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Welcome to the essential guide to your weekend, Canberra. Thanks to Zango, Canberra’s locally owned listing site, we’re bringing you this weekend’s coolest events—and hottest Open Homes.

Every Monday for more than eight years, we’ve published This Week in The Can, our comprehensive guide to everything happening around the city this weekbut sometimes it’s just too epic to get through!

That’s why each Friday we publish our Weekend Edit—a curated selection of events we think you’ll love!


Credit: Cole Bennetts.

Canberra’s largest contemporary arts festival Art, Not Apart returns for its 10th anniversary festival with an extended programme from 12–15 March.

Experience the main event on Saturday 14 March, a free contemporary arts festival featuring 200+ artists from the Canberra region and beyond, presenting works traversing performance art, music, installations, visual art, street art, film and moving image.

Stages, exhibitions, workshops, interventions and parties will explode and flow throughout NewActon PrecinctNFSA – National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and The Shine Dome.

The arts will be complemented by the ever-popular Suitcase Rummage, delicious street food curated by The Forage, a local wine tasting experience by Cellar Door, and a festival bar run by Bar Rochford.

Free entry.

Happening Saturday 14 March from 1-7 pm across NewActon, The Shine Dome and the National Film and Sound Archive.

See Facebook for more information.


Credit: Martin Ollman.

Canberra will shine bright with culture and creativity as the Enlighten Festival, presented by Singapore Airlines, brings together the best autumn events.

Held over 17 days from 28 February to 15 March, the city will come alive with a range of free and ticketed events.

Prepare to have your mornings brightened when the Canberra Balloon Spectacular returns from 7 to 15 March as hot air balloons fill the sky with a flurry of colour, sound and movement.

Top off the festival, enjoy a flourish of fireworks at Hit 104.7 Skyfire (14 March).

Cost: Prices vary, please check the website.

Happening 28 February to 15 March across the Parliamentary Triangle.

See enlightencanberra.com for more information.

Family Values

A comic drama that pulls no punches.

Roger is a retired federal judge. On his birthday all he wants is a low-key celebration with his wife and three children. But when one of his daughters, a left-wing activist, brings home an asylum seeker on the run from Nauru, old resentments start to resurface. At this family gathering, their values are laid bare. Politics, religion, sex — no topic is off the table.

For 50 years, David Williamson has shown us the best and worst of ourselves. A darkly comic drama situated squarely on the fault lines that divide Australia. Family Values is Williamson at his best: furious that his generation has retired from defending the socially compassionate values on which they claim to have built this country.

Happening 11 March to 14 March at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra City.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/family-values


Credit: EventsACT

Wake up to more than 25 hot air balloons drifting across Canberra skies as part of the Canberra Balloon Spectacular.

Head to the lawns of Old Parliament House to be part of the festival of colour, sound and movement. Be there as the pilots inflate and launch their balloons from 6.15am and enjoy hot drinks and breakfast as the balloons ascend into the sky. Or for a morning to remember, experience the thrill of hot air ballooning with a balloon ride.

Free for spectators, balloon flights are ticketed.

This event is weather dependent. Daily announcements if balloons will launch and fly are made at 6.15 am and published on the website and via the Enlighten Festival and EventsACT social channels.

Happening Saturday 7 March until Sunday 15 March 2020 from 6:15-10 am on the Lawns of Old Parliament House, Parkes.

See enlightencanberra.com for more information.


In news just in, Skyfire has been postponed until later in the year, “due to the COVID-19 pandemic currently impacting Australia.”

See hit.com.au/news/skyfire for more information.


Discover a thrilling selection of contemporary French cinema during the annual Alliance Francaise French Film Festival.

Canberra’s biggest film festival will screen at Palace Cinemas from 12 March to 8 April and comprises of 49 features and documentaries, many of which are Australian premiers.

To help you make your selection, the films are showcased via 9 distinct categories including Magnetic Love, and City of Lights, the 2020 line-up has a strong emphasis on social engagement and altruistic endeavours.

Be uplifted by romances such as Love at Second Sight and The Bare Necessity, or have your faith restored in human nature with The Extraordinary and The Invisibles.

There is something for every taste. So savour the flavour of France right here in Canberra this March!

Happening 12 March to 8 April at Palace Electric Cinema, New Acton.

See affrenchfilmfestival.org/canberra for more information.


Join the one and only Martini Whisperer as he hosts an exclusive cocktail evening in the beautiful Little National Lounge.

Enjoy sweeping views of the city as you learn how to make bespoke Martinis from the Martini Whisperer himself, Phillip Jones.

