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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 13 things you shouldn’t miss!



Image: Tim Bean Photography

Image: Tim Bean Photography

The Pop Inn makes 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.

Serving top-notch wines and delicious tasting plates of local meats and delectable cheeses, it’s the perfect way to spend your afternoon.

Catch the Pop Inn crew and enjoy a wine or two at Bowen Park this Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 6pm.

Visit the website for more information and other pop-up locations www.thepopinn.com.

The all-new Googong Display Village opens this weekend


This Saturday, Googong’s new display village will be opening its many doors for the first time with live music, BBQ and face painting from (11am-2pm). The village itself is open from 11am-4pm all weekend and will eventually boast 20 brand new homes built by some of the region’s most-accomplished builders, 15 of which will be open this Saturday.

So whether you’re just looking for design and decoration ideas, or you’re considering going Googonian for good, take a tour of the all-new display village.

Opening hours for the village: 11am-4pm Saturday to Wednesday.

Happening from 27-13 May 11am – 4pm at the Googong Display Village, Aprasia Avenue, Googong.

Find at more at googong.net.


Hayley Jenson

Songbird Hayley Jensen has wowed millions of listeners and live music lovers for over a decade.

From when she first captivated our hearts on Australian Idol ’04 or blew us all off our chairs on The Voice ’14 & at the thousands of other performances both nationally & internationally.

Sydney based, Albury born Country songstress grew up on a property outside Canberra where she became a household name.

Best known for her haunting ballads juxtaposed alongside emotive powerhouse vocals, her down to earth, warm nature, big smile and sequins have made Hayley a force to be reckoned with!

Happening on Friday 26 May from 7:30pm-9:30pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra. Find more information and book tickets on the website.


ORB feature

Be captured by ORB, an extraordinary lunar mystery from Sydney Dance Company ORB presents the world premiere of Full Moon by Cheng Tsung-lung. This striking piece by the Artistic Director of Taiwan’s phenomenal Cloud Gate 2, harnesses the power of the moon and the mythology, fable and poetry of mankind to thrill the audience.

The moon, nature’s symbolic beauty of night, shines light into my eyes and helps me uncover the mysteries of the unconscious world which I do not know, yet I feel exist. Cheng Tsung-lung

Together with Ocho, the latest collaboration in eight parts by Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela and Nick Wales.

Rafael Bonachela’s Frame of Mind won the 2015 Helpmann Awards for Best Choreography in a Dance Work and Best Dance Work.

Showing from 25-28 May at various times at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra. Find more information and book tickets on the website.


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Get out of the Canberra cold and step into the warm Carribean vibes! Bringing true Jamaican dancehall to the ACT featuring two of the hottest instructors in Australia.

Party Tun Up is bringing two workshops open to all ages, complete beginners, experienced dancers, dancehall queens and kings, or those just looking to step outside their comfort zone and try something new! They want YOU to come and jam with them.

This is an Alcohol-free event and kids under 10 will receive free entry.  

Just want to groove? There is a party afterwards for those who love the dancehall riddims – come soak up the relaxed atmosphere, immerse yourself in the culture and just groove along.

Pick up some party steps and catch the vibe! Prizes and giveaways thanks to their sponsors will be awarded throughout the night so don’t miss out!

Happening Saturday 27 May with workshops from 4pm – 7pm with an alcohol-free, all-ages after party from 7pm – 10pm at O’Donnell Youth Centre, Braddon (located at 86 Limestone Avenue).

Tickets: partytun_up.eventbrite.com.au

Instagram: instagram.com/partytun_up


Image: facebook.com/themakersandshakers

Image: facebook.com/themakersandshakers

The Makers and Shakers Market is an indoor, curated, retail event that brings together people who care about where things come from, how things are made and what they are made of.

Whether it’s home-wares, furniture, food, flowers, stationery or photography, jewellery or fashion, The Makers and Shakers Market aim is to give quality makers an affordable and fun place to show and sell their wares and for shoppers to have an awesome day out, as well as pick up some wonderful new treasures along the way.

Don’t miss this amazing event with lots of talented makers.

