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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!

Pialligo Estate Outdoor Cinema

Kick-off the weekend with after-work drinks, award-winning food and Friday evening fun at Pialligo Estate‘s scenic outdoor cinema and pop-up bar to watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Or, if a classic Australian comedy is more your style, enjoy a Saturday night out with difference watching Crocodile Dundee.

The Box Office opens at 6 pm and guests are encouraged to get in early to secure a spot on the lawns then relax with live music, a range of local and imported beverages, and watch the sun set over the Brindabella’s from the private river-side location.

Guests can bring their own picnic blanket or sit at the tables and chairs provided – all tickets are $15 (plus booking fee).

Happening Friday 8 and Saturday 9 February at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

See the website for more information. Please find Frequently Asked Questions here.

Please note that as we are a licensed venue, Pialligo Estate cannot accept under 18’s at the River Garden Cinema.


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 February 2019, National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Acton.

See the website for more information.


Everyone’s favourite roots and blues group, John Butler Trio are coming to Canberra and bringing some very special guests along with them.

Taking Stage 88 for one huge afternoon on Sunday 10 February, the beloved trio will be joined onstage by Missy HigginsThe Waifs and Stella Donnelly.

Happening Sunday 10 February from 2 pm at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park.

See the website for tickets and 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.

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 9 February from 10 am – 3 pm in the Coorong Pavillion at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

See the website for more information.


Following hot on the wobbly heels of the box office hit The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre brings its triumphant disaster Peter Pan Goes Wrong from London’s West End to Australia.

Nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, Peter Pan Goes Wrong turns the J.M. Barrie classic, Peter Pan, into ‘a joyous masterclass of physical comedy and general disaster’ (London Evening Standard).

Once again, the much-loved members of The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society battle against technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes with hilarious and disastrous results.

Will they ever make it to Neverland?

Happening 6-10 February at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See the website for more information.

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.

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.


In this special ACT Writers Centre masterclass with Miles Franklin Award-winner, A.S. Patrić, writers will be taken through a study of the craft and technique essential for writing unique and vital short stories.

Explore character development, narrative function, voice and tone, as well as the ideas and aesthetics specific to short stories, with a focus on how to deploy these skills practically.

Discussion will be warm and inclusive, exploring a range of genres and styles but always with a focus on the art of fiction.

Writers will cover:

  • A method for developing literary craft and a functional writing process.
  • An understanding of the narrative dynamics that create compelling short stories.
  • A better idea of how to develop characters with integrated, integral narratives.
  • Understanding the scope and functions of short narratives.
  • Practical knowledge of Australian literary market for local short story writers.

Before Black Rock White City won Australia’s most prestigious award in 2016, A.S. Patrić had published two story collections: Las Vegas for Vegans (short-listed in the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards) and The Rattler & other stories. Individually, his stories have been winners of the Ned Kelly Award and the Booranga Prize and twice published in Best Australian Stories. In November 2018, he published his third collection, The Butcherbird Stories.

Happening Saturday 9 February from 9.30 am – 3.30 pm at the ACT Writers Centre, Gorman House, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon.

Find tickets and more information on Eventbrite.

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.


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 from 3 February to 24 March at 810 Norton Road, Wamboin.

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


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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