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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!




The Forage is a showcase of street food (and other food products) by local Canberra cafes, food trucks, wineries and breweries. It’s a great opportunity to discover this exciting scene of street food and experience new tastes. Even better, you get to talk to the people behind the products and discover what these amazing businesses have to offer.

This street style food and entertainment event is run seasonally and is a one of a kind in Canberra. The Forage has a strong commitment to delivering a high-quality entertainment program, giving local musicians/dancers/models exposure and the opportunity to move and groove in front of a live audience.

Happening Saturday 8 April from 2pm-7pm at Little National, Barton. Free entry.

Find more information on the website.


Image: Bad Cat Photography

MILF CAMP. Image: Bad Cat Photography

You Are Here Festival is a five-day curated showcase of independent and experimental arts in the Canberra city centre and surrounds. Popping up in shopfronts, alleyways, cafes, streets, car parks, galleries, museums, cars, You Are Here is playful, irreverent and lo-fi.

Filled with immersive, interactive and engaging experiences, You Are Here will explode the myth that there’s nothing to do in Canberra.

Featured artists are trained professionals and brilliant amateurs, passionate creative communities, first timers and seasoned festival fiends. They leap over artistic and disciplinary boundaries in the blink of an eye and, collaborate fearlessly with artists and communities. They do so with a twinkle in their eye and a skip in their step.

Suitable for the whole family, You Are Here will see you exploring the city as it is immersed in art, performance, music, poetry, installations, dance, film and more!

Happening from Wednesday 5 until Sunday 9 April at various venues in Canberra.

For more details on events and tickets information is on their website.


Image: Pierre Toussaint

Image: Pierre Toussaint

Richard is hideous and he was born knowing that he would one day be a ruler. His hunchbacked deformity masks his seething malevolence. His brutal mind breeds brutal times when not even children are safe.

Award-winning actor Kate Mulvany (The Literati and Tartuffe) will embody one of the most ambitious and gleefully amoral villians ever written. First performed around 1593, Richard 3 is the portrait of a Machiavellian psychopath, a cold-blooded and dastardly manipulator who slaughters his family, marries his victim’s widow and eventually betrays his allies, all in his quest to become king.

Peter Evans, Artistic Director of Bell Shakespeare, continues to daringly re-imagine Shakespeare’s works with a boldness and unexpectedness that will leave audiences breathless. The blood-soaked and naked ambition of Richard 3, who leaves scores dead and only the ghosts to whisper the truth, will be a truly thrilling night at the theatre. This dark and visceral production is not to be missed.

Happening from Thursday 6 until Saturday 15 April at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic. Tickets from $38.

For more details and to buy tickets, information through Canberra Theatre Centre.


Les Mis

Free-Rain Theatre Company presents a new production of Les Miserables. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, ‘Les Miserables’ travels with prisoner-on-parole, 24601, Jean Valjean, as he runs from the ruthless Inspector Javert on a journey beyond the barricades, at the centre of the June Rebellion. Meanwhile, the life of a working class girl with a child is at a turning point as she turns to prostitution to pay money to the evil innkeeper and his wife who look after her child, Cosette. Valjean promises to take care of the child, eventually leads to a love triangle between Cosette, Marius who is a student of the rebellion, and Eponine, a girl of the streets. The people sing of their anger and Enjolras leads the students to fight upon the barricades.

Running Wednesday 5 until Saturday 22 April at the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Queanbeyan. Tickets from $40.

For more information, tickets and showtimes, visit the website. 


Image: Supplied

Image: Supplied

The Canberra District Wine Week offers an exciting program of wine dinners, tastings and themed events in the city and right around the Canberra wine district.

The 10-day program of wine tastings, food matchings and tours will be held in Canberra, Murrumbateman, Yass, Hall, Bungendore and Gundaroo, culminating in the annual Harvest Festival over the weekend of 8 and 9 April.

Happening Friday 31 March – Sunday 9 April at various venues.

Find more information on the website



Celebrating 26 years as ‘The Home Of Great Short Film’ in 2017 Flickerfest remains Australia’s leading Academy® Accredited and BAFTA recognised short film festival, ensuring that we continue to present A-list short film programmes recognised amongst the best in the world.

Flickerfest is excited to be bringing the National Tour to Canberra across two nights, showcasing the Best of Australian Shorts and Best of EU Shorts programme, with films hand- picked from the festival’s 2400 entries.

Also screening are Flickerfest Best Animation award winner ‘Fish with Legs’, with voices by Frank Woodley and Barry Otto and ‘MESSiAH’, starring David Gulpilil and written and directed by Underbelly star Damian Walshe- Howling. This screening is followed by a fabulous After Party with drinks from our generous partners, included in the ticket price.

Happening on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 April from 7pm, at Palace Electric, Acton. Tickets through Palace Electric.

