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Crackle - Fire & Froth in the Gardens


Band with People


Friday, October 7 & Saturday, October 8

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!


$35 General Public

$30 Olbrich Member

Pre-sale Tickets

  • Pre-sale tickets will go on sale online (on this page) starting on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 10 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.

Day of Event Tickets

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

Questions on ticket purchases?

Missy Jeanne, Special Projects Manager - mjeanne@cityofmadison.com

Tickets are non-refundable - Event is held rain or shine

  • Music, bars, and food vendors will be moved inside in the event of heavy rain.
  • Viewing GLEAM during a CRACKLE event is an extra benefit offered only during the CRACKLE event times.
  • If you decide not to attend CRACKLE, you would need to purchase a GLEAM ticket to see the exhibit on another night.

Other Info

  • Must be 21+ to attend
  • 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, October 7 & Saturday, October 8.

GLEAM sign


Local Music

Friday, October 7 - To be determined

Saturday, October 8 - To be determined

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:

2019 - Cash Box Kings & Craig Baumann & The Story

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.    

2022 - Featured Food

Pizza Brutta

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


In-Kind Supporters

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2019 Event Photos

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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