What are the must-visit arts events in Australia this year?

From seaside art sculpture to amazing architecture, here is our list of the most exciting and enticing must-visit arty events in Australia.    

Australia's eclectic arts scene offers a thriving array of unique celebrations. Across the nation, there are countless events to thrill and inspire guests of every age. Which one is your favourite?

When: 12 September to 11 October 2015
Where: Canberra, ACT
Cost: Adult, $27; Concession, $12
Why go: Floriade is one of the nation's premier floral arts festivals world-renowned for its collection of colourful displays and truly grand garden designs. Hundreds of thousands of attendees line Canberra's streets to witness the myriad of arts-based attractions, with Floriade quickly expanding to become one of the nation's top all-around arts festivals. Boasting live music, stand-up comedy, workshops, street-entertainment and other recreational activities for guests of all ages - it is a must see!


With more than one million flowers and unique plants, the spring festival is the ACT's premier tourist attraction. 

Art and About
When: 18th Sept to 11th October 2015
Where: Sydney, NSW
Cost: Free
Why go: Art and About is a fun and interactive art event which brings the streets of Sydney to live and encourages everyone to get involved. From ‘Near Kin Kin’ a towering 21-metre bamboo creation made from organic materials in Kin Kin, Queensland to live bands and stunning photography - there is something for everyone. Discover amazing works of art as you walk around the city.


'Near Kin Kin' is a towering bamboo artwork created by Cave Urban

Sculpture By The Sea
When: 22 October to 8 November 2015
Where: Bondi, Sydney, NSW
Cost: Free
Why go: Kicking off in 1997, Sculpture By The Sea has gone on to become one of Sydney's most beloved and revered public arts festivals. Visitors are invited to walk along a stretch of idyllic coastline and take in the hundreds of sculptures from a host of international artists. The competition draws in major entrants, but the real bonus is the location of the festival.

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Dave McCracken's stunning 'diminish and ascend' artwork at the 2013 Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi. (Photo: Instagram / Sculpture by the Sea)

Stretching along the famous Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, Sculpture By The Sea is an incomparable exhibition and experience that sees the picturesque coastline at its bustling, beautiful best. With a varied and intriguing program including panel discussions, artist talks and other family-friendly events, it's no surprise that the organisers of Sculpture By The Sea have also established sister-events at Cottesloe Beach, Perth next held 4 to 20th March 2016 and at Aarhus, in Denmark, next held June to July 2016.

Sydney Open 2015
When: 1st November 2015
Where: Sydney, NSW
Cost: Ticketed event visit website for more details 
Why go: Love history and amazing architecture? This is a brilliant opportunity to go behind the scenes and unlock the doors to Sydney’s most stunning buildings which are usually not accessible to the public. From award-winning contemporary buildings to places of historic and modern architectural importance, Sydney Open celebrates great architecture and how it influences the way we live. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes whilst exploring Sydney’s hidden architectural gems on foot.

The Credit Union Christmas Pageant 
When: 14 November 2015
Where: Adelaide, SA
Cost: Free
Why go: Take the kids (or someone you love who is a big kid). The Credit Union Christmas Pageant is one of South Australia's most unique and beloved festive celebrations. But there is more to it than celebrating Christmas. Focused on an artistic convoy of more than fifty unique Christmas and fairy-tale themed floats, the pageant also brings together the best local marching bands, dance troupes, walking sets and clown groups. For the locals, the pageant is a community-defining event; but it's also appealing to international guests. Witness the beauty and grandeur of handcrafted floats and bask in the radiant fun of the fantastic proceedings including more than 172 colourful sets.


Last year's pageant drew in more than 330,000 people along the joyous three kilometre route.

Featured image credit: Twitter / Sculpture by the Sea 

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