Botanica Lumina




The safety and well-being of our visitors, volunteers and staff is our highest priority during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a precautionary measure, all education and public programs scheduled until the end of May 2020 have been postponed. As more information becomes available, we will do our best to keep you updated.

For more information on the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please see our LATEST NEWS.

**If you have already booked into the Botanic Gardens Restaurant x delicious. Dinner Party event on Friday 3 April, please visit Tasting Australia for your options and next steps.


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.

Each of the events in the Botanica Lumina program will be uniquely complemented by our brand new lighting infrastructure. These environmentally sustainable lights will showcase the beauty of the botanical wonderland so, at each event, you will be able to see, hear and feel the Garden like never before.

These awe-inspiring illuminations are not available for viewing outside of the programmed events, so check out the program below to ensure you don't miss out. 

Botanica Lumina Event Program 2020

Made possible thanks to Major Partner, SA Power Networks

Fire Gardens

Thursday 12 - Sunday 15 March

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 - POSTPONED

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 - POSTPONED

Free with some ticketed tours. More details will be revealed soon.

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

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 us 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 - POSTPONED

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 - POSTPONED

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 


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 - POSTPONED

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

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

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.


Watch this space for more details on ticketing and event information!