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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 10 things you shouldn’t miss!



sita chan

Sita Chan, an Ayurveda lifestyle counsellor, Aveda educator and yoga instructor will reveal the healing powers behind the ancient Ayurvedic philosophy that combines yoga, massage, acupuncture and herbal medicine for a better mind, body, spirit connection. She will also guide your dosha for health and wellbeing balance.

Happening Saturday 29 July from 11am-1pm in the Canberra Centre’s beauty and wellness precinct.

Tickets from Eventbrite.


Credit: Maylei Hunt

Credit: Maylei Hunt

QL2 Dance’s Quantum Leap ensemble uses The Rime of the Ancient Mariner as a launchpad to explore our sense of belonging and sense of responsibility: what is climate change doing to our beliefs? Celebrated West Australian choreographer Claudia Alessi will bring her extensive background in physical theatre; Jack Ziesing (ex- Expressions Dance Company) returns; and QL2 alumni Eliza Sanders brings an exciting new voice to contemporary youth dance.

This Poisoned Sea will be epic, thoughtful and physical. Contemporary dance for all audiences.

Happening 27-29 July at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See the website to purchase tickets and find more details.


Sally Greenaway_feature

Humanity has always sought to extend the boundaries of knowledge through innovation and discovery. Yet, just over a hundred years ago there was no space travel, bionic ear, cinema, telephone network… or atomic bomb. The innovation of the 20th century created opportunities and choices like never before. And it changed us.This performance is a provoking and entertaining journey through seven innovations that continue to shape humanity, the way we behave and the way we think.

Happening 26-29 July at Canberra Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

Find more information and purchase tickets here.


DashTheBrave_Santa Speedo Shuffle

This Sunday 30 July more than 150 Canberrans will strip to their speedos and run the central basin of Lake Burley Griffin in the 6500 Santa Speedo Shuffle.

The annual event, now in its sixth year, aims to raise $200,000 for Cystic Fibrosis ACT to help assist more than 100 people living with the genetic disorder in Canberra and surrounding region.

The day kicks off from 10am and finishes with a Christmas in July themed festival at the Southern Cross Yacht Club, an event the whole family can enjoy.

Happening Sunday 30 July from 10am at Lake Burley Griffin. Meet at the Southern Cross Yacht Club.

See the website for more information.


farm gate

It’s market day! Join in the fun on Pialligo Estate’s main paddock for a Sunday full of market stalls and activities that will be sure to delight children big and small. A showcase of local vendors and Pialligo Estate produce, it will be sure to tempt the whole family in true Pialligo Estate style.

Kids bring your gumboots as there’ll be plenty to explore!

Happening Saturday 29 July from

Find out more about the Farm Gate Markets here.



Head over to NewActon for the Canberra Districts’ hottest event this month. You’ll taste wine from twelve of the best producers in the District as well as delicious locally-made chocolates from Robyn Rowe.

Hosted in the beautiful courtyard of New Acton, warm up with mulled wine and listen to tunes by Capital City Soul DJs! Food will be available to purchase.

Early Bird tickets are available via Eventbrite or at the door $25. Price includes tasting glass. Numbers are limited.

Happening Saturday 29 July from 2pm to 5pm at the NewActon Courtyard, Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra.

Find more information and buy tickets on Eventbrite.



Meet Patrick Mills at Westfield Belconnen, shoot some hoops, and hear him talk about the new children’s book series, Game Day! Dymocks Belconnen will be in attendance with copies of Patty’s books.

Happening from Sunday 30 July 2017 from 2pm to 3pm at Westfield Belconnen. Find more information here.



Dendy invites you to their very special Dendy Dames screening of ATOMIC BLONDE on 28 July at 6.45pm, with a beverage and goody bag on arrival.

Treat yourselves to a screening in Dendy’s Premium Lounge and you’ll receive a glass of sparkling, sliders and churros with your goody bag and movie too!

Happening Friday 28 July from 6.45pm at Dendy Canberra, inside the Canberra Centre on Bunda Street.

To book your place, see the Dendy website.


1984 feature

April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching. Now with a brand new Australian cast, don’t miss 1984, one of the 20th century’s greatest and most chilling novels, given new life by some of British theatre’s fastest rising creative stars.

Set in a world where an invasive government keeps a malevolently watchful eye on its citizens, this radical and much-lauded staging explores surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever.

Produced by UK theatrical innovators Headlong along with Nottingham Playhouse and the Almeida Theatre, this production of George Orwell’s dystopian classic came roaring onto the stage in 2013 and since then it has become an international phenomenon. Seen by over a quarter of a million people worldwide, it has enjoyed three hugely successful West End seasons as well as an international tour including a sold-out season at the Melbourne Festival.

