Olbrich Home Rooted and Growing

Crackle - Fire & Froth in the Gardens

Friday, September 28, 2018

7-10 p.m.

Friday, October 5, 2018

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!

NEW! Due to popular demand, CRACKLE will be expanded to TWO nights in 2018. Held on the last Friday in September and the first Friday in October!

Band with People



$20 Members / $25 Non-members

Pre-sale Tickets

  • Purchase pre-sale tickets for both event dates online at Brown Paper Tickets, starting September 4.
  • 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

  • If the weather is good the day of the event , an additional 250 tickets will be sold online starting at 2 p.m.

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 28 and Friday, October 5.

GLEAM sign



BMO Private Bank

Media Partner

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In-Kind Supporters

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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! Past performers have included:

        • Wheelhouse - 2017
        • The People Brothers Band - 2016
        • Newport Jam - 2015
        • Natty Nation - 2013
        • The Blue Olives - 2012
        • Cash Box Kings - 2010

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. Grab a cocktail or pair your food with one of the many Wisconsin micro-brews available at the bar!

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

2017 Event Photos


Wheelhouse Guitar


Wheelhouse Stage

Food Truck



Summer Concert Series | Tuesdays, June 19 - August 14

Home Garden Tour | July 13 & 14

Member Preview: Blooming Butterflies | July 18

Blooming Butterflies | July 19 - August 12

Guided Garden Strolls | Sundays, May 6 - Oct. 14

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