Enlighten Festival (26 Feb – 14 March)
Nowhere in Australia rings in the Autumn season quite like Canberra. As the air turns a bit crisper, the city transforms with lights, colours and sound. The Enlighten festival spans from the 26th of February to the 14 of March and offers tons of options to celebrate the season. From balloons and symphonies to film screenings in the park, you don’t want to miss this epic festival. Crowne Plaza Canberra puts you right in the middle of the fun with our hotel being only footsteps from the festival locations.
Enlighten Illuminations (26 Feb – 8 March)
There’s a misconception that Canberra goes quiet after dark. Enlighten Illumination helps disprove that theory with projections covering some of the most iconic capital buildings in millions of colours and designs. This event is all about the art, with installations spread across the city alongside local food creations and live music. After you’ve had your fun head back to Crowne Plaza Canberra and end the night at Binara One, our hotel drinks destination, with some cocktails and tapas.
Symphony in the Park (7th of March)
What’s a festival without some music, especially one from an orchestra! Symphony in the park is a night experience like no other. Commonwealth Park will rival any opera house and host a night of music. The Canberra Symphony Orchestra is excited to showcase a new interpretation of some of our favourite classics and promise to blow your socks off!
Canberra Balloon Spectacular (6 – 14 March)
The Canberra Balloon Spectacular is one of the most famous and largest balloon festivals in the southern hemisphere! Lasting over 9 days, the Canberra Skyline will be full of colourful balloons of different shapes and sizes. Some of the world’s most unique balloons have flown here from dancing bees to Vincent Van Gogh’s head, you’ll definitely see something new and exciting. We recommend booking one of our Deluxe Scenic View rooms so you can wake up to the spectacular sights!
Lights! Canberra! Action! (5 March)
Who needs Hollywood? Canberra is home to many talented filmmakers and this film competition put their creative juices to the test. Just a few steps away from Crowne Plaza Canberra this event takes place outside at Commonwealth park, meaning you don’t have to worry about sneaking room service into a theatre! The finalist’s films will screen at stage 88 and provide a fun experience for the mates, dates, and the family.
Botticelli to Van Gogh (5 March – 14 June)
Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London draws exclusively from one of the greatest collections of European paintings in the world.
This unprecedented exhibition includes 500 years of art in 60 paintings and comprises the largest group of works ever to travel outside of Britain in the National Gallery’s 192-
Exclusive to the National Gallery of Australia
Only in Canberra
Book with us here to get 2X free tickets included with your stay.
Canberra Day (8 March 2021)
Join us as we celebrate our city turning 108! Canberra may be getting up there in age, but she definitely is reinventing herself and keeping it fresh. Our friends at the enlighten festival are keeping most of the details a surprise but they promise it will be a birthday celebration like no other! Of course, like most parties, there will be plenty of food and music from great local providers.
You don’t want to miss out on the biggest two weeks of celebration here in Canberra. From art to flying high, there’s something for everyone. Being so close to all the festivities, Crowne Plaza Canberra is the perfect place that puts you right in the middle of the party. Get in touch with us today on how we can accommodate you and help you get the most out of your Canberra experience.
MIDNIGHT OIL At Stage 88 (17 Mar)
Midnight Oil’s mini-album The Makarrata Project topped the ARIA charts last November. A powerful call for justice and recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, it featured on most critics’ lists for ‘The Best of 2020’. The band will finally bring that acclaimed new music – plus a slew of other iconic Midnight Oil Reconciliation songs. Special supporting sets from Dan Sultan & Leah Flanagan.