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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!


Westfield Woden Truffle Market Day

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Westfield Woden invites you to attend the Truffle Festival Market Day, part of the 2017 Truffle Festival – Canberra Region. 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, local market stalls, food sampling, free kids activities and lots of giveaways!

Happening Saturday 22 July from 10am – 4pm at Westfield Woden, 13 Keltie Street, Phillip. Free entry.

For more information on stalls and events, visit the website.

Indulge Coffee and Chocolate Expo 2017

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One of Canberra’s most delectable events, the Indulge Coffee and Chocolate Expo on Saturday 22 July, is promising to educate, challenge and most importantly spoil your palate.

The one-day event will run from 10am to 4pm featuring a diverse range of chocolates, coffee and products inspired by their delicious flavours. This year you can sample Australia’s first ever Mushroom Coffee from Life Cykel, select a sweet scroll from Mr Scroll or a decadent doughnut from Bombolini. Wonderful waffles, gourmet gelato, fantastic fudge and cakes in a jar are just some of the treats on offer this year! Grab a cup of coffee from Sagawa or Bean Culture or a cheeky cocktail from the Lazy-Su Bar and enjoy the acoustic tones of Simon Anau. 

Tickets $11 on line or $20 at the door. Happening Saturday 22 July from 10am-4pm at Exhibition Park, corner of Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue, Mitchell.

For more info and to purchase tickets visit indulgecoffeeandchocolate.com.au.

Makeup Tool Must-Haves Masterclass with Max May

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A talented makeup artist who draws inspiration from his long-term affair with drawing and painting, Max May is the king of creating flawless canvases and makeup looks that look like you, only better. He also regularly shares his insider tips on his blog.

During his makeup masterclass, Max will reveal the products that hold a coveted spot in his pro makeup kit and why you should add them to your routine, too. Plus, during a live makeup demonstration he’ll share his top technique tips including how to colour match and why highlighting is a must-try.

Happening this Saturday 22 July, 11am–12pm. Secure your ticket through Eventbrite 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.


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.


winter wonderland

You are invited to Latin Winter Wonderland. Dress up for a night of amazing performances, fun activities and plenty of dancing – all in the name of charity.

This is a brand new event – In proud partnership with STOMP Dance Events, the Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin, and Bachata Spring. Your attendance will help them raise money for a variety of Rotary International environmental and humanitarian projects. It will be a spectacular night, with:

  • Everyone’s favourite emcee, Bachata World Champion Nestor Manuelian
  • An extravagant performance show with local & national artists
  • Two rooms for social dancing, with DJ Allan Dantas (Sydney / Canberra) and DJ Sexy Alexy (Sydney)
  • A decorative Christmas wonderland, with carolers, Christmas trees, lights, and more!
  • Costume dress-up (Think Christmas, Frozen, elves, whites and blues, reds and greens, Santa Claus etc)!
  • Activities, prizes, workshops, surprises and more!

Happening Saturday 22 July from 7pm until late at Albert Hall, Yarralumla.

Please purchase an online ticket to save admin costs and reduce the line up at the door. Online tickets are $35. If you really want to try your luck at the door – bring $40 cash.


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Fancy yourself as a collector? On the fourth Sunday of the month, the Old Bus Depot Markets highlight collectables – anything from records, to furniture and antiques. If it’s worth collecting, you’ll find it here.

On Collectable Sunday, they host a range of different stallholders who deal in an ever-changing stock of collectable items including ceramics and glassware, china and vintage clothing.

If you’re into collecting smaller items, you’ll find things like small antiques, lamps and vinyl records. Larger collectables featured on this day include furniture such as Chippendale chairs.

Happening Sunday 23 July from 10am – 4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Find more information on the website.


The King's Choice

The King’s Choice

Presented by Palace Cinemas, the fourth Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival offers a spread of 20 films from the Nordic region. The exciting program ranges from Nordic noir thrillers to pitch black comedies with offerings from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway.

The festival will open with The Other Side of Hope, winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director 2017 at this year’s Berlinale. This special event screening includes an elderflower cocktail on arrival and an afterparty with Scandi tunes and smørrebrød!

Happening 18 July – 2 August at Palace Electric Cinema, 2 Phillip Law Street, NewActon Nishi.

For session times, tickets and other information, visit the website.



The Plus500 Brumbies have secured a home Quarter Final following their successful defence of the Australian Conference title, sealed with their win over the Rebels in early June.

See them face the challenge of the Kiwis on home ground when they welcome a New Zealand Conference side to Australia’s capital. Watch Friday night football light up the ACT.

Tickets from Ticketek. Playing Friday 21 July from 7:45pm at GIO Stadium, Battye Street, Bruce.

For tickets and other information, visit the website.


David Walliams’ (Little Britain) award-winning book Mr Stink comes to life on stage.

It all starts when Chloe, just about the loneliest girl in the world, makes friends with Mr Stink, the local tramp. So, when Mr Stink needs a place to stay, Chloe decides to hide him in the garden shed.

Now Chloe’s got to make sure no one finds out her secret, but she’s about to learn that some secrets have a way of leading to disaster. And speaking of secrets, there just might be more to Mr Stink than meets the eye… or the nose…

Happening Thursday and Saturday 20 and 22 July at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit. Thursday performance commences at 6pm and the Saturday matinee begins at 11am. Tickets $24 (tickets for family of four $20 each).

For more information and bookings, visit the website.

Melodrama in Meiji Japan

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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!

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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