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!



Bengarra Slider

In 2017, Bangarra presents a brand new contemporary dance work that will leave you astonished by Australia’s history, choreographed by Artistic Director Stephen Page.

Woollarawarre Bennelong was a senior man of the Eora, from the Port Jackson area in Sydney. In a tumultuous time of Australia’s history, Bennelong and his community left us with a legacy that transcended ‘first contact’.

Inspired by true events, this theatrical dance work highlights the extraordinary curiosity and diplomacy that led an Aboriginal community to survive a clash of cultures, contributing to the establishment of positive relationships between the Eora and the British, for a serene future.

Bangarra’s Bennelong is a brand new work at its best. In a unique Australian dance language, the company embraces history – celebrating the continuation of life and culture with the power, artistry, passion and physicality of the country’s most acclaimed dancers.

Happening Thursday 3 August to Saturday 5 August at 7.30pm, Saturday Matinee 1.30pm, at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra City.

Tickets from $30, to purchase visit the website.



Cult beauty destination The Lab (formerly Browlab) are turning two years young and to celebrate they’re spoiling everyone who walks through their door!

Yes, they mean goody bags. So make sure you pop into their Braddon loft or book in for one of their signature brow services during the week of 1-5 August to receive yours!

Read all about it here.

Happening from 1-5 August during business hours at The Lab, Elouera Street, Braddon.

Find more information here and on their Instagram.



Warm your cockles at the National Portrait Gallery’s annual Winter Festival! Join a day of wintery fun including ice sculpting, wool weaving, performances, and special guests The Tjanpi Desert Weavers all the way from the Northern Territory. This Winter Festival is for all ages and abilities. All materials are provided.

This Winter Festival is for all ages and abilities. All materials are provided.

This program made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC.

Happening Sunday 6 August from 10am-4pm at The National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

Visit the website for more information.


OldBusDepotMarkets-Multicultural Sunday

Love experiencing different cultures? On the first Sunday of the month the Old Bus Depot Markets add a touch of international ‘flavour’ to the markets. It’s like touring the world without leaving the markets.

In a fabulous old industrial building you will experience the endless colour, tastes, sounds and atmosphere that is “Canberra’s Sunday Best”. Find your favourite stallholder and visit the Markets this Sunday from 10am-4pm.

Happening Sunday 6 August from 10am – 4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Find more information on the website.


Rusty Young

For seven years Rusty Young, author of the international bestseller Marching Powder, lived and worked in Colombia, where he interviewed Special Forces soldiers, snipers, undercover intelligence agents and members of two vicious terrorist organisations. The result was Colombiano.In association with Penguin Random House.

In association with Penguin Random House.

Happening Wednesday 2 August from 6pm-8pm at The National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

$20 including refreshments and a book signing.

Tickets available here.


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Learn about these fascinating marsupials and then take a stroll around the Eucalypt Forest enclosure and try to spot Koala’s. Meet at the Eucalypt Forest car park.

Happening every Saturday in August from 2:30pm-3:00pm at The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, 141 Paddys River Road, Paddys River.

Park entry fees apply, visit Nature Play for more information.


Ed Kuepper

The ARIA award winning solo artist and founding member of legendary 70’s proto-punk outfit The Saints and post-punk originals Laughing Clowns, Ed Kuepper, will be bringing his one man request fest to Canberra.

Initially performed in 2014, the ‘By Request’ shows have proved hugely popular. Kuepper gladly accepts the invitation to tackle material from the aforementioned acts alongside various covers and material from Ed’s 40 albums strong solo career.

Happening Friday 4 August at 8pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit The Street.


Image: facebook.com/cbrbrave

Image: facebook.com/cbrbrave

Australian Ice Hockey League action returns to Canberra this weekend when the CBR Brave take on the Sydney Ice Dogs in a crucial game for both teams.

Happening Saturday 5 August from 5.30pm – 7.30pm at Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre, 1 Irving Street, Phillip.

Purchase tickets now via the website.


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Canberra Fashion Market is a Canberra based market specialising in new, vintage and recycled clothing and accessories. It’s fashion styling with everything in one location. The market also hosts collectible items including books, DVDs, vinyl records and other cool objects.

Happening Saturday 5 August from 10am – 3pm in the Fitzroy Building, Exhibition Park In Canberra, Cnr Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue.

