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The Weekend Edit

HerCanberra Team

Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this weekend!

Every Monday for more than seven years, we’ve published This Week in The Canour 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 the things you shouldn’t miss!


EPIC Day Out is back on the 14 – 15 July from 10 am – 4 pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

Bring the family: the kids can play in the Nerf Arena, and with the Reptile Farm, the magician, bubble artist, the mirror maze and more …. there’s a lot to do! Meanwhile graze the Indulge Coffee and Chocolate booths, enjoy the live music and the Demonstration Stage. Feeling decadent? Book a spot in the High Coffee Lounge (numbers are limited).

Still not enough? Try the Rustic Room – wine and beer samples, dried meats, olives and oils, hobbies and crafts, even a caricaturist.

Happening Saturday 14 July from 10am at Exhibition Park in Canberra, Flemington Road, Mitchell.

See the website for more information.


Canberra Centre. Credit: Dianna Snape.

From Friday 13 to Sunday 15 July, Canberra Centre will celebrate their Beauty Precinct’s 1st birthday. The celebrations will take place within the Beauty Precinct Monaro Mall, Ground Level, entry next to Mecca Maxima.

The Celebrate Beauty weekend will not only give you the chance to trial new makeup products and limited edition cocktails, it will also feature expert talks and skills-building workshops to inspire your beauty journey over the months ahead.

That means there will be drop-in makeover sessions as well as ticketed masterclasses, beauty giveaways and plenty of engaging conversation about the hottest topics in Australian beauty.

Happening 13 – 15 July at Canberra Centre, Bunda Street, Canberra City.

Find more information here.


Cartier Paris. Crocodile necklace 1975 special order, gold, yellow diamonds, emeralds, rubies 30 and 27.3 cm (length each) Collection Cartier © Cartier Photo Nils Herrmann Made as a special order for María Félix.

Cartier: The Exhibition is a breathtaking display of some of the world’s most exquisite jewels, featuring items from royal families, celebrities and the astonishing Cartier collection showing exclusively at the National Gallery of Australia.

Immerse yourself in over 300 spectacular items, including royal tiaras, necklaces, brooches and earrings.

Never before have so many incredible diamonds, pearls, sapphires, emeralds and other precious stones been seen in Australia. Highlights include the Queen’s ‘Halo’ tiara worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to Prince William, Princess Grace of Monaco’s 10.48 carat diamond engagement ring, Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond and ruby necklace, Dame Nellie Melba’s diamond stomacher brooch, and a selection from the NGA’s exceptional Ballets Russes costumes.

Step into the dazzling world of the Maison Cartier and its clients to discover concepts of glamour throughout the 20th century, accompanied by our rich program of talks, tours and events and Cartier: The Exhibition catalogue.

Cartier: The Exhibition is on show at the NGA, exclusive to Canberra.

Showing until Sunday 22 July at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

Daddy Daughter Day: hairstyling for dads with no idea

Guys…having trouble brushing and styling your daughter’s hair? How do you detangle without tears, make a ponytail and plait without having three hands? We get it. And we can help!

Many dads struggle to help their daughters with this task, but A Flick of Hares stylists can teach you the fundamentals in this hands-on ‘hair boot camp’.

You’ll learn the basics of brushing, ponytails, plaits and ballerina buns, all while spending some fun time with your little girl.

Light refreshments will be served, and you’ll leave with a toolkit containing hairstyling essentials to replicate these looks all at home. There are limited tickets available, so get yours now!

Note: One child per guardian/ticket. Ages 4 and up. Please bring a booster seat if necessary. We welcome dads and daughters, uncles and nieces, grandfathers and granddaughters, etc.

Happening Sunday 15 July at 10 am and 1 pm at A Flick of Hares, Unit 7, Level 1 Cusack Centre 27 Eyre St, Kingston.

See the Facebook event for more information.


Commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, Little Beauty is a playful, vivid theatrical journey depicting the desire to capture beauty and immortalise it in portraiture. Created by Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image, a multi-award-winning company making productions for children and families.

Happening from Tuesday 3 July to Sunday 22 July from 11.30 am-12.30 pm at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.


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.

After an acclaimed season at NZ Fringe and a sell-out show at Art, Not Apart 2018, Sound and Fury returns to NewActon in the beautiful Makeshift space to warm the winter blues with a knock-out party. Space is seriously limited – don’t miss out.

Happening Saturday 14 July from 8 pm-late at Makeshift, NewActon. $25 early bird, $35 general. Purchase them via Eventbrite.


Experience Questacon like never before with our after-hours winter spectacular. Be amazed by a science show, lose yourself stargazing, get creative with our winter crafts and fill up on tasty food!

Our eight action-packed galleries will also be open – so immerse yourself in the ultimate family friendly winter activity these July school holidays with Mid-Winter Nights @ Questacon!

Book tickets via the Questacon website to avoid missing out.

Happening from Wednesday 11 July to Saturday 14 July at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.


Credit: Martin Ollman

Indulge in a feast of the senses and join in the fun as The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region celebrates its 10-year anniversary. 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.

