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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 14 things you shouldn’t miss!


Pop-Up Beauty Bar

beauty bar

Think of your shopping spree as a marathon, not a sprint. A well-earned break mid-session will help recharge the batteries and reignite your inspiration for uncovering a new season wardrobe or that missing piece from your style set.

For a select few Sunday nights over the coming months, Canberra Centre’s pop-up Beauty Bar is the pamper hangout you need. Come along to learn the latest beauty techniques and trends over a complimentary glass of bubbles and stay as long as your weary feet need.

When: Sunday 23 April, 7 May and 18 June, 11am – 4pm

Where: Level 1, Canberra Centre – near the Customer Service Desk.

More information at canberracentre.com.au.


Come along and see a Cooking Demonstration with Rowie Dillon, Australia’s Queen of gluten-free baking and cooking, at Centre Court at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome. Is it possible for naughty tasting cakes and desserts to be good for you? Well, it is now. Rowie Dillon has a passion for great food, culinary design and is protective about her diet. Grab your ticket and see Rowie in action as she uses the new Cuisinart stand mixer to demonstrate how to mince your own beef and vegetable patties, make your own pasta at home, create her own delicious cakes and more!

In 2001 she created Rowie’s Cakes – a kitchen where every wickedly delicious morsel that leaves the kitchen is 100% gluten, yeast and wheat free. Rowie’s range of products is testament to the fact that she believes that it is possible for naughty tasting food to be good for you. All ticketed guests receive reserve seating, and a gift bag valued at over $70 RRP! Registration is free! Register for your free spot now via Eventbrite.

Happening Saturday 22 April from 11am – 12.30pm at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome. Find more information on the website.


gun homestead 1890

The Canberra and Region Heritage Festival theme for 2017 is ‘Questions and Change’. How far have we come 50 years on from the 1967 referendum where Indigenous Australians were counted in the census?  We’d like you to question what you think about Canberra and change your view after attending some of the 100+ events. See the community of today and pre 1913 and pre 1820.

Search for answers and celebrate the importance of the region’s heritage. Heritage is retro, it’s vintage, it’s the region’s story, it’s part of everyday life. With over 100 events, most free, you can enjoy tours, open days, dances, talks, dinners, markets and more. The festival raises awareness to the ongoing need to conserve the region’s natural, historic and Aboriginal heritage.

Happening Tuesday 18 April – Friday 7 May from 10am at various venues.

Find more information on the website.


play that goes wrong

Winner of Best New Comedy at London’s 2015 Olivier Awards and acclaimed with five-star reviews, The Play That Goes Wrong is currently playing to packed houses in the West End and opens on Broadway in March. The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong…does!

The accident-prone thespians battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call with hilarious consequences! Starring a bunch of ‘would be’ Australian thespians including Logie award-winner Brooke Satchwell, Actor/Writer Adam Dunn, theatre performers Darcy Brown, Francine Cain, Luke Joslin, George Kemp, Jordan Prosser, Nick Simpson-Deeks, Tammy Weller and Matthew Whitty plus original UK West End cast member James Marlowe.

Happening Tuesday 25 April – Sunday 30 April at varying times.

Find more information on the website.



Sisters Sally Obermeder and Maha Koraiem started their fashion and lifestyle blog, SWIISH, with the desire to inspire a luxe life for less and offer their insider secrets for all things fashion, wellbeing, beauty and family.

From Sally’s career as a TV presenter (she’s currently co-hosting Channel 7’s national news and entertainment show, The Daily Edition) covering topics from fashion to lifestyle, and Maha’s background as a certified health coach with a passion for health and fitness, the girls are a wealth of information and inspiration.

During their exclusive event, SWIISH editors Sally and Maha will be shedding light on the latest trends for the season, and will reveal their top tips for mastering each look at any age.

Happening Saturday 22 April from 11am-12.30pm at the Canberra Centre. Tickets $24.50 from Eventbrite.


Jessica Friedmann

Jessica Friedmann

Some of Canberra’s most interesting writers of life explore what it means to write as a woman. Featuring Jessica Friedmann, Lisa Fuller, Zoya Patel and Melinda Smith. Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink)

Happening Sunday 23 April from 3.30pm at Muse Canberra

Find more information on the website.



As part of Westfield Belconnen’s April School Holliday activities, the LEGO Immersive zone will come to life at Westfield Woden. Children will have the opportunity to engage in live-build challenges with activities catering to all ages.

Happening Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 April from 11am – 2pm daily at Centre Court, near Myer.

Find more information on the website.



