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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!


Tantalise your taste buds with the Murrumbateman Moving Feast, a roving degustation of fine local wines matched with delicious tasting plates.

The Murrumbateman Moving Feast takes place over the October long weekend, showcasing the best of Murrumbateman’s local wineries, each offering a main meal and/or dessert, perfectly matched with one of their wines. Complimentary wine and Moving Feast wine glass with every dish.

Come along, indulge a little, and meet the makers behind the region’s fantastic wines!

Happening Saturday 29 September and Sunday 30 September from 10 am–5 pm at Various Wineries throughout Murrumbateman, Various Wineries, NSW.

See the website for more information.


Discover new and pre-loved fashion at the Canberra Fashion Market, including designer labels and a wide range of styles for women, men, teens and kids. Fashion, shoes, bags, jewellery, accessories and beauty products are on hand.

Market-goers have uncovered major national and international brands, including Kate Spade, Jimmy Choo, Guess, Dior, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Guess, Ralph Lauren, Decjuba, Kookai, Country Road and Witchery.

Faye De Lanty will also be presenting a Salvos Store eco-chick fashion event at this market at 12.30 pm.

Support a sustainable lifestyle and help reduce waste by recycling quality, stylish fashion that’s too good to discard. You’ll also uncover interesting collectables. The Canberra Fashion Market (formerly Fash ‘n’ Treasure) has been around for 20 years, and with good reason. Food and coffee available.

Visit the yummy cupcake stand. Bring the kids and Plenty of free parking and public transport available. Only eight minutes from the city. $3 entry fee (kids under 12 free).

Held indoors and protected from the weather. New stallholders can apply on

Happening Saturday 29 September from 10 am – 3 pm in the Coorong Pavillion at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

See the website for more information.


In it’s 6th year, Sculpture in the Paddock has become a firm fixture on the national arts calendar as well as the Spring “to do” list for Yass Valley and Canberra residents alike.

The outdoor event features sculptures by world-renowned artists, local sculptors of national acclaim as well as emerging artists. For the first time the event will feature food stalls and entertainment on the weekends as well as an exhibition of smaller sculptures. Again the organisers of SinP bring you a student exhibition with works created by students from around the Yass Valley.

SinP is relaxed and completely inclusive – art lovers or just lovers of a great day out  are all welcome.

2018 marks a great change for Sculpture in the Paddock – a change of venue – moving to Shaw Vineyard Estate, Murrumbateman. This new venue brings terrific amenities for the visitor, more stunning rural vistas (as we had at Cooma Cottage, Yass), access to great wine, dining options and only 35minutes drive from Canberra.

Pack a picnic rug, bring the kids, settle in for a great day out. And be sure to bring a camera – each weekend two lucky visitors will win helicopter flight over the exhibition with thanks to Canberra Helicopters.

More information and tickets available online.


Canberra’s annual speculative fiction convention will be held this year from Friday 29 September – Monday 1 October at Vibe Hotel, Canberra Airport.

Special guests are authors Dr Ambelin Kwaymullina and Robert Hood. Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction, Horror, Steampunk, Manga and more!

Guest talks, workshops, book pitching sessions with publishers, panel discussions, social and other great activities.

Happening 29 September – 1 October at Vibe Hotel, Pialligo.

More details at


Nishi Gallery is hosting a One Day Jewellery Shop to mark the closing of their Greybilly exhibition.

This “mini market” will bring together a range of contemporary Australian jewellery by makers including:

  • KIN Gallery – bringing works by Ada Hodgson (Melbourne),  Sarah Murphy (Canberra), STUDIOKYSS (Sydney), Susan McGinness (Canberra), Zoe Grigoris (Adelaide) and more!
  • Nina Baker (Sydney)
  • Jenny Du (Sydney)
  • Jeff McCann (Sydney)

Come in the morning to grab something fabulous (prices start at $50) or come in the afternoon for a panel discussion about adornment, making and materiality with Ingrid Penc (KIN Gallery), Nina Baker and Jenny Du.

Happening Saturday 29 September from 10 am – 3 pm at Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane, NewActon.

