When the sun goes down, NightFestcomes to life for all those who dare to dabble in Floriade’s dark side.
Experience magical nights as this floral feast is transformed into an illuminated playground. Thursday to Saturday nights feature live music, while Sunday night will see side-splittingly funny comedians take to the stage.
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.
Game Masters is an interactive journey through five decades of video game history, offering both a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind the world’s most popular characters and franchises and a chance to play them.
Featuring interviews, never-before-seen concept artwork, an amazing display of vintage consoles and collectable items, and 80 playable games, visitors won’t want to leave!
Created and curated by ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Game Masters first opened in Melbourne in 2012. It has since toured to nine museums worldwide including venues in the USA, Germany, New Zealand, Scotland and Sweden. Much loved by audiences around the globe, the exhibition has been updated to include the latest gaming blockbusters as well as Australian creations.
Game Masters is divided into three sections: Arcade Heroes, Game Changers and Indies. It features unique experiences such as a spectacular multiplayer dance stage for Dance Central 3(2012), hands-on experiential music booths and a selection of original classic arcade machines from the 1970s and ‘80s acquired especially for the exhibition, all playable in their original form. See the full list of 80 playable games and their Australian classifications.
Come on down and discover the world of Hockey One, the new National Hockey League coming right to your door.
Hockey One created sporting history in Australia as the first sporting league to be launched on an equal platform for the men’s and women’s teams.
This Saturday the Canberra Chill take on the NSW Pride at the National Hockey Centre Lyneham, in the ultimate David versus Goliath grudge match.
The spectacle will see over a dozen Australian national players, seven international players, and an abundance of local talent take the field.
The Canberra Chill Women’s side, featuring the Hockeyroos’ Brooke Peris and Kalindi Commerford, will be hoping to continue their winning form, while the Canberra Chill Men’s team are on the hunt for their first win.
Don’t miss out on a great day of fun for the whole family and be sure to cheer on your Canberra Chill teams when they clash against the NSW Pride this weekend.
Remember to bring your #licencetochill.
Cost: $12.50 for juniors, $16.50 for adults.
Happening Saturday 5 October, Gates open from 1 pm, Women’s Game: 2 pm, Men’s Game: 3.30 pm at the National Hockey Centre, 196 Mouat Street, Lyneham.
THE BURBURY TERRACE’S DUSK HIGH TEA AND NIGHTFEST EXPERIENCE
Experience a floral-filled evening of food, cocktails and flowers at Dusk High Tea and NightFest.
Canberra’s favourite high tea hotspot, the Burbury Terrace, has partnered with Floriade to bring the city its very first floral-filled Dusk High Tea on October 5 and 6.
Watch the sunset from the top of Doma Hotel’s chic Burbury Hotel as you enjoy French cakes, tarts, delicate savouries and traditional scones— washed down with a glass of sparkling.
Each of the dishes will be scattered with an array of edible florals to celebrate Floriade in full bloom. Also on the menu are Burbury’s new Spring floral tea cocktails, inspired by the festival itself.
Saturday night will feature live music while Sunday night will see comedians take to the stage.
Tickets also include access to Floriade’s NightFest. As the sun goes down, stroll over to Commonwealth Park to explore all the after-dark magic of this year’s Floriade theme, World in Bloom.
Browse all aspects of the starry-eyed festival; from pop-up performances through to more foodie experiences and awe-inspiring light displays.
Cost: $75 per person. Inclusions: High tea at The Burbury Terrace and ticket to Nightfest
Happening Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October with seatings from 3.30 pm until 6 pm at The Burbury Terrace, Burbury Close, Barton
Participating wineries and venues dotted throughout Murrumbateman will wow you with fine food matched with their nationally and internationally recognised wines.
The Murrumbateman Region in NSW, near Canberra, is home to a group of passionate boutique makers of wine, mead, chocolate and artisan goods.
During the annual ‘Murrumbateman Moving Feast’ these producers open their doors and invite wine and food lovers to spend time amongst the vines.
Over two days 18 participating wineries and specialty producers in and around Murrumbateman invite visitors to sample their produce and enjoy a savoury or sweet dish perfectly matched to their selected wines.
Designated drivers The Makers of Murrumbateman are committed to a safe environment and encourage responsible service of alcohol. As part of the Feast all dishes can be accompanied by a soft drink, tea or coffee in place of wine.
Make the most of the Moving Feast and win! For your chance to win a prize pack filled with a selection of local wine, be sure to get your “Murrumbateman Moving Feast Passport” when you begin your feast trail and have it stamped at participating venues.
For $25 savoury fare and $20 desserts, each venue will present a tasting plate “signature dish” matched to one of their wines. Wines are presented in a complimentary Riedel wine glass valued at $20.
Savoury Dishes are entrée size, servings are $25. Dessert servings are $20. all meals include a complimentary glass of wine (and keep your Riedel wine glass valued at $20).
