Weekend Edit: what's on in Canberra this weekend!

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Weekend Edit: What’s on in Canberra

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Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this weekend!

Every Monday for more than 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 12 things you shouldn’t miss!




The NGA has worked with the French Government and the Palace of Versailles to deliver a major exhibition opening this Friday.

More than 7 million people make the journey to the Palace of Versailles every year to experience a phenomenon central to French history – Louis XIV’s architectural masterpiece, the centre of his court of absolute rule and the embodiment of luxury. The luxurious interiors and gardens were often the backdrop to enchanting and extravagant celebrations including masked balls, theatre, opera, concerts, sumptuous feasts and fireworks.

With the support of the French Government, the NGA’s partnership with Versailles has brought this experience to Australia, which has never before been seen outside France.

“We are very excited to be working with Versailles to bring exclusively to Canberra a truly astonishing exhibition and look forward to sharing more details in coming months,” said Gerard Vaughan, NGA Director.

Book your tickets here: nga.gov.au/Versailles

Open from Friday 9 December 2016 until Monday 17 April, 2017 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. See website for more information: nga.gov.au/Versailles



Gluttony never tasted so good as the inaugural The Commons Street Feast assembles your every guilty food pleasure into a 10-day summer celebration of street food and fun.

Eat your way around the globe with Asian, American, European and South American food vans. Vendors include Gelato Messina, Mary’s and Happy as Larry.

Drink offerings come from Shaw Wines, Batlow Cider, Pact Beer, Little Creatures, Rouge Wines, Capital Brewing Co and Melbourne Martini Bar.

Treat yourself at The Commons with your very own butler. The butlers are available for hire so you can be waited on hand and foot at the event.

There are kids activities each weekend and lawn games for young and old across the grassy knolls of Commonwealth Park.

Check their website for full details and opening times of each day.


miamor handmade markets

There is something extra appealing about this year’s Handmade Canberra Christmas Market taking place at Exhibition Park on the 10-11 December.

Local makers and craftspeople will be bringing you the perfect spread of Christmas gift ideas, from the edible to the collectable and The Handmade Market will showcase over 220 Australian designer/makers. All products on sale at the Handmade Market are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers and find something unique, well priced and meet the maker.

ATMs on site. Indoor venue includes a gourmet food hall.

Read more here.

Happening Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December from 10am-4pm at the The Coorong and Budawang Buildings, Exhibition Park in Canberra, Flemington Road, Mitchell.

Find more information via the website.



Get along and enjoy a relaxed sophisticated summer afternoon in Canberra. This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the end of the year festive season in style with friends on the lawns by the lake with a decadent gourmet BBQ lunch, sparkling champagne and live music under Showpony’s beautiful high top Sperry tent.

There will be a gourmet sizzling BBQ cooked on site by Little Lauren Catering, drinks flowing for the duration of the afternoon and live music by Silk Entertainment. You can dine in under the Sperry Tent or relax out on the lawns under the umbrellas and picnic rugs or if you are feeling energetic you can play one of the lawn games. including Giant Jenga, chess, Connect Four and croquet.

Tickets are limited so book now. The event is for 18 yrs and over and includes a five hour drinks package including beer, wine champagne and soft drink. Ticket price is $150.30 (includes booking fee).

Happening Saturday 10 December from 12.30-5.30pm at the Patrick White Lawns. Purchase your ticket here. Event brought to you by Show Pony Events, if you have any further questions or queries please send to events@showponyevents.com.



Night Market Canberra returns this Christmas! You will be spoilt for choice with an array of market stalls selling a huge range of products. Browse through everything from homewares, accessories, clothing, jewellery, lifestyle and artisan products. There’ll be delicious street eats, live music, entertainment and more.

Night Market Canberra is the perfect place to do some Christmas shopping and catch up with family and friends for a fun evening under the stars!

Free entry and plenty of parking.

Happening Friday 9 December from 4pm to 9pm at Hotel Realm Precinct, Burbury Close, Barton. See website for more information.



Are you trying to find time to catch up with everyone before Christmas? Pialligo Estate is making it easy, get your friends and family together and spend a lazy Sunday afternoon enjoying a lavish lunch on 11 December!

