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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!


KATIE NOONAN & KARIN SCHAUPP Songs of the Latin Skies

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp have an intuitive musical connection. Their collaborations to date have earned them widespread praise and their latest co-creation, Songs of the Latin Skies, once again promises to enchant national audiences.

Together they journey through the great South American songbook of bossa nova, samba, salsa and tango, interpreting work by Gilberto Gil, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Luis Bonfa, Antonio Carlos Jobim and more. Renowned for breaking down genre boundaries, Katie Noonan’s technical mastery and pure voice makes her one of Australia’s most versatile and beloved vocalists. Guitarist Karin Schaupp is an internationally sought-after recitalist and soloist. They combine forces to create a unique sound, putting a fresh spin on Latin jazz and classical pieces from the musical masters of South America.

The album “Songs of The Latin Skies” pays homage to this wonderful genre, showcasing two of Australia’s most accomplished talents at their finest. It all springs to life in March 2017 as the tour kicks off in The Spiegeltent in Hobart, Katie and Karin travelling around the country for an extensive run of live dates.

Happening Friday and Saturday from 7.30pm at The Street Theatre, Childers Street, Civic.




Canberra’s award winning Handmade Market is a quarterly event, which brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets from all over Australia to showcase their handmade designs.

The Handmade Market is an indoor event to showcase over 250 Australian designer/makers. All products on sale are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers and find something unique, well priced and where you can meet the maker. We have everything from fashion, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, children’s toys and clothing, jewellery and accessories and including their indoor gourmet food, wine and home wares hall.

The market is held at EPIC, Exhibition Park in Canberra. You can drive to the venue, there is a lot of parking including coach and a very large disabled area. ATMs are located on site. There is public transport to the event. Entry to the venue is from Northbourne Ave or Morisset Road.

Entry to the market is FREE but please support their door greeters, Anglicare, with a gold coin donation if you can. (Each event supports a different charity.)

Handmade Canberra are also supporting St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn at this event with their annual blanket and jumper drive and donations are welcomed. 

Happening 10-11 June at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), corner of Northbourne Avenue and Flemington Road, Mitchell.

Find out more here.


Jugaad With Car Parts by Trent Jansen. Photography: Neville Sukhia

Jugaad With Car Parts by Trent Jansen. Photography: Neville Sukhia


Design anthropologist, Trent Jansen will teach the ad hoc making and repair process of ‘Jugaad’ – the Indian notion of doing just enough with what you have on hand and figuring it out as you go. Over three hours, workshop participants will improvise with approaches to object making and repair based on what’s around and current moods. Alongside Trent, Canberra-based sculptor Jeremy Lepisto will help with workarounds, problem-solving and to share his making knowledge.

This workshop is held in conjunction with the ‘Porosity Kabari’ exhibition at Nishi Gallery. This show displays the results of an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural project between Australian object designer Trent Jansen, artist/architect Richard Goodwin, and Indian design thinker Ishan Khosla. The trio worked over three weeks to produce furniture and object pieces made from materials sourced solely from the ‘Chor Bazaar’ (thieves market) and ‘Kabari Bazaars’ (junk markets) in Mumbai, India.

Hotel Hotel’s ‘Making Do’ Fix and Make series looks at alternative ways of making and repairing objects and is designed to encourage us to consider the objects that already surround us in new ways.

Happening Saturday 10 June from 10am-1pm at Hotel Hotel.

Tickets are $55 and can be purchased from Eventbrite.


Maori Rass fish

Maori Rass fish

World Oceans Day, held every 8 June, provides a unique opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve the world’s oceans. This year, the National Zoo & Aquarium is hosting a special event to mark the occasion with special talks, short films, and activities for kids- plus plenty of freebies to get everyone started!

The Marine Stewardship Council (Msc) will be at the zoo this weekend helping to spread the word and will be providing lots of fun too!

World Oceans Day celebrations will take place on 10 and 11 June from 9.30am until 4.30pm in the Aquarium at the National Zoo & Aquarium, Weston Creek.

Find more information here.


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This is your chance to celebrate being a kid and doing what kids do best…having fun! Bring your kids, parents and grandparents to this super fun family day out at the Old Bus Depot Markets. All these kids having fun means a lively atmosphere and buzzing energy around the place, with loads of children’s entertainment, pony rides, a jumping castle, Milo the clown, face painting and more.

What might you find? Stacks of products that kids love including handcrafted toys, kids’ room accessories, artworks and lots of bright, modern handmade clothes for babies and little boys and girls. And of course, what’s a family day out without delicious treat foods. Yummo!

Happening Sunday 11 June from 8am-4pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, Eastlake Parade, Kingston.


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Up for a road trip? Victoria’s original wine festival, the Rutherglen Winery Walkabout will once again be the place to be on the June long weekend.

From the beginnings in 1974 when the Winemakers’ of north-east Victoria joined forces to promote their quality wines, the festival has grown in size and stature. Rutherglen Winery Walkabout now attracts over 20,000 visitors and includes the Rotary Country Fair on the Sunday.

Armed with Walkabout glasses and wristband, the young, old and in between descend on the wineries for a spectacle not to be missed.

