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What’s on in Canberra

Check out the latest events and happenings in Canberra to get an idea of things to do during your stay at Forrest Hotel & Apartments.

Culture Loop
After the war exhibition, Australian War Memorial

From 5 October 2018 to 11 July 2019
After the war is a new exhibition exploring the personal stories of hope, loss, and love of ordinary Australians whose lives have been altered by war, from those who have served to loved ones left behind. Take an intimate journey of the personal costs and consequences of war, unfolding over 100 years from 1918 to 2018.

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Enlighten Festival 2019

1-17 March 
Various Locations

Over 17 days in March the nation’s capital will shine bright with culture and creativity.

Canberra Balloon Spectacular 2019

9-17 March
Lawns of Old Parliament House

Wake up to the view of hot air balloons floating across the city during the Canberra Balloon Spectacular (9-17 March). This mesmerising view is best appreciated from the lawns of Old Parliament House. Held over nine days, more than thirty hot air balloons from across the globe are expected to take to our skies this autumn. Remember to keep an eye out for the special shape balloon.


Symphony in the Park 2019

10 March
Stage 88, Commonwealth Park

We guarantee this is not your standard symphony experience. Framed by the tree-lined landscape of the iconic Commonwealth Park sit back and relax as the Canberra Symphony Orchestra fills the air with music. 

Illuminations 2019

1-11 March
Parliamentary Triangle

See the Parliamentary Triangle come to life after dark. Witness thought-provoking and moving large-scale projections on Australian Parliament House, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Library of Australia, the Museum of Australian Democracy, the National Gallery of Australia, and Questacon. 

Floriade 2019

14 September - 13 October
Commonwealth Park

Floriade is Australia’s biggest celebration of spring. This iconic Canberra event, which is now in its 32nd year, will run from Saturday 14 September until Sunday 13 October 2019.

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