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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!


In 2016 the inaugural The Commons Street Feast attracted over 50,000 Canberrans across 10 days of pure, glorious indulgence! Returning for 2017 from 30 November – 10 December in Commonwealth Park, The Commons is bringing over 20 of Australia’s most mouthwatering food trucks, dedicated craft beer and wine bars, the completely insta- worthy Pimms Garden, plus a whole host of events, entertainment and installations to satisfy your innermost gluttonous desires.

Featuring food from:

Hoy Pinoy | Down N’ Out | Mary’s | Gelato Messina | Maverick Wings | Pimp My Chimney | MEET | De Wafel | Kransky Brothers | Killa Fries | Two Fat Indians | Getintheq | The Avocado Hut | That Arancini Guy Soul Cartel | Graze Expectations | Twistto

It is a free event and open to all ages with licensed 18+ bar areas on site. The Commons Street Feast is open for dinner every night and from midday on weekends with activities for the kids during the day.

Happening from 30 November – 10 December in Commonwealth Park, Regatta Point.

• Monday 5pm – 9pm
• Tuesday 5pm – 9pm
• Wednesday 5pm – 9pm
• Thursday 5pm – 10pm
• Friday 5pm – 11pm
• Saturday 12pm – 11pm • Sunday 12pm – 9pm

Find more information via the website.


Megan Morton makes atmospheres that make people obscenely happy. She has been called on to style, design and work her ‘house whispering’ magic for celebrities, magazines and her next-door neighbours. Her work has been featured on the covers of international glossies, including Elle Decoration UK and Vanity Fair. In Australia her clients include Vogue Living, In Style and Inside Out magazines.

Morton’s popularity can be attributed to her love of unconventional colour, strong imagery and over 12 years publishing experience. Take some super stylish cues from Megan’s book, as she shares her fall safe tips for chic festive season decorating.

Tickets are $22 and can be booked via Eventbrite.

Happening Saturday 9 December from 11 am – 12 pm at Canberra Centre, Level One, opposite Apple.


Canberra’s award-winning Handmade Market is a quarterly event, which brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets from all over Australia to showcase their handmade designs.

Handmade Market December 2017 is an indoor event showcasing over 260 Australian designer/makers. All products on sale are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers and find something unique, well priced and where you can meet the maker.

You’ll find everything from fashion, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, children’s toys and clothing, jewellery, accessories and an indoor gourmet food & wine hall.

You can drive to the venue. There is a lot of parking including coach and disabled parking access. ATMs are located on site. There is public transport to the event.

Entry to the market is free but please support the door greeters at each event with a gold coin donation if you can. Each event supports a different charity.

Happening 8 – 10 December. Friday from 5-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra at the corner Northbourne Ave & Flemington Road, Mitchell.

Find more information on their website.

Miranda Kerr Skype Q&A

Miranda Kerr is recognised as one of the world’s most influential voices in the world of fashion and style, and has innate and genuine passion for health and wellbeing. As an extension of her passion, Miranda launched her multi-award winning certified organic skincare range KORA Organics in 2009. In 2010 Miranda graduated from New York’s School of Integrative Nutrition and became a Certified Health Coach. KORA Organics is a unique and holistic 360 approach to nourishing and nurturing your MIND, BODY, SKIN.

Join Miranda as she chats about beauty, skincare, tips and tricks plus health and wellness. For the chance to have your beauty, health or wellness question answered by Miranda, follow @koraorganics on Instagram and post your question using the hashtag #mirandamasterclass by 5pm AEDT, 8th December 2017.

Each attendee will also receive a redeemable $20 KORA Organics Gift Voucher upon arrival.

Book your tickets via Evenbrite here.


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 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 Friday 24 November 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:

Summer Pop Up Shop

Some of Canberra’s favourite brands are coming together for a one day Pop-Up Shop!

Get your summer essentials and unique Christmas gifts from:

  • One Hunted- Vintage and on-trend fashion faves
  • Miss Winks- Pretty lingerie- bralettes, knickers and bodysuits from Australian designers
  • Somewhere South the Label- Summer Swimwear Essentials
  • Reverie Collective- Boho and Festival Clothing- handmade and bespoke
  • Maak The Label- Unique 3D Printed Jewels

And more to be announced soon!

New Season Faves- Exclusives- One Off’s- Samples- Discounts. You do not want to miss this Canberra- a rare opportunity to shop these labels in person and in the one venue!

Happening Saturday 9 December from 11 am – 3 pm at The Social Club, Green Square, Kingston. 

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. 


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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.


Allow Subsdance Dance Studio to take you through the generations, different cultures and countries, through moments of time, into famous places and events around the world…I C O N I C people, places and times.

I C O N I C will be the most creative production at Subsdance yet with instructors and students displaying their WILDEST ideas and SPECTACULAR performances through dance.

Whether it’s going back in time through the era’s to the 1920’s or being swept away to the Pyramids of Giza, there is an icon familiar to all ages, men and women.

Join them for their final show spectacular for 2017! It’s set to be even bigger and better than the last!

Happening Friday 8 December at Erindale Theatre. Doors open at 7 pm with the show starting at 7.30 pm.

Tickets can be purchased online at

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:


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.


Pheno (fee-no) is electric guitarist and vocalist Jess Green. As Pheno, she is pioneering her own style of Art-Pop. Canberra audiences have witnessed Pheno both with band and solo at Smith’s Alternative, the ANU bar finale, supporting Moaning Lisa or at the Candelo Arts Festival. This very special concert is the Canberra launch for the debut EP from Pheno ‘Dragon Year’. Jess grew up in Canberra, studying guitar at the ANU Jazz department, and has returned to live in the ACT after 12 years living and working in Sydney.

Happening Saturday 9 December from 8 pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, City West.

Tickets via PatronBase.

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.

‘New Documents’ by Bartolomeo Celestino

Image by Bart Celestino.

New Documents (all true things are equal)’ is an exhibition by Bartolomeo Celestino that presents formally and poetically charged sequences of abstract natural constructs as part of a larger meditative practice. The title takes its cues from the 1967 MoMA exhibition of relatively unknown photographers that had a lasting influence on modern photography. This abstract survey details the elusive relationships and primitive responses that we all have with discovery and the natural world.

Showing until Sunday 28 January at Nishi Gallery. Free entry.

Find more information at


Following his first national tour off the back of last year, Canberra artist Kirklanddhas just announced his first headline Canberra show, presented in collaboration with Oxfam.

Having teased the track at his Canberra shows supporting Seth Sentry, Dylan Joel and The Ansah Brothers, and recent his performance at Fashfest, Kirklandd’s first headline show has been announced as part of a 3-stop tour in celebration of his new single, Faded.

Led by production from renowned Australian producer Cam Bluff (Amy Shark, Allday), Faded is an alternative take on the new wave of hip hop emerging in Australia, blurring genre boundaries to offer a unique sound from Canberra’s rapidly emerging music scene.

Co-presented by Oxfam, the show will feature performances from a number of Canberra’s strongest live acts, including Moaning Lisa, The Ansah Brothers and more, with half of the show’s profits being donated directly to the organisation:

“I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to work with Oxfam for some time now, and I’m that excited they’ve gotten on board for the tour. I think the work they do on a national and international level is invaluable, and to use the music as a vehicle to steer people in their direction is sick… it’s going to bring a strong community feel to this run of shows” – Kirklandd

Faded will be presented live in concert on Saturday 9 December at Transit Bar, with tickets live 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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