Often recognised for its politics, in September and October Canberra comes alive during Floriade. For 30 days in September and October, Canberra hosts Australia’s biggest flower festival. Incredible colours light up the nation’s capital green parks and gardens. Floriade has shops, exhibitions and live concerts to entertain the whole family.
With an expected 400,000 local, interstate and international visitors, Floriade gets bigger and better every year. Visitors learn more about gardening; enjoy films, galleries, markets and Canberra attractions. For 30 days the garden beds of Commonwealth Park are colour, fragrant works of art. Follow the Floriade Trail and soak up beautiful Canberra in the spring.
Floriade is the result of a long lengthy creative process; 18 months of planning and gardening every year. Each year tulips, irises, daffodils, violas, chrysanthemums and daises blossom Canberra.
Floriade NightFest a five night festival of entertainment, films, markets, food, wine and music is popular among locals. Floriade is light up to illuminate the beautiful flowers of Canberra. Wander through local art and craft at the night markets or see Canberra light up from above on Floriade’s fairest wheel.
There is much to see and do beyond Floriade, from hot air balloon rides to the historic Australian War Memorial. Take a walk through our political history at Old Parliament House or visit the Australian Alps and National parks only a short drive outside of Canberra. If you are after something to entertain the kids, Questacon is must. Kids will love learning about science while having tones of fun!