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Crackle - Fire & Froth in the Gardens

Friday, Sept. 27
|    Friday, Oct. 4
7 - 10 p.m.
7 - 10 p.m.

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!

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$20 Members / $25 Non-members

Pre-sale Tickets

  • Purchase pre-sale tickets for both event dates online at Brown Paper Tickets - starting Tuesday, September 3 at 9 a.m.
  • 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.

Questions on ticket purchases?

Contact Brown Paper Tickets directly - 24/7 Customer Service 1-800-838-3006

Day of Event Tickets

  • If the weather is good the day of the event , an additional 250 tickets will be sold online here starting at 2 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, September 27 and Friday, October 4.

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Local Music

CRACKLE features fully staged, live performances on 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! Past performers have included:

2018 - Better Yeti & Coyote

2017 - Wheelhouse

2016 - The People Brothers Band

2015 - Newport Jam

2013 - Natty Nation

2012 - The Blue Olives

2010 - Cash Box Kings


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 local food vendors.    

September 27

Underground Food Collective


Taco Local featuring Sitka Salmon Shares Seafood 

October 4

Underground Food Collective


Pizza Brutta


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


2019 CRACKLE Supporters

BMO Private Bank

Reinders, Inc. / FX Luminaire


Media Partner

105.5 Triple M


In-Kind Supporters

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2018 Event Photos

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GLEAM: Art in a New Light | Wed, Thur, Fri, & Sat Evenings thru Oct. 26

Member Movie Night | Friday, September 6

CRACKLE | Friday, September 27 & Friday, October 4

Guided Garden Strolls | Sundays, May 5 - October 13

Cocktails in the Conservatory | Friday, November 15

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