What's on in Canberra

What to do in Canberra

No matter what time of year you're heading to Canberra, there's always heaps of things to do in the nation's capital. Whether you're keen to get back to nature at Floriade or treat your inner foodie at the Truffle Festival, our Canberra activity guide has you covered.

Canberra balloon spectacular

See the city like never before at the Canberra Balloon Spectacular in March. Each morning, over 30 hot air balloons take flight above the city, adding a beautiful range of colours to an already stunning sunrise. For the best view from the ground, lay out on the lawn at Old Parliament House or book a spot onboard to see it all from the sky.

National folk festival

Looking for something to do over the Easter long weekend? Pack your camping gear and head to Exhibition Park for the National Folk Festival. From international A-listers to local up-and-comers, there's always loads of variety in the line-up. And, if you want to save a few bucks on your ticket, all you have to do is volunteer.

Truffle festival

If you're more of a foodie than a muso, head to Canberra during the winter months for the Truffle Festival. Follow along as talented truffle dogs sniff out the latest harvest, then join some of the region's best chefs in the kitchen for a masterclass. Once you've learned the ropes, pick up some truffles to take home and impress your friends with your new-found skills.


Start spring in style at Canberra's annual festival of flowers, Floriade. Take your time exploring the iconic floral display by day, then stick around for NightFest once the sun goes down. Transforming the tranquil parkland into a weird and wonderful music festival, you can count on DJs and live performers to keep the party going into the night.

Canberra international film festival

To catch some of the latest releases from around the world, check out the Canberra International Film Festival in October and November. If you like the look of the program, get unlimited access to every screening and workshop with a Gold Pass or, if you're only in town for a few days, grab a single ticket at the door.

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