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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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This year Googong’s free annual Halloween event is a seriously scary, twisted-circus-celebration!

Halloween fancy dress is what the event is all about, so dress up in something terrifying and bring the whole family along for an evening of monster, zombie and people watching, as well as food and entertainment. Plus, there’ll be a best fancy-dressed competition happening on Instagram and Facebook – on the day, upload and tag your picture #boogong2017 to enter and you could win one of five prize packs.

This year’s event is happening at a new location in Googong: in the paddock next to the abandoned-and-almost-certainly-haunted Googong Woolsheds. Follow the signs when you arrive in town.

There’ll be a Spooky Big Top, live music, food vendors, roaming performers (including Crank the Clown), and fireworks show at 9pm.

Remember: Googong is only 30 minutes from Civic, so get your scary on and join us for this bone-chillingly brilliant boo-nanza!

Happening Saturday 28 October from 5-9pm at the Abandoned Googong Wool Sheds.

Boogong is a free event!

Visit for more information.



Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay was first published in 1967 and is widely considered to be one of the most important Australian novels of all time. It was popularised globally in 1975 when the movie, directed by Peter Weir, was released to immediate critical and commercial success.  All these years later, the haunting music from the film score is still instantly recognisable to anyone who has seen the film, and debate still rages about what really happened to the missing girls that day.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, join us for a special once-only event to examine the creation of Picnic at Hanging Rock and the legacy it has left for future generations. Much-loved Canberra journalist Genevieve Jacobs will MC the event, alongside dramatised readings from popular Australian actors, reminding us why this book remains a cult classic. Tickets are $20 and includes an English-themed afternoon tea.

Happening Saturday 28 October from 1.30-5.30pm at the National Library of Australia.

More information and bookings at


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Enjoy the spectacular visual of 2,000 shimmering candles at the 15th annual Canberra Nara Candle Festival, as we celebrate the 24th year of the Sister City relationship shared between Canberra and Nara, Japan.

Visitors will be mesmerised by the sounds of Japanese music and enchanting lighting that highlights the features of the beautiful Peace Park. The festival brings a wide variety of Japanese and Australian culture with arts and crafts such as calligraphy, lantern making, origami, ikebana and kite flying.

The festival features Japanese cuisine, markets and stalls with visitors able to take part in various activities.

Happening Saturday 28 October from 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm at Canberra Nara Peace Park & Lennox Gardens, Flynn Drive, Yarralumla, Australian Capital.

See website for more information.


Boys Will Be Boys

Selling your soul never looked so stylish. Enter the world of currency trading, Dior suits and cocaine in Boys Will Be Boys. Astrid is a ruthless trader at the top of her game, raking it in with the best of them. To stay on top, she’s had to tough it out with the men that dominate her industry. She hasn’t broken the glass ceiling, she’s re-modelled the entire building.

When the young and ambitious Priya applies for a junior position on the trading floor, Astrid decides to play mentor. But, in the self-serving world of the trade floor, every favour has a price.

Award-winning playwright Melissa Bubnic won the STC’s Patrick White Award in 2010 and, since then, has been carving out a distinctive writing style that is smart, risqué and very funny. In Boys Will Be Boys  she has written a no-holds-barred, biting satire on what it takes to get ahead in the world of finance. With an all-woman cast, in-your-face dialogue, filthy jokes and heartbreaking songs, Boys Will Be Boys is a merciless and unapologetic look at power.

Warning: contains frequent strong language, partial nudity, and strong adult themes including sexual violence.

Happening Friday 27 & Saturday 28 October from 8 pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

Purchase tickets here.



The AIDS Action Council is proud to present CBR Fair Day 2017, Canberra’s biggest LGBTIQ community fair! Come and celebrate Canberra’s wonderful and diverse LGBTIQ communities by enjoying a fabulous day of music and performances. You can participate in activities and workshops, have a chat at the friendly stalls and indulge your taste buds with delicious food. Watch the beloved Rainbow Pet Parade from the grassy lawns and meet some new friends. And why not bring your dog along and register for the parade?

