A new and ongoing feature of Canberra's nightlife, the annual Enlighten Festival brings a mysticism and exuberant enthusiasm to the usually staid Canberra Parliamentary Triangle area. Enlighten celebrates artists and community, with a wide range of ever-changing events set over various locations in the city. With a range of artistic exhibits, performances, live music, food and gorgeous lighting effects, visitors will be treated to an unusual and unforgettable spectacle. A range of events are free, while some others require a booking.

Timing your visit to coincide with the wildly popular and ever-growing Night Noodle Markets is a great idea as well. The noodle markets take place alongside the other attractions and feature both traditional and modern cuisine from all parts of Asia. You will be tempted at every turn and probably end up visiting more than one stall to try something new.

Enlighten Festival is a week long annual extravaganza that runs from 6pm until 11pm, so it's great for an after work treat or a night out.