The Truffle Festival is the ultimate foodie festival, and a fabulous celebration of winter in the Canberra region.

Happening Friday 1 June–Friday 31 August at various locations around Canberra.

Check out the website for more information.


As part of Canberra Centre’s Celebrate Beauty weekend, celebrity make-up artist Chantelle Baker, will share her guide to better brush skills and celebrity-level make-up looks.

As one of Australia’s most in-demand artists, you’ll have the chance to ask any burning questions about your own beauty routine and walk away with a collection of some of the best new beauty releases.

Happening Saturday 14 July from 12 pm in the Monaro Mall (next to Mecca Maxima). You’ll also get to enjoy cocktails and sweet treats on arrival.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit canberracentre.com.au.

So Fine: Contemporary women artists make Australian history

Credit: The Girls, Zoe Davis and Linde Ivimey, 2018 by Linde Ivimey. Steel armatures, acrylic resin, cast and natural human, sheep turkey, fox, chicken and snake bones, earth, paper, natural fibre, dyed cotton, dyed and sewn viscera. Courtesy of Linde Ivimey.

As conceptually thrilling as it is aesthetically rich, So Fine features new works from ten women artists reinterpreting and reimagining elements of Australian history.

Forming part of the Portrait Gallery’s twentieth birthday celebrations, the exhibition enriches the contemporary narrative around Australia’s history and biography, reflecting the tradition of storytelling in our country.

So Fine’s contributing artists – of various ages and backgrounds, and hailing from different parts of Australia – have all created new works for the exhibition. Aside from gender, their common attributes are a meticulous approach to creation, driven by considered, nuanced thinking. Their works are intricate, refined and affecting objects that reconceive events, people and places from Australia’s past.

The artists involved are Shirley PurdieLinde IvimeyBern EmmerichsLeah King-SmithNusra Latif QureshiNicola DicksonPamela See (Xue Mei-Ling)Fiona McMonagleValerie Kirk and Carol McGregor. Charged with these makers’ passionate, intensely individual takes, and incorporating themes from pre-history to the present, So Fine challenges and delights, as well as interrogating the boundaries of contemporary portraiture.

Showing until Monday 1 October at the National Portrait Gallery. See the website for more information.


Credit: Dominic Northcott.

Patricia Highsmith, the famous, and eccentric, author of The Talented Mr Ripley, and Carol is living in seclusion in Switzerland with just her books and antique guns for company. When she is visited by an eager and naive editor from her publishing house, who has been tasked with convincing her to write one last Ripley, a thrilling game begins.

But who is the hunter, and who is the prey?

From the company that brought you the critically acclaimed Playhouse Creatures, comes this brilliant production of Joanna Murray Smith’s taut psychological thriller. Starring Canberra’s own Karen Vickery (Winner Best Actress in a Leading Role in the 2014 Canberra Area Theatre Awards) and Lachlan Ruffy (Channel 9’s Quartermaine) it’s a rollercoaster ride that will take you right to the edge…

Happening 3-14 July at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic.

More information and tickets here.


Lose yourself at Canberra’s biggest Bookfair! Join Lifeline Canberra and check out the huge range of books, movies, music, games, comics and more, at the usual low prices.

Entry is by gold coin donation. Visit their website for more information.

Bookfairs raise a major portion of the funding needed to keep the local 13 11 14 crisis support service available to the community.

Happening Friday 13 July to Sunday 15 July from 9am-4pm at Canberra Southern Cross Stadium, 7 Pitman Street, Greenway.

See the website for more information.


Skating A Canberra

The Skating At Festival will be returning to Canberra these winter school holidays offering a unique winter wonderland ice skating experience.

Now in its second year, Canberra’s Skating At pop-up ice-skating rink will be located in the city centre at Garema Place.

This affordable family-friendly event is ideal for people of all ages and skill levels as Skating At will offer something for everyone. The open-air ice rink offers a world-class family friendly entertainment precinct with magical lighting, music, fantastic rides including ice slides, jumping castles and delicious food and drink options.

Happening Friday 29 June – Sunday 22 July at Garema Place, Canberra City. Tickets cost between $10–$26pp.

See the website for times and further information.


Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea! Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head. If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two: $35pp. One stand including Sparkling to begin and tea selection for two: $45pp.

Happening every Friday and Saturday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra.

Bookings required in advance, so to book via 02 6257 7074 or online at casinocanberra.com.au.


Each year the National Arboretum brightens up the cool winter with a colourful knitted installation. This year features New Zealand flora and fauna and includes a giant kiwi and groves of bright pohutukawa flowers. The warm trees will be wrapped in multicoloured scarves in many of the forest from the towering Himalayan Cedars, the Camden White Gums to the small bonsai trees. See the website for more details about knitting workshops held in the month of July.

Warm Trees is the combined effort of hundreds of knitters of all ages, in the ACT and all around Australia and overseas and is the largest knitted installation in the world. Brought to you by the Friends of the National Arboretum.

Showing until Friday 29 July from 9am–4pm daily at National Arboretum Canberra, 1 Forest Drive. Free entry.

Check out the website for more information.


Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too! From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.


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