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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!

Make it a royal weekend at MoAD

Image supplied.

Royal celebrations will be in full swing at MoAD with a host of regal activities on offer at the museum for the Queen’s Birthday.

Visitors can join the fun at the craft table with our PlayUP facilitators to create their own royal corgi and wearable crafty crown between 10.30-12.30 daily.

Keep out of the cold and curl up with a selection of beautiful books about royal adventures. Dress up as the Queen, a lady in waiting or a Princely Consort in costumes modelled on the 1954 state visit to Australia.

On Monday 11 June museum-goers can marvel at a giant LEGO picture of the Queen on the steps of Old Parliament or get hands-on with LEGO designs channelling all things royal. Capture the day by snapping a royal wedding selfie in King’s Hall after dressing up in a royal costume and striking a pose.

Happening 9-11 June at the Museum of Australian Democracy, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.


Credit: Martin Ollman

Indulge in a feast of the senses and join in the fun as The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Each year from June to August more than 250 individual events are held across the Canberra region showcasing the region’s fresh Black Winter Truffle.

Taste and experience the magic of these highly-prized gems. Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration, or pop along to a market and pick up some truffle delights for yourself.

The Truffle Festival is the ultimate foodie festival, and a fabulous celebration of winter in the Canberra region.

Happening Friday 1 June–Friday 31 August at various locations around Canberra.

Check out the website for more information.


Diary of a Madman featuring PJ Williams and Lily Constantine is on at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra City West, until the 16th of June. Diary of a Madman is Nikolai Gogol’s dark comedy of imagination unleashed in a low-ranking public servant driven insane by the society he lives in, and paints a fantastical world of laughter, rage, rapture, the tragic and one man’s quest to belong.

Poprishchin is tantalised by dreams of coats, women, and fame he might, but will never-possess. He didn’t expect to battle snobbery, complacency, and the stupidity of bureaucracy! Wanting something much more he chronicles his daily life, from the unsavoury habits of his superiors to a suspicion that dogs can talk. One day he makes an amazing discovery. The King of Spain has died without an heir and suddenly destiny and greatness call.

Gogol’s classic adapted for the stage by David Holman is brought to life with a celebrated Canberra cast and award-winning creative team from The Street including designers Imogen Keen, Niklas Pajanti and Seth Edwards-Ellis. You can meet Director Caroline Stacey and actors PJ Williams and Lily Constantine in a free post- show conversation event on Sunday June 10th.

Mixing up social satire and psychological portrait, Diary of a Madman is as relevant today as when first written in 1835. The short story has long been recognised as a powerful dissection of mental disintegration. Our season of Diary of a Madman gives us the opportunity to reflect on the narrative of madness in the story and issues of mental health today. Join us for The Tipping Point, a post-show conversation event around lived experiences, facilitated by This is My Brave Australia’s Tim Daly with Chris Corcoran, Kristen Holzapfel and actor PJ Williams on Tuesday June 12th.

Happening until 16 June at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, City.

Tickets $30 – $42. Group bookings available. Conversation events are free. Bookings: or call 6247 1223.


You can’t afford to miss this year’s Opera Gala, which features Australia’s finest young singers from Pacific Opera singing arias, ensembles, and directed scenes from operas such as Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Beethoven’s Fidelio, Verdi’s Rigoletto and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.

This beautiful program is conducted by Simon Kenway and guarantees you a very special Saturday night!

Happening Saturday 9 June from 7.30 pm at the Llewellyn Hall, ANU, William Herbert Place, Building 100.

See the website for more information.


Come and party with the stars of ABC KIDS Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band as they celebrate their 10th birthday around Australia!

Lah-Lah and the band will be touring their 10th Birthday “best of” album through Sony Music, following their 2017 ARIA-nominated release, Having Fun.

It’s an hour of singing and dancing fun full of Lah-Lah hits and laughs.

And don’t forget, everyone gets to meet the band, and the instruments, after the show.