While you sip on a glass of sparkling and embrace the festive season, the kids can run amok outside, make you a Christmas card at the craft station or tell Santa what’s on their wish list.

Tickets to the sumptuous Festive Family Feast include three shared courses, live music, and plenty of Christmas cheer. There will also be a bar with an extensively dashing drinks list and cash and EFTPOS facilities. Bar tabs will also be available on the day.

Tickets are $80 for adults (and children 12yrs+) and $40 for children (2-12yrs).  Tickets for children under 2 years old are free but please note their attendance so we can provide the correct number of highchairs.

* Ticket sales close Friday 9 December at 5 pm

See website for more information.



Discover the golden age of circus this summer as Circus 1903 sets to captivate audiences of all ages! The producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionists, have teamed up with the award winning puppeteers from War Horse to present a thrilling turn of the century circus spectacular.

Sensational puppetry puts Elephants back in the ring as never seen before along with a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world, from strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, knife throwers, high wire and much more!

Happening Thursday 1 December to Saturday 10 December, Tuesdays to Sundays: 7pm. Weekend matinees: 3pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra.

See website for more information.



Enter the elegant, bold and often glamorous world of Melbourne photographer Athol Shmith (1914–1990). A selection of stunning black and white prints from the National Library of Australia’s large collection will be on display.

Happening Wednesday 30 November to Sunday 16 July, 10am – 5pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See website for more information.


Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston - Sunday, 11 December 2011 - 09.58AM

Immerse yourself in everything Christmassy! The Old Bus Depot Markets are open every Saturday and Sunday before Christmas in December.

Why visit? Stock up on everything you will need for Christmas. From the large array of unique and handcrafted gifts for loved ones, to items to decorate your home for the festive season.

You’ll find wreaths, table centre pieces, candles, handmade stockings and advent calendars. Purchase a live Christmas tree from St Nicholas Trees. Order a personalised Christmas bauble.

Buy delicious Christmas fare including cakes, gingerbread houses, mince tarts, puddings, shortbread, party dips, farmhouse cheeses, olives and more.

Happening Saturday 3 December to Sunday 18 December, 10am – 4pm at Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See website for more information.



This Sunday 11 December, the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA), supported by the United States Embassy, Canberra, is throwing a musical celebration not to miss at American Epic.

The day-long event kicks off at 12pm and offers Canberrans a chance to experience the acclaimed documentary American Epic (2016). The day also includes LIVE wax recordings by their sound specialists; discussions around music in Australia and the US; drinks and barbecue in their heritage courtyard; filmmaker Q&A and an American-themed Vinyl Lounge.

The three-part documentary turns the clock back to the 1920s when record companies toured the US with a recording machine, capturing the music of the people and sparking a cultural revolution.

Directed by Bernard MacMahon, the series also stars contemporary artists such as Alabama Shakes, Jack White and Elton John recording straight to wax from reassembled equipment from the 1920s.

Happening Sunday 11 December, doors open at 12pm at NFSA, McCoy Cct, Acton
. Tickets: $15 / $25 (food and drinks sold separately); available online now: TRYBOOKING.COM/NFXF


sunset cinema

Watch the stars under the stars with Sunset Cinema.

Round up the crew and book yourself a spot at Sunset Cinema! Sit back, relax and enjoy the Canberra twilight with friends & family this November. Oh, and throw in some good food, great film (AND a bean bag) for good measure!

This year the program is brimming with new releases, thrillers, adventure, family flicks… And the list goes on!

Happening on Friday 18 November and Saturday 19 November at the National Botanical Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton. To find out about screenings, special offers and tickets join their free movie club via their website.



Discover 2 million years of human history in the one room with A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum. This major international exhibition from the British Museum explores the history of humanity – how we have shaped the world, and how the world has shaped us.

It provides an exceptional opportunity to witness compelling human stories expressed through a unique and beautiful collection of artefacts drawn from across the globe.

Each object featured in the exhibition marks a point on the journey through history, from two million years ago until the present.

Happening at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra, for more information on tickets and opening hours click here: www.nma.gov.au

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