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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’ve introduced our Weekend Edit… Here are 10 things you shouldn’t miss! Also make sure to tune in to Mix 106.3 at 8:20am this Saturday morning to hear HerCanberra’s founder Amanda Whitley chatting with Cam about this weekend’s top picks!

National Multicultural Festival

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Eat, drink, laugh and dance your way around the world at the National Multicultural Festival. Justice Crew, UK-based psychedelic rock-soul singer Z-Star, Sol Nation, Bombay Royale and Inka Marka all feature in the free Friday night concert.

Celebrate difference, share traditions and see performances from all parts of the world throughout the festival. There will be comedy, performance art, food and wine stalls, street parties, live music, circus-style acts and more!

Various venues and various times across 12-14 February. Keep checking their website for full details:

Hypernova at ANU O-Week 2016


Chvrches will be performing at HYPERNOVA Friday 12 February

Hypernova is the ANU Students’ Association’s (ANUSA) biggest party of O-Week – and the year!

Hypernova brings a stellar international lineup and world-class production to the ANU campus. Performances by CHVRCHES, San Cisco, Basenji, Ego, Tak-un-da and Toyo with special guest Edd Fisher.

Ticket Prices (17+ Event Only)

ANU Student Early Bird: $30 – SOLD OUT
ANU Student: $40
Student Outside of ANU: $50
General Admission: $70

Buy Tickets – (Any issues please email

Hypernova will be happening from 6pm on Fellow Oval at the ANU. Click here for more details:

AMB 100 Mountain Bike Marathon

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The AMB 100 Mountain Bike Marathon features the longest racing circuit possible at Stromlo Forest Park. There’s the 30km giant race circuit, for the tough 3-lap 100km and the 5-lap 100miler. Get a taste with 1 or 2 laps.

Racing can be solo or pairs, but either way it’s a challenging day out on some of the best trails in south eastern Australia. The race is sponsored by Australian Mountain Bike magazine, the largest of its kind in Australia. Visit their tent on-site with test bikes and their latest February issue.

Sunday 14 February. Saturday registration from 3pm; first race start at 5am then mass start at 8am. Event finishes by 4pm.

Registrations and all details on the Rocky Trail website:

Summerside Festival

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The Summerside Festival is full of dining events celebrating local and seasonal produce, opportunities to taste the best of the region’s wines and exciting performances, events and nature experiences. So grab your friends and family and discover summer in the capital region. Enjoy a lazy long lunch, or an afternoon of live music. Try a master class, or wine tasting and finish it all off with a twilight horse ride.

From 6 February 2016 to 28 February every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in February. Check their website at for a full program.

Lifeline Epic Bookfair


The Lifeline Epic Bookfair is the largest gathering of book-lovers in the ACT and region! With a huge range that you have to see to believe, there is something for everyone. A wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books, including rare and collectibles, as well as games, puzzles, CDs, DVDs, comics and more.

Held over three huge days at Exhibition Park in Canberra, Saturday is family day with fun activities for the kids.

Entry is via gold coin donation and proceeds got to Lifeline Canberra’s 13 11 14 Telephone Crisis Support service. Visit the website for more information:

On February 12 – 14 from 9am at Exhibition Park, Canberra. 

We May Never Meet Again: The Music of Amy Winehouse


We May Never Meet Again pays tribute to Amy Winehouse’s lifelong love of jazz through a suite of twisted and re-imagined arrangements, transporting her music from the radio to the smoky clubs where her jazz idols used to play.

Hear the soul-drenched voice of Elly Poletti bring a new life to songs like “Back to Black”, “Tears Dry On Their Own”, and “In My Bed”. Six horns share the stage with Elly, weaving a backdrop of jazz harmonies and soul hits, comments and counter-melodies.

Friday 12 February at 8pm. Box office opens 1.5hrs prior to show. Book tickets here:

Royal Australian Mint Open Day

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In 1966 Australians made change … in more ways than one. Fifty years on the Royal Australian Mint (the Mint) is inviting the general public to celebrate decimal currency’s golden anniversary with an Open Day on February 13. There is so much to do:

Factory Walkthrough

This Open Day will have you take a journey through time, seeing the way that our coins have changed and adapted to our way of life. The walkthrough is a rare opportunity to stroll on the factory floor and see the presses which make the coins which pass through your hands every day.

Pop-Up Coin Design Studio

For the first time, the general public will be able to see the talented Royal Australian Mint Coin Designers in action in a once-off pop-up coin design studio! Accessible only as part of the factory walkthrough, the process of coin design will be revealed to the public like never before.

Master Class

A limited number of exclusive master classes with the Mint’s coin designers and product development team are also available, providing the amazing opportunity for the public to learn directly from the Mint’s talented coin designers. Here the public will be brought up- close with their methods and means in design and will get to personalise a special design and join in a plaster pour.

Coin Dealer Showcase

See pre-decimal coins up close with our Coin Dealer Showcase, seeing the complete story of Australian currency told over the past 100 years. The Coin Dealers present will also have a selection of previous year’s collectible coins and they can even give valuations so bring along our own coins or information about them and see what treasure you may have hiding amongst your collection.

There will be lots of other activities with musical performances, the Gecko Gang and photo opportunities with Mr Minty, Kelly the Kangaroo and Charlie the Koala, which will provide something for all ages.

On Saturday February 13 from 8:30am to 4pm at  Royal Australian Mint, Deakin.

Canberra Multicultural Fringe Festival 

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The Canberra Multicultural Fringe is back in town and this year they have created an all LOCAL programme. The line up includes a mix of music and live performance that includes mostly experimental new works.

Join them on the dancefloor or linger mysteriously in a corner – they just want you there! The Canberra Multicultural Fringe celebrates local identity and diversity, and we can’t do that without your unique presence.

Happening around various locations in the city from 4pm to midnight Friday 12 February and midday to midnight on Saturday 13 February.

You’ll find upcoming announcements at

Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon


The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra will come alive with hundreds of Weet-Bix Kids this February.

TRYathletes will swim, ride and run using very same facilities where many great Australian sporting careers have begun.

Sunday 14 February 7am-noon at the Australian Institute of Sport.

Register online now to secure your place:

National Museum of Australia Supper Club and Encounters exhibition night tour

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Head to the National Museum of Australia for an exceptional supper club experience in their waterfront cafe over selected summer dates.

Enjoy a two-course dinner of shared platters matched with local wines, an exclusive after-hours tour of the Encounters exhibition and a 20% discount on the exhibition catalogue!

Friday 12 February from 6.30pm at the National Museum of Australia. Book your tickets now:

Want more options? Get the full rundown here.

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