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Voted as one of the 100 things people like about Canberra, the Summer Sounds concert series is on each Saturday and Sunday evening through January. The concerts feature some of Canberra's best live bands performing in an outdoor setting.

As the sun goes down over the Gardens, enjoy outdoor picnicking, live music, socialising and dancing on the Eucalypt Lawn.

Presented over eight balmy summer nights, the concert program offers a diverse selection of music including jazz, swing, Latin American, country, rockabilly, popular and Australian folk.

Concerts commencing at 5.30 pm and concluding at 7.30 pm. Gardens will close at 8.00 pm.

Entry to Summer Sounds is by $2 donation per person or $5 per family. Donations contribute towards conservation projects initiated by the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Summer Sounds is a Smoke Free event.


All concerts begin at 5.30 pm and conclude at 7.30 pm.

Sat 4 Jan: The Fuelers (rockabilly, country & pop)

Sun 5 Jan: The Method (rock – funk – soul – pop - disco and jazz)

Sat 11 Jan: Dr Stovepipe (western swing, alt country, bluegrass)

Sun 12 Jan: Shirazz Jazz Band (classic hot jazz of the '20s & '30s)

Sat 18 Jan: Los Chavos (Latin reggae)

Sun 19 Jan: Hitparade (mix of musical favourites from every era)

Sat 25 Jan: Annie and the Armadillos (jazz & blues)

Sun 26 Jan: Dorothy-Jane Band (blues & grooves)


Venue Address

Australian National Botanic Gardens
Clunies Ross Street, Acton

Entry to the concerts is by $2 donation per person or $5 donation per family and will be collected at the entry to the Gardens. The money raised is collected by the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens and is used to fund Gardens’ projects and to enhance our visitors’ experience.

Bus Routes

ACTION bus route 981 travels to the Gardens from City Platform 9 on weekends. The last bus departs from City at 4.20pm and from the Gardens at 4.48 pm.  


The Gardens are an easy 5 minute ride from the city or 40 minutes from Woden. Bike racks are provided at the major entry points to the Gardens. Please remember to bring a lock as bikes are not permitted within the Gardens.


Summer presents warm balmy evenings so perhaps leave your picnic basket at home and walk to the Gardens where you can enjoy the on site catering when you get here.


Disability car parking is available but spaces are limited.

A complimentary assistance vehicle will operate from the two main car park areas up to the Eucalypt Lawn. This service will operate both ways from 4.30 pm (one hour before concert start) and conclude at 8 pm (30 mins after concert finish).


Bring a picnic or enjoy the on-site hospitality.

The food items to be sold at each event will be as follows:

Lions Club BBQ
Steak Sandwich             $5.00
Sausage Sizzle              $2.50
Hot Dog                           $3.00
Veggie Burger                $3.00

Ice cream
First and last weekend will be sold by Chameleon Ice cream
Second and third weekend by Cold Rock Ice cream

Coffee/Tea & Cake
Sold by ‘My Sweet Alice

Cold soft drinks, juice, beer, cider and wine sold by the Friends of the Gardens.


Concerts will be cancelled on days of total fire ban or severe weather conditions. Contact the Visitor Centre on (02) 6250 9540 or monitor ANBG Twitter or the Friends Website for updates.


The 2014 Summer Sounds Concert Series is proudly sponsored by

Presenting Partner:

Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens logo Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens


Media Partners:

666 ABC radio logoCanberra Times

666 ABC Canberra                 The Canberra Times

Supporting Partner:

Goulburn Party Hire
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