Olbrich Home Rooted and Growing

Crackle - Fire & Froth in the Gardens

    Friday, Oct. 5
7- 10 p.m.
feat. Coyote

Be inspired by the beauty of a crisp fall evening in Olbrich's outdoor gardens! Watch the flames from bonfires dance on the Great Lawn, groove to live music, enjoy a variety of food offerings provided by some of Madison's favorite food carts, and sip frothy Wisconsin micro-brews!

CRACKLE will be held indoors this evening, but we've got the fires blazing!

Things to know -

  • CRACKLE is a rain or shine event - all activities will be relocated indoors except for the bonfires.
  • Doors open at 6:45 p.m.  - we recommend you arrive after 6:45 p.m. to avoid standing in the rain

Tickets -

  • An additional 150 tickets will be available for tonight's event.
  • Tickets are available online only, while supplies last.

                         <<PURCHASE TICKETS HERE>>

Bonfires & Activities -

  • Bonfires - The Gardens' staff will attempt to light the bonfires if at all possible for the adventurous patrons. Bring lawn chairs if you anticipate attempting to sit around a fire.
  • Selfie Station - Olbrich's staff set up a fun Halloween themed selfie station in the entrance of the Evjue Commons - grab a fake mustache or silly prop and make a memory!

Music -

  • Coyote, will perform in the Evjue Commons
  • DJ Tanner Savage is spinning sweet beats in the Bolz Conservatory

Food/Beverages -

  • Two bar stations will be available
    • Olbrich's tropical Bolz Conservatory
    • Evjue Commons off of the main lobby
  • El Grito Taqueria is serving up delicious tacos in the Atrium
  • Pizza Brutta is offer their tasty wood-fire pizzas in the Atrium
  • Underground Catering will grill up cheddarwurst and other food offerings in the Commons

Seating and Dining Tables -

  • Dining tables in the Atrium and Evjue Commons
  • Standing cocktail tables in the Atrium (5) and Conservatory (5)
  • (50) Additional chairs in the Evjue Commons in front of the band
  • Bring lawn chairs if you wish to sit around the bonfires

GLEAM, Art in a New Light -

  • GLEAM Viewing - GLEAM is always open for viewing even during raining weather, so CRACKLE patrons will still have an opportunity to view the exhibit this evening.

Band with People



$20 Members / $25 Non-members

Day of Event Tickets

  • Crackle, Fire & Froth will be held indoors tonight, but we have the fires blazing!
  • An additional 150 tickets will be available for tonight's event.
  • Tickets are available online only, while supplies last.

                         <<PURCHASE TICKETS HERE>>

Pre-sale Tickets

  • Purchase pre-sale tickets for both event dates online at Brown Paper Tickets.
    • October 5
      • Pre-sale tickets SOLD OUT
  • Pre-sale tickets guarantee admittance on the day of the event, not priority entrance.
    • Pre-sale and day of event ticket purchasers will be admitted at the same time when doors open at 6:45 p.m.

Other Info

  • Event is rain or shine - music, bars, and food vendors will be moved inside in the event of heavy rain
  • Must be 21 years old to attend
  • Tickets are non-refundable
  • Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs; no seating will be provided outdoors

GLEAM, Art in a New Light will be viewable for CRACKLE attendees only on Friday, October 5.

GLEAM sign


Local Music

CRACKLE features fully staged, live performances in the Great Lawn from some of the area's hottest acts from all across the genre spectrum. Get up and groove or kick back and take in the show!

Friday, October 5



Coyote is a rock 'n' roll band out of southern Wisconsin. 2017 marked the release of their debut full length album, "Fool's Gold", a musical anecdote of sorts. From natural landscapes to vibrant cities, the album is a reflection of the camaraderie of the road and what it means to be a working class band. The album draws influence from Americana staples of the Laurel Canyon scene of the 70’s such as Jackson Browne and The Eagles, to the magic of improvisation enlightened by the Grateful Dead, all the way to the rhythmic swings of greats such as Santana.

Food & Drinks

No bonfire is complete without plenty to eat and drink! Sample a host of tasty local fare created just for CRACKLE by some of Madison's favorite vendors and food carts.

This fall CRACKLE will feature tasty, locally sourced food from El Grito Taqueria, the Underground Catering food truck, and Pizza Brutta!

El Grito Taqueria            Underground CateringPizza Brutta

        • Food and beverage offered at an additional cost
        • Bar service available in the Atrium
        • NO carry-in food or beverages

El Grito Taqueria Menu

(VE = vegetarian, VG = vegan, G = gluten free)

Beef Brisket topped with a tomatillo avocado, salsa & radish (G) - $4

Pork topped with a mango salsa, pickled onion & cilantro (G) - $3

Chicken topped with cheese & cilantro (G) - $3

Cauliflower topped with tahini, schug, pomegranate molasses & pumpkin seeds (VE/VG) (G) - $3

Roasted beets in a citrus vinaigrette over arugula (VE/VG) (G) - $3


Underground Catering Menu

(VE = vegetarian, VG = vegan, G = gluten free)

Cheddarwurst w/ kraut & pepper Dijon (G w/o bun) -- $7

BBQ pork sandwich w/ pickles, whole grain BBQ & jalapeno slaw (G w/o bun) -- $8

Roasted squash and sweet onion w/ greens, reduced whey, whipped cheese, sage & cinnamon (VE) (G) -- $5

Grilled potatoes w/ spicy pepper aioli & spiced pumpkin seeds (VE/VG) (G) -- $4

Vegetarian chili & beans w/ cremé fraiche onions & cotija (VE) (G) -- $8

(100) S'more kits w/ homemade graham crackers, homemade chocolate, & marshmallows (VE) - $4


Pizza Brutta Menu

(VE = vegetarian, VG = vegan, G = gluten free)

Margherita: Crushed tomato, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, basil (VE) - $10

Pepperoni: Crushed tomato, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, basil, pepperoni - $12

Della Terra: Crushed tomato, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, oregano, shaved garlic, roasted mushrooms (VE) - $12

Marinara: Crushed tomato, oregano, shaved garlic (VG) - $10

Gluten free available for any pizza +$3 (limited availability)



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Rainforest Rhythms | January 19

Cocktails in the Conservatory | January 25

LOOK: Tropical Tessellations | Daily, February 16 - March 24

Winter Concert Series | Sunday Afternoons, February 17 - March 31

Cocktails in the Conservatory | February 22

Rainforest Rhythms | February 23

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
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