Getting to the festival

The best ways to get to the National Multicultural Festival

The National Multicultural Festival is back in the heart of the Canberra's CBD and Glebe Park from 16 February to 18 February 2024.

With large crowds, roadworks, and planned road closures, it's essential to prepare for your festival visit.

More information on road closures is available on the City Services website.

We recommend catching free public transport, available all weekend

We're partnering with Transport Canberra to make public transport in Canberra free on the festival weekend!

All bus and light rail travel will be free from 4:30 pm on Friday 16 February to close of services on Sunday 18 February.

Please tap on and off with your MyWay card if you have one, to register a $0 fee.

Parking in the city is limited and road closures will be in effect, so we recommend catching public transport if you can.

Visit the Transport Canberra website for information about routes and timetables.

Park and Ride options

Skip the hassle of finding a parking spot in the city by using Park and Ride facilities across Canberra.

These facilities are located near Rapid bus routes, providing easy access to free public transport on offer.

Find a Park and Ride option near you on the Transport Canberra website.

Accessible and ride-share drop off zones

You can drop passengers in the city near the festival

  • at the corner of Rabaul Lane and Akuna Street
  • on Binara Street, near Crowne Plaza
  • in Ainslie Place, on the Cooyong Street side of the Canberra Centre.

More information about how road closures affect these drop-off zones is available on the City Services website.

Accessible parking

Where possible, we recommend catching public transport as parking in the city will be limited.

Accessible parking is available close to the festival at

  • Constitution Place, accessed via the Constitution Avenue end of Theatre Lane
  • Canberra Centre
  • outdoor carpark, corner of Cooyong Street and Genge Street
  • Magistrates Court carpark, corner of Northbourne Avenue and London Circuit.

Accessible car parking is available further from the festival at

  • outdoor carpark, corner of London Circuit and Constitution Avenue
  • City Pool, Allara Street
  • CIT, corner of Coranderrk Street and Constitution Avenue.

The free festival shuttle stops near these carparks to assist getting to the festival.

These carparks also have general parking available.

Due to ongoing construction and event requirements, the carpark on the corner of Northbourne Avenue and London Circuit (opposite Mooseheads and Bailey's Corner) will be closed for the duration of the festival.

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