No tickets or bookings required. See the brochure here.
Happening 5-6 October from 9 am-5 pm both days at various locations across Murrumbateman, NSW.
Windows to the World provides the rare opportunity to see behind the gates of the capital’s embassies and high commissions. See, taste and experience cultures from across the globe, whilst enjoying the beautiful gardens and intricate architecture of some of Canberra’s most iconic buildings.
During Floriade, visitors can also experience a taste of Windows to the World, with a selection of embassies exhibiting onsite at the flower festival on 5 October.
Cost: From $15
Happening 5- 20 October from 10 am at various venues across Canberra.
Visit Canberra Centre to discover a land devoted to all things beauty, with an insta-worthy Beauty Temple, special events, giveaways, a pop-up gin bar (with HerCanberra French Earl Grey gin!), beauty night markets and more.
Plus, don’t miss special guests Shani Grimmond, Elle Ferguson, Rae Morris, Danh Doan and Vogue Editors Remy Rippon and Kaila Matthews. Come and be immersed in the beautiful.
Happening 27 September – 27 October at Canberra Centre, Level One (Outside R.M. Williams).
A day full of innovation, knowledge-sharing and sparking new connections!
Do you do business in Woden? Or, is your business located in Woden? An initiative of the ACT Government, the Woden Business Showcase invites you to discover some of the amazing businesses and community organisations that make the Woden Valley a wonderful place to work, shop and live.
This free two-day event includes a range of activities and culminates in a lunchtime community picnic on the Saturday, including a HerCanberra Women in Business lunchtime networking event.
On Saturday 5 October between 12 pm and 3 pm, the Woden Business Showcase in conjunction with Floriade in the Suburbs will be hosting a Community Picnic at the #WodenExperiment, the transformed Woden Town Square.
This playful space with its sun loungers, table tennis table and children’s nature play areas will be a colourful mix of market stalls, music and performances as well as art and craft workshops suitable for all ages.
WODEN BUSINESS SHOWCASE
When: Friday 4 October from 9 am-5pm
Where: Canberra Southern Cross Club, 92-96 Corinna Street, Woden
Booking: You can book in for the full day or individual workshops via Eventbrite
WODEN COMMUNITY PICNIC
When: Saturday 5 October from 12 pm-3 pm
Where: #WodenExperiment, Woden Town Square
Find more information: wodenbusinessnews.com.au
See Eventbrite for the full program and more information.
Old Graham: Collecting in the bush
After buying and restoring ‘Old Graham’ House at Hovells Creek, John and Liz Baker began to collect all sorts of colonial and Australiana items to fill it.
From lost buttons and farm machinery to pokerwork and oil lamps, they found that collecting crept up on them.
Showing until 30 November at Canberra Museum and Gallery.
LIGHT THE NIGHT 2019
More than 35,000 Australians will unite to walk together and to shine a light on blood cancer at the annual Light the Night event on Friday 11 October.
The Leukaemia Foundation’s beautiful lantern walk is the only event in Australia that truly brings the country’s blood cancer community together, with crowds creating a sea of glowing support for Australians affected by blood cancer.
Light the Night 2019 in Canberra will take place on 4 October at Kingston Foreshore.
Participants carry lanterns in symbolic colours of blue, white and gold on a beautiful, reflective walk.
Gold … to remember loved ones lost White … to honour those battling the disease, and those who have won the fight Blue … to show support and hope for a cure for the future
You can also reserve lanterns to pick up on the night, or lanterns can be purchased at the event.
Happening Friday 4 October from 5.30 pm-8.30 pm at the Kingston Foreshore, Eastlake Parade, Kingston
To find out about event details and locations and to become a part of Light the Night today by signing up, go to at lightthenight.org.au.
Pialligo Estate: High Tea Floriade
Delight your tastebuds and indulge them in beautiful Pialligo Estate delicacies, all while you enjoy the atmosphere at Floriade.
While you enjoy the gorgeous view across the tulips in comfort from Pialligo Urban’s sunny deck, you’ll have the chance to unwind and spoil yourself with a range of sweet and savoury treats handmade by the renowned chefs at Pialligo Estate.
Beautiful china will accompany the variety of Moroccan inspired sweet treats, classic ribbon sandwiches, Pialligo Estate smokehouse sausage rolls, seasonal fruit and more, all while enjoying a selection of quality drinks including housemade lemonade and kaffir, loose leaf and herbal tea or barista coffee.
You may also purchase bubbles or other alcoholic beverages to help you really relax and recharge.
Pialligo Estate’s High Tea will be the perfect enhancement to your Floriade experience–it’ll add that extra little something to your weekend, go on, you deserve it!
Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available, please notify Pialligo Estate when making your booking.
Happening 21 September – 13 October at various times at Pialligo Urban, Floriade, inside Commonwealth Park.
