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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 10 things you shouldn’t miss!



Papa Laci Forage

The Forage is a showcase of street food (and other food products) by our local cafes, food trucks, wineries and breweries. Our mission is to give our local businesses an opportunity to get creative and showcase and feed our community in a festival style environment. Bringing everyone together in one location, gives our Canberra community an opportunity to sample what is happening in our foodie city.

Happening Saturday 1 July 2017 from 2pm-7pm at The Little National, 21 National Circuit Barton. Find information on the website.



Heading to the Forage this Saturday 1 July? Little National Hotel is offering you the chance to turn an indulgent Saturday into an epic staycation.

Their 24-hour package is $189 and  includes complimentary drinks in The Lounge, access to Hale Gym + Spa (located just around the corner) with a 25% spa discount voucher, a $15 food voucher to be redeemed at The Forage, early arrival and late check out, parking and on-demand movies and Wi-Fi so you can literally roll yourself upstairs after a big day at the Forage.

Book your staycation here!


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Brave the winter weather and join in when Canberra’s city west comes alive for the Hurly Burley Winter Fair 2017. This fantastic evening of entertainment offers live music, market stalls, delicious food, warmth and more!

Enjoy delicious locally made food to warm the belly. Hear live entertainment in a festive environment at Hobart Place, which will be transformed into a magical family-friendly winter fair with fairy lights and sculptures through the trees.

There will be all sorts of creative goodies to purchase at the market stalls along with fire pits marshmallow roasting – so rug up warm and head down for what’s shaping up to be a great evening of entertainment.

Happening Friday 30 June 2017 from 4pm-9pm at Hobart Place, Canberra. Find more information on the website.


Image: facebook.com/cbrbrave

Image: facebook.com/cbrbrave

The temps are plunging below zero this weekend but The CBR Brave are heating things up! The Melbourne Mustangs come to town for a highly anticipated doubleheader so don’t miss out! On Saturday 1 July,  Chris Kubara and his team from T C Air & Electric will be rolling out the TC-Air Fan Heating Zone in the carpark. Meet the players, pick up some FREE hand warmers and enjoy a FREE BBQ in the TC Air Fan Zone from 3pm. They’ll even providing the heating!

Then, gates open at 4.45pm and the action starts inside with puck drop at 5.30pm.

On Sunday 2 July they’re celebrating Canada Day in style. Dress up and WIN. Turn up in your Canadian best and the fan-voted best dressed by His Excellency, Mr Paul Maddison – the High Commissioner of Canada, will WIN an amazing Meet a Cheetah experience for two thanks to the National Zoo & Aquarium Canberra AND a signed 2017 Brave jersey! Pick up a voucher for some delicious Hotcakes thanks to McDonalds. Enjoy a special Canadian themed playlist featuring Drake, Bieber, Bryan Adams, Shania, Nelly and more, pick up a limited edition Canada Day puck from the merch stand. Gates open at 4.15pm and the puck drops at 5pm!

Games happening Saturday 1 July and Sunday 2 July at Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre, Woden.

Get your tickets for both games at shop.cbrbrave.com.au/home-tickets


Credit: Philip Erbacher

Credit: Philip Erbacher

Cyrano de Bergerac is the play that brought the word ‘panache’ into the English language. An original and finely crafted romantic comedy; this is the tale of the beautiful Roxanne and the man who would love her, but for his outrageous nose.

This production captures the cockiness, volubility and wit of the swash-buckling Cyrano, as with aching heart and self-loathing he woos the feisty and lovely Roxanne on behalf of his shy and funny friend. The audience is swept up in the romance and the tragedy of this masterful production.

Showing Wednesday 28 June to Saturday 01 July 2017 at the Canberra Theatre Centre. Find information on tickets and entry times on the website.



Join Subsdance for a night of spectacular dance and cultural performances showcased by the talented and creative instructors, students and professional performers of Subsdance.

The show will also consist of performances by the competitors who are entering the Australian Latin Dance Championships in June.

Tickets start from $10 and can be purchased via the website. Tickets will be emailed to you after purchase. Please ensure you supply an email address.

Happening Friday 30 June from 7.30pm at Erindale Theatre, McBryde Crescent.



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!

Skating at Garema Place is 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!

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.


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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


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.



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.

Still want more? Check out This Week in The Can for sooooo many things to do!

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