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The (Long) 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!


The National Museum of Australia is the place to be on Australia Day 2018. Here’s what’s happening:

10 am – 1 pm Australia Day family festival

Celebrate with music, dance, family tours, craft and fun activities.

5 – 9 pm – Live music in the outdoor amphitheatre

Larger-than-life lawn games, Food and drinks, fantastic local bands

9.30 am – 9 pm Space Descent VR with Tim Peake (last session at 8.30 pm)

Experience the thrill of being an astronaut in this virtual reality mission.

Great news! For Australia Day the NMA’s Songlines exhibition will be FREE ENTRY from 9 am until 9 pm

Also, their Space Descent VR with Tim Peake experience will run on Australia Day from 9.30 am until 9 pm with the last session starting at 8.30 pm

Exhibitions open until 9 pm:

  • Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters
  • Midawarr | Harvest: The Art of Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley
  • Space Descent VR with Tim Peake experience (last session starting at 8.30 pm)

For details on all activities and parking at the National Museum on Australia Day – visit 

Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters

Take a journey across the Australian desert in this Aboriginal-led exhibition about the epic Seven Sisters Dreaming, Don’t miss out – this exhibition is a journey unlike no other. Only on show until 25 February 2018. Book your tickets online now.

Exhibition open 9 am until 9 PM on Australia Day |

Midawarr | Harvest: The Art of Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley

Two artists with completely different approaches but one passion. An exhibition not to be missed.

Free entry, donations welcome

Exhibition open 9 am until 9 PM on Australia

Australia Day family festival

Celebrate with music, dance, craft and family fun inspired by our Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters and Midawarr | Harvest exhibitions.

Some activities may involve a small charge

10am–1pm |

Live music in outdoor amphitheatre

Join us as the sun sets on Australia Day 2018 for live music and free larger-than-life lawn games at the National Museum of Australia.

Bring a picnic or grab a meal and settle in for the Australia Day fireworks display at 9 pm.Kick back and enjoy live local music with

  • Betty Alto (pictured) for rock pop party sounds
  • Zackerbilks for sultry vocals, bold brass, wicked woodwinds and a rollicking rhythm section
  • The Crossbones for high-energy, good-time rockabilly tunes.

5–9 pm |

Space Descent VR with Tim Peake

Experience the thrill of being an astronaut in this virtual reality mission.

Happening from 9.30 am until 9 pm with the last session starting at 8.30 pm.

Advanced bookings essential.

Visit for session times and costs.

Australian of the Year 2018 exhibition

See this new exhibition which pays tribute to the eight extraordinary finalists chosen for the Australian of the Year Awards 2017. The exhibition features personal objects of special significance chosen by the finalists.

On show in the Hall |

For details on all activities and parking at the National Museum on Australia Day – visit


Best-selling American author and humourist David Sedaris has announced a highly anticipated fourth sojourn to Australia following his previous sold out 2016 tour. There is only one show in Canberra and a rare opportunity to spend an evening with one of the world’s pre-eminent humour writers.

A regular contributor to The New Yorker, over the course of his career Sedaris has penned the critically acclaimed books Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays including NakedMe Talk Pretty One DayDress Your Family in Corduroy and DenimWhen You Are Engulfed in Flames and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.

Guaranteed to be bursting with his signature acerbic wit and razor-sharp social critiques, don’t miss your chance for a great entertainment!

Happening Tuesday 23 January from 7.30 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic.

Book your tickets here.


Miss Ellaneous via

Take a scandalous tour of Starstruck and get your markers ready for drag bingo with the fabulous Miss Ellaneous. Music from the Zackerbilks, including Jamal Salem on drums, Zach Raffan on trumpet, and Robbie Mann on Piano.

The National Portrait Gallery will keep its doors open until 8pm on 12 and 19 January, and 2 and 9 February with a variety of free fascinating performances throughout the summer. Bar service and snacks are available. Exhibition ticket required for tour element only.

Happening 26 January from 5pm – 8pm at the National Portrait Gallery. Entry is free. Visit 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 2pm every Sunday over Spring / Summer. On every Sunday from 2pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.


