Enlighten is one big festival with lots to see and do, but one event in particular continues to capture fans each and every year.

Enlighten Festival’s Enlighten Illuminations not only features mesmerising projections on our National Attractions but also includes entertainment, food, Insta-worthy photo ops, and more.

Here are the top 5 things you must experience when you visit Enlighten Illuminations – registrations are essential for most events so make sure you don’t miss out!

BentSpoke Beer Garden

If you’re on the hunt for a crisp beverage and food trucks dishing up delicious meals for you and your mates, then BentSpoke Beer Garden is the place to be. 

This year, BentSpoke has a few tricks up its sleeve, with a brand new Skywhale themed beer (aptly named Skywhale Ale) that will be available at the Enlighten Festival. And, with the official number one brew in the country (voted by beer lovers across Australia at the GABS hottest 100), BentSpoke Beer Garden is a guaranteed hit.

Register now to pop in before or after you view the projections. There are two sessions to pick from each night, but remember, there are no pass-outs!

Enlighten Alley

A family favourite, Enlighten Alley is sure to excite with games and activities as well as delectable food and drink (and yes, our friends at BentSpoke will also be providing beverages).

Those choosing to dine can enjoy a meal from multiple local food vendors on-site while local musicians provide a soundtrack to enhance the atmosphere. 

Register now to experience Enlighten Alley for yourself. Again, there are two sessions to pick from each night, and pass-outs will not be permitted.

Enlighten Installations

Explore a range of fun and exciting installations scattered throughout the Parliamentary Triangle. 

Look up into the trees to see cheeky monkeys and imagine them swinging from vine to vine, or walk through a rainbow-coloured arch which is sure to be a hit amongst those who are looking for the perfect Enlighten-themed snap.

Registration to view the installations is not required, however, we strongly encourage that all attendees check-in at each venue using the Check In CBR app.

Attractions After Dark

Attractions After Dark have returned! Hosted by our National Institutions, Attractions After Dark includes a selection of exclusive ticketed events that are sure to ignite your Enlighten experience.

Pick from an after-dark walk through the Australian National Botanic Gardens with Symbiosis, or test your creative skills with a specialised Neon Bending Workshop at the Canberra Glassworks.

Some attractions are even held during daylight, like Wild Yoga at the National Zoo & Aquarium

See the full program and purchase your tickets to these exclusive events.

Enlighten Illuminations Projections

What would Enlighten Illuminations be without its renowned projections, designed to surprise, inspire and delight! 

See Australian Parliament House drenched in colour, or the National Library of Australia crawling with animations. A truly unmissable sight, the Illuminations are a must-see at Enlighten each and every year.

The projections will remain a surprise until the Enlighten Festival launches, and we can’t wait to share them with you!

Registration to view the projections is not required, however, we strongly recommend that attendees check-in at each venue using the Check In CBR app.