Frida al Fresco Evenings

May 16, 30; June 10, 12, 25;
July 11 (Sold Out), 16 (LGBT Night), 30;
Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27 (Sold Out);

6:30–9:30 p.m. (last entry 8 p.m.)


Sept. 10, 11, 17, 18, 25;
Oct. 1, 9, 16, 22 (LGBT Night), 30;

6:30–11 p.m. (last entry 8 p.m.)


Thanks to all who visited during our FRIDA KAHLO exhibition in 2015! While the show has concluded, you can still enjoy it through our FRIDA KAHLO Mobile Guide.


Enjoy these festive evenings out at the Garden by experiencing FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life after hours, with the vivid colors of fall as your setting. Stroll through Kahlo’s beloved Casa Azul reimagined in the Conservatory, see rare works in the Art Gallery—and then transport yourself to Mexico without leaving New York via live music and performance art in the spirit of the changing seasons, all enjoyed with a complimentary Modelo Especial draft cerveza or Jose Cuervo Tradicional margarita. There are many ways to enjoy these exclusive evenings, with a varied schedule of performers and events planned throughout September, October, and the lead up to Día de los Muertos.

Looking for a family night out at the Garden? Check out Frida for Families: A Spooky Nighttime Adventure!

Celebrate LGBT Night with us on October 22 and take part in our Frida Look-Alike Contest for a chance to win prizes, or explore our full list of activities below to find your perfect Frida al Fresco experience.

Non-Member $35 / Member $25 (Adults 21 and over)
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Advance tickets recommended; includes one complimentary Modelo Especial draft cerveza
or Jose Cuervo Tradicional margarita
.

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Generous support for the Summer Concert Series is provided by Vivian and Edward Merrin.

 

Past Events


Jenny Holzer Projections for FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life

June 10–13


For four consecutive nights, internationally renowned artist Jenny Holzer, The New York Botanical Garden, and the Poetry Society of America will present a program of scrolling light projections at the Botanical Garden's iconic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Each evening—weather permitting—from dusk until 10 p.m., waves of poetry will sweep over the landmark building and envelop the glass walls housing the heart of the Botanical Garden's blockbuster exhibition, FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life.



Canciones de mi Padre (Songs of My Father) Concert

June 20


Dad won't want to miss this throwback to the heyday of Linda Ronstadt with a performance of her landmark album of traditional Mexican folk songs—the top selling non-English album in American history—by The Villalobos Brothers and Humberto Flores, featuring a special appearance by Gizel Xanath, other guest artists, and a full mariachi band. Bring a picnic blanket and set up under the stars for a relaxed evening of music, refreshments, and the continued celebration of Mexican heritage at the heart of our spring exhibition, FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life. Visit La Casa Azul Taco Truck while you're here, and enjoy a complimentary Modelo Especial draft cerveza or Jose Cuervo Tradicional margarita included with your ticket to this Father's Day weekend concert.



Summer Concert Series


Trio Ellas – June 25

L.A. favorites and Latin Grammy nominees, Trio Ellas (Stephanie Amaro de Abad, Nelly Cortez, and Suemy Gonzalez) use violin, guitarrón, and guitar to mix traditional mariachi with jazz, samba, and country. trioellas.com


The Villalobos Brothers – July 23

A trio of virtuoso violinists, The Villalobos Brothers are renowned for blending the indigenous rhythms and melodies of their native Veracruz with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music. Winners of WNYC's Battle of the Boroughs 2013, they have performed at the Apollo Theater, the Latin Grammys, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, BAM, and The Kennedy Center. villalobosbrothers.com


Gizel Xanath featuring The Villalobos Brothers – August 27

Born in Mexicali in Baja, California, and considered one of the most versatile Mexican sopranos, Gizel Xanath performs regularly throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her diverse repertoire and magical voice transport listeners to the heart of Mexico. She joins The Villalobos Brothers on stage for a special collaboration at the Botanical Garden. gizelxanath.com



Young Garden Circle



Thursday, June 18; 8 p.m.–11 p.m. | Get Tickets


The New York Botanical Garden is thrilled to announce a new way to support the Garden and experience our latest blockbuster exhibition, FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life.


The Young Garden Circle is hosting an exclusive reception and private viewing of FRIDA KAHLO on Thursday, June 18. Join or upgrade to the Young Garden Circle today and receive complimentary admission to this special evening along with other special benefits throughout the year.