Over the course of the evening guests will be personally guided through crafting their own Martini using premium spirits and vermouths. Once the fireworks begin, guests will be invited to get comfy and enjoy their cocktail creations and canapes while watching Skyfire from the wall to wall, floor to ceiling windows.

Guests are encouraged to spend the rest of the evening mingling in the lounge.

Cost: $110 per person.

Happening Saturday 14 March from 6–9.30 pm at Little National Hotel, Barton.

See Facebook for more information.


Credit: Cole Bennetts.

This is the official afterparty of the tenth anniversary of Art, Not Apart. Each party has a virtue or sin, this one is GLUTTONY.

Sound and Fury flaunts and fuses the exceptional skills of performance artists in an exciting party format. Expect punchy music, theatre, dance, spoken word and live art. This is a late-night, live art party at its best.

It’s going to be a “Best Of” Sound and Fury ensemble acts from over the years, plus a record number of guest artists. And the bar will be run by one of the city’s favourites, Bar Rochford.

That’s all you can know for now. Wear gold.

Directed by Little Dove Theatre Art.

Tickets: $38/$45 + bf

Happening Saturday 14 March, 7.30 pm-late at Albert Hall, Yarralumla.

See Facebook for more information and Eventbrite for tickets.


A blur of high-speed motion, absolute stillness, controlled aggression and canny mind control of the three sheep—all while instantly responding to direction from the handler.

Ever seen a top sheepdog in action? It’s a compelling, often nail-biting, spectator experience and a display of extraordinary teamwork.

Between 11-15 March, see some incredibly talented sheepdogs and their handlers in action at this year’s National Sheep Dog Trial Championships!

Now in its 77th year, the National Sheep Dog Trial Championships serves as an enduring link between the Bush Capital and rural Australia. Although the conditions this year are challenging – despite drought and fires, competitors will come from all over the country to support this sport that is rich in Australian rural heritage.

Sheep Dog Trials are a unique, heritage sport where three species—sheep, dog and person—endeavour to work together to complete a course of three obstacles in fifteen minutes.

It is the ultimate level playing field – it doesn’t matter if you are male, female, young, old or in a mobility scooter. Every competitor starts with 100 points – after that anything can happen!

The competition begins Wednesday 11th March with finals being held on Sunday 15th March. The top 20 scoring dogs will run and then the highest-scoring will compete for the prestigious Duke of Gloucester Sash.

This year, the National Sheep Dog Trials are privileged to also have the support of His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) who will be attending the final and presenting the Duke of Gloucester Sash to the National Sheep Dog Trial Open Champion.

Come along to this family-friendly event for a fun day out to witness this unique, inclusive sport with a proud heritage. Dogs (on leads) are welcome too!

Cost: Entry by donation Wednesday to Friday / Saturday and Sunday $5 per person Children under 16 free.

Happening 11-15 March from 8 am–5 pm at Hall Showground

See nationalsheepdogtrials.org for more information.

March Madness at Farrah’s Liquor Collective

It’s March Madness at Farrah’s Liquor Collective!

TASTE THE STORE and go in to the draw to win a case of wine valued at $150 each weekend in March!

Since opening the doors last year, Farrah’s Liquor Collective’s mission has been to bring a whole new range of wines, beers and spirits to the Canberra market—direct from the producer to you.

It has been a huge success and FLC customers have been delighted with the quality and prices of product on offer.

Matt and his team know it is important to know all there is about the products but there is nothing better than to try for yourselves and March is your chance to do just that.

Each weekend in March, FLC is hosting a massive tasting (80 plus products each Saturday and Sunday) so by the end of the month, you will have TASTED THE STORE.

Wines from:

  • Dixon Creek
  • Pear Tree
  • Lake George
  • Bunnamagoo
  • Borambola


  • Wilson Draught
  • Tumut Brewery
  • Billson Brewery
  • Bondi Brewery
  • Zierholtz


  • Cody Road Bourbon
  • Ailsa Bay Whiskey
  • Cello ….Cello’s
  • Castleglen Liqueurs
  • Tiny Bear Gin

Cost: Free

Every case sold on the weekend goes into the draw to wine a case of wine valued at $150

Happening every Saturday and Sunday of March (7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29 March) from 10 am–5 pm at Farrah’s Liquor Collective, Townsville Street, Fyshwick (the old Good Guys site).

See farrahsliquorcollective.com for more information.

The National Portrait Prizes – One ticket, two extraordinary exhibitions

Eileen Kramer by Hugh Stewart.

Experience the very best of Australian portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery this autumn.

The National Portrait Prizes – comprising the lustre of the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize, along with topical audience favourite the National Photographic Portrait Prize – will see vibrant, concurrent exhibitions in the mediums of painting and photography.

