The Royal Canberra Show is an annual all-ages event staged by the Royal National Capital Agricultural Society. While primarily a celebration of agriculture, the event has grown over the years to feature rides, entertainment and exhibitions for the whole family to enjoy. Since its origins in the early years of the 20th century, the Royal Canberra Show has aimed to bring the world of agriculture to the city. The event features a number of displays and competitions featuring livestock and other agricultural items, celebrating the lives and skills of those who live in the surrounding rural areas. While still at its heart an agricultural event, the Royal Canberra Show has since grown to become something the whole family can enjoy. The event features many fun fair style rides, competitions, food stalls and workshops.

The start of autumn in Canberra sees the entire skyline filled with eye-catching and colourful hot air balloons. The Canberra Balloon Spectacular takes place over several days in early March and can be seen from a number of vantage points around the Canberra area. One of the longest-running hot air balloon events in the world, the annual Canberra Balloon Spectacular is the perfect way to see in the autumn season. Over 50 hot air balloons in an eye-catching variety of colours and designs participate in the event, taking to Canberra’s dawn skies over several days. The Canberra Balloon Spectacular launches from Patrick White Lawns and can also be viewed from around Lake Burley Griffin and the National Arboretum. There will be food stalls, activities and on-site entertainment located around the event as well. You can even enjoy a flight in one of the hot air balloons for an up-close view of the event.

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As summer turns to autumn in the nation’s capital, the city’s buildings are lit up with brightly coloured illuminations at night. The annual Enlighten festival features large scale projections on many of Canberra’s cultural icons, plus musical performances, film events and dining experiences. The Enlighten festival takes place over several nights at the start of autumn. It features colourful eye-catching projections on several of Canberra’s landmarks including Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia and Questacon. In addition to the illuminations, Enlighten also hosts a range of after dark events and activities throughout its run. These events include musical performances, outdoor movie screenings, delicious food at the Night Noodle Markets, and a number of attractions open especially for night visitors.

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The Easter long weekend in Canberra sees the city’s Exhibition Park transformed into a vibrant village full of music and entertainment. The annual National Folk Festival features musicians from around Australia and across the globe performing everything from folk to ethnic and indigenous music. The National Folk Festival, inspired by America’s famous Newport Folk Festival, has been around since 1967. Originally a traveling festival, the National Folk Festival has been based in Canberra since 1992 and has since become an iconic event for the city. This family friendly event has grown to feature more than 100 concerts, a film festival, on-site entertainment, workshops and much more. The National Folk Festival also features over 20 stages plus dance venues, cafes, bars and community arts displays. With over 50,000 patrons visiting each year, this is an event not to be missed.

Featuring musicians from all over the world, the annual Canberra International Music Festival showcases a variety of musical performances. From classical chamber music to contemporary art and performance pieces, this event takes place over several days in some of Canberra’s most well-known locations. The Canberra International Music Festival has been running each year since 1994 and today features over 30 concerts per festival. Originally focused on the world of chamber music, today the ten-day event features a program presenting classical, contemporary and jazz music performances. In addition to concerts the Canberra International Music Festival also features dance, visual arts, lectures and masterclasses. The event uses several of Canberra’s landmarks with exceptional acoustic qualities to showcase these performances. The festival also offers an opportunity to see the premiere of new works as well as the country’s new and emerging talent.

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As Australia enters spring, the city of Canberra comes alive with the colour of over a million flowers of different varieties. Floriade is an annual spring event that features unique floral displays arranged over 100 sites throughout Canberra and combined with unique sculptures and art installations. Floriade is a vibrant spring event that attracts both Australian and international tourists to the gardens of Canberra. Inspired by the giant Keukenhof flower garden in the Netherlands, the festival features colourful plants from across Australia and all over the world. Being the largest flower festival in the Southern Hemisphere, Floriade has become the most popular annual event in the Australian Capital Territory. In addition to floral displays and art installations there are a wide range of live events including music, food and recreational activities. In addition, there is a ticketed addition called Floriade NightFest featuring live performances, movies and lighting displays.

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