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Every Monday for nearly five years, we’ve published This Week in The Can – but sometimes it’s just too epic to get through! That’s why we’re introducing our Weekend Edit… Here are 10 things you shouldn’t miss!

Canberra’s Living Green Festival

Canberra’s biggest ‘green’ community event turns 5 this year! The Living Green Festival has confirmed its place in the ACT’s event calendar as one of the most exciting and innovative ‘green’ events in the region.

No other festival combines key issues such as climate change, sustainability and energy efficiency, with compassion and care for animals and the environment—and turns it into a totally fun day for the whole family! That’s just one of the many unique aspects of Canberra’s very own Living Green Festival!

Where else could you find stalls about double glazing your windows and the very latest in water tanks, next to stalls about caring for wildlife or rescuing dogs? Or stalls selling the most delicious vegan cupcakes next to stalls promoting electric or bamboo bikes?

The Living Green Festival is on this Sunday 4 October, 10am-4pm at Albert Hall, Yarralumla. Free entry.

The Tradies Murrumbateman Moving Feast

Tantalise your taste buds at The Tradies Murrumbateman Moving Feast over the October long weekend. Roam from winery to winery, indulging in delicious local food, premium wines, taking in the beautiful countryside along the way.

The Australian Cool Climate Wine Show are offering public tastings on Saturday. Murrumbateman is just 30 minutes from Canberra, or an easy 3 hour drive from Sydney.

Check their website for full details.


Botanica showcases Bisonhome’s recent ceramic and glass designs amongst a continuously evolving display of flowers and scents. Hear from the local design community each Saturday. Brian Tunks, creative director of bisonhome and former ancient historian, discusses classical pottery methods, his collection’s evolution and some home styling and design tips.

Gus Armstrong, coveted hat winner in the 2016 Sydney Good Food Awards (eightysix), shares some recipes. Celebrated Floralista, Lou Moxom (Moxom and Whitney), creates simple yet elegant arrangements and discuss the rules of proportion.Leading ACT Mixologist Russell Pearson creates a bison cocktail and perfects the ideal entertaining tipple.

bisonhome showroom. 6/8 Beltana Road. Pialligo. Until Sunday 11 October. 10am–4.30pm daily. Guest speakers between 3pm–3:45pm each Saturday.

Lady Larissa Flower Pop-up at Local Press

Having just arrived back from freelancing in the UK, Lady Larissa florist and stylist offers something with a unique and wild difference. “I was fortunate enough to have a broad range of floral work in London such as; styling, events, photoshoots, big installations, running workshops, weddings and more. English flowers are truly something else,” says Lady Larissa.

“The Foreshore has a really lovely vibe, especially now it’s spring and Floriade is on. Canberra has boomed over the past two years I’ve been away. It’s exciting to see the positive changes, where opportunities are available for creatives and small businesses to offer something different. It’s a really exciting time for me. I’ve always dreamed of starting my own business, and now I’m home it’s all naturally fallen into place.”

The next flower pop-up at Local Press on the Kingston Foreshore will be Sunday 4 October from 8am until sold out.

Spring Tea

Celebrate spring in one of the stunning hidden Parliament House courtyards. Enjoy a delightful high tea of mouth-watering delicacies with a glass of something sparkling to celebrate Floriade on Saturday 3 October or Saturday 10 October (2pm to 4pm).

Tickets are $55 and can be purchased from or by calling 6275 2700.

Meet the Gardener Tour

The Parliament House Landscape Services gardeners will lead this very special in-depth tour through the gardens and hidden courtyards of Parliament House. They will show you how they manage the intricate systems and plantings that keep the gardens always looking their best. Here is an opportunity to ask all of those gardening questions and get a few tips from the best. You will finish the tour with tea in the Queen’s Terrace cafe.

Dates: Sunday 4 October. Times: 10.30 am and 1.30pm. Duration: 2 hours. Cost: Adult $80, Concession/Child $70. Bookings essential: or ph 02 6275 2700. A fee of $3.30 applies to each transaction.

10th Anniversary of Goldilocks the Pantomime

This version of Goldilocks was written by Canberra playwright Peter McDonald, with original music by Adam Bluhm, and was first performed by Ickle Pickle Productions in December 2005. Goldilocks was Ickle Pickles first ever show, and we had so much fun we have decided to bring it back as part of our ten year anniversary.  This is a pantomime-style show, suitable for all ages!

Goldilocks lives with her mother, Mrs Locks, struggling to make ends meet. They are behind with their rent payments to their landlord, the evil Sheriff of Gunningham. The Sheriff has been trying to steal the Three Bears’ recipe for porridge so that he can start a chain of porridge outlets. He and his assistant Frogmore kidnap Goldilocks and hold her ransom for the porridge recipe. Can Dave the Woodcutter and his best friend Charlie the Chipmunk save the day?

 Saturday 3 October at 11am, Belconnen Theatre, Swanson Court – Belconnen. Duration: one hour.

International Natural Bodybuilding Australia Australian Championship

This weekend Canberra will host the INBA Australian Championships! Most experts in the industry agree that the Australian Championships are amongst the hardest national titles in the world to win, as the quality of the Australian competitors is the best in the world. Australia has a long and proud tradition in the sport of natural bodybuilding and modelling and we are ranked number one.

Next weekend all eyes shift to the nations capital in Canberra where star promoters Nick Boutzos and Jesse McConaghy present the 2015 running of the nations premier ever, the INBA Australian Natural Physique Championships. Over the last month a careful qualification process has has been going on in every state and territory of the country to find the best representatives to contest the national event. To enter the Australian Championships, interstate competitors must rank top five in their state.

Sunday 4 October, 8:30am-7pm at the National Convention Centre. Check out for more details.

Soul Of Fire – She fought for peace

Renowned Austrian pacifist Bertha von Suttner is the central figure of “Soul of fire – She fought for peace”. Well known Austrian actress Maxi Blaha portrays her main concerns in deliberately and chronologically chosen chapters, contrasts and episodes.

As an avid pacifist, von Suttner was central to a world-wide peace movement. She fought nationalist fanaticism, militarism, anti-Semitism and recognised the dangers of hate breeding. She inspired her friend and benefactor Alfred Nobel to create a Peace Prize and was the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 for her most famous novel “Lay Down your Arms”.

Runs from 2-4 October The Street Theatre, Acton. Friday & Saturday: 8pm. Sunday: 4pm (performance in German) and 8pm. Box Office opens 1.5 hours prior to each show. Tickets: Adult: 35.00, Concession: 30.00, Student: 25.00.

The Llewellyn Choir

In this sumptuous concert the Llewellyn Choir joins the New Caledonia French Choir for a banquet of choral treats by Verdi, Cherubini and Brahms, served to you at the High Court with passion. This is a unique opportunity to hear both choirs singing together within the acoustics of the Court.

The Llewellyn Choir is one of Canberra’s leading community choirs. Founded in 1980 as the School of Music Community Choir, today the choir is an 80-strong group under the gifted directorship of Rowan Harvey-Martin, with repetiteur Anthony Smith.

Bookings via their website necessary for entry. Seating not guaranteed.

Saturday 4 October, at 1.30pm, High Court of Australia.

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