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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!




Tastes of Two Regions brings the wine and food of two magnificent regions to Canberra.

King Valley and Rutherglen, located side by side in North East Victoria, are known for innovative wine styles and excellent produce. King Valley Prosecco Road sidles up alongside Rutherglen’s boutique Muscat and Durif cellars, in a setting of rolling hills, mountain ranges, vines, open skies and historic townships.

The festival includes an exhibition with over 200 wines to taste, masterclasses, live entertainment, picnics and platters, as well as a Prosecco breakfast, Italian family lunch and Alternative Variety dinner.

Tickets $35pp, includes 3hr tasting session, masterclasses and a gorgeous day out at Pialligo Estate.

Happening Sunday 13 August from 10am – 5pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

Get up close and personal with producers, find a new favourite wine style and enjoy some excellent cuisine. Last year’s event sold out, so we recommend you get booking!

Find more information and book tickets here: www.tastesoftworegions.com.au.



A Fix and Make workshop with Annie Wu of Articles of Clothing. During World War II, the British Government introduced the Utility Scheme CC41. The scheme encouraged clothing manufacturers throughout the UK to use cloth supplied by the government. The style of the items was regulated. Straight cuts and slim silhouettes with no embellishments and unnecessary pleats maximised the number of items that could be cut from the cloth and minimized waste by reducing offcuts. While these austerity measures created some hostility, they saved millions of metres of fabric and clothed thousands of people in a time of extreme scarcity.

Leaping from the CC41 scheme, Annie Wu will teach you how to create unconventional patterns for functional garments that reduce waste. You’ll make a template for a contemporary utilitarian uniform (that can be worn every day) and cut the pattern from supplied cloth. Pieces can then be assembled at home or be handed over to Peter Kongmalavong at the end of the workshop for completion. Peter will be able to provide you with a quote to sew and return your new garments. This workshops encourages us to think about how we might dress ourselves differently.

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

Happening Saturday 12 August from 2pm at Hotel Hotel, Philip Law Street, NewActon.

Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite.



Flying High in the Googong Sky – a free day of kites and fun!

Googong’s utterly uplifting kite festival is back with a host of new flying friends for you and your kids to meet, including a giant whale shark, dragons, bunny rabbits, a stingray, astronauts and a flying pig! So bring a kite and join in the fun. There will be a sausage sizzle – or bring your own picnic – while our DJ provides the inflight entertainment.

Happening Sunday 13 August from 11am-2pm at Rockley Oval, Googong.

Visit googong.net for more information.


Image: Via Facebook

Image: Via Facebook

Get involved in the Eat Canberra Food Tour! Walk around Braddon and the City stopping at 6+ hot spots and hidden gems sampling food, drinks and learning about Canberra’s incredible foodie scene. Expect to eat lots of delicious food, drinks and meet new people!

Happening Saturday 12 August 2017 from 1pm to 5pm at BentSpoke Brewing Co, Braddon.

Find more information on the website.


Jazinda Prod.

A range of cultures, dance styles and feminine body types, including an 8-month pregnant belly will be celebrated through a belly dance showcase at Arabian Nights at Polit (produced by #JazidaProductions) in Manuka on 11 August.

Performance art enthusiasts, belly dance lovers and people looking for a fun and different way to spend a Friday evening in Canberra have a great solution available! The show takes place every three months at Polit Bar in Manuka, which is a small cocktail lounge with no formal stage. It’s a very intimate venue, where dancers interact with the crowd and the audience has an opportunity to see Australian talent up close and personal!

The show will feature Jacqui Princi, who the founder of Bedazzled Bellydance School and will be dancing her 8-month pregnant belly. It will also feature Fifi Noir, a prestigious tribal fusion belly dancer who is coming from Queensland to perform at the event. Fifi will be treating the audience to her full figured technical dancing as well as fire manipulation skills. They will share the stage with the local professional Belly Up Bellydance troupe.

While Fifi Noir is in town, #JazidaProductions is facilitating workshops so she can share their skills within the Canberra community. Fifi is running an Expressions Lab workshop focusing on dance presentation as well as a Deco Darling workshop focusing on fusion belly dance technique on 27 August.

Happening Friday 11 August from 8pm at Polit Bar, upstairs at 11 Franklin Street, Manuka.

Purchase tickets here.



