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Mad March: Why You Should Visit Canberra in March

I love visiting Canberra in March! With warm days and cool nights and a huge number of events on, it’s the perfect time to experience the best that the Australian capital has to offer.

If you are looking for fun things to do in Canberra in March then hopefully these festivals will help you kick start planning a great getaway!

Enlighten Festival

See the Parliamentary Triangle and city precinct come to life as the Enlighten Festival lights up after dark. Witness thought provoking large-scale projections on some of the capital’s most loved and iconic buildings including the National Portrait Gallery, National Library of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Australian Parliament House, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Questacon and more.

After taking in the projections, be enlightened with a visit inside many iconic national attractions. Enjoy the roving artists, live bands and enchanting performances throughout the Enlighten precinct. With programming commencing at 6pm, and architectural projections lighting up your evening from 8pm to 11pm each night, there’s plenty of time to have your tastebuds tempted at the Canberra Night Noodle Markets (28 February-9 March), Bentspoke Beer Garden and Enlighten Alley.

Canberra Balloon Spectacular

Wake up to the view of hot air balloons floating across the city during the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. This mesmerising view is best appreciated from the lawns of Old Parliament House. Held over nine days, the Canberra skyline will be full of hot air balloons from across the globe.

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Lights! Canberra! Action!

Competition meets creativity in the 17th annual Lights! Canberra! Action! on 6 March. Enlighten Festival is shining a spotlight on Canberra’s talented filmmakers, who have been tasked with creating seven-minute short films exploring the theme ‘planted’ and incorporating 10 dictated items. If that weren’t impressive enough, the filmmakers have 10 days to shoot, edit and produce this film. See the top 12 finalists in the Senate Rose Gardens at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Bring your chair, bean bag or blanket and settle in for a great night of film viewing.

Symphony in the Park

We guarantee this is not your standard symphony experience. Framed by the tree-lined landscape of the iconic Commonwealth Park, sit back and relax as the Canberra Symphony Orchestra fills the air with music. The Canberra Symphony Orchestra have outdone themselves this year, perfecting a new interpretation of music we all know and love. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy a bite to eat from the traders as you watch the sun set.

Canberra Day

It’s not every day you turn 107! Celebrate in the way Canberrans know best as they mark their birthday on Monday 9 March in the Parliamentary Triangle.

Make the most of the public holiday and start the day at the Canberra Balloon Spectacular before joining the Canberra Day festivities from 10am in the Parliamentary Triangle.

The day will include a jam-packed program of local musicians, street food and activities for the whole family. Stay on to celebrate the closing night of Enlighten Illuminations and Canberra Night Noodle Markets.

HIT104.7 Skyfire

HIT104.7 Skyfire returns to ensure an explosive finale to the Enlighten Festival. With plenty for the whole family to enjoy, the festivities commence at Commonwealth Park in the afternoon with Skyfire EATS bringing a range of food trucks, bars and entertainment. Join HIT 104.7’s Ned & Josh at Regatta Point to enjoy the incredible fireworks display set to a 20 minute soundtrack broadcast on HIT 104.7.


Planning a trip to Canberra? Check out these posts next:

The Coolest Boutique Hotels in Canberra

Experience a Hot Air Balloon ride over Canberra

See the view over Canberra from Telstra Tower

Discover Canberra’s wine region


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