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Floriade Canberra
Photograph: Jo Bakas

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.

This year they’re introducing the Floriade Twilight Concert, an open air musical performance held on Friday September 15. The concert will be fronted by the David Bowie Tribute band and supported by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

The popular Floriade NightFest will also run over two weekends (Sep 22-24 and Sep 29-Oct 1). This is a ticketed evening event that sees the park’s flower beds illuminated along with music from Bob Evans, Kav Temperley and more, comedy from the likes of Tripod and Nazeem Hussain and pop up performances from Circus Inferno and Drumassault.

By: Time Out x Visit Canberra

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