Don’t want to drive? A TAC Shuttle bus service is picking up passengers from regional areas such as Lavington, Albury, Wodonga, Howlong, Wangaratta, Chiltern, Mulwala, Yarrawonga, Bundalong, Corowa and Wahgunyah. The Shuttle buses are a hop on and hop off service – you choose which winery you want to go to.

Happening across 10-13 June in Rutherglen, north eartern Victoria.

Read more about the festival here and check out the program and purchase your tickets now on the website.

Melodrama in Meiji Japan

Image: Supplied

Image: Supplied

Step into the tumultuous world of Meiji Japan (1868–1912), through a selection of stunning Japanese woodblock illustrations. Used to illustrate Japanese novels, these beautiful images, known as kuchi-e (literally, ‘mouth/opening picture’), accompany stories filled with drama, tragedy and intrigue, reflecting the uncertainty of the times.

Curated by Dr. Gary Hickey, the exhibition draws upon a substantial collection of kuchi-e amassed by University of NSW Emeritus Professor Richard Clough (1921-2014) and donated to the Library. This collection, along with other works acquired, forms one of the most significant collections of this genre in the world and the largest focused collection of Japanese art in Australia. The exhibition features over twenty artists and a range of subjects, illustrating a fascinating history of a genre profiled for the first time in a major exhibition.

Free entry.

Showing every day from 10am-5pm until 27 August at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Find more information on the website.


Sunday Roast 3

Come and experience a two or three course Argentinian-style Sunday roast at Pialligo Estate, each Sunday from 12pm. Find more information here.

Sunday Roast is just $45 for adults and $20 for children (2-12 years old) and includes a main featuring two roast varieties and dessert, live music and lawn games for the kids and young at heart.

To book, contact the reservations team on 6247 6060 or make an enquiry here


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Come along to the 2017 World Knit in Public Day for a great free afternoon of learning new skills, practicing old skills and sharing your knowledge and love of knitting, crochet, spinning, felting and weaving. Bring your WIPs or start something new. Show us what you have on your needles! What’s more, come for a chat, meet people who love to knit and hook as much as you do, and have a cuppa and some cake!

Happening Saturday 10 June 2017 from 2.30pm at 70-80 Bunda Street, Canberra. Find more information on the website.


Photo by Martin Ollman

Photo by Martin Ollman

Rug up for a wintery experience and take a Canberra Truffle Hunt in the oak forest on Canberra’s only trufferie; The Truffle Farm. Follow the truffle dogs as they sniff out prized black Perigord truffles. These exceptionally talented dogs roam amongst the farm’s 2,500 trees to find a piece of ‘black magic’.

Once the perfect truffle is found, head back into the warmth of the truffle shed to discover the secrets to using this highly prized delicacy.

Choose from Truffle Hunts, Breakfast Hunts with three indulgent truffle courses and sparkling wine or Lunch Hunts featuring a world class, six-course truffle degustation with matching local wines. Truffle creations come courtesy of award winning Michelin Star Chef Damian Brabender.

Tours available Fridays to Sundays early June to August. They sell out fast so make a date with your favourite people and book now to avoid disappointment.

Showing from Friday 2 June – Sunday 27 August 2017, every Friday to Sunday at The Truffle Farm, Mount Majura Road, Canberra. Find information on the website.




Celebrate the launch of the inaugural Contentious Character range of wines over the June long weekend with Vintage Flights of Riesling and Pinot Noir.

Join the team at Contentious Character for a deep dive into Pinot Noir and Rieslings from 2003 to 2014, and a shared plate paired to the wines for only $40.

Book your flight via Facebook, email or over the phone. Their new winter menu will also be available.

At Contentious Character they grow their own, make their own and pair local food to local wine, not the wine to the food. That’s contentious. Enjoy the difference it makes at the table.

Happening Saturday 10 June – Monday 12 June 2017at 10.30am, 11,30am and 3.30pm at the Contentious Character Vineyard Winery, Cellar-door & Kitchen. Find more information on 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.


Mount Majura Truffles

Indulge in a feast of the senses with The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region; the first and largest festival of its kind in Australia. Each year from June to August more than 250 individual events are held across the Canberra region showcasing the region’s fresh Black Winter Truffle.

Taste and experience the magic of these highly-prized gems. Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration, or pop along to a market and pick up some truffle delights for yourself.

Now in its ninth consecutive year, the Truffle Festival is the ultimate foodie festival, and a fabulous celebration of winter in the Canberra region.

Showing until Thursday 31 August 2017 across various Canberra Locations. For more information on opening hours and locations across Canberra visit the website.


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.



Visit Questacon and join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Above and Beyond is the ultimate interactive and multi-sensory flight exhibition celebrating the power of innovation to make dreams take flight. From flying cars and supersonic planes to space elevators and mega-rockets, Above and Beyond takes you faster, further and higher for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Design and test-fly your own supersonic jet. Pilot a drone into the eye of a hurricane to measure nature’s fury. Spread your wings and experience flight as a bird or a futuristic wing-flapping aircraft. Or take an elevator ride to the edge of space.

Packed with fun interactive challenges, vehicle concept models and prototypes, immersive media presentations, and inspiring stories, this thrilling exhibition invites you to experience what it takes to make the “impossible” possible. Explore advanced aircraft and spacecraft that change our lives and transform our world. And join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Happening until Sunday 23 July from 9am-5pm at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.


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