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Special Weekends

Opening Weekend Celebration: Earth Day and Annual Plant Research and Conservation Open House

April 22–23
CHIHULY opens with a colorful tribute to nature. Beginning at the Visitor Center, walk side by side with giant puppets, drummers, stilt walkers, and other performing artists as the parade moves through the Garden. Plus, learn more about the work of Garden scientists during the Annual Research and Conservation Open House. The festivities continue around the Conservatory with food, drink, lawn games, and live music.

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Plein-Air Invitational

Sunday, June 11
The Garden hosts its 2nd Annual Plein-Air Invitational, celebrating painting in the great outdoors. More than 20 established plein-air artists will spread out across the Garden grounds in a public display of talent and technique, engaging casually with Garden visitors. Visitors will be invited to drop in and draw as well during informal sessions led by plein-air instructors.

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Summer Solstice Celebration

June 17 (Saturday; please note the solstice is on Wednesday, June 21)
Ring in the start of summer with our Solstice Celebration! Gather on the Conservatory Lawn for morning yoga, or bring the entire family for kid-friendly sessions in the afternoon. Afterward, enjoy Chihuly’s sculptures and view live glass fire working by local New York artists in the Conservatory Plaza.

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Chillin’ with CHIHULY

August 12 & 13
Spend the day exploring the beauty of Chihuly's magnificent installations and breathtaking works of art. See live glass fire working demonstrations by local New York artists, relax to live music on the Conservatory Lawn, and stay cool with treats and refreshments available for purchase.

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Opening Weekend Celebration: Earth Day and Annual Plant Research and Conservation Open House

Live Music & Lawn Games

12–5 p.m.
Conservatory Lawn

Moonshine Falls

A band that bridges the gap between traditional bluegrass and the New Blue movement, Moonshine Falls create a harmonious sound that is steeped in tradition without drowning in it.

Flame Work Demonstrations

1–5 p.m.
Conservatory Plaza and Visitor Center

Artists from UrbanGlass—a contemporary glass center in Brooklyn—demonstrate the fascinating art of melting and manipulating hot glass using a torch and flame.

DIY Craft – Streamers

11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Perennial Garden

Kids and families can make their own colorful streamers and join the Earth Day processions at 1 and 3 p.m. Materials available while supplies last.

Earth Day Procession

1 & 3 p.m.
Starts at the Native Plant Garden

Join this participatory parade throughout the Garden! Featured artists include:

FogoAzul, an all-women Brazilian drumline, leads the parade.

The Brooklyn Jumbies stilt walkers perform parts of Ocean(s) Blue, charting mankind’s relationship with the ocean and the urgent need for collective transformation.

A giant inflatable 10’ Earth Ball will be carried by the NYBG Explainers, a team of volunteer teen educators from the Children’s Adventure Garden.

Alice Farley Dance adds a note of surrealist street theater with her bold and beautiful star horn dancers.

Lucrecia Novoa’s Giant Monarch Butterfly Puppets join in to add even more color and life to the procession.

Annual Plant Research and Conservation Open House

10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Learn about NYBG’s programs and facilities to explore, understand, document, and conserve Earth’s plant and fungal diversity. Hands-on demonstrations in the Mertz Library Building let visitors learn what it is like to work in the field. Also offered are behind-the-scenes tours led by NYBG scientists of the Steere Herbarium, Pfizer Lab, and Haupt Conservatory.

Science and Conservation Booth

11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Conservatory Plaza

See critical components of a scientist's tool kit used on expeditions around the world. See stand-out examples of specimens collected in the field.

Tours of What in the World is a Herbarium?

12 & 3 p.m.
Ross Gallery

Meet some of the staff of the Steere Herbarium, and learn more about the exhibition What in the World is a Herbarium?

Behind-the-Scenes Tours of the Plant Research Laboratory

12:30 & 3:30 p.m.
Meet in Ross Gallery

Walk through the Garden's state-of-the-art laboratory and meet some of the scientists who lead teams studying DNA and genomes in order to understand plants, fungi, and algae at their most essential levels.

Space on tours is limited; first-come, first-served. Meet in Ross Gallery.

Science Open House Schedule

Science and Conservation Booth

11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Conservatory Plaza

See critical components of a scientist's tool kit used on expeditions around the world. See stand-out examples of specimens collected in the field.

Tours of What in the World is a Herbarium?

12 & 3 p.m.
Ross Gallery

Meet some of the staff of the Steere Herbarium, and learn more about the exhibition What in the World is a Herbarium?

Behind-the-Scenes Tours of the Plant Research Laboratory

12:30 & 3:30 p.m.
Meet in Ross Gallery

Walk through the Garden's state-of-the-art laboratory and meet some of the scientists who lead teams studying DNA and genomes in order to understand plants, fungi, and algae at their most essential levels.

Space on tours is limited; first-come, first-served. Meet in Ross Gallery.

Summer Solstice Celebration

Yoga to the People

9:30–10:30 a.m.
Conservatory Lawn

Gather on the Conservatory Lawn for an early morning yoga session with this unique yoga studio that captures the essence of yoga, available to everyone.

Yoga-Rama for Kids & Families

11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Kids and families are invited to a fun yoga session of movement and music led by Bari Koral and her Yoga-Rama band.

Special Reading by Young Poets

12–1 p.m.
Winners of the Chihuly Poetry Walk Contest gather from across New York City to share their winning poems in an engaging hour hosted by Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming and many other award-winning children’s books.

Flame Work Demonstrations

1–4 p.m.
Conservatory Plaza and Visitor Center

Live Music & Lawn Games

12–5 p.m.
Conservatory Lawn

Chillin' with CHIHULY

Live Acoustic Guitar

12–5 p.m.

Flame Work Demonstrations

1–4 p.m.
Conservatory Plaza and Visitor Center