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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!



Image: The Martini Whisperer.



Indulge in a night of beauty and cocktails. Sip on a signature cocktail while sampling new scents as Canberra’s ‘Martini Whisperer,’ Phillip Jones joins forces with fragrance expert Dimitri Weber to pair together custom fragrances with a bespoke Martini.  Ticket price includes your Martini Deluxe cocktail and other indulgences!

When: 6pm and 7:30pm Friday 14 July

Tickets: eventbrite.com.au


Unveiling her expert advice for living a beautiful life, Eleanor Pendleton’s beauty masterclass will include a ‘no makeup’ makeup tutorial on a model, how she switches off from social media, her secrets to finding the perfect work/life balance, plus Eleanor will share the makeup tricks she swears by for special occasions.

Your ticket is redeemable for a $20 gift voucher at Canberra Centre. All guests will be treated to a glass of sparkling, catering and a gift bag.

When: 11am–12pm Saturday 15 July

Tickets: eventbrite.com.au


Take notes as healthy influencer and nutritionist Lola Berry shares insight into her wholistic approach to beauty and her top secrets for what you should be eating for a flawless complexion. In addition to her inner/ outer beauty recipes, she will divulge the products she loves and uses in her daily regimen for glowing skin.

Your ticket is redeemable for a $20 gift voucher at Canberra Centre. All guests will be treated to a glass of sparkling, catering and a gift bag.

When: 11am–12pm Sunday 16 July

Tickets: eventbrite.com.au


Constellations 4

A contemporary drama by winner of the 2012 Harold Pinter Award, Nick Payne. With sold-out seasons across the globe – now it’s Canberra’s turn to be delighted and moved by this ingenious, touching and intellectually searching work.

Marianne and Roland are polar opposites. A quantum physicist and a beekeeper. A big universe thinker and an everyday believer. String theory, parallel universes and Sliding Doors moments set the scene for this quirky and charming romance of endless invention.

Payne has crafted a work that catapults theatre into the future, confronting our questions of choice, control and certainty, and the multiple possibilities within one relationship. Witty, fascinating and heartbreaking – this astonishing two-hander is an unmissable, universe shifting show that will challenge how you see life, and change how you live it.

Showing Friday 14 July – Saturday 29 July at the Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street.

For more information including showing times visit the website.


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These July School Holidays, get ready to go bonkers with the madcap circus mayhem of the Funatorium’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!

Your kids will be right in the action of it. Audience participation is a big part of this full throttle kids show.

Join them for a tea-riffic party hosted by the wackiest characters serving mind boggling tricks and sweet surprises.

Your kids will leap from their seats and giggle and gasp in delight!

Happening Wednesday 12 July – Friday 15 July from 11am to 2pm each day at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, Canberra City.

Find more information including tickets on the website.


Dancing For Freyja

Dancing for Freyja is a fundraising event dedicated to raise funds so little Freyja aged 5 years old can receive Proton Therapy to treat a rare form of Cancer – Clear Cell Sarcoma – this treatment is only available in Germany & the USA. 

Dance the night away for Freya ,to 70’s & 80’s disco music by DJ Michael Liu. 

Tickets $40 including finger food. Get your Flares, Fluro and Glitter On – Moet Champagne Bar, Photo booth, Auctions and Raffle. 

This is an over 18’s event.

Happening Friday 14 July from 7.30pm – 11.30pm at the Hellenic Club of Canberra, Matilda Street, Philip. Tickets $40.

Find more information on the website.


sound and fury

Sound and Fury: Cold Winter. Hot Party combines music, theatre, dance, spoken word and song, in a melting pot of sights and sounds. Experience performance art like nowhere else, at one of Canberra’s most unique and spectacular parties.

After a sold-out event at the National Film and Sound Archive earlier this year, Sound and Fury returns to Nishi Gallery with a brand new party to beat the winter blues and warm the cockles.

Performances galore and plenty of surprises. Don’t miss out.

Happening Saturday 15 July from 8pm – late at Nishi Gallery, Kendall Lane. Tickets $20 + $1.69 fee.

Find more information including tickets on the website.


Petit Feast. Image: supplied.

Petit Feast. Image: supplied.

Buvette Bistro and Wine Bar is lucky enough to have their very own French Executive Chef, who will spoil all guests with an indulgent a French style four-course dinner on Friday 14 July. Starting with pacific oysters, apple and truffle, the main course will follow with Pressed Duck confit and double-baked Comte cheese and truffle soufflé.

Buvette offers two options for the dessert that includes a beautiful selection of gourmet French-style cheeses. Choose a bottle of French wine to accompany your dinner or purchase Furphy beer or a glass or bottle of Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV Champagne.

Enjoy live entertainment and Buvette’s signature cocktail the Lillet Mode De Vie for your very special evening.

Bastille Day at Buvette | 14 July from 6pm – 10pm | Buvette Bistro and Wine Bar, 18 National Circuit, Barton | Book your table here.

For those who will fall in love with the charming atmosphere, there is also the option to continue the French celebration by attending a Bastille Day Petit Feast on Saturday 15 July.

Bastille Day Petit Feast | 15 July from 11.30am -2.30pm | Buvette Bistro and Wine Bar | Book on6163 1818


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In 2016 Canberra Youth Theatre presented The Verbatim Project, a new work performed by teenagers and members of Canberra Dance Theatre’s over 65 years GOLD company. Due to popular demand, The Verbatim Project will be back for two shows only at Canberra Theatre Centre before heading off on tour to Sydney.

Canberra Youth Theatre are proud to be the only theatre company in Canberra taking a production on tour outside of the ACT this year. The Verbatim Project was developed using the cast’s collective stories, experiences and pressures at different stages in their lives, asking “does age matter? In the end aren’t we all just having human experiences?” The work was shaped using audio interviews, video footage, live commentary and headphone verbatim technique, and is presented using physical theatre.

Showing Friday 14 July from 7pm and Saturday 15 July from 2pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit. Tickets $20.

Find more information on the website.


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Here’s a new reason to visit the markets – our new Designer Sunday. This monthly event, held on the third Sunday of every month, showcases fresh-thinking Australian designers, makers and artists.

See dynamic groups of creatives featuring their awesome designs in jewellery, fashion, accessories, homewares and artwork. Designer Sunday will feature many of our stallholders who previously attended Bling on Sundays, but we’ll also have several new, innovative designers joining in.

Happening Sunday 16 July from 10am – 4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Find more information on the website.


Image via alpacamagic.com.au

Image via alpacamagic.com.au

On this tour of Alpaca Magic, you will meet Alpacas, Llamas, Donkeys, Miniature Galloway Cattle, Poultry, and Japanese Koi Carp. This is an educational and interesting visit where, as well as meeting the animals, you will also learn about farming and animal husbandry. For those interested in how Llama and Alpaca fibre is used, you can observe spinning, and perhaps give it a go for yourself.

Happening 15 July from 9am – 10:30am at Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road. Tickets $30.

Find more information on 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 until 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.



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!

Experience it each day 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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