Enlighten Festival

26 FEBRUARY - 14 MARCH 2021

Register Now to Attend Enlighten Festival in 2021

Canberra will shine bright with culture and creativity as the Enlighten Festival brings together the best autumn events. Held across 17 days from 26 February, Enlighten Festival will offer in-person experiences across five hero events.

Join the festivities and celebrate all the nation’s capital has to offer at Enlighten Illuminations, Lights! Canberra! Action!, Canberra Balloon Spectacular, Symphony in the Park and Canberra Day.

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Staying Covid Safe at Enlighten Festival

Enlighten Festival will run a little differently in 2021. Enlighten Festival fans will be required to book experiences in advance. Places are limited so register now so you don’t miss out!

Patrons must comply with all ACT Health COVID-Safe requirements when attending the Enlighten Festival. At all events please maintain a physical distance of at least 1.5m from others wherever possible. Please stay home if you are unwell, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 or are currently awaiting COVID-19 test results.

When attending Enlighten Illuminations patrons are strongly encouraged to download and use the Check In CBR app. For all other events and activities including Lights! Canberra! Action!, the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, Symphony in the Park, Canberra Day, BentSpoke Beer Garden and Enlighten Alley pre-registration is required.

Enlighten Illuminations

26 February – 8 March 2021
Witness thought-provoking large-scale projections on some of the capital’s most loved and iconic buildings. Register now to feast on local flavours at Enlighten Alley and BentSpoke Beer Garden, enjoy live music and snap a selfie with art installations.

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Lights! Canberra! Action!

5 March 2021
Enlighten Festival is shining a spotlight on Canberra’s talented film-makers as competition sparks creativity. Register now to watch the finalist’s films at an outdoor screening at Commonwealth Park’s Stage 88.  

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Canberra Balloon Spectacular

6 – 14 March 2021
Register now to marvel at hot air balloons floating across the city during the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. Held over nine days, the Canberra skyline will be a sea of colour and movement. Be there as pilots inflate and launch their balloons and enjoy breakfast as the balloons ascend into the sky.

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Symphony in the Park

7 March 2021
Back by popular demand, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra will once again by taking to the stage with BABBA to perform ABBA’s greatest hits. Framed by the landscape of the iconic Commonwealth Park, sit back, relax and prepare of a night of nostalgia, great tunes and delicious eats.

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Canberra Day

8 March 2021
Canberra is turning 108 in 2021! Make the most of the public holiday and start the day with Breakfast at Balloons where Skywhale and Skywhalepapa will make an appearance. Join Canberra Day festivities and stay on to celebrate the closing night of Enlighten Illuminations.

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Attractions After Dark

The capital’s major attractions are waiting to be explored as they open their doors to host an array of after-dark free and ticketed events.

Check out the Enlighten Festival Program to see what’s on or explore the variety of events being hosted by each venue.

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Entry to Enlighten Festival is free, but registrations are required. Places are limited so register now so you don’t miss out!

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Enlighten Festival Information

Access everything you need to plan and enjoy your Enlighten Festival Experience.

Discover what’s on at Enlighten in 2021 with our Festival Program.

Whether you are local or from interstate, find out how to get to the Enlighten Festival.

Download or view a copy of the Enlighten Festival map to find your way around.

Register now to secure your spot at Enlighten Alley or BentSpoke Beer Garden and discover what tasty treats will be available for you to sample at Enlighten Illuminations.

Get the answers to all of your Enlighten Festival questions with our Frequently Asked Questions.