The Caribbean experience awaits at the Sunwaves Indoor Street Fest! Cuban living statues, classic cars, vibrant vibes and artistry all ensure this indoor street fest is a fun-filled, one of a kind Canberra fest.

Music abounds with waves of funk, electro, Caribbean beats, and R&B. Beats fuse with vintage Cuban featuring percussion, bongo shows, a Latin Jazz band and DJs, flooding the depot with good vibes.

Canberra’s top street food has been selected for your dining pleasure. Local beer brewers and wineries will keep those lips moist and the sand bar will be serving mojitos.

On 22 April from 5pm at Former Kingston Transport Depot, Kingston Foreshore. Entry is $23.50 and can be found booked through the event website  www.sunwaves.com.au.


Image: Martin Ollman

Image: Martin Ollman

Join an ACT Parks Ranger and Friends of ACT Trees member Dr John Turnbull on a guided tour of the stunning Bendora Arboretum, in Namadgi National Park. This is Canberra’s sole surviving and oldest arboretum after others were destroyed in the 2003 bushfires. Reconnect with nature, soak in the warmth of Canberra’s autumn sun and enjoy a picnic surrounded by the stunning colours of native and exotic trees in all their autumn splendour.

Happening Sunday 23 April from 10.30 – 12.30 at Bendora Arboretum.

Find more information on the website.



In local author Courtney Carr’s debut novel Cosmic Decay: Contamination, the world is dominated by the Mindless – humans who hunt the empty streets in a cannibalistic rage. A small group of survivors witness the arrival of Visitors from another world who covet the Earth and its natural resources.

When the settlement of Earth begins, the group of survivors race to unravel the mystery that connects the Mindless to the Visitors, giving them their best chance at surviving against all odds.

On Saturday 22 April at 11am, Courtney Carr will be signing exclusive copies of her debut novel at Paperchain Bookstore in Manuka.

For more information go to the website.


poppies feature

Children will be able to make a paper poppy to plant in the Westfield Belconnen ANZAC Day garden.

Happening Sunday 23 and Monday 24 April from 10am – 2pm at Westfield Belconnen.


Les Mis

Free-Rain Theatre Company presents a new production of Les Miserables. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, ‘Les Miserables’ travels with prisoner-on-parole, 24601, Jean Valjean, as he runs from the ruthless Inspector Javert on a journey beyond the barricades, at the centre of the June Rebellion. Meanwhile, the life of a working class girl with a child is at a turning point as she turns to prostitution to pay money to the evil innkeeper and his wife who look after her child, Cosette. Valjean promises to take care of the child, eventually leads to a love triangle between Cosette, Marius who is a student of the rebellion, and Eponine, a girl of the streets. The people sing of their anger and Enjolras leads the students to fight upon the barricades.

Running Wednesday 5 until Saturday 22 April at the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Queanbeyan. Tickets from $40.

For more information, tickets and showtimes, visit the website. 


Petit Feast. Image: supplied.

Petit Feast. Image: supplied.

Petit Feast is back for 2017!

Spoil yourself with a bountiful spread including savouries, charcuterie, cheeses and decadent desserts. Every Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar.

It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch … but it is an indulgent feast for all the senses. The Buvette Petit Feast features freshly made savouries and sweets as well as lavish desserts. In addition to tea and coffee, you can order a Bloody Mary, French Champagne and Rosé.

Available between 11.30am – 2.30pm every Saturday at $65 per guest, including a complimentary glass of Rosé. For $15 guests can add unlimited Mimosas. Buvette is fully licensed and has free parking all weekend, outdoor covered seating and complimentary WiFi.

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email [email protected]. Find out more at hotelrealm.com.au.

See website for more information.



Image: VisitCanberra.com.au

The Royal Australian Mint is a unique attraction as the only producer of Australia’s circulating coins. But be sure to check out Stuart Devlin – The Designer with the Midas Touch, an exhibition exploring the masterly work of Stuart Devlin AO with unparalleled pieces and behind-the-scenes rarities.

From the platypus amid rippling water to a resplendent lyrebird, Geelong-born Stuart Devlin AO is best known in Australia as the designer of Australia’s decimal coins. The much-loved coins were the springboard for an international career as the most creative and influential designer goldsmith and silversmith of the past 50 years.

Take a 30-minute tour of the exhibition with a guide who holds specialist knowledge of Stuart Devlin and his work and explore his illustrious career in further depth. $10 per person. Bookings essential via Eventbrite.

While you are visiting, view the factories where Australia’s circulating coins are made and discover that special coin, gift or souvenir at the Mint Coin Shop.

Showing until 30 April 2017 from 8.30am-5pm at Royal Australian Mint

Denison Street, Deakin. Find more information on the website.


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