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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 weekbut 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!




Experience Eurovision royalty with an unmissable performance by The X Factor winner, Dami Im, at By The Water.

Chill out to the relaxed country strains of ARIA chart-topper, Caitlyn Shadbolt, as the sun sets over the city. When the stars come out, be swept away as singer-songwriter Dami Im brings her unique contemporary style to the stage at the National Museum of Australia.

With fabulous local food vans offering great dining options and a cash bar available for your convenience, By The Water is a great way to spend a summer evening in the capital.

Cost: $55 adult, $45 concession, $40 Museum Friends, $130 family, $20 child (under 16 years)

Happening Saturday 1 February 2020 from 7–9 pm at the Lakeside Amphitheatre, National Museum of Australia.

Bookings essential. Costs apply. See nma.gov.au/by-the-water for bookings and more information.


Get ready for our BEST back to school celebrations EVER!

Visit Marketplace Gungahlin for a week-long schedule of events for the whole family to enjoy—and best of all everything is FREE!

The following will be taking place directly outside Big W every day from 10 am–1 pm, Monday 27 January – Sunday 2 February.

Monday 27 January

Get set to have a blast and a good run-around at the free Jump N Slide!

Plus, there will be free Balloon Modelling to keep the kids entertained.

Tuesday 28 January         

Enjoy Balloon Modelling and Back to School Craft activities.

Wednesday 29 January

Prepare for SLIME… at the free Slime Academy!

The kids will love making their own DIY slime to take home!

Thursday 30 January    

Enjoy free Face Painting, Balloon Modelling and Glitter Tattoos.

Friday 31 January     

Marketplace are bringing in a Large Obstacle Castle for kids of all ages to enjoy!

Plus there will be free Balloon Modelling too!

Saturday 1 February

Giant Yard Games including Giant Connect 4, Giant Building Blocks, Giant Jenga, Giant Noughts and Crosses PLUS more!

There will also be free glitter tattoos and balloon modelling for the kids.

Sunday 2 February           

Sink your teeth into free Fairy Floss and Popcorn – YUM!

*while stocks last

While you are visiting Marketplace why not shop for all your back to school supplies? They have all the big brands right here!

Don’t forget to register via their website to receive event updates and reminders.

Happening Monday 27 January – Sunday 2 February from 10 am–1 pm at Marketplace Gungahlin, held outside Big W.

Cost: Free

See marketplacegungahlin.com.au for more information.


It’s cricket season! Big Bash has kicked off and this means beers and chilling out while you watch the action on a big screen to help make the summer feel longer.

In January, Pialligo Estate is setting up the screens in Pialligo Fields for burgers and BentSpoke beers, that will give you the best of both worlds – getting out with your mates to watch the game, and beers on tap + great food.

What else do you need to know?

— First beer is free! But, you need to prebook to get it! So book here, it’s easy

— Your ticket is $25, which includes a burger with chips and your first beer.

—- BentSpoke craft beers are available on tap all night to purchase.

The games start at different times, so grab your mates and come down to Fields after work from 3 pm to kick start your weekend early!

You’ll be able to order some great bar food to wash down the beers, and with the bar right next to you and all the cool kid gins and wines on offer too, it’s a guaranteed night of fun with friends.

Happening Friday 31 January from 7.10 pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

See thepialligoestate.com.au for more information.


Starting in a small 100 seat bar, The Empire Strips Back has gone on to become one of the biggest burlesque events in the world.

After a sold-out, critically acclaimed North American tour, which saw the show play everywhere from LA to Broadway, The Empire Strips Back team returns home to Australia for their annual national tour before heading back overseas.

For those that missed out on previous tours, be prepared for some seriously sexy Stormtroopers, a dangerously seductive Booba Fett, some tantalising Twi’leks, a delightfully luke-warm Taun Taun, a lady-like Skywalker, the Droids you are looking for and much, much more!

Happening Friday 31 January from 8 – 10.15 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au for more information.


It’s that time of the year… back to school! This year, worry about one less item while you get back to school ready.

