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6/24: Summer Breeze is still on as planned!

Most games and activities will remain outdoors, with some indoor areas available to wait out any sporadic rain. The Bolz Conservatory will also be open for visitors to enjoy!

2021 Event Dates

Thursday, June 24
|    Friday, June 25
4 - 9 p.m.
4 - 9 p.m.
Gardens close to the public at 2 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!

Bocce Players Couple sitting on grass

rain plan

Weather not cooperating?

In the case of constant, heavy rain we'll post the rain call on Olbrich's homepage at 12:30 p.m. Many of the games will move inside and we'll pump up the jams in the tropical Bolz Conservatory.

Just a few sporadic sprinkles - most Summer Breeze activities will remain outdoor with the addition of inside seating.

Reduced capacity will apply to an indoor set up.

So don’t let a few raindrops stop you from hanging out and supporting the Gardens!



FamilyAdmission at the door; no pre-sale tickets. Additional cost for food and beverages; no carry-ins.

General Admission - $15

Olbrich Members - $10

Child (Ages 6-12) - $5

5 & Under - FREE


Face masks are optional.


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 8:30 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 the sweet beats of DJ Ginjah Vitiz (Thurs.) and DJ Fabulove (Friday). 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 Banzo, and La Taguara along with ice-cold treats served up by Chocolate Shoppe. 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

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