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They say that when you turn 30, big things happen. It seems only fitting that this year’s Floriade theme is ‘rejuvenation’. Complete with warmer weather, spring brings renewal, revival, growth and change. Taking a good look inward, outward and upward, Floriade welcomes a re-invigoration and transformation of flowers, gardens, health and well-being.

This year they’ve made some exciting changes. You can enjoy even more flowers, enhanced food and beverage options including local produce and craft beer, and extended opening hours into the twilight as well as more than 100 performances, demonstrations and workshops. 

Held Saturday 16 September to Sunday 15 October at Commonwealth Park, from 10am to 7pm daily.

Floriade NightFest

If more than a million bulbs and annuals weren't impressive enough, Floriade will present an exclusive after-dark experience over two magical weekends.

Explore the whimsy and beauty of this nocturnal playground full of dazzling light displays and an impressive entertainment line-up featuring delicious dishes, comedy, stunning performances and immersive art. 

Held Friday 22 September – Sunday 24 September and Friday 29 September - Sunday 1 October 2017 at Floriade, Commonwealth Park from 8pm to 11pm. Tickets available now.

FASHFEST vs Hyper Real

Be there to see the National Gallery of Australia's foyer transformed into a dynamic pop-up fashion runway show by FASHFEST’s designers.

The show will create a unique fashion experience featuring cutting-edge catwalk designs, hair, makeup and music inspired by our blockbuster exhibition Hyper Real.

Held Saturday 23 September 1pm to 2pm at the National Gallery of Australia. 

Canberra Colourfest
A great way to spend time with the family as you go crazy in the paint and let your true colours show. You don’t want to miss this family friendly festival that partners colour, music, great food and kids rides.

Held Sunday 24 September 11am to 4pm at Thoroughbred Park Racecourse.


Immerse yourself in the epic saga of the Seven Sisters. Take a journey into the heart of Australia, with intrigue, desire, drama, passion and beauty - and connect with the songlines of the Seven Sisters. 

This Aboriginal-led exhibition shares an ancient way of holding culture and telling stories written in the land. See the stories embedded in rock art inside a state-of-the-art digital dome, or visit our vibrant art centre where artists create works you can take home.

Held Friday 15 September to Sunday 25 February at the National museum of Australia. 

21 Sep 17
Professor Kim Scott

2017 Ray Mathew Lecture: A Pardox of Empowerment

National Library of Australia

Novelist Kim Scott reveals how reclaiming Aboriginal language and story may offer a narrative of shared history and contribute to social transformation. The 2017 Ray Mathew Lecture: A Pardox of...

31 May 17
30 Jan 18
A black and white photograph of Indigenous rights activist Ray Peckham standing at a podium

A Change Is Gonna Come

National Museum of Australia

Inspired by the 1964 civil rights song of the same name, this exhibition invites visitors to consider the 1967 referendum and the 1992 Mabo decision within the context of their time, through events...

25 Mar 17
8 Oct 17
A family viewing the ocean from above on a big screen

Above and Beyond

Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre

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...

7 Sep 17
28 Sep 17
Black and white image of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

After Dark: Ghost Hunters Tour

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

Join us for a torchlight tour illuminated with genuine stories of death, mysterious occurrences and dastardly deeds at Old Parliament House. Help us solve the mystery of the ghostly encounters that...

16 Jul 17
24 Sep 17
Tiered cake stand with Afternoon Tea treats

Afternoon Tea at The Conservatory

The Conservatory Restaurant

Book now to enjoy a special Afternoon Tea at The Conservatory Restaurant and magnificent views over Canberra. Located in the Village Centre at the National Arboretum Canberra, The Conservatory...

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