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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, 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… Here are 14 things you shouldn’t miss!



Image: Lean Timms

Image: Lean Timms

Experience a lazy Sunday lunch unlike anything you could possibly imagine and let the wine flow as you immerse yourself in Pialligo Estate’s stunning orchard.

Wander through the olive grove, passed the cherry trees and find yourself amongst trees dripping with ripe fruit.

Be treated to a four-course lunch featuring seafood, live cooking and fruit from the orchard as well as free-flowing booze from their top shelf.

If you have any queries, please contact Pialligo Estate on 6247 6060.

Please note this is an 18+ event.

Happening Sunday 19 February from 12:30pm-4:30pm at Pialligo Estate Orchard. Find more information here.

In the event of the lunch being cancelled due to severe weather, it will be postponed until the following Sunday (26/2/17).


Photo: Martin Ollman

Photo: Martin Ollman

Eat, drink, laugh and dance your way around the world at the National Multicultural Festival. Celebrate difference, share traditions and see performances from all parts of the world throughout the festival. There will be live music, comedy, performance art, food and wine stalls, street parties and more!

Australian star Kate Ceberano headlines the festival on opening night supported by Andrea Kirwin and Band. Look out for South African a capella group Africa Entsha on Friday and Saturday. Australian acts include Sol Nation and Cumbiamuffin with their Colombian sounds. The festival also welcomes Sonik Waves, Miriam Lieberman, C Major, the Justin Yap Band and Titian Payne and the Big Island Express and a range of much loved local acts.

The 2017 Festival sees the return of multicultural comedy with top comedian Anh Do’s The Happiest Refugee and Joe Avati’s Show Us Your Roots showing at The Canberra Theatre.

The Multicultural Festival is also supporting the Canberra Food and Wine Expo which runs over the same three days so there’s definitely something for everyone.

Happening Friday 17 February, Saturday 18 February and Sunday 19 February. Exact times and locations to be confirmed on their website. Find more information here.



Youth is a time when we begin to form our identity and follow our dreams. We look to the world and to ourselves for the passionate things we wish to pursue in our lives. But sometimes, it’s hard to be excited about everything. We need to search for the things we’re passionate about and sometimes this takes time. So what makes us truly passionate about something?

Finding our fire is about realising that driving force that exists within all of us when we find that one thing we truly love. It is about not only opening up to new ideas and experiences but wanting to know more.


  • Guyy the the Fox
  • Hannah Wandel
  • Joe Duggan
  • Katie Bender

Happening Sunday 19 February at Canberra College Performing Arts Centre, 2 Launceston Street, Woden.

Tickets are $20 per person. Find more information about the event and purchase tickets via the website here.



On 19 February 2017, hundreds of people around the country are going to be stripping down to their undies and taking part in the Cupid’s Undie Run.

This event is going to be held in 12 capital and regional cities and with the help of Olympians such as Libby Trickett, Emma McKeon, Emma Tonegato and Melissa Wu amongst others, it is expected that over 1000 people nationally, will bare their bum in their Bond’s undies!

All of this is for a great cause, The Children’s Tumour Foundation (CTF), Australia’s leading organisation looking after people with Neurofibromatosis. A common aspect of this condition is the growth of tumours on the outside of the body, so getting down to your undies and feeling a little bit uncomfortable is a way of showing solidarity with people affected with the condition.

The aim is to raise over $375,000 and this will go towards local and national programs to support the NF community.

Happening Sunday 19 February from 12pm-4pm at Old Parliament House, King George Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here. 



Australia’s favourite guitar quartet, Guitar Trek, is 30-years-young in 2017 and to celebrate they’re bringing the party to us for the Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s Shell Prom Picnic Concert! As the sun sets, enjoy your picnic while the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and Guitar Trek’s Timothy Kain, Minh Le Hoang, Matt Withers and Bradley Kunda beguile and bedazzle with their virtuosic range of classic hits that have been arranged especially for guitars and orchestra.

This is the first major performance of 2017 for the Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO). It will be conducted by the enormously popular Graham Abbott, known by ABC Classic FM listeners for his fascinating radio show Keys to Music.

