CIMF 2018 Masthead

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! 

CANBERRA COMEDY FESTIVAL 2018

Canberra Comedy Festival presents more than 60 comedy shows in the capital over one week in March, bringing the finest comedic talent to Canberra from around the world.

See the some of the very best acts from the festival in the Gala on Tuesday 20 March, as well as a variety of shows featuring everything from local Canberra talent to some of the biggest stars on the international comedy circuit.

Happening 19-26 March at various locations across Canberra.

See the website for tickets and more information.

LAKE CRACKENBACK AUTUMN FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa’s inaugural Autumn Food & Wine Festival will celebrate the seasonal local produce on offer in the High Country region of New South Wales.

Visitors will have the opportunity to experience and celebrate all things autumn. The inaugural weekend will be filled with a series of food masterclasses and culinary demonstrations, exclusive chef dinners, farmer’s market as well as entertainment during the weekend accompanied by a refreshing cider or crisp glass of wine.

If you have an interest in food, if it’s eating or cooking, the weekend will sure to delight. The Snowy Mountains is becoming well-known for rich, hearty ingredients such as beef, garlic, trout, truffles, apples and honey. Many of these ingredients will be incorporated over the weekend in the chef dinners and through market stall offerings.

Enjoy the festival atmosphere by the water’s edge at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa listening to musicians, stroll through the market stalls offering tastings and local produce sales or enjoy coffee or lunch at the Alpine Larder.

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa will be offering all-inclusive weekend packages along with individual event ticket options.

All-inclusive weekend packages including accommodation from $515 per person, excluding accommodation from $295 per person.

Bookings can be made by contacting the Reservations Team 02 6451 3000 or [email protected]

To view the Festival Program – click here or see the website for more information. 

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2018

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 affrenchfilmfestival.org.

FRANCOPHONIE DAY & OPEN DAY AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE CANBERRA

The Open Day will host Francophone food from the Embassies and High Commissions of La Francophonie.

There will be various activities for all ages and free placement tests and presentations of our French classes on offer. All registrations for term 2 on that day at the front desk will get a 10% discount.

Happening Friday 23 March from 3pm–5pm at Alliance Française de Canberra, 66 McCaughey Street, Turner. Free entry.

Check out the website for more details.

TENTH ANNIVERSARY TWILIGHT BAND CONCERT IN HALL

The Hall School and Heritage Centre are presenting a twilight concert. The concert hosted by David Kilby and featuring the Canberra Brass band, Victoria Street Brass, Canberra Youth Brass and vocal soloist Katie de Veau, will provide music with a theme of “Musical Reflections” – celebrating a decade in the life of Hall village”.

The Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre will be open from 3 pm.

Happening Sunday 25 March from 4 pm – 6.15pm at Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre, Victoria Street, Hall. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

THE JELLY FISH BLOOM

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.

CANBERRA CRAFT BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL

The Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival enters its 11th year and will feature over 100 beers and ciders for tasting from all over Australia.

The Festival will be staged in the gardens of the heritage Mercure Canberra in Braddon and will be a family-friendly event featuring live bands, food, entertainment and a wide range of kids’ activities.

The Festival is ideal for all beer and cider enthusiasts – from those who just love tasting such a diverse and premium selection of ales and ciders to budding craft brewers. Visitors will be able to take part in beer/cider food matching sessions, hear guest speakers, and meet the brewers.

Many of Canberra’s best breweries will be exhibiting along with a range of interstate brewers including Sydney Brewery, Thatchers, Little Creatures, Dad and Dave’s Brewing, Stone Dog Meadery, Yenda, and Hope Estate Beer Co.

Once again, the Festival will help raise funds for ACT Cancer Support’s Rise Above organisation, a locally based group that provides support for over 950 cancer patients.
Happening Saturday 24 March from 11am–6pm at Mercure Canberra, Cnr Ainslie and Limestone Avenue, Braddon. Tickets between $15–$22pp. Accommodation and ticketing packages from Mercure Canberra are available for $199pp.

For more information, see the website.

CANBERRA HARVEST FESTIVAL 

The 10th annual Canberra Harvest Festival returns to the Canberra Environment Centre.

One of the biggest events on the Canberra region’s environmental calendar, the Harvest Festival is an annual celebration of local food and producers from the ACT food bowl.

There’ll be something for everyone at the 2018 Harvest Festival; market stalls, BBQ and wine bar, live music, free sustainability workshops and kids activities all afternoon.

