The nation’s capital is often overlooked when it comes to festivities but every year spring breathes new life into Canberra.
Now in its 27th year, Floriade is Australia’s biggest celebration of spring and runs for a month, starting on 13th September.
Take in the sights and scents of over one million flowers at this iconic festival, peppered with events and exhibitions.
The Floriade NightFest will run for five of the nights and will feature comedy, live music as well as impressive light shows.
Sports fanatics are covered too with Canberra to host a one-day international cricket match between Australia and South Africa on 19th November.
Held at the revamped Manuka Oval, the match is part of a five-game series between the two teams. 30th of November will see Voices in the Forest return to the nation’s capital for the fourth year.
This spectacular outdoor celebration of opera is held at the National Arboretum and will showcase the talents of Latvian soprano Inessa Galante, Australian baritone Peter Coleman-Wright and New Zealand tenor Simon O’Neil.
Animal lovers are sure to be entertained with a range of events popping up this spring.
Spirited: Australia’s Horse Story will open at the National Museum of Australia in September; the exhibition will illustrate the vivid history of horses in Australia.
Unbridled- a festival of horses, music and food is set to bring together fans of horses across the nation.
Held on 15th November at Thoroughbred Park, attendees can expect remarkable equestrian displays, music and a grand bazaar of food options.
Film buffs will be at home at the Canberra International Film Festival which, now in its 18th year, will be launching its biggest program ever.
Running over 18 days and featuring 64 films, this will be a great chance for Canberrians and visitors alike to immerse themselves in cinematic culture with panel discussions and Q&A sessions set up with directors, producers and actors.
With the weather warming up, it’s prime time to unwind and indulge in local wines.
What better way than at the Murrumbateman Moving Feast (4th-5th October)?
Here visitors can treat themselves to degustation meals expertly matched with local wines, a true feast for the senses.
If you have a soft spot for a nice glass (or bottle!) of Riesling, then the Canberra International Riesling Challenge is the spot for you.
Running over three days from 14th October, this is a fabulous opportunity to sample premium local and international wines.
For more ways to spruce up your spring calendar and information on accommodation in Canberra head to: www.visitcanberra.com.au