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The Weekend Edit
YOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO WHAT’S ON IN CANBERRA THIS WEEKEND!
Every Monday for nearly seven years, we’ve published This Week in The Can, our 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!
Discover what makes Wellington the coolest little capital in the world. Immerse yourself in a cultural fusion as Wellington and Canberra come together for one huge day in NewActon, for a celebration of craft beer, food, wine and music.
Wellington is bringing a renowned chef, brewer, barista, live entertainer and local winemaker to collaborate with our own local producers in a melting pot of activity.
A laneway kitchen will serve up a one-off menu from one of Wellingtons hippest restaurants, a pop up bar will serve award-winning craft beer and coffee, Canberra Wines will host tastings and NewActon’s restaurants will serve street food as a DJ and live musicians transport you to both sides of the sea.
PLUS 2 x chances to win a trip for two to Wellington’s Toast Martinborough festival worth over $2,500 each!
Happening from 12pm to 5pm in Kendall Lane, NewActon. Find out more on Facebook.
OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE WEDDING OPEN DAY
Old Parliament House invites you to meet the team at their Wedding Open Day and gain valuable tips and expert advice on making your dream wedding a reality. Not only will you be inspired with some ideas for your big day, you can also sample delicious food from their weddings packages menu.
When it’s ‘love at first sight’ you just know it—so they will offer ‘special deals’ to those who book their wedding at Old Parliament House during the Wedding Open Day.
Happening Saturday 7 October from 10am – 4pm. Entry is via the Queen Victoria Terrace Bridges at the rear entrance of Old Parliament House.
Free entry. Get in early and book a free appointment with one of their experienced Coordinators via Eventbrite.
CRAZY HORSE PARIS: FOREVER CRAZY
Don’t miss the tantalising Parisian cultural cabaret phenomenon that is Crazy Horse Paris, here in Canberra for the first time with Forever Crazy. Featuring the best of acts from their legendary cabaret, Forever Crazy offers a series of highly aesthetic and visual tableaux presented by a multicultural cast of ten stunningly beautiful and classically trained dancers clad only in textured lighting and projection. Join them as they celebrate 65 years of naked couture!
Note: This show contains nudity and is not suitable for children.
Performing from Wednesday 4 to Saturday 7 October at Canberra Theatre Centre. More information and tickets from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.
CANBERRA OUTLET CENTRE FASHION WORKSHOPS
Join Centre stylist Tracey Davis & Sofia Polak from The Fashion Vault for style tips and tricks to get you shopping like a stylist:
- 11am – Tips to shopping outlet and finding the best buys
- 12.30 – Versatile pieces that will give you more options
- 2pm SS17 Must Haves
The Centre’s style team will teach you the must haves and tell you how to include them in your current wardrobe effortlessly.
Bookings are essential by emailing [email protected] with your name, number and the time of the workshop you would like to attend. Places are strictly limited
Places are strictly limited with all registered attendees receiving an exclusive beauty bag.
CANBERRA STYLE MARKET
A new and exciting event—Canberra Style Marketis unique to the Canberra market scene. This event will combine fashion, beauty, style, health and wellbeing products and services within a fun, chic atmosphere.
Stalls will include: hand-picked local fashion boutiques; designers of fashion, jewellery, millinery, accessories; select ‘quality’ pre-loved stall holders by application; beauty services such as makeup, manicures; and health and wellbeing products, services and food. There’ll also be a champagne bar, coffee and food stalls, seating and live music.
Happening from 10 am to 3 pm this Saturday 7 October at the Former Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Visit canberrastylemarket.com.au to find out more.
Under Sedation is Canberra verse remixed. This bold and thought-provoking new theatre work honours the national contribution of local poets – both spoken and sung, past and present. The show embraces compositions from one of the most vibrant poetic hubs in the nation.
This work weaves together the old and the new, sung and spoken, published and drafted, applauded and unknown, the earnest and irreverent, transforming performance poetry from slam to stage to explore what may hurt or pacify.
Under Sedation will not mark the first time that poetry has gone to the theatre but will see The Street transform local poetry into a bold, contemporary production to continue and enrich the dialogue that Canberra poets and songwriters have so generously brought to the community.
Showing at The Street Theatre until 14 October. Find more information and tickets at thestreet.org.au.
I DON’T HAVE TIME: THE WORKSHOP
I Don’t Have Time‘s new 4-hour workshop will have you laughing, crying and — best of all — realising you are NOT the only one wondering why you’re not further ahead, more organised, more confident, fitter, happier, more satisfied in your relationships, in a stronger place financially, more patient, more relaxed, more ambitious … more of all the things you want the most.
Emma Grey and Audrey Thomas will bring you stories and practical exercises from their book, I Don’t Have Time, PLUS brand new content from the upcoming sequel, I Can’t Be Bothered!
From 12:30 pm to 6 pm this Saturday 6 October. More information and registration at idonthavetime.net.