Brick Expo is a entertaining and interesting exhibition of rare and unique LEGO creations by interstate and local collectors and modellers. Hundreds of static, moving and robotic models in themes including: Star Wars, Trains, Planes, Space Ships, Racing Cars, Monuments and Sculptures.

Happening Friday 11 August 2017 till Sunday 13 August 2013 at Hellenic Club, Phillip. For information on opening hours and ticket purchasing visit the website.


Image: facebook.com/cbrbrave

Image: facebook.com/cbrbrave

This weekend is your last chance to see the CBR Brave in action at the Brave Cave in 2017! The Melbourne Ice are coming to town for what’s set to be two huge games so don’t miss out.

On Saturday, they’re kicking things off early with beers and a BBQ from 3pm. Then, they’re teaming up with Anytime Fitness to present the annual purple jersey charity game.

On Sunday, they’re firing the BBQ up and putting the beers on ice again from 3pm with an opportunity to meet the team and wish them well for the remainder of the season. Then, it’s time for the final showdown – the puck will drop on their final home game for season 2k17 at 5pm.

Happing Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August. Get your tickets now at shop.cbrbrave.com.au/home-tickets.


bonnie gillies

During her in-centre masterclass, makeup artist and beauty vlogger Bonnie Gillieswill share her foundation basics and top tips for using colour to enhance the complexion. Plus, come watch her live model demonstration on how to create a soft yet impactful eye makeup look.

Each 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.

Happening Saturday 12 August from 11am-12pm at Canberra Centre’s event space, opposite Endota Spa in the new beauty precinct.

Tickets from Eventbrite.


Chasing Chet

Music from Baker’s Trumpet. The music of Chet Baker has always fascinated audiences. At the heart of his playing there was a fragile lyricism that was somehow sophisticated, yet raw and untrained. His performances often teetered on a knife edge and coupled with his unpredictable personal life it is easy to understand this fascination.

Now Canberra audiences have the chance to experience a taste of this music as three of the cities’ finest musicians combine to examine the music of his later career. In the format of a drum-less trio, a combination often used by Baker, guitarist Lachlan Coventry, double bassist James Luke and trumpeter Ben Marston re-imagine some of the great standards of the twentieth century.

With references to Doug Raney, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and obviously Baker himself, the trio provide a clear vision of lyrical melodies, rich harmonic colourings and occasional virtuosic punctuation. Timeless music treated in a respectful yet contemporary way

Happening Friday 11 August from 8.30pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

Purchase tickets here.

Night Ski and Ride at Corin Forest


Night Ski & Ride at Corin Forest in the Tidbinbilla Mountain Ranges! Take a quick 45-minute drive to the ACT’s only ski field and enjoy the thrill of skiing beneath the stars and lights.

Get out into the winter air with a line-up of themed nights. Every night has a theme but the hill will still be open for all to use.

Thursday is Girls Night! Girls, take your girlfriend, your mum, your sister or your Nan along at no cost and get free coaching to improve your skills in a relaxed and chilled atmosphere.

Wednesday is Park Night, featuring a different rail or jump every week. Friday is Family Pizza Night with Corin’s famous wood-fired pizzas for only $10 each, and Saturday’s All-In is an open session for all.

The cafeteria will be open so you can warm up by the open fireplace, roast giant marshmallows and enjoy a wide selection of meals, including gourmet wood-fired pizzas.

Don’t miss out – book your Ski Area ticket now!

Happening until 2 September, Wednesdays to Saturdays from 5.30pm – 9.30pm at Corin Forest 1268 Corin Road, Paddys River. Tickets $30 for a four-hour session.

Find more information on the website.


Image via alpacamagic.com.au

Image via alpacamagic.com.au

Come and meet over 200 alpacas and llamas and feed them treats (bring carrots finely sliced no more than the thickness of a coin). The animals have their breakfast about 7-9 am and that is the best time for a visit if you would like to be VERY up close and personal. Bring your own picnic breakfast and mingle with these gentle and inquisitive animals. You could well lose your heart to an alpaca or llama!

Bookings essential, please follow the link to our booking form.

Happening Sunday 13 August 2013 from 8.30am to 10am at Alpaca Magic – Lama Magic – Donkey Magic, Sutton NSW| Bookings are essential| Find information on bookings, tickets and more on the website.

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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