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Is this 2018’s biggest weekend?

HerCanberra Team

Could this be the biggest weekend in Canberra for the whole year? 

With a huge number of festivals, shows and markets taking advantage of March’s temperate, sunny weather before autumn kicks in, there is absolutely no excuse to stay home this weekend.

Want even more? Check out This Week in The Canour comprehensive guide to everything happening around the city this week


Credit: Martin Ollman.

Art, Not Apart is a free festival of exhibitions, performance art, throngs of music, installations, wild interventions, a street party, cafes, restaurants and two crazy afterparties. Works that speak to the intensity of today, climate change and tipping points are prioritised in 2018.

The festival theme Climax will thread 25 venues throughout NewActon Precinct, The Shine Dome, NFSA and a year of programming on the Alinga Street Footbridge.

This isn’t just about art, but uses art as a metaphor. Art, Not Apart actively removes boundaries with amazing artists. Giving light to the lesser heard, lesser seen, inspires you and us. This is art. No-one’s apart.

Happening Saturday 17 March from 1 pm across NewActon.

See the website for more details.


Canberra’s award winning Handmade Market is now on five times a year. Handmade brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and producers from all over Australia to showcase their handmade designs and produce.

The Handmade Market is an indoor event showcasing over 260 Australian designer/producers. All products on sale are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers and find something unique, well priced and where you can meet the maker.

You’ll find everything from fashion, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, children’s toys and clothing, jewellery, accessories and an indoor gourmet food & wine.

You can drive to the venue. There is a lot of parking including coach and disabled parking access. ATMs are located on site. There is public transport to the event.

Entry to the market is free but please support the door greeters at each event with a gold coin donation if you can. Each event supports a different charity.

Handmade Market – March is also a Share the Dignity event. Check their website to learn how you can help support local women in need when you attend Handmade Market.

Happening 17-18 March from 10 am – 4 pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra, corner of Northbourne Avenue and Flemington Road, Mitchell.

See the website for more details.


Skyfire 2018 delivers a magnificent display of fireworks set to a soundtrack simultaneously broadcast on Hit 104.7. Canberra lights up on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin’s central basin.

See great free live entertainment at Regatta Point before the fireworks explode!

Check the website for performance times and all other details closer to the event.

Please note that fireworks displays are always dependant on the weather.

Get there early for a good seat.

Happening Saturday 17 March from 6-9.30 pm.

See the website for more information.


Embrace the luck of the Irish at King O’Malley’s this St Pat’s day!

They’ve set aside the whole day to entertain you Canberra in good ol’ Irish spirit.

They have:
– Irish Dancers
– Live Irish Music: Cassidy Ceilli from 2pm – 4pm & Fir Croi later on
– The Gecko Gang face painting activity for the kids (or the adults)
– Guinness on tap like it’s going out of fashion

Happening March 17 from 12 pm onwards at King O’Malley’s, City Walk, Civic.

See the website for more information.


For an unexpected take on Canberra’s favourite evening of family fun, celebrate Skyfire 2018 from the exclusive Parliament House Members and Guest Terrace. Countdown to the fireworks as you feast on our chefs’ delicious street food, enjoy local region wines, and chill out to DJs spinning a selection of old, new and out-of-the-ordinary tracks. As the sky lights up, you’ll have one of the best and most exciting views in town.

Get a group together for an atypical Skyfire experience in a super private setting generally reserved for political strategy!

This is a family friendly event—children must be accompanied by adults.

Happening Saturday 17 March from 6.30 pm – 10.30 pm on the exclusive Members and Guests Terrace at Parliament House, Capital Hill.

See the website for tickets and more information.


Wake up to the view of hot air balloons floating across the city during the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. This mesmerising view is best appreciated from the lawns of Old Parliament House. Held over nine days, more than thirty hot air balloons from across the globe are expected to take to our skies this autumn. Remember to keep an eye out for the special shape balloons. This year the festival features Kerbie the frog and a very colourful hummingbird.

Each day from 6:15 am pilots will begin inflating their balloons on the lawns of Old Parliament House before ascending into the sky and creating a picturesque backdrop for Canberra’s national attractions.

