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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 week – but 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!


Celebrating 10 years of curating Australian designers, Undercurrent Design Market showcases an array of contemporary, leading-edge Australian-made design treats.

Just in time for Christmas, peruse delightful gifts and objects made from a wide range of materials, including ceramics, jewellery textiles and glass from over 65 artists.

Avoid the Christmas rush and shop directly with the designers to buy something unique.


  • Friday 22 November: 5–8 pm
  • Saturday 23 November: 10 am–5 pm
  • Sunday 24 November: 10 am–5 pm

Happening Friday 22 November to Sunday 24 November at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

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A DESIGN Canberra Open Studio from 2018.

Design is in Canberra’s DNA and the annual DESIGN Canberra Festival is a celebration of all things design.

From the time of Walter and Marion Griffin’s visionary design a century ago, to iconic experimental modernist architecture of the 1950s and 60s, through to contemporary and sustainable design developments today, Canberra has been—and will always be—a living design laboratory.

From 4-24 November, DESIGN Canberra will experiment with new ideas and expand the most successful programs into new directions in the 2019 festival.

Over 150 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artist studios and open homes will once again transform the nation’s capital into a new platform for the best in design.

The festival, now in its 6th year, is for all interests and ages and most events are free.

Last year, the festival attracted a record 112,844 people.

Happening 4-24 November across various locations.

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Vogue Cover, December 2018 Adut Akech photographed by Charles Dennington Vogue 2018 Courtesy VOGUE Australia and Charles Dennington.

WOMEN IN VOGUE: Celebrating 60 years in Australia showcases 60 years of the Vogue Australia archive together with a special tribute to some remarkable Australian women who have featured in the pages of Vogue, and includes iconic portraits of Kylie Minogue and Elle Macpherson, among others.

Rare examples of archived magazines will be on show, from the early decades of publication through to bold photographs of women of the 21st century.

Cost: Tickets are now on sale ($12 adults, $10 concession, under 18 years free). Her Canberra readers receive a special discounted price $10

Showing until 24 November at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

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On Saturday 23 November 2019, JWLand will be celebrating the launch of its new Display Gallery located at 59 Currong Street North, Braddon.

The new JWLand Display Gallery is home to current, completed and upcoming developments and the team are excited to share this major milestone with the public.

The ACT-based property developer has invited the community to view its styled apartments while enjoying a coffee and sausage sizzle. Canberra radio personalities Kristin and Nige from MIX 106.3 will be broadcasting live on the day along with live music performed by talented local artist Vendulka.

JWLand is a proud supporter of Soldier On Australia, all donations received on the day will help support former men and women who have been wounded in the service of their country.

Happening Saturday 23 November from 10 am—1 pm at the JWLand Display Gallery, 59 Currong Street North, Braddon.

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At CBRmade’s Etsy Made Local handmade community market you’ll find plenty of stallholders from Canberra and surrounding regions selling high-quality handmade items and delicious food and beverages.

If you come to Etsy Made Local you’ll see plenty of gorgeous handmade products on offer; be supporting your local small businesses and economy; find a variety of delicious food and beverages all made locally; get your Christmas shopping out of the way nice and early; help us raise money and donations for two great Aussie charities; hear amazing live music; be a bloody legend.

Gold coin donations will be accepted at the door on behalf of Kiss Goodbye to MS, and there will be a collection point for donations to Share the Dignity’s It’s in the Bag campaign to support Australia’s homeless women and children.

Cost: Free

Happening Saturday 23 November from 9 am–4 pm at Budawang Pavilion, EPIC.

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Scullin Twilight Celebration

Scullin Traders.

Rock Scullin like it did in the 80s at this outdoor, family-friendly community event. The energetic folks from the Scullin Community Group are holding a twilight celebration and all are welcome.

There’ll be: Tunes from 80s cover band Flux Capacitor (and a guest visit from Canberra’s own Delorean car – great selfie opp.)  For something just as physical as dancing to 80s hits, register for the 80s themed barre class in the shops’ beautiful new yoga studio, Change Yoga and Wellness (runs 4pm).

