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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, 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 13 things you shouldn’t miss!




Too many truffles are never enough. Westfield Belconnen invites you to attend the Truffle Festival Market Day. With a mouth-watering line-up of events, you are sure to enjoy a fabulous day out with family and friends.

Join in on the fun with live cooking demonstrations from local chefs, wine tastings, truffle hunt demonstrations, local market stalls, food sampling, free kids activities and lots of giveaways!

Happening Saturday 24 June from 9am to 5.30pm at Westfield Belconnen. Free entry.

Find more information on the website.


The Idea of North

The Idea of North

After 24 years, the Idea of North’s founding bass, Andrew Piper, is moving on. Farewellcome offers a proper hometown send-off. Join Idea of North, back where it all began, in the heart of Canberra for a trip down memory lane, and to welcome our wonderful new bass Luke Thompson to the family.

The Idea Of North’s founding soprano, Trish Delaney-Brown, will be with the group for this special ‘Farewellcome’ event.

Happening Saturday 24 June at 8:30pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

Tickets are between $32.00 and $40.00 and are available from The Street.



Garema Place will be transformed into a winter wonderland featuring an ice rink, a giant ice slide, jumping castle and a giant inflatable slide. Experience world-class on ice entertainment, magical lighting and killer tunes to heighten the adventure.

Get the family together for an extra-ordinary outing. Spoil that special someone with an out of the box date night experience, or get your mates together for an exciting adventure on the ice!

These pop-up ice rinks are only in town for a limited time. Don’t miss out!

Skating at Garema Place perfectly coincides with the school holidays and is the ideal activity for the entire family.

Happening from Friday 23 June to Sunday 16 July at City Centre, Garema Place.

Opening hours Monday to Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm, Friday to Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm , Sunday: 9 am – 8 pm.

SkatingAt Ice Rink tickets include ice hockey rental skates. Book your session now!



The Alliance Française de Canberra supported by Clandestino Events is proud to invite you to the 2017 Canberra edition of the Fête de la Musique.

Boasting an eclectic line-up of musical acts and performances, this edition promises to stay true to the founding tenant of the day which is to make all genres of music freely accessible to the public.

Happening Friday 23 June from 6pm until late at the Alliance de Francaise de Canberra, 66 McCaughey Street, Turner. Happy Hour from 8-9pm.

Find more information here.



Whisky: it’s made from grains, gets old in a barrel, and has travelled to space and back.

Questacon’s whisky enthusiasts are back with the ever popular Whisky Business. Using drams from around the world they will be exploring the science of whisky. How does the smokiness of whisky relate to climate change? What will happen to whisky when combined with liquid nitrogen? What has Bog Man got to do with any of it? Through comparing and contrasting, science will be closely examined through the bottom of the whisky glass.

This event will be full of fun, science, and of course whisky.

Happening Friday 23 June from 7pm-9 pm at Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Parkes

Purchase tickets here

Please note – This is an adults-only 18+ event



This Saturday evening the ACT Storytellers will present their mid-winter concert just for grown-ups. The Canberra Harmony Chorus will provide music to go along with stories to warm, or chill, your heart. Tickets are at door and $15.00 gets you a cup of mulled wine, homemade supper and some great entertainment. 

Happening Saturday 24 June at 7pm at Curtin Uniting Church Hall. Tickets at the door, $15, including supper. 


Credit: Sally Blake

Credit: Sally Blake

Making can be a vehicle for mediation and self-connection. Artist Sally Blake will guide this meditative workshop where you will learn how to make repetitive patterns using pressed plant matter collected from around Canberra. To further shift our consciousness, artist Dylan Martorell has created an original sound work using sound recordings from the Australian Botanical Gardens specially for this workshop. This ambient soundtrack will be played as we make.

New digital technologies and the networked 24/7 globalised labour market has increased productivity and have liberated us from office gulags, but these innovations also have side effects. How do we wind down? How do we switch off? If we are working more and sleeping less, how can we find down time to clear out our brains and create new synaptic connections? The ‘Making as Mediation’ Fix and Make series explores making a real deal form of meditation designed to increase creativity and well-being.

Hotel Hotel’s ‘Making Do’ Fix and Make series looks at alternative ways of making and repairing objects and is designed to encourage us to consider the objects that already surround us in new ways.

Happening Sunday 25 June from 3-4pm at Hotel Hotel, 25 Edinburgh Avenue, NewActon.

Tickets are available for $45 from Eventbrite.


Dance Central invite you to come and experience the DKC Benefit and Night Market on Saturday 24 June, created to help DKC fund their trip to Arizona USA to compete in Hip Hop International, August 2017.


