Step into a world brimming with vibrant colors, captivating scents, and calm beauty at Canberra‘s annual Floriade festival. Held from mid-September to mid-October, this major celebration of spring attracts visitors worldwide to Commonwealth Park’s million-bloom display.
Born in 1988 as a one-time floral tribute for Australia’s bicentenary and Canberra’s 75th anniversary, Floriade has blossomed into a must-see cultural event. The festival’s name, rooted in the Latin word ‘floriat,’ embodies its flower design theme seen in meticulous plantings and innovative floral displays. Each year, a unique theme tells a different flower story, reflecting global issues and artistic expressions.
But Floriade is more than a visual feast. It’s a platform for music, art, culture, and community. The ‘NightFest’ turns the park into an illuminated wonderland filled with colorful lights, performers, and immersive artworks. Music performances, ranging from jazz to rock, resonate among the blooms. The festival also honors cultural diversity, featuring Indigenous art, international foods, art installations, and workshops.
The Floriade spirit extends citywide, inviting exploration of Canberra many other attractions. Visit the national gallery and museums, explore botanic gardens and nature reserves, and savor the city’s thriving food and wine scene. Overlooking Lake Burley Griffin, indulge in fine dining or a locally brewed beer at a craft brewery.