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

Everything you need to know about canberra. ONE DESTINATION.

Weekend Edit: What’s on in Canberra

Posted on

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!



curry fest

Foodies from far and wide come together for the World Curry Festival in Canberra’s city centre.

Vendors from near and far will be gathering in the heart of the city to showcase their dishes. With over 30 stalls you can try and buy flavours from India, Laos, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Philippines and other cultures.

This winter celebration of culture and community will also include traditional Indian dances, entertainment and Canberra’s hottest Chilli Eating Competition.

Happening Friday 7 July 2017 to Sunday 9 July 2017 from 11am-8pm along Canberra’s City Walk. Find more information here.


Old Bus Depot Markets - Creative Fibre

Creative types unite! Be inspired by the originality of the region’s most talented textile artists showcasing and selling their work at our annual Creative Fibre. This day offers an excellent opportunity to engage with the textile artists who call the Canberra region home. You can see products and learn about the processes involved in designing, printing on fabric, creating mixed media homewares and wearable textiles, weaving, knitting, crocheting, hand dyeing fabric and more.

What might you find? A large range of handcrafted homewares, clothing and textiles.

Happening Sunday 9 July 2017 from 10am-4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston. For more information visit the website.


Image via alpacamagic.com.au

Image via alpacamagic.com.au

Take a long walk with a Llama through sprawling, picturesque countryside looking out across multiple pastures of llamas, alpacas, and miniature donkeys. This is a unique opportunity to learn about and experience these very rare and exotic animals up close and personal, in a small group with an experienced guide.

Happening Saturday 8 July 2017 at Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road. For information on booking fees and session, times visit the website.



They’re back! Once again the Australian National Botanic Gardens has partnered with the National Dinosaurs Museum to bring some prehistoric beasts to life. Step back in time at the Australian National Botanic Gardens and become an intrepid explorer when the dinosaurs visit the Gardens. Bring your family and friends for a limited and rare opportunity to encounter dinosaurs and plant fossils among the landscapes they once inhabited.Discover some dinosaur-some activities at the Visitor Centre then set off on your adventure by following the dinosaur footprints around the Gardens during the school holidays.

Discover some dinosaur-some activities at the Visitor Centre then set off on your adventure by following the dinosaur footprints around the Gardens during the school holidays.

For added excitement take your adventure after dark with one of our dino stampede public open nights when the Gardens will be illuminated and the dinosaurs more menacing!

Showing daily at the Australian National Botanic Gardens from Thursday 01 July until Friday 16 July 2017, 9.30am till 4.30pm. For more information visit the website.



Don’t waste the winter sun, come explore Questacon after dark. Celebrate winter with tasty food, stargazing, winter crafts and science shows in addition to our eight action-packed galleries. Immerse yourself in the ultimate winter activity these July school holidays with Mid-Winter Nights @ Questacon!

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Happening Thursday 6 – Sunday 9 July from 5.30-pm each night at Questacon, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

For more information and to purchase tickets click here.


Image: VisitCanberra

Image: VisitCanberra

Happiness is curling up with a good book … stock up on some happiness at the annualLifeline Southside Bookfair! 

Browse among a wide range of books, movies, music, games, comics and more at low prices. Saturday is Family Day with fun activities for the kids.

Entry is by gold coin donation; all proceeds going to our local Lifeline crisis support service.

Visit their website for full details.

Happening Friday 7 July 2017 to Sunday09 July 2017 at Tuggeranong Southern Cross Stadium. For full details and information on opening hours visit the website.



The Umbilical Brothers are an international comedy phenomenon. So far they’ve won a couple of BAFTAs, an Emmy, the Critics’ Choice at Edinburgh Fringe and the Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Performers. They have performed in 37 countries with five different shows. Now they are returning home with one of their most beloved ones, Speedmouse.

Full of the stuff you love best, Speedmouse is a live action, fast paced, rewind, slow motion, frame-by-frame adventure where two men create the impossible out of a microphone and a unique physical ability that has no equal.

Speedmouse has earned a bevy of five star reviews and numerous awards including best stage production and best international show, along with a multi-platinum DVD that is sold in every corner of the world.

Join them in celebrating the return of Speedmouse with a limited live theatrical run. If you haven’t seen this show live, you should. Really.

Happening Saturday 8 July 2017 from 8pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square. To purchase tickets visit the website.



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.



On the last stage of its national tour ‒ Freewheeling: Cycling in Australia is a must-see exhibition for cycling enthusiasts of all ages. Freewheeling explores more than 140 years of cycling in Australia and the stories of riders who have experienced the joy, excitement, freedom and glory of moving at speed under their own power.

Among the extraordinary bikes on display are cycling legend Cadel Evans’ Tour de France road bike and a BMX bike belonging to world champion Caroline Buchanan. The exhibition also includes examples of the first human-powered-wheeled vehicle known as a ‘boneshaker’ from the 1860s as well as a penny-farthing, ‘safety bicycles’, mountain bikes, tricks bikes and a light-weight racing bike.

Freewheeling celebrates the intrepid individuals who have cycled thousands of miles across the continent, and how the bicycle has transformed the lives of ordinary Australians.

Happening every day from 9am till 5pm until Sunday 9 July 2017 at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.

For more information on further dates and times visit the website.


Sunday Roast 3

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!

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

© 2022 HerCanberra. All rights reserved. Legal.
Site by Coordinate.