Artist Talk – 2 -2.45 pm. Artist talk is free, though registration is essential. RSVP here.

Beer Pong Championships 2018 AT ZAAB STREET FOOD

Have you got what it takes to be the 2018 Zaab Street Food Beer Pong Champion? If the answer is YES – you and a mate could WIN a trip to THAILAND.

Step 1. Find a mate who’s good at beer pong
Step 2. Enter online at Eventbrite
Step 3. Bring your mad pong skills to the table. May the best team win.

Registration is $50 for a team of two. Register now via Eventbrite.

Happening Sunday 30 September from 7 pm (check-ins and doors open) – Kickoff is at 9 pm at Zaab Street Food, 9 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.


1st Prize: 7 nights accommodation & return flight to Thailand

2nd Prize: ‘Capital Brewing Co Experience’ including 1x case of beer, 2x T-shirts & a Brewery Tour for 2 people

3rd Prize: $100 bar tab at Zaab Street Food


Developed in 1988 as a grand, one off floral tribute to mark Australia’s Bicentenary and Canberra’s 75th anniversary, Floriade has become Canberra’s most iconic annual tourism event and Australia’s premier spring festival. 

The floral display of more than a million bulbs and annuals planted across 8,000 square meters of inner city parkland is more than just a flower show. Floriade is a diverse, ever expanding program of music, cultural celebrations, food and wine, horticultural workshops, market traders, artistic displays, entertainment and recreational activities. 

Happening 15 September – 16 October at Commonwealth Park, Regatta Place, Parkes 

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


A story about dreams, believing in yourself… and a dancing kangaroo.

From the award-winning team behind Pete The Sheep comes another hilarious tale of a bush animal you’ll never forget. Josephine is a kangaroo – who loves to dance. Her little brother, Joey, tells her that kangaroos don’t dance, they hop – but Josephine continues to point her toes and leap through the air.

When a ballet troupe comes to the sleepy town of Shaggy Gully Josephine learns that there is another way to dance – ballet. As the ballet company prepares to perform, Josephine sneaks into town to peer through the window as the dancers rehearse, watching for hours and hours as they perfect their routine. Then Josephine goes home and practices all night, all alone, until she knows the dance by heart. She spun, she swirled and pirouetted dreams… and at the end she always curtsied. She desperately wanted to dance like the ballerinas in pink tutus and silk ballet shoes!

On the day of the first performance the ballet company was in trouble: the prima ballerina twisted her ankle and the understudy had a splinter in her toe! Who could dance the lead role? Who else could leap that high? Josephine’s talents are called upon to help save the day. Can she do it, and more importantly, does it matter that she’s a kangaroo? A delightfully funny tale that looks at the importance of believing in yourself and realising your dreams.

Saturday 29 September at Canberra Theatre Centre.

More information and tickets here.


Stopping by EDEN is former My Kitchen Rules semi-finalist Scott Gooding.

Combining his know-how as a personal trainer and healthy chef, Scott’s goal is to inspire others to go back to basics and take a more fuss-free approach to food and fitness. He’s a strong advocate for the currently trending keto diet, only he thinks of it more as a lifestyle choice than a ‘diet’.

Get the lowdown on this low-carb, high-fat food movement and discover Scott’s go-to keto recipes that are all about flavour without compromise, in his nutrition and lifestyle masterclass.

All guests will take home a copy of his book ’The Keto Diet’ and a gift bag.

Tickets are $30 and are available from


Two blokes in an office: one an old rooster, one a young cockerel. A cross between The Office and a cage fight, Cockfight is a game of comical one-upmanship that exposes generational truths, and the desperate need to prove yourself versus the wish to hold on.

With a flash of bared teeth, and territorial disputes, Cockfight explores and questions the power play between men, the frailty of the ageing body and our culture’s desperate struggle for achievement.

Skilfully depicting a full-throttle mashup of extreme physical risk-taking, graceful movement and slow-mo fight sequences, this is a darkly humorous and surprisingly tender piece of dance theatre.

Newly formed Gold Coast/Berlin company The Farm, sees long-time creative collaborators Joshua Thomson and Gavin Webber reassess who is in charge.

