Australia's biggest celebration of spring is here from 14 September to 13 October 2019. Floriade is a diverse, ever expanding program of music, cultural celebrations, food and wine, horticultural workshops, market traders, artistic displays, entertainment and recreational activities. With over one million blooms on display Floriade is the perfect place to experience the beauty of spring.
Come in and see the dark side of Floriade from 3 - 6 October. With live music on Thursday to Saturday nights and Sunday night presenting the comedians grab some dinner and take a walk through the illuminated garden beds. Explore all the after-dark magic as this year’s Floriade theme, World in Bloom, infiltrates all aspects of the festival from pop-up performances through to foodie experiences and interactive displays.
Win or lose, you’ll want to play your way through the internationally loved Game Masters: The Exhibition (27 Sep 2019 - 9 Mar 2020) when it opens at the National Film and Sound Archive. With joysticks, arcades, competition, colour and movement, this exhibition has already toured globally to acclaim with its showcase of five decades of video game history.
Our Socceroos take on Nepal in a qualifier match (10 October 2019) for the FIFA World Cup Qatar™ 2022. You can be there to cheer on the teams at GIO Stadium on Thursday night. For T20 cricket fans, see the Aussies take on Pakistan in the second of a three-match series. The T20 International (5 November 2019) is on under lights at Manuka Oval.
Wine and dine
Gain exclusive insights into homegrown cooking, wine tasting and pasta making at the Trafalgar Food and Wine Event (15 October 2019) hosted by celebrity chef Adam Swanson at Pialligo Estate on. Head to historic Albert Hall on to sample 500 Rieslings (though we suggest you don’t sample them all!). The Canberra International Riesling Challenge (19 October 2019) is the largest single varietal wine show in the Southern Hemisphere.
Bloody long walk
What a perfect way to see the beauty of Canberra while also supporting the Mito Foundation. The Bloody Long Walk Canberra (13 October 2019) s a 35-kilometre trek through Canberra’s bush surrounds, plus you’ll pass Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial. Start your training – a bloody big effort.
Canberra is spoilt for choice this spring with music, ballet and theatre. Just try staying in your seat for the greatest musical of all time, West Side Story (10 to 20 October 2019) or experience Bell Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (11 to19 October 2019) starring Zindzi Okenyo – both at the Canberra Theatre Centre.
You can even spend an evening with Sir Michael Parkinson (12 October 2019) at Llewellyn Hall on Saturday 12 October on his farewell tour.
Windows to the World
As the national capital of Australia, Canberra is home to nearly 80 embassies and high commissions. See the stunning architecture and gardens, and explore the cultures of Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa through food, performances and tours at Windows to the World (12 to13 & 19 to 20 October 2019).
Head to Kingston for the Old Bus Depot Markets every Sunday, with special themes each week including a big 25th anniversary celebration on 29 September. All the vibrancy we’ve come to know and love will be on display from 10am to 4pm.
Spring’s Handmade Markets Canberra (7 to 8 September 2019) is a must for finding distinctive craft, fashion, jewellery, art, as well as gourmet treats. Featuring more than 270 Australian designers and producers, theses popular markets are on at Exhibition Park in Canberra.
Dream a little dream
Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and many more memorable characters will appear in DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition – Journey from Sketch to Screen (12 September 2019 - 2 February 2020) at the National Museum of Australia. This is an exciting celebration of 25 years of incredible animated stories, where you’ll see original sketches, interviews, and interactive displays.
More for the kids
Immerse in nature at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve’s annual Open Day (29 September 2019) . Filled with great activities, live music and demonstrations, the theme is ‘Explore, Relax, Recharge’, so the whole family can get involved.
There are also loads of school holiday activities planned at the national attractions this spring – check their websites for details.