Spring has sprung! So celebrate with Floriade.
What is it?
The country’s largest festival of flowers, Floriade is an annual celebration of spring. It began in 1988 when founders Peter Sutton and Chris Slotemaker De Bruine wanted to create a grand floral display to celebrate Australia’s Bicentenary and the 75th birthday of host city Canberra. Floriade has now grown to include more than one million blooms and almost 500,000 visitors over the month-long festival. There’s a theme every year and in 2017 it’s Rejuvenation, so celebrate the rebirth and renewal that the warmer weather brings.
What events are there?
A sea of flowers takes over Commonwealth Park on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin and you could spend days just wandering between them all. There’s also a collection of sculptures created in association with artsACT dotted around the gardens. Then there are plenty of organised activities, like guided tours, markets, hands on flower and gardening workshops, photography classes and more. There are dedicated areas and activities for kids, live music on stage and a special food program called The Tasting Plate. Over two weekends, NightFest lights up the park with illuminated displays, an aerial fire show, pop up performances, and lots to eat and drink.
How can I attend?
Entry to Floriade is free, and you can happily walk around and explore the site all day. Many of the special events and workshops are also free, though you may need to book in advance to get a spot. The NightFest and Twilight Concert are ticketed events and cost around $30 per person.
When is it?
Floriade is always held at the beginning of spring and in 2017 the dates are 16 September to 15 October. There are different events held over each of the four weeks (and separate programs for the weekend) so check the website before you travel.
Have you ever been to Floriade?