Happening Saturday 9 June from 10 am at Southern Cross Club Woden.

Purchase tickets and find more information via the website.


The Apia Good Times Tour returns for its 6th consecutive year with its biggest line-up of Oz music legends yet with Brian Cadd, Marcia Hines, Russell Morris, Leo Sayer and John Paul Young set to criss-cross the country for this unique, once-in-a-lifetime concert experience.
2018’s line-up of legends have a huge array of hits to draw from including Ginger Man, A Little Ray of Sunshine, You, Your Love Still Brings Me to my Knees, The Real Thing, Wings of an Eagle, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, When I Need You, I Hate the Music and Love Is In The Air, to name a few. Each artist performs a solo set of their hits before joining in an extraordinary finale with all five sharing the stage.

Happening Sunday 10 June from 7.30 pm – 10.30 pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit.

See the website for more information.


This is your chance to celebrate being a kid and doing what kids do best…having fun! Bring your kids, parents and grandparents to this super fun family day out at the markets. All these kids having fun means a lively atmosphere and buzzing energy around the place, with loads of children’s entertainment, pony rides, a jumping castle, Milo the clown, face painting and more.

What might you find? Stacks of products that kids love including handcrafted toys, kids’ room accessories, artworks and lots of bright, modern handmade clothes for babies and little boys and girls. And of course, what’s a family day out without delicious treat foods. Yummo!

Happening Sunday 10 June from 10 am – 4 pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information.


On 9 June World Wide Knit in Public Day, Trove Canberra wants to fill Garema Place with knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners and stitchers of all kinds and we need your help to do it! Each year, over 1000 knitters all around the world organise events in their own countries and communities to get together and share their love of the craft.

This is the 4th year that Trove Canberra will host a Knit in Public and each year it just gets bigger and better. In 2018, they will be knitting out in Garema Place from 1pm to 4pm so everyone knows just how much they love it.

What’s more, Woolshed@Manuka, Canberra Paper & the Works and The Crafty Frog are providing generous support – that’s right, they have yarn to share! Bring your own project or help us knit squares to make a blanket for Wrap With Love Inc. The cold doesn’t scare them – they have marquees, heaters and tea and coffee, so bring your needles and hooks and join in. Please bring a cup so they can keep the planet green while they do it.

Happening Saturday 9 June from 1-4 pm in Garema Place, Civic.

More information via Facebook.


Cartier Paris. Crocodile necklace 1975 special order, gold, yellow diamonds, emeralds, rubies 30 and 27.3 cm (length each) Collection Cartier © Cartier Photo Nils Herrmann Made as a special order for María Félix.

Cartier: The Exhibition is a breathtaking display of some of the world’s most exquisite jewels, featuring items from royal families, celebrities and the astonishing Cartier collection showing exclusively at the National Gallery of Australia.

Immerse yourself in over 300 spectacular items, including royal tiaras, necklaces, brooches and earrings.

Never before have so many incredible diamonds, pearls, sapphires, emeralds and other precious stones been seen in Australia. Highlights include the Queen’s ‘Halo’ tiara worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to Prince William, Princess Grace of Monaco’s 10.48 carat diamond engagement ring, Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond and ruby necklace, Dame Nellie Melba’s diamond stomacher brooch, and a selection from the NGA’s exceptional Ballets Russes costumes.

Step into the dazzling world of the Maison Cartier and its clients to discover concepts of glamour throughout the 20th century, accompanied by our rich program of talks, tours and events and Cartier: The Exhibition catalogue.

Cartier: The Exhibition is on show at the NGA, exclusive to Canberra.

Showing until Sunday 22 July at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.


Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea! Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head. If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two: $35pp. One stand including Sparkling to begin and tea selection for two: $45pp.

Happening every Friday and Saturday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra.

Bookings required in advance, so to book via 02 6257 7074 or online at


Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too! From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

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