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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!


Gather a bunch of festive friends and join us for a jolly good time as The Floral Society teaches you how to make your very own pastel-coloured, long and low Christmas table arrangement.

Included within the ticket price is champagne (essential), the best grazing station you’ve ever seen, flowers and greenery, Christmas baubles for your arrangement, a florist oasis, tools + materials, tuition.

Happening Saturday 16 December from 10am-12pm at The Social Club, 48 Jardine Street, Green Square, Kingston. 

Cost: $120 per person (including GST). Tickets: thefloralsociety.com.au.

Christmas in Glebe Park

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The Christmas celebrations in the city centre will be bigger and better this year than ever before. There’ll be a two-and-a-half-week Christmas in Glebe Park event, kicking off on Friday 8 December. The celebrations will include light displays, a Christmas forest, food and drink options, and a schedule of entertainment for kids and adults until 24 December.

Entry to Glebe Park will be free but some activities will request a small donation to the event’s charity partner, Red Nose.

Happening until 23 December. For full details on all the events click here.


Start a new family tradition and build your own unique gingerbread house at Canberra Centre’s hands-on gingerbread house making workshops this Saturday 11 December.

Have fun with Santa’s elves and decorate your house with all the yummy trimmings from the jolly lolly station. With two sessions running at 11am and 1pm, the workshops will be held near the Centre’s new kids play space, located at the level one food court near Kathmandu.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.canberracentre.com.au.


Bring a picnic rug and your Christmas cheer to Aspen Island to enjoy the 55 bells of the Carillon being played by six carillonists, including three of the youngest in the world.

Sing along with the Canberra Harmony Chorus as Christmas Carols ring out on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.

Food and drink available onsite, including free popcorn.

For a rare glimpse of the bells and a unique view over Canberra, join a free tour between 4 pm and 5.45 pm.

Happening Sunday 17 December from 6-7.30pm at the Carillon. For more information and to download the program visit www.nca.gov.au.

Lane Way Party

Meadow is hosting a Lane Way Party to celebrate its opening down Odgers Lane in the Melbourne Building!

There will be plenty of great food, DJ’s and Musicians to boogie to whilst watching live art by local artists, drinking Summer Sangria and FREE Cold Brew!

So come join Meadow in celebrating, see you there! To read more about Meadows philosophy head over to meadowlife.com.au.

Happening Saturday 16 December from 12-5pm in Odgers Lane, next to the Melbourne Building in the Bus Interchange, Civic.


Come and have a great time at the Alliance Francaise annual Christmas Party. Performances all night! Members, Students, Committee members & Staff, frenchie lovers all welcome!

Dinner & Entertainment! If you can sing, dance, play an instrument or act, let us know and you can be included in the program!

Happening Thursday 14 December from 7.45pm at Alliance Française de Canberra, Turner. Tickets $30pp with discount for members, available online.


Infamous! A Cabaret Cirque Sensation is at Majura Park! This show offers the best of circus with added sex appeal – it’s a Cabaret twist. Please note, this is an adults ONLY show.

Over 18s can enjoy death defying acts, including the wheel of death, flying trapeze whilst the dancers and singer will captivate you with their sultry yet sexy numbers. Be AWARE the drunken clown character will have you in stitches as he stumbles through the crowd and appears along side a flirtatious and unpredictable kitty lady. On offer is a fully licensed bar which opens one hour before the show starts and stay OPEN after the show, so you can have a drink, mingle and photograph with the performers. 

Happening Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8 pm and  Sunday at 7 pm until Sunday 17 December 2017 in the big top at Majura Park Showgrounds, opposite Costco, Majura Park. 

Purchase tickets and find more information at www.infamous.net.au. Please note, this is an adults ONLY show.

Complimentary Champagne Bar at Canberra Centre

For when you want to do your Christmas shopping in style, drop by Canberra Centre’s complimentary champagne bar at Monaro Mall and put a little splash of sparkles on your holiday to-do list. It’s the weekend, after all.

Friday from 5-8pm, Saturday and Sunday from 12-3pm at Monaro Mall, Canberra Centre. 


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


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.


Young Woman Eating Popcorn in Movie Theater

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: www.sunsetcinema.com.au/canberra.

Red Nose Gift Wrapping at Canberra Centre

You can support Red Nose this Christmas by participating in Canberra Centre’s charity gift wrapping campaign.

Simply donate a gold coin to have your gifts wrapped by their friendly volunteers, and all donations will go towards Red Nose’s incredible work.

Happening 11-24 December at Canberra Centre. Click here for full times. 


Stack of champagne glasses on table in wedding party

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.

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.

Christmas Banquet at Natural Nine

Natural Nine has a festive menu available for lunch and dinner in the lead up to Christmas and on Christmas Day.

Featuring pop-Chinese food with fresh, summer flavours the Christmas banquet has king prawns, crab, salmon, oysters and more.

The 8-course banquet is only $68pp. So grab your family, friends, neighbours, mother’s group, boss, everyone, as you don’t’ want to miss this.

To see the full menu or make a booking visit: natural9.com.au/promotion/christmas-banquet


Immerse yourself in everything Christmassy! The Old Bus Depot Markets are open every Saturday and Sunday before Christmas in December.

Why visit? Stock up on everything you will need for Christmas. From the large array of unique and handcrafted gifts for loved ones, to items to decorate your home for the festive season.

You’ll find wreaths, table centre pieces, candles, handmade stockings and advent calendars. Purchase a live Christmas tree from St Nicholas Trees. Order a personalised Christmas bauble.

Buy delicious Christmas fare including cakes, gingerbread houses, mince tarts, puddings, shortbread, party dips, farmhouse cheeses, olives and more.

Happening every Saturday and Sunday in December until Christmas from 10 am to 4 pm at Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, Australian Capital Territory.

See website for more information.

Pialligo Estate Academy

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.

Behind the Lines 2017: The Three Ring Circus 

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Roll up, roll up to Behind the Lines 2017 and marvel at the political cartooning spectacle that is The Three-Ring Circus. 

Showcasing the year’s best political cartoons, The Three-Ring Circus captures a world where fact and fiction collide and ringmasters, jugglers and acrobats have all stepped into the political Big Top. 

From postal votes and citizenship chaos to penalty rates and constitutional recognition, 2017 was a tumultuous year in politics. Its cavalcade of political characters and sensational events provided rich material for our nation’s cartoonists who continue to look behind the lines of the daily political sideshows to capture the spirit of our democracy in all its passion, scepticism and humour.

Behind the Lines 2017 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Open 9 am – 5 pm. For more information, visit the website.


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