The festival vibes will be in full swing at American Express Openair Cinemas in Canberra.

Join them on Patrick White Lawns for an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.

Please see website for session times.

Happening until 25 February 2018 on the Patrick White Lawns, next to the National Library of Australia, Parkes.


Montage photographs by Sarah Kenderdine, Peter Morse and Paul Bourke. Seven Sisters rock art with permission of Walinynga (Cave Hill) custodians. Image supplied.

Immerse yourself in the epic saga of the Seven Sisters. Take a journey into the heart of Australia, with intrigue, desire, drama, passion and beauty – and connect with the songlines of the Seven Sisters.

This Aboriginal-led exhibition shares an ancient way of holding culture and telling stories written in the land.

See the stories embedded in rock art inside a state-of-the-art digital dome, or visit our vibrant art centre where artists create works you can take home.

Showing until 25 February 2018 at the National Museum of Australia. Find more information on the website.


Credit: The Dressmaker – Hugo Weaving as Horatio Farrat by Ben King.

The National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia proudly present a new star-studded exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

Starstruck explores the striking portraits emerging from 100 years of Australian movies. It features famous Australian actors and iconic films, as well as highlighting the lesser-known early years of our film industry. Many items are available for the public to see for the very first time.

Audiences will be treated to rare film posters, 1930s scrapbooks of aspiring actors, and original costumes from iconic movies such as Picnic at Hanging RockMy Brilliant Career, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Showing until 4 March 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.


See personal objects chosen by the eight extraordinary 2018 Australian of the Year state and territory recipients that tell us something special about their aspirations and experiences.

Showing until 18 February at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information or read our editorial on the exhibition here.


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.

Open Air PlayUP

MoAD invites you to enjoy Open Air PlayUP – a PlayUP experience in the fresh air and beautiful surrounds of the Senate Courtyard.

Happening Monday 22 January – Friday 26 January 2018 from 10 am – 5 pm.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

Open from 9 am to 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.


Fancy yourself as a collector? On the fourth Sunday of the month, the Old Bus Depot Markets highlight collectables – anything from records, to furniture and antiques. If it’s worth collecting, you’ll find it here. On Collectable Sunday, they host 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 28 January from 10 am – 4 pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information.


A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby, towering giants – welcome to humanity amplified in Hyper Real. This blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia is a compelling chronicle of the cycles of life, our constant need for connection and explores the fundamental question: what makes us human? Featuring uncanny figures with painted silicon skin, glass eyes, human hair and cutting-edge digital art, Hyper Real provokes reflection, fascination, fear and joy. From eerily lifelike sculptures to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this major exhibition charts the evolution of hyper-realism into the 21st century.

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.

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


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

Australia Day


Australia Day in the Capital will be happening at Regatta Point, with entertainment, activities, and plenty of food options. Justice Crew si the headliner for this year’s concert, with Jess & Matt and Tuchasoul supporting.

You can also head over the Patrick White Lawns for a picnic and family-friendly entertainment. There will be cricket, a giant slide, opportunities to live out fairy tales, face painting and of course a jumping castle, it will be impossible for the kids to get bored.

There will be local food trucks all day to make sure you’re enjoying delicious morsels too. Fireworks will be on at 9 pm to light up the sky and cap off your night.

Happening January 26 from 4 pm to 9 pm at Regatta Point, Parkes. Free event, more details can be found online.


For an alternative to hectic crowds, you can slow down and celebrate Australia Day at Lanyon Homestead with music and an open house.

Spend your Australia day in the beautiful gardens discovering some of Canberra’s rural history. BYO picnic rug and food or you can purchase lunch at the Barracks Espresso Bar and Eating House (bookings required). Musicians will be there to recreate music from Lanyon’s past from 12-2 pm.

Happening on 26 January from 10 am until 4 pm at Lanyon Homestead, Tharwa. Free entry, more information can be found on website.


