 90-minute stage show features solos, duets, trios and group numbers choreographed to popular hit songs along with original music from the show.

Cast members starring in the expanded live stage show in April 2019 include: Briar Nolet (“Richelle”), Isaiah Peck (“Henry”), Shelby Bain (“Amy”), Alexandra Chaves (“Piper”), Berkley Ratzlaff (“Davis”), Sage Linder (“Summer”), Dylan Ratzlaff (“Jacqui”), Liam Mackie (“Finn”) and Noah Zulfikar (“Kingston”).

Tickets start from $74.90 + booking fees with Meet N Greet options available.

Happening Sunday 29 September from 7 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See the website for tickets and more information.


Come meet Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol at Marketplace Gungahlin!

Join Marshall, Chase and Ryder from Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol at Marketplace Gungahlin for FREE adventure shows and meet and greet sessions!

Do you have what it takes to be a PAW Patrol Trainee? Join Ryder, Chase and Marshall as they answer Mayor Goodway’s call for help to save the ‘Adventure Bay Talent Show’.

Get Ready for Action and warm up as Ryder and the Pups take you through all the moves for the Pup, Pup Boogie and make this the best rescue mission ever!

Register your interest at Marketplace Gungahlin website to receive event updates.

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September:

  • 10 am – Free Show
  • 11 am – Free Meet & Greet Session
  • 12 pm – Free Show

Happening 28 September – 29 September from 10 am – 12 pm, at Marketplace Gungahlin, directly outside Big W.

See marketplacegungahlin.com.au for more information.


The popular Floriade Photography Workshops are back in 2019!

Run by leading Canberra photographers, Geoff Comfort and Ben Kopilow, these workshops run each Saturday morning at 6:30 am from September 14 until October 12.

During the workshops, Geoff and Ben explain the techniques of great flower photography, guide you through a hands-on photography session and then critique your photos at the end of the workshop.

The workshops are suitable for all budding photographers, from beginners to advanced.  You will need to bring a camera, anything from a compact camera or phone up to a full DSLR kit will be suitable.

The workshops are a great opportunity to improve your photography and composition skills and make the most of the morning light!  They fill quickly, so book here now!

Tickets $75 from Ticketek.

6:30 am to 9:30 am, Saturday 28 September: The Terrace at Floriade

6:30 am to 9:30 am, Saturday 5 October: The Terrace at Floriade

6:30 am to 9:30 am, Saturday 12 October: The Terrace at Floriade

Find out more at floriadeaustralia.com.

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