Many of Australia’s national festivals take place in Canberra. From fast cars to folk music and flowers, you’ll find a diverse calendar of festivals and events, not to mention a range of diverse exhibitions to tempt all tastes.
22 September – 1 October
Over two magical weekends, Commonwealth Park comes to life after dark with Floriade NightFest – an exclusive program of events featuring great live music acts, renowned comedians, cutting edge DJs, night markets and roving entertainment.
Above and Beyond
25 March – 8 October
Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Visit Questacon and join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!
Above and Beyond is the ultimate interactive and multi-sensory flight exhibition celebrating the power of innovation to make dreams take flight. From flying cars and supersonic planes to space elevators and mega-rockets, Above and Beyond takes you faster, further and higher for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Phone 02 6270 2800
16 September – 15 October
Floriade is Australia’s biggest celebration of spring. This iconic Canberra event, which is now in its 30th year, will run from Saturday 16 September until Sunday 15 October 2017.
It showcases one million flowers in bloom throughout Canberra’s Commonwealth Park and entry is free. The event welcomes more than 400,000 local, interstate and international visitors each year.
Rugby League World Cup 2017
29 October – 10 November
Canberra is playing host to three exciting matches of the Rugby League World Cup 2017, including a much anticipated Australian Kangaroos’ fixture. Experience the pinnacle of the international game when Lebanon, who could feature NRL stars Robbie Farah, Tim Mannah and Mitchell Moses, play France on Sunday 29 October. The Kangaroos, coached by Canberra Raiders’ Legend Mal Meninga, will face France under lights on Friday 3 November. The entertaining Fiji Bati are set to take on Italy on Friday 10 November, in what could be Raiders’ favourite, Terry Campese’s international swansong. Tickets are available at RLWC2017.com
7 – 26 November
Throughout November over 100 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artist studios and open homes will be showcased as DESIGN Canberra. See the nation’s capital transformed into a new platform for the best in design.
DESIGN Canberra 2017 will be inspired by the spirit of modernism, a celebration of the creativity, experimentation and optimism for which Canberra’s mid-century architecture is acclaimed.
Phone 02 6262 9333
20 October 2017 – 18 February 2018
National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes
A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby, towering giants – welcome to humanity amplified in Hyper Real.
This blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia is a compelling chronicle of the cycles of life, our constant need for connection and explores the fundamental question: what makes us human? Featuring uncanny figures with painted silicon skin, glass eyes, human hair and cutting-edge digital art, Hyper Real provokes reflection, fascination, fear and joy.
Phone 02 6240 6411