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Floriade will bring something for everyone
Opening in mid-September with the theme of 'Passion', Canberra's national spring festival Floriade will return in with more than one million blooms on display throughout Commonwealth Park.
Visitors will see the theme represented in garden beds, horticultural workshops, engaging demonstrations, children's entertainment and the popular, ticketed twilight event, NightFest.
Opening in mid-September, Canberra's National Floriade festival will again bring millions of blooms to the Capitol.
Floriade's event program will run over four themed weeks from 13 September until 12 October.
The festival will kick off with Arts and Culture and visitors to Commonwealth Park can unearth the capital's most creative treasures. Discover your inner artist as you participate in a life drawing class, try your hand at flower arranging or pick up an instrument and become a folk musician for the day.
Attendees are encouraged to spoil their taste buds as week two of Floriade focuses on Food and Wine with regional wines on offer for tastings. Guests can also sample a selection of the best local produce and try some bush foods that can be found in our own backyard.
Children will also be entertained as week three showcases is all things Family Friendly. Guests can discover what prehistoric life was like with dinosaurs and fossils, travel through outer space or become a giant as they stalk through a miniature village.
From spectacular garden beds to resourceful veggie patches, Floriade offers attendees the chance to rediscover the outdoors.
During week four audiences can get up close and personal with nature, take part in sustainability workshops and grab gardening tips from experts in the field. Get active with Floriade's first ever outdoor boot camp and receive an education on some of the world's most endangered animals.
The festival atmosphere will continue after dark for five nights only as Commonwealth Park is transformed into an illuminated wonderland for the ticketed twilight event, Floriade NightFest (Wednesday, 24 September to Sunday, 28 September).
Now in its seventh year, the enchanting evening experience will offer fantastic food and wine, brilliant lighting designs and bustling night markets, as well as performances from world-renowned comedians, roving entertainers and more. NightFest tickets go on sale early August.