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Enlighten Festival


For 17 days in March, the nation's capital shines brightly with culture and creativity.

There is so much to eat, see and explore at the Enlighten Festival. Parliamentary Zone and the city are transformed into a vibrant arts scene with free shows, free exclusives and tickets.

Capture perfect images of stunning architectural projections at Illumination before exploring the national attractions that open their doors after dark. Brighten your morning with a sky filled with colorful hot air balloons, and watch the sun set to the perfect soundtrack at Symphony in the Park. Enjoy a vibrant fireworks display at Hit 104.7 Skyfire and immerse yourself in the spotlights of Canberra's talented filmmakers at Lights! Canberra! Action!

Quick facts

  • Where: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
  • Time: An event date for 2021 will be released
  • Price: Free program and ticket

How to reach this place

Events take place in the Parliamentary Zone and across the city. Singapore Airlines and Qatar offer international flights to the nation's capital. Domestic airlines offer flights to and from Canberra from Australian state capitals. Alternatively, take the 3.5 hour drive with the views from Sydney to Canberra, a city very easy to explore by car.


Enlighten Festival, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT © Martin Ollman  Enlighten Festival, Parliament House, Canberra, Australia Capital Territory © Martin Ollman

Illuminations is the heart of the Enlighten Festival

See Canberra come to life after dark as Enlighten Illuminations is projected onto some of the capital's most beloved and iconic buildings (including the Australian Parliament House, Museum of Australian Democracy, National Portrait Gallery, National Library of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Questacon and many more. again). Stroll behind the scenes and explore after-dark attractions, soak up live music and take selfies with various musicians and art installations.

Enlighten Night Noodle Markets, Canberra, ACT © VisitCanberra  Enlighten Night Noodle Markets, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory © VisitCanberra

Party at the Night Noodle Markets

Foodies will love the bustle of the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. From pho to waffles and everything in between, whet your appetite and indulge your palate at the same time. Head to Enlighten Alley for local street food, and make memories with fun family activities.


Enjoy a unique tour of Canberra

Beneath the magical sea of ​​light, you will find hidden gems all over the city. Watch the interactive installations and find unexpected ways to enjoy the festival. Local favorites include late night exhibitions, dinner under the stars and Instagram-worthy artwork. Other unique ways to explore the festival are taking part in photography workshops, standing paddling on a surfboard at dawn at the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, and e-bike tours of the area.

The sun rises at the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, Canberra, ACT © Enlighten Festival  Sun rises at the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory © Enlighten Festival

Don't miss this main event

In addition to the illuminations, the Enlighten Festival has been extended to include some of Canberra's most popular fall events - the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, the Lights film festival! Canberra! Action! Film festival, Symphony in the Park fireworks display, Canberra Day and Hit 104.7 Skyfire. With these various types of free events, there must be something that will captivate the hearts of all people.