Why Canberra is the place to be this autumn

If there was ever a time to make the journey to Canberra, it’s now. This autumn, Australia’s capital city is set to shine as the annual Enlighten Festival and ever-so-popular Night Noodle Markets return. Prepare for an impressive line-up of food and entertainment.

Along with all the festivities, Canberra will be launching three new visitor experiences at the National Museum of Australia in April.

From exclusive tours and dining experiences, here’s a guide to everything that’s happening:

Enlighten Festival

Canberra Enlighten Festival. Image: Visit Canberra

This year the annual Enlighten Festival, will run from 28 February until 15 March. During the 17-day extravaganza, Canberra will transform into a hive of activity with a range of free and ticketed events. All events encourage both locals and tourists alike to ‘eat, see and explore’ what the city has to offer. And some of the events on the program are very enticing – we’ve highlighted the top ones.

Enlighten Illuminations | 1 March – 11 March

Witness Canberra shines in spectacular fashion as the Parliamentary Triangle and city precinct light up after dark. The large-scale illuminations will be projected on some of the capital’s most loved buildings including the National Portrait Gallery, National Library of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Australian Parliament House, Questacon and more.

All projections and installations will be on display in the National Triangle from 8pm to 11pm.

Canberra Enlighten Festival. Image: Visit Canberra

Canberra Balloon Spectacular | 9-17 March

Over nine days, Canberra’s skyline will become littered with over 30 hot air balloons floating across the city. If you’re not lucky enough to be riding in the balloons, this mesmerising view will be best appreciated from the lawns of Old Parliament House or by Lake Burley Griffin.

Canberra Enlighten Festival. Image: Visit Canberra

Lights! Canberra! Action! | 8 March

The 17th annual Lights! Canberra! Action! Will shine a spotlight on Canberra’s talented filmmakers, who have been tasked with creating seven-minute short films in 10 days. This year the theme is ‘planted’ and films must incorporate 10 dictated items. On the night, the top 12 finalists will be showcased in the Senate Rose Gardens at the Museum of Australian Democracy. So bring a picnic and something comfy to sit in and settle in for movie night.

Canberra Enlighten Festival. Image: Visit Canberra

Symphony in the Park | 10 March

Symphony in the Park will delight at the iconic Commonwealth Park with the sound of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy a bite to eat from the food stalls as you listen to new melodies while the sun goes down. 

Canberra Enlighten Festival. Image: Visit Canberra

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