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Weekend Edit: What’s on in Canberra

HerCanberra Team

Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this weekend!

Every Monday for more than five years, we’ve published This Week in The Can – but sometimes it’s just too epic to get through! That’s why we’ve introduced our Weekend Edit… Here are 10 things you shouldn’t miss!


Old Bus Depot Markets – Portobello Road

The Old Bus Depot Markets reopen in 2017 with a favourite event – Portobello Road. Fossick through an eclectic mix of quirky and interesting treasures. The fun is in the hunt as you never know what you might find amongst the stalls.

Rummage through a stack of old suitcases, funky lamp shades, tea cups and saucers and ceramic and glass flying ducks to decorate your home. Retro decorative art blends with antique jewellery, china and art glass, silver, linens and restored pieces.

Get your retail therapy this Sunday 8 January, 10am – 4pm at Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See website for more information.

Peter Pan the Musical

Ickle Pickle Productions proudly presents Peter Pan the MusicalOriginally adapted from the British stage by Piers Chater-Robinson, and based on the wonderful J.M Barrie story, Peter Pan is suitable for all ages and is the perfect school holiday entertainment.

Following on from Ickle Pickle’s lavish production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in January 2016, Peter Pan features a cast of 35 performers, wonderful music and staging that will enthral the whole family!

Opening at 7pm tonight and running until Saturday 21 January at the Belconnen Theatre Swanson Ct., Belconnen.

See website for more information and bookings.

Summernats 2017

The annual Street Machine Summernats Car Festival is Australia’s biggest horse power party where over 2000 elite street machines descend on Canberra. Coming from around the world, entrants display to a crowd of over 100,000 people.

Summernats delivers almost four days of high octane action including the City Cruise, the crowning of the Street Machine Summernats Grand Champion, Dyno Dynamic’s Horsepower Heroes, Federal Tyres Miss Summernats competition, and the world’s biggest burnout competition, the Liqui-Moly Burnout Masters.

On until Sunday 8 January at Exhibition Park in Canberra, 10 Flemington Road, Lyneham.

See website for more information.

Arboretum After Hours

Enjoy spectacular views, great live music and delicious food and drinks at the National Arboretum on Friday evenings from 6 to 20 January 2017.

Arboretum After Hours offers a northern deck that’s perfect for catching up with family and friends. Free music from 4.30pm to 6.30pm – this week it’s Kooky Fandango!

Find that special something at the Curatoreum Gift Store – open until 7pm. Village Centre and National Bonsai and Penjing Collection open until 7pm. Pod Playground and forests open until 8:30pm. Free guided Fire and Water walks.

For more information phone the National Arboretum or visit their website.

Versailles Treasures from the Palace

For the first time in history, a collection of over 130 sumptuous treasures from the Palace of Versailles are on show in Australia. Prepare yourself for an epic exhibition that embodies the opulence, luxury and beauty of a period central to French history, bringing life to the reign of three kings, their queens and mistresses. From the iconic gardens to the rich paintings, from sumptuous rooms to the golden details, from Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette, this exhibition is the greatest cultural experience this summer.

Highlights include magnificent works, such as the marble bust of Louis XIV, the monumental Gobelins tapestries, the Dauphin’s fine writing desk, the original sculpture of Latona from the centre of Versailles’ main fountain and Marie-Antoinette’s porcelain.

Versailles: Treasures from the Palace – exclusive to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Book your tickets here: nga.gov.au/Versailles

Fossil Dig at the National Dinosaur Museum

At midday every day during the school holidays visitors to the National Dinosaur Museum will be able to join our education team and learn some of the techniques employed by palaeontologists to find and catalogue fossils. Fun and educational, visitors will help search for and describe the real fossils they find and can earn a certificate issued from the PTP (Palaeontologist Training Program).

Free with normal entry. Suggested visitors take the 11am tour of the museum, and then join the midday fossil dig. We will also be running guided tours throughout the ACT School Holidays, running at the times of 11am, 2pm and 3pm.

Happening from Monday 19 December, 12pm – 1pm at the National Dinosaur Museum, Barton Highway, Nicholls.

See website for more information.


Step back in time, into the ads of Australia’s past. The Sell: Australian Advertising 1790s to 1990s showcases rich collections of Australian advertising and explores the messages behind many iconic and long forgotten ads.

Ephemeral by nature, often lasting in impact, advertising can reflect how much or just how little Australian society has changed over the centuries. From wanted posters to ads for underwear and chocolates, Vegemite and Victa Mowers, to the ‘Life. Be in it’ and ‘Do the Right Thing’ campaigns, there will be something to push everyone’s buttons!

Showing until 25 April 2017, daily 10am – 5pm. No booking required. More information at National Library of Australia.

Live Music at The Duxton

Love live music? The Duxton’s range of venues have a huge range of local talent lined up this week.

At the Duxton, see Bill Olson and Ned Philpot tonight, Ryan David  and Dave Bullock duo tomorrow night, and Michael Duchesne from 1pm to 4pm on Sunday 8 January.

At The Loft , tonight you can catch Jordean; and tomorrow Josh Beck is playing.

And on the Rooftop Terrace, John Mimellis is up tonight; Fontaine tomorrow and Ashley Feraude is playing 3 t0 7pm on Sunday.

The Popular Pet Show

The Popular Pet Show expresses the joy and warmth that many of us derive from our animal companions, and will celebrate their trusting, unpretentious ways. Comprising exuberant recent Australian paintings, many on a large scale, it includes portraits of famous and obscure Australians and their pets by contemporary artists Nicholas Harding, Lucy Culliton, Darren McDonald, Anna Culliton, Fiona McMonagle, Ken Done, Noel McKenna, Graeme Drendel, Robyn Sweaney and Kristin Headlam.

The Popular Pet Show will be the National Portrait Gallery’s major summer show, running until 12 March 2017.

Exhibition tickets: $10/$8 members and concessions. See website for more information: portrait.gov.au/exhibitions.

Canberra Challenger

Part of the Australian Pro Tour, the East Hotel Canberra Challenger is a $75,000 professional tennis tournament, part of the ATP Challenger tour. Placed the week before the Australian Open 2017, the tournament provides some of the world’s top players with perfect preparation opportunities going into the first Grand Slam of the year.

A quality international field was attracted to Canberra in 2016, including 54 players from 20 countries. Ten top 100 male players featured at the tournament. 32 players from the 2016 tournament went on to compete at the Australian Open 2016 in singles, doubles, and junior events. Qualifying will take place from 7 – 9 January with main draw action to commence on Monday 9 January.

Happening Saturday 7 to Saturday 14 January, 9am – 5pm at Canberra Tennis Centre, Riggall Place, Lyneham. Entry is free with a gold coin donation on finals day.

See website for more information.


Australia Day Cocktail Party at the Museum Bar

Celebrate Australia Day 2017 in style, with a cocktail party at the Museum Bar! Enjoy the Australia Day fireworks with great food, drinks and entertainment from the best lakeside view in town!

The Museum’s blockbuster exhibition, A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum will also be open for you to enjoy. 

Happening Thursday 26 January from 7-11pm at the National Museum of Australia.

Cost: $120 includes entry to the exhibition, food and beverages. Hurry, numbers strictly limited. For more information and tickets visit: nma.gov.au/museumbar

 Over 18s only

Feature image by Ashley St George.


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