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The Long 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!


Be part of history at our first Reconciliation Day. Join the celebrations to mark the ACT’s historic first Reconciliation Day public holiday at the Reconciliation in the Parkevent in Glebe Park on Monday 28 May.

Acknowledging the Indigenous custodians of the Canberra region and their contribution to the capital, it’s an opportunity to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and explore how we can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

A great day out for the family, enjoy live music from Busby Marou and Lucy Sugarman along with an array of local Indigenous performers and cultural activities including bush tucker talks, storytelling, art workshops as well as kids amusements, petting zoo and community BBQ. 

Happening Monday 28 May from 10 am – 2 pm at Glebe Park, Civic.

See the website for more information. 


Irresistibly frothy and lavishly theatrical, The Merry Widow has enough tangled affairs, narrow misses and jealous lovers to fuel a French farce.

The tiny principality of Pontevedro is on the verge of bankruptcy, and the dashing Count Danilo must rescue his country by marrying the newly widowed and fabulously wealthy Hanna Glawari. Only when they meet does he realise that she’s his childhood sweetheart – and that she hasn’t forgiven him for jilting her years ago.

Based on the beloved operetta, this lively tale is set in the ballrooms and salons of Belle Époque Paris and is dressed magnificently in velvets, silks, spangles and feathers.

Created especially for The Australian Ballet, The Merry Widow is a laugh-along favourite with hum-along melodies and its heart on its sleeve.

Happening until Wednesday 30 May at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square.

See the website for more information. 


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Join the commemorative events that acknowledge and honour the Stolen Generations on National Sorry Day.

Happening Saturday 26 May from 10 am – 11 am at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.


From 2018 the ACT will observe a public holiday honouring the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum. In this first year, Archie Roach & Tiddas and Briggs & the Bad Apples Crew will descend on the capital for a celebration of Black Excellence on Reconciliation Day Eve.

Bad Apples Music, Australia’s most prolific Indigenous record label, is hosting an unmissable house party in Canberra this National Reconciliation Week. Headlined by Briggs, featuring performances from Birdz, Omar Musa, Nooky, Alice Skye, Tasman Keith, Kobie Dee and hosted by Hau – the Bad Apples House Party will blow the roof off the Canberra Theatre Centre. Briggs established the label to genuinely nurture and support Black Excellence, this will be your chance to celebrate Black Excellence with the label’s roster and friends.

Happening Sunday 27 May from 10 pm – 12 am at the Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit.

See the website for more information. 


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Join us for Reconciliation Day – Canberra’s newest public holiday! The ACT Torres Strait Islander Corporation and Kara Buai Torres Strait Islander Corporation are celebrating Reconciliation Day with a public event featuring traditional dance, talks and hands-on activities representing the vibrant: artistic, spiritual and cultural traditions of the Torres Strait.

The National Museum is delighted to partner with the ACT Torres Strait Islander Corporation and Kara Buai Torres Strait Islander Corporation to present this event.

Happening Monday 28 May from 10 am – 12 pm at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information.


Rover Thomas [Joolama], Roads meeting 1987, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased 1988. Reproduced courtesy of Warmun Art Centre. Image via

This year the ACT is the first state or territory to recognise Reconciliation Day with a public holiday. Celebrate at the NGA with cultural performances, conversations and workshops for the whole family to enjoy.

The program includes a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony and performances by the Reconciliation Choir and Ngambri Dancers. There will also be a range of free Indigenous Cultural Experiences including Sit down ‘Yarn Up’ with Elders, Local Bush food and medicine, Local History Workshop, History, Language & Culture Workshop, Drop in Adornment Jewellery or Art classes.

There will also be tours of The National Picture: The Art of Tasmania’s Black War and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Galleries throughout the day. A special Create Space: Land and sky program for kids and families will be presented in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Galleries. The NGA will also present Conciliation: The National and Local Picture, an in-conversation event based on the 2018 theme ‘Don’t keep History a Mystery’.

Happening Monday 28 May from 9.30 am – 5 pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.


Based on the beloved TV show and motion picture FAME – The Musical tells the story of the High School of Performing Arts in New York where students go to learn the craft of acting, music and dance.

The forefather of shows such as High School Musical, Glee and the upcoming Rise, FAME has proven that it’s characters and songs really will ‘live forever’.

