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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!




Discover 2 million years of human history in the one room with A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum. This major international exhibition from the British Museum explores the history of humanity – how we have shaped the world, and how the world has shaped us.

It provides an exceptional opportunity to witness compelling human stories expressed through a unique and beautiful collection of artefacts drawn from across the globe.

Each object featured in the exhibition marks a point on the journey through history, from two million years ago until the present.

Happening at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra, for more information on tickets and opening hours click here: www.nma.gov.au


handmade canberra market

Shop Canberra’s award winning Handmade Market which brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets all under one roof. Find that unique gift from the region.

The Handmade Market will showcase over 220 Australian designer/makers. All products on sale at the Handmade Market are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers and find something unique, well priced and meet the maker.

ATMs on site. Indoor venue includes a gourmet food and drinks hall.
Free entry but they have a charity if you would like to offer support with a gold coin donation.

Happening Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September from 10am – 4pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra, Northbourne Ave and Flemington Road, Mitchell. Entry is free.

Find more information here: www.handmadecanberra.com.au



Ausdance ACT’s Youth Dance Festival (Dance Fest as it is affectionately known) provides the youth of Canberra with the opportunity to dance in a professional theatre environment.

Dance Fest is a non-competitive celebration of dance that embraces differences, creativity, team work and building relationships. Students are provided with a safe and supportive environment to be creative, self-express and partake in a rich artistic process.

This year students have been invited to explore the theme BE LOUD BE HEARD.

Click here for comprehensive guide to which schools will perform on which nights.

Happening Wednesday 7 September – Friday 9 September from 7.30pm – 10pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra. For more information click here: www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au.



Discover the art of hand poured candle making with one of Australia’s most respected creatives and founder of the luxurious Maison Balzac candles, Elise Pioch.

Having collaborated with numerous artists and designers including fashion label Romance Was Born, Elise’s creations are in high demand. Known for her unique approach and artistic flair, her colourful candles are created using opulent scents that draw on memories from her childhood in Provence, France.

A lover of synesthesia (a perceptual condition in which the stimulation of one sense triggers the involuntary reaction of another sense), Elise will guide you through the art of candle making step by step, and teach you how to use the process to awaken your senses and unleash your inner creative. You will get to experience the unique Eden scent that Elise has created, and hand pour your own Eden candle to take home.

Happening Saturday 10 September, 10am-& 1pm; Sunday 11 September, 11am & 2pm; Saturday 17 September, 10am & 1pm at Eden, Level 1, near Country Road, Canberra Centre. Secure your place at these workshops at moshtix.com.au

To discover Eden for yourself, stop by Level 1 near Country Road and explore their new wellbeing destination.


Cashew crusted chicken salad

Cashew crusted chicken salad

It’s BBQ season! Weber Store at Burning Log Outdoor | Indoor is launching this weekend – it’s the first of its kind in Canberra and only the second in Australia!

Created to give consumers the best retail barbecue experience that they could possibly have, it will be an amazing store where people can see the complete range of Weber barbecues and accessories in a store environment like nothing before seen in a barbecue retailer in Australia — customers will be able to taste food cooked off Weber barbecues daily.

The Weber Store at Burning Log Outdoor Indoor is open seven days and this weekend for the grand opening of Weber Store, the team from Weber and 3seeds will be cooking on an array of Weber barbecues between 10am and 2pm. From perfect pork crackle to legs of lamb and pizza, plus the chance to be ‘tong master’ and cook your own perfect steak, it’s set to be a delicious weekend!

Weber staff will be there to answer any Weber related questions and everyone who attends the opening will also have the opportunity to win a Weber Masterclass for themselves and four friends.  

Happening Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September from 10am until 2pm at Burning Log Outdoor | Indoor, Cnr of Maryborough & Wollongong Streets, Fyshwick. The MIX 106.3FM team will be on hand between 11am and 1pm on Saturday with chips, drinks, and balloons for the kids.

Find out more about the brand new Weber Store at www.burninglog.com.au.



The Raiders and Sharks have created a strong rivalry in 2016 splitting their games in convincing wins for both teams. GIO Stadium will host the second game of the 2016 NRL Telstra premiership where the Raiders will look to add to their storied history against the Sharks who are still yet to get their first piece. This will be a battle of two teams who aren’t afraid to lay on the points which should result in an exciting and fast-paced game in the nation’s capital. Where will you be when history happens

Happening from 5:30pm on Saturday 10 September at GIO Stadium, Battye Street, Bruce. Tickets available at Ticketek.



Girl Gang is a group exhibition showcasing female artists, designers and illustrators in Canberra, curated by Poyo Studio, creative studio of local designer and illustrator Juliette Dudley.

Girl Gang features work by 15 locals, including a mix of established and emerging artists. The works are mostly drawings and paintings, with a few digital and mixed media pieces. The styles of artwork showcased in the exhibition reflect the diverse range of artists involved – a mix of traditional techniques, street art, graphic art, and tattoo art styles.

The exhibition is being held at Anvil Studio & Gallery, a recently opened gallery and workshop space in The Hamlet. Girl Gang runs for two weekends until 11 September, with a Q&A panel discussion with several of the artists on Saturday 10 September.


thai embassy

The Royal Thai Embassy is pleased to invite you to the Thai Food & Cultural Festival 2016. Taste Thai culinary delights, experience Thai traditional dances & arts, shop for exquisite Thai silk and handicrafts and enjoy a special performance by Tachaya, winner of 14 gold medals from World Championships of Performing Arts 2016 and much more.

This year’s Festival aims to showcase the exquisite and world renowned Thai Silk through decorations, cultural performances, exhibition and activities.

Happening on Sunday 11 September from 10.30am – 5pm at The Royal Thai Embassy Canberra, 111 Empire Circuit, Yarralumla. Entry is free.

Find more information here: canberra.thaiembassy.org



See a different side of ‘the people’s house’ during Parliament House’s Spring Program including Meet the Gardner Tours, Spring Teas, Landscape Walks and more.

Find out the full program of events here.

Happening at Parliament House from 10 September until 13 November 2016.



Canberra Takes 2 pairs eight local celebrities with eight singers in a battle of duets to bring one fun night of entertainment to the Canberra community. 

Tickets are $35 per person or $300 for a table of 10 (plus booking fee). Tickets can be booked through Sticky Tickets or you can just turn up on the night. Our celebrities, whilst they may be able to sing, will not necessarily be known for their singing abilities. They have been teamed with a talented singer who has mentored them for eight weeks, and has helped them gain the confidence to sing in front of a large, live audience.

This year’s teams are:

  • Fiona Vanderhook and Angel Dolejsi
  • Nichole Overall and Drew Ashley
  • Bree Winchester and Jess Horton
  • Guilia Jones and Stephanie McAlister
  • Zoe Sanders and Deanna Gibbs
  • Suzanne McInnes and Lorena Quinlivan
  • Madonna Barr and Cat Meere
  • Romana Peckham and Mickey Sulit 

On the three occasions Canberra Takes 2 has been held in the past, it has raised almost $100,000 to support the work of SIDS and Kids in the ACT region. 

Happening Saturday 10 September from 7pm at Bicentennial Hall, Crawford Street, Queanbeyan. Bring your own nibbles, drinks available from the bar. Book your tickets via Sticky Tickets


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