Happening on Saturday 27 May from 10am-3pm at Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla. Find more information on the website.


Image: facebook.com/HarrisonCraigOfficial

Image: facebook.com/HarrisonCraigOfficial

Harrison Craig’s unique tone and crooning style sets him apart in his genre. See him live on stage during his Kings of Vegas: Lounge Sessions tour.

The two-hour concert will showcase songs from the Craig’s Kings Of Vegas album. Enjoy hits from the likes of Mel Torme, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin, Frankie Valli, Elvis Presley, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr, Tom Jones, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Barry Manilow and The Righteous Brothers, among many more. Add the hits of the new Kings of Vegas – Elton John, Billy Joel, Rod Stewart and Michael Bublé – plus a string of Harrison’s own hits from his first two records and you’ve got a show that you definitely don’t want to miss.

Showing on Friday 26 May at 8pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra. Find more information and book tickets on the website.



Champagne is often associated with celebrations, but it also makes a fine match for an evening of good company, a great cocktail dress and a serene setting.

For the month of May, the Canberra Centre’s pop-up champagne bar will be your mini retreat – and all the excuse you need – to get out and cheers over a glass of bubbles.

Glasses of Chandon champagne will be on offer, plus high tea treats to complement.

The Champagne Bar opens on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout May on the Ground Level near the City Walk entrance. Find more information via the website.



Add a little sparkle to your Friday night with Buvette Bistro’s Friday Soirée. Set outdoors in the Parisian-style Buvette Terrace, celebrate the weekend with this exclusive event. Enjoy VIP service with a personal bartender and select your drink of choice from the special cocktail menu, designed exclusively for Friday Soirée.

Sip on a French 75 or a Lychee Torsadée whilst enjoying fresh oysters, charcuterie or a duck liver parfait.

Every Friday from 4pm to 7pm at Buvette, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. 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: australianpianoduo.com

Image: australianpianoduo.com

Australian Piano Duo will take their audience around the world in 60 minutes, all on a Sunday afternoon. Join the Duo at the High Court of Australia as they blend musical elements from both the East and West, through exotic Chinese melodies to imaginative Russian harmonies, including works by Schubert, Rachmaninoff and transcriptions crafted by the Australian Piano Duo.

Hailed as dazzlingly breathtaking and flamboyantly electrified, this dynamic team has been performing globally in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, USA and Vienna.

Dr. Vicky Yang and Dr. Candidate Maggie Chen began their collaboration in 2003, focused on a shared passion of folk-influenced music repertoire. In the recent years the duo have been premiering works for Australian and European composers. In addition they are also collaborating with artists internationally including Choreographer Eric Lin (Taiwan), singer Koen van Stade (Netherlands), videographer/film maker Lewis Yu (Hong Kong) and photographer Jasper Tu (Shanghai).

Registration essential via High Court website.

Showing on Sunday 28 May at 1.30pm at the High Court of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. Find more information and book tickets on the website.




HerCanberra are bringing you a wedding event unlike anything Canberra has ever seen. UNVEILED The Event will be a combination of stalls where you can meet and interact with potential vendors, workshops where you can learn tips and tricks, a Beauty Bar where you can try products firsthand, food and drink stalls and live entertainment topped off with our unique 4D ‘Wedding Atmospheres‘ – installations where you can walk inside five themed weddings.

General entry is just $10 per person and can be purchased via Eventbrite or at the door on the day.

Happening Saturday 3 June from 2-6pm at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

The event will then continue after hours with UNVEILED’s Wedding Feast…



Getting married? Congratulations! Just really love food? Us too!

As a luxe addition to UNVEILED The Event, our Wedding Feast will be a four-course feast of food specifically tailored around the themes of our Atmospheres, served inside our Atmospheres in the Portrait Gallery’s gorgeous Gordon Darling Hall.

All courses will also be matched with local wines from award winning vineyards such as Three Lads Wine, The Vintner’s Daughter, Four Winds Vineyard, Lerida Estate and Contentious Character (cheers to that) and there will be live entertainment all evening.

Tickets are just $99 per person and can be purchased via Eventbrite.

Happening Saturday 3 June from 7pm at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.


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