Fri, Jun 14, 2024 – Sat, Jun 15, 2024 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Summer Breeze

Grab a beverage and take a stroll in the Gardens with your sweetheart, play a game of bocce ball or cornhole with your pals, or start a dance party on the Great Lawn. From fantastic local food cart fare, to giant lawn games, to local music, there’s something for EVERYONE at Summer Breeze!

Everyone/All Ages
At Olbrich

General Admission - $15 | Olbrich Members - $10 | Child (Ages 6-12) - $5 | 5 & Under - FREE

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

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!


A variety of classic lawn games including Kubb, Pass the Pigs, Giant Dice, Badminton, and Bocce, 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.

You may also happen upon other roaming performers and nature based pop-up activities. Summer Breeze offers a variety of entertainment on each date, so there’s always something new to experience.


Let your body move to the sound of the groove...summer, summer, summertime! Stay tuned for updates on featured bands and mix masters!


Enjoy tasty eats and cool treats from a variety of local restaurants and food trucks. Details to come!

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!

Rain Plan

In the case of constant, heavy rain, we'll post the rain call here and on the 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. Reduced capacity will apply to an indoor set up.

In the case of a few sporadic sprinkles, most Summer Breeze activities will remain outdoors with the addition of inside seating.

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