If you’re looking for a gorgeous location to spend a summer night in Fayetteville, one you'll find recommended again and again is the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks! There are countless reasons to make frequent visits to this Fayetteville gem, including to visit its twelve themed gardens and the region’s only native butterfly house—but you might not realize one of the best excuses to come to the BGO is for the fun and FREE Terrific Tuesday Nights that take place throughout the summer season.
Terrific Tuesday Nights at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks is a series of family-friendly programming celebrating Fayetteville's beautiful summer evenings, open to the public at no charge. On Tuesdays during the months of June, July, and August, gates will be open between 5 and 8:30pm for the community to gather and enjoy an evening outdoors in the Ozarks. Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome, but please leave your non-human friends at home for this one!
See what the BGO has in store on the 2023 lineup and make plans to enjoy all these Terrific Tuesday Nights have to offer:
August 22 – Summer Garden Flea Market - Shop and stroll the gardens during this pop-up event where local businesses will sell their products and meet you in the gardens. Burton's Ice Cream will be on site for a sweet treat on the side! Register for free here.
August 29 – National Park Radio Concert - Enjoy a concert from this indie-folk (think The Avett Brothers or The Lumineers) duo from the Ozarks on the Great Lawn. Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs encouraged. Register for free here!
June 6 – "Out in the Garden" - All LGBTQIA+ families, individuals, and their allies are invited to join in the garden for an evening for Pride-filled festivities! The Cocktail Club and Leah Spears-Blackmon will perform live music and more than a dozen booths will be present. Snacks and sweet, cold treats will be available from local food trucks Bougie Buns and Pedal Pops. The Garden is a safe and wonderful place to take photos of families and friends, especially in the Pride-themed rainbow garden on the Upper Terrace!
June 13 – "Opera in the Ozarks" - Join the cast of Opera in the Ozarks as they transform the Great Arbor into the beloved and well-known fairy tale, "Cinderella".
June 20 – "Garden Picnic" - Attendees are encouraged to bring their own food & drinks and spread out blankets and chairs on the Great Lawn for a memorable community picnic! Healthy treats will be available for purchase at the Wholesome Smoothies and Pedal Pops stands. The Garden will provide yard activities for all guests to enjoy, including chalk, hula hoops, cornhole, and more. Register for free here!
June 27 – "Summer Fiesta" - The talented bilingual pair Duo Divinas will perform an energetic and interactive live show on the Great Lawn, taking influence from tropical, rock, and pop sounds. Get on your feet, feel the music, and join in on a group salsa dancing lesson for beginners! Enjoy Mexican cuisine from La Hacienda and beat the heat with shaved ice from Jarabes Tapatios. Register for free here!
July 11 – "Bingo & Game Night" - Spread out on the Great Lawn for a night of Bingo, complete with prizes! Make the most of the inflatable obstacle course and waterslide or test your skill with yard games like checkers, cornhole, hula hoops, chalk and more. Sissy's Snowcones will be on site to serve the sweet summer treat, the perfect pair for your picnic. Register for free here!
July 18 – "Sprinklerfest" - Cool off from the summer heat with sprinklers set up on the Great Lawn for kids (and kids at heart!) to enjoy. There will be yard activities too, including chalk, hula hoops, and cornhole. Register for free here!
July 25 – "Chamber Music On the Mountain" - Garden members will have access to early gate entry beginning at 4:30pm. Register for free here!
August 1 – "Amazing Animals" - All kinds of animals will be visiting the garden for one of the best Terrific Tuesday Nights yet! See a 13-foot python, visit a goat petting zoo, and pet a variety of animals from Backyard Buddies. There will also be adoptable animals on site that would love to go home with you! Register for free here.
August 8 – "Ice Cream Social" - Blue Bell will be serving free ice cream at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks until supplies run out! Garden members will have access to early gate entry beginning at 4:30pm. Register for free here!
August 15 – "Local Music Night" - Musical artists based in Northwest Arkansas will perform 15-minute sets for the audience on the Great Lawn! Garden members will have access to early gate entry beginning at 4:30pm. Register for free here!
For more information about Terrific Tuesday Nights, visit the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks website: bgozarks.org.