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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!



Image: Peta Rudd. Crown: The Floral Society.

Image: Peta Rudd for HerCanberra. Crown: The Floral Society.

Create your own floral crown masterpiece at this hands-on masterclass. Canberra’s flower arranging experts,The Floral Society will teach you how to mix and match seasonal blooms and weave them together to craft a statement crown worthy of an Instagram selfie.

Each ticket is redeemable for a $20 Canberra Centre Gift Card. All guests will be treated to a glass of sparkling and catering.

Happening Saturday 19 August from 11am-12pm at Canberra Centre’s event space, within the Beauty Precinct.

Tickets from Eventbrite.


Image: Martin Ollman

Image: Martin Ollman

World Photo Day is running its first citywide photo celebration here in Canberra join us to share the story of Canberra with the world.   

Register here and share your best photo of Canberra on August 19 as we celebrate photography. 

If you’ve taken an amazing photo of Canberra or it’s regions this year, we would love to see it in our World Photo Day Canberra Photo Contest.  

We’re putting together some great prizes, hosting exhibitions and printing a photo book of your photos and stories to publish globally as a representation of Canberra in 2017.  

This year, we’ve partnered with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, an organisation that supports over 500 children with CP in the ACT as well as their families. 

Happening Saturday 19 August.  


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Luton Charity Ball presents to you – Homes of Hope. Prepare yourself for a luxurious evening, step onto your catamaran. A night of sumptuous leisure, set sail for the Mediterranean. 

Fine food, wine and exceptional company, see the unique landscape whilst sightseeing.Settle into a night of abundant fun and laughter, envision the sunset… Island dreaming. 

This year Luton Properties are supporting three heroic local charities: Hartley Lifecare, Project Independence and Karinya House. The Premier Sponsor; Allhomes, and the Sunset Sponsor; Go Hosting, are proud to have partnered with Luton Properties to support these charities. 

The night will be filled with fun; this year’s Santorini theme is set to be another successful event with the Ouzo Bar, a plate smashing arena and Greek dancing. The incredibly talented Costas Kilias will emcee the evening and undoubtedly one of Australia’s finest vocalists, Ricki-Lee will be performing live. 

Happening Saturday 19 August from 6pm at The National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue.  

For more information and to book your tickets, visit the website.  


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The wildly popular Kids’ Cushion Concert series returns to the iconic Nishi Grand Stair with a very special guest. BYO cushion for the little ones to sit on, and get ready for a morning filled with fun and shenanigans!

Kids’ Party Confidential is a raucous ride for adults and children aged 5 to 12 as comedian Sean Murphy creates the best party ever. You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe, and you’ll learn how to tie an incredible balloon sword!

Equal parts stand-up, storytelling and celebration, Sean has created a show that educates and entertains in equal measure.

“Kids’ Party Confidential proves our imaginations are the greatest engines for entertainment; through the course of the performance, we incorporate kids’ own ideas to create the best fiesta ever.”

Happening Saturday 19 August at 9am and 10.30am. Reserve your place now via Eventbrite.



Geoscience Australia’s 2017 annual Open Day offers diverse program of free hands-on activities, science displays, talks and fun for all ages! Come along and learn about the exciting and important work carried out by Australia’s national geoscience agency.  

Find out how earthquakes are detected, learn how agriculture relies on discovery of precious water resources, discover how satellites have revolutionised our ability to access positioning information at the touch of a button, and learn how critical commodities make your smart phone work.   

Talk to real scientists, learn about geoscience careers and find out how important geoscience is to our everyday life. 

Happening Sunday 20 August from 9am – 2pm at Geoscience Australia, Corner Hindmarsh Dr and Jerrabomberra Ave, Symonston.  

Visit the website for more information.



There is no other comedian that can command the stand-up stage quite like Three time Best Comedy Nominee, Helpmann Awards, Tom Gleeson. Fresh from sold out runs around Australia, Gleeson is bringing his brand new hour of razor-sharp comedy to the nation’s capital for one night only.  

Self-assured and lightning-fast, Tom Gleeson’s wit and ability to tackle any topic has earned him the reputation as one of Australia’s most loved comedians. Off the stage and onto the screen, over the past year Tom continued his key role hosting Hard Chat on ABC TV’s award-winning show The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, taking no prisoners with local and international celebrities, getting away with asking the awkwardly hilarious questions that no one else would dare to. The segment was so popular Tom went on to host his very own quiz show, Hard Quiz on ABC TV, grilling contestants alike with his signature satirical and derisive style. Just like everything Tom touches, the end result was comedy gold. 

Happening Saturday 19 August at 7pm and 8:45pm at The Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit.  

Tickets are $42 and can be purchased from The Canberra Theatre Centre


Seriously? Science, Sex, Dance, Paint, Music, Song and Dance….it’s Strictly Science. National Science Week closes with an explosion of science and art. Some of Canberra’s most fabulous performers join internationally renowned scientists explaining what on earth is going on…  

Hear from scientists including Dr Brad Tucker, Dr Merryn McKinnon, Professor Sean O-Donoghue, Ingrid McCarthy and Dr Graham Walker.  

