What’s on in Canberra

National Multicultural Festival photo

National Multicultural Festival

17 — 19 February 2023

Various throughout Canberra

The highlight of the cultural calendar of Australia's capital city is the National Multicultural Festival, an extravaganza of entertainment and art, usually in mid-February. The fe…

National Multicultural Festival

17 — 19 February 2023

Various throughout Canberra

The highlight of the cultural calendar of Australia's capital city is the National Multicultural Festival, an extravaganza of entertainment and art, usually in mid-February. The festival launches with a huge concert which is followed by a wide variety of exhibitions, open air markets, music performances, theatre, dance and numerous other events organised by all manner of businesses, organisations and diplomatic missions. The festival's focus, as the name indicates, is on multiculturalism, featuring a variety of artists from different cultures and highlighting exhibitions on various topics featuring different cultures represented in Australia.

Website www.multiculturalfestival.com.au

Royal Canberra Show photo

Royal Canberra Show

25 — 26 February 2023

Exhibition Park, Flemington Road, Mitchell

The countryside comes to town for the Royal Canberra Show, popular with all ages for its livestock shows, exhibits, fireworks and grand parades. More than 150 attractions pull the …

Royal Canberra Show

25 — 26 February 2023

Exhibition Park, Flemington Road, Mitchell

The countryside comes to town for the Royal Canberra Show, popular with all ages for its livestock shows, exhibits, fireworks and grand parades. More than 150 attractions pull the crowds to Exhibition Park, along with 5,000 or more animals, hundreds of trade displays and thousands of competitors vying for various awards. The main competition categories are Alpaca, Art, Cats, Cavy, Crafts, Demolition Derby, Dogs, Cattle, Donkeys, Goats, Horses, Produce, Sheep, Woodchopping, Wool and Yard Dogs. There are displays of farm animals with contests for the best example of each breed, exhibits of farm implements, as well as other less farm-related attractions to draw those less interested in livestock. Plenty of stalls are available selling delicious food to keep festival-goers fuelled, as well as stalls selling various trinkets and homemade goods.

Website www.canberrashow.org.au

National Folk Festival photo

National Folk Festival

6 — 10 April 2023

Exhibition Park

Thousands of entertainers, from story-tellers to circus clowns, and folk singers to crafters, gather together each Easter in Canberra for a mammoth festival of folk music. No stone…

National Folk Festival

6 — 10 April 2023

Exhibition Park

Thousands of entertainers, from story-tellers to circus clowns, and folk singers to crafters, gather together each Easter in Canberra for a mammoth festival of folk music. No stone on the vast field of Australia's multicultural population is left unturned in this exciting themed event in a cleverly created village atmosphere. Besides a full concert programme, dance performances, poetry readings, free music lessons, and children's entertainment, the festival offers thrilling shopping opportunities at hundreds of stalls and lots of delicious food, from paella to pizza and beyond. Festival goers gather here from all over Australia, sharing talents and stories. If you are looking for a festival with a great community feeling and the chance to get to know people from all over the world, this is the place to go.

Website https://www.folkfestival.org.au/

Floriade photo

Floriade

17 Sep to 16 Oct 2022

Commonwealth Park, Canberra

Canberra's most important touristic event, Floriade is 'Australia's celebration of Spring'; a flower and entertainment festival held annually in Commonwealth Park, that draws thous…

Floriade

17 Sep to 16 Oct 2022

Commonwealth Park, Canberra

Canberra's most important touristic event, Floriade is 'Australia's celebration of Spring'; a flower and entertainment festival held annually in Commonwealth Park, that draws thousands of visitors from all over the country. Against the backdrop of over a million blooming flowers, the event's programme also includes floral art displays, craft and fine art exhibitions, horticultural shows, practical demonstrations and advice on home gardening and outdoor living from celebrities and experts, a 35-metre Ferris wheel to let you gaze out on the resplendent gardens, and a sizzling entertainment line-up, featuring live music, street performers, comedy acts, and dance. There are always more people in Canberra over Floriade than at any other time of year, so join the throng and head down to Commonwealth Park for a memorable, sun-soaked day out.

Website www.floriadeaustralia.com