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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.


Enlighten Festival 2019

1-17 March 
Various Locations

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

Culture Loop

A free shuttle bus which will transport visitors on a convenient loop from easy parking areas to some of Canberra’s most loved cultural attractions and places of interest has been announced.

The Culture Loop shuttle bus is a joint six-month pilot venture among 10 organisations and will run seven days a week from 9am to 5pm with nine conveniently situated stops.

The bus route will include stops at: the National Museum of Australia (NMA); National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA); Regatta Point, home to the NCA’s National Capital Exhibition and VisitCanberra’s Canberra and Region Visitor Centre; National Library of Australia (NLA), Questacon;

Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) at Old Parliament House; Australian Parliament House (APH); Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG); and the Canberra Centre.


Until Wed 28 Feb 18 - Songlines: Tracking the seven sisters
Journey across the Australian desert in this Aboriginal-led exhibition about the Seven Sisters Dreaming. Until 28 Feb 2018 | Costs apply


Tues 6 Feb - Mon 19 Aug: Deeds not Words: The Bessie Rischbieh Collection
Bessie Rischbieth conceived of her transnational collection as a 'bridge over the British and Australian demand for the vote'. The British campaign formed the basis for her own campaigns for women's equality and rights in Australia.


Fri 16 Feb - Sun 18 Feb - National Multicultural Festival
The Festival happens in the centre of town in February and is a fun, free, family-friendly event that includes activities, shows, food stalls, dancing, and celebrations. Stallholders sell food and drink, and entry is free.

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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