Floriade is back and better than ever in 2022. Celebrating 35 years of flower power, Floriade will stretch across 30 bloomin' beautiful days from 17 September to 16 October. The event will also reach all corners of the capital with the Floriade Community making a comeback. The theme of this year's event is the Sounds of Spring and this will be reflected in the entertainment program with a whole range of musical performances and installations throughout the festival. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your visit.
Head to Commonwealth Park
The main displays are set to bloom in Commonwealth Park in 2022. There will be beds bursting with bulbs and other beauties blooming across the 30 day festival. The displays evolve and change almost daily as different flowers reach their peak so if you can, try visiting a few times to see the full range of colour. As well as the flowers, this year there will be themed trading villages around the site where you can find market stalls, food stands, music, rides and workshops. While food is available on-site, you are also welcome to bring your own food to Floriade. Keep in mind parking nearby will be extremely limited as a result of ongoing construction works nearby so make sure you have a plan for how to get to Commonwealth Park. Consider parking a little further away, visiting outside of peak times or taking public transport if you can.
Floriade Community will see bulbs pop up across the city
Once you've seen the main displays at Commonwealth Park, it's time to explore the community displays across the city and beyond. These displays are all completely unique, designed and planted by community groups and bringing the joy of bulbs to the 'burbs. The locations range from Canberra's nearby villages to town centres and suburbs. The size and types of displays vary but one thing is guaranteed, they all bring a little joy to the spaces they pop up. For a map to help you plan your tulip trail adventure, click here. Experience Floriade's dark side...
Running from 29 September to 2 October, Nightfest offers an opportunity to see the flowers by night. Thursday and Sunday night have a more relaxed vibe while Friday and Saturday will dial things up a notch. Nightfest is a ticketed event so make sure you plan ahead. The program includes live music, dance, circus, massage and more.
Dog's Day Out
Have a Pawsome little mate who loves flowers as much as you? Floriade will welcome your furry friends for the annual Dog's Day out on 16 October. There will be special pet themed stalls popping up to add to the experience. This is the only day dogs (other than assistance dogs) can visit Commonwealth Park but they are welcome at many of the areas where you'll find the community displays.
Join the Bulb Dig
Want to take a little bit of Floriade home? The Bulb Dig will be back this year with details coming soon.
Floriade will be open from 9am to 5:30pm daily throughout the festival. Nightfest is for ticketholders only from 29 September to 2 October. Parking is available but may be limited. Consider public transport. The festival is accessible but does have some slopes and loose granite paths which may make accessing some areas difficult. Food and drinks available onsite.