This unforgettable night at NYBG includes:


  • Intimate, after-hours access to this grand exhibition after the crowds depart, including curator-led tours
  • A specially commissioned tableau vivant of one of Frida Kahlo's most famous paintings, The Two Fridas, brought to life by artists Marthalicia Matarrita and Giannina Gutierrez
  • Expert-led tequila samplings from Jose Cuervo
  • Open cocktail bar and Mexican-inspired hors d'oeuvres
  • DJ's AndrewAndrew spinning amidst the beauty of the Garden's landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
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LGBT @ NYBG


NYBG is a member of NGLCCNY and proud to partner with them and the Loft for the LGBT @ NYBG series. LGBT @ NYBG is a new initiative that will host events throughout the year to celebrate the LGBT community. To learn more about the program and how to get involved, email rcharney@nybg.org.


Frida Look-Alike Contest


If you're joining us for our Frida al Fresco LGBT Night on Friday, October 22, we welcome you to dress the part! Register in advance for our Frida Look-Alike Contest and come decked out in your finest Frida or Diego ensemble for a chance at prizes! Learn More.


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Dining


Enjoy Mexican food and drink inspired by Kahlo’s own recipes. The newly opened Hudson Garden Grill will offer a leisurely dining experience with a prix fixe menu influenced by the exhibit. And the Leon Levy Visitor Center will come alive with La Cantina featuring micheladas, margaritas, Mexican snacks, and more. La Casa Azul Taco Truck will also be serving delicious Mexican fare.



La Casa Azul Taco Truck menu  |  Hudson Garden Grill menu


Advance reservations for Hudson Garden Grill are recommended
(Last reservation for evening events is at 5:45 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

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June 20
Doors open at 6 p.m.; concert takes place from 7–8:30 p.m.

On Conservatory Lawn


Dad won't want to miss this throwback to the heyday of Linda Ronstadt with a performance of her landmark album of traditional Mexican folk songs—the top selling non-English album in American history—by The Villalobos Brothers and Humberto Flores, featuring a special appearance by Gizel Xanath, other guest artists, and a full mariachi band. Bring a picnic blanket and set up under the stars for a relaxed evening of music, refreshments, and the continued celebration of Mexican heritage at the heart of our spring exhibition, FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life. Visit La Casa Azul Taco Truck while you're here, and enjoy a complimentary Modelo Especial draft cerveza or Jose Cuervo Tradicional margarita included with your ticket to this Father's Day weekend concert.


Non-Member $40 / Member $30
Advanced tickets recommended.


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Suggested Visit


  • Take the Metro-North from Grand Central Terminal (departing 5:24 p.m.) to arrive at the Garden just in time for dinner. Enjoy the perfect Frida al Fresco evening by making a reservation at Hudson Garden Grill (final reservations at 5:45 p.m.) for a full-service dining experience in our newly opened restaurant.
  • Doors to the Canciones de mi Padre event open at 6 p.m.
  • Upon entry, pick up your drink ticket at any admissions window. At the outdoor Cantina or Plaza Bar, redeem your coupon for a complimentary Modelo Especial draft cerveza or Jose Cuervo Tradicional margarita at any point during the evening.
  • The concert starts at 7 p.m. on Conservatory Lawn and should last about 90 minutes.
  • Visitors must bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Limited seating will be available.
  • Outside alcohol is not permitted on Garden grounds.
  • Entry to the Art Gallery and the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory will be granted on a space-available basis; wait times will vary based on exhibition flow—ask an attendant for details at the time of your visit. Please note that the Art Gallery closes at 8:30 p.m.
 
 

Summer Concert Series

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; concerts take place from 7–8:15 p.m. | Get Tickets
In the Conservatory Pavilion Tent


                                    Trio Ellas
June 25
L.A. favorites and Latin Grammy nominees, Trio Ellas (Stephanie Amaro de Abad, Nelly Cortez, and Suemy Gonzalez) use violin, guitarrón, and guitar to mix traditional mariachi with jazz, samba, and country. trioellas.com


"Trio Ellas, who have recorded with Lady Gaga, exemplify U.S. mariachi's emerging avant-garde. Fusing the traditional genre with bluegrass, flamenco and pop, the young Mexican-American women are reshaping a tradition and bringing it to mainstream audiences."
– Miriam Jordan, Wall Street Journal



                                    The Villalobos Brothers
July 23
A trio of virtuoso violinists, The Villalobos Brothers are renowned for blending the indigenous rhythms and melodies of their native Veracruz with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music. Winners of WNYC's Battle of the Boroughs 2013, they have performed at the Apollo Theater, the Latin Grammys, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, BAM, and The Kennedy Center. villalobosbrothers.com





Gizel Xanath with The Villalobos Brothers
August 27
Born in Mexicali in Baja, California, and considered one of the most versatile Mexican sopranos, Gizel Xanath performs regularly throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her diverse repertoire and magical voice transport listeners to the heart of Mexico. She joins The Villalobos Brothers on stage for a special collaboration at the Botanical Garden. gizelxanath.com