Passengers can experience the thrill of hot air ballooning over Canberra at sunrise while spectators on the ground are treated to an experience of the senses. Flurries of colour, sound and movement complemented by live music and a delicious hot breakfast available for purchase from the Belconnen Lions Club will make your morning one to remember.

Balloon flights are weather dependant. Call Canberra Connect, follow us on Enlighten on Facebook or tune into local radio stations from 6:15 am for daily information.

Happening Saturday 10–Sunday 18 March from 6.15am at the Lawns of Old Parliament House, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Free for spectators.

For bookings and more information, see the website.


Illuminating Canberra for its eighth year, Enlighten Festival proudly presented by Singapore Airlines, is transforming Canberra into a hive of activity with an extended program of free and ticketed events and activities plus two new and exciting events precincts – Canberra city and the Australian National University (ANU).

Over 16 days in March, visitors to the Enlighten festival will see stunning large-scale architectural projections and installations transform some of the capital’s most loved and iconic buildings including Australian Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia and Questacon, as the Parliamentary Triangle becomes a vibrant canvas showcasing Australian talent buzzing arts precinct with roving entertainers, art installations, live music and enchanting performances.

The ANU campus will come to life over five thrilling nights with vibrant projections, fire-side chats and a special Saturday night market; and you can explore all the city has to offer after nightfall. See the fairy lights, and find hidden gems in the city’s nooks and crannies. Keep your eye out for interactive installations, workshops and other unexpected surprises.

Eat at the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets and food and drink precinct featuring local street food. Enjoy Canberra’s best autumn events including the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, Symphony in the Park, Lights! Canberra! Action! Canberra Day and Skyfire. And explore the culture and creativity of Canberra’s national attractions, and the vibrancy of the city’s art and mind precincts as they open their doors to host an array of exclusive after-dark events and surprising experiences. Canberra! Action! Canberra Day and Hit 104.7 Skyfire.

Happening 2 -18 March with the Enlighten the Illuminations (Projections) 2-11 March within the Parliamentary Triangle, as well as two new precincts this year – the Australian National University (ANU) and Canberra City.

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Celebrate local food, farming and fibre.

Join them for a weekend that will bring the Bungendore region alive in a celebration of food, farming and fibre related activities. The Bungendore Harvest Festival will promote integrity and freshness in the growing, breeding and production of produce in the Southern Harvest Region.

On Friday March 16, linger over meals showcasing locally sourced food and beverages.

On Saturday March 17, the streets of Bungendore will come alive with stalls, talks, cooking demonstrations and other activities. The Festival will take place in marquees along the footpaths in Ellendon Street between (Malbon and Gibratar Streets) and at participating businesses. Stalls along Ellendon Street will include fresh seasonal produce and meat from local farmers, food preserved from local harvests, local wines for tasting, other local food delights.

On Sunday March 18, explore the region and discover Bungendore as a regional food and wine destination. Participate in farm and winery tours, pick chestnuts, wander around a beautiful garden, enjoy traditional Devonshire tea, or do wine tastings. sample Bungendore’s freshest and finest local food at cafes and winery restaurants.

Happening 16-18 March at Bungendore Showground.

See the website for more information.


Returning to Palace Cinemas from 1-28 March, the annual Alliance Française French Film Festival is poised to seduce audiences with an incendiary selection of 47 features, 2 documentaries and a cheeky Parisian TV series, which showcase the passion, artistry and dazzling diversity of contemporary French cinema.

For his second year at the helm, Artistic Director Philippe Platel has selected an impressive line-up that resonates with themes of courage, friendship and egalitarianism; motifs reflected via a host of Première screenings, delightful special events, and, for the first time, a LGBT strand in celebration of Australia’s recent, historic ‘Yes’ vote for same-sex marriage.

Some of many highlights to be found in this year’s Festival include a Ladies Night on Wednesday 21 March presented by HERCANBERRA as well as the Canberra premiere of many acclaimed films. Read our full roundup of highlights here.

Happening 1-28 March at Palace Electric, NewActon.

See the full program at


Every time you hear, “studies have shown” you know you’re about to learn something ridiculous!

Studies have shown your dog is happier than your cat! Who cares! How about they give funding to scientists to come up with a way to eradicate the unibrow, or those weird thin white hairs you occasionally find attached to your face!

Let’s get some research done on what happens to your blood pressure when your kid keeps getting out of bed when you’ve tucked them in 20 f*cking times already!

