Wander among a sea of beautiful flowers bursting with colour in the spring sunshine, immerse yourself in music and entertainment, enjoy tasty treats, grab yourself some great finds at the market stalls, and join in fascinating talks and workshops for young and old.
How does that sound for a great day out? It’s all on offer at Floriade, Australia’s biggest celebration of spring, which returns to its traditional home of Commonwealth Park in Canberra from Saturday 11 September until Sunday 10 October.
Over a million blooms will create a stunning display and backdrop to the month-long festival. This year’s theme for the event is The Future of Flowers, which will be reflected in the flowerbed designs and a range of workshops and talks, sparking conversations around climate change and sustainability.
Celebrating the arrival of spring, the jam-packed program will see Commonwealth Park come alive again with music, cultural celebrations, food and wine, horticulture workshops, artistic displays, markets, entertainment, and recreational activities.
Paint some gnomes with the kids then take them on a gnome hunt through the park before joining in the art and craft sessions for our Floriade Sprouts.
Dig deeper into the wonder of nature by signing up for one of our guided tours, talks or workshops covering topics such as Gardens of the Future; food sustainability and up-cycled art and fashion, and debating ethics and sustainability in the flower value chain in The Scented Truth.
And when the sun goes down, enjoy live entertainment and comedy as you discover what Floriade’s dark side has to offer. Floriade NightFest is returning for four nights from Thursday 30 September to Sunday 3 October and tickets are available through the website.
Beyond the gates of Floriade, Canberra is brimming with must-see-and-do experiences this spring. With a stellar food and wine scene, a multitude of museums and galleries and endless natural attractions just waiting to be explored.
And as you explore Canberra look out for more bursts of colour planted by members of our Floriade Community throughout the city and suburbs. Over 90 schools, community groups and organisations have planted over 300,000 bulbs and annuals to help spread the colour and joy of Floriade so look out for it on your travels around town.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at Floriade, Australia’s biggest celebration of spring!
While free to attend, due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendees may need to book pre-registered tickets. Visit floriadeaustralia.com for more information.
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To plan your trip to Canberra and the Floriade, have a look at the Rex route map.