DKC is a kids crew consisting of eight kids (8 -12 years of age), training after school for 8 hours per week. These kids are passionate, highly motivated and truly love what they do. DKC has recently been announced number 2 in Australia in one of the worlds most recognised Street Dance Competitions ‘Hip Hop International’. Now presented with the opportunity to represent their country at the World finals in Phoenix, Arizona USA on 8 August 2017, they are seeking support to help make this dream a reality!


The event will showcase Canberra’s best Urban talents from dancers and singers. There will be two shows running on Sat 24 June (afternoon & evening show) with a Night Market full of delicious food and drinks between each session.

Happening Saturday 24 June from 3-9pm at Caldwell High School, 111 Casey Crescent, Caldwell. See the website for more information.

Melodrama in Meiji Japan

Image: Supplied

Image: Supplied

Step into the tumultuous world of Meiji Japan (1868–1912), through a selection of stunning Japanese woodblock illustrations. Used to illustrate Japanese novels, these beautiful images, known as kuchi-e (literally, ‘mouth/opening picture’), accompany stories filled with drama, tragedy and intrigue, reflecting the uncertainty of the times.

Curated by Dr. Gary Hickey, the exhibition draws upon a substantial collection of kuchi-e amassed by University of NSW Emeritus Professor Richard Clough (1921-2014) and donated to the Library. This collection, along with other works acquired, forms one of the most significant collections of this genre in the world and the largest focused collection of Japanese art in Australia. The exhibition features over twenty artists and a range of subjects, illustrating a fascinating history of a genre profiled for the first time in a major exhibition.

Free entry.

Showing every day from 10am-5pm until 27 August at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Find more information on the website.


Sunday Roast 3

Come and experience a two or three course Argentinian-style Sunday roast at Pialligo Estate, each Sunday from 12pm. Find more information here.

Sunday Roast is just $45 for adults and $20 for children (2-12 years old) and includes a main featuring two roast varieties and dessert, live music and lawn games for the kids and young at heart.

To book, contact the reservations team on 6247 6060 or make an enquiry here


Photo by Martin Ollman

Photo by Martin Ollman

Rug up for a wintery experience and take a Canberra Truffle Hunt in the oak forest on Canberra’s only trufferie; The Truffle Farm. Follow the truffle dogs as they sniff out prized black Perigord truffles. These exceptionally talented dogs roam amongst the farm’s 2,500 trees to find a piece of ‘black magic’.

Once the perfect truffle is found, head back into the warmth of the truffle shed to discover the secrets to using this highly prized delicacy.

Choose from Truffle Hunts, Breakfast Hunts with three indulgent truffle courses and sparkling wine or Lunch Hunts featuring a world class, six-course truffle degustation with matching local wines. Truffle creations come courtesy of award winning Michelin Star Chef Damian Brabender.

Tours available Fridays to Sundays early June to August. They sell out fast so make a date with your favourite people and book now to avoid disappointment.

Showing from Friday 2 June – Sunday 27 August 2017, every Friday to Sunday at The Truffle Farm, Mount Majura Road, Canberra. Find information on the website.



Add a little sparkle to your Friday night with Buvette Bistro’s Friday Soirée. Set outdoors in the Parisian-style Buvette Terrace, celebrate the weekend with this exclusive event. Enjoy VIP service with a personal bartender and select your drink of choice from the special cocktail menu, designed exclusively for Friday Soirée.

Sip on a French 75 or a Lychee Torsadée whilst enjoying fresh oysters, charcuterie or a duck liver parfait.

Every Friday from 4pm to 7pm at Buvette, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.


Mount Majura Truffles

Indulge in a feast of the senses with The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region; the first and largest festival of its kind in Australia. Each year from June to August more than 250 individual events are held across the Canberra region showcasing the region’s fresh Black Winter Truffle.

Taste and experience the magic of these highly-prized gems. Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration, or pop along to a market and pick up some truffle delights for yourself.

Now in its ninth consecutive year, the Truffle Festival is the ultimate foodie festival, and a fabulous celebration of winter in the Canberra region.

Showing until Thursday 31 August 2017 across various Canberra Locations. For more information on opening hours and locations across Canberra visit the website.


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.

See website for more information.



Visit Questacon and join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Above and Beyond is the ultimate interactive and multi-sensory flight exhibition celebrating the power of innovation to make dreams take flight. From flying cars and supersonic planes to space elevators and mega-rockets, Above and Beyond takes you faster, further and higher for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Design and test-fly your own supersonic jet. Pilot a drone into the eye of a hurricane to measure nature’s fury. Spread your wings and experience flight as a bird or a futuristic wing-flapping aircraft. Or take an elevator ride to the edge of space.

Packed with fun interactive challenges, vehicle concept models and prototypes, immersive media presentations, and inspiring stories, this thrilling exhibition invites you to experience what it takes to make the “impossible” possible. Explore advanced aircraft and spacecraft that change our lives and transform our world. And join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Happening until Sunday 23 July from 9am-5pm at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.

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