Olbrich Home Rooted and Growing

Crackle - Fire & Froth in the Gardens

Friday, September 29, 2017

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 offering provided by some of Madison's favorite food carts, and sip frothy Wisconsin micro-brews!

Bonfire with People


$20 Members / $25 Non-members

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.

Day of Event Tickets

  • Weather permitting, an additional 250 tickets will be sold at the door starting at 5:30 pm

Other Info

  • 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 29.

CRACKLE Event Area


2017 Event sponsors

Madison Block & Stone      Great Dane

Media Sponsor

105.5 Triple M


In-Kind Supporters

Eplegaarden Logo

Local Music


Wheelhouse is BACK!

WheelHouse is a nationally touring Americana and bluegrass band hailing from Madison, Wisconsin.As a full-time working band they perform over 220 shows per year and have garnered attention from national labels.

Featuring three and four part harmonies, fiddle and guitar leads, and driving rhythm of the upright bass WheelHouse brings an energy and attitude unique to themselves.

WheelHouse also owns their own brand of whiskey appropriately named WheelHouse Whiskey, which can be found throughout southwestern Wisconsin.


Food Carts

This fall CRACKLE will feature tasty, locally sourced food options from El Grito Taqueria and Underground Catering's food trucks!


Underground Catering Logo        El Grito Logo

Underground Catering

Roast Your Own S'mores Kit: $4
Homemade graham crackers, WM chocolate, marshmallow (served in small brown paper bag)

Grill Your Own Hot Dog: $5
Bun wrapped in brown paper bag in boat with hot dog

Brisket Chili: $6

Roasted Squash Salad with Maple Dressing: $5

Fried Potatoes with Pickled Jalapeños and Aioli: $4

El Grito Taqueria

$3 per taco

Beef Brisket in a Chipotle BBQ Sauce topped with slaw

Roasted Cauliflower topped with Tahini, Schug, Pomegranate Molasses and Pepitas

Pork Shoulder topped with hoisin, scallion and cilantro

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


Event Photos


People Brothers Band


Dancing Couple

Pumpkin image


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GLEAM: Art in a New Light - August 31 - October 28

Thai Fest - September 24

CRACKLE: Fire & Froth - September 29

Cocktails in the Conservatory - November 17

Holiday Express - December 2 - 31

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