Each year Australia’s capital sees the much-anticipated Canberra Floriade Festival. Held in the picturesque Commonwealth Park, this month-long event takes place in September and into October, inviting locals and tourists alike to witness the spectacle of over one million flowers in bloom.
The festival was originally conceived to commemorate Australia’s Bicentenary and Canberra’s 75th anniversary back in 1988.
In 2024, the theme of “A Symphony of Blooms” was chosen to underscore the harmonious relationship between nature and music. Noteworthy past events include the “Tulips Tunes and Tales” in 2019, which celebrated storytelling through flowers and music, and the “World in Bloom” theme in 2021 that took visitors on a global floral journey.
Floriade generally offers a full program of entertainment as well as the flowers.
- NightFest: As the sun sets, the park comes alive with dazzling light installations and projections, transforming the gardens into an enchanting nocturnal wonderland.
- Gnome Knoll: A quirky and beloved tradition where visitors can decorate and display garden gnomes, adding a personal touch to the festival’s whimsy.
- Workshops and Talks: From gardening tips to sustainability practices, learn from the experts.
- Culinary Demonstrations: Taste and learn about the region’s local produce and gourmet offerings.
- Artistic Performances: Enjoy a lineup of local and national musicians, dance troupes, and street performers.
Over the years, notable artists and performers have performed. These include the Australian Ballet, the renowned folk band The Waifs, and jazz virtuoso James Morrison.
Explore Canberra Beyond Floriade
The broader attractions of Canberra, include the National Gallery of Australia, the Canberra Zoo, the Australian War Memorial, and the serene Lake Burley Griffin. The region’s vineyards and the historical townships nearby are fun to visit. Explore more to do in Canberra