Fri, Jun 16, 2023 – Sat, Jun 17, 2023 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Summer Breeze

Grab a refreshing beverage and take a relaxing stroll in the Gardens with your sweetheart, create in community workshops, 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 feel-good summer tradition.

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, 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.

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


Friday, June 16

Earth to Clark, a Wisconsin based duo, presents a distinctive blend of acoustic, funk, rock, reggae and hip hop. Bringing fire to the stage with their high energy, Earth to Clark brings awareness to social issues in our communities and confronts personal challenges that many can relate to.

Saturday, June 17

Sharin' Barrels, a folksy blues trio including a stand-up bass, acoustic guitar, and mandolin, will bring the boogie all night long!


Summer Breeze features flavor-full Thai cuisine from Monsoon Siam, tasty tacos from Migrants, made with locally sourced, organic ingredients and handmade tortillas, crispy chicken sandwiches from The Roost (Friday only), and vegan/plant based comfort food from Twisted Plants (Saturday only).

Enjoy cool treats from Fifth Scoop, serving up plant-based scoops of frozen deliciousness in biodegradable and compostable containers and gourmet, organic cotton candy and lollipops from Lily's Magical Treats!

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!