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Canberra Weekender: What's on in Canberra September 11-13

All Weekend

FLORIADE Canberra's celebration of all things spring kicks off on Saturday with a month of flowers, live entertainment, fitness sessions, kids activities, markets and more at Commonwealth Park. See the full program at

LATIN AMERICAN FLAVOURS festival is on at the Hyatt Canberra, with a buffet dinner every night dedicated to a different Latin American country, a collaboration between the embassies. Dinner is $69 a person. Kicks off on Friday and runs until September 22. See

ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA is on at Palace Electric Cinemas, New Acton, from September 11-13, with a program of films focused on environmental issues. Program and tickets at

EMBROIDERS' GUILD EXHIBITION is on Albert Hall all weekend. Along with a variety of needlework there will be the items created for the recycle challenge, and a display of gadgets that make stitching easier. There will also be a storyboard and demonstration on the making of Princess Charlotte's Blanket. Entry $8-10. Friday to Sunday, 10-4pm. See: 

Friday 11 September

From 4pm NIGHT MARKET CANBERRA is on again in the Hotel Realm Precinct, Barton, with homewares, fashion, accessories and lifestyle stalls, live entertainment, plus a licensed bar and street eats provided by the local Realm restaurants. 4-9pm. Free entry. See

7pm MEN'S STYLING As part of Canberra Centre's spring-summer 2015 festivities, stylist and commentator Luc Wiesman​ will talk male fashion trends and technology. There will also be the QT  Grooming Station and a gentleman's cocktail class hosted by Lucky's Speakeasy. 7-8.30pm. Tickets $50 a person which includes a $50 Canberra Centre Gift Card and a style bag from


8pm BOOTLEG RASCAL are playing at Transit Bar as part of their Head in the Clouds tour. Tickets $15.30 from 18+.

Saturday 12 September

From 2pm HUSTLE AND FORAGE The spring Hustle and Scout and The Forage is on at their temporary new location, the Old Bus Depot, Kingston. There will be more than 100 indoor and outdoor stalls, showcasing fashion makers and designers from Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and regional New South Wales, plus street food trucks, local restaurants, cafes, breweries and wineries, live music, craft workshops. 2-7pm. Old Bus Depot Building, Kingston. Free entry. See

2pm ARSENIC AND OLD LACE This is the final day of performances of Tempo Theatre's production of the classic black comedy about a very eccentric family including two spinster aunts who "help" lonely old men by poisoning them with elderberry wine. Belconnen Theatre. Also 7.30pm. Tickets $30-$35 from

From 3pm FIREWORK FESTIVAL The Gunning Fireworks Festival is on with a display in the sky of more than an hour. Plus market stalls, food, drink and entertainment. 3-9pm. Entry $5-10. See

8pm SAFIA After sold-out shows in Sydney and Melbourne, the three-piece are returning home for a show as part of their Embracing Me tour. ANU Bar. Tickets $24.98 from 18+.

8pm NEIL MURRAY will perform an intimate solo show at The Street Theatre. Tickets $35 from

8pm THE GETAWAY PLAN The Melbourne rock band is playing at Transit Bar. Tickets $23.50 from 18+.

8pm OLLI MUSTONEN The virtuosic pianist, conductor and composer will showcase all of his skills, first performing Bach's Concerto for Keyboard, then directing Hindemith's The Four Temperaments from the piano, followed by a performance of the world premiere of his Sonata for Cello and Orchestra. Llewellyn Hall. Tickets $46-$98 from

8pm INTO THE WOODS Dramatic Productions' presentation of musical Into the Woods has its final performance at Gungahlin College Theatre. When a baker and his wife learn they have been cursed with childlessness by a witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell and meet many famous fairytale characters along the way. Tickets $36.50-$49.50. Also 2pm. Bookings:

9.30pm LIVE MUSIC Hollow States and Slow Turismo are playing at The Phoenix. Entry $5. 18+.

Sunday 13 September

From 10am THE SLAB The Old Bus Depot Markets launch their new pop-up street food area, The Slab. Read all about what's on offer here. 10am-4pm. Free entry. The Old Bus Depot, Kingston. See

From 11am SUSTAINABLE HOUSE DAY is on at Googong, with free presentations and workshops including 'Keith the Foreman' from The Block and an interior design workshop. Plus sausage sizzle and live entertainment. 11am-2pm. Free. See

3pm ART SONG CANBERRA recital is on with soprano Rachael Duncan and pianist Anthony Smith at the Wesley Music Centre, Forrest. Tickets $15-$35 at the door.

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