Festivals and Events One Cannot Miss while in Canberra

The residents of Canberra are a merry lot and infect visitors with their enthusiasm and zeal. The people here love their festivals and the busy annual calendar reflects the mood of the city.


Right from ‘Truffle festival’, which is a foodie’s delight to ‘Floriade’, which celebrates the onset of spring, the city wears a festive look for most of the year.

The Truffle Festival

This festival is held every year from June to August in the capital city of Canberra, which is also fast turning into the Truffle capital. Numerous events are held such as travel hunts, tastings and degustation dinners. The place is famous for its Black Perigord Truffle harvest. You can also learn to make truffle cuisines and eat and drink at various restaurants.


This is one of the most awaited festivals in Australia. Between September and October each year, countless blooms are on display at the Commonwealth Park. This festival also presents a chance to learn superior gardening skills. The other attractions of Floriade include demonstrations of culinary talent by famed chefs, various kid activities and musical performances. Tourists can stay at affordable accommodation options close to the venue.

Winter Festival

Usually held between June and July, the Winter Festival offers ice-skating, toboggan rides, slides and many other activities that bring together people from all age groups and elevate the mood of the winter. This year, Garema Place in Canberra will host the famous festival. Your taste buds are definitely in for a good time as numerous stalls deliver mouth watering delicacies at the venue. Fly to Canberra and get ready to immerse in three weeks of uninterrupted fun.

Canberra Day

Since 1913, Canberra Day is celebrated as a public holiday. It gives a chance to the people of Canberra to bask in the glory of the beautiful city and its rich diversity. The festival is full of music, dance, various activities and exhibitions. This year, 14th March will be celebrated as Canberra Day. The famous Commonwealth Park will host the biggest party of the day with live DJ music, various exciting rides, and exclusive food vans to serve you delicious food.

Nara Festival

Nara Festival celebrates the long standing relationship between Canberra and the Japanese city of Nara. Thousands of candles are lit to show affection towards the sister city. The people of Canberra take this as an opportunity to do everything in true Japanese style. There are arrangements for Sumo wrestling, authentic Japanese food is cooked, and traditional Japanese music is played.