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.
Canberra Balloon Spectactular
11 – 23 March
Lawns of Old Parliament House, King Edward Terrace, Parkes
The Canberra Balloon Spectacular is considered to be one of the best and longest running hot air ballooning events in the world. Held over nine days, pilots begin laying out and inflating their balloons on the lawns of Old Parliament House from 6.15am each day before ascending into the sky and creating an exhilarating back drop to our national attractions.
Phone 13 22 81 (Access Canberra)
Canberra Comedy Festival
20 – 26 March
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.
Versailles: Treasures from the Palace
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
Phone 02 6240 6411
National Folk Festival
13 – 17 April
Exhibition Park, Canberra
Join the celebration of traditional and contemporary folk life at the National Folk Festival with high-end entertainment and a program designed to inspire, enliven and entertain.
With over 200 acts representing diverse styles such as acoustic, blues, roots, bluegrass, world, Celtic, traditional, gypsy and country in a program including music, dance, spoken word, film, circus and traditional crafts, there is something for everyone.
Phone 02 6262 4792
Canberra International Music Festival
27 April – 7 May
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.
Phone 02 6230 5880