Floriade, Australia’s biggest celebration of spring, returns to Commonwealth Park from Saturday 14 September until Sunday 13 October 2019.
With over one million blooms on display and free entry, Floriade is the perfect place to experience the beauty of spring.
With a diverse and ever-expanding program of music, cultural celebrations, food and wine, horticultural workshops, market traders, artistic displays, entertainment, recreational activities and more, you’ll find something for everyone.
Celebrate this year’s theme, World in Bloom daily from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.
Happening 14 September – 13 October from 9.30 am – 5.30 pm seven days a week at Commonwealth Park.
It’s time to truly unwind and be blown away by the breathtaking views over the fields, watching the sun go down with a drink in hand.
Pialligo Estate is bringing Canberra a new style of fun–with next-level drinks by our funky bar crew, Canberra’s first Gintonica bar experience and the finest craft beers, you’ll taste your way to a new happy place.
Think great beats, highest-quality share platters, space for the kids to run around, and fun you won’t be expecting; Pialligo Fields is the place to bring your family and friends for some fresh air in style.
Whether you have an event that needs some personality, or you just want to find some weekend balance with the family and friends, Fields is a multi-purpose space that will deliver experiences you talk about.
Happening Wednesday to Friday from 3 pm until late and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 pm until late at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.
Floriade is bursting out of Commonwealth Park and heading to local town centres around Canberra!
Floriade in the Suburbs is bringing a little bit of Floriade flavour to Gungahlin, Belconnen, Tuggeranong, Molonglo and Woden.
Popping up between 12 pm and 3 pm, bring along your picnic blanket and enjoy an afternoon of food, drinks from the Pop Inn wine bar, live music and family entertainment. You’ll also get to meet Floriade’s famous pink gnome!
12 noon until 3 pm, Saturday 5 October: Woden Town Square
The Heart Foundation ACT is hosting early morning Floriade walks everyday, except Sundays, from September 14 to October 13.
These walks are to start a movement to take positive steps towards active living to help reduce stress, have a healthier body and heart, and build stronger relationships. They are here to get everyone moving, no matter where you live or your fitness level.
The walks are held before Floriade opens to the public. It’s a great way to get some exercise, be beat the crowds! Come join in and enjoy the sun, get to know the community and be active!
The Heart Foundation would not be able to offer these walks without the help of their wonderful volunteer Leaders and Walkers.
Happening every Saturday from 14 September until 13 October from 8-9 am at Commonwealth Avenue, Floriade.
It presents the work of 17 contemporary Australian artists who utilise craft-based materials and techniques with political intent. The artists in this exhibition subvert and extend craft forms as vehicles of activism and social change, exploring the ideas and issues of our time.
Some works encourage social connection and participation in collective processes, others respond to artistic or political movements and yet others reveal that the personal remains political.
Drawing on a long historical lineage, Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms challenges us to see craft in a new light, inviting us to reflect on social participation and political change.
Don’t miss this provocative exhibition, visiting Canberra for the only time.
Happening 6 September–2 February at the Museum of Australia Democracy, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.
Cellar Door is a wine market for Canberra’s wonderful wine scene happening every Saturday from 3-6 pm. Buy wines from local makers every Saturday afternoon in the iconic Nishi Grand Stair, NewActon Precinct.
Grab a souvenir glass, taste the latest drops, and buy at cellar door prices.
Wine stalls rotate each week with complementing stalls like flowers, cheese, chocolate and books.
Make a day of it with a film at Palace Electric Cinema and NewActon’s leading food and drink destinations.
Happening every Saturday from 3-6 pm on the Nishi Grand Stair, inside the Nishi Building, Philip Law Street, NewActon.
A concept formed by Canberra-based singer/songwriter Monica Moore, this unique event will feature 2 stages, market stalls, silent auctions/raffles, Survivors Speak Out segments and a selection of the finest local female vocalists donating their time and talent to help raise funds for White Ribbon Australia and a local women’s shelter in the ACT.
The event will feature performances by The Dorothy-Jane Band, Swingin’ Tonics, The Ainslie Suttons, The Black Souls, Alinta Barlow, GtoA, Monica Moore, Sally Chicane, Kim Yang, The CherryPickers, Gabbi Bolt, Escapado and Dirty Panda.
Phenomenal Women in Song is in honour of the most phenomenal woman in Monica’s life, her Mum, who was a victim of domestic violence for most of her life. Sadly her Mum passed away in May of this year, leaving behind Monica and her 5 younger siblings.
Overwhelming local support for the cause has come in the form of generous donations from local businesses and artists including vocal tuition, guitar tuiton, Aboriginal artwork, gift baskets from Nutrimetics, Partylite and more.
Bathurst singer/songwriter Gabbi Bolt will also be making her debut performance in the Capital. Gabbi made headlines with her single ‘Girls Eyes‘, which is a song of empowerment that speaks up about domestic violence against women.