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Major Events 2024

Produced by the ACT Government

The ACT Government is committed to delivering a range of events that provide Canberrans with memorable experiences, all year round.

See below the 2024 calendar of major events. 

February

16-18

Multicultural Festival

Canberra comes alive with one of the biggest celebrations of multicultural diversity in Australia. More than 170 nationalities come together for 3 days to share culture, music, dance, food and more – a kaleidoscope of colours, sights, sounds and tastes. 

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March

1–11

Enlighten Illuminations 

See stunning architectural projections showcasing culture and storytelling on iconic national institutions. 

1-11

Enlighten After Dark

Indulge in exclusive after-dark activities at Canberra’s national institutions and attractions. 

8

Lights! Canberra! Action!

Marvel at hot air balloons floating across the city. Held over nine days, the Canberra skyline turns into a sea of colour and movement.

10

Symphony in the Park

See the legendary Hoodoo Gurus take to stage with The Canberra Symphony Orchestra at Commonwealth Park.  

11

Canberra Day

Celebrate Canberra Day by joining in the Canberra Day Fun Run Around the Lake, followed by a day of entertainment in Commonwealth Park. 

9-17

Canberra Balloon Spectacular

See the skies fill with colour as the Canberra Balloon Spectacular takes flight over the nation’s capital. 

Find out more about Enlighten Festival

April

13–28

Canberra and Region Heritage Festival

This year’s theme Connections highlights the rich and diverse stories of our community, strengthening our cultural and historical ties to the land and to each other. 

May

27

Reconciliation Day

Be part of the conversation and work towards a deeper understanding of our national story and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in this family friendly, community event.  

September and October

14 Sep – 13 Oct

Floriade

Experience a diverse program of music, entertainment, and more as Floriade celebrates all things flowers, food and gardens.  

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3 – 6 Oct

Floriade NightFest

Experience magical nights as this floral feast is transformed into an illuminated playground.  

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December

31

New Year’s Eve

Welcome in the New Year in the Nation’s capital with fireworks at the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.