Canberra will shine bright with culture and creativity as the capital lights up the Enlighten Festival in 2019. The festival will bring together the best autumn events from 1-17 March.

illumination lights at enlightenment festival

Many things to see and do such as the Illuminations, Noodle Night Markets and of course the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. Who needs any more reasons to come to Canberra? 

Illuminations 1 March

See the Parliamentary Triangle come to life after dark. Witness thought provoking and moving large-scale projections on Australian Parliament House, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Library of Australia, the Museum of Australian Democracy, the National Gallery of Australia and Questacon.

To kick start the Enlighten Festival in 2019, the Illuminations have been extended to 11 nights to provide the perfect backdrop for your Canberra Day celebrations. Canberra’s Parliamentary Triangle and satellite venues will be transformed into vibrant arts precincts, showcasing Australian talent, amazing roving artists, live bands and enchanting performances. Plus, enjoy late night openings at many iconic national attractions.

Canberra Night Noodle Markets 1 March

As the Illuminations light up iconic attractions around the Parliamentary Triangle, visitors can tuck into authentic Asian eats. Work up an appetite exploring the performances and architectural projections before enjoying Insta-worthy dishes that will push conventional flavour boundaries, creating an experience for all your senses. Remember to leave room for a bespoke dessert and a delicious drink or two.

Foodies featured at the Canberra Night Noodle Markets include Hoy Pinoy, Chur Burger, Churken, Shallot Thai, Mr Bao, Bangkok Street Food, What the Pho, Bao Brothers, May’s Malaysian Hawker, Twistto, Flying Noodles, Little Kyoto, Waffleland, Wok Master, Satay Brothers, Donburi Station with many more to be announced soon.

Canberrans eating food at the noodle markets

Canberra Balloon Spetacular 9 March

Wake up to the view of hot air balloons floating across the city during the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. This mesmerising view is best appreciated from the lawns of Old Parliament House. Held over nine days, more than thirty hot air balloons from across the globe are expected to take to our skies.

Each day from 6:15am pilots will begin inflating their balloons on the lawns of Old Parliament House before ascending into the sky and creating a picturesque backdrop for Canberra’s national attractions.

Passengers can experience the thrill of hot air ballooning over Canberra at sunrise while spectators on the ground are treated to an experience of the senses. Flurries of colour, sound and movement complemented by live music, hot drinks and a delicious breakfast available for purchase from the Belconnen Lions Club will make your morning one to remember.

For balloon flight bookings call Balloon Aloft (02 6285 1540) or Dawn Drifters (02 6285 4450). Free viewing for spectators.

Balloon Spectacular in Canberra

Symphony In The Park

We guarantee this is not your standard symphony experience. Framed by the tree lined landscape of the iconic Commonwealth Park, sit back and relax as the Canberra Symphony Orchestra fills the air with music.

The natural amphitheatre provides the perfect backdrop for what is guaranteed to be a magical experience for all the family. The Canberra Symphony Orchestra have outdone themselves this year, perfecting a new interpretation on music we all know and love. Bring a picnic blanket and popcorn or enjoy a bite to eat from the traders as you watch the sun set.





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