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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!


Discover new, handmade and pre-loved clothes, toys, books, games, accessories, furniture, prams, strollers, equipment for babies, toddlers and young ones at the Canberra Kids Market.

There are plenty of stalls to explore and great bargains too. You’ll find quality treasures for boys and girls, including designer labels and big-brand names. Food and coffee available. It’s a fun, relaxed market and a great day out. Free parking. Only 8 minutes to the city. New stallholders welcome. It’s quick and easy to apply online. Entry fee: $3 (kids under 12 free).

Happening Saturday 16 June from 9 am to 2 pm at the Fitzroy Pavilion, Exhibition Park in Canberra.

See the website for more information.


There are ways to keep warm in Canberra in winter! Like Winter Glass 2018!

Discover why Canberra Glassworks is the hottest place to be in June. There’s plenty to do, both free and ticketed, for young and old. Just come along for an afternoon of free entertainment, or book ahead for one of the paid activities to skip the crowds!

  • Watch spectacular glassblowing demonstrations from some of Australia’s best artists working in glass and some stellar international artists. Purchase a Hotshop Moshpit ticket to get so close to the glassblowers you’ll have to wear safety glasses!
  • Meet the makers and purchase their beautiful glassware and jewellery in the Crafted markets.
  • Try your own hand at glassmaking with a range of activities for the young and old.
  • See emerging neon artist, Melbourne-based Emma-Kate Hart, unveil her spectacular neon installation, Electric Bell Jar as the result of her inaugural Winter Glass residency.
  • Watch a 104-year-old beauty of a building become illuminated by a dazzling light display.
  • Purchase from their limited edition range of Winter Glass Aurora nip cups and schooners – made right here at the Glassworks.

Adults Only program after 8 pm

Leave the kids at home with a babysitter for a naughty night out… they’ve got a few little surprises planned for the grown-ups…

Happening Saturday 16 June from 4 pm – 10 pm at Canberra Glassworks, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston Foreshore.

Find more information on the website.


On Friday 15 June, Palliative Care ACT is hosting a Bubbles Launch for their Bags, Beauty and Bling event. It involves the auction of celebrity and designer handbags and the ability to purchase pre-loved bags, and on Friday you will have first pick from 500 gorgeous new and pre-loved vintage, designer, backpacks, totes and business bags. Plus, Canberra’s best beauty retailers will be there for skin, makeup and massage advice, and there will be bling, bling and more bling; precious pearls, bangles, beads and baubles.

Then on Saturday, there will be stacks of beautiful bags and bling and all things beauty. All the pre-loved donated handbags will be on show to get your hands on along with the best beauty and jewellery brands that Canberra has to offer, featuring local jewellery, candle, and beauty makers.

Both events will be held at Holy Trinity School.

Tickets for Friday available via Eventbrite, Saturday entry is free. More information on the Palliative Care ACT website.


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.


Australian award-winning radio announcer, comedian, TV presenter and content creator, Tanya Hennessy can be heard nationally on HIT FM radio network and on her YouTube channel.

Meet Tanya in person, at the Canberra Centre as she launches her first book – Am I Doing This Right?

Join Tanya at Robinsons Bookstore for a meet and greet whilst she signs copies, and shares her insights, experiences and what inspired her to compile her thoughts and anecdotes into her hilarious book.

Happening Sunday 16 June from 11 am – 12 pm at Robinson’s Bookstore, Canberra Centre.


A Pooch Affair is a boutique indoor event for dogs and dog lovers. Come together with those active in the dog community and those for whom their domestic animals are a part of the family.

Happening Saturday 16 June from 10 am – 4 pm at the Exhibition Park, Corner of Northbourne Avenue & Flemington Road, Mitchell.

See the website for more information.


Australia’s largest comedy festival is packing up and ready to roll! Join the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow as it journeys around Australia, home-delivering hot and tasty comic treats to audiences near and far.

Featuring fantastic funnymakers from Australia and beyond, the Roadshow has it all. It’s stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness and song – all in one side-splitting show!

For nearly 20 years this roving tour-de-comedy has visited towns and cities around Australia, from Mildura to Mt Isa and everywhere in between. There’s nowhere our exceptional entertainers fear to tread, so we’re bound to be heading your way.

You won’t want to miss it when this bounty of belly laughs rolls into town. Come on Australia – pack your laughing gear and get on board the Roadshow.

Happening Saturday 16 June from 8 pm – 10 pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit.

See the website for more information.



The Great Global Greyhound Walk is an annual dog-walking event that brings together greyhounds and their owners to raise awareness of the breed and show the public just how fabulous they are as pets.

Spread the word, gather your hounds and come along for a walk with likeminded hound people.

See image above for points to remember.

Happening Sunday 17 June from 10 am. Meet in the carpark situation at Parkes Place West and Quen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes. Between the National Library and Reconciliation Place.


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Catch the most exciting recent cinema about art and culture in a program specially curated by film writer and curator, Dr Simon Weaving.

The enthralling story of the gloriously eccentric Vivienne Westwood, once the enfant terrible of punk culture and now a remarkable global icon who has been redefining British fashion for 40 years. Dame Vivienne never holds back on her opinions about the past, the people she’s shared it with, and how she has to fight to maintain her principles.

The film will be followed by Q&A with Simon Weaving and Glynis Traill-Nash, Fashion editor for The Australian.

Happening Wednesday 13 June from 6.30 pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes.

See the website for more information.


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.


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


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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