This is a family-friendly event where you can kick off your shoes, and enjoy a home-made picnic supper while the CSO plays. Alternatively, gourmet hampers are available for pre-order from Ginger Catering, and the SES will cook a deluxe barbeque on the day.

Gates open at 4.30, please allow time for bags to be security checked.

Conductor: Graham Abbott

Guest Artists: Guitar Trek

Happening Saturday 18 February from 6pm-8pm at Government House, Dunrossil Drive, Yarralumla. Find more information here.


The Rosenburg House

The Rosenburg House

Take a behind-the-scenes exploration of 30 of the most important Australian homes of the past 60 years. Vivid photography, rich illustrations, 3D models and interviews look beyond the physical structures to tell the story of how good design can enrich lifestyle.

Iconic Australian Houses is a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums. Supported by exhibition partner Architecture Foundation Australia, principal partner Stormtech, and sponsors the NSW Architecture Registration Board and University of Newcastle. Assisted by the Australian Government through Visions of Australia.

Open 9am–5 pm daily and special late night openings every Tuesday until 7pm. Café open 9am–4pm

Showing until Friday 3 March 2017 at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.



The Canberra Food and Wine Expo is an annual 3-Day event dedicated to celebrity chefs, food and wine, cheese, cocktails and everything gourmet!

Enjoy free tastings and samples from gourmet exhibitors inside the show.

Businesses in all areas of gourmet food, exquisite wines, homewares and kitchenware come together to show you the latest products and ideas for you to try at home.

Tickets online or at the door.

Happening Friday 17 February from 11am-8pm, Saturday 18 February 10am-6pm & Sunday 19 February 10am-5pm at National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue, Canberra City. Find more information here.



Canberra’s national award winning indoor Sunday market focuses on the talent and creativity of regional arts and craftspeople. Discover 200 stalls within a fabulous old industrial building. Stalls offer unique handcrafted items, gourmet take home food, regional wines, and freshly ground coffee.

For one Sunday each month they welcome specialty stallholders with their gorgeous jewellery and accessories for ‘Designer Sunday’.

The Old Bus Depot Markets are easy to access, have ample free parking and a wide range of food stalls to enjoy a multicultural meal, a coffee or a quick bite to eat – while watching talented musicians and taking in the hustle and bustle of the markets.

A variety of special theme events are held regularly throughout the year.

Happening Sunday 19 February from 10am-4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston. Find more information here.


Image: Supplied

Image: Supplied

Coincidences’is an exploration of the work of John Wardle Architects (JWA) carried out by a series of prominent architectural photographers and one artist. This exhibition interrogates the boundaries between public and private spaces. Can a foyer have the intimacy of a living room? How might a house have the civic atmosphere of a university hall?

Contributing photographers includes Sharyn Cairns, Erieta Attali, Sam Noonan, Kristoffer Paulsen, Brett Boardman, Earl Carter, Peter Hyatt, Dianna Snape, Peter Bennetts, John Gollings, Shannon McGrath, Trevor Mein, and Max Creasy.

Each photographer visited two JWA buildings and took a single image of each site, documenting their own interpretation of detail aspects of built forms. The images are presented as a pair; thus drawing out points of commonality, ‘coincidences’, across seemingly unconnected architectural contexts.

This exhibition extends from the recently published monograph ‘This Building Likes Me’ (Thames and Hudson, 2016). The book assembles thirty-six JWA projects as pairs, documented through photographs, drawings and models. The relationships between these pairs are sometimes obvious and sometimes obscure. Short critical essays and reflections on contemporary architectural processes, preoccupations and projects are also scattered throughout the book.

Showing until Friday 17 February 2017 from 11am-3pm at Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane. Find more information on the website.


Image: nfsa.gov.au/events/mahana

Image: nfsa.gov.au/events/mahana


Nostalgia, romance, and national dreaming are the stuff of Frank Capra’s rich and dreamy palette. Check out a delicious selection of groundbreaking contemporary cinema driven by new understandings of these ‘Capraesque’ themes to complement the National Film and Sound Archive’s Capra retrospective.

