Australian National Botanic Gardens

There’s always something new and exciting to see and do at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Our calendar of events is changing all the time. Check out the list of current and upcoming events below.

What's on at the Gardens?

junior rangers

Junior Ranger Program

Sunday 26 November, 10.00 am–11.30 am — Follow the signs from the Cafe Bridge

Become a Junior Ranger! Explore Australia’s amazing environments, and learn about native plants and animals.

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Bush Tucker afterDARK

Bush Tucker afterDARK

7–9 pm Fri, 1 Dec, 5 Jan and 2 Feb — 1 Dec at Crosbie Morrison Amphitheatre, 5 Jan and 2 Feb at Eucalypt Lawn

Enjoy a summer evening in the Gardens sampling native delights with a Bush Tucker afterDARK experience. Browse on canapes based on Australian meats and plants, and learn about local indigenous foods during a bush tucker demonstration.

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Sunset Cinema at the Australian National Botanic Gardens

IMB Bank Sunset Cinema

Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat nights: 16 Nov–23 Dec (gates open at 6.30 pm) — Northern Eucalypt Lawn

As the sun sets and the stars come out, enjoy the latest films in a beautiful outdoor garden setting.

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Blue Banded Bee

Wild Pollinator Count – Pollinator Week

Guided counts Tues 14, Thurs 16 and Sat 18 Nov 10 am and 12 pm; Self-guided 12–19 November 8.30 am–5.00 pm — Collect materials in the Visitor Centre

Join the Wild Pollinator Count at the Gardens and contribute to wild pollinator insect conservation in Australia.

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Biodiversity Detectives School Holiday Program

Biodiversity Detectives-School Holiday Program

Tues, Wed and Thurs, 16, 17 and 18 Jan and 23, 24 and 25 — Banks Building

This summer, kids can immerse themselves in the wonderful and intriguing world of nature and discovery in our new full-day, hands-on science workshops. Join scientists, rangers and species discovery experts for a unique day in the Gardens investigating the secret lives of bugs, reptiles, plants and more.

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Summer Sounds

Summer Sounds

6.00 pm to 7.30 pm, Sat and Sun, 27 Jan to 4 Feb — Eucalypt Lawn

As the sun goes down over the Gardens, enjoy live music, delicious food and drink, socialising and dancing on the picturesque Eucalypt Lawn.

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Exhibitions at the Visitors Centre

Exhibitions at the Visitors Centre

Daily, 9.30 am–4.30 pm — Visitor Centre Gallery

Exhibitions in the Visitor Centre Gallery aim to provide enjoyment for visitors through a broad program of display material including fine art, craft, photography, sculpture and other creative forms.

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Storytime for Preschoolers

Friday Storytime for Preschoolers

First Friday of the month, 10–11 am — Follow the signs from the Cafe Bridge

Have fun with stories, songs, rhymes and creative activities brought to life by the ACT Storytellers and surrounded by nature. An engaging treat for preschool children, parents and carers. Each month features a different theme.

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Thursday talks, Australian National Botanic Gardens

Thursday Talks

Thursdays from 2 Feb to 23 Nov 2017, 12.30 pm — Theatrette

Learn about Australian native plants and other aspects of the natural world.

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