Skip to content

Canberra Region

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.

Singapore Airlines partners with Enlighten

3 – 12 March

Singapore Airlines has signed on as the inaugural presenting partner of the Enlighten festival for the next three years.

The announcement, in early February, follows the commencement of Singapore Airlines’ direct international services between Singapore, Canberra and Wellington in September last year.

“Aligning with a world class brand like Singapore Airlines will help promote our event to new markets in Wellington, Singapore and beyond through their global network,”  Enterprise Canberra’s Executive Director Ian Hill said.

“Singapore Airlines will also enhance Enlighten’s festival atmosphere by creating a major activation for visitors to enjoy at the event.”

Enlighten’s partnership with Singapore Airlines will help to raise the airline’s profile and brand among more than 280,000 expected festival goers, with the potential to grow international visitors to Canberra.

Enlighten runs from 3-12 March 2017, illuminating the nation’s capital with a program of stunning installations, roving performances, dining experiences, live music and spectacular architectural projections on six of Canberra’s most iconic attractions.

More Information

Phone 02 6205 0666

Canberra Comedy Festival

20 – 26 March
Various venues

Canberra Comedy Festival presents more than 60 comedy shows in the capital over one week in March, bringing the finest comedic talent to Canberra from around the world.

See the some of the very best acts from the festival in the Opening Night Gala on Monday 20 March, as well as a variety of shows featuring everything from local Canberra talent to some of the biggest stars on the international comedy circuit.

More Information

Versailles: Treasures from the Palace

17 April
National Gallery of Australia

For the first time in history, a collection of over 130 sumptuous treasures from the Palace of Versailles are coming to Australia. Exclusive to the National Gallery of Australia, the exhibition showcases the opulence, luxury and beauty of a period central to French history, bringing life to the reign of three kings, their queens and mistresses.

Highlights include magnificent works, such as the marble bust of Louis XIV, the monumental Gobelins tapestries, the Dauphin’s fine writing desk, the original sculpture of Latona from the centre of Versailles’ main fountain and Marie-Antoinette’s porcelain.

9 December – 17 April 2017

More Information

Phone 02 6240 6411

Canberra International Music Festival

27 April – 7 May
Various venues

It’s not just the way it sounds. It’s the way it feels.
Being up close. Following the journey of a piece of music from start to finish.

That’s the Canberra International Music Festival. Intimate performances, exceptional musicianship, in some of the capital’s most iconic settings.

It’s more than classical music, this year they’ve expanded their repertoire to include contemporary and world music – in venues hand-picked for their stunning acoustic qualities.

You’ll experience performances that are challenging and uplifting, at times thought-provoking. Always moving, and always of the highest quality. It could change the way you think about live music.

More Information

Phone 02 6230 5880

For more information on other events happening throughout Canberra please visit or