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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!



The 2017 Undercurrent Design Market – held in the award-winning National Portrait Gallery, will be showcasing an array of contemporary, leading edge Australian-made design goodness.

Just in time for Christmas, with a wide range of delightful gifts & objects – from ceramics to jewellery, textiles and glass.

Held over three BIG days on the weekend of 24th – 26th November. Avoid the Christmas rush and shop directly with the designers to buy something unique and exclusive.

Happening Friday 24 November from 5pm – 8pm, Saturday 25 November from 10am-5pm and Sunday 26 November from 10am-3pm at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

Find more information via Facebook and their website.


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Set on a Greek island paradise and inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s classic songs, writer Catherine Johnson’s MAMMA MIA! is a heart-warming tale. It tells us of a young bride-to-be on the eve of her wedding, who wants to discover the identity of her father. She brings together three men from her mother’s past, back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

Over 60 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the story and the music that makes MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good musical.

MAMMA MIA! is a global phenomenon, and now, in a stunning new production, you can join the party of a lifetime! A celebration of love, laughter and friendship, MAMMA MIA! is a fabulous night out whatever your age!

Happening Friday 24 November until Sunday 17 November from 7.30pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic. Tickets available online.


Photo: Peta Rudd for HerCanberra. Earrings by The Floral Society.

Photo: Peta Rudd for HerCanberra. Earrings by The Floral Society.

A morning of champagne and nibbles while The Floral Society teaches you how to make your very own, statement flower earrings that are oh-so-hot -right-now and the perfect way to dress up your outfits this silly season.

Included in the ticket price is champagne, a grazing station by Nibble + Nourish, floral hoops (1 x set per person), flowers and greenery, tools, materials and tuition.

Happening Saturday 25 November from 11am-1pm at The Social Club, 48 Jardine Street, Green Square, Kingston.

Cost: $100 per person (including GST). Tickets:


Harriet Schwarzrock at Undercurrent Markets. Photographer: Madeline McGuigan

Harriet Schwarzrock at Undercurrent Markets. Photographer: Madeline McGuigan

Throughout November over 100 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artist studios and open homes will be showcased as DESIGN Canberra. See the nation’s capital transformed into a new platform for the best in design.

DESIGN Canberra 2017 will be inspired by the spirit of modernism, a celebration of the creativity, experimentation and optimism for which Canberra’s mid-century architecture is acclaimed. The event will be led by the idea of Canberra as a living design laboratory; a global city of design.

From the time of Walter and Marion Griffin’s visionary design a century ago, to iconic experimental modernist architecture of the 1950s and 60s, through to contemporary and sustainable design developments today, Canberra has been – and will always be – a living design laboratory.

The festival, now in its 4th year, is for all interests and ages and most events are free.

Happening from 7 – 26 November at various locations across Canberra. Specific event details through the event website.


The Dressmaker - Liam Hemsworth as Teddy McSwiney by Ben King.

The Dressmaker – Liam Hemsworth as Teddy McSwiney 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 from 10 November – 4 March 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.


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Join Melissa aka Miss Moss, who will show you her tips for combining florals, greenery and tableware from local Canberra designers to create your own centrepieces at home. Brought to you by Craft ACT as part of the DESIGN Canberra Festival.

Each attendee will receive a redeemable $20 Canberra Centre Gift Card upon arrival.

Happening Sunday 26 November from 12 pm – 1 pm at Monaro Mall, Canberra Centre 

Find more information here


Image: Tim Bean Photography

Image: Tim Bean Photography


Wander through the trees, to find the fabulous long table set for an al-fresco lunch, and dine amongst the Pialligo Estate Olive Grove.

The bountiful feast, featuring seafood, Pialligo Estate’s Smokehouse and Market Garden produce, will be complemented by their own flowing wines and local beers.

Live entertainment will be provided.

Happenin Saturday 25 November from 1:30pm – 4pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

$150 per person. Purchase tickets via Eventbrite.

Please let PE know when booking if you have any specific dietary requirements and they will try to accommodate them as best they can.



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Join Kyla Kirkpatrick as she takes you on a journey into the vines of France’s original home of bubbly: champagne.

You’ll learn about the world’s most desirable sparkling wine, how to serve it and how it’s made during a fascinating presentation over several glasses of champagne.

Kyla Kirkpatrick left a corporate career in 2005 after reading an article on Napoleon Bonaparte. His love affair with champagne, and friendship with Jean Remy Moet, had her wanting to know more about champagne’s illustrious history, and its links to kings, queens, rock starts, movie starts and rappers.

