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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 – but sometimes it’s just too epic to get through! That’s why we’ve introduced our Weekend Edit… Here are 10 things you shouldn’t miss!




23 antique dealers from around Australia are bringing their best items for sale at the 2016 ACT Springtime Antiques and Collectables Fair.

Periods range from Georgian to Art Nouveau as well as a variety of curious collectables.

It’s the perfect opportunity for collectors, and those just browsing, to buy high-quality antiques and collectables at realistic prices.

Another drawcard is the delicious home-made light meals, morning and afternoon teas available in the Supper Room.

A major fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Canberra City, the club is proud to give proceeds from the Springtime Antique and Collectables Fair to the Tara Costigan Foundation.

The proceeds will allow the Tara Costigan Foundation to fund TARA’s ANGELS to deliver a personalised case worker service to the victims of family violence.

Happening from 19 to the 21 August, Friday: 6pm – 9pm; Saturday: 10am – 5pm; Sunday: 10am – 4pm at Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla. Tickets: $8 at the door



The Big Boys Toys Expo is a two-day highly interactive Expo that creates the ultimate playground for ‘big boys’ (and girls) to see, touch, experience, and buy all the toys, tools, gizmos, gadgets, outdoor lifestyle, sports and hobbies they’ve always dreamed of.

75+ Exhibitors with a great selection from Autoland, DIY, Outdoor Leisure, Technology, Sport and Hobbies and Activities

Happening 20 to the 21 August, 10am-4pm at Exhibition Park, Cnr Flemington Road & Northbourne Avenue, Exhibition Park, Mitchell. Tickets: $15-$20 www.bigboystoyscanberra.com.au



Rug up for an unforgettable winter experience. Enjoy the beauty and charm of Canberra, its wetlands & reserves, surrounding villages and ever-changing scenery.

A highlight of this bicycle tour is two truffle-themed experiences that reveal the link between black Perigord truffles a highly-prized gourmet delicacy, and the Eastern Bettong a tiny marsupial almost hunted to extinction nicknamed by ecologists as nature’s engineers.

Whilst on this tour you will have the opportunity to visit the historic Changi Chapel, take part in a truffle hunt at The Truffle Farm, enjoy a twilight tour of Mulligans Flat Reserve with Bettong Buddies, stock up at Crookwell’s Lindner Sock Factory and tour the Woodlawn Eco-Precinct and Bioreactor which produces green electricity from Sydney’s putrescible waste.

6 Days | 6 Nights Overnight stays in: Canberra, Gunning, Crookwell, Goulburn and Bungendore. Average Daily Distance 49km. Departs: Canberra, ACT 21 August 2016

More information is available at the Mulga Bicycle Tours website.

Happening from 21 to 27 August from Mugla Bicycle Tours, 1 Constitution Avenue, Canberra. Tickets: starting at $226 and available here:


Lifeline Canberra

Kriss Kross Barbershop invite you to come celebrate their shop launch and fundraiser for Lifeline Canberra with men’s cuts, kids cuts, ladies hot towel treatments and blow waves, food, desserts, beverages, kids activities, raffle and prizes!

All proceeds for the day are being donated to Lifeline Canberra to help raise awareness for suicide prevention. The team have all been touched by someone who’s suffered from depression, or even lost people who are close, so come support this charity and let’s help create awareness for the people who need it most!

Happening Sunday the 21 August from 9am – 4pm at 107a Anthony Rolfe Avenue, Gungahlin
. Find more information at Kriss Kross Barbershop & Salon’s Facebook page.


Cuddlepot Snugglepot

Rediscover May Gibbs’ quintessentially Australian classic Snugglepot and Cuddlepie who have fascinated and delighted generations of children and families, introducing them to the wonder and magic of the Australian bush.

Join the Gumnut babies on their journey to the big city where they meet friends and foes including Professor Kookaburra, Mrs Fantail, Mr Lizard, Mr Frog, Mrs Snake, Mr Possum and, of course, Little Ragged Blossom.

