Sun, Jun 25, 2023 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sala Thai Festival

On June 25, the community is invited to celebrate the 190th anniversary of U.S. - Thai diplomatic relations with a day of food, music and dance performances, and workshops and demonstrations. Unique opportunities to experience the rich cultural heritage of Thailand will be available for all ages to enjoy. Plus, enjoy free admission to the tropical Bolz Conservatory all day!

Everyone/All Ages
At Olbrich

Free Admission

Olbrich Gardens is joining with the Thai Consulate-General to celebrate this historic milestone.

Admission is free and all are invited to take part in the festivities. 

Music and dance performances will take place in the Evjue Commons, while the cultural arts activities will take place in the Frautschi Family Learning Center. Food will be available for purchase in the Atrium, with Thai cuisine from Monsoon Siam and Sa-Bai Thong, and craft grilled cheese sandwiches from Melted.

Cultural Arts Activities

Learning Center (walk-in, no registration required; while supplies last)

  • 11-11:45 am
    Pla Ta Pien
    (Thai-style wind mobiles, fish shape)
  • 12-12:45 pm
    Krathong + Floating (small lotus-shaped boat)
  • 1-1:45 pm
    Pla Ta Pien
    (Thai-style wind mobiles, shape of a fish)

  • 2-2:45 pm
    Krathong + Floating + Parade
    (small lotus-shaped boat)

  • 3-3:45 pm
    Pla Ta Pien (Thai-style wind mobiles, fish shape)

Cultural Performances

Evjue Commons

  • 12-12:15 pm
    Greeting & Klong Yao

  • 12:15-12:50 pm
    Thai Classical Music & Dance

  • 1-1:45 pm
    Cultural Performances and Trivia

  • 2-2:45 pm
    Adem Tesfaye Band

  • 3-3:10 pm
    Klong Yao Parade

  • 3:10-3:50 pm
    Thai Classical Music & Dance

  • 3:50-4 pm

Parking is Free for All Visitors

The public parking lot surrounding Olbrich Botanical Gardens offers 210 spaces including 12 fully accessible parking spaces near the main building entrance.

With other community events happening in the surrounding area simultaneously with the Gardens' programming, parking lots may fill up at times. Having an alternate plan before arriving is the best strategy!

Skip the Parking Scramble!

Carpool - Pile your friends and family in one car when visiting the Gardens.

Rideshare - Take a cab, Uber, or Lyft.

Alternate Parking

Public lots & street parking options

350 parking spaces (street and parking lots) within 0.3 miles of the Gardens

115 spaces within a 0.5 miles of the Gardens