Fair Day has launched SpringOut every year since the first SpringOut Pride Festival in 1999. Bring your friends, partners, family and puppies – there’ll be something for everyone to enjoy!

Entry is Free!

Happening Saturday 28 October from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.



Method Coffee van, musical entertainment, jumping castle, face painting, sand pit games, second hand stall, floppy frog, international food, Le forum books on wheels, handmade stall and more.

10 am to 2 pm this Saturday at the French-Australian Preschool, Astrolabe Street, Red Hill.


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 the event website.


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The Alpaca Magic biannual Open Day and Reduction Sale is coming up again on the last Sunday of October! If you’re after a fun day out for the family, looking to find out a bit more about the events we run, or thinking of investing in llamas/alpacas as pets or livestock guardians, please come along to meet the lovely animals (who will be wandering amongst their human guests) and have a chat with the staff.

There’ll be several staff available on the day to answer all the questions you have, coach any nervous children through interacting with the llamas/alpacas for the first time, and point out the animals that are up for sale – at reduced prices throughout this Reduction Sale period.

No bookings required, however there is a Facebook event set up for you to invite your friends. 

Happening Sunday 30 October from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road, New South Wales, Australia.

See website for more information.


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.


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Reclaim the Night is a global event that provides a public platform for women and their supporters to take a stand against sexual violence. The first march took place around 44 years ago to protest the police response to the Yorkshire Ripper murders in England, where women were told by police to stay indoors at night.

This year we will hear from the Federal Member for Canberra, Ms Gai Brodtmann MP, and Virginia Haussegger AM, the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre’s patron and passionate women’s advocate and communication specialist. She is also an award-winning television journalist, writer and commentator, whose extensive media career spans more than 25 years.

There will be performances from Matilda Rose, 2017’s Junior Australian National Busking Champion, Ghawazee Moon Bellydance and the Women’s African drumming group.

The message of Reclaim the Night is as relevant now as it was 44yrs ago. Sexual Assault affects one in three girls before the age of 18 and one in six women will be assaulted in a lifetime. Reclaim the Night is the first event and launches The Summer of Respect campaign. This campaign focuses on community awareness of sexual violence and respectful behaviour.

Happening Friday 27 October from 6:00 pm at Garema Place, Garema Place, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

See website for more information.


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


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Feeling a little beastly this Halloween? Come and join the creatures, critters and creepy crawlies at the Zoo for plenty of tricks and treats this Halloween. Bring a picnic or purchase some tasty snacks on the night  With animal feeds, games, competitions and sweets, the night promises to be devilishly fun.

Proceeds go to Cystic Fibrosis ACT and the NZACT Conservation Fund.

Boo at the Zoo is a family Halloween fundraising night aimed at families with children between 4 and 12 years old – although younger and older kids are welcome to come too! – and has been created as an opportunity for families and children to enjoy Halloween games and Trick or Treating in a safe environment.

Boo at the Zoo is being held on Saturday 28th of October in the new area of the zoo. Gates will open at 5:30pm with the evening concluding with a round up and prizes handed out at 7.30pm. 

Happening from Saturday 28 October from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at National Zoo & Aquarium, Lady Denman Drive, Yarralumla.

See website for more information.



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.



Spend your Sunday the way they do in Cuba at The Highball Express with sunshine, dominoes, fruity rum punch bowls, tasty Spanish food and first class service. Highball’s fabulous street party style Sunday Sessions is on again this weekend and it’ll be fun for all ages – you can even bring your little ones!

– Free entry

– Bottomless mimosas

– $70 punch bowls

– $5 Coronas

– Plenty of Dominoes sets to share

– Family friendly!

The Highball Express will be at your service from 2pm this and every Sunday over Spring / Summer.

Happening Sunday 29 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.

Up for a road trip?


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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


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