Happening Saturday 24 March from 2pm–6pm at Canberra Environment Centre, Cnr Lennox Crossing and Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for further details.

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.

MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR  

Mountainfilm on Tour is coming to Canberra for the first time! Hot on the heels of the Women’s Adventure Film Tour, the 2018 Mountainfilm on Tour features the best short films from the annual Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado. One words sets Mountainfilm apart from other tours – HEART. Join us for a celebration of adventure, environment and the human spirit.

Mountainfilm is one of the world’s best mountain film festivals, featured in the 2017 Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker magazine. The festival has been held in May each year since 1979, with the best films then touring more than 150 locations around the world.

Mountainfilm toured Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 2017 to rave reviews. This years films feature an awesome mix of short films featuring skiing, rafting, mountaineering, expedition travel, cultural and environmental stories. This is an event to inspire you to take on the world and experience all it has to offer.

Screening in the Canberra for one night only.

*Please note: All ticketing is General Admission with no allocated seating or refunds available.

Happening Saturday 24 March from 5pm–7pm at Dendy Cinemas, Canberra Centre, 148 Bunda Street, Canberra City. Tickets between $25–$28pp.

See the website for more information.

QUEER SCREEN’S MARDI GRAS FILM FESTIVAL

Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival is celebrating its 25th birthday, and will be bringing five highlights from its 2018 program to Canberra.

This year is also the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and together with the NFSA, the Mardi Gras Film Festival goes back and remembers where it all started.

Happening Friday 23–Sunday 25 March at National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Tickets between $17–$19pp.

Check out the website for more details.

SUNDAY SESSIONS WITH A TWIST

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.

PLAY UP

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.

THE ULTIMATE PICNIC FEAST

You’re invited to the FIRST ever Eat Canberra Food Tribe event! The Ultimate Picnic Feast will help you enjoy the last of the warm weather before winter hits. You will enjoy an afternoon sailing on Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin as you sip on local beverages and enjoy a delicious grazing platter on the lake. You might event get to be the captain! When you return to land you will be given the details of the second secret location where you enjoy a feast of seafood, a selection of other amazing food and local beverages.

A local winemaker will join us to talk about some of the wines you will be enjoying! You can choose to take part in outdoors games or sit back and relax while soaking up the sun near the water. The evening will finish as you watch the sunset with fellow foodies. It’s the perfect to enjoy an evening in Canberra so don’t miss out on this exclusive event as tickets are limited. As this is a secret foodie event, more details including location will be emailed to you the day before the event.

There’s also $500 of prizes up for grabs!

Happening Saturday 24 March from 4:15-8:30 pm at a secret location (you will be notified the day before the event).

Price: $150pp

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR  TICKET

CHINESE HIGH TEA AT NATURAL NINE, CASINO CANBERRA

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.

CANBERRA YOUTH ORCHESTRA OPERA GALA

The CYO. Credit: Peter Hislop.

Music For Canberra presents the Canberra Youth Orchestra 2018 Concert Series. Opening with CYO’s Opera Gala, renowned performers Tobias Cole, Louise Page and Sarahlouise Owens will present some of the most popular arias and overtures from over 300 years.

The program will include arias from Handel’s Giulio Cesare, the iconic drinking song Brindisi from Verdi’s La Traviata, and highlights from Australian composer Elena Katz-Chernin’s Wild Swans. The orchestra will perform Rossini’s William Tell Overture and highlights from Bizet’s Carmen Suites.

Music For Canberra and the Canberra Youth Orchestra are supported by artsACT.

Happening Saturday 24 March from 7.30pm–9.30pm at Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University, William Herbert Place, Turner. Tickets between $20–$30pp.

See the website for more details.

WHISKY TASTINGS YAZZBAR

It’s Whisky time. All Whisky tastings will be ‘blind’ and situated in the heart of Yass Valley at the one and only, Yazzbar.

Includes Scottish single malts, Scottish blends, Whiskies of the world and Australian Whiskies.

Bookings can be made by contacting Yazzbar.

Some food will be provided to accompany the whisky, however not enough to substitute dinner. Suggestion has been made to come a little earlier and grab something to eat or ensure you eat elsewhere beforehand.

Happening Friday 23 March from 8pm at Yazzbar, 81 Comur Street, Yass, NSW. Tickets $70pp.

For more information, check out the website.

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