What's on

There is always something new and exciting to see and do at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Our calendar of events changes regularly, so make sure you keep coming back to see what's happening.

  • 2015 Summer Sounds with the Central

    Proudly presented by The Central

    Celebrate summer with a series of live music underneath the eucalypts.

    Every Saturday & Sunday in January (excluding 31 Jan) 5.30 – 7.30 pm | Eucalypt Lawn $5 adults, $2 concession, children 17 yrs and under free

    • Bring a picnic or purchase food and beverages on the lawn

      Fun water activities for the whole family

      Sat 3 Jan - Dorothy-Jane Band
      (blues & grooves)

      Sun 4 Jan - Humbug
      (Irish jig)

      Sat 10 Jan - Big Boss Groove
      (groovy rhythm)

      Sun 11 Jan - Hit Parade
      (favourites from every era)

      Sat 17 Jan - Dr Stovepipe
      (western swing, alt country)

      Sun 18 Jan - The Fuelers
      (rockabilly, country & pop)

      Sat 24 Jan - Annie & the Armadillos
      (jazz & blues)

      5.30 – 8.30 pm. Sun 25 Jan - Franklin B Paverty
      (toe tappin’ bush)

      Concerts will be cancelled on days of total fire ban or severe weather conditions – check the Gardens’ Facebook page and Twitter for updates.


      The Gardens have teamed up with some great caterers to bring you mouth-watering options to tantalise your tastebuds while you soak up the outdoor concert experience. Leave your picnic basket at home and enjoy some of the following dinner options available every night:

      Genuine traditional wood fired pizzas made onsite with a range of toppings. Prices ranging from $10-$12 (small) to $15-$18 (large). www.pizza2u-act.com.au

      Burra Berkshires
      Pulled Pork Rolls in tortilla wrap with salad - small $8 large $12 Pulled Lamb Rolls in tortilla wrap with salad - small $8 large $12 www.googong.org/burraberkshires.htm

      Lions Club BBQ
      Sizzling steak and sausage sandwiches. www.lionsclubs.org.au

      Chameleon Ice-cream
      Refreshing ice-creams and milkshakes. www.stallholders.com.au/chameleon.htm

      Cold Bar
      Moderately priced Australian Wine, Beer, cider, fruit juice and soft drinks provided by the Friends of ANBG. www.friendsanbg.org.au

      Sweet Alice
      Large selection of barista coffee and tea with fresh cakes and biscuits www.mysweetalice.com.au

      ACTEW Water - Snowcones for Kids
      Make a $1 donation to the ACT Rural Fire Brigade for your ice cold snow cone.

      Water Refill Station
      Proudly provided by ACTEW Water.

      Parking is available onsite in the main car park with further overflow parking off Clunes Ross near CSIRO (just follow the event parking signs). The Eucalypt Lawn (concert area) is a 5-min brisk walk or 10-min leisurely walk from the main car park, so please keep this in mind when planning your arrival time and what you intend on carrying. There will be a assistance shuttle service (courtesy of The Central by Goodwin Homes) running between the car park and the Lawn for elderly or disabled. Disability parking is also available in the main car park and a dedicated parking volunteer can assist with finding a space on the night.

      There will be increased disabled car parking spaces for each concert and a dedicated parking volunteer will assist you on arrival to find a space.
      There will be a assistance shuttle service (courtesy of The Central by Goodwin Homes) running between the car park and the Lawn for elderly or disabled. Disability parking is also available in the main car park and a dedicated parking volunteer can assist with finding a space on the night.
      There will be a wheelchair/disabled amenity on the Eucalypt Lawn.

      Proudly supported by The Goodwin logo

      Acter Water Logo

      Friends Logo

      2CA logo

      2CC logo

      Canberra Times logo
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  • The Gospel According to John Illuminated

    An exhibition of original watercolour painting by Fiona Pfennigwerth
    WHEN: 5 Dec – 11 Jan | Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm | Venue: Visitor Centre Gallery | Entry: Free

  • SciBot Summer Explorer Program

    A three hour hands-on program ideal for kids who love to investigate, explore and learn. Morning includes a scavenger hunt with compass training, pond dipping for mini beasts and building a take home terrarium.