Happening Monday 19 March at The Street Theatre as part of the Canberra Comedy Festival.

See the website for tickets and more information.


Oz rock icon, Jimmy Barnes, brings his second bestselling memoir to life in Working Class Man: An Evening of Stories & Songs.
This spellbinding and searingly honest theatrical production sees Jimmy using his yarns and his music to reveal the truth behind Australia’s greatest rock’n’roll story. It is the sequel to his hugely acclaimed and award winning 2016 stageshow, Working Class Boy: An Evening of Stories & Songs which retraced Jimmy’s troubled childhood.

The show begins where the last story ended – as he leaves Adelaide in the back of a truck with Cold Chisel in 1974. Jimmy then takes the audience on a 40 year roller coaster ride of fame, addiction and rock’n’roll to eventually show how it’s never too late to try to put things right.

Happening 17-18 March at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See the website for tickets and more information.


The Disney Classics Festival is coming to the big screen and will feature Disney favourites such as 101 Dalmatians, Bambi, Dumbo and The Lion King.

All tickets are just $8 each so it’s the perfect day to take a walk down a cartoonish memory lane!

The Lion King – 17 & 18 March

Happening until Sunday 18 March 2018 from 10.30am daily at Capitol Cinemas, 6 Franklin Street, Manuka. Tickets $8pp (booking fees apply)

See the Facebook event for more details.

Old World Wine x Pop Chinese Degustation

Natural Nine located in Casino Canberra is hosting a five-course Old World Wine x Pop Chinese Degustation.

Limited spots available at $98 per person.

See the menu here.

Happening Friday 16 March 2018 at Natural Nine, inside Casino Canberra.


Suitcase Rummage is a mini scaled market with giant rewards!

Aimed at supporting emerging artists, crafters and second-hand marketeers. Suitcase Rummage is focused on fostering Australia’s entry-level entrepreneurs and their locally produced handmade, recycled and up-cycled products – from a suitcase!

Our aim is to create a grassroots market designed to encourage members of the community to engage in ethical exchange through advocacy of local arts & crafts, fostering DIY entrepreneurs and supporting a sustainable economy.

A Rummager can expect to find Trash & Treasure alongside Art & Craft.  From vintage, artwork, bric-a-brac, clothing, books, jewellery, seconds, handmade, shoes, records, music, badges, cards, handmade paper and more! Punters are encouraged to bargain, swap, or brave an old-fashioned haggle.

The event is free for the public.

Happening Saturday 17 March from 1 – 7 pm in NewActon as part of Art Not Apart 2018.

See the Suitcase Rummage website for more information.


As part of Enlighten, Canberra Centre will have giant Jelly Fish positioned around the centre.

Walk under them and watch them flash when they sense human interaction. As you walk under these six mysterious and spectacularly beautiful ancient sea creatures 3600 LED displays will bring tem to life. Inspired by the bio luminous lighting responses of real world jellyfish these light sculptures will capture your imagination as they transform before your eyes.

Created by AMPLE, this immersive art installation incorporates state of the art interactive components and lighting hardware as well as custom designed electronics.

Kids – collect your jellyfish trail map from customer service and spot all the jellyfish for a special gift! 

Happening until Sunday 1 April at Canberra Centre, 148 Bunda Street, Canberra City.

See the Facebook event for more information.

Showtime Saturdays

Get your glam on, Showtime Saturdays are back! Catch the Divas at 9 pm, 10 pm and 11 pm.

Happening Every Friday and Saturday 2.30pm – 4.30pm

We’re for shaking things up.

Happening at Casino Canberra, 21 Binara St, Canberra.

See the website for more information.


Spend your Sunday the way they do in Cuba – sunshine, dominoes, fruity rum punch bowls, tasty Spanish food and live entertainment.

Their fabulous street party style Sunday Session is on every Sunday and it’s fun for all ages – you can even bring your little ones!

– Live entertainment
– Bottomless mimosas
– $70 punch bowls
– $5 Coronas
– Plenty of Dominoes sets to share

The Highball Express will be at your service from 2 pm every Sunday over Spring / Summer. On every Sunday from 2 pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit 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.


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 – $60. One stand including sparkling to begin and tea selection for two – $80

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

Feature image: Martin Ollman


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