Happening Wednesday 26 September at the Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, City.

See the website for more information.


Floriade Nightfest 2016. Credit: Martin Ollman.

As the sun sets over Commonwealth Park, Floriade becomes an illuminated wonderland as NightFest returns with five nights of entertainment, food, and more.

Come early and grab some dinner as the flower beds across Floriade light up the night. Take a wander through the illuminated mesmerising Nautalis Forest with its spiraling trees that ripple and pulse with colour, before heading to the stage for the nightly entertainment.

Grab some popcorn and a blanket on Wednesday as Stage 88 transforms into an open-air cinema for Movie NightFest. The festival heats up on Thursday with performances from Lucy Sugerman, Mojo Juju and Thelma Plum, before Bowie Unzipped and Kate Miller-Heidke hit the stage on Friday. Get your dance moves ready for Party NightFest on Saturday night before capping off the week with Akmal Saleh, Arj Barker and more at MA 15+ Comedy NightFest on Sunday.

Happening Wednesday 26 September to Sunday 30 September from 6:30pm–10:30pm at Commonwealth Park, Regatta Place, Parkes.

See the website for more information.


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 29 August 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.


Projections along the foreshore as part of Localjinni’s Lakeside Stories – Twilight Video Walks.

Do you want to hear stories about Lake Burley Griffin only the locals know?

A new art tourism initiative titled Localjinnni, led by Fiona Hooton and Catrina Vignando, is making that possible. Their first participatory – place-making experience, Lakeside Stories brings visual artists, filmmakers, writers, oral historians and animators together to tell hidden stories of place.

Held around Lake Burley Griffin’s northern foreshore their Lakeside stories –twilight video walks, take storytelling to the streets. Transforming footpaths and walls into screens using video, sound and light projections.

Included in Lakeside Stories – twilight video walks are works by: Caren Florance (text artist), Melinda Smith (poet), Megan Watson (filmmaker), Matchbox Pictures (film and TV production), Ros Lemoh (visual artist), Dr Kirsty Guster (Acton Walkways place-maker), Roslyn Russell (historian), ANU’s School of Art animation students as well as collection content from the National Library of Australia, National Museum of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive.

Localjinni has a cultural and environmental mission – to make our public spaces more fun, more functional, more of the time. Take a cultural dip into Lake Burley Griffin’s many fluid identities through film, animation, poetry, visual art and oral history. Join us on an illuminating walk as we screen stories onto footpaths and walls around the Lake’s foreshore.

Discover why Canberra begins and ends at the Lake through an immersive experience, shared ideas and social yarning. Designed for artful, urban adventurers.

Held in association with Contour 556 / Canberra’s Public Art Biennial. (Supported by YWCA creativity grant)

7.45pm Saturday and Sundays 6-27 October

7.45pm Wednesday 17 October, Lake Burley Griffin’s B’day

Meet Henry Roland Park, Acton. Free – numbers limited

Eventbrite bookings essential.


Showcasing a range of sweet and savoury treats alongside an impeccable range of teas by Canberra based Tea Garden Co. Unwind with High Tea at Floriade – set amongst the tulip gardens, treat yourself to an afternoon delight in the Pialligo Urban Café including pastries, cakes, finger sandwiches and scones.

Gluten-free dietaries can be accommodated, just let the staff know when booking tickets.

Tickets cost $42 pp, and booking is essential

Happening until 14 October, Friday –  Sunday, 2.30pm and 3.30pm at Pialligo Urban Cafe at Floriade, Commonwealth Avenue, City

See website for more information.


Credit: Chris Walsh.

Acclaimed Canberra singer-songwriter, Lucy Sugerman, will perform with CYO in this concert. Lucy is best known as the youngest grand finalist on The Voice 2017 and since then has been seen performing at many events in Canberra including at Reconciliation Day 2018, the Australia Day 2018 ceremony and the National Folk Festival.

For the first time ever, hear Lucy perform her own compositions orchestrated specially for the Canberra Youth Orchestra, as well as Bowie’s iconic Space Oddity (arr. Denholm) which instantly catapulted her to Australian fame on The Voice.

