Enlighten Festival

3 - 19 MARCH 2023

Enlighten Festival is back for 2023 and will once again light up the nation’s capital over 17 days of culture and creativity between Friday 3 March – Sunday 19 March.

In addition to the event’s popular programming, the second weekend of the festival will celebrate LGBTIQA+ pride with Pride Weekend @ Enlighten.


Enlighten Illuminations 
3-13 March

Illuminations @ Enlighten Festival will light up some of the capital’s iconic buildings in a stunning display of light, sound and movement. Feast on tasty treats from local food and beverage vendors and enjoy live music.

Lights! Canberra! Action! 
10 March

Located in the open-air surrounds of the Senate Rose Garden, Lights! Canberra! Action! @ Enlighten Festival shines a spotlight on local filmmaking talent on Friday 10  with this short film festival.


Canberra Balloon Spectacular
11-19 March

Marvel at hot air balloons floating across the city during the Canberra Balloon Spectacular @ Enlighten Festival. Held over nine days, the Canberra skyline turns into a sea of colour and movement.

Symphony in the Park
12 March

See the Canberra Symphony Orchestra take to the stage to perform with special guest Electric Fields at Symphony in the Park @ Enlighten Festival. Enjoy a night of great tunes and delicious eats.

Canberra Day 
13 March

Canberra Day @ Enlighten Festival brings Commonwealth Park to life with something for the whole family. Enjoy fabulous food, beverages and performers and celebrate the Nation’s Capital.

Canberra After Dark
3 – 13 March

Major attractions and businesses throughout Canberra will open their doors to host an array of after-dark and Enlighten-themed free and ticketed events during Canberra After Dark @ Enlighten Festival.


We are thrilled to announce that Enlighten Festival won the Major Festivals and Events Award at the Canberra Region Tourism Awards 2022!

Enlighten Festival is also a finalist in the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards under the same category, with winners to be announced in 2023 – stay tuned!


We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people, and their continuing connection to land and community. We pay our respects to them, and to Elders both past and present.