Australian National Botanic Gardens

Frequently asked questions about Summer Sounds concerts

What is the entrance fee?

Early bird tickets will be available online from December 2018 to January 2019. Early bird prices are:

  • $7.50 for adults
  • $5.00 for Friends of the Gardens members, concession and students (must show cards on entry)
  • $3.00 for children (4–17 years). Children under 3 years are free.

Entry fees on the day of the event are:

  • $10.00 for adults
  • $7.50 for Friends of the Gardens members, concession and students (must show cards on entry)
  • $5.00 for children (4–17 years). Children under 3 years are free.

All proceeds go to the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens to support future activities.

What time do the concerts start?

Summer Sounds begins with dancing on the lawn at 5.00 pm. The band starts at 6.00 pm and finishes at 7.30 pm. You’re welcome to arrive early and make your way up to the Eucalypt Lawn.

Where should I park?

Parking is available at the Gardens, our overflow carpark off Clunies Ross Street, and the CSIRO carpark.

Please do not park on Clunies Ross Street – it is not a legal parking area.

Is the event accessible?

Wheelchair-accessible parking is available. Access for people with mobility limitations is possible to most areas of the Gardens. The event site is approximately a 600-metre walk from the main carpark on an undulating, sealed footpath

A courtesy bus will be available to take people with mobility limitations to the event site. Please ask at the event desk for further info.

There is a wheelchair-accessible toilet at the event site.

Is seating supplied?

Seats are not supplied, so feel free to bring along some cushions and a picnic rug.

If you’re bringing camping chairs or something else that could block other people’s view, please be mindful where you set them up.

Can I smoke at the event?

Summer Sounds is a non-smoking event.

Are food and drinks available?

Food and drinks will be available for purchase or you can bring your own picnic.

Onsite catering stalls include:

  • Capital Woodfired Pizza
  • Le Petit Breton (French Crepes)
  • Pure Gelato
  • Lenton Bar
  • La Empanada

There will be a mobile bar onsite, and you are welcome to bring your own alcohol.

What happens if it rains or the event is cancelled?

Summer Sounds will go ahead in light rain, so we recommend you bring wet weather clothing and umbrellas if rain is forecast.

The concerts will be cancelled in the event of severe weather, storms, heavy winds or total fire bans. We will advertise on social media if the event is cancelled for any reason. Ticket holders will also be informed via email.

In the event of cancellation due to weather or total fire ban, tickets can be transferred to subsequent evenings.