Discover the best of Floriade

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Celebrating 35 years, Floriade’s program for 2022 is packed with entertainment, workshops, events and more.

Floriade returns to Commonwealth Park for its 35e year with an extensive program of music, entertainment, workshops, food, drink, competitions and more.

Besides the obvious must-sees – including strolling through the flowers, riding the Ferris wheel and seeing incredible musical performances – we’ve picked out a few highlights from this year’s program.

Workshop Highlights

Introduction to composting and worm farming:

Composting your food scraps or feeding them at a worm farm reduces your household waste and creates fantastic soil for the garden.

  • When: September 29 and October 6
  • Price: Free, reservation required
  • Learn more.

Grow your own food:

Discover the options for growing your own produce using sustainable and regenerative techniques.

Women’s cabinetmaking workshop:

Learn woodworking techniques with a simple project that will walk you through using power and hand tools and guide you on what you need for DIY.
works.

  • When: October 11 and 12.
  • Cost: $124.45 per participant, reservations are required.
  • More details.

Fluid Yoga:

Relax and rejuvenate among the tulips with a 1-hour guided yoga session in the morning. Combining movement and breath sequences, this yoga session is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

  • When: Saturdays at the Floriade – September 17 and 24 and October 1,8 and 15.
  • Who it is for: Suitable for all ages.
  • Price: Free, reservation required.
  • Find out more and book.

Water feature and arrangement of tulips at the Floriade. Commonwealth Park will host Floriade on the theme “The Sounds of Spring”.

Choice for children

Sustainable workshop for children:

A hands-on session where children will learn about sustainability through a variety of activities including planting seeds, recycling competition and crafting with recycled materials.

Carpentry workshops for children:

With guided instructions, kids will get creative and use a variety of tools to build their own wooden creations. Children will learn and develop their skills to make garden-themed objects, including Bird feeders, insect keepers, egg baskets, Insect hotels Where Tool boxes.

  • For whom: Children from 7 to 16 years old.
  • When: September 27 and 28, October 4 and 5.
  • Cost: $79.60 per participant, reservations required.

Party of the night:

The dark side of Floriade is also back with a program of music and entertainment. Enjoy the fluorescent glow and illuminations from September 29 to October 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are required to attend NightFest.

Two women stand under a fairy lit archway with an illuminated Ferris wheel in the background.Experience the glow of NightFest.

Meet and greet with Costa Georgiadis:

Australia’s favorite gardener and host of ABC’s Gardening Australia, Costa Georgiadis comes to Floriade to share his love of nature and his joy of gardening. Watch Costa perform on Stage 88 and attend reunion events on Sunday, September 25.

Sensory hour:

This year, Floriade will designate the 9am to 10am time each day of the festival as the sensory hour. During this hour, there will be no stage programming and no loud amplified music.

  • Who: Anyone with sensory needs or sensitivities.
  • When: Every Floriade day, from September 17 to October 16.
  • No cost.

Dog Day:

Grab your pup and head to Dogs’ Day Out! Occurring on the last day of the Floriade, visitors can bring their dogs and frolic among the flowers.

Note: Dogs’ Day Out is the only day dogs are allowed at the festival.

  • Who: Dog owners.
  • When: Sunday, October 16.
  • No cost.
  • Learn more.

Collage of dogs participating in Dogs' Day Out
Dogs’ Day Out will take place on the last day of the festival, Sunday October 16th.

The big big bulb dig:

After the Floriade ends, the Great Big Bulb Dig allows Floriade visitors to take part of the festival home. To access and dig for the bulbs, visitors to Floriade must purchase a bulb bag from the festival shop or the Canberra Area Visitor Centre. All proceeds from the sale of the bags will go to local charities SEE-Change and Raw Potential.

  • When: October 17, 2-6 p.m.
  • Cost: $15, includes bulb bag.
  • More details.

Taking public transport is the best way to get to Floriade. Leave the car at home and take a bus or light rail into town. From there, visitors can take the free Floriade shuttle, walk, or ride an electric scooter to Commonwealth Park.

The dedicated Floriade shuttle service will run daily to and from the city of Canberra from Floriade. Over the weekend, the shuttle will expand its operations to the National Triangle – between Kings, Commonwealth and Constitution Avenues.

There are limited parking spaces near Floriade and Commonwealth Park, we advise visitors to use the city car parks (CIT, Canberra Olympic Pool, Canberra Center and National Convention Centre).

More information on access to the Floriade is available on the the festival website.


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