The Comms Ball 2017
The University of Canberra is holding their annual communications ball this Saturday night on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.
Inside the gorgeous Australia’s National Museum students will have the chance to network, hear guest speakers and just have an all-round incredible night with meal and drinks included.
Tickets are $125 and include entry into the Mr Wolf afterparty. Grab yours now via QPay.
Featuring: DJ OITIOUS and special guest speaker Wendy Johnson. Dress Code: Black Tie
Happening Saturday 7 October at the National Museum of Australia. Find more information via Facebook.
OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS: RETRO DEPOT
If you love the brights of the 60s and 70s, mid-century furniture, funky retro clothing and macramé then we know where you need to be. Retro Depot is where you can explore the styles and fashions from the recent past.
What might you find? Being old fashioned is fun again, particularly when it comes to clothes – so browse the fashions, jewellery and accessories of times gone by to deck out your retro wardrobe. And make your home fashionably nostalgic with retro homewares and furniture.
From 10 am to 4 pm this Sunday 8 October at the Former Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.
GOVERNMENT HOUSE OPEN DAY
The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), and Lady Cosgrove will host the 2017 Government House Open Day.
Take this opportunity to tour the historic residence and have a picnic on the lawn. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from vendors on the day.
Open from 11am to 2pm this Saturday 7 October. More information from gg.gov.au.
EDEN FAMILY YOGA WITH BE HAPPY YOGA
Kids Yoga will help your little one develop their social, emotional and physical well-being. Along with the help of parents they’ll learn yoga poses, play games and do relaxation exercises. Find out more here.
Recommended for ages 4 – 8. Registration includes a spot for one parent and one child.
The one-hour session will be held at 11 am Saturday 7 October in the new Canberra Centre Beauty Precinct—Ground Level, Monaro Mall opposite Endota Spa.
The session is free but registration is essential via Eventbrite.
STUDENT RACE DAY
Students from Canberra’s University institutions including CIT, University of Canberra and Australian National University will gather at the races this Friday 6 October to enjoy a great afternoon of racing and fashion. In conjunction with the $35,000 tab.com.au Tony Campbell Memorial Cup and the $25,000 Sky Race Callers Cup along with 6 other races on the day.
Entry is free with action on and off the track including the Fashions on the field competition for the Students providing plenty of colour! Strictly an 18+ event.
More information from thoroughbredpark.com.au.
CHINESE HIGH TEA AT NATURAL NINE, CASINO CANBERRA
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 casinocanberra.com.au.
NSW RURAL FIRE SERVICE COMMUNITY OPEN DAY
Fire trucks are the stuff childhood dreams are made of and now is your chance to get a good look under the hood as the big red trucks roll into Googong for the annual NSW Rural Fire Service Community Open Day this Saturday 7 October.
If you’ve always dreamed of climbing the ladder, trying out the giant hose or checking your handle on the emergency radio, then here’s your chance – under the watchful eye of volunteers from the local Jerrabomberra Creek brigade. Bring the family to meet some of the amazing local heroes, try their protective gear on for size and hear about their heart-stopping adventures.
The community party of the season will have a serious side too. Pick up some tips from the experts and make sure your property and loved ones are safe and ready for the official start of the summer bushfire season.
Everyone is invited to join in from 10 am to 2 pm. There will be live music, a jumping castle, sausage sizzle and truckloads of free family fun. More information from googong.net.
ONE DAY SHOP BY PAN AFTER
After decades of going down the rabbit-hole of mass-production, cheap labour and same-same department stores, the pendulum has begun its swing back towards the small batch, the hand-crafted, and the local.
The phrase “think global, act local” gets tossed around like salad, but one of the easiest (and most satisfying ways) of actually living this ethos is by putting your money where your mouth is and supporting set ups such as Hotel Hotel’s One Day Shop by Pan After.
Hotel Hotel, will be hosting this One Day Shop in the library on the hotel’s ground floor on Saturday 7 October from 10 AM to 5 PM.
This time, the makeshift shop, curated by Pan After, will stock a range of carefully sourced and ethically produced homewares and wearables.
Find more information and purchase tickets here.
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.
Floriade’s 2017 theme is ‘rejuvenation’. This year there are even more flowers, enhanced food and beverage options including local produce and craft beer, extended opening hours into the twilight, two weekends of illuminated brilliance at NightFest as well as more than 100 performances, demonstrations and workshops.
There is also an exclusive opportunity for visitors to see the flowers before the gates open at the Floriade Opening Concert on Friday 15 September, featuring an open air performance by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and David Bowie tribute act The Ziggy Band. Get your tickets now from Ticketek.
Happening Saturday 16 September-Sunday 15 October daily from 10am-7pm at Commonwealth Park, Regatta Place, Parkes. Entry is free.
Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House
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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TASTE RIVERINA FESTIVAL
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 www.tasteriverina.com.au.