Happening Saturday 20 August at 11am and 2pm at Canberra Theatre, London Circuit, Canberra City. Tickets: $22 available here: canberratheatrecentre.com.au


Image via www.littleoaksanctuary.org

Image via www.littleoaksanctuary.org

Little Oak Sanctuary invites you to be the change you want to see in the world at our inaugural “BE THE CHANGE CHARITY GALA EVENING

With special guest speaker Philip Wollen OAM Australian Philanthropist, former Vice-President of Citibank and former General Manager of Citicorp and MC Marisa Martin, creator of “Tegan the Vegan”

The evening presents an exciting opportunity to dress up and celebrate the positive changes we can make by living compassionately whilst raising vital funds for Little Oak Sanctuary! Enjoy delicious vegan canapes and drinks, be entertained by talented jazz musicians and get inspired about being the change!

Fantastic items will be on offer via a silent auction along with amazing lucky door prizes!

Saturday, 20 August 2016 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Location: Hyatt Hotel, Canberra (Black Mountain & Mount Ainsle rooms)
Vegan canapés and drinks included
Dress code: Cocktail/Semi Formal

Tickets: $89 -$99 and available here: www.communityswitch.com.au



Red Party is a student-organised charity event run by the ANU Medical Student’s Society and we want to make it BIG. Why? Because the cause is worth nothing less. At Red Party ANU we believe that we can end the HIV/AIDs epidemic – We are the generation, the time is now.

To do that, we’re throwing a huge 1000+ person party at ANU Bar on August 20th featuring Triple J favourite and recently signed Warner Music artist, Asta to raise a whopping $25,000 for The Global Fund.

Want MORE? We’ve also lined up everything from fire twirlers to acrobats, a red carpet, drink deals and great DJs, an after party at Academy and over $5000 in prize giveaways. That includes a laptop, tablet, Thredbo ski passes, skydiving vouchers, massages and so much more… Don’t miss out! Like our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RedPartyANU

Happening Saturday 20 August from 7.30pm-11.55pm at ANU Bar, Acton. Tickets: http://www.redpartyanu.com.



It horrified London, it petrified Sydney and now this haunting psychological thriller is coming for you.Seen by over half a million people worldwide, Ghost Stories is a truly terrifying theatrical experience that will make you laugh and scream in equal measures.

Written by the masters of the macabre, Jeremy Dyson (The League of Gentlemen) and Andy Nyman (star of Death at a Funeral & writer of the Derren Brown shows) Ghost Stories combines the very best of live theatre with all the thrills of a great horror film. Despite being blood and gore free this 80-minute drama, will take you on a chilling journey that you will never forget.

Disclaimer: Ghost Stories contains moments of extreme shock and tension.

The play is unsuitable for anyone under the age of 13. We strongly advise those of a nervous disposition and pregnant women carefully consider their decision to attend.

You have been warned. So ask yourself, are you brave enough to book?

Happening from 17-20 August from 8pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra. Purchase tickets here: tickets.canberratheatrecentre.com.au


live band night feature

Once again long time CBS member & music teacher, John Black has ably pulled together a group of fine young year 11 & 12 music students from Narrabundah College to show us their skills as they host our August Youth jam with some great blues tunes.

The line-up is Phoebe (vocals), Layla (vocals) Hope (vocals), Riley (vocals), Andrew (trumpet), Lara (tenor sax), Adam (trombone), Justen (keys), Caspar (keys), Felix (Bass), Harry (guitar/drums) & Cam (drums/guitar).

Let’s show our appreciation for these young up and coming musicians and fill that room with jammers & punters. The host band will be followed by some of the finest blues musicians in the region. So bring your instruments, your voices, your friends, your dancing shoes & join us for a great afternoon’s entertainment.

Happening Sunday 21 August, 2pm – 5.45pm at Harmonie German Club of Canberra, Jerrabomberras Avenue, Narrabundah.



From 12noon to 4pm this Sunday meet the authors and illustrators of some of Australia’s most love modern children’s novels at Seeing Stories.

Put on by the National Centre for Children’s Literature at the University of Canberra Hub Exhibition Space (opposite Mizzuna Café), the event include authors’ signings, balloon modeling and face painting.

For the young and young at heart. For more information see: www.canberra.edu.au


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