The Darling Portrait Prize is a new annual painting prize, honouring the legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015), who was instrumental in establishing the National Portrait Gallery.

Featuring a $75,000 winner’s prize, the Darling Portrait Prize will become one of the most prestigious portrait painting prize in the country. The winner of the Darling Portrait Prize 2020 will be announced on Thursday 5 March 2020.

The National Photographic Portrait Prize (NPPP)remains one of the highlights of the Australian arts calendar.

Now in its thirteenth year, it offers audiences an insight into the practice of some of Australia’s best professional and amateur portrait photographers, as well as providing an intriguing, reflective national ‘snapshot’. The NPPP offers the following four prizes: Winner; Highly Commended; the Art Handlers’ Award; and the People’s Choice Award, with all winners announced on Friday 13 March 2020.

Price: $15 for Adults; $12 for concession and $10 for members (one ticket, two exhibitions)

Happening from 10 am–5 pm daily from 6 March – 10 May at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

See portrait.gov.au for tickets and more information.

Illuminated Mini Beasts at Canberra Centre

Credit: Ashley St George/ Pew Pew.

Be immersed and inspired by a collection of Australian insects as Canberra Centre debuts the ‘Mini Beasts’ – three giant interactive sculptures for Enlighten Canberra 2020.

These innovative handmade art installations utilise thousands of pixel mapped LED lights, and produce high quality sound based on your input. The Mini Beasts include a gesture-controlled humming Neon Cuckoo Bee, an enormous proximity-activated Swallowtail Butterfly, and a touch sensor triggered singing Cicada.

Despite their name, there is nothing ‘mini’ about the sculptures, with each standing up to four metres high. Built using state of the art technologies, combined with traditional handmade steel techniques, Mini Beasts were inspired by the truly spectacular nature of these tiny real-world creatures.

Happening 28 February–25 March at Canberra Centre.

See canberracentre.com.au for more information.

Summer Sounds 2020

Kicking off an epic event program to celebrate the Australian National Botanic Gardens’ 50th Anniversary, Summer Sounds 2020 is set to entertain the whole family.

With a great line-up of local musicians and dance talent spread across three weekend in March, Summer Sounds 2020 will get you moving and grooving to the sounds of your favourite top 40 hits through to the smooth sounds of jazz.

They’ll be heaps to entertain the kids too inside the Gumnut Hut with free face-painting, storytelling and craft activities.

Here’s a peek at the program:

TRIBUTE WEEKEND – A celebration of music icons Fleetwood Mac and Aussie rock and pop legends

Saturday 14 March – The Drinking Lizards with Kokoloco

Sunday 15 March – Sweet Little Lies with the National Capital Bootscooters

Summer Sounds is a picnic haven, but if picnics are not your thing then grab a bite to eat at the concerts – mobile bar and sweet and savoury menu options are all on offer.

Cost: $5 adults, $3 child and concession, 3 years and under free

Happening Saturdays and Sundays from 7–22 March from 5–7 pm at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Eucalypt Lawn.

Tickets available online or at the door.

For more info, or to pre-book your tickets visit the Australian National Botanic Gardens website:  parksaustralia.gov.au/botanic-gardens


The Big Group and the National Gallery of Australia invite you to attend their wedding open night, Friday 13 March from 4 pm.

The Gallery is an incredibly unique and iconic venue in Canberra and with so many locations not only for your ceremony in the Sculpture Gardens overlooking the shores of Lake Burley Griffin and through to your dream wedding reception venue – look no further.

We are excited to be collaborating with the best in the business–Alex Pasquli Photographs; Love Letters Canberra; Flowers from the Garden; Chicago Charles; La Ombre; Sweet Pea and Poppy; Capital Brewing; Archie Rose; The Design Depot—we can help with all the finer details.

Free entry with bubbles and beers and grazing stations to keep you well-fed on your visit—we look forward to sharing this special night with you and your partner.

Free entry.

Happening Friday 13 March 2020 from 4 –7 pm Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia.

See thebiggroupcanberra.wixsite.com/weddingopennight for more information.


Today I, Tomorrow You is a group exhibition celebrating the 10th anniversary of Art, Not Apart with new works from nine artists.

Each artist has responded to the festival provocation with distinct ideas and unique mediums but are united by a preoccupation with our environment and the contemporary and future impact of climate change. Curated by Art, Not Apart visual art curator Chloe Mandryk.


byrd // Millie Black // Michelle Day // Sophie Dumaresq // Rinaldo Hartanto // Rachel Howie // Kevin Adrian Miller // Nikkayla // Bernadette Smith

Among many inspired pieces, Michelle Day will present “Tread Lightly” a delicate installation emblematic of a hurricane and “the turmoil and disharmony but also the fragility and care needed for our minds and ecosystem.” byrd is constructing a towering sentinel made from cardboard, a comment on siloed thinking in today’s society.

