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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!


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.

See for more information.


When the sun goes down, NightFest comes to life for all those who dare to dabble in Floriade’s dark side.

Experience magical nights as this floral feast is transformed into an illuminated playground. Thursday to Saturday nights feature live music, while Sunday night will see side-splittingly funny comedians take to the stage.

Explore all the after-dark magic as this year’s Floriade theme, World in Bloom, infiltrates all aspects of the festival from pop-up performances through to foodie experiences and interactive displays.

Lighting up each night from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm, tickets are available from Ticketek and start at $31.95 per person, visit

Happening 3-6 October from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm at Floriade, Commonwealth Park.

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With nearly 1.6 million subscribers on YouTube an

d over 1.4 million followers on Instagram, Shani is one of Australia’s leading social media personalities.

Her vlog’s and posts regularly include tips on makeup and the latest beauty trends, along with personal & lifestyle advice.

It’s time to make those Instagram stories a reality, as we give you the opportunity to meet her in person!

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 Elle Ferguson, Rae Morris, Danh Doan and Vogue Editors Remy Rippon and Kaila Matthews. Come and be immersed in the beautiful.

Cost: Free

Happening Saturday 5 October from 12-12.45 pm at Canberra Centre’s Temple of Beauty, Level One (outside R.M. Williams).

See for tickets and 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 for tickets and more information.

Hockey One Match: Canberra Chill vs NSW Pride

Come on down and discover the world of Hockey One, the new National Hockey League coming right to your door.

Hockey One created sporting history in Australia as the first sporting league to be launched on an equal platform for the men’s and women’s teams.

This Saturday the Canberra Chill take on the NSW Pride at the National Hockey Centre Lyneham, in the ultimate David versus Goliath grudge match.

The spectacle will see over a dozen Australian national players, seven international players, and an abundance of local talent take the field.

The Canberra Chill Women’s side, featuring the Hockeyroos’ Brooke Peris and Kalindi Commerford, will be hoping to continue their winning form, while the Canberra Chill Men’s team are on the hunt for their first win.

Don’t miss out on a great day of fun for the whole family and be sure to cheer on your Canberra Chill teams when they clash against the NSW Pride this weekend.

Remember to bring your #licencetochill.

Cost: $12.50 for juniors, $16.50 for adults.

Happening Saturday 5 October, Gates open from 1 pm, Women’s Game: 2 pm, Men’s Game: 3.30 pm at the National Hockey Centre, 196 Mouat Street, Lyneham.

See Ticketek for tickets and more information.


Experience a floral-filled evening of food, cocktails and flowers at Dusk High Tea and NightFest.

Canberra’s favourite high tea hotspot, the Burbury Terrace, has partnered with Floriade to bring the city its very first floral-filled Dusk High Tea on October 5 and 6.

Watch the sunset from the top of Doma Hotel’s chic Burbury Hotel as you enjoy French cakes, tarts, delicate savouries and traditional scones— washed down with a glass of sparkling.

Each of the dishes will be scattered with an array of edible florals to celebrate Floriade in full bloom. Also on the menu are Burbury’s new Spring floral tea cocktails, inspired by the festival itself.

Saturday night will feature live music while Sunday night will see comedians take to the stage.

Tickets also include access to Floriade’s NightFest. As the sun goes down, stroll over to Commonwealth Park to explore all the after-dark magic of this year’s Floriade theme, World in Bloom.

Browse all aspects of the starry-eyed festival; from pop-up performances through to more foodie experiences and awe-inspiring light displays.

Cost: $75 per person. Inclusions: High tea at The Burbury Terrace and ticket to Nightfest

Happening Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October with seatings from 3.30 pm until 6 pm at The Burbury Terrace, Burbury Close, Barton

For bookings please call 6163 1802 or email


Spend your weekend roving from maker to maker, indulging in delicious food and wine and taking in the beautiful countryside along the way.

Taking place on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October, The Murrumbateman Moving Feast showcases some of Murrumbateman’s finest wine, food, produce and views – an exploration of the region and senses by roving degustation.

Participating wineries and venues dotted throughout Murrumbateman will wow you with fine food matched with their nationally and internationally recognised wines.

The Murrumbateman Region in NSW, near Canberra, is home to a group of passionate boutique makers of wine, mead, chocolate and artisan goods.

During the annual ‘Murrumbateman Moving Feast’ these producers open their doors and invite wine and food lovers to spend time amongst the vines.

Over two days 18 participating wineries and specialty producers in and around Murrumbateman invite visitors to sample their produce and enjoy a savoury or sweet dish perfectly matched to their selected wines.

Designated drivers The Makers of Murrumbateman are committed to a safe environment and encourage responsible service of alcohol. As part of the Feast all dishes can be accompanied by a soft drink, tea or coffee in place of wine.