Celebrate Australia Day with two of our nations favourite things: wine and dogs. Murrumbateman Winery is putting on a child-friendly, dog-friendly, wine-friendly day for the whole family.

There will be wine, cheese, scones and refreshments for the humans among the family and doggie snacks for the canine family members. The local Murrumbateman cellar door regulars, dogs Mollie and Tannin were both adopted from the RSPCA and will be supporting the organisation from the sales of Mollie’s Block Fume Blanc, Tannin’s Wild Pinot Grrr-is and homemade dog biscuits.

Happening 26 January from 10 am until 5 pm at Murrumbateman Winery, Mcintosh Circuit, NSW. Free event, more information on their website.


The Cooma Cottage is putting on an Australia Day Fair, a great way for families to spend their public holiday. Cooma Cottage was the home of Australian explorer Hamilton Hume, which was purchased in 1840 and is a slice of Australian History. There will be refreshments, heritage activities, old-fashioned kids games and Clydesdale horses. Bring your picnic blanket and food to make a day of it.

Happening January 26 from at Cooma Cottage, Yass Valley Way. Gold coin donation, more information can be found on website.


As an alternative to spending the day in town, you can take a Drive to Yass to celebrate your Australia Day morning. The Rotary Club will be providing breakfast in the park and there will be all sorts of activities for the kids including a jumping castle, face painting and the playground. There will be Yass Valley Australia Day citizen awards to recognise community members.

Happening 26 January from 7 am until 10 am at Coronation Park, Yass. Free entry, more information can be found online. 


Looking for something fun to do in the evening of Australia Day? La De Da will be hosting their Blackout Party featuring Afrobeats vs Trap, the Sydney vs Canberra DJ off celebrating some local talent. The Dresscode is all black.

Happening 26 January from 9 pm until late at La De Da, Belconnen. See the Facebook event for more information.


If you’re feeling a bit nostalgic this Australia Day you can head on over to Hellenic Club Woden to be time warped back to the 80s, with an Australiana theme. Think Dragon, Sunnyboys, INXS, Pseudo Echo, Goanna, Midnight Oil, Choirboys and many more.

Happening January 26 January from 9 pm at the Hellenic Club Woden. See the Facebook event for more information


The Duxton Pool Party is back in 2018. There will be pools set up on the Duxton’s rooftop terrace for the Hottest 100 Countdown. The event will give you the perfect way to stay cool by the pool whilst listening to the best songs of last year.

Complete with blow up pools, inflatable pool toys and (of course) bar access, what else do you need for the Countdown in the sun? Free entry, but it’s recommended to get there early so get yourself a good spot in a pool.

Happening January 27 from 12 pm to 7 pm at the Duxton, O’Conner. Free entry, must be over 18, see the Facebook event for more information.


Capital Brewing Co. will be hosting an event to celebrate the Triple J Hottest 100 Countdown and to celebrate the GABS Hottest 100. The GABS Hottest 100 is the Great Australian Beer Spectacular craft beers countdown, where you can vote for your favourite craft beers from around the country.

To celebrate the two countdowns, Capital Brewing Co. will host a fun-filled day with activities including backyard cricket, cornhole vertical golf along with the countdown to keep you entertained. There will be misting machines, slushies and ice cold tinnies being sold outside to keep you cool all day.

Happening January 27 from 12 pm to 8 pm at Capital Brewing Co., Fyshwick. More information can be found on Facebook event.


If you’re looking for somewhere to listen to the Hottest 100 in the city, Kingos will be playing the countdown in the afternoon, with a BBQ outside in the beer garden.

Happening January 27 from 3 pm at King O’Malley’s, Civic. More information can be found on Facebook event.


BestSpoke will be playing the Triple J Hottest 100 all day long while celebrating the GABS Hottest 100 countdown of the best Australia craft beers. There will be good music, good beer and good times. BentSpoke will be offering sweep tickets for you to predict where in the poll they will come in – to enter be there by noon.

Happening January 27 from 12 pm at BentSpoke Brewing Co, Braddon. More information can be found on events website.

Feature image: Martin Ollman


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