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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 12 things you shouldn’t miss!




In this third big year for Googfest, the stars will once again be shining over Rockley Oval as Australian dance music legends Sneaky Sound System take to the stage. Miss Connie and Black Angus will be dropping all of Sneaky’s big hits, with dancefloor fillers like I Love It, UFO and Pictures. So don’t miss your chance to see this ARIA award-winning act for free!

And if you needed more convincing, also playing on the night will be Lucy Sugarman, The Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers followed by Slow Turismo and Young Monks.

The stage is set for the biggest Googfest yet! So make sure you invite your friends and family to join the fun. Bring a picnic and rug, and settle in to enjoy an evening of free live music under the stars. You can also grab a tasty bite to eat from the range of food stalls available on the night.


To download a brochure, click here.

Showing until 24 February 2017 from 7pm at The National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Find more information on the website.


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: nfsa.gov.au/events/mahana

Image: nfsa.gov.au/events/mahana


Nostalgia, romance, and national dreaming are the stuff of Frank Capra’s rich and dreamy palette. Check out a delicious selection of groundbreaking contemporary cinema driven by new understandings of these ‘Capraesque’ themes to complement the National Film and Sound Archive’s Capra retrospective.

The New Romantics Film Festival screens films every Friday night in February and includes new work from acclaimed directors Peter Greenaway, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Lee Tamahori and Aleksey German Jr.

Films screening:

Cemetery of Splendour – 3 February

Eisenstein in Guanajuato – 10 February

Under Electric Clouds – 17 February

Mahana – 24 February



Rescue pet organisations will visit PETstock stores in Canberra on Sunday 5 February 2017 between 10am-2pm, to raise awareness of pet adoption as part of National Pet Adoption Day.

The initiative, led by PETstock’s charity foundation PETstock Assist, in partnership with not-for-profit animal rescue organisation PetRescue, seeks to find lifelong and loving homes for all homeless pets across Australia.

Every year, approximately 230,000* healthy pets remain unclaimed in Australia’s pounds and shelters. That’s roughly 110,000 dogs and 120,000 cats left homeless each year facing an uncertain future.

Happening Sunday 5 February, 10am – 2pm at PETstock stores in Canberra.

See website for more information.


Image: www.facebook.com/sideproject.cbr

Image: www.facebook.com/sideproject.cbr

The Side Project is the brainchild of Chef David Young of Temporada, formerly of Aubergine.

The idea is simple: a four-course meal with matched wines in a casual environment with the focus squarely on food and conversation, with dinners are held monthly, on the first Sunday of each month.

“[Dinner is] for 30 guests, so pretty intimate, and on communal tables, so everyone has to get to know their neighbours!” says David. “[The menu] will be very seasonal, very summer fruit driven. Ainslie Cellars are once again providing the wine and pairings.”

Read more about The Side Project here.

Cost: Dinner is four courses, matched with wines for $100 per person.

Happening Sunday 5 February from 6pm, upstairs at Lonsdale Street Roasters, 7 Lonsdale Street, Braddon. Bookings are through this email [email protected].

You can check out The Side Project on Instagram and Facebook (@sideproject.cbr). 


Image: Martin Ollman

Image: Martin Ollman

Enjoy spectacular views, great live music and delicious food and drinks at the National Arboretum on the first two Friday evenings in February 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.

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.

Happening Friday 3 February and Friday 10 February from 4.30pm– 7pm at National Arboretum Canberra, Forest Drive, off Tuggeranong Parkway, Weston Creek. Find more information on the website.

Tara Costigan Battle of the Codes

Image: Supplied

Image: Supplied

Footy clubs from across Canberra are rallying together against domestic violence for the first time on Saturday 4 February. 

Vikings Touch Football and ActewAGL have partnered to host the Tara Costigan Battle of the Codes, where clubs from across Canberra will clash to find ‘Canberra’s Best Footy Club’.

The touch football challenge will feature players from Canberra’s best rugby league, rugby union, Australian rules and soccer clubs with all proceeds directly supporting the Tara Costigan Foundation’s work against family violence.

Happening all day on Saturday 4 February at Viking Park, 4 Amsinck St, Wanniassa.


Petit Feast. Image: supplied.

Petit Feast. Image: supplied.

Petit Feast is back for 2017!

Spoil yourself with a bountiful spread including savouries, charcuterie, cheeses and decadent desserts. Every Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar.

It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch … but it is an indulgent feast for all the senses. The Buvette Petit Feast features freshly made savouries and sweets as well as lavish desserts. In addition to tea and coffee, you can order a Bloody Mary, French Champagne and Rosé.

Available between 11.30am – 2.30pm every Saturday at $65 per guest, including a complimentary glass of Rosé. For $15 guests can add unlimited Mimosas. Buvette is fully licensed and has free parking all weekend, outdoor covered seating and complimentary WiFi.

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email [email protected]. Find out more at hotelrealm.com.au.


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.


Image: VisitCanberra

Image: VisitCanberra

Jerrabomberra Wetlands are hosting an exciting and fun-filled open day to celebrate World Wetlands Day 2017. There will be a huge variety of stalls and activities for the whole family including ranger-guided walks, children’s activities, reptile displays, art exhibitions, Indigenous cultural activities, food and lots lots more.

Entry is by gold coin donation with most activities free of charge. All proceeds go towards conservation efforts at Jerrabomberra Wetlands.

This event is sponsored by ICON Water, Canberra Milk and ACTSmart, and run by the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust in partnership with the ACT Parks and Conservation Service, ACT Government.

Happening Sunday 5 February from 10am-3pm at Jerrabomberra Wetlands, 2 Dairy Road, Fyshwick. Find more information on the website.



Image: VisitCanberra.com.au

The Royal Australian Mint is a unique attraction as the only producer of Australia’s circulating coins. But be sure to check out Stuart Devlin – The Designer with the Midas Touch, an exhibition exploring the masterly work of Stuart Devlin AO with unparalleled pieces and behind-the-scenes rarities.

From the platypus amid rippling water to a resplendent lyrebird, Geelong-born Stuart Devlin AO is best known in Australia as the designer of Australia’s decimal coins. The much-loved coins were the springboard for an international career as the most creative and influential designer goldsmith and silversmith of the past 50 years.

Take a 30-minute tour of the exhibition with a guide who holds specialist knowledge of Stuart Devlin and his work and explore his illustrious career in further depth. $10 per person. Bookings essential via Eventbrite.

While you are visiting, view the factories where Australia’s circulating coins are made and discover that special coin, gift or souvenir at the Mint Coin Shop.

Showing until 30 April 2017 from 8.30am-5pm at Royal Australian Mint

Denison Street, Deakin. Find more information on the 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


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