Late-night trade at the gorgeous, community-run Scullin Traders (perfect for Xmas shopping) and Another Chance op shop – Canberra’s hidden gem.  Beer and wine for sale at the outdoor bar, buy a drink and relax in the beanbag-filled chill out area. Dine on pizza or Chinese from the local retailers, and revel at the changes that have already happened here in just 12 months.

Free entry. 

Happening Saturday 23 November from 4–8.30 pm at Scullin Shops, Scullin.

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Credit: 5foot Photography.

But first, wine… All over the world, few things bring people together like good wine, good food and good company. That’s what The Pop Inn believes.

The Pop Inn wants to share with you their favourite wines—specially sourced and selected to give you an exciting and unique wine experience. Their food, like their wine, represents a passion to bring you inspired plates made for sharing (or not!).

Across the duration of DESIGN Canberra festival, The Pop Inn will be—well, popping up—at a variety of locations across Canberra.

Click here for dates, times and locations!

The Pop Inn locations make use of the under-utilised gems and hidden secrets of Canberra – a true pop-up where you can enjoy wine in unexpected parts of the city.

Bring your friends or make some new ones at The Pop Inn.

Happening 7–24 November at various locations across Canberra.

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Join the team from Fizzics Education at Marketplace Gungahlin as they explore the curious side of science with fun FREE science shows and hands-on activities!

Get set to see science on stage with flying toilet paper, vortex fog rings, liquid nitrogen experiments and much more!

To get your exclusive event invite sign up to our Marketplace Kid’s Club here.

Cost: Free to Marketplace Kids Club Members – sign up here.

Happening Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November from 10 am and 1 pm (shows run for 45 minutes) outside Big W at Marketplace Gungahlin.

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The battle for the Earth is over, but the war has just begun.

The long-awaited sequel to Cosmic Decay: Contamination—Cosmic Decay: Debrishas finally landed, as the remaining survivors of the war against invading Visitors from another world and Mindless humans with cannibalistic hunger move in search of a new home.

Taken in by a new group of survivors with a connection to their past, their newfound knowledge is put to the test as the rest of the fleet of Visitors arrive looking to finish what the initial settlers started.

Now faced with vastly greater numbers and personalised vendettas, the survivors—led by couple Victoria and Max Stone—race to defend their planet from the Visitors and secure their home from the Mindless.

And when a mysterious and dangerous connection between the Visitors and Victoria’s unborn child comes to light, the group must question if hope is still worth fighting for in a world that seems to be empty of it.

With limited edition bundles for sale, you can purchase:

  • Cosmic Decay Contamination – Limited Edition for $9.99
  • Cosmic Decay: Debris for $19.99
  • Both copies for sale at $25.99, saving $5.99!

All copies will be signed by the author on the day.

Light catering will be provided, and drinks are to be purchased at the bar.

Happening Saturday 23 November from 6.30 pm at Bolt Bar, 68 Bandgalong Crescent, Aranda.

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Credit: Pat Stevenson.

One of Australia’s favourite music, food and art festivals, Spilt Milk is back for another year—returning to Canberra plus unveiling a second home in Ballarat this November.

Spilt Milk will be welcoming the likes of international hit-makers Khalid, CHVRCHES and Juice WRLD, as well as local legends Middle Kids, G Flip and Ocean Alley this year. Golden Features will also return, alongside Adelaide’s Allday. Festival faves Confidence Man will be making an appearance, as well as pop-powerhouses Tones and I and Kota Banks, Brissy trio Dune Rats, Sydney six-piece Winston Surfshirt and many more.

Happening Saturday 23 November at Commonwealth Park, Parkes.

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Installation imagery of Game Masters at ACMI. Courtesy and copyright ACMI. Photographer Mark Ashkanasy.

With exclusive all-night access to Game Masters: The Exhibition and 80 playable video games, the bar open late and music in the Courtyard, it is the perfect late night event at the NFSA.

