Travel Saturday September 16 2017 - Sunday October 15 2017 Free
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This 30-year-old festival sees 1.5 million spring flowers planted in a popular lakeside park a short distance from the CBD

Floriade began in 1988 as a one-off flower tribute to mark Australia’s Bicentenary and Canberra’s 75th anniversary. The event was so successful, it has returned every year since. Each spring visitors flock to Canberra’s Commonwealth Park to witness this Instagram-worthy festival that boasts impossibly colourful flower displays.

The event sees more than 1.5 million spring blooms planted by an expert team of landscape gardeners, contractors and volunteers. The flowers span 12,400m2 of inner-city parkland.

While the spectacular flowers are undoubtedly the drawcard, the festival offers much more than a flower show. You will be entertained with music, food, wine, horticultural workshops, market traders, artistic displays, live entertainment and activities for kids.

New in 2017 is a Floriade fringe-style festival as well as two weekends (six nights) of the popular Floriade NightFest –  a ticketed evening event that sees the park’s flower beds illuminated along with music, comedy and performance acts.

By: Time Out x Visit Canberra

Venue name: Commonwealth Park
Address: Commonwealth Park
Commonwealth Park
Price: Free
Event phone: 1300 852 780
Event website: http://www.floriadeaustralia.com/
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