CYO will also perform classic film scores by John Williams, including Raider’s March from the Indiana Jones film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and culminating in his suite from Star Wars and including the Main Theme and the Imperial March – unaltered from the original films.

Happening from 7:30 pm–9:30 pm on Saturday 29 September at Llewellyn Hall ANU School of Music, Childers Street, City.

See the website for more information.

So Fine: Contemporary women artists make Australian history

Credit: The Girls, Zoe Davis and Linde Ivimey, 2018 by Linde Ivimey. Steel armatures, acrylic resin, cast and natural human, sheep turkey, fox, chicken and snake bones, earth, paper, natural fibre, dyed cotton, dyed and sewn viscera. Courtesy of Linde Ivimey.

As conceptually thrilling as it is aesthetically rich, So Fine features new works from ten women artists reinterpreting and reimagining elements of Australian history.

Forming part of the Portrait Gallery’s twentieth birthday celebrations, the exhibition enriches the contemporary narrative around Australia’s history and biography, reflecting the tradition of storytelling in our country.

So Fine’s contributing artists – of various ages and backgrounds, and hailing from different parts of Australia – have all created new works for the exhibition. Aside from gender, their common attributes are a meticulous approach to creation, driven by considered, nuanced thinking. Their works are intricate, refined and affecting objects that reconceive events, people and places from Australia’s past.

The artists involved are Shirley PurdieLinde IvimeyBern EmmerichsLeah King-SmithNusra Latif QureshiNicola DicksonPamela See (Xue Mei-Ling)Fiona McMonagleValerie Kirk and Carol McGregor. Charged with these makers’ passionate, intensely individual takes, and incorporating themes from pre-history to the present, So Fine challenges and delights, as well as interrogating the boundaries of contemporary portraiture.

Showing until Monday 1 October at the National Portrait Gallery. See the website for more information.



Credit: Abigail Varney.

Named after the grey, green and cream opal found in the South Australian mining town of Coober Pedy, Greybilly brings together work by Abigail Varney (Melbourne) and Nina Baker (Sydney).

Photographs by Varney present a vivid perspective on depleting resources in Coober Pedy. Conceptual jewellery by Baker sees the transformation of disposable plastic containers into objects of beauty. Curated by Yasmin Masri, Greybilly explores the search for, and creation of, what’s precious; and the reality of finite resources.

Cost: Free

Happening until 29 September at the Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane, NewActon.

See the website for more information.


Ryan McNaught’s Brickman Experience is one of the largest touring exhibitions of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Arriving in the capital these school holidays, the interactive exhibition is suitable for little and big kids (LEGO® code for adults!). It will be at Exhibition Park in Canberra from 28 September through to 14 October 2018.

Made with over five million LEGO® bricks, this epic exhibition will showcase some of the world’s largest and most detailed LEGO® models including Ryan’s biggest ever Star Wars LEGO® build, a model Airbus A380, a quarter scale LEGO® Ferrari and the world’s largest LEGO® flower.

Brickman Experience features a collection of over 60 individual works by Ryan McNaught – the only LEGO® Certified Professional in the Southern Hemisphere and one of only 14 in the world. Ryan and his team’s award-winning creations have featured in locations around the world, and now Canberra for the first time.

Canberra’s budding brickies will also have the opportunity to build their own LEGO® creations in the interactive master builder zones.

Happening Friday 28 September until Sunday 14 October at Fitzroy Pavillion, EPIC, Flemington Road, Mitchell.

See the website for more information.



Visit the National Zoo & Aquarium to help celebrate all things animal for World Animal Week, marked by World Animal Day on the 4th. We will be holding a range of exciting activities throughout the week such as special zoo keeper talks focusing on encouraging and educating people on animal care and conservation.

There will even be an awesome prize for the best photo taken with your favourite zoo animal uploaded to Instagram! Make sure to tag us to be in the running to win!

Happening daily from Monday October 1 to Sunday 7 October at the National Zoo & Aquarium, 999 Lady Denman Drive, Weston Creek.

See the website for more information.

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