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Canberra After Dark

As the sun sets and the stars illuminate the sky, Canberra's vibrant atmosphere and endless after-dark possibilities come to life. Whether you're drawn to the popular family-friendly festivals, intimate gigs featuring emerging artists or renowned classical musicians performing in grand concert halls, our vibrant capital offers a plethora of unforgettable night-time activities that cater to all ages.

For those seeking a night of entertainment, Canberra's live music and performance scene is not to be missed. See electrifying gigs and performances at popular pubs and bars like Sideway, Transit Bar, and Smiths Alternative serving more than good tunes. Be sure to secure your ticket to blockbuster musicals, comedy festivals, and year-round concerts at the Canberra Theatre Centre. For a classical experience, head to Llewelyn Hall at the Australian National University School of Music Building with regular performances from the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Musica Viva. 

Experience the thrill of Canberra's iconic annual festivals and events. Step into a world of enchantment at Illuminations @ Enlighten Festival during autumn where the iconic cultural attractions become vibrant canvases for stunning artworks. And make sure to mark your calendar for Floriade's NightFest, an extraordinary after-dark twist on Australia's largest celebration of spring filled with dazzling light installations, live music, and delicious food stalls.

Explore this selection of Canberra's best night-time events to elevate your after-dark plans and ensure a fun-filled evening.

Art installation in front of National Portrait Gallery at Enlighten Illuminations
Enlighten Festival
A live performance from Lights! Canberra! Action! 2021, a short film festival that takes place on the lawns outside Old Parliament House.
Lights, Canberra, Action
Floriade Nightfest

Browse Canberra after dark

Before Us Canberra
1–11 Mar 2024

Before Us | A Night Walk Through Time

Civic Square, Canberra
Next on today from 5:00pm to 11:00pm
The LEGO® model of Australian Parliament House
1–11 Mar 2024

Enlighten at Parliament House

Australian Parliament House, Canberra
Next on today from 8:00pm to 11:00pm
Promotional image Last of the Red Hot Lovers
22 Feb – 9 Mar 2024

Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Canberra REP Theatre, Acton
Next on today from 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Group of people outside pub
7 Aug 2023 – 30 Sep 2024

Smith's Poetry Thing

Smith's Alternative, Canberra
Next on tomorrow from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Man on stage with microphone
20 Feb – 18 Jun 2024

Open Mic Comedy @ The Baso

The Baso Canberra, Belconnen
Next on 5 Mar 2024
Three people, one wearing Indigenous Australian flag t-shirt looking into the distance
6 Mar 2024

Sons of the East | Australian Tour

UC Hub, Bruce
Next on 6 Mar 2024
People sitting at a table drawing, with glasses of red wine
6 Mar 2024

Multi-Model Mash-Up | Life Drawing at Verity Lane Market

Verity Lane Market, Canberra
Next on 6 Mar 2024 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Karen Jacobsen - Misogyny Opus
6 Mar 2024

Karen Jacobsen - Misogyny Opus

Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra
Next on 6 Mar 2024 from 8:00pm to 10:10pm
Monthly Jam Workshop
6 Dec 2023 – 4 Dec 2024

Jam Workshop with Canberra Blues Society

The Zeppelin Room, Narrabundah
Next on 6 Mar 2024 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Cheap Trick
7 Mar 2024

Cheap Trick and The Angels

Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra
Next on 7 Mar 2024 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
NAA: M3614, 15.
7 Mar 2024

The First Eight Project: Sir Joseph Cook – the eternal outsider

National Archives of Australia, Parkes
Next on 7 Mar 2024 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Kirsten Williams Tuggeranong Arts Centre
7 Mar 2024

CSO Down South returns to Tuggeranong Arts Centre

Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Greenway
Next on 7 Mar 2024 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Six men wearing black shirts standing and facing the camera
7 Mar 2024

The Porkers | 'Hot Dog Daiquiri' 25th Anniversary Tour

The Baso Canberra, Belconnen
Next on 7 Mar 2024
Stained glass window reflecting light into building
7–10 Mar 2024

Suor Angelica - Opera @ Albert Hall

Albert Hall, Yarralumla
Next on 7 Mar 2024 from 6:00pm to 7:15pm
Twilight Sessions Musicians
29 Feb – 6 Jun 2024

Twilight Sessions

Amici Wine Bar & Deli, Canberra
Next on 7 Mar 2024 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Crowd on lawns watching movies
8 Mar 2024

Lights! Canberra! Action!

Senate Rose Garden, Parkes
Next on 8 Mar 2024
Dinosaur skeleton with blue lighting below
8 Mar 2024

Dinos After Dark - 18+ Love & Lust Tour

National Dinosaur Museum, Nicholls
Next on 8 Mar 2024 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Still from Pleasure showing a woman sitting in front of a camera
8 Mar 2024

Pleasure screening

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Acton
Next on 8 Mar 2024 from 8:00pm to 9:40pm
Luka Bloom
8 Mar 2024

Luka Bloom - 50 Songs in 50 Years

The Street Theatre, Canberra
Next on 8 Mar 2024 from 8:00pm to 9:50pm
The Animals
8 Mar 2024

The Animals - The Farewell Tour: Greatest Hits

Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra
Next on 8 Mar 2024 from 8:00pm to 9:15pm
Image of signer-songwriter Sophie Edwards
8 Mar 2024

Canberra musician Sophie Edwards Inspiring Inclusion | International Women’s Day at Libraries

Kingston Library, Kingston
Next on 8 Mar 2024 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
International Women's Day
8 Mar 2024

Uncorked! International Women's Day at Capitol Bar & Grill

Capitol Bar & Grill, Canberra
Next on 8 Mar 2024 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Sunset in gold and purples over silhouette of mountain range.
1–8 Mar 2024

Brindabella Sunset Sessions

Strathnairn Arts Association, Holt
Next on 8 Mar 2024 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
The National Library of Australia building at dusk, lit up with colourful projections.
1–9 Mar 2024

Enlighten 2024 at the Library

National Library of Australia, Parkes
Next on 8 Mar 2024 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
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