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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 11 things you shouldn’t miss!



The Rosenburg House

The Rosenburg House

Take a behind-the-scenes exploration of 30 of the most important Australian homes of the past 60 years. Vivid photography, rich illustrations, 3D models and interviews look beyond the physical structures to tell the story of how good design can enrich lifestyle.

Iconic Australian Houses is a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums. Supported by exhibition partner Architecture Foundation Australia, principal partner Stormtech, and sponsors the NSW Architecture Registration Board and University of Newcastle. Assisted by the Australian Government through Visions of Australia.

Open 9am–5 pm daily and special late night openings every Tuesday until 7pm. Café open 9am–4pm

Showing until Friday 3 March 2017 at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.



Image: Ashley St George

Looking for a Sunday session to get your crew together? Look no further than Sunday Spritz at the Duxton!

There’ll be local music with live bands downstairs and DJ’s upstairs, great food & of course, delicious drinks flowing.

Up in The Loft at Duxton & Rooftop Terrace, enjoy a $5 Somersby cider from the rooftop bar, or if that’s not your thing, we’ll have $10 Aperol Spritz and a whole range of beer on tap to quench your thirst.

Happening Sunday 29 January, 11am at The Duxton, Macpherson St., O’Connor.

See website for more information.


Image: portrait.gov.au/calendar/life-of-pets

Image: portrait.gov.au/calendar/life-of-pets

Keep cool these summer holidays with the Saturday Screening: The Secret Life of Pets at the National Portrait Gallery.

The Secret Life of Pets is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated buddy adventure comedy film produced by Illumination Entertainment. The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.

Directed by Yarrow Cheney and Chris Renoud, rated G.

Happening Saturday 28 January, 3pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.



The Lanterne Rooms in Campbell will be having Chinese New Year celebrations. From 26 January until 2 February the Lanterne Rooms will have two themed set menus available, priced at $62pp for six dishes and $72pp for eight dishes.

Bookings and further information can be found on their website.


moonlight bus

Join the Moonlight Bus as it cruises around Canberra from 6pm til midnight this Saturday 28 January with a few drinks to help break the ice!

See the Facebook event for more information.



XO, located in Narrabundah, will have an eight-course tasting menu to celebrate the Chinese New Year from the 28 of January until the 11 of February.

For $88 pp you will be treated to eight separate tasting courses designed by their chef to explore modern applications of classic flavours and family tradition. Bookings can be made on their website.


Image: facebook.com/PortraitAU

Image: facebook.com/PortraitAU

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. This Friday, you can view local artist Jac Bradley’s installation and listen to live music performed by members of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

Happening Friday, 5pm – 8pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. See website for more information.


Natural 9 at Casino Canberra.

Natural 9 at Casino Canberra.

Canberra Casino’s restaurant Natural 9 will also be hosting some Chinese New Year’s celebrations. There will be a themed buffet between 27 and 29 January with dishes made by chefs Chad Ogden and David Black. The best day to go will be on Saturday 28 January when at 9pm, when you can also enjoy a traditional Lion Dance. Information can be found on their website.


Martin_Ollman war memorial

Image: Martin Ollman

See the Australian War Memorial in a different light during their Friday and Saturday late-night openings throughout January 2017. The Commemorative Area includes the Hall of Memory and the Pool of Reflection. Voluntary guides will offer insights into the space and the stories of those listed on the Roll of Honour. Listen to the recorded voices of Australian schoolchildren reciting the names of the men and women who died serving our nation during the First World War.

As the sun sets, watch as names from the First World War Roll of Honour are projected onto the dome above the Memorial’s Hall of Memory. From 7:30pm to 10pm this Friday 27 and Saturday 28 January at the Australian War Memorial


ben and jerry feature

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.

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


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