One of the most iconic ways Australians can celebrate Spring is through the annual Floriade Festival in Canberra, the nation's capital.
This flower extravaganza showcases more than a million blooms in stunning displays transforming the city's parks into a floral wonderland. Families, tourists and locals gather to admire the intricate floral arrangements, participate in workshops and enjoy live music and entertainment.
Running from September 16 to October 15, Floriade will also feature mini-events such as Night Fest on September 28 to October 1, Dogs’ Day Out on October 15 and Great Big Bulb Dig on October 16.
Introduced in 2020, this program involves more than 80 community groups planting bulbs and annuals to help create a tulip trail through Canberra’s suburbs. In 2023, there are now more than 300,000 bulbs and annuals planted by 90 community groups, schools and organisations, bringing bursts of colour to the whole city. Follow the tulip trail here.
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As well as the magnificent floral displays, entertainment and activities at Floriade, there will be beautiful blooms to see and events to enjoy at Lanyon Homestead, one of Canberra’s most significant heritage places.
Choose from a weekend garden tour, visit the Spring garden display, hear from experts at the talks and workshops during the Grow Your Garden Plant Fair, be serenaded at the Spring Wonderland Picnic Concert or tour Lanyon Homestead. Full details here.
Floriade is a free non-ticketed event with gates opening from 9.30am-5.30pm daily.
For full details, program and last-minute additions check out the website here.