Spend $150 across any of the 15 participating back to school retailers and receive a complimentary bento box while stocks last. See the full list of retailers here.

How to redeem: Spend $150 at participating back to school retailers to receive a complimentary bento box. Present your proof of purchase from one of the above retailers on the same day of purchase to Concierge Desk, Level 2.

T&Cs apply. See the website for more information.

Happening 27 January – 3 February at Westfield Woden.

See westfield.com.au/woden for more information.

Mookie Tuggeranong Grand Opening + Bushfire Relief Fundraiser

Mookie Tuggeranong will be hosting a Grand Opening Party this Saturday 1 February from 11 am at 13 Anketell Street, Greenway.

Not only will you be first in the door for Mookie’s first southern restaurant, but 50% of all purchases on the day will go towards bushfire relief in the community and surrounds in partnership with The G-Spot, along with 100% of all cash donations made in store on the day.

Additionally, every paying customer on the day will go in the running to win a $500 Mookie Voucher! What’s not to love!

Happening Saturday 1 February from 11am at Mookie Tuggeranong, 13 Anketell Street, Tuggeranong.

See Facebook for more information.


Do you want more balance and stress relief in your life? Would you love to feel more energised, strong and flexible? Is 2020 the year to try something new and different?

Withdraw from the busyness of the world and find a moment of calm while enjoying a FREE class at the upcoming Wellness Weekend Open Days at MMM Wellness.

The nurturing MMM Wellness studio is nestled in the beautiful Gold Creek.

During the Wellness Weekend Open Days, you can choose from classes in Dance, Core Yoga, Tai Chi, ZenKids and Chair Yoga.

Dance: easy simple dance moves and no hard choreography. You can move in a way that’s perfect for your body, fitness level and mobility. Perfect if you want to just have fun and move your body!

Core Yoga: moving meditation of breath, awareness, core strengthening and stretching that aims to improve strength and mobility, focus the mind, and develop healthy posture habits.

Tai Chi: a gentle relaxing form of exercise that is simple, easy to follow and graceful.

Each class is low impact and puts minimal stress on joints. These movements bring mindfulness and healthy breathing and promotes flexibility and strong muscles and is safe for all ages and fitness levels.

ZenKids: in a nurturing and fun environment your children can become more mellow, grounded and connected. These mindfulness classes can boost self-control, attention and focus. During classes we may do tai chi, yoga, artwork, dancing, playing musical instruments and more.

Chair Yoga: perfect for those who don’t want to roll around on the floor as yoga postures are modified to use a chair  It provides you with a low-impact way to increase strength, flexibility and balance, while teaching you how to relax.

Cost: Free

Bookings Essential. Go to Website: mmmwellness.com.au/eventsworkshops for the timetable and bookings.

Happening Saturday 1 February and Sunday 2 February at MMM Wellness, Gold Creek Square, 7 O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls.

Happening mmmwellness.com.au for more information.


Even when smoke blankets our beautiful home, we are not helpless. At Fire Fight Exhibition, experience work from 30 Canberra artists coming together to raise funds for WIRES, a group of people coming together to lessen the pain and damage to Australia wildlife during this ecological disaster.

A silent auction will be run from Opening Night on 30 January to 29 February, with proceeds going directly to WIRES.

This event follows on from Fire Fight – NSW RFS Fundraiser [SOLD OUT], the first in this series of events designed by Canberra’s creatives to bring us together as a community and remember our collective strength.


Sasha Beattie | Tom Buckland | Tom Campbell | Samantha Corbett | Luke Chiswell | Ashley Cullen | Sophie Dumaresq | Mimi Fairall | Romany Fairall | Jake Fiene | Isaac Gibson | Rory Gillen | Luke Hadland | Clare Jackson | Skye Jamieson | Isaac Kairouz | Claire Warren | Alex Lundy | Jacquie Meng | Musonga Mbogo | Sarah Murray | Eve Murray-Fairhall | Nathan Nhan | Eleanor Neumann | Brennan O’Brien | Dan Power | Emma Rani Hodges | Lani Shea-an | Shanti Shea-an | Georgia Whigham |  Eloise White |

+ DJs | Drinks | Silent Auction

Happening 30 January – 29 February at  Nishi Gallery, NewActon with a launch event on Thursday 30 January from 6-9 pm

See Facebook for tickets and more information


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 Pialligo Estate’s 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 Fridays from 3 pm and Sundays from 12 pm until late at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

See thepialligoestate.com.au/pialligo-fields for more information.


