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Every Monday for more than eight 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—a curated selection of events we think you’ll love!


The Spring Forage is coming at you Canberra!

In true spring style, The Forage will be bringing you the best street food, beverages, entertainment and some pretty rad surprises.

So grab your mates and come and celebrate the turn of the season and get amongst Canberra’s biggest street party and EAT DRINK GROOVE!

Happening Saturday 19 October from 2 – 7 pm at the Dairy Road Precinct, Fyshwick.

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Kingsborough is hosting a Spring Festival in the new Village on the Kingston Foreshore.

To celebrate the completion of the second last building within its iconic Village precinct, Kingsborough would like to invite the public to come in and view the unique precinct first hand.

Cafe and micro-brewery Axis Roasters will be unveiling their brand-new fit-out in the Village Square. Serving free coffee roasted on-site throughout as well as a selection of craft beers, they are a welcome addition to the Village.

There will even be free scoops of Gelato Messina!

Kingsborough is also excited to open the doors to Magic Kitchen, vegan & organic café. A family-owned vegan food business offering 100% plant-based, majority organic and gluten-free and ethically conscious food and catering.

Resident yoga & wellness studio, Kingston Yoga will be hosting free yoga sessions throughout the day, as well as discounted class passes available for purchase. Kingston Foreshore Cycles will be open with E-bikes on display.

The long-awaited newly-released Tesla Model 3 will be onsite. Residents and guests will be able to look firsthand before Kingsborough has its very own share cars for residents.

Cost: Free

Happening Saturday 19 October from 10 am – 3 pm at Kingsborough Village, Parbery Street, Kingston.

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Hailed as the greatest Broadway musical of all time, West Side Story is the modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet; this tragic love story tells the tale of two young people whose happiness is destroyed by the hate of two enemy camps in New York City’s urban jungle. The “Jets”, sons of previous immigrants to America, battle the new arrivals from Puerto Rico, the “Sharks”, for domination of the streets.

The moment the curtain first went up on the original West Side Story on Broadway, musical theatre changed forever.

Powerhouse creatives Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins produced an iconic dance musical that has swept audiences off their feet for over 60 years.

Bernstein’s world-famous score features unforgettable songs including Maria, Tonight, Somewhere, America and I Feel Pretty, which have been universally adored for generations.

Happening 10 – 27 October at Canberra Theatre Centre.

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Much Ado About Nothing is a saucy and razor-sharp battle of wits between the bickering Beatrice and Benedick, who wield words as weapons, their banter betraying their love for each other.

Claudio, however, is quickly consumed by envy and his idyllic world threatens to come tumbling down as he humiliates Hero. Beatrice and Benedick must join forces to defend true love – even if they can’t recognise it in themselves.

But will truth and honesty win the day, and does love really conquer all?

Directed by Bell Shakespeare’s Associate Director, James Evans (Julius Caesar)and starring Zindzi Okenyo (Antony and Cleopatra, MTC’s An Ideal Husband) as Beatrice, this Much Ado About Nothing will be a powerful exploration of the struggle for identity and self-knowledge in a male-dominated world. The pursuit of love is framed in a social context that enhances the darker themes in this timeless comic gem.

Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s contemporary comedies where romance is thwarted by dastardly plots, misinformation, false accusations, broken promises, and bumbling cops. Or is it?

Happening 11-19 October at Canberra Theatre Centre.

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Vogue Cover Image April 2018 Fernanda Ly, Akiima Ajak, Charlee Fraser ,Andreja Pelic photographed by Patrick Demarchelier Courtesy VOGUE Australia and Patrick Demarchelier.

WOMEN IN VOGUE: Celebrating 60 years in Australia showcases 60 years of the Vogue Australia archive together with a special tribute to some remarkable Australian women who have featured in the pages of Vogue, and includes iconic portraits of Kylie Minogue and Elle Macpherson, among others.

Rare examples of archived magazines will be on show, from the early decades of publication through to bold photographs of women of the 21st century.

Cost: Tickets are now on sale ($12 adults, $10 concession, under 18 years free). Her Canberra readers receive a special discounted price $10

Showing until 24 November at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

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Renowned as one of the most influential makeup artist’s in the world, Rae Morris has been crowned Australian Makeup Artist of the year on four occasions.

In this masterclass, Rae will be using her wealth of experience to take you through face shape & the science of makeup, industry insights on how to tell (and test for) quality products, top tools of the trade, and makeup kit hacks.

Part of Canberra Centre’s Temple of Beauty–discover a land devoted to all things beauty, with an insta-worthy Beauty Temple, special events, giveaways, a pop-up gin bar, beauty night markets and more.

Don’t miss special guests Shani Grimmond, Elle Ferguson, Danh Doan and Vogue Editors Remy Rippon and Kaila Matthews. Come and be immersed in the beautiful.

Cost: $10.

Happening Saturday 19 October from 12-1.30 pm at Canberra Centre’s Temple of Beauty, Level One (outside R.M. Williams).

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Credit: Lydia Downe.

