As the rest of Australia starts to wind down for winter, Canberra comes alive. The month of March sees exciting festivals and events kick off in the capital, highlighting the cultural, culinary, and creative heritage of the city.

There's no better time to visit Canberra than in early autumn. Time it right, and you'll be able to make the most of these March events. 

1. Canberra Balloon Spectacular, March 11-19, 2017 

Spectacular is not an exaggeration – this ballooning event is one of the grandest in the world! The balloons take on a life of their own on the lawns of Old Parliament House, before pilots guide them up into the sky. The many balloons have an ethereal effect as they hover over the capital city. 

The best way to enjoy the Balloon Spectacular is to hop onboard head up and away. Balloon flights are a thrill like no other and give you an unrivalled view of Canberra and its surrounds. Balloons launch from 6.30 a.m. to 7 a.m. each morning during the event, so you will be able to rise up with the sun. 

2. Enlighten, March 3-12, 2017

See Canberra illuminated during this 10-day event. Taking place in the Parliamentary Triangle, Enlighten makes Canberra's nights sparkle with live entertainment from street artists, musical acts, and architectural projections that light up some of Australia's most important attractions. The iconic buildings set to be drenched in colourful light include the Australian Parliament House, the National Library of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia, among others. 

While drinking in the light projections and myriad performances, you can feast on the tasty dishes served up at the Enlighten Noodle Market. You will be able to tuck into everything from dumplings to pad thai as you smugly congratulate yourself on visiting Canberra at such an exciting time. 

3. Lights! Canberra! Action!, March 10, 2017

A filmmaking festival that brings a dash of Hollywood to this city, Lights! Canberra! Action! is a celebration of creativity. Filmmakers are challenged to include a list of ten specific items in a seven-minute film. The catch – they have only ten days to film, edit and produce the movie.

The twelve best films are screened on March 10 in the Senate Rose Gardens at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Visit the museum during the day and settle onto a picnic blanket in the gardens in the evening. This will be a movie night like no other.

Hiring a car can help you make the most of Canberra's autumn events. Get in touch with our team to make a booking or pepper us with any questions.