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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, our 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 15 things you shouldn’t miss!




It’s The Pop Inn launch weekend! Their locations make use of the under-utilised gems and hidden secrets of Canberra – a true pop-up where you can enjoy wine in unexpected parts of the city. 

Drop by Lennox Gardens for a vino or cool drink while enjoying one of the best views of gorgeous Lake Burley Griffin.

Open Friday 24 February from 5:30pm and Saturday/Sunday from 2pm. Pups, picnic blankets and young ones welcome! More information from Facebook at @thepopinnwinebar.


Image: VisitCanberra

Image: VisitCanberra

Join Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres for a garden get down featuring Canberra’s finest purveyors of disco, funk and soul; and the launch of A+G’s 2017 program. Sun-Down Get-Down’s invites you to have a conversation with a stranger, discover stories from the future, play with mischievous performers, and tear it up on the dance floor.

Get down in Gorman’s little village green with beer from Pact Beer Co, specially created cocktails from Mint Garden Bar and delicious eats from The Forage. The lineup includes: Playful Sound, Not Quite Disco and Sardines. There’ll be interactive art, installations and more. This is an all ages event.

Entry is free. On 24 February from 6pm – late at Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon. Visit the website for more information.


Billie, 2016 by Graeme Drendel

Billie, 2016 by Graeme Drendel

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.

Ken Done relates many a tall ‘tail’ about his furry companions, accompanied by music performed by the John Mackey Trio.

Remember to catch the Popular Pet Show highlights tour at 7pm (exhibition ticket required).

Happening Friday 24 February from 5pm-8pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.


canberra show

Get ready to be entertained, excited and educated at the ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show!

The award-winning ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show features more than 150 attractions, 5000 animals, 450 trade displays and 1500 competitors.

Stay for the day. Play under the night lights. Get in fast to buy your favourite show bags. There’s something for all the family.

Happening Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February from 8.30am-10pm and Sunday 26 February from 8.30am-6pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), Flemington Road, Mitchell. Find more information here.



In local author Courtney Carr’s debut novel Cosmic Decay: Contamination, the world is dominated by the Mindless – humans who hunt the empty streets in a cannibalistic rage. A small group of survivors witness the arrival of Visitors from another world who covet the Earth and its natural resources.

When the settlement of Earth begins, the group of survivors race to unravel the mystery that connects the Mindless to the Visitors, giving them their best chance at surviving against all odds.

On Saturday 4 March at 11.30am, Courtney Carr will be signing exclusive copies of her debut novel at Harry Hartog Bookstore, Woden Plaza.

For more information go to the website.


The gorgeous Lerida Estate cellar door is hosting a variety of events throughout February.

The gorgeous Lerida Estate cellar door is hosting a variety of events throughout February.

Lerida Estate is a producer of fine wines which have been awarded 14 Trophies, a National Wine Show Chair of Judges’ Award and over 630 medals in the 15 years it has been making wines.

For the next four Sundays, you can enjoy lunch at Café Lerida whilst listening to some of the finest guitarists not only in Australia – but the world! A unique opportunity to enjoy fine food, fine wine and particularly fine music in a special setting at Lake George.

On Sunday 19 & 26 February and 5 & 12 March from 12.30pm – 3pm at Lerida. Entry is free. For more information visit the website.


Picnic at Bookplate

Picnic at Bookplate

A weekly event at Bookplate’s outdoor terrace with $5 happy hour drinks, delicious bar snacks, live music and great lakeside summer vibes, from 4:30pm to 8:30pm every Friday in February and March. Perfect for post-work drinks and winding down for the weekend.

On every Friday from 17 February to 31 March Bookplate’s outdoor terrace at the National Library of Australia from 4:30pm-8:30pm.

Find more information on their website.



They didn’t make a lot of the Tom’s Block Shiraz in 2014 and they didn’t make any in 2016 so the release of the 2015 Tom’s Block Shiraz is something special. This is a fun evening to celebrate the release of their reserve Shiraz.

There will be platters to start, pizzas in the middle and something sweet to finish and a glass of wine with each course. If you have had the chance to try their 2015 Shiraz you would know that 2015 was a great vintage for them so they are particularly excited about this wine.

Happening Saturday 25 February from 5.30pm-8.30pm at Four Winds Vineyard, 9 Patemans Lane, Murrumbateman. Find more information here.


Image: visitcanberra.com.au

Image: visitcanberra.com.au

Canberra’s best-loved family day, when the magical Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Australia transforms into a wonderland of workshops, performances and installations inspired by the Versailles: Treasures from the Palace exhibition. The gold, grandeur and glamour all combine into a sumptuous day of creativity in our beautiful garden.

Entry is free. On Sunday 26 February from 10.30am – 1.30pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Pl, Parkes.



Miss Muddy Canberra is a fun female five-kilometre event full of colour, foam, music, mud, bubbles, water balloons and big bouncy obstacles.

This untimed event is designed to suit all fitness and experience levels. Choose a time that suits you and enjoy the perfect girls’ day out in the Canberra countryside.

Happening Saturday 25 February at 9am-7pm at Sutton Rd Driver Training Centre, 441 Sutton Road, Majura. Find more information here.


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.



Canberra’s national award winning indoor Sunday market focuses on the talent and creativity of regional arts and craftspeople. Discover 200 stalls within a fabulous old industrial building. Stalls offer unique handcrafted items, gourmet take home food, regional wines, and freshly ground coffee.

For one Sunday each month they welcome specialty stallholders for ‘Collectable Sunday‘.

The Old Bus Depot Markets are easy to access, have ample free parking and a wide range of food stalls to enjoy a multicultural meal, a coffee or a quick bite to eat – while watching talented musicians and taking in the hustle and bustle of the markets.

A variety of special theme events are held regularly throughout the year.

Happening Sunday 19 February from 10am-4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston. Find more information here.


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.

See website for more information.



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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