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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

Group of people outside pub
7 Aug 2023 – 30 Sep 2024

Smith's Poetry Thing

Smith's Alternative, Canberra
Next on today from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Bartender pouring glass of wine
30 Jan – 24 Sep 2024

Tipsy Tuesday - Life Drawing at Wakefield's

Wakefield's Bar & Wine, Ainslie
Next on tomorrow from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
James and the Giant Peach
26–29 Jun 2024

Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach

Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra
Next on 26 Jun 2024 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Two women in black clothing are posed as if falling. Behind them, vertical bars of blue light glow.
27–29 Jun 2024

The Dataset

The Vault, Fyshwick
Next on 27 Jun 2024 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Image of two dancers suspended in the dark amongst neon tubes
27–29 Jun 2024

Australian Dance Party presents: The Data Set

The Vault, Fyshwick
Next on 27 Jun 2024 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
XMAS IN JULY
27–30 Jun 2024

Xmas in July Festival

Parkes Place Lawns, Parkes
Next on 27 Jun 2024 from 4:00pm to 10:00pm
Belly dancer performing at Bar Beirut. She is balancing a sword on a seated customer's head.
11 Jan – 21 Dec 2024

Belly Dancing at Bar Beirut

Bar Beirut, Canberra
Next on 28 Jun 2024
BACKBAR
3 Nov 2023 – 28 Dec 2024

Blackbird Live Music

Blackbird Bar - Live Music - Cocktails - Nightclub - Underground Speakeasy, Canberra
Next on 28 Jun 2024 from 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Be captivated by the grace and allure of Luna’s Cabaret Dancers while our DJs create the rhythm of t
20 Jan – 30 Nov 2024

Luna Saturdays

Luna, Canberra
Next on 29 Jun 2024 from 8:00pm to 11:59pm
High Jinks Interactive Cocktail Class
28 Aug 2021 – 31 Aug 2024

High Jinks - Interactive Cocktail Class

High Jinks, Canberra
Next on 29 Jun 2024 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Boney M
30 Jun 2024

Boney M – The Farewell Tour

Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra
Next on 30 Jun 2024 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Snatch Game
3 Jul 2024

Snatch Game™ Live On Tour

Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra
Next on 3 Jul 2024 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
People sitting at a table drawing, with glasses of red wine
3 Jul – 4 Sep 2024

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

Verity Lane Market, Canberra
Next on 3 Jul 2024 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Monthly Jam Workshop
6 Dec 2023 – 4 Dec 2024

Jam Workshop with Canberra Blues Society

The Zeppelin Room, Narrabundah
Next on 3 Jul 2024 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Photo of Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse
4 Jul 2024

Spotlight Conversations: Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse

National Museum of Australia, Acton
Next on 4 Jul 2024 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Feet wearing roller skates
5–6 Jul 2024

Roller Disco

The Vault, Fyshwick
Next on 5 Jul 2024
ImproACT actors performing a scene about the challenges of family
5 Apr – 2 Aug 2024

Thank God It's Theatre

Blank, Canberra
Next on 5 Jul 2024 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
An armchair in front of a turntable and a lava lamp
1 Mar – 6 Dec 2024

Vinyl Lounge

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Acton
Next on 5 Jul 2024 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Winter in the City 2024
6–21 Jul 2024

Winter in the City 2024

Canberra City Centre, Canberra
Next on 6 Jul 2024 from 9:00am to 8:00pm
Group photo under the stars
9 Dec 2023 – 31 Aug 2024

Milky Way Workshop Canberra By Ari Rex

Wildbark, Throsby
Next on 6 Jul 2024 from 4:00pm to 9:00pm
Jamal Fogarty kicks off against the Knights
7 Jul 2024

Raiders v Knights - NRL Round 18

GIO Stadium Canberra, Bruce
Next on 7 Jul 2024 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Canberra Milky Way Masterclass Photography Workshop
9 Jul 2024

Canberra Milky Way Masterclass

Eastlake Cadwell, Calwell
Next on 9 Jul 2024 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
The Woman in Black
9–14 Jul 2024

The Woman in Black

Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra
Next on 9 Jul 2024
The Gang rehearsing
10–13 Jul 2024

Canberra Gang Show "Are We There Yet?"

Erindale Theatre, Wanniassa
Next on 10 Jul 2024 from 1:00pm to 9:30pm
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