Celebrate Enlighten 2021 at Canberra Centre
There's so much to see, eat and explore at this year's Enlighten Festival
Published 24 February

Enlighten Festival is back in 2021, and there are so many exciting events to look forward to! This Autumn Canberra will transform into a kaleidoscope of colour, activity and experiences. With so much to see, eat and explore at this year’s Enlighten Festival we’ve curated a guide to make sure you don’t miss out on anything.  


Photo Credit: Matt Witcombe

Held Over 17 days from 26th February Enlighten Festival 2021 will see the nation’s capital come alive to celebrate the best events Canberra has to offer. Explore the culture and creativity of our national attractions, and vibrancy of our city arts and precincts, as they open their doors to host an array of exclusive events and surprising experiences. 



Photo Credit : Daynaransleyphoto

Enlighten Highlights 

Witness thought-provoking large-scale projections on some of the capital’s most loved and iconic buildings, see stunning architectural projections, live music and performances, locally produced films and spectacular hot air balloons in flight. 

With most events requiring bookings, ensure you plan ahead and book into your preferred events HERE



Mini Beasts

This year as part of Enlighten Festival, Canberra Centre is bringing the Mini Beasts back in the centre, this year with a new addition to the group. The Mini Beasts react to movement with light, sound and bright, brilliant colour. 

They stand up to an impressive 4 metres in height, so make sure you take the time to interact with the humming Neon Cuckoo Bee, touch-sensor Singing Cicada, proximity-activated Swallowtail Butterfly and our new Jumping Spider. 



Follow The Mini Beast Trail & Win

The Mini Beasts don’t bite, but they do react to movement with light, sound and bright, brilliant colour, making them incredibly engaging for kids of all ages. 

There are five amazing kids adventure hampers to win by following the Mini Beast Trail and collecting a stamp at each Mini Beast. 

Once you’ve collected all four stamps, head to our Customer Service Desk (located on level 1 near H&M), and fill in a competition entry form for your chance to go into the draw to win. Each hamper is filled with goodies from a range of Canberra Centre retailers* 

*Terms & Conditions apply see website 



Snap And Win A Shopping Spree 

While you’re busy admiring our illuminating Mini Beasts, snap a pic of your favourite Mini Beast and share it on your Instagram page for the chance to win! One lucky snapper will win a $200 Canberra Centre shopping spree. 

So start snapping, and don’t forget to follow and tag @CanberraCentre in your Instagram post or story so we can see your snap! Our Snap & Win competition will run until 29th March 2021.



City To Enlighten Shuttle

Take the stress out of finding a park and make an evening of it. Park your car at Canberra Centre and take the City to Enlighten Festival Shuttle, which will take you directly to the centre of the festival’s activities. 

During Enlighten park and enjoy our special Friday evening and weekend parking rates. From 6pm Friday and all-day Saturday and Sunday enjoy $2 parking. Parking limitations and traffic congestion won’t be a problem as you relax on your bus journey to Enlighten.


This free shuttle service will be operating on loop from 26 February to 8 March with a stop on Petrie Street outside Canberra Centre. Sunday to Thursday the bus will run 6pm to 10pm; Friday and Saturday extended hours are 6pm to 11.30pm.


Soi Noodle

Special Enlighten Dining Offers

The best time to enjoy the full effect of the brilliant light illuminations is after the sun sets. Make it a special evening by enjoying dinner at one of Canberra Centre’s varied dining retailers prior. A series of dining retailers are offering this month special Enlighten Dining Offers:

Kingpin: 1. Pimped up potato gems, plus a beer or cider $19 (Offer valid 1st to 31st March). 
                2. Eat & play free offer: spend $30 on food and get $10 free arcade credit

Gami Chicken & Beer:1. Enjoy a complimentary beer, with minimum spend $35(terms and conditions apply) 
                                      2. Kids eat free with any main meal purchase (kids must be under 12 years of age; limit of two kids per family)

Kinn Thai: Enjoy 10% off for pick up
Soi Noodle Bar: Any stir-fry noodle/rice/main dishes with chicken and beef options, add any drinks for only $2
Betty's Burgers & Concrete Co: Limited Avocado Smash Burgers, including Betty's Classic Smash Burger, The Betty's Crispy Smash Burger & The Betty's Vegan Smash (Available from 4th March for a limited time)



Visiting from outside Canberra

Don’t live in Canberra? Enlighten is the perfect time to plan a visit, whether it’s for a day trip or a weekend away.  To plan your trip to Canberra and experience the Enlighten Festival CLICK HERE 

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