Botanica Lumina | Adelaide Botanic Garden | Mar – Oct 2020

Botanica Lumina – See the Garden in a New Light

Be enchanted by Adelaide Botanic Garden after dark with Botanica Lumina, a curated program of evening events that will keep you entertained through the cooler months.

Immerse yourself in live music, art installations, film events, heritage tours, botanically inspired food tastings and science events under a magical luminary backdrop.

With environmentally sustainable lights showcasing the beauty of the botanical wonderland at each event, you will be able to see, hear and feel the Garden like never before.

Following the Federal Government announcement banning public gatherings of 500 people or more in an effort to slow the spreading of COVID-19, some events may be cancelled or postponed – please check with the venue or organisers directly for clarification.

Botanica Lumina Event Program 2020

Fire Gardens

Thursday 12 – Sunday 15 March 2020 – read more here

French artistic collective Compagnie Carabosse, renowned for their spellbinding illuminations all over the world, are bringing their breathtaking installation, Fire Gardens, as part of the Adelaide Festival. Over four magical nights, Adelaide Botanic Garden will become a dream space of mystery and revelation fashioned from thousands of individual candles.

Botanic Gardens Restaurant X delicious. Dinner Party

Friday 3 April 2020 | Tickets from $220find tickets here

Join Paul Baker, the delicious. magazine team and special guests for what will be the most spectacular dinner party as part of Tasting Australia 2020. Start with champagne, cocktails and canapés before taking your seat in Murdoch Avenue under the illuminated canopy of Adelaide Botanic Garden’s 150-year-old fig trees for a 3-course dinner with matched beverages.

Heritage Lumina

Thursday 21 May 2020 | Free with some ticketed tours. More details will be revealed on 4 April 2020

Illuminated and open to all, explore Adelaide Botanic Garden’s rich heritage buildings by night as part of the South Australian History Festival. With the help of curators and live interpreters, uncover the history of the Goodman Building, Tram Barn A, the Bicentennial Conservatory and the Dead House, and discover how these heritage buildings are used today.

Biennial by Moonlight

Saturday 6 June 2020 | Free with some ticketed tours

Adelaide Botanic Garden welcomes five leading contemporary artists and their latest works as part of the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres.

Join in after-dark for special curator-led tours of the thought-provoking installations throughout the Garden. Featuring the works of Mike Bianco, Michael Candy, Julia Robinson, Mark Valenzuela and Yhonnie Scarce.

Chris Lloyd Concert

Thursday 2 July 2020 | Ticketed event

Indulge in a sensory adventure at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant with a unique and unforgettable food and music experience. Enjoy a classical performance by acclaimed Berlin-based South Australian Concert Pianist, Chris Lloyd, paired with a 4-course menu from award-winning chef, Paul Baker.

Native Foods

Thursday 9 July 2020 | Ticketed event

A Garden tour and delicious dining experience inspired by South Australia’s indigenous and unique flora with chef Paul Baker during NAIDOC Week.

Garden Strings

Saturday 18 July 2020 | Free event

Adelaide Guitar Festival takes over Adelaide Botanic Garden with some of the country’s most talented and versatile musicians gracing three venues. Discover new music while you explore the beautiful grounds. Enjoy a bite to eat and grab a drink, while guitarists celebrating classical, electric and everything in between serenade you until the night draws in.


Saturday 1 August 2020 | Ticketed event

As part of Umbrella Festival, Noise // Nature // Nurture is bringing a wildlife documentary to a new level of expression.

Under the darkness of twilight, the natural nightlife of Adelaide Botanic Garden will be brought to life. Using state-of-the-art sound reinforcement, experience a sonic spotlight of nature projected into unique performance pieces.

Science After Dark Symposium

Thursday 20 August 2020 | Ticketed event

Join leading South Australian thinkers as they explore, passionately discuss and debate the world’s big topics during National Science Week.

Silent Remasters – Outdoor Cinema

12 – 25 October 2020 | Ticketed event

As part of the Adelaide Film Festival, Silent Remasters provides opportunities for some of South Australia’s most exciting up and coming musicians to compose original scores and perform them live alongside silent masterpieces in the Garden. Get ready for the loudest silent movies you will ever see.


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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Botanic Gardens website.

What:  Botanica Lumina

When:    12 March – 25 October 2020 (see dates above)

Where:   Adelaide Botanic Garden | North Terrace, Adelaide

Who:   Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: Botanic Gardens SA


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