We can’t think of a better way to finish up the work week than with a pamper session (and a free gin cocktail, if you’re into that!),

Throughout Temple of Beauty at Canberra Centre (from 27 September until 27 October), every Friday night the Beauty Night Markets will be the place to chill out and ring in the weekend.

We’re talking complementary treatments, live music, free HerCanberra x The Canberra Distillery French Earl Grey gin cocktails and an indulgent candy cart.

Happening every Friday night from 5 pm to 8 pm until 25 October at the Temple of Beauty (Ground Level, near R. M. Williams) at Canberra Centre.

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Installation imagery of Game Masters at ACMI. Courtesy and copyright ACMI. Photographer Mark Ashkanasy.

With the opening of Game Masters: The Exhibition, the NFSA turns into Australia’s biggest video game arcade with the world’s greatest designers, characters and 80 playable games.

Game Masters is an interactive journey through five decades of video game history, offering both a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind the world’s most popular characters and franchises and a chance to play them.

Featuring interviews, never-before-seen concept artwork, an amazing display of vintage consoles and collectable items, and 80 playable games, visitors won’t want to leave!

Created and curated by ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Game Masters first opened in Melbourne in 2012. It has since toured to nine museums worldwide including venues in the USA, Germany, New Zealand, Scotland and Sweden. Much loved by audiences around the globe, the exhibition has been updated to include the latest gaming blockbusters as well as Australian creations.

Game Masters is divided into three sections: Arcade Heroes, Game Changers and Indies. It features unique experiences such as a spectacular multiplayer dance stage for Dance Central 3(2012), hands-on experiential music booths and a selection of original classic arcade machines from the 1970s and ‘80s acquired especially for the exhibition, all playable in their original form. See the full list of 80 playable games and their Australian classifications.

Sign up to join the Game Masters club and receive the latest news from the NFSA plus updates about special gaming events and guests, and exclusive offers and discounts.

Open daily 10 am–4 pm until Monday 9 March 2020 at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

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Tour the world, without the long-haul flight!

Windows to the World provides the rare opportunity to see behind the gates of the capital’s embassies and high commissions. See, taste and experience cultures from across the globe, whilst enjoying the beautiful gardens and intricate architecture of some of Canberra’s most iconic buildings.

Cost: From $15

Happening 5- 20 October from 10 am at various venues across Canberra.

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Hive and Seek Market

Set in the heart of Queanbeyan in the grounds of The Queanbeyan Hive, ‘Hive and Seek’ is a new grassroots market designed to encourage members of the community to engage in ethical exchange and sustainability.

It is also about supporting local makers and artists; giving old things a new life and bringing community together to share stories and make new connections.

There will be yummy food, a clothes-swap line, music and a retro dress up theme – and many pre-loved items and hand-made goods for sale.

Be that brilliant artwork, bric-a-brac, vintage, clothing, books, jewellery, seconds, books, hand-made, shoes, records, badges, music, cards, handmade paper…… you name it!

The owners of The Queanbeyan Hive believe in up-cycling and re-purposing where possible. This has been the philosophy they have followed in the restoration of the 1910 Heritage-listed George Hudson Kit home.

The award-winning cottage itself is an artform with its original press-tinned walls, ornate ceilings and rimu-timber floors. Opened as a gallery there are also some boutique studio/office rooms now available for lease.

Six Richard Larter paintings are on exhibition as part of the local Queanbeyan Palarang Regional Arts Trail which is also on the same weekend. Also, not to be overlooked is a new exhibition titled ‘Overlooked’.

Photographer Harry Napier-Rowney and sculptors Llewellyn McGarry and Martin Rowney (Harry’s dad) all embody the notion of observing and celebrating the overlooked and forgotten details of life.

The works of art acknowledge the modest and everyday objects that inhabit our daily lives, their beauty and design, the stories they embody, their latent charm and perhaps their undeniable ordinariness.

Happening Saturday 19 October from 8 am – 2 pm at 274 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan.

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Visit Canberra Centre to discover a land devoted to all things beauty, with an insta-worthy Beauty Temple, special events, giveaways, a pop-up gin bar (with HerCanberra French Earl Grey gin!), beauty night markets and more.

Plus, don’t miss special guests Shani Grimmond, Elle Ferguson, Rae Morris, Danh Doan and Vogue Editors Remy Rippon and Kaila Matthews. Come and be immersed in the beautiful.

Happening 27 September – 27 October at Canberra Centre, Level One (Outside R.M. Williams).

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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World™ © 2019. © 2019 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved.

From the makers of ShrekMadagascar, Kung Fu PandaHow to Train Your Dragon and Trolls, comes and extraordinary exhibition celebrating over 25 years of DreamWorks Animation.

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition – Journey from Sketch to Screen brings together rare concept drawings, models and original artworks, interviews and interactive displays from DreamWorks’ much-loved animated classics.

Take a thrilling journey, from original sketches of grumpy ogres and friendly dragons, to amazing stories and fantasy worlds brought to you by DreamWorks’ award-winning artists.