    • When: Wednesday 14, 21 and 28 January | Time: 9am – 12 noon | Cost: $40 pp including morning tea and take home materials. Suitable for kids 7-13 years. Wednesday 14 January – Book Now Wednesday 21 January - Book Now Wednesday 28 January - Book Now

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  • Snakes Alive! Caring for our native reptiles exhibition

    Get up close and see the live displays of snakes, lizards, turtles and frogs Suitable for families.
    12 – 18 Jan 2015 | 10 am – 4 pm weekdays | 10 am – 6 pm weekends | Cost: $6 adult, $5 conc, $3 child

  • ENLIGHTEN 2015: Luminous Botanicus

    Wander through the Gardens experiencing lantern-lit pathways and thematic garden lighting complemented by music and visual performances. Your evening commences in the lush rainforest gully and concludes with refreshments and ‘fire drumming’ in the Red Centre.

    • Date: Fri 27 Feb, Sat 28 Feb, Sun 1 Mar, Fri 6 Mar, Sat 7 Mar, Sun 8 Mar
      Time: 8pm & 8.30pm
      Cost: $25 pp
      Bookings essential: Book Now

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  • Enchanting afterDARK

    Let your imagination run wild as the Storytellers Guild take you on a mystical journey through the Gardens.
    First Sat of every month from Feb 2015 | Suitable for families | Cost applies

  • Delicious AfterDARK Tours

    A perfect way to spend a warm summer’s evening in the Gardens, commencing in December 2014 and continuing through to March 2015.

    • Our popular 'adults only' tours are back with new menu and wines. A perfect way to spend a warm summer evening in the Gardens, every Friday 9 January to 27 March 2015. Friday 9 January – Book Now Friday 16 January - Book Now Friday 23 January - Book Now Friday 30 January - Book Now Friday 6 February - Book Now Friday 20 February – Book Now Friday 13 March – Book Now Friday 20 March – Book Now Friday 27 March - Book Now

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  • Commbank Flix in the Stix

    Enjoy a unique night out with short films, comedy from Tripod and live music from My Friend the Chocolate Cake
    WHEN: Sat 31 Jan | Time: 6.30 pm | Venue: Eucalypt Lawn | Entry: Various ticket and seating price options |For further information visit www.flixinthestix.com.au/canberra

  • Paper Crafts with Paperworks

    Create beautifully handcrafted paper and cards through papermaking and other paper crafts through this workshop
    Venue: Banks Building | Cost: $180 for 9 weeks or $20 per session | plus $10 membership fee
    Bookings essential: info@paperworks.org.au or 0451 681978 | Workshops designs for people with special needs.

  • Grandparents Playgroup

    Bring along the grandkids for a play in the Gardens
    Venue: Banks Building | Spaces limited | Booking contact: ANBG Education 6250 9408

  • afterDARK Scavenger Hunt

    A fascinating botanical scavenger hunt after dark for families with treasures and treats to be found.

    • Set out with a series of clues to discover an array of night time plant, insect and animal activity, under guidance from our trained rangers.

      Finish the night with an open air fire, toasting marshmallows & supper in the Gardens. 'Super sleuth' prize to the first finishers, and certificates for all participants at the end of the night.

      When: March/April 2015 including the school holidays
      Register your name here to receive advance notification when online ticket sales open

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  • Tropical Display Glasshouse

    See a spectacular display of sub-tropical and tropical plants. Open 9.30 am – 4 pm daily.

  • In Flower This Week

    Pick up a leaflet at the Visitor Centre and follow the numbered posts to explore a selection of our plants that are flowering now. Distance and time varies from week to week.

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  • Flora Explorer Tours

    Discover the Gardens in relaxing style with a 45 min guided highlights tour aboard our 13-seater electric bus.

    • When: Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays | 10.30am & 1.30 pm. Additional daily midweek tours at 10.30am during ACT School Holidays.

      Where: Tours begin outside the Visitor Centre.
      Cost: $6.00 adult | $3.00 child under 16 and concession | Children under 3 ride free.
      Purchase tickets: At the Botanical Bookshop in the Visitor Centre | Booking information 6257 3302.

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  • Free Guided Walks

    Free Guided Walks by the Friends Volunteer Guides.

    Daily at 11.00 am and 2.00 pm Meet at the Visitors Centre

  • Visit the Red Centre Garden

    Journey to the heart of the Gardens and experience the iconic plants, striking red sand and landscapes of Central Australia in our newest garden.

    Open daily 8.30 am – 5 pm