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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 the things you shouldn’t miss!




The High Tea Party gives you a beautiful high tea with sparkling wine at a five-star venue whilst watching a gorgeous fashion parade. And don’t forget the shopping!

Make the most of the fantastic offers in our retail markets and remember to save time to enjoy a complimentary mini pamper station as well.

Indulge in delicious sandwiches, divine chocolates, cakes, scones with jam and cream, and of course, tea.

High Tea sittings are at 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm each day. Each General Admission high tea sitting lasts for one hour. Purchase tickets here now:

VIP EXPERIENCE HIGH TEA: Sittings are at 11am & 2pm.  To learn more about the VIP Experience, please click herePurchase tickets here now:

Happening 16 and 17 September from 9am-6pm each day the Park Hyatt Hotel Canberra, Yarralumla.

Find more information and purchase tickets here.



Canberra’s award winning September Handmade Market is an indoor event showcasing over 240 Australian designer/makers. All products on sale are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers and find something unique and well-priced.

Offerings include fashion, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, children’s toys and clothing, jewellry, accessories, and an indoor gourmet food, wine and home wares hall.

Happening Saturday 16 September-Sunday 17 September from 10am-4pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra, Northbourne Avenue and Flemington Road, Mitchell. Free entry but gold coin donations at each event are encouraged.

Find more information here.



Floriade’s 2017 theme is ‘rejuvenation’. This year there are even more flowers, enhanced food and beverage options including local produce and craft beer, extended opening hours into the twilight, two weekends of illuminated brilliance at NightFest as well as more than 100 performances, demonstrations and workshops.

There is also an exclusive opportunity for visitors to see the flowers before the gates open at the Floriade Opening Concert on Friday 15 September, featuring an open air performance by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and David Bowie tribute act The Ziggy Band. Get your tickets now from Ticketek.

Happening Saturday 16 September-Sunday 15 October daily from 10am-7pm at Commonwealth Park, Regatta Place, Parkes. Entry is free.

Further information can be found via the official Floriade websiteappFacebook and Instagram.


base body

Join Felicia Oreb – one-half of the Base Body Babes and Sebastian Oreb – The Australian Strength Coach, both leading fitness and strength experts for an insightful workshop. Be presented with the methods they use to create healthy, fit and strong bodies.

If your goal is to look good, feel good, be free from injury and live longer, come along and learn the techniques these coaches use to get amazing results for themselves (and the thousands of people that have trained with them!).

Whether you are a beginner who has no experience with weight training, a regular gym goer, a personal trainer, an athlete, male or female, this masterclass is for you!

Happening Saturday 16 September from 11am-12pm in the Monaro Mall event space at Canberra Centre.

Tickets are $24.08 and available online from Eventbrite.


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Come and see the stars of ABC KIDS live in Canberra!

This new show is their most interactive fun and educational show ever. From making a musical sandwich to Tom Tom playing the grooviest rhythms on his pots and pans this show really has something for everyone!

Lah-Lah is all about introducing kids to music and music instruments so if you want to join Australia’s best early childhood musicians and educators and see amazing live music for families, grab your tickets and pull up your stripy socks because it’s time to Have Fun! with Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band! And don’t forget you can meet the band and play the musical instruments after every show!

Happening Sunday 17 September from 10.30am at the Canberra Southern Cross Club, Corinna Street, Woden. 

Book your tickets now here.



See the Canberra Symphony Orchestra on stage with David Bowie tribute act, The Ziggy Band, at the inaugural Floriade Twilight Concert, proudly presented by Singapore Airlines, the night before Floriade opens.

The night will be filled with some of Bowie’s greatest hits, from Let’s Dance to Starman. Enjoy exclusive access to Canberra’s iconic flower festival before the Floriade gates officially open the next morning. Snacks will be available to purchase.

Happening Friday 15 September from 5.15pm at Floriade Stage 88, Commonwealth Park, Commonwealth Avenue. Gates open 4.30pm. Tickets start at $16.40 and are available here.



TEDxCanberra is an independently organised TEDx event that showcases science, technology, the arts, social issues, thinkers, innovators, and community spirit. Some of Canberra and Australia’s most interesting presenters will be taking the stage to deliver their “ideas worth spreading”.

TEDxCanberra is a volunteer-run, non­profit, ideas event that brings the internationally recognised TED brand to the nation’s capital each Spring. 2017 will mark Canberra’s 8th year of operation.

Happening Saturday 16 September 8am-6pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit. Cost is between $90-$250pp.

Tickets must be purchased individually here.


Kim Churchill

To coincide with the release of his new album Weight_FallsKim Churchill is pleased to announce the Weight_Falls Australian Album Tour.Those familiar with Churchill will recognise signature elements in these new recordings: intricate guitar work, intuitive vocal melodies and a wonderful feeling of space and warmth. What sets Weight_Falls apart from Churchill’s previous releases is its sense of adventure and unpredictability, characterised by chopped-up drum samples, unusual harmonies and moments of disarming lyrical honesty.

Churchill credits two years spent “growing up” for much of the shift in sound. After touring Silence/Win around Australia in 2014 and 2015, he embarked on a series of high-adrenaline overseas trips that included performances at the Glastonbury and Telluride Blues Festivals and adventures in the Peruvian Andes and along the coast of Sri Lanka.

Happening Saturday 16 September 7:30pm at The Street Theater, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

Purchase tickets here.


Ostani Garden Bar Bacardi Takeover

Welcome the start of the warmer weather with De Kuyper & Bacardi’s Tiki Bar Takeover at Ostani’s Garden Bar. They will be showcasing four new cocktails and will be asking you to decide what will feature on their Spring/Summer cocktail menu.

Sit back and relax with a cocktail in hand and let De Kuyper, Bacardi and the Ostani team whisk you away to a place you would rather be.

Happening Friday 15 September at Ostani Bar and Lounge, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Cocktails will be shaking from 5pm.

Find more information here.


Image: Andrew Merry. Supplied.

Image: Andrew Merry. Supplied.

Join us for a torchlight tour illuminated with genuine stories of death, mysterious occurrences and dastardly deeds at Old Parliament House.

Help us solve the mystery of the ghostly encounters that have been experienced here after the sun goes down.

Bookings essential as spaces are limited. Tickets $20 each.

Happening 7 – 28 September every Thursday from 8pm at Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, King George Terrace, Parkes.

For more information visit 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.



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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