Summer Sounds concerts for 2020

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POSTPONED: Due to hazardous air quality and ongoing fire danger, the Australian National Botanic Gardens’ has announced that the 'Summer Sounds 2020' concert season has been postponed. The ANBG will provide updates on revised concert dates as they become available, via the ANBG website and Facebook page.

Happy crowd at Summer Sounds. Photo: Brian Moir

Photo: Brian Moir

The Gardens are turning 50. The Friends are turning 30.
Celebrate throughout 2020!

2020 marks 50 years since the Gardens opened to the public
and to celebrate this milestone the Gardens and Friends are
hosting an array of community events, exhibitions and programs.

ANBG 50th anniversary logo
Friends 30th anniversary logo

Relax into summer with a three-weekend program featuring some of the best bands in the nation’s capital. As the sun goes down over the Gardens, the concerts are a popular way to enjoy the summer holidays in Canberra with outdoor picnicking, live music, socialising and dancing – all within a beautiful landscape of Australia's largest collection of native plants.


PARTY WEEKEND – Top 40 hits of the 70s, 80s, 90s and today

  • Saturday 18 January – Purc Randall Se-Lah
  • Sunday 19 January – Something Like This

TRIBUTE WEEKEND – A celebration of music icons Fleetwood Mac and Aussie rock and pop legends

  • Saturday 25 January – Sweet Little Lies
  • Sunday 26 January – The Bad Henrys featuring Purc Randall Se-Lah

JAZZY WEEKEND – Smooth jazz and swing

  • Saturday 1 February – Annie and the Armadillos
  • Sunday 2 February – The Liam Budge Jazz Quartet

Find out more about the program at the ANBG website.

Concerts are on the Eucalypt Lawn at the Gardens in Clunies Ross Street, Acton, on the lower slopes of Black Mountain. All concerts start at 5:30 pm and finish at 7.30. Bring a picnic or enjoy food and drinks for sale on site.

Entry charges apply: $5 adults, $3 child and concession, 3 years and under free. Pay on arrival, or for online bookings see the ANBG website (a booking fee applies)

A complimentary assistance vehicle will operate from the car park areas to the Eucalypt Lawn. This service will operate both ways from 4:30 pm and concludes at 8.00 pm.

Volunteers wanted!

We need volunteers to help with collecting entry donations, supervising parking and transport for disabled patrons, driving the electric vehicles up to the Eucalypt Lawn, and answering queries at the Information Tent.

For each concert we need nine volunteers as collectors/marshals, two more at the information tent, and four qualified electric vehicle drivers.

For more information about what's involved and to sign up as a volunteer,
go to



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