Welcome to Floriade
17 Sept – 16 Oct 2022
Commonwealth Park Canberra
Australia’s Biggest Celebration of Spring will return to the heart of the city in Canberra’s beautiful Commonwealth Park, from Saturday 17 September to Sunday 16 October.
Floriade will celebrate its 35th year in 2022, and for 30 days across September and October, Canberra comes alive with beauty, colour and vibrancy. The festival will offer a diverse program of music, cultural celebrations, food and wine, horticultural workshops, market traders, artistic displays, entertainment, recreational activities and more as Floriade celebrates all things flowers, food and gardens.
The theme this year is the Sounds of Spring, and visitors will be treated to a stunning display of over one million blooms, spread through the gardens to the soundtrack of atmospheric instrumentals, classical and contemporary tunes with performances happening across three stages located throughout the park.
This year’s program will showcase the best in horticultural and garden design with workshops, demonstrations and engaging installations. Entry to Floriade is free, and the gates are open from 9.00am – 5.30pm daily.
NightFest also returns with a new and exciting program of after dark entertainment and horticultural illuminations as we explore Floriade’s Dark Side from 29 September to 2 October, when from 6.30 – 10.30pm the park will be illuminated with colour and filled with roving entertainment, stalls and fantastic food.
Dogs’ Day Out is an annual highlight of the program, a special day when visitors can bring their furry friends along to Floriade and frolic amongst the flowers. Dogs Day Out will be held on the final day of Floriade, Sunday 17 October.
Whilst the flowers and festival return to Commonwealth Park for Spring 2022, the residents of Canberra also get to play a part with the return of the popular Floriade Community. Over 300,000 bulbs and annuals have been distributed to community groups, schools and organisations to plant out in their suburbs, bringing bursts of colour to the whole city.
Canberra is Australia’s most inclusive capital city, and Floriade is no exception. Access & inclusion of the event is improving every year. Floriade is accessible to wheelchairs, electric scooters and strollers, with wide paths throughout Commonwealth Park. Be aware there are some loose gravel pathways and there may be water on pathways after rain. A limited number of wheelchairs, electric scooters, and strollers are available for hire.
GetAboutAble is a Canberra-based social enterprise that promotes accessibility and inclusivity in the tourism sector. With financial support from the Australian Capital Territory, GetAboutAble is proud to be working with VisitCanberra and Events ACT, and other parts of Canberra’s tourism sector to better cater to visitors with mobility, hearing, vision, and other access needs. You can find more information about an accessible getaway to Canberra at www.getaboutable.com/canberra-tcmf (or scan the QR code).