Suggested Visit


  • Take the Metro-North from Grand Central Terminal (departing 4:54 p.m.) to arrive at the Garden just in time for dinner. Enjoy the perfect Frida al Fresco evening by making a reservation at Hudson Garden Grill (final reservations at 5:45 p.m.) for a full-service dining experience in our newly opened restaurant.
  • Frida al Fresco Evenings are for adults 21 and over; please bring your ID.
  • Upon entry, pick up your drink ticket at an admissions window. Redeem the ticket at the Cantina or Plaza Bar for a complimentary Modelo Especial draft cerveza or Jose Cuervo Tradicional margarita at any point during the evening.
  • We encourage you to dress festively and for the weather! Activities near the Visitor Center are based outdoors.
  • Concerts will take place in the Conservatory Pavilion Tent from 7–8:15 p.m.
  • Seating is provided in the Pavilion on a first-come, first-served basis. You are welcome to bring your own blankets for relaxing on the side lawns.
  • Food and beverages will be available for purchase. You may picnic on the side lawns of the Pavilion. Outside alcohol is not permitted on Garden Grounds.
  • Entry to the Art Gallery and the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory will be granted on a space-available basis; wait times will vary based on exhibition flow—ask an attendant for details at the time of your visit. Please note that the Art Gallery closes at 8:30 p.m.
 
 

Suggested Visit



  • Take the Metro-North from Grand Central Terminal (departing 4:54 p.m. on weeknights, 5:24 p.m. on Saturdays) to arrive at the Garden just in time for dinner. Enjoy the perfect Frida al Fresco evening by making a reservation at Hudson Garden Grill (final reservations at 5:45 p.m. unless otherwise noted) for a full-service dining experience in our newly opened restaurant.
  • Frida al Fresco Evenings are for adults 21 and over; please bring your ID.
  • Upon entry, pick up your drink ticket at an admissions window. Redeem the ticket at the Cantina or Plaza Bar for a complimentary Modelo Especial draft cerveza or Jose Cuervo Tradicional margarita at any point during the evening.
  • We encourage you to dress festively and for the weather! Activities near the Visitor Center are based outdoors.
  • Outside alcohol is not permitted on Garden grounds.
  • Entry to the Art Gallery (open until 10 p.m.) and the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory (open until 11 p.m.) will be granted on a space-available basis; wait times will vary based on exhibition flow—ask an attendant for details at the time of your visit.
  • Bring home a keepsake from Shop in the Garden (open until 10 p.m.) to remember your visit, and enjoy tacos and margaritas at La Casa Azul Taco Truck and La Cantina (open until 11 p.m.).



 
 

Jenny Holzer Projections for FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life



©2015 Jenny Holzer, courtesy Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Text: from "Motion" by Octavio Paz, translated by Eliot Weinberger, from The Collected Poems: 1957–1987, ©1986 by Octavio Paz and Eliot Weinberger. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp.


June 10–13
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; projections from dusk to 10 p.m.


For four consecutive nights, internationally renowned artist Jenny Holzer, The New York Botanical Garden, and the Poetry Society of America will present a program of scrolling light projections at the Botanical Garden's iconic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Each evening—weather permitting—from dusk until 10 p.m., waves of poetry will sweep over the landmark building and envelop the glass walls housing the heart of the Botanical Garden's blockbuster exhibition, FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life.


Reflecting Kahlo's intense relationship with her culture and the natural world, Holzer's hour-long presentation includes poems by Mexico's Nobel Prize winner Octavio Paz, verses from contemporary Mexican female poets, and a selection of powerful passages from Frida Kahlo's own diary.


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About the Poetry Society of America


The Poetry Society of America is the nation's oldest poetry organization. Its mission is to build a larger and more diverse audience for poetry, to encourage a deeper appreciation of the vitality and breadth of poetry in the cultural conversation, to support poets through an array of programs and awards, and to place poetry at the crossroads of American life. In New York the PSA works in partnership with the MTA to present the popular Poetry in Motion programs, which places poems in the subways.



Suggested Visit


  • Take the Metro-North from Grand Central Terminal (departing 4:54 p.m. on weeknights, 5:24 p.m. on Saturday) to arrive at the Garden just in time for dinner. Enjoy the perfect Frida al Fresco evening by making a reservation at Hudson Garden Grill (final reservations at 6:30 p.m.) for a full-service dining experience in our newly opened restaurant.
  • Make a point of visiting the Art Gallery exhibition early—it closes at 8:30 p.m.
  • Wait time to enter the Art Gallery may vary; ask an attendant for details at the time of your visit.
  • Be sure to stop into the Conservatory to see our evocation of the Casa Azul before 9 p.m.
  • Enjoy cocktails at La Cantina through 10 p.m.
  • Head to the Conservatory vicinity to view the Jenny Holzer projection from dusk to 10 p.m.
  • Lawn seating is allowed. Feel free to bring a picnic blanket to relax on.
 
 

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