Cool Summer Evenings
Come for dinner and stay for evening boat rides, live entertainment, and ‘just for kids’ activities when the gardens stay open until 9 p.m. The Pavilion Restaurant is open until 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays and the Courtyard Café is open on Thursday evenings. Wednesday and Friday performances begin at 7 p.m. All performances are included in garden admission and free to members. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to Wednesday and Friday performances. No outside alcoholic beverages are permitted, and picnics must only be enjoyed at the Picnic Area near Jessamine Pond. The Lowcountry Trail and Zoo close at 7 p.m. Download a printable performance schedule.
Wednesday nights - June 11 to July 2 "Music Under the Oaks"
June 11 - Doug Fankhauser is perhaps one of the most versatile musicians on the Grand Strand and his repertoire includes elements of bluegrass, jazz, classical, and rock. In addition to singing and playing acoustic guitar, Doug will be performing on the Chapman Stick, a guitar-like instrument that is tapped with both hands.
June 18 - Javier Jazz Project -Trumpeter Javier Vega brings his amazing talent with his trio to perform jazz in the gardens.
June 25 - Bates Holman and Friends - Percussionist Bates Holman and his trio will perform lively interpretations of jazz classics.
July 2 - Mark Shuler is a solo acoustic guitarist and vocalist from Mount Pleasant who has been performing around the Carolinas for many years. He will be performing songs by Cat Stevens, Don McLean, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor as well as his own original music.
Wednesday nights - July 9 to August 6 "Theater Under The Oaks: Aaron & Theodosia" - This historic drama was written for Brookgreen Gardens and is presented this summer with a new character, expanded dialogue, period costumes, and furnishings. The play is based on the letters between Aaron Burr, our nation's third Vice-President, and his brilliant and beautiful daughter, Theodosia Burr Alston. Theodosia lived for 10 years at The Oaks Plantation, one of the four plantations that make up the Brookgreen Gardens property today and was married to Joseph Alston, an early Governor of South Carolina. Insightful and thought-provoking, it provides a glimpse into their lives, the daily life on a plantation, and political events of the day.
Thursday nights, June 12 to August 7
Up Close at the Zoo - Jerry Walls, co-star of CBS television's 'Carolina Safari', and Brookgreen Gardens' Zoo Staff will present educational and interactive programs with of live animals. Each week there will be a different animal focus. Programs will begin at 5 p.m. at the Campbell Center for American Sculpture outdoor patio and last about 45 minutes.
June12 - Amazing Alligators
June 19 - Reptiles - Ancient Adaptations (Zoo Staff)
June 26 - Carnivorous Plants
July 3 - Identifying and Enjoying Our Wild Birds
July 10 - Masters of Camouflage (Zoo Staff)
July 17 - Turtles and Tortoises-Have Shell Will Travel
July 24 - Raptors - Predators of the Air (Zoo Staff)
July 31 - Snakes Alive!
August 7 - Animal Tracks-Nature Detective
Live Performances in the Enchanted Storybook Forest - At 6 p.m., one of the storybook houses, in our exhibit area next to Whispering Wings Butterfly House, will come alive! A character from a classic story or nursery rhyme will be on hand to thrill kids of all ages. Costumed and ready to engage our audiences, actors will share their versions of these tales and interact with the kids.
June 12 - Witch from “Hansel and Gretel”
June 19 - Cat in the Hat
June 26 - Cinderella
July 3 - Snow White
July 10 - Witch from “Hansel and Gretel”
July 17 - Cinderella
July 24 - Pirate from “Treasure Island”
July 31 - Cat in the Hat
August 7 - Snow White
New Boat Ride - "A Child’s Frontier Life" - Travel back in time with early 1700s residents Esther and William Allston (characters) as your guides. Discover what life was like for the European settlers, the Native American children, and the wildlife that would have been all around them. Boat rides are at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. (Tickets required - $8 adults, $4 children. Same day purchase only at Wall Lowcountry Center)
Friday nights, June 13 to August 8 Concerts on the Lawn - Join us, in the shade of the Live Oak trees when the popular Concerts on the Lawn series returns with new performers and favorites from last year.
June 13- U-N-I Jazz (pronounced "You and I")
June 20 – Latitude
June 27 – The Paul Grimshaw Band
July 4 – Big Bang Boom
July 11 – The Travis Allison Band
July 18 – Barbara Bailey Hutchison
July 25 – The Ross Holmes Band
August 1 – Dan Kennedy
August 8 – Carolina Master Chorale
(Dates, event details and performers may change without notice.)
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