Floriade is a month-long festival and runs from Saturday 16 September until Sunday 15 October 2017.
Developed in 1988 as a grand, one off floral tribute to mark Australia’s Bicentenary and Canberra’s 75th anniversary, Floriade has become Canberra’s most iconic annual tourism event and Australia’s premier spring festival.
Floriade is managed and delivered by Events ACT on behalf of the ACT Government and in partnership with an expert team of landscape gardeners, a band of loyal contractors and volunteers, and the support of local and national sponsors.
The floral display of more than a million bulbs and annuals planted across 8,000 square metres of inner city parkland is more than just a flower show.
Floriade is a diverse, ever expanding program of music, cultural celebrations, food and wine, horticultural workshops, market traders, artistic displays, entertainment and recreational activities.
As Floriade grows, so do the economical, social and environmental challenges. In meeting these challenges Events ACT and Floriade work in line with the recommendations set out by the ACT Government’s Environment and Planning Directorate.
The Directorate provides a blueprint to focus our activities in developing and growing Floriade as a world-class tourism event, with an environmental conscience. Acknowledging our role as industry leaders in developing tourism in the ACT as well as innovation in environmental practices, Floriade strives to ensure environmental respect and care is top of mind across event delivery
NightFest will now run for six nights, across two magical weekends in 2017.
NightFest 2017 will light up Canberra from 8pm to 11pm on:
Friday 22 September – Sunday 24 September
Friday 29 September – Sunday 1 October
We’re busy organising a program bursting to the seams with mesmerising music, hilarious comedians, astounding acts and inspiring installations for NightFest 2017. Check back on this site later in the year to see what we have planned. In the meantime why not browse the NightFest line-up for 2016 to get an idea for what we have in store for 2017?
In 2017 Floriade’s opening hours have been extended so our visitors can enjoy Floriade for longer. The new opening hours are:
10.00 am – 7.00pm every day, weather permitting
Last entry to the event is 30 minutes before closing