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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 12 things you shouldn’t miss!



Leonard Weiss

Leonard Weiss

It’s not just the way it sounds. It’s the way it feels.  Being up close. Following the journey of a piece of music from start to finish.

That’s the Canberra International Music Festival. Intimate performances, exceptional musicianship, in some of the capital’s most iconic settings.

It’s more than classical music, this year they’ve expanded their repertoire to include contemporary and world music – in venues hand-picked for their stunning acoustic qualities.

You’ll experience performances that are challenging and uplifting, at times thought-provoking. Always moving, and always of the highest quality. It could change the way you think about live music.

Happening at various times and dates from 27 April. Find more information and book tickets on the website.


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Enjoy a great day out with family and friends and support Australians living with multiple sclerosis by taking part in the MS Walk and Fun Run.

Choose to walk or run five kilometres or ten kilometres, while taking in the views of Canberra’s most recognisable landmarks. The easy grade tracks start and finish at Rond Terraces, Commonwealth Park.

All walking courses across the three states are stroller and wheelchair friendly and dogs on leashes are welcome!

Happening on Sunday 30 April from 9am at the Rond Terraces, Anzac Parade, Parkes ACT. Find more information and register on the website.


William Zappa. Image: Shelly Higgs

William Zappa. Image: Shelly Higgs

Following on from the success of The Sonnets Out Loud earlier in 2016, The Street brings The Iliad Out Loud continuing our exploration of marrying classic verse text with live performance.

The Iliad tells of the tragic and bloody climax to the ten-year siege of Troy; the darkest episode in the Trojan War. Homer’s poem is the source myth of Greek drama, a foundational text of Western Culture, and the greatest story of heroism, betrayal and war in literature.

Read in three parts over three nights, the Gods of Olympus take their sides and the fates of all men hang in the balance. On the battlefield of Troy the scene is set for the final conflict to claim the beautiful Helen. Only the invincible Greek warrior Achilles can tip the scales of war to glory or defeat, but humiliated by his leader Agamemnon, he is stubbornly refusing to join the fray.

Happening from Friday 28 April to Sunday 30 April at the Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street ACT. Find more information and book tickets on the website.


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Image: Martin Ollman

Prepare to experience Lake Burley Griffin and the stunning Lennox Gardens in a whole new light at night! Expect to be wowed by live entertainment, neon light installations and music as you glow in the dark.

Challenge yourself with a 7km, 14km or 21km walk as you support young people and adults living with cerebral palsy.

The Ignite Walk kicks off with a Neon Ignite Party. Pick up your bib, grab a bite to eat from the food stalls and get your face painted with neon, glow in the dark face paint! Make sure you purchase a show bag which includes loads of neon glow in the dark goodies to light you up around the course.

Happening Friday 28 April at 6.15pm, 6.30pm and 6.45pm at the Patrick White Lawns. Find more information on the website.



The Bungendore Harvest Festival will be a celebration of local food, farming and fibre.

Head down for a weekend of activities that promotes integrity and freshness in the growing, breeding and production of produce in the Southern Harvest Region and to put Bungendore on the map as an identity for food, farming and fibre related activities.Discover the quality and freshness of locally sourced food, wine and other beverages as Bungendore food venues showcase the best of what the Southern Harvest region has to offer.

Discover the quality and freshness of locally sourced food, wine and other beverages as Bungendore food venues showcase the best of what the Southern Harvest region has to offer.

The streets of Bungendore will come alive with stalls, talks, cooking demonstrations and other activities. The Festival will take place in marquees along the footpaths in Ellendon Street and at participating businesses. Stalls along Ellendon Street will include fresh seasonal produce from local farmers, food preserved from local harvests, local wines for tasting, other local food delights.

Explore the region and discover Bungendore’s potentia as a regional food destination. Participate in farm and winery tours, sample Bungendore’s freshest and finest local food at cafes and restaurants, and attend courses and demonstrations.