Featuring a mix of Canberra’s up and coming and best-loved performers, with a finale that will blow your mind, FAME is a must-see musical of 2018.

Happening from 11-26 May at The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 253 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan.

Purchase tickets and find more information here.

AUDIENCE ADVICE: suitable for 16+ years – references to sex and drugs.


Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House is back in full swing for their winter series. This will be the place to be every Friday for fabulous food, fun, music and drinks.

Throughout the month of May, there will be winter inspired drinks including bourbon and whiskey. Not a bourbon and whiskey fan? Not to worry, there will be plenty of other drinks to choose from. Additionally, there will be more themes throughout the course of the year.

This will be an indoor event located in the Hoi Polloi Restaurant.

Happening every Friday until 25 May from 4 pm until late at Hoi Polloi, inside Old Parliament House.

For further information contact [email protected], call 6261 7200 or visit the website.

River of Art Festival on the South Coast 

There are plenty of art adventures on offer down the South Coast this long weekend. River of Art invites you to explore open studios from Batemans to Bermagui. Meet talented local artists. Visit exciting exhibitions, galleries and shops showcasing visual arts, mixed media, textiles, fine woodwork, photography, indigenous artworks and local history.

 Narooma becomes a busking mecca on Saturday 26 May, when roving performers from all genres hit the streets to compete in the Australian National Busking Championships. While in Narooma, don’t miss the River of Art Prize exhibition at the SoArt Gallery open all weakened. 

Related events

APMA Creations group exhibition in Central Tilba showcases works by Aboriginal artists. Open daily – 10 am – 4 pm. 

Happening Until Sunday 27 May at various locations along the South Coast. Check out the full festival program online at


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.


Australia’s hit rating kids’ show, Peppa Pig, returns to the stage featuring life-size puppets in a brand new production!

Currently one of the most popular TV shows for pre-schoolers around the world, the new stage show production features Peppa, George, and their friends in an all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and surprises and will mark the eighth consecutive year of Peppa Pig live theatre tours in Australia (first tour in 2009).

It’s a lovely day and Peppa is playing outside with her friends. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have got a surprise for her and her younger brother George but no matter how hard they try, they cannot guess what it is. In Peppa Pig’s Surprise audiences will enjoy interactive fun, games and, of course, surprises. This charming, colourful new show features new songs and new life-size puppets. Peppa Pig’s Surprise promises to be the perfect theatre show for all pre-schoolers.  

Happening Saturday 26 May and Sunday 27 May at the Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit.

See the website for more information. 


It’s always time for tea at White Rabbit Cocktail Room, Tipsy Tea that is! Kicking off from two every Saturday and Sunday, Tipsy Tea is perfect for those seeking a little adventure.

Tipsy Tea (65 pp), in true White Rabbit style combines classic high tea flare with signature concoctions encouraging the curious to explore their senses. To eat, you are greeted by a 3- tier platter with an array of flavoursome bites including; spiced pork sausage rolls, smoked salmon and cream cheese pinwheel sandwiches and semi-dried tomato and caramelised onion tarts. Looking for something a little sweeter? Try the sour rhubarb and marshmallow tarts or the delightful dark chocolate and peanut brownies topped with caramel icing.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 2-5 pm at White Rabbit Cocktail Room, 65 Northbourne Avenue, City.

Book your table via [email protected] or on (02) 6257 7779.


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


The Autumn Vintage fashion event from Frock Up Australia is back at the Griffith Neighbourhood Centre.

The venue will be full with antique, retro designer and vintage clothing – real vintage. Everything from ridiculously small Victorian waisted dresses to minis from the Swinging Sixties. Add to this fashion accessories ranging from costume jewellery to lace.

You never know what you will find when we ‘Frock Up’ at Griffith. 

Happening Friday 25 May from 6 pm – 9 pm and Saturday 26 May from 10 am – 5 pm at the Griffith Neighbourhood Centre, 55 Stuart Street, Griffith.

See the website for more information.


Fancy yourself as a collector? On Collectable Sunday, the Old Bus Depot Markets hosts a range of different stallholders who deal in an ever-changing stock of collectable items including ceramics and glassware, china and vintage clothing. If you’re into collecting smaller items, you’ll find things like small antiques, lamps and vinyl records. Larger collectables featured on this day include furniture such as Chippendale chairs. 

Happening Sunday 27 May from 10 am – 4 pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue Kingston.

See 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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