Olbrich Home Rooted and Growing

poeple enjoying summer concert seriesSummer Concert Series

June 19 - August 14, 2018

Tuesdays, 7 p.m.

Enjoy the evening with a concert on the Great Lawn of Olbrich's outdoor gardens. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Picnics are allowed in the Gardens for Tuesday concerts only. Hot dogs and brats available for purchase from the Madison East Kiwanis Club. In case of rain, concerts will be held indoors. $2 suggested donation.

2018 Summer Concerts in the Garden Series
June 19

Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble

Hot Gypsy Jazz

June 26

Trapper Schoepp

Folk Rock/Story Songs

July 3

Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra


July 10

Listening Party

Folk Rock/Americana

July 17

The North Westerns

Western Swing & Classic Country

July 24

Josh Harty


July 31


Argentine-American Folk/Soul

August 7

Madison Public Library's

Summer Reading Club Concert

feat. Jack & Kitty

Vaudeville Jug Band

August 14

Fresco Opera

Roaming performances throughout the Gardens (no seating provided)


Weather policy

Summer Concerts will be held indoors in the event of bad weather. Call will be made by 3 p.m. and posted on this page, on the Olbrich homepage, and on Facebook.

If concert is held indoors:

  • Please do not bring lawn chairs or blankets, as chairs will be provided.
  • The Madison East Kiwanis brat & hot dog stand will not be available.
  • Please leave picnic at home or eat beforehand.



Brats & Hotdogs

Bring a lawn chair or blanket, pack a picnic, or purchase hotdogs and brats at the Gardens from the Madison East Kiwanis. Picnics are allowed in the Gardens for Tuesday concerts only. In the case of inclement weather, the Kiwanis brat and hot dog stand will not be available.

Ice Cream

Beat the heat with all-you-can-eat ice cream! Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool will be at the summer concerts with cool ice cream treats. For $5 per adult and $3 per child, enjoy a variety of ice cream flavors and support two non-profit causes; proceeds from the ice cream sales will benefit Olbrich Botanical Gardens and Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool.


2018 Series Sponsor

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Olbrich is always looking for new solo and group performers to keep our concert series fresh. If you are interested in performing for one of Olbrich's concert series, please contact:

Mike Gibson

Program Specialist

Olbrich Botanical Gardens

3330 Atwood Avenue

Madison, WI 53704




Please provide contact information (official group name, contact name, address, phone, and e-mail), music genres, and music samples.

If the entertainment committee would like to inquire further about booking you as a solo artist or the group you represent, we will contact you with available concert dates at the contact information you provide.



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