Olbrich Home Rooted and Growing

Summer Breeze Logo

Friday, June 28

4 - 10 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!

rain plan

It looks like the weather may not cooperate tonight so we’re implementing a rain plan.

But don’t worry – it will still be a super fun summer shindig! We’ll move most activities inside and have a party in the Bolz Conservatory where it’s ALWAYS summer and NEVER rains!

Here’s what to expect:

• Food vendors and bar service will be inside, including a bar in the Bolz Conservatory
• We’ll have musicians in the Evjue Commons and Conservatory – tropical dance party anyone?!
• A roaming magician will wow you with tricks indoors (and outside if the rain holds off!)
• Smaller games (dominoes, cards, hula hoops & the nail game) will be available inside
• Large lawn games (bocce ball, cornhole, badminton, Kubb & ping pong) will be set up outside just in case!
• Make a mini flower bouquet to take with you and spread some kindness into the world (in the Commons while supplies last!)

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


(GF) – Gluten free / (V) Vegetarian


$3 for a single scoop, $5 for a double

  • blueberry vanilla (V)
  • salted caramel (V)
  • dark chocolate ice cream (V)

Taco Local

  • Braised pork taco (GF)  - $4
  • Tequila lime chicken taco (GF)  - $4
  • Jerk sweet potato, zucchini and red onion  (GF) (V)  - $3

Additional toppings and hot sauces for guests to complete their tacos.

Underground Food Collective

  • Pork skewers (2 per order) - $8

              Spiced w/ cumin, coriander, paprika, & garlic (GF)

  • Chicken wings (3 per order) w/ sweet red pepper sauce (GF) -- $5
  • Hot dog, served with couscous salad-- $7

              Full condiment bar available(GF – without bun)

  • Kid’s dog with Ketchup -- $5


La Taguara

  • Arepas - $6

           Corn pocket sandwich fillings available: roast pork, black beans, cheese

             (GF) (V) available

  • Cubano Sandwich - $6 Half / Full $10

Pressed french sandwich filled with ham, pernil (Roast Pork), pickles, mustard & swiss cheese

  • Coconut Rice Pudding -  $2                 





Summer Concert Series | Tuesdays through August 13

Summer Breeze | Saturday, June 22 & Friday, June 28

Home Garden Tour | Friday, July 12 & Saturday, July 13

Blooming Butterflies | July 18 - August 11

Guided Garden Strolls | Sundays, May 5 - October 13

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