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The Weekend Edit

HerCanberra Team


Every Monday for nearly 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!


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Come by The Forage at Little National Hotel for some of THE BEST Street Food, Beverages and Live Music Canberra has to offer.

The Forage are excited to be working with some of Canberra and the surrounding region’s best cafes, mobile food vendors and wineries.

It’s a great opportunity to discover this exciting scene of street food and experience new tastes. Even better, you get to talk to the people behind the products and discover what these amazing businesses have to offer.

Happening Saturday 21 October from 2 pm-7 pm at the Little National Hotel Carpark, 17 National Circuit, Barton.

Find more information here.


Sam Jinks , Woman and child 2010 (detail) silicone, pigment, resin, silk, human hair. Collection of the artist. Image courtesy of the NGA.

Sam Jinks , Woman and child 2010 (detail)
silicone, pigment, resin, silk, human hair. Collection of the artist. Image courtesy of the NGA.

Hyper Real presents major works from early American pioneers George Segal, John De Andrea and Duane Hanson, celebrated Australian artists Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks, international masters Maurizio Cattelan (Italy), Berlinde de Bruyckere (Belgium), Evan Penny (Canada), Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (China) and many more.

Happening from 20 October until 18 February from 10 am – 5 pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Tickets from $25pp for adults available through event website.


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Wanderlust 108 combines three mindful activities—running, yoga, and meditation—in your favourite local park. Like life itself, this triathlon is all about the journey, not the final destination. It’s a celebration of the mindful movement, a chance to ground down so you can rise to even greater heights.

5K – PART 1

This is a 5K (+/-) your way, so don’t sweat it. Or do. Run or walk, prance or skip, stroll, or strut—we don’t mind. Just make it to the finish line.


75 minutes of DJ-powered yoga will get you in the mood to flow. That’s the Wanderlust way. Whether it’s your first or 500th time on you mat, you’ll find your true rhythm.


Bliss out in a group meditation to clear your mind, relax your body, and complete the mindful triathlon.


The day doesn’t stop there. Chill out in their Kombucha Garden, stop by our Mindful Marketplace with local vendors, head to your scheduled activity, and drop by a bonus activity or two, should your heart desire.

Happening Saturday 21 October from 7am-4pm at Patrick White Lawns, Parkes.

More information at wanderlust.com. Tickets from www.eventbrite.com.


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The Floriade Fringe will transform Haig Park for three huge days of theatre, art, music, food and dancing. Floriade Fringe will feature a roaring cast of local and interstate artists and performers, presented by Australia’s beloved travelling bohemian festival, The Village. Enter through the intricate gateway façade, and discover an alternative utopian environment where experimentation is the norm. The site is dotted by caravans and containers workshopping the ideas of the future. In colourful tents, experience a groundswell of artistic exuberance and expression.

Happening Thursday 19 October – Saturday 21 October from 5 pm on Thursday and Friday and 1 pm on Saturday at Haig Park, Braddon. Free Entry, but some ticketed events available online.



It’s on again! Southern Innovations’ once a year, high two-day cash and carry carpark sale!

They’re’re giving Canberra access to unmissable deals on all plumbing, bathroom, kitchen and laundry products, including appliances, toilets, vanities, tapware, basins, shower, mirrors, heated towel rails, kitchen mixers, hot water heaters, water storage and much more.

Everything is reduced – excess stock, ex-display stock and unclaimed orders, and most of it at cost price or below.

Cash and credit cards only. Two days only.

Happening from 8am-2pm 20 and 21 October at Southern Innovations, 21 Lyell Street, Fyshwick.

Find out more at southerninnovations.com.au.


Chris & Freddie_Pialligo Estate

An intimate dinner showcasing the harmony between wine, food & friends. Gather around the table with a renowned wine maker to share stories, sip wine and sample a paired sharing style menu. Pialligo Estate’s first Meet the Wine Maker event will be a night to remember.

Join Chris from Lark Hill winery and Pialligo Estate’s Sommelier Freddie Raimbaud for an educational and enlightening evening talking all things wine. Share stories and ask questions of the wine maker and get to know their vineyard philosophy and process.

Dinner includes all wine tastings plus a paired sharing menu from Pialligo Estate.

Happening Thursday 19 October from 6.30pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. Pre-booking is essential via [email protected] or (02) 6247 6060.

Cooking with Steam Weekend at Winning Appliances


Experience the ultimate in steam cooking on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October at Winning Appliances in Kingston.

Hosted by Switzerland’s leading appliance brand, V-ZUG, the team will demonstrate how V-ZUG steam ovens can produce the most exceptional results.

If you’re a keen cook or ready to renovate—these introductory sessions are for you. Sample food straight from the oven and enjoy learning about these exceptional appliances.

Session times commence at 10 am 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3 pm over 21 and 22 October at Winning Appliances, 80 Giles Street, Kingston.

