BentSpoke Enlighten Bar

BentSpoke will be lighting up a beer garden as part of Enlighten this year. There will be bike themed light displays,  various seating and standing options, and of course, plenty of beer! A brand new canned product will be announced live on site on Friday the 2nd around 8pm. Come on in, kick back and enjoy the sights and sounds of Enlighten with a locally made beer in your hand.

Details

2 March
4pm – midnight

3 March
3pm – midnight

7 March
5pm – late

8 March
5pm – late

9 March
4pm – midnight

10 March
3pm – midnight

Cost

Free entry

Bookplate

Pretzels & Podium Bars at Bookplate

Watching the lights reflect off the lake is made even more enjoyable with a tasty snack in hand – like a giant pretzel! But don’t worry about these pretzels making you thirsty, BOOKPLATE has you covered with podium bars serving a variety of beverages.

Complete with live podium performers, it’s an essential stop on your Enlighten journey.

Details

Friday 2 and 9 March
6.30pm – 10pm

Cost

Free entry

Breakfast Aloft

The sight of balloons launching over Lake Burley Griffin in the early morning is truly one of the postcard images of Canberra. Don’t wait for the mail though, see it in person over breakfast at BOOKPLATE.

Serving gourmet brekkie offerings from 7.30am every morning, you won’t know whether to photograph your food, the view or both!

Make sure to book online as the café is a popular destination at this time of year and can fill up very quickly. Or, keep it low key and just pop in for a take away coffee then enjoy the balloons as you stroll the lake’s shore.

Details

10 – 18 March
From 7.30am everyday

Cost

Free entry

Skyfire Party

Over 100 000 people are expected to squeeze their way onto the shores of Lake Burley Griffin and surrounding area to enjoy the magnificent display that is Skyfire – don’t be one of them!

BOOKPLATE, at the National Library of Australia, is one of the best Skyfire vantage points in the city and this year they’re letting you leave the crowds behind and enjoy the spectacular show in style.

From 6pm, you’ll be entertained by local bands playing live from the ‘Grass Stage’ while you kick back in the open air lounge area. The night sky will be lit up and so will your tastebuds as you sample curated canapés, lovingly prepared by the BOOKPLATE team and drinks available for purchase.

Details

17 March
From 6pm

Cost

Early bird tickets $70
General release tickets $86
Plus booking fee

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Enlighten Alley

A feast for your senses awaits at Enlighten Alley. Aromas from around the world will fill the air as your taste buds are tantalised by a dizzying variety of street food. Feed your creative spirit with lantern making and live out your fantasies through face paint.

Treat your sweet tooth to a glow-in-the-dark donut from the expert bakers at Nutie Donuts & Dessert Bar or indulge in decadent gelato dished up from a limousine. Dine on burgers overloaded with goodness from Boss Burgers or dig into loaded fries from Potato Corner. With all this and more, choosing what to eat at Enlighten Alley may be the hardest task you face all week.

Details

2, 3, 9 & 10 March
5pm – 11pm with Lantern Making from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Cost

Free entry to Enlighten Alley
Free lantern workshops
Face painting is charged per person

SUNSET DRINKS AT QUESTACON

Sit back and watch the sunset while you enjoy a cold beverage in the heart of Enlighten. Beverages include cocktails, local brews and local wines. Enjoy the tastes from our local region. Light snacks will also be available to purchase on the night. What better way to wait for the projections than relaxing back with a cold drink?

Details

3 & 10 March
6:30pm – 10pm

Cost

Free entry

Refreshments at Mega Bites Café

Come past Questacon, get refreshed with a drink or ice cream from Mega Bites Café and relax while Enlighten Festival comes to life around you.

 

Details

2 & 9 March
5:00pm – 10:30pm

Flashing Fairy Floss

The Questacon Shop will be offering fabulous flashing fairy floss during Enlighten 2018. Visit our cart on the rear science court and experience flashing fairy floss that changes colour and mesmerises.

Details

2 & 9 March
7:30pm – 10:00pm

Cost

$5

Enlighten Night Noodle Markets

As the lights go on across the Parliamentary Triangle, visitors will tuck into fun, authentic Asian eats, from dumplings to dosa, Pad Thai to gyoza. Insta-worthy dishes will be pushing conventional flavour boundaries creating an experience for all your senses. Remember to leave room for a bespoke dessert and a delicious drink or two.

Featuring: What The Pho, Grill’d & Spice, Kusina, KorBQ, Hoy Pinoy, Mr Bao, Waffleland, Twistto, Shallot Thai, Donburi Station, Sambal Kampung, Teppanyaki Noodles and many more.

This is a cash-free event, so please bring your plastic. Please note entry is free and the markets are dog friendly.

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Details

2 – 11 March
Monday – Wednesday 5pm – 9pm
Thursday 5pm – 10pm
Friday 5pm – 12am
Saturday 4pm – 12am
Sunday 4pm – 9pm