  • 22 November, 5 pm – 9 pm: Local Heroes of Gaming *
  • 13 December, 5 pm – 9 pm: Gaming – The Next Level *

* A lucky winner will take home the brand-new SEGA Mega Drive Mini console! Come along to these Game Masters: Friday Lates events, and sign up to compete in a friendly tournament for your chance to win. Offer not available for the Halloween event on 1 November.

Happening 1 November – 14 February at National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

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The all-singing, all-dancing, side-splittingly funny solution to all the world’s problems returns for another year of satirical genius.

The West is crumbling, democracy is besieged and the world is run by morons with funny hair. You have to laugh. And that’s exactly what The Wharf Revue delivers. The indefatigable team is back once more to dig through the year’s political dirt and unearth comedy gold.

From the movers to the shakers, from the winners to the losers, the stage will be filled with uncanny impressions of the year’s most memorable characters and the moments they’d prefer to forget.

Stalwart performer Drew Forsythe returns with special triple-threat guests including the hilarious Simon Burke. The choreography is tight, the wigs are loose, the punchlines are loaded. Everything is ready for a big night of laughter and mayhem.

Happening 12-23 November at Canberra Theatre Centre.

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Architecture + design + craft = an open home with a difference.

Explore the living rooms of acclaimed Canberra houses thanks to DESIGN Canberra and discover Everyday Beautiful with works on sale by local artists, makers and craft practitioners.

Enjoy a progressive exhibition as you take in the beauty of design in our own backyard and a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore some of Canberra’s finest houses

Happening 10-24 November at various locations and times across Canberra.

See the website for more information.

No bookings required.

HerCanberra is a proud media partner of DESIGN Canberra 2019.


Credit: Jane Duong via

SpringOUT is Canberra’s only pride festival. Held in November each year, it is a month-long pride festival that celebrates Australia’s most LGBTIQ-friendly city and its LGBTIQ community in all its fabulous diversity.

From masquerade balls to trivia nights, a rainbow pet parade, community picnic and more, you can find a full list of events here.

Read more about SpringOUT 2019 here.

Happening 2­–24 November across various locations.

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DESIGN Canberra: Architecture Bus Tours

Credit: 5foot

All architecture and design enthusiasts are invited to join DESIGN Canberra’s unique architecture tours!

There are a variety of tours on offer, including:

Happening 23 November at various times and locations.

See the website for more information or click the tours above for more details.


Installation imagery of Game Masters at ACMI. Courtesy and copyright ACMI. Photographer Mark Ashkanasy.

With the opening of Game Masters: The Exhibition, the NFSA turns into Australia’s biggest video game arcade with the world’s greatest designers, characters and 80 playable games.

Game Masters is an interactive journey through five decades of video game history, offering both a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind the world’s most popular characters and franchises and a chance to play them.

Featuring interviews, never-before-seen concept artwork, an amazing display of vintage consoles and collectable items, and 80 playable games, visitors won’t want to leave!

Created and curated by ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Game Masters first opened in Melbourne in 2012. It has since toured to nine museums worldwide including venues in the USA, Germany, New Zealand, Scotland and Sweden. Much loved by audiences around the globe, the exhibition has been updated to include the latest gaming blockbusters as well as Australian creations.

Game Masters is divided into three sections: Arcade Heroes, Game Changers and Indies. It features unique experiences such as a spectacular multiplayer dance stage for Dance Central 3(2012), hands-on experiential music booths and a selection of original classic arcade machines from the 1970s and ‘80s acquired especially for the exhibition, all playable in their original form. See the full list of 80 playable games and their Australian classifications.

Sign up to join the Game Masters club and receive the latest news from the NFSA plus updates about special gaming events and guests, and exclusive offers and discounts.

Open daily 10 am–4 pm until Monday 9 March 2020 at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

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It’s that time of the year again. Around Australia and all over the globe, choirs and orchestras are preparing for a much anticipated Christmas event, Handel’s immortal oratorio, Messiah, one of the best known and most loved works in the choral repertoire.