Make the most of the Moving Feast and win! For your chance to win a prize pack filled with a selection of local wine, be sure to get your “Murrumbateman Moving Feast Passport” when you begin your feast trail and have it stamped at participating venues.

For $25 savoury fare and $20 desserts, each venue will present a tasting plate “signature dish” matched to one of their wines. Wines are presented in a complimentary Riedel wine glass valued at $20.

Savoury Dishes are entrée size, servings are $25. Dessert servings are $20. all meals include a complimentary glass of wine (and keep your Riedel wine glass valued at $20).

No tickets or bookings required. See the brochure here.

Happening 5-6 October from 9 am-5 pm both days at various locations across Murrumbateman, NSW.

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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.

During Floriade, visitors can also experience a taste of Windows to the World, with a selection of embassies exhibiting onsite at the flower festival on 5 October.

Cost: From $15

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

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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).

See 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.

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Woden Business Showcase

Woden. Credit: Tim Bean Photography.

A day full of innovation, knowledge-sharing and sparking new connections!

Do you do business in Woden? Or, is your business located in Woden? An initiative of the ACT Government, the Woden Business Showcase invites you to discover some of the amazing businesses and community organisations that make the Woden Valley a wonderful place to work, shop and live.

This free two-day event includes a range of activities and culminates in a lunchtime community picnic on the Saturday, including a HerCanberra Women in Business lunchtime networking event.

See the full program here.

On Saturday 5 October between 12 pm and 3 pm, the Woden Business Showcase in conjunction with Floriade in the Suburbs will be hosting a Community Picnic at the #WodenExperiment, the transformed Woden Town Square.

This playful space with its sun loungers, table tennis table and children’s nature play areas will be a colourful mix of market stalls, music and performances as well as art and craft workshops suitable for all ages.


When: Friday 4 October from 9 am-5pm
Where: Canberra Southern Cross Club, 92-96 Corinna Street, Woden
Entry: Free
Booking: You can book in for the full day or individual workshops via Eventbrite


When: Saturday 5 October from 12 pm-3 pm
Where: #WodenExperiment, Woden Town Square
Entry: Free
Find more information:

See Eventbrite for the full program and more information.

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.


More than 35,000 Australians will unite to walk together and to shine a light on blood cancer at the annual Light the Night event on Friday 11 October.

The Leukaemia Foundation’s beautiful lantern walk is the only event in Australia that truly brings the country’s blood cancer community together, with crowds creating a sea of glowing support for Australians affected by blood cancer.

Light the Night 2019 in Canberra will take place on 4 October at Kingston Foreshore.

Participants carry lanterns in symbolic colours of blue, white and gold on a beautiful, reflective walk.

Gold … to remember loved ones lost
White … to honour those battling the disease, and those who have won the fight
Blue … to show support and hope for a cure for the future

You can also reserve lanterns to pick up on the night, or lanterns can be purchased at the event.

Happening Friday 4 October from 5.30 pm-8.30 pm at the Kingston Foreshore, Eastlake Parade, Kingston

To find out about event details and locations and to become a part of Light the Night today by signing up, go to at

Pialligo Estate: High Tea Floriade

Delight your tastebuds and indulge them in beautiful Pialligo Estate delicacies, all while you enjoy the atmosphere at Floriade.

While you enjoy the gorgeous view across the tulips in comfort from Pialligo Urban’s sunny deck, you’ll have the chance to unwind and spoil yourself with a range of sweet and savoury treats handmade by the renowned chefs at Pialligo Estate.

Beautiful china will accompany the variety of Moroccan inspired sweet treats, classic ribbon sandwiches, Pialligo Estate smokehouse sausage rolls, seasonal fruit and more, all while enjoying a selection of quality drinks including housemade lemonade and kaffir, loose leaf and herbal tea or barista coffee.

You may also purchase bubbles or other alcoholic beverages to help you really relax and recharge.

Pialligo Estate’s High Tea will be the perfect enhancement to your Floriade experience–it’ll add that extra little something to your weekend, go on, you deserve it!

Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available, please notify Pialligo Estate when making your booking.

Happening 21 September – 13 October at various times at Pialligo Urban, Floriade, inside Commonwealth Park.

See the website for times and more information.


Floriade, Australia’s biggest celebration of spring, returns to Commonwealth Park from Saturday 14 September until Sunday 13 October 2019.

With over one million blooms on display and free entry, Floriade is the perfect place to experience the beauty of spring.

With a diverse and ever-expanding program of music, cultural celebrations, food and wine, horticultural workshops, market traders, artistic displays, entertainment, recreational activities and more, you’ll find something for everyone.

Celebrate this year’s theme, World in Bloom daily from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.