See performers including Rainbow, Jazida, Autumn Temptress, Liberte la Femme, 3G, Vivacity, Feel the Music and Madam Lou. 

Happening Saturday 19 August at 7:30pm at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen.  

Tickets available from Eventbrite. 



Are you a risk taker? Step into the unknown at Night at the Museum: Uncharted.   

From deep history to deep space, to the depths of the human mind … Delve into the weird and the wonderful, the alien and the exotic, as we discover what lies beyond.   

Push the boundaries. Travel the unknown. Discover the unexpected. Let the night unfold and reveal itself.  

Night at the Museum events: over 18s only. 

Happening Friday 18 August from 6pm – 9:30pm at The National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.  

For more information and to purchase tickets visit the website. 



Byron Bay singer-songwriter and one of Australia’s most loved musicians, Pete Murray has released his new single, Take Me Down, alongside the announcement of his sixth studio album, Camacho – available June 2. With over one million album sales to his name, the quiet achiever of Australian music will showcase new tracks and old favourites on an epic 32-date national Camacho Tour including the Canberra Theatre this August. 

Beat-driven and anthemic, Take Me Down cleverly reveals a new direction for Pete, yet still manages to feel like a catch up with an old friend – his smooth, familiar voice both warm and inviting. “Take Me Down is about a beautiful relationship with an unknown future,” insights Pete. “It’s about not knowing how much time is left and being in the moment. It’s emotive, moody, sexual and vulnerable.” 

Happening Saturday 19 August at 7:30pm at The Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit.  

Get your tickets here. 


Neel Kolhatkar

Neel Kolhatkar is a sharp, young, rapid fire, accent slinging with a hint of boyish charm-kind-of-comic. He hates political correctness and hates people that say they hate political correctness – and in his no holds barred live show, Neel will tell you why.His straight-shooting, boundary-breaching and savvy style delivered with a stage presence that the Guardian describes as “disarming charisma” will leave you comfortable enough to laugh embarrassingly loudly at every subject matter he explores.

Neel Kolhatkar performing live is a must see for anyone desensitized by the barrage of useless information fired at them daily. It’s an examination of race, youth, culture and politics through the lens of a cynically optimistic, barbarously honest 22-year-old. Whether you want to save trees or make G’s there’s something in this show for everyone.

Happening Saturday 19 August from 8pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

Purchase tickets here.



Toast returns to Rochford to kick off the first of a series of dance parties focusing on local DJs and their dancefloor ready digs. Going deep in the kitchen for the first instalment are local spinners Cressy, Ed Macky, and FB Perimeter who will be weaving through all manner of heat over the course of the night. 

Happening Sunday 20 August form 7pm at Bar Rochford, 1/65 London Cct.  

$10 entry  

More information available via Facebook.


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Fossick through an eclectic mix of quirky and interesting treasures. The fun is in the hunt as you never know what you might find amongst the stalls.  

Rummage through a stack of old suitcases, funky lamp shades, tea cups and saucers and ceramic and glass flying ducks to decorate your home. Retro decorative art blends with antique jewellery, china and art glass, silver, linens and restored pieces. 

Happening Sunday 20 August from 10am-4pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Find more information here.


Canberra Antiques Fair

See curious collectables and a range of antiques from Georgian to Art Nouveau at the 2017 ACT Springtime Antiques and Collectables Fair.  

Shop for or browse amongst high-quality antiques and collectables at realistic prices.   

Home-made light meals, morning and afternoon teas are available in the Supper Room.  

The Rotary Club of Canberra City will be raising money for CanTeen, the charity that supports young people between 12 – 24 years old who are living with cancer. 

Happening Friday 18 – Sunday 20 August at Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla.  

Friday: 6pm – 9pm; Saturday: 10am – 5pm; Sunday: 10am – 4pm.  

More details available here. 



Time to play big! Like a play park for adults, The Ultimate Playground is stacked with some serious fun both indoors and outdoors.   

• Drone Indoor Racing Action – Plus learn to fly a drone via first person view on a flight simulator station & test your skills flying a real drone via line of sight 

• Pinball & Arcade Machine Amusement Zone 

• Race Your Mates – Khanacross Challenge course 

• Shannons Cars, Bikes & Coffee  

• Strongman Spectacular  

• Strength Test Hub – Electronic strength hammer, boxing & arm wrestling machines! 

• Eljay Freestyle Entertainment – Incredible motocross stunts! 

• Awesome Displays, Giveaways & Prizes! 

Happening Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August from 10am – 4pm at Exhibition Park, Cnr Flemington Road & Northbourne Avenue.  

Tickets available at the door, Adults: $20, Kids 6-16: $10, Kids under 6: Free!  

Visit the website for more information.  


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Authentic delicious food cooked with Sri Lankan SpicesHoppers & Egg Hoppers, Thosa, Samosa, Rice with Traditional Sri Lankan ‘Hot’ & Spicy Curries Variety of finger foods, short-eats, pan rolls, Wade’, & Cold Drinks  

Nothing over $9.00  

All proceeds will go to the building fund of the new Buddhist temple in North Canberra.  

Happening Saturday 19 August from 10:30am-2:30pm at Gunghalin Community Centre.  

Check out the website for more information.  

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.

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.


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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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