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By Rachel Fieldhouse
July 19, 2019

NightFest 2019

Australia's biggest festival of spring is lighting up the night with blooms, music and comedy.
By Rachel Fieldhouse
July 19, 2019

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Spring is just around the corner and, with it, comes the perfect opportunity for a weekend escape. But, there's the age-old problem of where to go on an extended sojourn. Luckily, Canberra is putting its best foot forward come spring with its annual month-long flower extravaganza, Floriade. And, as part of the huge spring festival, the sprawling flower display will be transformed into an illuminated after-dark wonderland for NightFest.

Kicking off on Thursday, October 3, just before the Labour Day long weekend and running for four nights, NightFest is Floriade's after-dark celebration — and one of Canberra's biggest events.

By day, explore Floriade (which is open each day until 5.30pm) and the best of Canberra's breweries, restaurants and galleries. Then, as the sun goes down, those who dare to dabble in Floriade's dark side can head to Commonwealth Park for NightFest. There, you'll find roving performers, music, interactive displays and one million glowing blooms from 6.30–10.30pm.

Pick up some dinner from a food stall and dine among the flowers then catch live tunes on Stage 88 on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Rounding off the festivities on Sunday, October 6 will be a night of sidesplitting gags at Comedy NightFest.

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