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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.

A 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 Canberra Visitors Centre and website.

Canberra Events

Balloon Fiesta
• March • Ph: 02 6281 2791
• Experience the colour, beauty and sheer magnificence of the Southern Hemisphere’s 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
• March • Ph: 02 6285 8651
• Presents local, national and international blues and rock artists, performing over three days.
Floriade LogoFloriade Festival
• Commonwealth Park •
• Annual from September to October
• One of Canberra’s 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 (Holland’s 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
• Web:
• April
• 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.
Canberra 400
• Ph: 02 6205 0666 • Fax: 02 6205 0629
• June
• In early June, enjoy the excitement of Australia’s 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
• April
• 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 •
• April-May
• Held in early May, a chance to catch international rally sport live on the east coast of Australia.
Summernats Car Festival LogoSummernats Car Festival
• Street Machines Services Pty Ltd • MITCHELL ACT 2911
• Ph: 02 6241 8111 •
• December-January
• 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.
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