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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!




Why wait for summer? Spring into action, gather your friends and head to Old Parliament House for Friday Night Drinks. This weekly event is back in 2017 with new themes, great food and entertainment to match.

The season kicks on Friday 22 September 22 and runs until Friday 15 December. Each week will see a different themed event brought to the courtyard of one of Australia’s most iconic buildings. Think Salsa and Sangria, Aperol Sunset Sessions and a Pimms Garden Party.

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House are the perfect way to enjoy the warm weather and kick-start the weekend.

For more information and a full list of weekly themes click here.

Happening on Friday afternoons between 22 September and 15 December, from 4pm until late at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.


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The annual CAPO auction has been held at the Canberra Museum and Gallery since 2013, and returns again on 22 September, providing the opportunity for one and all to assume the mantle of patron, and support the arts community.

It also provides a chance to dress up, sip champagne, and eat platters of gourmet food while perusing an incredible array of art – and potentially taking an art piece home for permanent display.

With donations made by artists across a range of practices and mediums, including jewellery, sculpture, photography and textiles, the CAPO auction is an opportunity to see (and bid on) a great variety of artwork.

Purchase tickets and find more information here.

Happening Friday 22 September from 6.45 to 11pm at Canberra Museum and Gallery, City. Live auction starts at 8.30pm.


Nightfest 2016. Credit: Martin Ollman

Nightfest 2016. Credit: Martin Ollman

NightFest returns to Floriade in 2017, and as a special milestone birthday treat we’ve doubled the fun.  This year, Floriade invite visitors to experience NightFest across two weekends, 22-24 Sept and 29 Sept – 01 Oct. Word to the wise, there will be different comedians, musicians and taste experiences each weekend.

Happening Friday 22 September to Sunday 24 September from 8:00pm at Commonwealth Park, Canberra.

Tickets available through events website. 


FASHFEST 2016. Credit: Eric-Red Photography.

FASHFEST 2016. Credit: Eric-Red Photography.

The show will create a unique fashion experience featuring cutting-edge catwalk designs, hair, makeup and music inspired by the NGA’s blockbuster exhibition Hyper Real.

Get hyped about fashion and hyped about Hyper Real – this summer’s blockbuster.

FASHFEST vs Hyper Real is a free event. Bookings are required.

Happening Saturday 23 September from 1:00pm at National Gallery of Australia.

Tickets available through events website.


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Suitcase Rummage is setting up their suitcases in Canberra at the NewActon Precinct! Discover suitcases filled to the brim with all sorts of goodies.

There will be brilliant vintage, artwork, bric-a-brac, clothing, books, jewellery, seconds, hand-made, shoes, records, music, badges, cards, handmade paper, …… You name it!
Entry is free of cost

Happening Sunday 24 September from 11am to 3pm at NewActon Precinct, 15 Edinburgh Avenue, Australian Capital Territory.

See website for more information.


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Fancy yourself as a collector? On the fourth Sunday of the month, the Old Bus Depot Markets highlight collectables – anything from records, to furniture and antiques. If it’s worth collecting, you’ll find it there.

On Collectable Sunday, they host a range of different stallholders who deal in an ever-changing stock of collectable items including ceramics and glassware, china and vintage clothing. If you’re into collecting smaller items, you’ll find things like small antiques, lamps and vinyl records. Larger collectables featured on this day include furniture such as Chippendale chairs.

Happening Sunday 24 September from 10am-4pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.



On Tina Arena’s last tour all the shows sold-out, as she wowed audiences around the country and abroad.

Now she is back for an epic Greatest Hits tour covering her amazing body of work including – I Need Your Body, Chains, Heaven Help My Heart, Sorrento Moon, Burn, Now I Can Dance, Symphony Of Life, Wasn’t It Good, Only Lonely, You Set Fire To My Life and I Want To Love You – and you’ll hear all the hits and more on the Innocence to Understanding Tour.

Ticket prices cost Between $121.90 and $472.05. Pre-sale begins 10am Wednesday 19 April.

Happening Sunday 24 September from 7.30pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra.

See website for more information



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.



One of Australia’s most prominent jazz saxophonists, Jamie Oehlers, teams up with one of the hottest young jazz talents around, pianist Tal Cohen, to create some inspirational and thought-provoking music. The two have been performing together now for nearly 10 years in a variety of settings, teaming up with artists like Ari Hoenig and Robert Hurst and performing together in various ensembles.

This duo setting allows for an exploration of melody and space, tone and dynamics. This concert is a release of their new CD, “Innocent Dreamer”, recorded at the ABC and containing original compositions alongside some well known jazz standards.

Happening Saturday 23 September from 8pm at The Street Theatre, Childers Street, Civic. Purchase tickets here.


Australians all let us rejoice for the return of The Wharf Revue. The unstoppable comedic minds of Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott are back with an all-new, up-to-the-minute, fiber-to-the-node dose of side-splitting sketches and rib-tickling songs.

From the highs to the lows, Canberra’s most trusted fake news source will proudly parade the year’s most memorable moments our nation’s political and cultural leaders would prefer to forget.

Whether you want to calm your nerves or double your disillusion, get ready for a fresh serve of laughter, dance and foolishness.

Happening until 23 September at Canberra Theatre Centre, City. 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.



Come and Enjoy a Fun Filled Day. One Massive Festival with non-stop music and dance. This is one of kind colour festival that will fuze all the elements of EDM, RNB music, pop, house. Live performances from the city’s best DJ’s.

A great way to spend time with the family as you go crazy in the paint and let your true colours show. You don’t want to miss this family-friendly festival that partners colour, music, great food and kids rides.

Happening Sunday 24 September from 11am at Thoroughbred Park Racecourse, 1 Randwick Road, Lyneham.

See the website for more information.


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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.



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!

Feature image: Martin Ollman


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