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The National Multicultural Festival began in 1996 and has since evolved into the biggest occasion on Canberra’s event landscape. In the very beginnings of the Festival, it was a one-day event, eventually moving to a 2-week Festival. Over the course of the last 21 years it has developed into the 3-day Festival it is now, which allows Canberrans, national and international visitors alike to congregate in Canberra over one weekend for what is one of the biggest celebrations of cultural diversity across Australia.

2017 National Multicultural Festival


The annual National Multicultural Festival happens in the centre of town in February and is a fun, free, family-friendly event that includes activities, shows, food stalls, dancing, and celebrations.  Stallholders sell food and drink, but there are no entry fees.

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The National Multicultural Festival is held in the heart of the city centre and is easily accessible. Parking is often limited, so other means of transportation to the Festival is recommended.