An ACMI touring exhibition developed in partnership with DreamWorks Animation. © 2019 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved

Happening until 2 February 2020 at National Museum of Australia.

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Umberto Clerici by Ivano Buat.

This Sunday, cellist Umberto Clerici will give an afternoon recital of Rachmaninov and Beethoven, with pianist Benjamin Kopp. Presented by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, the Recital Series is an opportunity to hear world class soloists in a relaxed, informal setting – you can even meet them over a cup of tea afterwards!

The recital runs for one hour, followed by a complimentary afternoon tea.

Cost: $29-40

Happening Sunday 20 October at 2pm, in the Great Hall at University House, Australian National University.

See the website for more information


On Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October 2019, participating PETstock stores across Canberra will provide a $10 microchipping service to encourage more pet owners to get their pets microchipped and keep them out of pounds.

Microchipping at the event will cost just a fraction of the standard price, which can cost up to $80.

PETstock is hoping that the simple and affordable procedure can greatly assist in the quick and safe return of lost pets; giving owners peace of mind, breaking the cycle of pet homelessness and reducing the burden on pounds and animal rescue groups.

PETstock encourages owners to bring in dogs, cats and small animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs. Unfortunately, horses, livestock, birds and reptiles will not be eligible.

Happening 19-20 October at participating PETstock stores across Canberra. Bookings are essential. Please visit closer to the event to find your nearest participating store and book an appointment. Times will vary from store to store.

Old Graham: Collecting in the bush

After buying and restoring ‘Old Graham’ House at Hovells Creek, John and Liz Baker began to collect all sorts of colonial and Australiana items to fill it.

From lost buttons and farm machinery to pokerwork and oil lamps, they found that collecting crept up on them.

Showing until 30 November at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Pialligo Fields

It’s time to truly unwind and be blown away by the breathtaking views over the fields, watching the sun go down with a drink in hand.

Pialligo Estate is bringing Canberra a new style of fun–with next-level drinks by our funky bar crew, Canberra’s first Gintonica bar experience and the finest craft beers, you’ll taste your way to a new happy place.

Think great beats, highest-quality share platters, space for the kids to run around, and fun you won’t be expecting; Pialligo Fields is the place to bring your family and friends for some fresh air in style.

Whether you have an event that needs some personality, or you just want to find some weekend balance with the family and friends, Fields is a multi-purpose space that will deliver experiences you talk about.

Happening Wednesday to Friday from 3 pm until late and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 pm until late at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

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Braddon Busking Festival

On Sunday 20 October 2019, the Braddon Collective will hold its very first event: the inaugural Braddon Busking Festival, with support from the ACT Government under the City Renewal Authority’s City Grants Program.

The Festival is open to performers in the Canberra region – music or other performance – and will be held in Lonsdale, Mort and Elouera Streets in Braddon from 11 am – 7 pm.

Performers can compete for prizes and entry into the annual Australian National Busking Championships in Cooma in November 2019. Prizes include: Primary School, Secondary School, Open, Judges’ Award and People’s Choice.

To enter the Braddon Busking Festival, complete the application form.

Prizes will be awarded at a ‘busk off’ at 4pm for children (18 and under), and 6pm for adult performers.

Visitors to the Festival will vote for their favourite buskers with ‘busking coins’. These will be available at participating stores in Braddon on the day of the Festival. Visitors can also tip their favourite buskers.

This is the first Canberra festival dedicated to music and other performing buskers. It is run by the Braddon Collective, a local community group.

The Braddon Collective is committed to ensuring the event is sustainable, in accordance with the ACTSmart Public Event Program.

Powered busking sites will be available, but buskers are encouraged, where possible, to bring their own extension cords.

Buskers will rotate on a 30 minutes on, 30 minutes off basis (between the times they say they are available on their registration form). Buskers competing for prizes are expected to stay for the finals at 6pm.

Happening Sunday 20 October from 11 am – 7 pm across Lonsdale, Mort and Elouera Streets in Braddon.

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Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms

Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms is a Shepparton Art Museum curated exhibition, touring nationally by NETS Victoria.

It presents the work of 17 contemporary Australian artists who utilise craft-based materials and techniques with political intent. The artists in this exhibition subvert and extend craft forms as vehicles of activism and social change, exploring the ideas and issues of our time.

Some works encourage social connection and participation in collective processes, others respond to artistic or political movements and yet others reveal that the personal remains political.

Drawing on a long historical lineage, Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms challenges us to see craft in a new light, inviting us to reflect on social participation and political change.

Don’t miss this provocative exhibition, visiting Canberra for the only time.

Happening until 2 February at the Museum of Australia Democracy, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes. 

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Cellar Door is a wine market for Canberra’s wonderful wine scene happening every Saturday from 3-6 pm. 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.

Make a day of it with a film at Palace Electric Cinema and NewActon’s leading food and drink destinations.

Happening every Saturday from 3-6 pm on the Nishi Grand Stair, inside the Nishi Building, Philip Law Street, NewActon.

See the website for more details.

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