Enlighten Festival

Canberra will shine bright with culture and creativity as the Enlighten Festival brings together the best autumn events.

Join in the festivities from 26 February to 14 March 2021 with in-person experiences at the Enlighten Illuminations, Lights! Canberra! Action!, Canberra Balloon Spectacular, Symphony in the Park and Canberra Day.

Entry to events is free; however, attendees will be required to book experiences in advance. Bookings for Enlighten Festival will open in January 2021.

Enlighten Illuminations

26 February – 8 March 2021
Witness thought-provoking large-scale projections on some of the capital’s most loved and iconic buildings. Feast on local flavours, enjoy live music, and snap a selfie with art installations.

Canberra Balloon Spectacular

6 – 14 March 2021
Wake up to the view of hot air balloons floating across the city during the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. Held over nine days, the Canberra skyline will be full of one mesmerising view after another.

Lights! Canberra! Action!

5 March 2021
Enlighten Festival is shining a spotlight on Canberra’s talented film-makers as competition sparks creativity. Watch the finalist’s films at an outdoor screening in the Senate Rose Gardens. 

Symphony in the Park

7 March 2021
We guarantee this is not your standard symphony experience. The Canberra Symphony Orchestra have outdone themselves again and will perform a new interpretation of music we all know and love.

Canberra Day

8 March 2021
Canberra is turning 107 in 2021. We’re keeping the details of our birthday celebrations a surprise for now, but here are a few hints. Like all good birthday celebrations, it’ll feature great tunes and great food.