Showing Tuesday 25 July to Saturday 29 July 2017 from 7.30pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square. Saturday matinee playing from 1.30pm. Tickets available from $45, Find more information here.


Credit: Andrew Sikorski

Credit: Andrew Sikorski

Escape the weight of a long winter and immerse yourself in an art playground at The Ainslie Art Centre. With drinks to warm you and food to fill you, CANBERRA OBSCURA: METROPOLIS is a night of enthralling performance and emphatic beats, experimentation and the unexpected.

Canberra Obscura: Metropolis is an exploration of where the tipping point reverberates, a delicate magnetic push and pull. In times when we’re weighed down with abundance, and swept up in distortion, we’ll take you on an adventure and hold your hand as you approach the edge.

Happening Friday 28 July 2017 from 7pm-11pm at the Ainslie Arts Centre. Tickets available upon arrival. Free entry for children under 12. Find more information here.



Canberra’s very own Bentspoke Brewery. is taking over Ostani’s Garden Bar this Friday. Join the boys from 5pm for free tastings. All beers will be available to purchase.

BentSpoke Brewing Co is the brainchild of Champion Australian brewer Richard Watkins and Tracy Margrain. The pair travelled the world drawing inspiration for their ideal brewpub. On June 6, 2014 BentSpoke threw its doors open to overwhelming support from the local community. 3000 litres of beer was served in the first week. 2 years and several awards later, with over 300,000 litres and 50 different beers and cider brewed, BentSpoke is firmly cemented in the Australian beer scene.

Happening Friday 28 July from 5-7.30pm at Ostani’s Garden Bar, inside Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton.

Find more information here.


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Team work, invention, creation, cooperation are all key elements to the process of creating cubbys together. Children use their imagination to create stories and small villages. Why not have a go at the obstacle course and then get stuck into building a cubby town. Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays of the July school holidays. 12pm to 3pm. Enquiries: 6205 1233

Happening until Saturday 29 July from 12pm to 3pm at Paddys River Road Canberra. Entry fees for car hire apply. Find information here.

Night Ski and Ride at Corin Forest


Night Ski & Ride at Corin Forest in the Tidbinbilla Mountain Ranges! Take a quick 45-minute drive to the ACT’s only ski field and enjoy the thrill of skiing beneath the stars and lights.

Get out into the winter air with a line-up of themed nights. Every night has a theme but the hill will still be open for all to use.

Thursday is Girls Night! Girls, take your girlfriend, your mum, your sister or your Nan along at no cost and get free coaching to improve your skills in a relaxed and chilled atmosphere.

Wednesday is Park Night, featuring a different rail or jump every week. Friday is Family Pizza Night with Corin’s famous wood-fired pizzas for only $10 each, and Saturday’s All-In is an open session for all.

The cafeteria will be open so you can warm up by the open fireplace, roast giant marshmallows and enjoy a wide selection of meals, including gourmet wood-fired pizzas.

Don’t miss out – book your Ski Area ticket now!

Happening until 2 September, Wednesdays to Saturdays from 5.30pm – 9.30pm at Corin Forest 1268 Corin Road, Paddys River. Tickets $30 for a four-hour session.

Find more information on the website.


Constellations 4

A contemporary drama by winner of the 2012 Harold Pinter Award, Nick Payne. With sold-out seasons across the globe – now it’s Canberra’s turn to be delighted and moved by this ingenious, touching and intellectually searching work.

Marianne and Roland are polar opposites. A quantum physicist and a beekeeper. A big universe thinker and an everyday believer. String theory, parallel universes and Sliding Doors moments set the scene for this quirky and charming romance of endless invention.

Payne has crafted a work that catapults theatre into the future, confronting our questions of choice, control and certainty, and the multiple possibilities within one relationship. Witty, fascinating and heartbreaking – this astonishing two-hander is an unmissable, universe shifting show that will challenge how you see life, and change how you live it.

Showing Friday 14 July – Saturday 29 July at the Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street.

For more information including showing times visit the website.


The King's Choice

The King’s Choice

Presented by Palace Cinemas, the fourth Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival offers a spread of 20 films from the Nordic region. The exciting program ranges from Nordic noir thrillers to pitch black comedies with offerings from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway.

The festival will open with The Other Side of Hope, winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director 2017 at this year’s Berlinale. This special event screening includes an elderflower cocktail on arrival and an afterparty with Scandi tunes and smørrebrød!

Happening 18 July – 2 August at Palace Electric Cinema, 2 Phillip Law Street, NewActon Nishi.

For session times, tickets and other information, visit 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

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


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.



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!

Experience it each day from 9am-5pm at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.

Still want more? Check out This Week in The Can for sooooo many things to do!


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