Botanica Lumina | Adelaide Botanic Garden | Aug – Oct 2021

Botanica Lumina

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.

As twilight descends, immerse yourself in a creatively curated program of events that present the garden in a new light.

Spanning Adelaide’s cooler months from April to October, Botanica Lumina offers something for everyone with an assortment of music, art, film, food and cultural experiences of all ages and interests.

Throw on a jacket, pack a beanie and move through the magic of a moonlit garden. Take in Botanica Lumina’s ambient lighting, listen and inhale as the sounds and scents of the outdoors comes alive at night. Finally, relax with delicious food & drink and become part of evening experiences you’ll remember.

Please note that Adelaide Botanic Garden will only be open at night for the specific events listed below. Tickets are required for all Botanica Lumina events.

Botanica Lumina Event Program 2021 

Spooky Tour

A spooky stroll through Adelaide Botanic Garden, where there are eerie plants and creepy hollows.  Have you ever walked through a dark forest and wondered what lurks in the shadows?

As twilight descends join us on a spooky stroll through Adelaide Botanic Garden, where eerie plants and creepy hollows send tingles down your spine.

So what exactly is it that can make a plant so scary? Why should we be fearful and wary of some plants in this wondrous, natural world?

As you tip-toe through the garden with a small group, you’ll learn that danger hides within the leaves around you, and that beautiful flowers with enchanting aromas hide ghastly secrets.

Spooky plants and where to find them is a delightfully terrifying, guided stroll through Adelaide Botanic Garden with Dr. Mortimer Nightshade… and an experience you dare not forget.

  • Date: Wednesday 29 September 2021 (school holidays)
  • Times: Sessions at 6pm, 7.15pm, and 8.30pm.
  • Who: 7 -12 year olds, and their brave adults
  • Tickets: $20 per person (babies in arms join free)

After Dark Scavenger Hunt

Back by popular demand – gather your family, grab a torch and join us for an exciting Scavenger Hunt under the stars.  It’s a special way to explore your city botanic garden, when night critters come out and mysterious noises tickle your ears.

Over the course of an hour, you will head off on an expedition through the garden with your family to reach plotted activity stations and complete fun side activities along the way.  There will be clues to find, things to collect, discoveries to be made!

Focused on the senses, you’ll meet night creatures, listen to stories and interact with our natural environment.  Who knows what you might find?

  • Date: Thursday 7 October 2021 (school holidays)
  • Times: 7pm, 7.15pm, 7.30pm, 7.45pm, 8pm.
  • Who: 4-10 year olds, and their young-at-heart adults
  • Tickets: $15 per person (Children 2 yrs and younger join free)


  • Dates: Friday 13 August and Saturday 14 August 2021
  • Times: 6pm and 8:30pm each night – doors open 30mins before the start of the show
  • Tickets: $55 per person, including drink on arrival

Plant Notes – Artist Talk

Twelfth Night

  • Dates: Wednesday 27 October – Saturday 30 October 2021
  • Times: Evenings: arrive from 6:30pm for a 7:30pm start
  • Matinee (Sat 30 October only): arrive from 10:30am for an 11:30am

Restaurant Botanic: Exclusive Dining Experience

  • Date and Time: To be announced.
  • Where: Restaurant Botanic, Adelaide Botanic Garden (Enter viathe Friends’ Gate off Plane Tree Drive)
  • Who: This event is suitable for adult diners and older children
  • Accessibility: The event has wheelchair access


After-Dark Scavenger Hunt | Thursday 15 April 2021 | Tickets $15 (under 2 is free)

Edward Scissorhands – Outdoor Screening | Satuday 24 April 2021 | Tickets $25

Enchanted | Friday 30 April & Saturday 1 May 2021 | Tickets $85

Garden After-dark History Tour | Friday 14 may 2021 | Tickets $25 (Available from 8 April 2021)

Night Tour: Goodman Building  | Friday 14 May 2021 | Tickets $25 (Available from 8 April 2021)

Night Tour: Old Tram Barn | Friday 14 May 2021 | Tickets $25 (Available from 8 April 2021)

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

What:   Botanica Lumina 

When:    April – October 2021

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: Adelaide Botanic Gardens website


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