Happening on from 6pm-9pm on Friday 28 April, and 10am-9pm on Saturday 28 April and Sunday 30 April, at Ellendon Street, Bungendore NSW. Find more information on the website.



The Gothic horror story Dracula swoops into the nation’s capital with a gripping, critically-acclaimed production created by shake & stir.

When young Lawyer Jonathan Harker visits Castle Dracula deep within the Carpathian mountains, he’s not expecting the strange hospitality he receives from his mysterious host. Alone and trapped within the castle walls, Jonathan discovers that Dracula wants more than his presence at the dinner table – he might also be the main course. Leaving Jonathan for dead and his castle behind, Dracula travels to London on a quest for seduction, true love and above all – blood.

Happening from Wednesday 26 April to Saturday 29 April. Find more information and book tickets on the website.


Calling all veiled villains and caped crusaders! Are you ready for Night at the Museum: Heroes and Villains? Release your inner alter ego. Go disguised as your favourite superhero or scandalous villain and prepare for a night of superhero-sized adventures, uneasy alliances and unexpected action.

Over 18s only. Tickets are $15 for pre-sale, Group bookings (10+) $12, Friends full members are free, $18 on the door from 6.15pm.

Happening on Saturday 29 April from 6pm-9.30pm at the National Museum of Australia. Find more information on the website.


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The Canberra and Region Heritage Festival theme for 2017 is ‘Questions and Change’. How far have we come 50 years on from the 1967 referendum where Indigenous Australians were counted in the census?  We’d like you to question what you think about Canberra and change your view after attending some of the 100+ events. See the community of today and pre 1913 and pre 1820.

Search for answers and celebrate the importance of the region’s heritage. Heritage is retro, it’s vintage, it’s the region’s story, it’s part of everyday life. With over 100 events, most free, you can enjoy tours, open days, dances, talks, dinners, markets and more. The festival raises awareness to the ongoing need to conserve the region’s natural, historic and Aboriginal heritage.

Happening Tuesday 18 April – Friday 7 May from 10am at various venues.

Find more information on the website.


play that goes wrong

Winner of Best New Comedy at London’s 2015 Olivier Awards and acclaimed with five-star reviews, The Play That Goes Wrong is currently playing to packed houses in the West End and opens on Broadway in March. The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong…does!

The accident-prone thespians battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call with hilarious consequences! Starring a bunch of ‘would be’ Australian thespians including Logie award-winner Brooke Satchwell, Actor/Writer Adam Dunn, theatre performers Darcy Brown, Francine Cain, Luke Joslin, George Kemp, Jordan Prosser, Nick Simpson-Deeks, Tammy Weller and Matthew Whitty plus original UK West End cast member James Marlowe.

Happening Tuesday 25 April – Sunday 30 April at varying times.

Find more information on the website.

Majura Valley Bush Festival

Majura Valley Bush Festival

Come along and join the farming community of the Majura Valley, ACT for the inaugural Majura Valley Bush Festival . Celebrate the people, history and stories that make up the unique heritage of the Majura Valley.

  • At the Majura Valley Bush Festival you can:
  • Tuck into a Majura Valley beef or lamb burger
  • Taste the Mt Majura wine, or a beer
  • Sit down to a CWA Devonshire Tea
  • Visit displays of whip cracking and whip-making, shearing, wood chopping and saddle-making
  • Children can visit the animal petting farm, ride on the merry-go-round, or venture across the valley on a Cobb and Co. coach
  • Take some time out to visit the equestrian riding which will be on throughout the day
  • Listen to country and folk music
  • Take a look at the displays of wonderful heritage coaches, the original Majura Post Office and the Majura Valley heritage church/hall

Book your tickets now via Eventbrite.

It costs $10 per car or $5 per bicycle, motorbike or horse. 

Happening Sunday 30 April from 9.30am-4.30pm at 701 Majura Road.

Find more information via Eventbrite.


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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