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Long 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!




Join the celebration of traditional and contemporary folk life at the National Folk Festival with high-end entertainment and a program designed to inspire, enliven and entertain.

With over 200 acts representing diverse styles such as acoustic, blues, roots, bluegrass, world, Celtic, traditional, gypsy and country in a program including music, dance, spoken word, film, circus and traditional crafts, there is something for everyone.

The National Folk Festival showcases top Australian acts alongside international headliners across 20 venues.

Take advantage of food and beverage outlets, browse the festival market place and enjoy an exciting mix of entertainment.

Happening Thursday 13 to Monday 17 April at Exhibition Park, Canberra. Flemington Road, Mitchell.

Visit the website for more details and to purchase tickets. 


Little Easter critters sitting in grass with Easter egg background

Perfect for families with young kids who don’t have time to curate an elaborate and enormous Easter Egg Hunt, Damsel and Sprout have partnered with Darrell Lea for an epic event that’s all for a good cause.

There will be plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained, free face painting, jumping castle, Reptiles Inc, and petting zoo, plus kids craft area and live music. The funds generated will go to Red Nose to further the amazing work they do.

So adults, just sit back and relax! The work’s been done for you!

Patrick White Lawns | 10am-1pm, Friday 14 April | Purchase tickets via Eventbrite


Realm easter bunny

Hotel Realm is making sure you and the kids can attend some Easter activities to remember.

  • Annual Realm Precinct Easter Egg, starting from the Hotel Realm lobby at10am
  • A surprise visit by the Easter Bunny!
  • Easter arts and crafts from 8am-12pm in the Hotel Realm Lobby
  • Petting Zoo from 10am-4pm on the lawns of the Brassey Hotel, featuring:
  • Easter colouring competition from 2pm-5pm in the Hotel Realm lobby

Hotel Realm’s award-winning Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar will be open for buffet breakfast and dinner on Easter Saturday.

For those guests looking for a casual restaurant, Ostani Lounge, Bar & Restaurant will be open every day during the Easter break from 11am.

Happening Sunday 16 April in the Realm precinct, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find full details on the website.


Image: Visit Canberra

Image: Visit Canberra

This Easter, skip the sugar rush and book in at the Canberra Glassworks in the Kingston Foreshore for an experience that won’t leave you feeling guilty afterwards! Make Your Own Glass Easter Egg under the skilled guidance of a professional artist.

Happening Saturday 15 April to Sunday 16 April open from 10am till 4pm at Canberra Glassworks, Kingston.

Find more information on the 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.



Hop along to the cleverest Easter egg trail in town at the Museum of Australian Democracy on Easter Sunday! Challenge friends and family to follow the trail, find the clues, crack the code and collect a yummy reward, while discovering one of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in Canberra.

The Museum will be overflowing with happy bunnies following trails and playing Gecko Gang led picnic games and face painting in the courtyards.

While a breakfast of chocolate eggs may appeal to some, the Rotary Club will be on hand with a BBQ offering hot food for those seeking something a little more substantial.

Take the whole family along to join in the celebration and don’t forget to take part in the on-site competition for a chance to win great prizes.

Happening Sunday 16 April from 9am – 12pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Kind George Terrace, Parkes.

For more information visit the website.


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. 



Everyone with a (cargo) bike is welcome to come along and chat about this amazing lifestyle, the more the merrier! We will have 3 cargo bikes for people to try. We can explain how the bikes work, how to ride them, how to be safe on the road etc. We are not selling any bikes on that day. It is an informal session, making people aware of other ways of transport, that the car isn’t the only solution.

On 15 April from 10.30am – 12.30pm at Commonwealth Park, near stage 88. Find out more here: dutchcargobike.com.au/news/canberra-here-we-come/

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


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.


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