Floriade: The Capital opens up into Spring
The nights may still be cold in Canberra, but the flowers are already out in full bloom for Canberra’s annual flower festival: Floriade. Across Commonwealth Park are beds erupting with bright colours; rows of blue, pink and yellow buds have popped open to welcome the sunnier days.
Floriade is one of the main tourist-attracting events in Canberra. This year, the flowers will be on full display from 14 September to 13 October. 2019 is the 31st year that Floriade has featured as the forerunner of Springtime in Canberra.
Floriade isn’t only about the flowers. The festival also offers an opportunity to display public art. It is now part of the Floriade tradition to exhibit a ‘Gnome Knoll’ run by the Rotary Club of Canberra East. From 21 September, visitors will even have the opportunity to paint their own gnomes or buy one of the display gnomes to take back home.
Food stalls, flower shops, live music, and a Ferris wheel also await among the flowerbeds . At night, Floriade will come alive from 3 October to 6 October. NightFest will illuminate the park with an enchanting light diaplys alongside comedic performances and interactive diplays.
And although Floriade still has many weeks to go, it is recommended to visit Canberra early when the flowers are looking at their freshest.