$3 entry, kids under 12 free.

Find more information here.



The GIANTS are back in Canberra for their final UNSW Canberra Oval match of 2017 in Round 20 of the 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership Season. GIANTS v Melbourne is sure to be a toughly contested match.

Take the whole family for this Saturday afternoon match and participate in kick-to-kick post game.

Happening Saturday 5 August at 1.45pm at UNSW Canberra Oval, Manuka Circle, Forrest.

Tickets available from Ticketek.


Image via frockupaustralia.com

Image via frockupaustralia.com

The Winter Frock Up Pop Up Canberra is on again with six local and interstate sellers with hundreds of items of antique, retro, vintage and designer label clothing. You’ll find clothing that encompasses over 150 years with everything from Downton Abbey tea gowns to micro minis from the Swinging Sixties.

In addition to rack after rack of fashion, discover fashion accessories, fashion art, millinery, antique laced textiles and much, much more for the ‘fashionista’.

Anyone interested in fashion should save the date now.

Happening Friday 4 August from 6pm-9pm and Saturday 5 August from 10am-5pm at The Griffith Neighbourhood Centre, 55 Stuart Street, Griffith.

Gold coin donation upon entry, for more information visit Frock Up Australia.

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.



There was a time when Malcolm could attract a boy with the wink of an eye, but these days even having his usual rent boy replaced at the last minute can put a spanner in the works. So when Billy turns up, the night really doesn’t look like it’s going to end well.

Against the odds, Malcolm’s stories break the ice, and two people who appear to have barely a thing in common find themselves sharing more than just a bed. As Australia approaches the 40th anniversary of the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the different experiences of gay men growing up then and now are profound. Trevar Alan Chilver’s poignant script brings these differences to life like never before.

78 Reasons to Stay the Night premieres in Canberra Theatre Centre’s Courtyard Studio this August for a strictly limited season.

Happening Wednesday 2 August – Sunday 6 August at The Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit. Wednesday to Saturday: 7:30 pm and Saturday: 2 pm; Sunday: 5 pm.

Tickets available for $38. Book now to avoid disappointment.


Image via facebook.com/pg/canberrang

Image via facebook.com/pg/canberrang

Canberräng is Canberra’s annual festival of swing. Canberräng is jam packed with dancing and music at a total of ten spectacular locations! There are two balls, two after parties, a winery visit, public dances and so much more to experience. Presented by Jumptown Swing, Canberräng attracts dancers from across Australia and abroad.

Saturday and Sunday morning head to Garema Place or the Kingston Old Bus Depot Markets to see the dance or even join in!

The Saturday Evening Ball is the highlight of the Canberräng festival. Enjoy the spectacle of watching the dancers kick up a storm to live jazz in an iconic Canberra venue, or find yourself a partner and have a dance!

Happening Thursday 3 – Sunday 6 August at a variety of locations across Canberra.

Email [email protected] for more details.


Image: facebook.com/GAMMACON

Image: facebook.com/GAMMACON

GAMMA.CON is a celebration of pop culture in the ACT and Southern NSW. See special guests Bajo, Goose and Rad from ABC’s Spawn Point program as well as cosplayers Henchwench and AK Wirru who will be performing on stage, giving panels and signing autographs all weekend!

GAMMA.CON features free play video games and board games, live stage acts, workshops, panels, art and crafts, artists, comics, screenings of movies, anime and cartoons, vendors selling toys and collectables, competitions, cosplay and much, much more! GAMMA @ Night will run from 6pm. This over 18 event offers tasty cocktails, comedians, burlesque and mature gaming and screenings!

GAMMA.CON Happening Saturday 5 August from 10am-5pm at AIS Arena, Leverrier Street, Bruce. GAMMA @Night commencing at 6pm at the same venue.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit the website.



The Ten Tenors are undoubtedly one of Australia’s most successful touring entertainment groups of all time.

The group has more than 2,500 live shows to their credit and over 90 million people worldwide have witnessed their unmistakable charm, camaraderie and vocal power.

If you like the tenor voice, be it in rock, pop or classical repertoire, this show has it all and will have you on the edge of your seats.

Happening Sunday 6 August at 1:30pm and 6:30pm at The Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit.

Tickets between $85 and $125 can be purchased here.

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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