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. Gardens close early at 2 p.m. to prepare for Summer Breeze on June 14 & 15

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, Croquet, Giant Dice, Badminton, and Bocce are offered throughout the Gardens, along with dominos, playing cards and other tabletop games – first come, first served.

And how about 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.

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. Some of the games and art-making workshops 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!