As well as being home to some great museums, galleries, the national war
memorial and other iconic institutions, Canberra also provides some great annual
events, including the Floriade Festival and the Summernats Car Festival.
number of galleries and institutions have special one-off events, such
internationally touring cultural events.
For all the latest events happening in Canberra, check out the
Visitors Centre and website.
March Ph: 02 6281 2791
Experience the colour, beauty
and sheer magnificence of the Southern Hemispheres biggest hot air
Balloon Fiesta. With over 50 hot air balloons taking to the air from
6.30 am (weather permitting), from the front of Old Parliament
House. You can enjoy breakfast with the balloons and
entertainment until midday.
Canberra Blues n Rock Festival
Ph: 02 6285 8651
Presents local, national and
international blues and rock artists, performing over three days.
Annual from September to October
One of Canberras major yearly festivals, celebrating the coming of spring in Commonwealth Park
with glorious flower power colour. Over 1 million bulbs are planted each
year, and each year often celebrates a different theme.
The Canberra Floriade
Festival is inspired by the Dutch Keukenhof flower display and the Netherlands
Flower Exposition (Hollands Floriade), the latter being held every 10 years.
You can be sure that this wonderful floral display will be a kaleidoscope of
colours, offering some fantastic photo opportunities, as well a month of
entertainment, daily workshops and performances.
Canberra and Region Heritage Festival
Celebrate the diverse heritage of
the Canberra Region with this annual festival that celebrate and
promotes our natural, Aboriginal and cultural heritage through a
program of walks, talks, workshops, tours and exhibitions.
Ph: 02 6205 0666 Fax: 02 6205 0629
In early June, enjoy the excitement of Australias premier drivers
battle it out on a narrow tight street circuit, around the two
parliament houses and pass Lake Burley Griffin.
National Folk Festival
Ph: 02 6249 7755
Each year celebrates a theme with folk
music, that includes stalls, performers, concerts, children
entertainment, community arts and crafts and more.
Subaru Rally of Canberra
Ph: 02 6205 0692 Fax: 02 6207 2882
Held in early May, a chance to catch international rally sport live
on the east coast of Australia.
Summernats Car Festival
Street Machines Services Pty Ltd MITCHELL ACT 2911
Ph: 02 6241 8111
A four-day carnival held during the
Christmas-New Year period for the enthusiast and spectator alike, is
a festival of the street machine lifestyle. Held at Exhibition Park
in Canberra, on the corner of the Federal Highway (the main
road from Sydney) and Flemington Road. Mitchell is just 12 km from
Canberra City. A hugely popular event.