Book a session at winningappliances.com.au.



Money makes the world go around. Portia has it. Bassanio wants it. Shylock lends it. Antonio owes the value of it.

Love also plays a part. Portia offers it. Bassanio wants it. And Antonio may lose a pound of flesh for it.

This uncompromising and dark production explores the tense relationship and prejudices between those that have, and those that have not. Dark in its humour and bawdy in its romantic hijinks, The Merchant of Venice takes audiences on a journey of love, mercy and justice.

More than 400 years after The Merchant of Venice was written, the taut line between religious law or secular society, righteousness or compassion, tolerance or hate, is still present in our lives today.

Featuring three-time Helpmann Award winner, Mitchell Butel (Janet King and Rake) as the uncompromising and defiant Shylock, Jessica Tovey (Wolf Creek and Wonderland) as Portia, and directed by Anne-Louise Sarks (Belvoir’s Jasper Jones and Medea), this production tackles the prejudices and preconceived notions of one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays.

Happening from 13-21 October at Canberra Theatre Centre, City.

Tickets available online from canberratheatrecentre.com.au. Read our article on The Merchant of Venice here.



The ‘Party At The Shops’ Hackett is perfect for kids, families, adults and anyone looking to join in on some fun. For the kids, there will be a jumping castle, face pace painting and glitter tattoos, as well as a kids entrepreneur stand. And for everyone else, there will be yoga, food stalls, goodie bags and more!

Happening Saturday 21 October from 10am-2pm at the Hackett Shops, Hackett Place, Hackett.


Highly trained, motivated, and experienced, Special Forces can be inserted into any environment undetected, by land, sea, or air. They have been continuously deployed at home and abroad for nearly two decades, winning honours in Afghanistan, fighting in Iraq, helping establish security in East Timor, performing counter-terrorist roles in Australia, and supporting domestic security agencies.

Special Operations Command (SOCOMD) granted the Memorial unprecedented access and support in the development of this exhibition, which covers the history of Australian Special Forces from the Second World War to Afghanistan. Senior Historian and exhibition curator Dr Karl James said that working with material which has never before been displayed publicly was an extraordinary privilege. 

From the shadows, which will run for 12 months, features more than 660 objects including uniforms, equipment and gallantry awards from Australia’s elite and secretive regiments: the Special Air Service Regiment, the 1st and 2nd Commando Regiments and the Special Operations Engineer Regiment. 

The exhibition also includes more than 25 interviews produced by award-winning broadcasters Chris Masters and Max Uechtritz, which give thrilling first-hand accounts of the perilous environment operators enter into, with rare, compelling insights from family members on the difficulty of being at home while Special Forces are deployed in secrecy. Members of SOCOMD have received more than 150 battlefield awards in that time, including three Victoria Crosses, Australia’s highest award for bravery.

Happening from Wednesday 18 October for 12 months at the Australian War Memorial, Campbell. 

Find more information on the website.


she designed that 2017

She Designed That is a showcase of seven women’s diverse journeys and skillsets in design. It features seven graduates from the past decade of the University of Canberra’s Industrial Design bachelor degree. The exhibition is the Honours project of curator Amelia Menzies (a UC Industrial Design graduate).

As a field with close ties to manufacturing, engineering and IT, industrial design faces similar issues of gender equity for women in Australia, both in classrooms and in the workplace. This exhibition explores women’s journeys as industrial design graduates to provide others with real-world examples of women designers and to encourage conversations on gender diversity in industrial design.

“She Designed That” also shows the diversity of options available to industrial design graduates, from exhibit design to homeware, user experience to the arts. By expanding understanding of what industrial designers do, the exhibition aims to encourage future creative thinkers and to highlight the value of studying and supporting design.

Showcase Alumni

  • Coco Reynolds
  • Renee Osterloh
  • Julia Johnson
  • Tamara Kyd
  • Jing Shen
  • Lara Forsdick
  • Jess Wotherspoon

“She Designed That” will be re-exhibited as part of DESIGN Canberra Festival in November 2017.

Happening 18-22 October at the Anvil Design Studio, Shop 3, 16 Lonsdale St, Braddon.

Find more information here.



Dance Central is Canberra’s premier dance studio, bringing the energy and exhilaration of performing arts to thousands. There is no greater power than belief, the belief in the power of self and its ability to manifest all our desires.

In honour of the magical moments Dance Central students have experienced during 2017, they have dedicated their end of year show to power of Belief.

Inspired by Walt Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Act 1 captures a physical, theatrical interpretation of Beasts remarkable transformation to learn to love again, and earn the love of Belle who he holds captive in his castle.

Igniting Act 2, senior dancers explore an array of modern dance styles in response to the overarching theme Believe.

Audience will experience performances from Dance Central’s internationally recognised and award-winning crews and troupes. Tickets move fast, don’t miss your opportunity to experience the power of Believe.