In her workshops, Kyla vows to teach people – champagne lover or not – how to be a bubbles aficionado in a two-hour, action-packed, cheeky journey into the world of champagne. You can expect to learn about its sparkling history, etiquette, different styles, production techniques and more.

Tickets are $50, all guests receive a Canberra Centre gift card to the value of $20. Purchase tickets via Eventbrite.

Happening Saturday 25 November from 11 am – 1 pm at Canberra Centre, Level One, opposite Apple.

Canberra District Wine Tasting and Suitcase Rummage

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Image: supplied.

For the first time ever, these two fantastic events are joining forces. Head down to NewActon for an afternoon rummaging through suitcases filled with vintage goods and handmade treasures – perfect for those Christmas pressies. Suitcase Rummages are held across the country and are a crowd favourite with Canberrans. 

Plus, treat yourself and purchase a tasting glass to try all the best vinos from across the Canberra region. There will be over 30 different wines to sample from 11 vineyards, presented by Canberra District Wine Association. 

Tasting glass – $20 pre-sale / $25 door

Happening Sunday 26 November from 12-4pm in the NewActon courtyard and surroundsPurchase tickets at 




Lorde, Alison Wonderland, Vance Joy & Tash Sultana join the delicious-ness of Hoy Pinoy and Down N’ Out Burger in a vivid colour escape created by Yok & Sheryo and Alex Sanson for Spilt Milk 2017 within Commonwealth Park in Canberra.

Kicks and triple j are proud to bring you a Spilt Milk 2017 creative line-up full of all their fave artists, mouth-watering food and inspiring art.

Happening Saturday 25 November from 11am-11pm at Commonwealth Park, Parkes.


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IMB Bank Sunset Cinemas will return to Canberra for the 2017 season, with a new look and feel, “The Summer Local”, encouraging Canberrans to make Sunset Cinema their local outdoor summer movie destination.

Open multiple nights each week between November 16 – 23 December at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. The season is packed with new release blockbusters, quirky comedies, award-winning features and cult classic – perfect for a date night, girls’ night out or some family fun.

The season will kick off with the screening of popular drama film, Patti Cake$, followed by other favourites like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Emoji Movie and Logan Lucky.

This year, the IMB Bank Sunset Cinema will partner with three local charities, asking moviegoers to vote for their favourite cause with a grant allocated at the end of the season.

Tickets are available now via the website:


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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 there.

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 26 December from 10 am – 4 pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more details.


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Suitcase Rummage is setting up their suitcases in Canberra!

In case you don’t know, Suitcase Rummage is a mini scaled market with giant rewards; it promises to be everything that is a market but without the hassle. It’s about bringing a suitcase (or two!) filled to the brim with all sorts of goodies.

You can be a part of the Rummage experience by selling wares, or come along to buy some real beauties! There will be brilliant vintage, artwork, bric-a-brac, clothing, books, jewellery, seconds, hand-made, shoes, records, music, badges, cards, handmade paper, …… You name it! Come for a bargain, a swap, or an old-fashioned haggle. You must register to sell your wares, so please follow the link below to book in online. We will contact you with further information once you’ve registered!

Next step is… to bring your treats and goodies on the day and start selling like your grandma. Easy as pie.

If you would like to be a part of the Rummage experience as a seller, please register for a stall here! If you just want to come along for a browse on the day, no registration is necessary and it’s FREE to attend.

Happening Sunday 26 November from 12-4pm in the NewActon precinct. Find more information on Facebook.


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It’s the last weekend of SpringOUT, Canberra’s biggest annual LGBTIQ festival! 

This Friday 25 November, the Pink Party returns to Polit bar. More details can be found here. Meanwhile, Sunday 26 November will see the 2017 Festival off with a special end of year performance by QWIRE. This is an event not to be missed as they sing songs that have made them so famous over time. Tickets can be booked here.

Just a reminder that tickets are still available to the SpringOUT awards night on the 2nd December. This is bound to be a great night of entertainment and celebration. Tickets can be purchased here.


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Casino Canberra’s Showtime Saturdays will see different themed performances every fortnight by some of Australia’s best talent. Entertainment starts at 9pm and is completely FREE.

Come see outstanding vocalists such as Robyn Loau (from Australia’s biggest girl band ‘Girlfriend’), M.C. Hayes Loau, Matilda Moran, Ben Palumbo and Dina David. Plus, performances by Hot Disco Dolls and GG Showgirls, just to name a few.

Happening Saturdays at 9 PM, 10 PM and 11 PM at Casino Canberra, Binara Street, City.


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.

Showing 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.



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 every Sunday, 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.


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