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.

See the nfsa.gov.au for tickets and more information.


Credit: Pablo Picasso
Woman from Arles (Lee Miller) 1937
oil on canvas
Private collection
© Succession Picasso / Copyright Agency 2019.

Explore the relationship between two of the world’s greatest artists and rivals—from Picasso’s untameable approach to Matisse’s seductive irresistibility—responding to each other’s work throughout their careers.

Curated by the National Gallery of Australia, this exhibition includes major works sourced from public and private collections around the world.

Happening 13 December–13 April 2020 at the National Gallery of Australia.

See nga.gov.au for more information.


Want to keep your kids active and entertained over the school holidays in a safe environment?

School holidays at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has a focus on participation and having a good time.

These programs are suitable for primary school aged children and will have your child exploring a world of fun, activity and adventure.

Choose from the Pre-School Holiday Program, Swim Intensive, Soccer, Tennis, Dance and a general Sports Vacation Program.

All programs are based around children having fun, learning new skills, working as a team and keeping active. There will also be activities in Sportex, the interactive sports experience.

Full day or weekly programs available. 

Happening 6-31 January at the Australian Institute of Sport, Leverrier Street, Bruce.

See experienceais.com/sports-camps/holiday-program for more information.


Often cloaked in myth, the stories of spies are sometimes stranger than fiction. For the first time at the National Archives, Spy: Espionage in Australia reveals the personal experiences of secret agents and the curious history of espionage and counter-espionage in Australia, from Federation through to the present day.

See genuine spy equipment, surveillance images and candid interviews with ASIO officers. Play the part of a secret agent in the interactive family trail. Test your skills at codebreaking and reading invisible ink.

Developed in partnership with ASIO, Spy brings the stories of spies out of the shadows and into the light.

Cost: Free

Showing until 27 April 2020 open every day from 9 am–5 pm (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday) at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See naa.gov.au for more information.


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.

See nma.gov.au or more information.

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. 

See moadoph.gov.au/exhibitions/craftivism for more information.


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.


Credit: Miranda Otto, 1997, Montalbetti+Campbell

Eye to Eye is a summer Portrait Gallery Collection remix arranged by degree of eye contact – from turned away with eyes closed all the way through to right-back-at-you – as we explore artists’ and subjects’ choices around the direction of the gaze. The progression of visages is designed to prompt the senses, tapping into the endless subjectivity of being human.

Where one viewer sees a subject’s distant stare as baleful, another perceives a fatalistic cheer; here’s a face in three quarter profile pondering past triumphs, or perhaps you sense a layer of barely-there regret? Does the full stare with smouldering countenance shock or seduce, or is it a bit of both?

Whether sparking familiarity, empathy, diffidence or reverence, our summer collection show invites you to slow down – to see eye to eye with another life and imagine that lived experience. Eye to Eye features portraits of Natalie Imbruglia, Kev Carmody, Miranda Otto, David Williamson, a marble bust of Peter Garrett and many more, including several works new to the collection.

Happening until 16 February 2020 at the National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/eye-to-eye-2019 for more information.


Via facebook.com/pg/contentiouscharacter

Each Sunday throughout Summer, Contentious Character will bring you a different musician or band to play away the summer afternoons while you watch the sunset sipping on one of their summer-friendly wines, all grown and made on the estate by the Contentious four.

Bring the kids and they can play games on the lawn, play with the dogs or ogle the kangaroos.

Free entry.

Happening until 15 March at Contentious Character, 810 Norton Road, Wamboin, NSW.

See contentiouscharacter.com.au for more information.

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