The Canberra Choral Society will perform Handel’s Messiah on Saturday 23 November 2019 in Llewellyn Hall at 7.30 pm, with a massed choir, a hand-picked orchestra and stunning soloists, under the baton of dynamic maestro, Roland Peelman. Canberra’s premier symphonic choir will be joined by 120 guest choristers to form a massed choir of 200 voices, prepared by Music Director Dan Walker.

Audience members will, according to tradition, join in singing the famous Hallelujah chorus, to lift the rafters to bring in the Christmas season with this glorious work.

Cost: Adults $58, Seniors $55, Pensioner $45, 16-27 years $30

Happening Saturday 23 November from 7.30 pm at Llewellyn Hall, William Herbert Place, Canberra.

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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World™ © 2019. © 2019 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved.

From the makers of ShrekMadagascar, Kung Fu PandaHow to Train Your Dragon and Trolls, comes and extraordinary exhibition celebrating over 25 years of DreamWorks Animation.

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition – Journey from Sketch to Screen brings together rare concept drawings, models and original artworks, interviews and interactive displays from DreamWorks’ much-loved animated classics.

Take a thrilling journey, from original sketches of grumpy ogres and friendly dragons, to amazing stories and fantasy worlds brought to you by DreamWorks’ award-winning artists.

An ACMI touring exhibition developed in partnership with DreamWorks Animation. © 2019 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved

Happening until 2 February 2020 at National Museum of Australia.

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Old Graham: Collecting in the bush

After buying and restoring ‘Old Graham’ House at Hovells Creek, John and Liz Baker began to collect all sorts of colonial and Australiana items to fill it.

From lost buttons and farm machinery to pokerwork and oil lamps, they found that collecting crept up on them.

Showing until 30 November at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Pialligo Fields

It’s time to truly unwind and be blown away by the breathtaking views over the fields, watching the sun go down with a drink in hand.

Pialligo Estate is bringing Canberra a new style of fun–with next-level drinks by our funky bar crew, Canberra’s first Gintonica bar experience and the finest craft beers, you’ll taste your way to a new happy place.

Think great beats, highest-quality share platters, space for the kids to run around, and fun you won’t be expecting; Pialligo Fields is the place to bring your family and friends for some fresh air in style.

Whether you have an event that needs some personality, or you just want to find some weekend balance with the family and friends, Fields is a multi-purpose space that will deliver experiences you talk about.

Happening Friday from 3 pm and Sundays from 12 pm until late at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

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Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms

Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms is a Shepparton Art Museum curated exhibition, touring nationally by NETS Victoria.

It presents the work of 17 contemporary Australian artists who utilise craft-based materials and techniques with political intent. The artists in this exhibition subvert and extend craft forms as vehicles of activism and social change, exploring the ideas and issues of our time.

Some works encourage social connection and participation in collective processes, others respond to artistic or political movements and yet others reveal that the personal remains political.

Drawing on a long historical lineage, Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms challenges us to see craft in a new light, inviting us to reflect on social participation and political change.

Don’t miss this provocative exhibition, visiting Canberra for the only time.

Happening until 2 February at the Museum of Australia Democracy, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes. 

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Cellar Door is a wine market for Canberra’s wonderful wine scene happening every Saturday from 3-6 pm. Buy wines from local makers every Saturday afternoon in the iconic Nishi Grand Stair, NewActon Precinct.

Grab a souvenir glass, taste the latest drops, and buy at cellar door prices.

Wine stalls rotate each week with complementing stalls like flowers, cheese, chocolate and books.

Make a day of it with a film at Palace Electric Cinema and NewActon’s leading food and drink destinations.

Happening every Saturday from 3-6 pm on the Nishi Grand Stair, inside the Nishi Building, Philip Law Street, NewActon.

See the website for more details.

Feature image: Vogue Cover Image April 2018 Fernanda Ly, Akiima Ajak, Charlee Fraser ,Andreja Pelic photographed by Patrick Demarchelier Courtesy VOGUE Australia and Patrick Demarchelier.

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