Sophie Dumaresq’s photos of Lake George and pink tumbleweed sculptures (colour referencing harmful pesticides) will consider “how our present day treatment of the land will not only have consequences in the future but are already happening and are here.

Opening Night: Thursday 12 March from 6 pm

Free entry.

Exhibition happening 12 March–4 April at the Nishi Gallery, 2 Phillip Law Street, NewActon.

See Facebook for more information


Credit: Julie Leafe from Frolic Photos.

The Zonta Club of Canberra Breakfast’s annual Preloved Fashion Sale is a mecca for Canberra fashionistas in the know. It specialises in affordable vintage and high-end fashion labels in a range of sizes.

This year, thanks to the generosity of the women of Canberra, the Zonta Preloved Fashion Sale has an especially high amount of quality high-end fashion labels. By attending the event, women are supporting both sustainable fashion and projects that empower women.

Money raised supports projects that empower women, including providing birthing kits for women giving birth in developing countries, and scholarships for women and girls studying in Canberra– especially in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths fields.

In the past year, the Zonta Club of Canberra Breakfast supported 55 domestic violence survivors with kitchen packs to assist as they moved into their own homes.

This year the sale has chosen the theme of regeneration, to send a message of healing and transformation during difficult times.

Happening Friday 13 March from 5 pm to 8 pm (preview, $25 ticketed event) and Saturday 14 March from 9 am to 3 pm (free entry) at Yarramundi Cultural Centre on Lady Denman Drive on Lady Denman Drive.

See TryBooking and zontadistrict24.org/d24-clubs/area-2/canberra-breakfast for tickets and more information.


Musician John Mackey in Albert Hall. Credit: Cole Bennetts.

Experience a melting pot of world-class improvised music and live projections at the iconic Albert Hall in the nation’s capital.

After captivating crowds with monthly gigs at NewActon Precinct during 2019, Melting Pot returns in 2020 for a one-off jam experience of epic proportions as part of the tenth anniversary festival of Art, Not Apart.

Immerse yourself as acclaimed saxophonist John Mackey leads an ensemble of the country’s finest musicians on a safari of improvised jams. Melting Pot will be elevated to a multi-sensory experience with the addition of live improvised projections directed by moving image artists.

Don’t forget to grab a drink from the bar run by Canberra favourites Bar Rochford.

You’ve never seen Albert Hall like this before.

Cost: $25–$30 + bf. Book tickets here: ana2020meltingpot.eventbrite.com.au

Happening Friday 13 March from 8 pm–12 am at Albert Hall, Yarralumla.

See Facebook for more information.


If you’re hunting for your dream home, weekends are the perfect time to browse. We’ve rounded up six of this week’s hottest Open Homes from across Canberra, thanks to Zango, Canberra’s locally owned listing site.

33 Lawrence Crescent, Kambah

The pleasure is yours

This meticulously maintained and fully renovated three-bedroom ensuite home is a delight to inspect.

OPEN HOME: Saturday 14 March | 12.20-1 pm | 33 Lawrence Crescent KAMBAH, ACT 2902

See it here.

36B/9 Chandler Street, Belconnen

Live like you’re on holiday all year round

On the top floor of the iconic and tightly held Miramar complex, it’s an apartment that gives you views above the treetops over the sweeping expanse of Lake Ginninderra.

OPEN HOME: Saturday 14 March | 10.45-11.15 am | 36B/9 Chandler Street, Belconnen

See it here.

74 Barada Crescent, Aranda

A home base with big benefits

There’s heart in this light-filled spotless, free-flowing three-bedroom family home close to schools and parks in Aranda.

OPEN HOME: Saturday 14 March | 11.30-12 pm | 74 Barada Crescent, Aranda

See it here.

34 Hoddle Gardens, Ainslie

Come Home to Hoddle Gardens

With the warmth and class of the past, this classic, light-filled Canberra red brick cottage is surrounded by picturesque gardens and will be the perfect place to call home.

OPEN HOME: Saturday 14 March | 11.30-12 pm | 34 Hoddle Gardens, Ainslie

See it here.

115/3 London Circuit, City

A very special offering, elevated with beautiful views

This stunning, elevated Penthouse with City and Mountain views is perched on the 16th floor and just awaiting its new owner to simply unpack and enjoy all the City has to offer.

OPEN HOME: Saturday 14 March | 10-10.30 am | 115/3 London Circuit, City

See it here.

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