The New Romantics Film Festival screens films every Friday night in February and includes new work from acclaimed directors Peter Greenaway, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Lee Tamahori and Aleksey German Jr.

Films screening:

Cemetery of Splendour – 3 February

Eisenstein in Guanajuato – 10 February

Under Electric Clouds – 17 February

Mahana – 24 February


Petit Feast. Image: supplied.

Petit Feast. Image: supplied.

Petit Feast is back for 2017!

Spoil yourself with a bountiful spread including savouries, charcuterie, cheeses and decadent desserts. Every Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar.

It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch … but it is an indulgent feast for all the senses. The Buvette Petit Feast features freshly made savouries and sweets as well as lavish desserts. In addition to tea and coffee, you can order a Bloody Mary, French Champagne and Rosé.

Available between 11.30am – 2.30pm every Saturday at $65 per guest, including a complimentary glass of Rosé. For $15 guests can add unlimited Mimosas. Buvette is fully licensed and has free parking all weekend, outdoor covered seating and complimentary WiFi.

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email buvette@domahotels.com.au. Find out more at hotelrealm.com.au.


ben and jerry feature

There a few signs which signal summer is truly here – longer days, warmer weather and the return of Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas. The quintessential summer cinema returns to the picturesque Patrick White Lawns, adjacent to the National Library of Australia and overlooking Lake Burley Griffin from 12 January to 19 February 2017.

If you’re looking for a romantic, sunset filled evening for date night, drama and laughs for a girl’s night out or some family fun, Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas is a must-do to add to your list this summer.

The event, which saw Australians consuming over 160,000 scoops of ice cream last year, will be open from Monday to Sunday throughout the season with a packed itinerary of quirky comedies, retro classics, award-winning features, new releases and cult classics.

This season’s line-up is a heavenly mix of action-packed blockbusters (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Rogue One, Passengers, Assassin’s Creed), hilarious quirky comedies (Office Christmas Party, Why Him?), some cult classics (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Mean Girls, Grease) and flicks for all the whole family (Sing, Trolls, Moana).

Happening between Thursday 12 January and Sunday 19 February, at Patrick White Lawns, adjacent to the National Library of Australia and overlooking Lake Burley Griffin from 12 January to 19 February 2017

See website for more information.



Image: VisitCanberra.com.au

The Royal Australian Mint is a unique attraction as the only producer of Australia’s circulating coins. But be sure to check out Stuart Devlin – The Designer with the Midas Touch, an exhibition exploring the masterly work of Stuart Devlin AO with unparalleled pieces and behind-the-scenes rarities.

From the platypus amid rippling water to a resplendent lyrebird, Geelong-born Stuart Devlin AO is best known in Australia as the designer of Australia’s decimal coins. The much-loved coins were the springboard for an international career as the most creative and influential designer goldsmith and silversmith of the past 50 years.

Take a 30-minute tour of the exhibition with a guide who holds specialist knowledge of Stuart Devlin and his work and explore his illustrious career in further depth. $10 per person. Bookings essential via Eventbrite.

While you are visiting, view the factories where Australia’s circulating coins are made and discover that special coin, gift or souvenir at the Mint Coin Shop.

Showing until 30 April 2017 from 8.30am-5pm at Royal Australian Mint

Denison Street, Deakin. Find more information on the website.

Versailles Treasures from the Palace


For the first time in history, a collection of over 130 sumptuous treasures from the Palace of Versailles are on show in Australia. Prepare yourself for an epic exhibition that embodies the opulence, luxury and beauty of a period central to French history, bringing life to the reign of three kings, their queens and mistresses. From the iconic gardens to the rich paintings, from sumptuous rooms to the golden details, from Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette, this exhibition is the greatest cultural experience this summer.

Highlights include magnificent works, such as the marble bust of Louis XIV, the monumental Gobelins tapestries, the Dauphin’s fine writing desk, the original sculpture of Latona from the centre of Versailles’ main fountain and Marie-Antoinette’s porcelain.

Versailles: Treasures from the Palace – exclusive to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Book your tickets here: nga.gov.au/Versailles

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