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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!


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Indulge in a feast of the senses and join in the fun as The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Each year from June to August more than 250 individual events are held across the Canberra region showcasing the region’s fresh Black Winter Truffle.

Taste and experience the magic of these highly-prized gems. Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration, or pop along to a market and pick up some truffle delights for yourself.

The Truffle Festival is the ultimate foodie festival, and a fabulous celebration of winter in the Canberra region.

Happening Friday 1 June–Friday 31 August at various locations around Canberra.

Check out the website for more information.


Hartley Lifecare is proud to introduce the inaugural High Tea and Fashion Parade to raise funds to support people with physical and complex disabilities. Victoria’s Models, along with some of Hartley’s clients, will be wearing the latest winter fashions from the fabulous Birdsnest online store. There will be live entertainment, a silent auction, photo booth and special tiara raffle to celebrate the Royal Wedding as well as a bar selling champagne, wine and soft drink.

Happening Sunday 8 July from 5 pm at Albert Hall, Yarralumla.

Find out more and purchase tickets on the Hartley Lifecare website.


Credit: Dominic Northcott.

Patricia Highsmith, the famous, and eccentric, author of The Talented Mr Ripley, and Carol is living in seclusion in Switzerland with just her books and antique guns for company. When she is visited by an eager and naive editor from her publishing house, who has been tasked with convincing her to write one last Ripley, a thrilling game begins.

But who is the hunter, and who is the prey?

From the company that brought you the critically acclaimed Playhouse Creatures, comes this brilliant production of Joanna Murray Smith’s taut psychological thriller. Starring Canberra’s own Karen Vickery (Winner Best Actress in a Leading Role in the 2014 Canberra Area Theatre Awards) and Lachlan Ruffy (Channel 9’s Quartermaine) it’s a rollercoaster ride that will take you right to the edge…

Happening 3-14 July at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic.

More information and tickets here.


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.


Skating A Canberra

The Skating At Festival will be returning to Canberra these winter school holidays offering a unique winter wonderland ice skating experience.

Now in its second year, Canberra’s Skating At pop-up ice-skating rink will be located in the city centre at Garema Place.

This affordable family-friendly event is ideal for people of all ages and skill levels as Skating At will offer something for everyone. The open-air ice rink offers a world-class family friendly entertainment precinct with magical lighting, music, fantastic rides including ice slides, jumping castles and delicious food and drink options.

Happening Friday 29 June – Sunday 22 July at Garema Place, Canberra City. Tickets cost between $10–$26pp.

See the website for times and further information.


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.


Each year the National Arboretum brightens up the cool winter with a colourful knitted installation. This year features New Zealand flora and fauna and includes a giant kiwi and groves of bright pohutukawa flowers. The warm trees will be wrapped in multicoloured scarves in many of the forest from the towering Himalayan Cedars, the Camden White Gums to the small bonsai trees. See the website for more details about knitting workshops held in the month of July.

Warm Trees is the combined effort of hundreds of knitters of all ages, in the ACT and all around Australia and overseas and is the largest knitted installation in the world. Brought to you by the Friends of the National Arboretum.

Showing until Friday 29 July from 9am–4pm daily at National Arboretum Canberra, 1 Forest Drive. Free entry.

Check out 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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