Happening 14 September – 13 October from 9.30 am – 5.30 pm seven days a week at Commonwealth Park.

Visit for more information.

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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Musicians from the Canberra Symphony Orchestra join School of Music staff and students once more in 2019 to form the Side by Side Chamber Orchestra.

Under the baton of distinguished conductor Max McBride, the Orchestra’s spring concert will present a program of beloved baroque, and inspiring new repertoire.

The world premiere of Andrew Ford’s The Sea and the Mirror, written especially for Tor Frømyhr‏ (Concertmaster) and David Pereira (Principal Cello), will highlight the evening.

The audience will also be treated to Georg Matthias Monn’s Symphony in E-flat major and Christian Cannabich’s Symphony in E-flat.

Book now for an evening of musical brilliance, celebrating the collaboration of Canberra’s leading musical institutions.

Happening Friday 4 October from 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm at Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, William Herbert Place, Acton.

See Eventbrite for more information.


Floriade is bursting out of Commonwealth Park and heading to local town centres around Canberra!

Floriade in the Suburbs is bringing a little bit of Floriade flavour to Gungahlin, Belconnen, Tuggeranong, Molonglo and Woden.

Popping up between 12 pm and 3 pm, bring along your picnic blanket and enjoy an afternoon of food, drinks from the Pop Inn wine bar, live music and family entertainment. You’ll also get to meet Floriade’s famous pink gnome!

12 noon until 3 pm, Saturday 5 October: Woden Town Square

Find out more at


The Heart Foundation ACT is hosting early morning Floriade walks everyday, except Sundays, from September 14 to October 13.

These walks are to start a movement to take positive steps towards active living to help reduce stress, have a healthier body and heart, and build stronger relationships. They are here to get everyone moving, no matter where you live or your fitness level.

The walks are held before Floriade opens to the public. It’s a great way to get some exercise, be beat the crowds! Come join in and enjoy the sun, get to know the community and be active!

The Heart Foundation would not be able to offer these walks without the help of their wonderful volunteer Leaders and Walkers.

Free entry.

Happening every Saturday from 14 September until 13 October from 8-9 am at Commonwealth Avenue, Floriade.

See the website for 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 6 September–2 February at the Museum of Australia Democracy, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes. 

See 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.


The popular Floriade Photography Workshops are back in 2019!

Run by leading Canberra photographers, Geoff Comfort and Ben Kopilow, these workshops run each Saturday morning at 6:30 am from September 14 until October 12.

During the workshops, Geoff and Ben explain the techniques of great flower photography, guide you through a hands-on photography session and then critique your photos at the end of the workshop.

The workshops are suitable for all budding photographers, from beginners to advanced.  You will need to bring a camera, anything from a compact camera or phone up to a full DSLR kit will be suitable.

The workshops are a great opportunity to improve your photography and composition skills and make the most of the morning light!  They fill quickly, so book here now!

Tickets $75 from Ticketek.

6:30 am to 9:30 am, Saturday 5 October: The Terrace at Floriade

6:30 am to 9:30 am, Saturday 12 October: The Terrace at Floriade

Find out more at


Building on the success of the inaugural event in 2018, Phenomenal Women in Song is back for 2019.

A concept formed by Canberra-based singer/songwriter Monica Moore, this unique event will feature 2 stages, market stalls, silent auctions/raffles, Survivors Speak Out segments and a selection of the finest local female vocalists donating their time and talent to help raise funds for White Ribbon Australia and a local women’s shelter in the ACT.

The event will feature performances by The Dorothy-Jane Band, Swingin’ Tonics, The Ainslie Suttons, The Black Souls, Alinta Barlow, GtoA, Monica Moore, Sally Chicane, Kim Yang, The CherryPickers, Gabbi Bolt, Escapado and Dirty Panda.

Phenomenal Women in Song is in honour of the most phenomenal woman in Monica’s life, her Mum, who was a victim of domestic violence for most of her life. Sadly her Mum passed away in May of this year, leaving behind Monica and her 5 younger siblings.

Overwhelming local support for the cause has come in the form of generous donations from local businesses and artists including vocal tuition, guitar tuiton, Aboriginal artwork, gift baskets from Nutrimetics, Partylite and more.

Bathurst singer/songwriter Gabbi Bolt will also be making her debut performance in the Capital. Gabbi made headlines with her single ‘Girls Eyes‘, which is a song of empowerment that speaks up about domestic violence against women.

White Ribbon Advocate Dr Angela Jay will be sharing her harrowing story.

Cost: $20 (gold coin donation for kids)

Happening Saturday 5 October from 2 – 10 pm at the Austrian-Australian Club, 10 Mountevans Street, Mawson.

See Facebook for more information.

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