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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 nine things you shouldn’t miss!



Charmian Gradwell and Grazia, 2015 by Nicholas Harding. Collection of Nicholas Harding and Lynne Watkins. Image via

Charmian Gradwell and Grazia, 2015 by Nicholas Harding. Collection of Nicholas Harding and Lynne Watkins. Image via

The National Portrait Gallery will keep its doors open until 8pm on selected Fridays during January and February. There’s a variety of fascinating and free performances throughout the summer.

To coincide with Friday 13, the theme will be “Superstition.”. DJ Mr Michael will play a selection of music, with accompanying caricatures drawn by Andrew Hore.

Happening Friday 13 January, 5pm – 8pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.


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There a few signs which signal summer is truly here – longer days, warmer weather and the return of Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas. The quintessential summer cinema returns to the picturesque Patrick White Lawns, adjacent to the National Library of Australia and overlooking Lake Burley Griffin from 12 January to 19 February 2017.

If you’re looking for a romantic, sunset filled evening for date night, drama and laughs for a girl’s night out or some family fun, Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas is a must-do to add to your list this summer.

The event, which saw Australians consuming over 160,000 scoops of ice cream last year, will be open from Monday to Sunday throughout the season with a packed itinerary of quirky comedies, retro classics, award-winning features, new releases and cult classics.

This season’s line-up is a heavenly mix of action-packed blockbusters (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Rogue One, Passengers, Assassin’s Creed), hilarious quirky comedies (Office Christmas Party, Why Him?), some cult classics (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Mean Girls, Grease) and flicks for all the whole family (Sing, Trolls, Moana).

Happening between Thursday 12 January and Sunday 19 February, at Patrick White Lawns, adjacent to the National Library of Australia and overlooking Lake Burley Griffin from 12 January to 19 February 2017

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.

Arboretum After Hours

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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.


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Women’s National Basketball (WNBL) heats up in Round 7 when University of Canberra Capitals vs Townsville Fire for the second time this season here in Canberra.

Get your tickets now via Ticketbooth.

Happening Saturday 14 January, 3pm at Southern Cross Stadium, 22 Cowlishaw Street, Greenway.

See website for more information.


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Enjoy some retro family fun this summer with Queanbeyan Drive-In Movies.

Raised by a family of wolves since birth, Mowgli (Neel Sethi) must leave the only home he’s ever known when the fearsome tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) unleashes his mighty roar. Guided by a no-nonsense panther (Ben Kingsley) and a free-spirited bear (Bill Murray), the young boy meets an array of jungle animals, including a slithery python and a smooth-talking ape. Along the way, Mowgli learns valuable life lessons as his epic journey of self-discovery leads to fun and adventure.

Happening Friday 13 January, 8pm – 11pm at the Queanbeyan Showgrounds, Glebe Av., Queanbeyan.

See website for more information.

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:



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.

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.


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