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*Canceled for 2020*


Anticipated 2021 Event Dates

Saturday, June 19
|    Friday, June 25
4 - 9 p.m.
4 - 9 p.m.
Gardens close to the public at 3 p.m - doors open for Summer Breeze at 4 p.m.

Summer Breeze Summer Breeze makes me feel fine! Summer Breeze

A feel-good summer tradition! Come enjoy simple pleasures with the ones you love!

Join in the fun – grab a refreshing beverage and take a relaxing stroll in the Gardens with your sweetheart, play a friendly game of bocce ball or cornhole with your pals, or start a dance party in the Thai Garden. Whether you’re 2 or 102, there’s something for everyone at this new summer program.

Unwind with friends or family, feel that cool Lake Monona breeze in your hair, stop to smell the roses, or become a flamingo ring toss champ, all while supporting your free public garden!

Bocce Players Couple sitting on grass



FamilyAdmission at the door; no pre-sale tickets. Additional cost for food and beverages; no carry-ins.

Adult - $15 / $10 Olbrich Members

Child (Ages 6-12) - $5

5 & Under - FREE




A variety of classic lawn games including Kubb, Pass the Pigs, Giant Dice, Twister, and Ping-Pong, plus dominos and playing cards offered throughout the Gardens – first come, first served.

And how about 200 feet of hop scotch, hula hoops, and a big ol’ tub of bubbles for the littles (and the bigs) to enjoy…because deep down inside we’re all just big kids, right? Games offered until 9 p.m. – no charge. Availability is subject to attendance and natural game time durations.

Card Players Dominos

Bags Toss the Pigs



Live music winds around every pathway with a combination of DJs spinning vinyl and performances from local musicians. You may also happen upon other roaming performers and nature related maker activities. Summer Breeze offers a variety of entertainment on each date, so there’s always something new to experience.

Couple 2 DJ



Summer Breeze features tasty foods from Underground Food Collective , La Taguara, and Taco Local along with ice-cold treats served up by MIJO. Wet your whistle with a selection of local micro brews, summer cocktails or organic juice boxes for the kiddos. Community dining tables, benches, and patio seating available, but feel free to bring your own lawn chair if you'd like to guarantee yourself a seat!

Beers on Ice Hula hoopers


rain plan

Weather not cooperating? We’ll post the rain call on Olbrich's homepage at 12:30 p.m. and move some of the games inside and pump up the jams in the tropical Bolz Conservatory. So don’t let a few raindrops stop you from hanging out!




Canopy Sessions | Friday, March 6

Spring Flower Show | March 7-22

Spring Flower Show Plant Sale | Monday, March 23

Cocktails in the Conservatory | Friday, March 27

Canopy Sessions | Friday, April 3

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens | 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704. | Phone: (608)246-4550 | Fax: (608)246-4719