Happening 20-21 October at Canberra Theatre Centre. Purchase tickets here.


chinese high tea natural nine

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 casinocanberra.com.au.



The Pialligo Estate Academy reflects the diversification and sustainability of the Estate by delivering an array of unique and innovative lifestyle, educational and vocational training programs to enhance personal development, engage social groups, build teams and inspire quality hospitality practices.

The Academy Masters will share their first-hand knowledge, skills, experiences and techniques which will heighten interests, foster passions and enhance lifestyles.

Find out more here.



Sunday Sessions kick off at Highball Express this Sunday from 2pm. Enjoy Bottomless Mimosas, $70 punch bowls, $5 Coronas and live entertainment.

This weekend they have local Canberra trio M3 to play a live set with their unique mix of Afro Cuban Jazz from 2:30 pm. One of Canberra’s best Latin percussionists will join the three to ensure the afternoon really takes off. 

Happening Sunday 15 October from 2 pm at Highball Express, 82 Alinga Street, City (entrance through Odgers Lane).

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House

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Why wait for summer? Spring into action, gather your friends and head to Old Parliament House for Friday Night Drinks. This weekly event is back in 2017 with new themes, great food and entertainment to match.

The season runs until Friday 15 December. Each week will see a different themed event brought to the courtyard of one of Australia’s most iconic buildings. Think Salsa and Sangria, Aperol Sunset Sessions and a Pimms Garden Party.

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House are the perfect way to enjoy the warm weather and kick-start the weekend.

For more information and a full list of weekly themes click here.

Happening on Friday afternoons until 15 December, from 4pm until late at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.



One of Australia’s foremost champagne experts – Kyla Kirkpatrick, a.k.a The Champagne Dame, is bringing her national event series to Canberra to celebrate Global Champagne Day.

Global Champagne Day is the biggest date on the international champagne calendar and is celebrated around the world in October. Every year for Global Champagne Day, The Champagne Dame celebrates her passion – creating an event series that leads champagne lovers all over Australia on an exciting path of discovery.

Highly anticipated by food and champagne lovers, HIDDEN TREASURES will explore an alluring line up of rare wines crafted by passionate growers. Kyla will help discover the hidden gems of the Champagne region and tell their unique stories. 

The partner venue for Canberra is an award-winning institution The Boathouse, where The Champagne Dame will present a dinner of five premium champagnes paired with an inspired menu, taking diners on an exquisite, multi-sensory journey and revealing the secrets behind these ‘treasures’. 

Happening Friday 20 October from 7.30 pm – 10.30 pm at The Boat House, Grevillea Park, Menindee Drive, Barton. 

Up for a road trip?


Thousands are set to descend on Wagga for this free multicultural street festival with performances from Ngaiire, Thelma Plum, Holly Throsby and Elki and entertainment by Old Spice, Stiltuesque and Melbourne-based DJs Saca La Mois, Monkey Marc and Victor Gil Gomez and community performances. The diverse range of acts celebrate the 112 countries of origin, 107 language groups and 62 faiths that make up the Wagga Wagga community, and there’s no better way to do that than by sharing food, art, music and culture.

One performance not to miss is The Bearded Bakers—these Melbourne-based multi-talented foodies are bringing their Jerusalem street food to FUSION17. Their commercial bakery—a repurposed shipping container—is adorned with street art, and the bakers spend as much time entertaining the crowds and dancing on the counter tops, as they do baking their delicious Middle Eastern dessert.

Expect eclectic performances, mouth-watering food, pop-up shops and more…

Happening Saturday 21 October from 4-9.30pm at Civic Centre Precinct, Wagga Wagga.

More information at wagga.nsw.gov.au.


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The Taste Riverina Festival is a month-long menu of events throughout October each year, bringing together the Riverina’s finest producers, growers, and chef to showcase all the region has to offer.

Now in its sixth year, Taste Riverina will offer a diverse line-up of events, held right across the region, providing a complete paddock to plate experience.
Long lunches and degustation dinners, farmers markets, cooking with local and celebrity chefs, cultural and farm tours, regional dishes and wine and beer matching are all set to feature.

The diversity of the Taste Riverina events provides the perfect opportunity for visitors to hear the stories, taste the produce and experience the region. Spectacular scenery, food, wine, art and legendary country hospitality awaits you this October.

The Festival has partnered with Temora Travel to create self-drive Taste Riverina Travel Packages that allow you to explore each October weekend in style and comfort for a truly memorable Riverina experience.

Events will be held in Ariah Park, Barellan, Griffith, Grong Grong, Leeton, Lockhart, and Narrandera right through to Temora, Tumut, Tumbarumba and Wagga Wagga from late September until the end of October.

Ticket prices vary to each of the events and tickets can be booked directly with individual event operators.

For more information, travel packages and a full list of events visit www.tasteriverina.com.au.


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