More information on their website.


canberra visitors centre

Experience one good thing after another at the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre Open Day!

Browse the pop-up stalls, enjoy free activities for the kids, taste some of the region’s best produce, be in the running to win some great prizes and take in the spectacular views from Regatta Point.

Experience the fun of science with Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. Get up close to reptiles from the National Zoo and Aquarium and step back in time with a prehistoric creature from the National Dinosaur Museum. Meet the Australian Institute of Sport, National Capital Exhibition, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Cockington Green Gardens, Canberra Region Truffle Festival 2017, Mulga Bike Tours and Dave’s Brewery Tours.

Taste some of the region’s best local produce from Canberra Distillery Company, Homeleigh Olive Oil, Pialligo Estate, PACT Beer, Jasper and Myrtle, Wildbrumby Schnapps and more.

Enjoy entertainment from Canberra duo, The Advocates and a live outside broadcast from Hit104.7 Canberra.

Happening Saturday 8 April from 10am-2pm at Canberra and Region Visitors Centre, Parkes. Free entry.

Find more information here.


family fun day

Jason from Pumped Up Parties is hosting a jam-packed family FUN DAY at the Yass Golf Club on Saturday 8 April from 3pm.

For only $5 a child, $10 adult or $25 a family, you can enjoy UNLIMITED access to all rides and activities. With live music, dance show, yoga demonstration as well as food vans, market stalls and an evening screening of the ‘Secret life of pets’ (BYO chair/blanket – not BYO alcohol) it’s an event you and the kids will not want to miss.

TICKETS (wristbands) are available at the venue on the day. Find out more here.

Maya’s Rest is the beneficiary of proceeds from the FUN DAY and we couldn’t be more grateful. Get along for lots of fun and to hear a little bit about the services offered at Maya’s Rest.


The Idea of North

Celebrate the Canberra Youth Orchestra’s 50th year with multiple-ARIA-award-winning vocal ensemble The Idea of North, featuring special guest soprano and founding member Trish Delaney-Brown replacing Sally Cameron for this concert.

Widely acclaimed as Australia’s top a cappella group and founded in Canberra, The Idea of North will join the CYO in a sensational evening of jazz and theatre favourites including It Don’t Mean a Thing, Send in the Clowns and Masquenada.

Matched with Bernstein’s lively Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, his Overture to Candide and selections from iconic film soundtracks, you won’t want to miss this exuberant beginning to the Canberra Youth Orchestra’s 2017 series!

The CYO50 four concert series also features Claire Edwardes, Gabi Sultana and James Morrison, subscriptions to all four concerts are available.


Happening Saturday 8 April, 7.30pm at Llewellyn Hall, Building 100, William Herbert Place, ANU.

See website for more information.


lululemon sweat and connect

The intent behind connect + sweat is simple. To connect like-minded + inspiring individuals, and grow lululemon’s collective through a culture of sweat + community. 

On Saturday 8th April 2017 lululemon are bringing together their newest Ambassadors- Mathew Turner (F45 Canberra City), Lewis Ray (Project Fitness) and Shelby Trevilian (Alpenglow Yoga) to lead you through the sweatiest 60-minute workout.

Join the lululemon-Canberra team, their Ambassadors, and the greater Canberra collective for an afternoon of sweat + connection.

Bring- drink bottle, sweat towel, yoga mat and wear comfortable training shoes.

Happening Saturday 8 April from 4pm-5.30pm at Glebe Park, Civic. 

Find more information on Eventbrite.

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:

Ginninderry Community Information Sessions


Registrations for the first release in Stage 1 of Ginninderry’s suburb of Strathnairn will commence at a series of community information sessions on Saturday 8 April and Sunday 9 April.

From 9am on Saturday 8 April, members of the public will have the opportunity to register for sales as the Ginninderry project releases 57 blocks of land, 17 homes in the Flexi-living series and a range of house and land packages.

You’ll also have the opportunity to visit The Link, our new community, arts and sales information centre as part of our opening weekend celebrations.

Come along to get more information about the buying process, learn more about the sustainability features at Ginninderry and ask questions about conservation management.

A range of public information sessions will be held between 9am-4pm on both Saturday and Sunday.


  • 10am                    Sales presentation
  • 11am                    Sustainability demonstration
  • 11.30am              Sustainability/cooking demonstration
  • 12pm                   Conservation/environment presentation
  • 1pm                      Conservation/environment presentation
  • 2pm                      Sales presentation
  • 3pm                      Sustainability demonstration
  • 3.30pm                Sustainability/cooking demonstration

There will also be a variety of kids’ activities across the weekend including seed planting, giant board games, and a community art wall between 9.30am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.

Food and drink will be available between 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.

Happening 9am–4pm, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 April at 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt (adjacent to Strathnairn Arts Association).

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

See website for more information.




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.


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